HowIndiaLives looks at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s four big government schemes – covering housing, electrification, rural jobs and financial inclusion – and compares their stated objective with what has actually been achieved.
Swapan Dasgupta in the Hindustan Times says Modi has completely transformed India’s political landscape, but his governance track record will take time to fully comprehend.
“The devastating flaw in Modi’s project is this,” writes Pankaj Mishra in Bloomberg, “he is trying to build a homogeneous national community in an irrevocably diverse country.”
One of Modi’s big changes earlier on was to disband the Planning Commission in favour of a more collaborative think tank, called NITI Aayog. Yet over the last two and a half years, the institution has gone nowhere, writes Pradeep S Mehta in Mint.
Those who hoped that India would change Modi have been disappointed, writes Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay in Asian Age. It is Modi who has changed the face of India.
Three years in, do we even know what the Modi government’s Kashmir policy is? “Perhaps Modi, like his predecessor Manmohan Singh, believes that the situation in Kashmir would take a turn for the better by itself,” writes Arun Joshi in the Tribune. “That is not going to happen.”
“Let us make no mistake. Three years after the revolution, the Indian State is back with a bang — back with all the Stalinist impulses of the Indira Gandhi era,” writes Harish Khare, also in the Tribune.
While it is possible to give the government a good (if not glorious) grade on what it has achieved,” writes V Anantha Nageswaran in Swarajya, “it is hard to resist being wistful on what might have been.”
Mihir Sharma writes on NDTV.com of the one thing that the Modi government has done that makes him proud: Standing up to China.
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Shiv Visvanathan writes of the four ways he was wrong about Narendra Modi when he came to power three years ago.
As our parents grow older, our ‘adulting’ skills are tested like never before.
From answering every homework question to killing every monster under the bed, from soothing every wound with care to crushing anxiety by just the sound of their voice - parents understandably seemed like invincible, know-it-all superheroes all our childhood. It’s no wonder then that reality hits all of a sudden, the first time a parent falls and suffers a slip disc, or wears a thick pair of spectacles to read a restaurant menu - our parents are growing old, and older. It’s a slow process as our parents turn from superheroes to...human.
And just as slow to evolve are the dynamics of our relationship with them. Once upon a time, a peck on the cheek was a frequent ritual. As were handmade birthday cards every year from the artistically inclined, or declaring parents as ‘My Hero’ in school essays. Every parent-child duo could boast of an affectionate ritual - movie nights, cooking Sundays, reading favourite books together etc. The changed dynamic is indeed the most visible in the way we express our affection.
The affection is now expressed in more mature, more subtle ways - ways that mimics that of our own parents’ a lot. When did we start parenting our parents? Was it the first time we offered to foot the electricity bill, or drove them to the doctor, or dragged them along on a much-needed morning walk? Little did we know those innocent acts were but a start of a gradual role reversal.
In adulthood, children’s affection for their parents takes on a sense of responsibility. It includes everything from teaching them how to use smartphones effectively and contributing to family finances to tracking doctor’s appointments and ensuring medicine compliance. Worry and concern, though evidence of love, tend to largely replace old-fashioned patterns of affection between parents and children as the latter grow up.
It’s something that can be easily rectified, though. Start at the simplest - the old-fashioned peck on the cheek. When was the last time you gave your mom or dad a peck on the cheek like a spontaneous five-year-old - for no reason at all? Young parents can take their own children’s behaviour available as inspiration.
As young parents come to understand the responsibilities associated with caring for their parents, they also come to realise that they wouldn’t want their children to go through the same challenges. Creating a safe and secure environment for your family can help you strike a balance between the loving child in you and the caring, responsible adult that you are. A good life insurance plan can help families deal with unforeseen health crises by providing protection against financial loss. Having assurance of a measure of financial security for family can help ease financial tensions considerably, leaving you to focus on being a caring, affectionate child. Moreover,you can eliminate some of the worry for your children when they grow up – as the video below shows.
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