The year 2019 has not been a good one. On Christmas, India has three wishes for Santa Claus.
The year started with fugitives making away with thousands of crores, followed by the Pulwama attack and then Balakot. A polarized India, reeling from a blood-sucking, economic slowdown, went into the National Elections.
BJP’s second tenure has not relieved the common man from his woes. Instead, quite the opposite happened.
Two months of electoral extravaganza ended with PM Narendra Modi not just retaining the mandate but bettering it. India grew hopeful. But the slowdown didn’t stop. Lacs kept losing jobs. Markets remained liquidity-starved. Inflation kept draining the common man’s pocket.
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- India’s state of affairs today
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Today, the country is by no means in a phase of prosperity — the prosperity that PM Modi likes to project in his speeches on foreign soil and in reassurances to ardent BJP supporters in rally addresses.
Today, India has turned a deaf ear to its future. The same security forces that pledged to protect every Indian without bias bled students on the streets.
The same security forces that pledged to protect every Indian without bias bled students on the streets.
Kashmir has seen worse. Dissent hardly comes out of the valley like it used to. To put it better, news hardly comes out of the valley now. Christmas coincides with the 142nd day that Kashmir is incommunicado. Today, an unfazed government uses internet restriction to silence dissent and simultaneously hide the force that it uses from the public eye.
Christmas coincides with the 142nd day that Kashmir is incommunicado.
In the midst of all this, calendars will change and we’ll welcome 2020 in a week. But India reels and it wants three wishes fulfilled…
That The Government Handle Dissent Better
Pro or against, you can’t deny that the government hasn’t managed the CAA-NRC protests in a democratic manner. It has clamped down hard upon dissent. Unarmed protesters subjected to police brutality. Videos have surfaced of even the police vandalizing property.
Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Karnataka and Gujarat have witnessed violence. Peaceful protests are being turned into a narrative closer to riots. All on a bill that brings in a communal angle to how India offers citizenship. TWENTY-FIVE CITIZENS HAVE DIED TILL NOW.
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PM Modi and HM Shah have refused to converse directly with protesters. Police, as if through pre-planned acts of vendetta, turned Universities into warzones. Meanwhile, UP CM Ajay Bisht has turned his state into ‘Kashmir’, if only for a few days.
Surely, Modi and Shah can do more than just try to explain the CAA, NRC, and NPR in front of the camera.
In-depth coverage – CAA-NRC Protests
That Normalcy Returns To Kashmir
It has been over four months that an Indian citizen in the valley even had a bleak glimmer of hope. The BJP government fulfilled its promise. It abrogated Article 370. But it never mentioned that Kashmir would not just become a union territory but a detention area of sorts, out of bounds.
Reports coming out of the valley tell us that people are struggling for basic amenities. Thousands are still in detention including the valley’s senior-most leader Farooq Abdullah who stays under house arrest at 82 years of age.
Read more on the state of Kashmir
The move was supposed to help Kashmir prosper. It has cut off the people in the valley from the world. Their voices silenced. The valley is the world’s most militarized zone.
Government claims that everything is normal. Perhaps, this abnormality is the new normal of Kashmir.
In-depth coverage – KASHMIR
That The Focus Goes Back To REAL Issues
The recession is real. And while the government doesn’t admit, the superpower dream is at risk of vanishing into thin air. Economic activity has come to a standstill.
Thousands of farmers have committed suicide. Over 5 lac people have lost their jobs. Markets have run dry. Prices of food and necessities are sky-rocketing, salaries have been stagnant for years. Manufacturing is at a standstill.
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Public education is at the risk of annihilation. The government is selling iconic public companies to private players. Non-performing assets continue to rise. GST collections are embarrassing.
In-depth coverage: Real Issues
Good Riddance 2019? Not Really
2020 looks bleak. Progress and prosperity have taken the backseat and greatness is projected through media manipulation. Nationalism is sold over the counter.
Apathetic governance masquerades as decisiveness. Human rights violations are ignored as byproduct of necessary action. Pragmatism is promoted and is consequently becoming the dogma. Crores of Indians are buying into it, distracted from the inability of the ruling party.
Human rights violations are ignored as byproduct of necessary action. Pragmatism is promoted and is consequently becoming the dogma.
The BJP government looks clueless and lacks a development model. People are easy to polarize. There is no talk of development and communal issues keep India preoccupied. The superpower dream is far away. India enters the new year falling into an abyss.
However, Merry Christmas.