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Naukri is the new mehngai but the opposition just doesn’t get it

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14.10.2019

Addressing a large crowd of Indian Americans in Houston last month, US President Donald Trump said, “Unemployment — think of this — unemployment in Texas is currently at the lowest rate ever recorded in the history of our country. [Applause.] And unemployment in the United States has just reached the lowest level in over 51 years, and very soon, we think that will be broken to be a historic number. [Applause.]”

The “Howdy, Modi!” event was held to honour visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but Trump was giving his own 2020 presidential election speech. Modi might have felt a slight tinge of discomfort as Trump went on and on boasting about job creation under his presidency. Job creation is a topic Modi won’t dream of talking about these days. Unemployment in India is at a historic high.

But Trump wouldn’t stop. He said, “Since my election, we have created over six million new jobs. We have created over 750,000 jobs right here in Texas. [Applause.] And very importantly, that includes 70,000 new Texas manufacturing jobs. They said that couldn’t be done. [Applause.]”

It was in this vein that Trump welcomed an investment of $500 million by an Indian company to “to revitalise a shuttered steel plant in the great state of Ohio.”

Also read: If anything can defeat Modi, it’s the economy

Job creation is always among the top issues in US elections. Statistics about how many jobs are created and how many more need to be created are often at the heart of American politics. Politicians seeking votes try to persuade voters that they know best how to create jobs by getting investments and growing the economy.

It’s a political idiom that needs to be at the heart of Indian politics at a time when the unemployment rate in India is supposed to be the highest ever since India started measuring it, 46 years ago.

Also read: Modi govt didn’t address jobs crisis in the first term. India’s progress depends on it now

It has been a while since we heard “mehngai” or........

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