Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Defence
There are very few occasions in the history of any country when a gigantic change takes place. In India’s political history, 2014 was the year of one such massive change. At that time the people of the country wanted to get rid of incapable and corrupt administration. They gave a mandateto the BJP under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi for change. It’s very rare when the people vote back an incumbent for the second time. But after Pandit Nehru, NarendraModi became the second such leader in Indian history, who became Prime Ministertwice in a row with people’s mandate and that too with more votes than the previous time.
While the mandate of 2014 was for change, the 2019 mandate was for reposing confidence in that process of change. Hence the mandate of 2019 was a mandate of faith. When the public reposes faith in someone, it’s a big challenge for a political person to maintain that trust. Therefore, credibility in politics remains a challenge and now it’s become a crisis to an extent.But when our government was formed again in 2019 under the leadership of Narendra Modi, many such decisions, which were the basis of the credibility of the ideological establishment of the BJP, were taken. Modiji took these decisions to its logical conclusion with courage and perseverance. This was the test of credibility for the BJP since the time of Jana Sangh till today and in the last one year Modiji has lived up to that expectation hundred percent. In this way, he has increased his own credibility and that of the party in the eyes of general public of India.And if we see it honestly, the last one year is a milestone in terms of credibility in Indian politics.
Measures like Article 370, Triple Talaq, change in Anti-terrorism Act and paving the way for construction of a grand Ram temple at ShriRam Janmabhoomi definitely make this year as an epoch-making year in India’s social, political and constitutional history.
The time of riddance from the issue of Talaq – e – bidat,whichalways used to bother Muslim women since long, came only in the last one year. In my view, it’s not a matter of joke but of women’s self-respect.
After the Supreme Court’s decision on Shri Ram Janmabhoomi, the way peace and harmony has been maintained throughout the country, I certainly considerit as Modi government’s most important achievement in the last one year. We believe inthat ideal of Lord Ram’s Ramrajya as our political philosophy, which says that all should live cordially practicing their respective religions.
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While Modiji tried to reduce the credibility crisis in politics, but the opposition camp behaved exactly opposite to not only the statement but the written resolutions too,adopted by the different opposition parties and governments from time to time on the Citizenship Amendment Act and generated an intense cynicism on the issue.India is the only secular nation in South Asia. Since we are now a global power, our constitutional commitment as a secular country was to help the victims of religious oppression in the region. Whatever Modiji did for the religiously oppressed minorities through the Citizenship Amendment Bill, I believe that it’s an unprecedented step in the history of Indian secularism.But due to inherent political reasons, an attempt was made to create a baseless confusion in the mind of the Muslim community on this topic. The protest on this issue was very unfortunate.
The period of last one year started, first of all, with the realisation of funds provided to farmers as a mark of respect to them. On the other hand,it went further with arranging better work facilities for workers, small shopkeepers and other small workers and ensuring pension facilities for them when they grow old.
If I analyse as Defence Minister, for better executive coordination among all the security forces of India,the issue of Chief of Defense Staff arrangement was under consideration since long. This arrangement is in place in most of the big and powerful countries of the world. On 15 August, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Modi made this new system a reality in India.The issue of ‘One Rank, One Pension’ was resolved with the coming of the previous government and this time, the issue of Chief of Defense Staff has been resolved.
In order to make India self-reliant in terms of security, the production of weapons in India, production of guns and rifles with the help of private sector, enhancing commercial efficiency of India’s Ordnance Factory and the procurement of the latest fighter aircraft Rafale and commissioning of Tejas, an indigenously manufactured fighter aircraft, were unprecedented steps.Fortunately, I had the opportunity to fly both these planes. We can feel proud of the achievements made in the last one year.
Today, in the form of corona epidemic,whole world is facing an unprecedented crisis of the known history of mankind. In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown both alertness and competence in fighting this epidemic by invoking a lockdown at the right time with full vigilance.Presently, the poor workers and farmers are facing a very tough challenge. But the sensitivity with which the government has acted is really commendable.In this difficult period, the Prime Minister has set an exemplary example through his efficient administration with a slew of measures ranging from transferring funds directly to the accounts of crores of poor, providing free ration to them to consulting not only political but all sections of society.
Whether a serious challenge can be converted into an opportunity, this ability has been displayed by Modiji during his tenure. Whether the issue of farmers’ right of selling their crops anywhere, the system of ‘one nation, one ration card’ for the workers, changing the definition of small and medium scale industry or developing India as a big repair maintenance and overhauling hub of aircrafts on a large scale, these are the decisions of the past one year, whose impact will be seen in decades to come.
This year is the centenary year of the death anniversary of Lokmanya Tilak, who gave the slogan of complete self-rule to India. The kind of work Modiji has done, we can confidently say that while serving the mother India in this third decade of the twenty-first century Shri Narendra Modi ji will definitely succeed in realizing the resolve of Swarajya, which Tilakji took in the beginning of the twentieth century.
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