The Prime Minister will travel again from his triumph over a ragged opportunist coalition. In Johannesburg, for the BRICS summit, Modi will speak closely of Barack Obama, who delivered the annual Nelson Mandela conference. Obama spoke of a "politics of fear and resentment and entrenchment (this) began to appear, and this kind of politics is now in motion. It's moving at a pace that would have seemed unimaginable a few years ago. "
Modi Lok Sabha's speech lasted 90 minutes, the same length as that of Obama, but the two speeches were very far apart from one another in the vision and l '39; spirit of the state. Both summed up the worlds in which we live, but one was high and cautious and the other populist and pugilistic.
Politics as a spectator sport
Fresh out of football and tennis, if we were stuck to our televisions in the hope of a memorable oratory and a sparkling vision, we were feted by hours of loudly taunting at the most Low common derogation of the opposition and treasure banks.The money financed an unproductive parliamentary session after the other, and this one promises not to be different.Interesting for l & # 39; Speaker effortlessly as he is, Modi has frequently referred to notes.He has long been on reiteration, rhetoric and recrimination.Beating as a curtain raiser for the arduous general election campaign, this one was lacking a clearer vision of the No uvelle-India.
The showcase of the opposition is open, but the lights do not light up
But then, Modi was mainly responding to the long speech of Rahul Gandhi, which ended in the morning. inexplicable embrace of a politician who aspires to be the next leader of India. The announcement of Amul ("Embrace or embarrass?") Summarizes the social media sauce that is now spicing up every event in our lives. Gandhi spoke about the influence of Sangh parivar and the government's smoke and mirrors claims, but he did not lay out a plan for a transfer of power.
The abstentions of Biju Janata Dal, Shiv Sena and Telangana Rashtra Samithi, and the support of whole India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, meant that Modi could mockingly invite his opponents to submit another motion of censure against him. in 2024.
But it will not be a cakewalk
A parliamentary motion does not necessarily presage an overwhelming electoral victory. The Modi government must launch an ambitious universal health plan, but the problems of the economy – the slow creation of skilled jobs, the rise in inflation and oil prices, the low exports and the bad loans our banks face – consensus. Less so, citizens will use their votes to telegraph their anguish.
Going Beyond "sawa sau crore"
We are well into the fifth year in power of the NDA, but the Prime Minister and his editors have been trapped for months comparing the first four years of this government with the last four years of the UPA. Sometimes this obsession is absurd: earlier this week, trying to explain how he faced an overabundance of milk that cost less than bottled water and was causing grief to farmers in Gujarat, the ministry Agriculture boasted% in 2014-18 compared to the year 2010-14 of the UPA. "Give us a break – and also note that our population now exceeds 1.35 billion.
The most worrying is the "mobocracy" that the Supreme Court has warned this week: a dystopian landscape of disaffected young Indians. Bipin Bihari, the director general of Maharashtra police, told The Indian Express, "When a crowd includes unemployed, illiterate people and people fighting poverty, it manifests itself in a violent way. They are angry with the government, various institutions and society as a whole, and this repressed anger finds an outlet in a faceless and anonymous group. "