India Oct 02, 2020

We are stumbling through arduous times. The economy is in a woeful shape, unemployment levels are all time high, the COVID-19 virus is spreading like the fires of California, Non Performing Assets of banks are piling up, there is a lot of tension going on with China and there are many other issues yet to be resolved.
Recently the #indiatrustonlymodi got trending alongside #indiadoesnttrustmodi on twitter. Apparently this was a strategic move by the publicity strategists of the National Democratic Alliance, which is gearing up for the Bihar Elections next month and it is going to be a tough fight as the grand alliance of opposition parties in Bihar comprises four political parties — RJD, Congress, RLSP, and VIP.

This hashtag actually, gives rise to a question, ‘Do Indians trust Modi?’

A survey revealed that more than 70 per cent of people across the country trust The Prime Minister on the matters of national security. But there’s been a lack of trust amongst the youth of the Nation, specially because of the state of economy. A government survey released last year suggested that 33 per cent of India’s skilled youth is jobless.

The Economic crises because of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has severely affected the youth mostly, who were employed in the informal sector. As many as 27 million people between the age of 20 and 30 lost their jobs in the month of April alone, according to data from CMIE. Most of the students today are uncertain, having seen their college closed, new opportunities blurring, and even existing ones disappearing.

The farmers in Punjab, the opposition parties like TMC, Congress, DMK and BSP, opposed the agriculture sector reform bills, saying it is against the interests of small and marginal farmers. The bills are silent on MSP and can throw small farmers to the corporate players.

Despite all these troubles, India with the support of the government has shown to have a great potential in opportunities by moving towards becoming a manufacturing hub, attracting FDI(Foreign Direct Investment), and other institutional investments in India’s economy and that’s all because of the good
trade relations with other countries.

The question still prevails, but the answer is baffling, perplexing and tangled.

This article has been written by Yashovardhan Tiwary for The Paradigm

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