Fast Track To Troubling Times: 100 Days of Narendra Modi – A Counter Report
Several “100 day” reports have been issued by various media sources about the new Narendra Modi administration in India. While some tend to be little short of adulatory panegyrics for Modi, a few have boldly pointed out glaring flaws and raised troubling questions around Modi’s relationship to Hindu chauvanism. However, even among the latter, the critical tone is balanced by an acquiescence suggesting Modi’s economic policies are well positioned for success. These concession-granting reports in favor of Modi, on the grounds of “economic revival,” do so based on the assumption that elimination of social democratic infrastructure is necessarily the best policy to clear the pathway for corporate growth.
This report, while being critical of Modi’s sectarian politics, assesses the economy from a realist perspective informed by current life indicators such as: over 40 percent of India’s population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day, four children die every minute from preventable illnesses, 78,000 mothers die in childbirth yearly, and one of five children under age five suffer acute malnutrition. This report therefore attempts to assess how Modi’s policies will impact the majority of India’s people — its farmers, auto rikshaw drivers, saltpan workers, teachers, tea stall workers, livestock rearers, factory workers, fisher people, working classes, mothers, children, etc. rather than its top few ruling percent.
And though 100 days is hardly enough time to cast a full assessment of governance, it certainly functions as a diagnostic especially when framed against Modi’s 12-year tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat, which is where this report claims its predictive license.
In short, this report is our refusal to accept the unacceptable.
Note: This report is based fully on publicly accessible sources.