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40 things Modi has promised to achieve by 2022

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Narendra Modi sold us a dream in 2014 called “Achhe din” – the good days that were about to come.

As soon as he won in 2014, he forgot all about “Achhe din”. In 2017, he gave us a new dream: “New India 2022”, making us forget the “Achhe din” deadline of 2019. Bringing back Indian money from abroad? Hah!

Now that he has won in 2019, he is making us forget “New India 2022” and instead, making us think of “Five Trillion 2024”.

By 2022, it is likely he will give us a new slogan that extends the deadline to 2026, or so.

A few days ago, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, presented a 50-day report card of the new Modi government. We have heard of governments marking their first 100 days, but 50 days is a first. Very soon the government may start presenting weekly report cards since they love creating occasions out of thin air, and every occasion is an opportunity for publicity and propaganda.

Javadekar said that the government has, in its first 50 days, created a “roadmap” for making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024.

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Given the unimaginative Budget, the only achievement of the Modi government’s first 50 days in power has been to come up with a new dream, a new slogan: Five Trillion Economy By Twenty Twenty Four.

Curiously, we now hear very little of New India 2022. There’s only one reference that Javadekar made to 2022 in his 50-day report card, and this was to the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Gaganyaan project that seeks to land an Indian astronaut on the moon.

The government is likely to harp so much on 2024 that they will make us forget it promised to bring the moon down to Indian soil by that year – $5 trillion by 2024, $5 trillion by 2024, $5 trillion by 2024…

Already, Modi has managed to make us all debate whether or not India can be a $5 trillion economy by 2024, deflecting us from asking more urgent questions like, when will the economic slowdown end? Anyone who........

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