India

The controversial Hindu nationalist and economic reformer led the BJP party to a convincing victory in the recent polls.

INDONESIA

Senin, 15 Sep 2014 16:00 WIB

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Jasvinde Sehgal

India

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Narendra Modi was sworn in this week as India’s new prime minister.

The controversial Hindu nationalist and economic reformer led the BJP party to a convincing victory in the recent polls.

Those that voted for him are hoping that he will create a cleaner more effective government.

Manish Saini graduated from a law degree four years ago and is still looking for a job. 

He voted for the first time in India’s recent general election and believes the BJP party will be able to create more jobs. 

“I know the new Government does not have any magic wand that creates jobs but I am confident that they will be able to improve the education system which in turn will create more job opportunities for young people.” 

Two-thirds of India’s population is under 35 and the country has officially an 13 percent youth unemployment rate.

“The last Government was rejected by unemployed young people like me. This was the major issue in the election. Now we have hope things will change. ”

The BJP is the first political party in the last 30 years to win such a clear majority – they won 282 of 545 seats in the House of Representatives.

Political analyst Vivek Sharma, who also voted for the BJP says this will give them the power to create change.

“In the last 10 years there was a severe policy paralysis due to an ineffective government. But now under the leadership of Mr. Modi, the country will progress by leaps and bound.”

A brilliant speaker, Narender Modi ran an efficient national wide campaign that focused on revitalization the economy and fighting corruption.

Although the nationalist Hindu party has a dark past-- corruption scandals and ineffectual leadership from the previous Congress government gifted them with a strong win.

Local journalist Prem Shankar Sharma says people are hungry for change.

“In the last three years corruption skyrocketed affecting the poor the most. Also the price of basic goods has also increased.”

But India's new prime minister is a divisive politician - loved and loathed in equal measure.

He is accused of doing little to stop the 2002 religious riots when more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed --allegations he has consistently denied.

Dr. Vibhuti Bhushan Sharma is a Congress supporter. 

“Mr. Modi has won the elections only because of his image as a staunch Hindu nationalist. He used all his power to polarize the Hindu voters. He will very soon become a villain as the major population of our country is secular.”

He also points out in terms of the popular vote—the majority of people voted against the BJP.

“This party only secured 31 percent of total vote share which means that he was rejected by the majority of 69 percent electorate.”

Internationally Mr Modi also has a checked reputation.

After the the anti-Muslim riots - the US denied him visas and the UK cut off all ties with him.

He has never expressed any remorse or offered any apologies for the riots, and many Muslims displaced by the violence continue to live in ghettos.

“I feel that Mr. Modi will not be able to maintain peace and order as he is a strong Hindu nationalist and if he likes it or not, the truth is that he will not be able to control Hindu activism.”

Decade after the deadly riots the controversial politician has been reintegrated into the political mainstream.

And supports like Gajender Sharma point out that he has never been convicted of any wrong doing.

“He has been freed from such charges long back but the opposition parties raise them for political mileage.”

Mr Modi may polarize public opinion in India and abroad, but he has also been credited for bringing prosperity and development to his state of Gujarat.

And this is why farmer Rajender Singh Parmar voted for him.

“Mr Modi has promised to create jobs in villages.  The old village economy is crumbling; people are getting educated and looking for opportunities outside agriculture.  I hope that Modi will revive the village economy and generate jobs here.”

Narendra Modi himself comes from a humble background.

As a child he sold tea here on streets.

Now he is the leader of the world’s largest democracy.


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