Two speeches are widely discussed in our country- first being the budget speech by the finance minister and the other being Independence Day speech by the prime minister.
This I-day Modi tried to show a dream (yet again) of a ‘new India’ by 2022. Interestingly, his term will expire in 2019 itself but the incumbent government rightly knows that only something Godly can stop them from coming back to the power. Coming back to the speech, Modi listed out his government’s achievements over the past three years in his trademark rhetorical.
Unlike his previous three speeches, Modi’s speech this I-day was devoid of new announcements except for the launch of a website to honour gallantry award winners. Previously, the PM had announced such path-breaking steps as the abolition of the Planning Commission and schemes such as Startup India and Stand-Up India.
This time the PM focused on giving a report card of his government’s performance in the last three years and sketched out his vision of a ‘new India’. He stressed out on his government’s efforts at curbing corruption, building modern infrastructure, and delivering welfare to all sects and castes alike.
Apart from praising his own policies, he also promised completion of 99 unfinished projects he announced last year by 2019. The two sensitive issues which found a place in Modi’s speech were communal (dis)harmony scenario in the country and the Kashmir issue. He denounced violence in the name of faith and said the land of Gandhi and Buddha will reject violence in the name of religion. However, he did not mention the political forces driving the lynching incidents, but nevertheless, he spelt out his disapproval of the violence. The restive situation in Kashmir too found a fleeting mention in his 57 minutes long deliberation. He said, Gaali (abuse) or goli (bullet) can’t resolve the Kashmir issue, but people will need to sit and talk. He invited everyone to join the political mainstream. This hints at a departure from the hard-line that the Modi government pursued in the state for the past many months.
He just passed through the tragic incident of the death of over 60 children in Gorakhpur medical hospital reportedly because of disrupted oxygen supply. Although, he spoke at length about the successes of his government, including demonetization and the roll-out of the goods and services tax (GST).
In all, Modi played safe by just mentioning the unfortunate incidents of his tenure so, that no one from the opposition can blame him for silence over the issue and spoke at length about his future master plans and the achievements of his government in the past three years. Modi’s speech was clearly written for the masses whom he wishes to give an upgraded version of the country by 2022, a period beyond the next general elections.