As the nation prepares to celebrate 75 years of Independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few days ago called on the people to make the next 25 years, that is to say when India will enter a century of glorious Independence with new thresholds, aspirations and dreams and resolved to build a strong, prosperous and self-reliant nation. Indians are reaping the rewards of the planned and determined efforts made by the Modi government over the past few years to build a strong, prosperous and self-reliant India. India’s journey over the past 8 years has been amazing. From ensuring that the poor and disadvantaged receive the benefits of various government programs and thus bringing them into the development mainstream to conducting airstrikes and hence warning forces, trying to create unrest in India , to make amends and not undermine the country. And hence, through all this, it is believed that India will truly emerge as a self-sufficient, prosperous and self-sufficient nation. This is nothing but a snapshot of what the Modi government has done over the past 8 years….
Let us recall the days before the Modi government came to power in 2014. Pakistan-backed terrorism was at its peak and terrorist attacks were rampant between 2004 and 2014. During this decade, there were series of attacks. bombings across the scene and thousands of innocent lives were lost. Moreover, the terrorist attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 by a handful of Pakistani militants clearly underlined how deeply rooted terrorism has become in our country. Terrorist attacks have increased to such an extent that one can doubt the existence of any governmental system in the country. There were widespread attacks and strikes by the Pakistani army near the Line of Control, killing and beheading Indian soldiers. It was during this time that the then Prime Minister of Pakistan had the audacity to publicly humiliate the then Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh. Even China had not missed the opportunity to infiltrate India. It was during the tenure of the United Progressive Alliance government led by Dr Manmohan Singh when China seized 38,000 square kilometers of land from India. This fact was admitted by the United Progressive Alliance government in its response to a question posed to the Rajya Sabha. In response to a question posed by BJP MP YS Choudhary, the then Minister of State for Foreign Affairs E. Ahmed confessed. After the Modi government came to power, China’s intrusion was dealt with appropriately. In June 2020, when the Chinese army in Ladakh launched an attack against the Indian army, the latter retaliated in the same way. The Chinese army did not expect such resistance from the Indian soldiers. In fact, China, after the Dokhlam incident in Bhutan in 2017, had sensed that there would be major political changes in India after the Modi government came to power. The Indian Army had prevented the Chinese Red Army from engaging in construction activities in the Dokhlam region of Bhutan. The surgical strike in 2016 and the Balakot airstrike in 2019 had taught a good lesson to the Pakistani military and the government which actively supported terrorist activities in India.
The whole world was amazed to see this ever-changing India. India has never advocated aggression on the international scene. It has always retained its tolerant attitude in the face of aggression and intrusions from its neighboring countries. The Modi government gave an appropriate response in a language understood by these neighboring nations and reintroduced a strong India to the world. Now enemy nations will think 100 times before engaging in such acts.
While creating a protective shield around the country, the Modi government has endeavored to make the intelligence system strong and efficient and thus curbed domestic terrorist activities. Between 2014 and 2022, i.e. during the tenure of the Modi government, except for the three terrorist attacks – the Pathankot air base attack on January 2, 2016, the Uri attack in Kashmir in September 2016 and the Pulwama attack in 2019, our security succeeded in curbing the activities of Pakistani-sponsored terrorists. The Modi government has succeeded in creating the image of a strong and vigilant nation.
The Modi government has over the past eight years taken some decisive steps to protect the country from internal and external threats while making India a wealthy and prosperous nation. These efforts are slowly reaping the rewards. This was reflected in the country’s record export growth. India’s exports in the month of June 2022 stood at $64.91 billion, almost 23% more than in 2021. Thanks to various government initiatives such as Startup India, Make In India and Atmanirbhar Bharat , the government has tried to encourage young and other business ventures to research, develop, manufacture and assemble products in India. The initiative has also created an investment-friendly environment to help develop modern and efficient infrastructure and open up new sectors to foreign investment.
A few years ago, India had to import products to make toys. China accounted for the largest share (80%) of toy imports. Thanks to the planned efforts of the Modi government, this import of toys has decreased by almost 70% while the export of Indian-made toys has increased by 61%. The Indian toy market was largely dominated by cheap Chinese toys. This hegemony was broken by the effective establishment of the Make In India initiative. Today, India’s toy exports reached USD 326 billion in 2021-22.
Additionally, India’s agricultural exports hit a record high of $50 billion in 2021-22. These export figures are for the first ten months of the fiscal year from April 2021 to January 2022. Last year, India’s agricultural exports were $32.66 billion during the same period. . Wheat export reached 70 lakh tons. India’s rice exports in 2021-22 reached 210 lakh tons, which is expected to reach 230 lakh tons in 2022-23. In addition, the Kisan Railway, which was launched for the rapid transport of agricultural products within the country, is gaining momentum. All these efforts result in increased income for farmers.
The Modi government has also launched several programs like Ujwala Yojana, Matru Vandana, Jan Dhan Yojana, Ayushman Bharat Yojana, Janaushadhi Pariyojana to make quality generic medicines available at affordable prices for all, POSHAN Abhiyan and the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana. Due to the Jan Dhan Yojana, government grants were deposited directly into the bank accounts of the destitute and needy. Through the Ayushman Bharat Yojana introduced to provide medical aid to the poor and disadvantaged, nearly 3.28 million people have benefited from the program so far. To ensure that disadvantaged people benefit from this programme, Ayushman cards have been distributed to over 18 million people. Also, nearly 8,694 Pradhan
The Mantri Janaushadhi Kendras have been started all over the country to provide medicines to the poor at affordable prices.
In order to ensure that the poor do not starve during the confinement imposed to fight the Corona pandemic, 5 kg of wheat, rice and pulses were distributed free of charge to more than 80 million people through of Garib Kalyan Yojana. Through this Yojana, till March 2022, nearly 759 lakh metric tons of food grains have been distributed to 80 million beneficiaries in the country. The Modi government has, so far, spent more than Rs 3 lakh crore on the scheme. During the confinement, the businesses of various street vendors and small traders were closed for several months. The Modi government offered them a helping hand by giving them loans at lower interest rates for their working capital. More than 29 lakh people have benefited from the self-financing scheme. By increasing the ethanol content of fuel to 10%, it has also greatly benefited farmers who grow sugar cane. The Modi government has also strengthened the country’s road infrastructure by prioritizing the construction of highways, national roads, roads and bridges.
In short, the Modi government over the past 8 years has succeeded in laying the foundations for a prosperous, self-sufficient and powerful India. It cannot be claimed that the government has achieved all of its goals, but one can certainly appreciate the fact that the nation is making slow progress towards realizing the goal of becoming a prosperous nation.
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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