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Some Stark Differences Between Two Governments: One of ‘Economist’ & the other of Chowkidar

In the midst of elections, it is becoming increasingly clear who is winning the war of narratives if one notices the dilemma in the Congress camp. From asking proofs for surgical strikes to false claims of ‘we too did surgical strikes’, the melt down of Congress is perhaps obvious to see. Interestingly, former PM Manmohan Singh, who was often referred to as ‘silent PM’ since he chose to watch the mammoth corruption right under his watch silently, has given an interview to news agency PTI in which he has alleged the Modi government to be ‘corrupt’, among many other things. It reminds one of Rahul Gandhi’s claim in one of his interviews where he had said “he (PM Modi) doesn’t even have basic knowledge of foreign policy.”

A corruption-free government and placing of India firmly on the global map are arguably the two brightest spots among many achievements of Modi government. In this background, when Congress chose to attack on these strong points without any backup with evidences, it simply exposes them further.

At a time when no less than Manmohan Singh claims PM Modi’s five years term as ‘most traumatic and devastating’, we bring to you several stark contrasts where the so-called economist and expert-led government had failed and how Modi government had delivered on the same without any high claims of punditry.

On Corruption

Modi government’s record: No scams in the five years at ministerial level. No allegation of scam despite lakhs of crores rupees worth tenders given to mega infrastructure projects.  

Congress-led UPA record: It is in everybody’s knowledge that the UPA rule was known for scams such as 2G, coalgate, commonwealth games etc. But what the attitude of the government of the day under ‘economist’ Prime Minister was, matters. Manmohan Singh who is now accusing this government of corruption without a shred of evidence, had said the following in defence of massive corruption under his rule.

On Inflation

Modi government’s record: The average rate of inflation has remained at 4.6% between 2014-18, whereas between 2009-14 where the ‘economists’ like Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram were leading UPA government, inflation was at a staggering 10.1 percent.  Modi government has contained inflation without raising any tax.

Congress-led UPA record: It not only punished the people with the hidden tax called high inflation, but when people complained expressing their pain, they were ridiculed by their finance minister, as evident below.

On Foreign Policy

Modi government’s record: The world stood up for India both on surgical strikes and air strikes. Doklam was solved without firing a single bullet. Global recognitions keep pouring in in honour of the Prime Minister of this country. India managed to secure a sanction on Masood Azhar when the United Nations Security Council designated Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”. During UPA, India was alone in moving a proposal against Azhar in UN. In 2016, India’s proposal was co-sponsored by USA, France and UK. In 2017, USA, UK and France moved the proposal. The below headline reflects the faith and respect the new India commands now.

Congress-led UPA record: Manmohan Singh who calls Modi’s Pakistan policy “slipshod” and says “this government’s foreign policy is founded upon anything but a mature comprehension of diplomacy”, had failed India in securing global support for its stand on terror. Even after the multiple and relentless attacks on India from Pakistani soil, the nation under Congress-led UPA had been advised to observe restraint from the global powers. The two headlines below sum up the state of affairs back then.

So, Congress which had a number of people in its stable claiming to have expertise on economy and foreign policy, had failed to deliver on inflation and to secure unqualified backing for the country’s stance on terror on global fora. In contrast, the Modi government has shown that it is not the fancy degrees and the AC room theories but sincere commitment and hard work that really matters in governance.