In 2014, the Ashwamedha of Modi began to deliver fruits in the Hindi heartland and they landed up forming governments in more than 15 states in India, along with the Central government.
In 2019, they returned back to power on the same wave of masculine nationalist agenda, which saw a campaign tearing down upon the leaders of the opposition and creating a wave of contempt for the Congress.
After all the narrative is about Congress Mukt Bharat!
Yet, in the just concluded elections for Maharashtra and Haryana assemblies, BJP emerged as the single largest party, and increasing its vote share decisively, but the road forwards, looks gloomy, with more addition of coalition partners in the fray.
Since Jananayak Janta Party of Dushyant Chautala aligned with Manohar Lal in Haryana, the Shiv Sena is trying some arm-flexing exercises to have rotational ministries with Chief Ministers also getting changed.
The flow of the electorate in these two states is symbolic in certain aspects that have skipped the assessment of the National President Sri Amit Shah, and working President Sri JP Nadda of the BJP that electorates’ behaviour when it comes to voting for assembly and national elections.
It is also worth noting here that the opposition’s cornering of the ruling bastion over the slump in the economy and denuded agricultural production led to the confusion of the voter, which became a vote getter for Congress, NCP and the JJP also became dominant.
The power circles shifting from traditional households in these states and falling with the BJP also led to disgruntled voters voting for their earlier patrons.
The causative factors which don’t resonate with the dream project of the BJP where the wish to establish a polity with a single orientation on a national scale, need to be pondered upon and a futuristic propaganda has to be created.
The propaganda is undergoing a stalemate, and the stalemates are:-
1. Every time when an election is being held, military action against Pakistan is stale.
2. The enumeration of achievements which have not touched the lives of the people, such as healthcare, rural electrification, urban and rural hygiene, technological farming, agriculture insurances and effective policing, need to be addressed more.
3. Persecuting the Congress for a long time will help them create a better narrative to oppose the BJP’s Ashwamedha.
4. Calling MGNREGA a blunt failure will not address the issues in the rural sector, and the irregular land holding patterns when not re-oriented, will not deliver the desired results in terms of farm output.
5. The blind response to the economic status where the Finance Minister simply offered a deduction in Corporate Tax, will surely be stimulating to the corporates but, will reduce the ability of the government to spend on welfare initiatives.
6. Centralised development in places like Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad/ Cyberabad, Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata, will add to many woes of not only the socio-economic status of the country but also will create additional pressures on the resource infrastructure of both kinds, namely civic amenities and natural amenities.
7. FDI in healthcare will make everything more costly, while we need to move towards a more affordable scheme of things, as we are looking at the sustenance of the world’s largest population to be.
8. The social fabric of states, has to be understood very very carefully, and caste dominance has to be shaken from within the political narrative, so as to provide greater mobility and unity in the masses.
9. Without the presence of devoted cadre and University politics at every level, the careful moulding of public opinion cannot be done, which is a reason we need more penetration into campuses today than ever.
10. Using Modi ji as the face of every election will not translate into votes, the lessons needed to be learnt when Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhatisgarh slipped out of hands.
The causative factors, above do suggest certain measures but the scheme of acting further involves the following in order:-
(a) Creating a cadre based party structure which improves people contact programmes;
(b) Creating internal audit mechanisms which check and verify the performance of the governments periodically and submit their reports to the Legislative Party Chiefs, who act accordingly;
(c) Weeding out favouritism and nepotism, which will spread power to the hands of maximum number of people, who will feel a part of the government;
(d) Doing away with Caste based distinctions, and involving the RSS in creating a social orientation programmes;
(e) Focusing on delivery of services spread across sectors rather than just establishing them and forgetting them, the internal review committees may be helpful;
(f) Severing Religion and Politics.
(g) Dispersing development through bolstering of police infrastructure and pushing for status quoist measures while providing for employment;
(h) Improving the quality and implementation of labour laws in the private sector;
(i) Introduction of the capitalist as a job-giver;
(j) Restoration of Corporate Tax regime to the old rate, and improving the monitoring of Corporate Social Responsibility (because Sarkaar doesn’t have surplus capital);
(k) Improving monitoring and implementation mechanisms, and collection of fines, which will add jobs for the people, and also create some civic order;
(l) Restricting the narrative only to Progressive Nationalism over masculine nationalism;
(m) Moving beyond Pakistan since it creates a disgust for the Mussalmaan;
(n) Improving Income Tax transparency and implementing the Class Based reservations over Caste based;
(o) Pushing for green initiatives, rigorously, since environmental conservation reduces costs in healthcare, and development of sites creates plantation, which proves helpful, the industries and corporates should be willing to undertake all possible green initiatives at the expense of their profits, and the governments should bear equal responsibility;
(p) Waste management and safai karamcharis should be monitored;
(q) Governance with a difference should be offered, promoted and monitored.
The starting point of the reforms lies in the fact that there must be more people contact programmes at all levels of the polity.
A complete new propaganda has to be create, which finds a place in the imagination of the ordinary Indian, and it has to start showing within a timeline specified by the Governments.
Nobody expects magical dividends, but there has to be a start, as a supporter of the movement to improve India, the suggestions may offer a perspective, but if not implemented, they won’t help but the BJP will suit it’s luck, since masculine nationalism is no substitute to the common woes of the people.