Thursday, Jul 07, 2022
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Not So Shining, Really

It's good neo-liberal spiel but it masks the fact that the feelgood is for a few

Not So Shining, Really Sandeep Adhwaryu

In the past two weeks, the Vajpayee government has spared no effort to persuade the people that the Indian economy is doing extremely well, and that the nda government deserves the credit. To hammer this home, it has coined two phrases, the ‘feelgood factor’ and ‘India Shining’. Predictably, Sonia Gandhi has rebutted this claim strongly. In Jammu last week, she accused the Vajpayee government of catering only to the urban rich. All the economic sops that finance minister Jaswant Singh announced two weeks ago, she pointed out, benefited only those who were rich enough to buy cars, TVs, computers and travel by air. For the rest of the country, there were only grandiose promises which, like the hundreds that this and previous governments had made, would soon be forgotten.

The battle has thus been joined. And for the first time in the country’s history, it will be fought mainly, if not entirely, on economic grounds. Even the old battle, pluralism versus Hindu monolithism, seems to have faded, at least temporarily, into the background.

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