UPA or NDA government headed by Rahul Gandhi or Narender Modi in 2014 is a big question for millions of Indians now. UPA II can be termed as total disaster with an all round failure on economic front, internal security, international diplomacy, disaster management. The country is completely in confusion, leadership is clueless and people are suffering. The success of UPA I with a clean leadership of Dr Manmohan Singh fuelled huge expectation within country that India will prosper and flourish but the country witnessed various scams namely CWG, 2G, Coal, Railways, food at regular intervals. The external boundaries were challenged by neighbouring countries specially China intrusion in Indian territory became a regular issue, Naxal activities were taken to next level wherein the entire top leadership of Congress from Chattisgarh was wiped out in a single day. On fiscal front, rupee slide is unabated, manufacturing industry is bleeding, no headway is made on improvement of infrastructure. Even the disaster management post Uttrakhand tragedy can be termed as total gross negligence of government responsibilities.
The country is seeking answer from the ruling elite for the mess that we are witnessing. Now the bigger question is the solution to the problems that we are facing in India. The personalities are not important but the solution to problems is the key. Surely Narender Modi has shown a better governance model in Gujrat but it is a small sample size to judge his ability to guide the destiny of India. India is a continent, it needs mature leadership with tremendous vision to succeed as a nation. India has been blessed by top visionary leadership in Rajiv Gandhi, PV Narsimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee from two decades but the two power centre in UPA II has damaged various institutions in the last decade. The first phase of UPA I was surprisingly successful but the second phase has opened tremendous weakness in governance. The most honest PM was forced to lead the most corrupt regime making mockery of several institutions including CBI, ED, Income Tax, judiciary in the country. Now the country is seeking firm answer, the countrymen are angry and frustrated. On every small issue touching general people, the crowd is visible on roads.
The emergence of Naxal in almost one third of India is an indication that the governance have failed. Rahul Gandhi or Narender Modi must focus on getting respective house in order before reaching out to over billion people to seek mandate to run the country. Lastly, the disaster in Utttakhand must be taken seriously by policy makers in India. The corruption in urban planning regulatory mechanism has destroyed the land scape of our country. The development authorities across India are destroying urban planning process, threatening life of millions of countrymen. Uttrakhand tragedy is just an indicator of highly corrupt system where we are forced to accept. The disaster management policy and its execution post accident remains a laughing stock for us. As a country, we must put better logistical planning in force to run the administration. Every Uttrakhand tragedy or Chattisgarh naxal attack portrays extremely poor picture of the country to outside world. Can we stake claim to emerging super power tag for India?
– Prashant Tewari, Editor-in-Chief