The NDA, Its 10 Points, Public Expectations, And Our Armed Forces
- Food Inflation
- Reviving Manufacturing
- Energy Security
Because, the moment you get into Land Acquisition, you run into the Land Mafia, Local vested interests, protests of affected people, etc - all requiring extensive administrative and police reforms. If anything, the news on that is disturbing, with recent events confirming the total lack of any movement on these vital reforms. You cannot expect fairplay in these matters without a free police, fast court redressal, and a fair reasonably incorruptible administration that is not hand in glove with local vested interests. And, if perchance these forces come together in unhealthy ways - you are staring at another andolan. Can the NDA do it?
Let us see. I reserve comment - except to state that I am skeptical. Without tackling the powerful vested interests, desired results will not flow. Sure, improvement will be there - no issues. But dont expect magic; it will be turbulent, and hard fought all the way. Might succeed, might fail. Let us see
Stock markets are running amok; People are making big plans and talking big; Big Foreign players have suddenly become bullish about India; Nations have a fresh approach; people are running a fever... these expectations will have to be managed, if not met - through action, clear and transparent communication. So far, the NDA is spot-on in communication, at least. That is a big plus.
I cannot recall any such period of euphoria in the past 2 decades or more. The key is managing these expectation - India cannot afford to fall short. NDA has to deliver - and is HAS to manage these expectations properly. How will they do it? They have this initial period to strike gold. The Budget will be the key for a lot of reasons. For more reasons than one. That is one document that is the most awaited one.
The other aspect that is left is the needs of India's Armed Forces. The Armed Forces need a massive infusion of funds, as they are in dire need of any number of systems. That will require money. This is one requirement that cannot be put off. They also require a relook at organisation, with steps like a CDS, and other needed interventions. Defence Procurement needs a thorough revision, while border infrastructure needs urgent refurbishment. A first step seems to have been taken, with the intention to clear the Fighter Acquisition within the next few months, while today's reports show an intent to simplify road construction in border regions. This is heartening.