‘No force on earth can stop an idea whose time has come‘, said Victor Hugo, a famous French poet.
To become a strong and super power nation, along with economic development and military strength, one thing that is prerequisite is the the internal unity and internal Security of any nation. If there is turmoil in society, can that society make economic progress? Will any investor invest in such a country?Had USA not solved the issue of slavery(which even led to civil war) and rift between its Southern and northern states, could it become world superpower?
India also affected by many internal issues, and we can say either due to the attitude of ” Latkana, Bhatkana and Atkana”(delaying, misguiding and obstructing) by many governments or due to lack of political will, some issue were pending and were stopping India from moving forward.
But Narendra Modi government has strong mandate of the people of India and also the political will of Solving the Unsolved.
(1) Kashmir and Article 370
Kashmir has always been on priority for all the prime ministers. Special status given to J&K under Article 370 was a temporary provision. But some misunderstood this being special as being separate and this feeling of separatism was fueled by Pakistan for spreading Terrorism.
All the previous Prime ministers had tried their best to solve the issue of Kashmir. But there was popular demand with in the country to scrap this Article 370 for complete integration of J&K into India. Narendra Modi government on 5th Aug 2019, showed that political will and scraped Article 370, and bifurcated J&K state into two Union Territories.
Now whether this step can bring peace and normalcy in Kashmir, is to be seen in future but it is definitely a big step towards it.
(2) The Ayodhya Issue
The Babri masjid- Ram Janambhoomi dispute was probably the longest in the history of Independent India. It was used as a weapon by political parties to instigate communal hatred in the society. Although the much credit for solving this ,must be given to Honorable supreme court, but the governments both the central and states must be praised for maintaining law and order. Not even single incidence violence reported and such a big issue resolved peacefully.
(3) Criminalizing Instant Triple Talaq
In August 2017, the Indian Supreme Court deemed instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) unconstitutional. But even then cases of triple talaq were not stopping. That’s why in July 2019, India’s parliament approved a bill that makes the practice of “instant divorce” a criminal offence.
By passing this act, Modi government corrected the wrong done by Rajiv Gandhi government in Shah Bano case, 1986.
(4) Repatriation of Brus
Bru also known as Reang, mainly belong to the Vaishnav school of Hinduism, are ethnic group from Mizoram. Being an ethnic and religious minority, the Brus have been looked on as ‘outsiders’ in the state of Mizoram, where the largely Christian Mizos dominate. In the 1997 flare-up of large-scale violence against them, thousands of Bru homes were burnt, and a number of them were also killed and raped. This forced tens of thousands of them to flee to safety in neighbouring Tripura.
Around 34,000 people were forced to live in sub-human conditions in tents in Tripura. No solution could be reached all these years. Due to the initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, negotiations were started afresh.
Recently, some Brus have been settled again in Mizorum, and remaining who were feeling fear in going Mizoram, have been settled permanently in Tripura. Along with voting rights, community members would also get a one-time assistance of ₹4 lakh as fixed deposit. “A 40/30 feet plot of land, an aid of ₹5,000/month for the next two years, free ration and ₹1.5 lakh to build houses will be given to them.
With this, Modi government solved 22 year old issue and provided dignified life to the members of Bru community.
(5) Resolving the ‘Bodo’ issue
Union home ministry signed a tripartite agreement with the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and Assam government, for bringing the state’s Bodo community closer to the mainstream.
Bodos are tribal people, it is most dominant plain tribe in Assam. As insurgency peaked in the northeast, a group of Bodos formed the armed militia called the Bodo Security Force (BSF), later rechristened as National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). The group’s sole aim was to establish a sovereign state for Bodos.
Now with more administrative powers the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts(BTAD) will now be renamed to Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).
Bodo people left demand for Separate state. With Bodo accord, India solved one more insurgency. One more old problem, at-least 60 years old problem, because Bodos demanding autonomy since mid 1960s and the movement got violent only in last 25 years. Now normalcy can be established and insurgency will be stopped.
(6) Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019
Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, is a law to provide Indian citizenship to minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have faced religious persecution in these theocratic states.
India was divided on religious line. Pakistan failed to implement Liaquat–Nehru Pact of 1950, which says both country will respect and protect Minority’s rights in their country. Hindus which were around 23% in Pakistan in 1947, today they are less than 1.5%.
CAA will give them dignified life who has came to India to protect their life and currently living in in-humane conditions due to lake of citizenship. This issue should have solved decades ago ,but it was pending due to vote bank politics and lake of political will. This government had that courage to implement CAA.
Apart from these, appointment of India’s first Chief of Defence staff(CDS), One rank One pension(OROP) for Army veterans , Naga Peace accord, implementation of Goods & Services tax(GST), construction of National war memorial & National Police Memorial etc., are some other unsolved matters from decades which were solved in past 6 years.
Although, Modi government has solved many issues but still some are in queue.
One of the Most challenging and important task is repatriation of more than 5 lac kashmiri Pandit back to their home in kashmir valley from where they were forced to leave on 19 Jan 1990 due to their genocide by radical Islamic forces.
Other challenge is to bridge the Hindu-Muslim and North-South divide. Before Independence, Britisher’s policy of Divide and Rule, in Gangetic plains, was based on breaking Hindu-Muslim Unity, but below the Vindhyas they adopted different strategy. In southern India, beginning was made by sponsoring anti-Brahmin movement, which was followed by an attempt to divide North and south India on the lines of Aryans and Dravidian. These gaps still persist and political parties, for vote bank politics, have widened the gap. These gaps needs to be bridged.
5 Trillion USD economy, Uniform civil code, Population control act, Implementation of Nation wide NRC, modernizing the armed forces etc., are among other unsolved tasks which is to be solved.
Currently, Indian economy is going through bad situation where GDP growth rate is declining, consumption is decreasing and unemployment is on the rise. Root of any problem begins with economic hardship which is exploited by the people having some vested interest and create turmoil in society.
That’s why to make India great again, government needs to work serious and solving the remaining unsolved issues in all the spheres of Social, economical and military developments.
JAI HIND. . .