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100 days of Modi: An interaction with an auto-driver

Rishabh Madhavendra Pratap rsb1444

Updated: August 27, 2014, 11:07 PM IST
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On May 26, 2014 India got its first non-Congress single-party government under our current Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And with all the zeal and enthusiasm the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came to power. Just three months have passed and the scrutiny of claims made by the ruling party of good governance and corruption-free India has begun. Everyone is chiming in with his or her own conclusions.

The other day, while rushing to college, I took an auto-rickshaw in the early hours of August 26, the day the Modi government completed three months in power. Talking to a friend over the phone while stuck in a huge traffic jam, I made fun of the "Achche Din" claim Modi made during his election campaign. To my surprise, the auto driver felt offended and I was left with no option but to hear him rage and rant about Modi's good governance.

The driver told me he was once an Aam Aadmi Party supporter who lost faith in the party and its leader Arvind Kejriwal and like every low income group member, also became tired of the Congress and its policies. The zealous Modi-supporter went on to compare the Prime Minister to Swami Vivekanand who will enlighten the nation.

Praising Modi's speeches which proposed changes in government mechanism, suspension of the Planning Commission amongst others, the auto-wallah said the Congress had taken the country to the dogs. He, of course, had no idea what the Planning Commission was and did. Without knowing the actual problem between India and Pakistan and reasons behind existences of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, he felt Modi's stand on Kashmir was what the country needed.
After a twenty minute interaction with the 50-year-old, replete with praises for Modi, I concluded that in these 100 days whatever Modi did may not look practical on the ground or to the experts but it definitely had an impact on the masses. He is successful in striking the right chord with them - the ordinary citizens.

Like many others who voted Narendra Modi to power, even this rickshaw-driver now awaits "Acche Din". I hope, fingers crossed, that hopes and aspirations of these people are fulfilled and "Acche Din" do arrive.
First Published: August 27, 2014, 11:07 PM IST

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