In a 45 minutes speech at the Economic Times Summit, the Prime Minister emphasized that key changes in the work culture bought about by him and his able government transformed India from a member of fragile 5 economies to a $5- Trillion economy. I was indeed happy to learn that. As a middle class Indian I never knew that my economy was doing so well!. Worse I had no idea that my PM had changed the work culture to turn around the economy!!!!
I didn’t notice all of this probably because, I still have to bribe government officers to get a license, I still need to hire touts to get government contract, use political influence to secure Bank loans. Merit, abilities, skills still didn’t make any difference but bribe, influence and nepotism did! Nice to know that appointing a medical professional like Dr. Sambit Patra as a Director in ONGC or cricketer Chetan Chauhan as Chairman of NIFT India’s premier fashion Institute was all part of the big “Strategic Cultural Change” that the PM was bringing about.
I could never really understand the concept of economic progress, probably because while the government celebrated economic growth my vegetables, petrol, diesel, cooking gas etc. were still prohibitively expensive. My wife like always, till complaints that I don’t earn enough to live a comfortable life. My maid’s daughter couldn’t pursue Engineering degree cause my maid couldn’t afford it. Nice to know our economy is a $5 trillion.
Once again I repeat, I am a common middle class Indian and for the last four years I have been constantly made to feel proud of the same and abused and branded anti national if I dared to ask why? My simple understanding of economy is that Indian entrepreneurs and business make Indian economy grow, good government makes Indians grow. The way our economy is poised even with a worst government on the helm, Indian economy will still flourish. We need a good Prime Minister and an efficient government to better a common Indians life. If a housewife is happy, I will take that the economy is doing well. Rest all is Jumla…