A rising tide lifts all boats. A saying most apt for the Indian economy hoping to lift millions out of poverty, as higher growth benefits even the last man standing in the queue. But the economy is clearly now on a downward spiral. Something that’s worrying not just BJP senior leaders like Yashwant Sinha and Subramaniam Swamy, who have warned of the economy going into a tailspin if corrective measures are not implemented.
And it’s now the ideological fountainhead of the party, the RSS, who has raised a red flag regarding the current health of the economy – not in a strident critique, but as a wake-up call. Mohan Bhagwat, in his Dussehra speech, from RSS headquarters has urged the government to junk existing policies to ensure job creation and safeguard small and medium sectors that bore the brunt of demonetisation and the GST roll out.
That’s our big focus tonight. While the government has been very dismissive of criticism from senior party leaders and opposition parties, will Bhagwat’s message force Modi sarkar to do a reality check?