It has been only a month since the new government took office, but already television news channels have started lamenting the ‘inadequacy’ of the dispensation to tackle burning issues of the country.
Everyday we hear debates on how every move of the government is against the ‘common man’. The government has already been given a report card by various parties, where it seems to be failing in the eyes of every party. What one fails to understand is the sheer overlooking of the fact that the previous government has left behind for its successor a mess. Is it not too much to expect that at least 5 years, if not 10, of ill-governance will be rectified in a month? Even a student gets a year and only then is his performance rated through a report card. Shouldn’t we give our government at least six months to prove its effectiveness?
What we also have to keep in mind is that only the ministers have changed, not the babus working under these ministers. And these babus have become used to the work ethic of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA); it will take some time to transform it to the style of working of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The government is taking proper steps to ensure this, but implementation of these steps takes time and it is bound to be a little while before the changes start showing in the work by the bureaucracy.
The price hikes that the government has effectuated were already sanctioned by the previous regime and so had to be approved by the new administration because of the budgetary provisions already made for them. Also, the Railways has been a loss-making department in the entire tenure of the UPA regime due to its populist politics. The government is taking strict actions against some of the UPA’s more controversial moves like the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) that was abruptly imposed on the University of Delhi (DU), which has proved a fiasco. Students had been protesting day in and day out against the US-styled course. Students who joined these courses still have no clue as to which degree they have applied for. So it is in the best interest of everyone that DU has returned to the Indian convention of three years for a degree.
Monsoon is going to be low this year and this is bound to increase the vegetable prices, but since the government has been on its toes, the prices have not gone up as catastrophically as they had under the UPA when a kilogram of tomatoes cost Rs 80, and it was not so just for a day or two. The new government has been clear from the beginning that all they are asking is people’s support and patience.
It is too soon to say अच्छे दिन नहीं आने वाले (good days won’t come). We waited for 5 years. We can surely wait for a few more months.
The writer Shashank Jha is a student. All contributions by students will feature in the section, “Future.”