Almost two years ago in the run up to the General elections the Prime Ministerial candidate for BJP Narendra Modi inspires the whole country with some new vision and his consistent attack on the conventional political culture in Indian political parties to succumb to the pressure of vote bank politics and his diagnose to this political problem which did not allow political parties to look to the people of the country as an unit but to look to them as fractured social and religious groups according to their political priority was one of the reason for the country to left behind and this new terminology and definition from Narendra Modi arouse the hope among the people of the country to look to the general elections as an opportunity to not only elect a political leader but a new visionary leader who has the will and power both to take India into the new century with new agenda , new narratives to achieve new goals, but in last two years since Narendra Modi has been elected to the power his vision to take India into new era has been replaced with the crude reality of he too succumbing to the pressure of political compulsions .
In the run up to the general elections when BJP in general and Narendra Modi himself in particular projected the so called “ Gujarat Model” it always has the inherent message that “ Development” alone has the solution to every problem of country and the fault line of cast , creed and religion which emerges in political landscape from time to time because in last more than six decades the political parties in the country have not been able to move the people of country along with development as an unit and once the development will become the mass movement and people of the country participate with all round development of the country most of the problems those have fragmented the people will automatically evaporate .
This new “ Mantra” of development and the vision behind this mantra attracted the people towards Modi and he become the gravitational force behind political change which most of the people read more between the lines as third political turning point in Indian political history since 1947 when Country got the freedom followed by the economic reform and liberalization in 1991 .
But it has been utter disappointment to witness In last two years that on several occasions Narendra Modi has been found vulnerable to political pressure and electoral compulsions like any other political parry who is more concerned and worried and to some extent feel insecure for the electoral performance of his party in every state elections and since his party lost the legislative elections in Delhi and Bihar he has distracted from his track and his temperament as well confidence to move on the reform and new vision has been badly shattered and he has decided to return to the old conventional path of more tested and beaten track of politics and the latest decision of the Gujarat government to grant the 10% quota to the economically backward people from general category is another political disaster in the happening for the Narendra Modi .
This new decision of the Gujarat government will neither pacify those groups who are demanding the quota nor it will generate or ignite any new alternate debate on the existing structure of the quota , on the contrary it will give more ammunition to the opposition parties to create more confusion and insecurity among the schedule casts and backward casts to propagate further the argument that this is an attempt to altar the present structure of the quota and redefine the criteria from social and educational backwardness to economic backwardness .
The question of reservation for socially backward has been very controversial and delicate and it has certain historical background behind it and it would have been always better that Narendra Modi would have worked more to reform the educational structure along with aggressive and active push of economic reform to take the country in to new era to create more jobs and provide more conducive atmosphere for new opportunities of entrepreneurship but it has been disappointing to see that rather than taking the path of economic reform and tough measures on policy front he completed his less than half tenure in office without any aggressive reform push and in the absence of any radical new vision and bold initiative the country seems to be slipping in the status quo and the old repeated questions and issues are chasing him too in the absence of any new vision and destination.
The latest decision of Gujarat government to grant more quotas is not the solution of any problem neither social nor economic it will only aggravate the demand for more reservations and quotas among various social groups and they will exploit the vulnerability of Narendra Modi for his insecurity to electoral politics.
Narendra Modi still have time with him and he has the only choice to go for social and economic reform and take the country forward because if he decide to return to the comfort zone of more secure and beaten track it will create further political space for conventional political parties and Modi will not be able to use it as his political capital as Narendra Modi was the face of aspiration and hope to take country forward and find new solutions to older problems.