New Delhi, October 2
Accusing the opposition of “intellectual dishonesty” and “political deception” for its criticism of his government’s three agricultural laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said difficult and important decisions had to be made to bring benefits to citizens who would must have received them decades ago.
Strongly defending farm laws, Modi said it is one thing if a political party makes a promise and is unable to keep it, but what is a “particularly undesirable” and “hateful” trait is that some these parties made promises along the lines of the reforms promulgated by his government and have now turned around and spread “the most malicious kind of disinformation about the promises they themselves made.”
In an interview with Open magazine, he said: “The things Indians are entitled to, these benefits that they should have received decades ago, have still not come to them. India should not be put in a situation where it has to wait any longer for the things that this country and its citizens are entitled to, we have to give them. And, for that, big decisions must be taken and, if need be, difficult decisions must also be taken. “
He was responding to a question about government-enacted labor and agriculture laws and its refusal to overturn the three contentious farm laws, as demanded by protesting farm unions.
The ruling BJP said several opposition parties, including Congress, had promised similar agricultural reforms that the Modi government enacted, but are now backing protests against the new laws for selfish political reasons.
A section of farmers, particularly in the Punjab and parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, protested against the laws, the application of which has been suspended.
The prime minister noted that his government had said from the start that it was ready to sit down with protesting farm organizations and discuss issues on which there is disagreement.
“Many meetings have also taken place, but so far no one has found a specific point of disagreement that we want this to change,” he said.
Modi said politics in India saw only one pattern, where governments were also run to build the next government, while his basic thinking is different because he believes in running government to build the nation. .
“The tradition has been to lead the government to win your party, but my goal is to lead the government in a way that helps our country,” he said.
Referring to his government’s measures such as distributing gas cylinders for cooking and building toilets for the poor or promoting digital payments, he said that many sections of the Indian political class see people through the prism of “Raj Shakti” (the power of government) as he sees them as “” Jan Shakti “(the power of the people).
The Prime Minister also claimed that India had done better than many developed countries.
In an apparent attack on those who have criticized his government’s handling of the Covid pandemic, he said: “However, we have vested interests among us whose sole purpose is to tarnish India’s name. Covid was a global scourge with all countries affected equally. In this scenario, India has done better than its peers and many developed countries, despite these negative campaigns. ”
The biggest lesson from tackling Covid is that India has an unmatched ability to come together, find a common goal, come together and a huge capacity to respond to needs, he said.
From a net importer of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, India has now grown into one of the world’s largest manufacturers, he said.
“Imagine if our country had not developed a vaccine. What would be the situation? We know that a large population of the world does not have access to Covid vaccines. Today our success in vaccination is due to the fact that India is atmanirbhar (autonomous) ”, he declared.
Regarding agricultural laws, he said his government is committed to empowering small farmers in all ways.
Slamming the rivals, he said, “If you look at those who oppose pro-farmer reforms today, you will see the true meaning of intellectual dishonesty and ‘rajneetik dhokhadadi’ (political deception). These are the same people who wrote letters to chief ministers asking them to do the exact same thing our government has done. These are the same people who wrote in their manifesto that they would adopt the same reforms that we made.
“Yet just because another political party, blessed with the will of the people, passes the same reforms, they have made a complete U-turn and in a cheeky display of intellectual dishonesty, completely ignore what will benefit farmers and only seek out what they think will benefit them politically. “
Modi also said that he attaches great importance to criticism because he is convinced that it helps him develop healthily.
“I, with an honest mind, respect reviews a lot. But unfortunately the number of reviews is very low. Most of the time people just make claims, people who play games about perception are And, the reason for that is that to criticize takes a lot of hard work, research and, in today’s fast-paced world, maybe people just don’t have it. So sometimes I miss the reviews, ”he said.