Date :12-Feb-2024

AS Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi addressed the final session of the 17th Lok Sabha, he delivered the messages that resonated with the masses. The most striking one though was his stress on ‘reform, perform, and transform’ as he listed the accomplishments of the Government under his leadership, and confidently expressed commitment to carrying forward the legacy in the 18th Lok Sabha. Various decisions taken by the Modi Government in its second term have been historic. May it be legal reforms through Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita, economic reforms pre and post-COVID, or socio-cultural transformation through resolution of centuries-old dispute over Shri Ramjanmabhoomi Temple, or abrogation of Article 370, or demonstrating unflinching commitment to reforms in the International forums by successfully pitching for onboarding of the African Union in G20... each one of the actions reflected not only smart use of statecraft but also political maturity and popular connect.
The underlying theme was, of course, ‘reform, perform, and transform’. The political rivals of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could not match the pace and flavour of its performance. This has been visible in the weakening of the I.N.D.I. Alliance within a short while since its inception. Mr. Modi’s confidence of securing another term for his Government and carrying forward the legacy of the 17th Lok Sabha stems from these developments. During the past five years, the country has witnessed several fast-paced changes. Many of these changes were not thought of as possible in the first place. But, the Government led ably by Mr. Modi not only brought about these changes but also laid a strong foundation for these changes to have an overall positive impact. All these reforms are supported by improved performance. Expanding social outreach and exerting positive influence on society through development agenda are key features of the performance vertical. Improved performance is transforming the country into a vibrant economy. Obviously, this is bringing about major shift in the public attitude.
There is a sense of pride for own country, own culture, own language, and positivism about future. While charting this path, the Government formulated the ‘Amrit Kaal’ vision for next 25 years, displaying long-term thinking beyond the political scoreboard. In sharp contrast, however, the Opposition parties are playing the old divisive games to come back to power. In the era of attitudinal change in society, unity has better chance of succeeding than divisive agenda. Also, the Opposition is unable to compete in pace of development, reforms, and performance in the States where they are in power. The mantra of ‘reform, perform, transform’ has changed the political landscape forever.