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Latest reports indicate that Indian people continue to be haunted by hunger and malnourishment, with very minor improvement – and even worsening in some cases - over the past few years. Despite this shocking state of the country’s citizens, ending hunger is not on the agenda of Prime Minister Modi...
The RSS/BJP rulers have not expressed intention of discarding or checking the present spate of violence against minorities in the name of cow, love-jihad, ghar wapsi (forcible conversion of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism) and allegiance to Hindutva.
In a severe jolt to the Modi sarkar’s tall claims that last year’s note ban had destroyed black money in India, recently released data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shows that almost 99% of the banned 1000-rupee notes were actually returned to the RBI.
India’s livestock economy is among the biggest in the world.
Last year, while analyzing two years of Modi government, we had underlined the ‘unrelenting authoritarian assaults on the campuses and students in the wake of the imposition of RSS’ agenda of Hindutva’.
Over these three years of Modi raj, we have seen India abandon its position as an important, independent voice of the global south, and relegate itself to a subordinate ally of the US. Nearer home, Indian policy on Pakistan, China and Nepal has been a complete failure.
The Modi government has completed three years at the Centre. The BJP came to power with the slogan of ‘Sab ka sath Sab ka vikas’ but in practice, the governance of the country has become ‘Poonjipati ka Sath Vanchiton ka Vinash’ (Support the capitalists, destroy the deprived).
As the third year of Modi government ends, the communal Hindutva campaign of RSS-BJP has reached top gear. Yogi Adityanath, the unashamedly divisive face of the Saffron Brigade, being put at the helm of the biggest state of the country is the most blatant expression of this.
Commercialisation and saffronisation of the education system has intensified in the NDA II regime of Narendra Modi. Funding has been cut for public educational institutions and some are being privatised.
When the Modi government swept to power in May 2014, it did so without a single Muslim or Christian MP among the 282 who won on the party’s ticket.