People of Bihar have spoken and spoken loudly in favor of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav. In democracy, there is no right or wrong decision. People vote for the Govt they want and suffer the consequences. That's the rule of the game and you have to live by it. You cannot achieve anything by mocking people for the choice they make. Instead, you need to ask yourself: Why you failed to convince large population about goodness of your ideas? Is it possible that people no longer trust you...
Modijee has lost Bihar election. Now why should one lose mind on losing one election. Well because it is becoming trend now. After Delhi, this is the second big defeat. The question: we need to ask why Modi is losing popularity at such dramatic speed.
There is simple answer: Because his words and promises now sound hollow and the energy among common junta who believed in him in 2014 has vanished. Yes, this is the new fact..many people have stopped liking Modi. They are not opposed to him but they are not very enthusiastic either. I live far away from India but when I speak to people on phone or read messages on Facebook...it's very easy to reach that conclusion.
SO what happened - Are people unfair and impatient?
No. Majority of them are shocked on Modi 's Do not care attitude, very little belief on talent and an absolute status quoist mindset. There is truth in the fact when people say that Modi Govt is UPA3 minus big scams. This is a bitter truth and it does hurt lots of people who believed in him.
YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU SEE - It was the media hype that got Modi elected in May 2014 and what Modi did post May 2014: Abandoned smart media strategy. Instead of putting smart people in media to continuously win over people, he gave that job to the most useless people who are only interested in making sure that people start hating Modi sooner than later. Now Sanjay Jha looks more intelligent than majority of the BJP spokespersons. Most of the BJP spokespersons do not understand this simple fact: The job of spokesperson is not to defend the party by making stupid arguments and excuses but make sure more people like the party. It means being humble, saying sorry if need be, putting smart reasons and not mocking opposition. BJP has miserably lost media war. In India, News Channels are entertainment channels now. Majority of the people now watch news channels all the time and yes they can see how idiotic BJP looks on majority of the issues. How difficult it is for Modi Govt to hire really smart people when it comes to PR and media. But Modi does not seem to care. That's not all - Modi's ministers continue to give credibility to journalists who hate BJP. Not one effort has been made by BJP or Modi to develop a new intellectual ecosystem. That requires identifying smart people on right side and promoting them by granting access, interviews and creating new stars of tomorrow.
The first thing Modi should do post Bihar defeat? - Rethink Media strategy and narrative.
Why was Modi elected in 2014?
He promised HOPE - Acchey Din. He convinced people that he will run strong Government, a Government that cares for its people, and is not corrupt. Now 18 months have passed and nobody has any idea what does acchey din mean? No effort made to define Acchey din.
Acchey Din = Better Quality of Life.
What is Better quality of Life?
• When you see a good road on which you can drive and move from one part to another
• When you don't feel scared (Law and Order) - Internal and National Security
• When you can buy food at affordable price
• When you get 24*7 clean water
• When you can freely talk to one another at affordable price
• When you can have high speed internet connection at affordable price
• When you get 24*7 power in your house
• When you can get better health service in hospital
• Good schools that can create skilled workforce
• When you can get job easily
• When you can easily travel from one part to another (Good Railway station and Airports)
• A Govt system that treats its people with respect - Accountable Govt Officers
Everybody knows what should be there in a good car but nobody knows or interested in how a good car is made. The process of making a Good car is called Good Governance and Reforms. The job of Government is to make that desirable car which people can love to drive and vote for you. Reforms is a process which nobody cares but yes everybody can see the output.
People don't vote for process of reforms but yes they do vote for end product. Describe end product...it means define Acchey Din in concrete terms and do everything to deliver that by 2019. Be loyal to people who voted for you and not to people in your party with no support base.
Where is Courage? Where is 56 inch chest?
How many IAS officers Modi Govt has sacked? IAS and Govt officers are the face of Govt. They act like rulers in towns and villages and do everything in their power to make life miserable for majority of people. They act with zero accountability. They have no fear. Mayawati became super successful when she started sacking IAS officers. People loved it because they saw some accountability. Unfortunately, Modi Govt looks like Govt of IAS and Govt officers. No accountability. No Officer gets sacked for screwing up. Everybody knows how big screw up happened in MAT case, Maggi...but has anyone lost his job. Has anybody lost job on Dal price increase?
Source of the biggest disappointment = Status quoist mindset. People always forgive as long as they believe you care for them. Nobody is perfect and everybody makes mistake but what upsets people when Govts come up with lame excuses and do nothing to course correct. India is a country of poor people and nothing hurts poor people more than spike in food prices. As a Central Govt - Modi Govt should have full time officers tracking end to end supply chain of all sensitive food products 24*7. There should be serious messaging - you screw up and will thrown out of the service.
Narendra Modi needs to understand he needs to upgrade the capacity of the state to deliver goods and services to people. It means hiring fresh private talent who can be held accountable to results.
I can go on and on. But to make a beginning -
- Take Media narrative back into your hand. Hire smart people with an objective to win over people.
- Define Acchey Din in concrete real terms which people can feel and touch and communicate the progress to them in creative ways
- Make the Bureaucracy accountable and increase the capacity of state by hiring private talent
- Never take your eyes off price of food products.
- Develop right wing intellectual system
I will continue to write on the subject. I have written this in no time. Sorry, if I am all over the place. Please ignore spelling and grammar. I just wrote whatever came to my mind to vent out my frustration