PACHU MENON, MARGAO
IT is time the government realised that the slew of gigantic projects being carried out in the name of development does not impress the common man any more struggling that he is to come to terms with an economy that shows no signs of recovery despite the tall claims by the leaders to the contrary. The country is passing through a harrowing time and the Modi Sarkar is just in no mood to accept the stark truth! With the prices of almost all essential food items skyrocketing in an astounding manner, the aam aadmi is not wrong in feeling that he has been let down terribly by the government. Further, with the back-breaking inflation and unemployment being a true indicator of the deteriorating economic situation in the country, the common man would be the least interested in bothering himself with anything but matters that concern his subsistence. Faced with the prospects of his ‘kitchenomics’ going haywire, the aam aadmi has every reason to believe that the government has all the while connived to work against his best interests. At a time when the common man finds himself crushed between the mortar and pestle in his attempts to make both ends meet, a government that came to power swearing to usher in ‘achche din’ ahead for the nation is conspicuous by its callousness in pushing the country further into the abyss of misery. Surprisingly, in sharp contrast to the large popularity that the Modi ensemble presumes it enjoys among the masses, the agendas it has pursued so far has been strikingly anti-people. In an apparent bid to assert its will over the nation, the government has diverted the attention of the people from the more pressing ‘domestic needs’ of the common man to dwell on debates on the controversial citizenship issue that has consumed the nation. Can a government decide on spanning greater political agendas when the aam aadmi finds that deliberations on his basic interests are denied due consideration? Let us not forget that the primary duty of a government is towards its people and their welfare.