As a leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always been charismatic. His charismatic personality and style have earned him the title of style icon. Modi led the BJP in the 2014 general election, which gave the party a majority in India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, for the first time since 1984.
While Modi’s administration has attempted to increase foreign direct investment in the Indian economy while cutting spending on healthcare and social welfare programs such as Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan, Har Ghar jal yojna, and many others.
Modi has attempted to improve bureaucracy efficiency by abolishing the Planning Commission and centralising power. He launched a high-profile sanitation campaign, controversially began demonetisation of high-denomination banknotes and a taxation regime transformation, and weakened or abolished environmental and labour laws.
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi first addressed the people of the country after being elected, he said the now-iconic words, “Achhe Din aane wale hai” – “Good days are around the corner.”
For the first time since independence, the people of India have awoken from their stupor and are taking an interest in what is going on in their country. A healthy debate is now part of every Indian’s daily conversation, whether they are professionals or ordinary citizens.
Suddenly, anyone and everyone who had never checked on the taxes or octroi charged before now knows how much GST is being charged for everything of note. And he has an opinion on the matter! That person who did not complain about being charged Rs.2 extra for an ice-cold bottle of water now wants to know why a packet of tea is being charged Rs.2 extra.
There is a social awakening for the first time since independence. People are eager to change the situation on the ground, whether it is by expressing empathy and support for the Armed Forces, expressing disgust at anti-nationals, expressing anger at biassed mainstream media, expressing solidarity with victims of bullying, rape, and other social evils, and, above all, expressing support for government policies such as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or demonetization.
When the BJP created more and more Social Media groups, it was most likely with the intention of using them for information retrieval and communication of policies, ideas, and orders to their ground workers and supporters. However, these groups spawned more groups, each with its own networking based on likes and dislikes, and these offshoots encouraged people to reach out in various ways to discover Bharat. This has reaped rich dividends in the form of people forming their own self-help groups, where agendas on rediscovering their lost history, culture, tradition, and more are becoming stronger day by day, all without the government’s interference.
What a wonderful, positive change!
For the first time since our country’s independence, there is a nationalistic movement in our country, with citizens dreaming of making our country a better place, with or without the assistance of the government. People who previously only had access to information through the mainstream media are learning about their anti-national/anti-establishment stance and are now using social media to obtain correct information and to speak out against misinformation.
We are in the midst of a ‘Manthan,’ and animosity appears to be increasing. But it is only a matter of time before PM Modi’s spark of nationalism ignites into a flame that purifies and brightens our country.