The modus operandi of Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre has made it clear that it wants to give a complete facelift to the system before giving a specific shape to its wide-ranging ideas. It’s quite natural, because the eruption of scores of problems within the country gives an impression that nothing has been done for the past several years. The new government has first of all taken an enormous task of joining the scrambled pieces of the system. It wants to bring an all-new outlook and move ahead along with a new energy. Its glimpses can be seen in the policies framed for economy, development in core structure, internal security, poverty alleviation, employment and other important issues. These are quite different from the policies of the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. The statement issued by Narendra Modi after becoming Prime Minister, especially during the discussion on President’s address to both Houses, demonstrated his commitment towards the pride and dignity of his position. The persona presented by him after the elections, especially in the context of political outlook, puts a stamp on his maturity. He oozes confidence when he says that he wants to move ahead along with everyone including the Opposition.

During his address to both Houses of Parliament, Narendra Modi reiterated his commitment on development and good governance while keeping the Constitutional structure in mind is important mainly because in the past few years, there have been voices from the state governments that the ruling dispensation at the Centre is not respecting the constitutional structure. Due to this, the Centre and state governments have been at loggerheads on several occasions. Contrary to this, Narendra Modi has placed a new idea of working as Team India in a collective manner. Proper coordination and understanding between the states and Centre is quite essential in order to take the country forward. The Constitution gives several rights to the states but they have some responsibilities as well according to the Constitutional structure. It’s the duty of the Centre not to adopt partial attitude towards any state. At the same time, the Centre should also keep this fact in mind that no state turns adamant. There have been several instances of states gunning each other over distribution of water and other resources on several occasions. It’s also not hidden that some states did not even shy off from influencing foreign policies. It’s known to everyone that how India’s relations with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka got affected due to West Bengal and Tamil Nadu respectively.  The states will have to understand that their aspirations and ambitions can’t be bigger than national interest. At the same time, the Centre needs to make every state feel that their interests should not be ignored. Modi is laying emphasis on the constitutional structure mainly because he understands the role of states in the development of nation. Since Modi’s viewpoint of good governance also includes a special place for bureaucrats, he is trying to instill confidence and motivate them right from day one. His specific outlook towards the bureaucrats assumes significance as no roadmap of development can neither be prepared without the support of bureaucrats nor can be implemented properly.  

The agenda of Modi government, which came to the fore during President’s address, was much in sync with the BJP’s manifesto that was released prior to the elections. The points presented by the Opposition appeared more like formal impedance than logical argument. Since it’s quite difficult in our country to rise above party-based politics, the Opposition, in the name of criticizing the government, tries to know its agendas via President’s address. The Opposition also tries to know when and how these agendas will be fulfilled. This question hardly holds any merit as there are several developmental projects which need time to be implemented and no clear picture will emerge in a few hours of discussion. What’s important now is that the task of bringing fundamental changes in the system having possibilities of bringing changes is exciting a large section of the people. Modi government also needs to keep this fact in mind that the vista of problems which it got from its preceding government can’t be solved overnight. It would be good if the government makes it clear before the entire nation that the problems are quite serious and it would take some time to get rid of these problems. It’s necessary mainly because the Opposition is creating such a hue and cry over the power and water crisis in Delhi as if Modi government has been in power at the Centre for a long time and the problem is an output of his inefficiency. Can the 15-day-old Modi government be blamed for the power and water crisis in Delhi? It should be made clear before the entire country regarding who is responsible for it and due to whose inactiveness, the fundamental structure has collapsed.  This is nothing but an attempt to mislead people and an instance of low-level politics that the Opposition is blaming the Modi government for the power crisis in Delhi and other parts of the country. Along with power, there are several ministries where the system has collapsed completely and the common man is reeling under its direct impact. In order to make the picture clear before the people, Modi government can also present a white paper.

Based on the way Modi government has begun with the things, it can be expected that every state will be treated with uniformity and all necessary steps will be taken to solve area-specific problems and everyone will be taken together in the steps involved in the process. A cripple system takes time to get resurrected and Modi government does not possess any magic wand. The comprehensive reforms plan which has been presented is expected to take at least two years to show results. The way people deserve better facilities, even Modi and his colleagues should get some time to fix the problems.

(An original copy of the article published in Hindi on June 15, 2014 translated by the English editorial. The author is the Group Editor of Dainik Jagran)