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With about a year of its Lok Sabha term remaining, the NDA-Government spearhead by Prime Minister Modi has reached a point where every stake-holder in the Indian political Diasporas understands as to what the current government is or is not capable of achieving. Any analysis of the Government’s performance should include both its success and failures in three key areas-domestic affairs, economy and relations with foreign entities. Thus, without being biased towards one end of the political spectrum or the other, an evaluation is overdue as to how far have the BJP government been able to fulfil the promises mentioned in its election manifesto.  One may be tempted to draw a parallel with the performance of the preceding governments of the 21st century India. However, this temptation should be resisted for the simple reason that neither of the UPA Governments had such an overwhelming majority at the Centre plus the public rhetoric was quite different back then-be it the lack of strong leadership at the helm or the issue of corruption scams.  Without further ado, our analysis starts from internal affairs. This one top the list of active critics of the Government because of the latter’s debatable inefficacy at handling them. Cow vigilantism has been a major concern of human rights activists who rebuke BJP for illogically advocating the notion of ‘cow as our mother’ at least not doing much about the violence associated with it. Kashmiri people’s basic demands have been historically ignored from the day it became a part of India. Although a ray of hope was seen after the PDP-BJP Government came to power, but Centre’s strong stance on Article 370 (Special status to J&K) and the issues related to the use of pellet guns have put the Government on ground zero. The situation of other minorities (religious, geographic and linguistic alike) seem particularly tense. The Two-Pronged Approach for dealing with Maoists hasn’t proved to be of much use after the mauling of dozens of CRPF Jawans. The North-East still struggles to be a part of the mainstream public discourse and their namesake autonomy has been further curtailed (Gorkhaland, Naga tribes etc.).Critics argue that PM Modi is more interested in expanding his party’s political base and legislative clout than solving governance issues. But the opposite argument would be considering the following plus points-lack of scams (comparatively, also Demonetization can be attributed to this), JAM (Jan Dhan + Aadhar + Mobile) Initiative while backs all the other schemes and has better target reach ability than its predecessors. BJP’s thumping majority in political behemoths like Uttar Pradesh and having its own President and Vice-President (In the sense that both of them trace their origins to BJP/RSS and were official NDA candidates) and give it practically all the executive power needed to truly transform the country. The NITI Aayog has been doing a fantastic job under Amitabh Kant and is much suited to the needs of a globalised world than the Planning Commission. All in all many of the domestic factors be it Judicial Activism (Article 35A,Section 377,Triple Talaq) or issues of communal tensions are practically cliff-hangers which require a decade or so for any real development to take place. Truth Be Told How far has the NDA Government lived up to India’s expectations and what lies ahead.  One thing which has been handled by PM Modi and the MEA quite deftly is India’s foreign relations. Starting from the BRICS Forum, increased proximity to US, NSG Bid and the much debated Surgical Strikes in POK require political analysis. Although vehemently criticized, PM Modi made sure to garner a lot of support for India even from minor nations who have strategic importance (Seychelles, UAE and Israel to name a few). India needed to project it’s capabilities in the international fora and make the case for a Permanent Seat in the UNSC which has been staunchly opposed by the China-Pak Axis, naturally. Probably the only actions which backfired the Modi Cabinet internationally were the decision to not participate in China’s One Belt One Road Initiative and the inability to contain its String of Pearls Strategy in Indian Ocean Region (Although Government’s answer to Gwadar in the form of Chabahar, Iran was applauded by most). China and its open support for Pakistan has been a constant irritant for the Government which would require unconventional diplomatic measures. It is imperative to contain the rising animosity between the Dragon and the Elephant as both giants want to dominate the South-Asian regions albeit for different purposes.  From India’s fluctuating GDP growth to RBI’s tight Monetary Policy to GST and Demonetization, Indian economy has been part of public discourse consistently; NDA Government being no exception.PM Modi’s reformist attitude got the better of him which arguably could cost him his populist image as far as the fiscal policy is concerned. The real benefits of lowered crude oil prices and other welfare schemes have not accrued to the masses. Although the government has been able to contain its fiscal expenditure and keep the inflation below target, the grassroots effects have not trickled down. The Non-Performing Assets and constant trade deficit with US and China leech on Government’s productivity. Still, considering India as one of the fastest growing economy (According to IMF’s World Economic Outlook 2017 and the third largest by size-GDP PPP Basis) with youth majority, the programs like Skill India and Make in India seem to provide an answer to the question of jobless economic growth. It would be interesting to see how the Government chooses to handle the global economic slowdown and the way it pushes Urjit Patel for a loose policy favoring developmental projects over inflation-control.  In the end it would suffice to say that the lack of experienced leaders and non-conducive international environment surely hurt how the NDA Government would have wanted things to have happened. The NDA Government’s tenure has been very dynamic as far as its popularity is concerned and thus it would be interesting to see how PM Modi plans the more sensitive part of his tenure. Although, it seems pretty evident that it would be of a generalist nature and see more issues which have bearing on the ground realties of the nation rather than structural reforms which will take decades for any real change to be seen. This would ensure that his plan of 2019 victory come to fruition and in the process give the average Indian something to cheer for.


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