10 things India’s new Prime Minister should do.

As everyone expected, BJP forms the next
government. So, before everyone joins the
cacophony on what, who, when, why, where, why
not etc that the new government must do, I
looked around to see what is it that the new
dispensation needs to tackle to win over the
people of this country.
These are not economic mumbo-jumbo, nor
management jargon, but something that whoever
is entrusted with the job of running the nation
must bear in mind. Some of it we have read, but
there is a lot else that we know, but it gets lost in
the general push for what the economists alone
think is the panacea for this nation’s ailments.
So, here are my 10 suggestions for the new Prime
Minister and his government to follow. The list
can be a hundred long, but this can be a good
start, I feel.

1. INFRASTRUCTURE PUSH: There needs to
be a huge infrastructure push. Yes, we have
seen growth in telecom and roads have
improved, but are we anywhere close to
what a world-class network should be? No!
And about electricity, the less said the
better. Isn’t it funny that on July 31, 2012,
dubbed as the largest power outage in
world’s history that affected ”620 million
Indian people”, except for people outside
India, it didn’t really make a difference.Let
me put it differently, most of those who
should have been affected, did not even
notice there is no power. Why? Because
they barely got power anyway. And in the
richie-rich condominiums, they have power
back-up, so they didn’t feel it either.
2. SHUN CRONY CAPITALISM, THROW OUT
‘PERMANENT FIXTURES’ FROM TOP LEVEL
COMMITTEES: When you talk of
infrastructure, a lot of inputs on what and
how come from the powerful committees
that work under the Prime Minister’s Office.
These could be committees on investment,
on enterprises, manufacturing, skills
development and what have you. The
governments may change but these
committees don’t. In some of the most
important committees, the same set of
industrialists have ruled the roost. These
individuals also take control of various
industry associations and lobby,
disadvantaging the vast majority who are
not in their cozy clubs. Everyone talks about
how the same set of people influence
policies and decision making in sectors that
affect them, sup with the decision-makers
and don’t let anyone enter to hurt their
almost monopolistic control over the
sector.Their control is sometimes so
complete, that they force governments to
take decisions that are not even in national
interest and have actually hurt our oil and
defence preparedness. The new government
would do well to throw out all those who
have lasted dynasties and regimes.
3. TACKLE CORRUPTION: It may sound
clichéd, even sloganeering, but this is
something that this nation now needs to
tackle almost as a mission. It is not going
to be easy, but where there’s a will, there’s
a way. One of the most memorable
interviews I have heard in my life was with
the former Prime Minister of Thailand,
Thaksin Shinawatra. When the interviewer asked him
about comparing working in India with
Thailand, he said: In my country, there is
honest corruption, but in your country, there
is dishonest corruption. I remember the interviewer
laughing, but he explained. When I pay
money in my country, work gets done, here,
it doesn’t.Do I need to elaborate more?
4. IMPROVE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX:
We may tom-tom our nuclear prowess and
huge skilled manpower and young
population, but on some of the basic HDI,
we are an embarrassment. This needs to be
top priority. More so, since it does not
single out a particular community, but
benefits all.
5. HEALTH AND EDUCATION: Both these
points can never be overemphasised. They
are critical for any nation. We may have a
‘great and vibrant’ democracy, but those on
ground know better. It is often as if the
politicians themselves do not want the
masses to be educated, lest they develop
the ability to see through their lip-service,
their games.As for healthcare, it is an area
that the government seems to have almost
abdicated its responsibility. And in this,
there should be a marked push towards
preventive healthcare. We are good at
creating AIIMS like institutions, but have
done precious little for preventing those who
have to use the overcrowded facilities run
by the government. The rich have already
found their solutions. Mosquito repellent
devices keeps them safe from malaria and
RO plants ensure they are safe from cholera
and diarrhoea. But the poor? Preventive
healthcare would ensure hygiene and clean
drinking water. Surely, a nation that aspires
to be a superpower cannot not have this as
a priority.
6. BUILD A SCIENTIFIC TEMPER: There was a
time when this nation could be counted
among those what gave top class thinkers
in every field, including science. But now?
And if truth be told, the tag of us being an
IT Superpower is phoney, to say the least.
We are software pygmies, at best.One of
the largest growing population in the world
needs to be harnessed and that can happen
through a combination of several things,
education, as mentioned above.
7. EMPOWER YOUTH: This nation’s youth has
huge potential and they have high hopes
too, for themselves and for their nation. But
they can see the promise being frittered
away. Make the huge young population of
this country regain pride in their nation. It is
something they seem to have lost. Let them
regain the confidence in themselves and
their nation. Empower youth. Grow
economy, give them jobs. Use them for
nation-building.
8. PUNISH OFFICIALS AND MINISTERS WHO
DON’T RESPECT LAW: The common man is
quite sick of how the powerful misuse their
position. It should be your priority to make
these ‘law-unto-themselves’ fear, and
respect laws of land. Make sure they don’t
grab all that is scarce. Let the word get out
that the common man has first right over
resources that are scarce. It could be
seemingly unimportant things like school
and college admissions, but am sure you
have an idea what it means to those who
are going through the exercise.And this list
of misuse can go on and on from grabbing
non-political postings to not giving up
sprawling and palatial government
bungalows and so on.Those who are caught
doing wrong need to be given exemplary
treatment. Just one firm act on this count
and all would fall into line.
9. DON’T SINGLE OUT COMMUNITIES:
Improve the lot of all religions. Some
minorities are used only as vote banks.
They deserve better. An improvement in
their condition would expose their so called
leaders as having used them. No harm in
getting genuine converts to your brand of
progress. At the end of the day, people want
progress and dignified life.
10. RESTORE OUR RIVERS: Rivers, other than
being sacred to a large number of Indians,
are our lifeline, but thanks to rampant
misuse and lack of respect for what they
give, most have turned into open sewers.
Also, Prime Minister, there would be several who
would be chuckling at the thought of you
inheriting an economy that is nowhere close to
what it should be. Price rise being one, law and
order, defence preparedness, more specifically low
on ammunition and spare reserves, etc. Let them
chuckle. People are no fools. Put your points
across forcefully. Tell them this is what you have
inherited but you will work in the most earnest
manner to get us out of it.
Spell out what you wish to do. As soon as they
see things moving in the right direction, there
would be acceptance. They will support the right
moves. Miracles won’t happen overnight, they
don’t happen overnight, but if they see things
moving in the right direction, they would support
not just these 5 years, but after that too
And ultimately, Prime Minister, please provide
governance, don’t rule!

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4 thoughts on “10 things India’s new Prime Minister should do.

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