Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India claims that his government is working towards “Prabudha Bharat” (Awakened India) that was the ultimate mission and vision of Swami Vivekananda in his note on the occasion of the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of “Prabudha Bharat”(Vol. 125, No.3), the longest running journal started by Swami Vivekananda in 1896. In his note, he tries to convince the readers or people of India and outside that his government is only dedicated to the upliftment of poor people, because according to Swamiji, ‘poverty was at the root of every problem.’ He explains it with different programmes undertaken by his government. Is it really true? How this leader is taking advantage to publicize his government’s achievement with improper information in a journal like ‘Prabudha Bharat’.
How ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’, and ‘Jan Suraksha’ Scheme, etc. are empowering and igniting the poor when they have no food and no scope of equity and justice? How many of the poor get these opportunities? How many of them have succeeded to raise their status? He praises youth ‘as a power-house of zeal and self-confidence’. But he does not share his government effort to make them self-reliant. It is evident that the unemployment rate is increasing at alarming threat. His government ignores this problem.
Swamiji’s economic philosophy says that the economic development of people are three- fold – the development of agriculture, sustainable industrialization, and the development of human capital (improvement of quality and skills of labouring force). The third aspect is a tertiary referred to the trade and various services sectors. His government usually promotes corporate exploitation. The upper class domination to poor is yet a patent act to Indian society. Economic development is a part of the total development of a man. Modi’s government takes initiative to empower the particular corporate. The Farm laws and Labour Code bills, etc. are evidence of this. Privatization of public sectors/public undertakings gets more priority than industrialization during last 6 years of the Modi’s rule. His rule leads to serious personal and social consequences. It yields intense alcoholism, sex pervasion, murder and rape and similar other social disabilities.
Why is this leader trying to exploit Swamiji? He may share his weakness, not to reach the dream of Swamiji. It may surely prove his greatness.
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