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The article titled – Achhe Din could significantly remind you of the 2014 Lok Sabha election where the ruling party BJP symbolized this as their slogan for representing themselves strong and determined for the glorious future of the country through their actions ahead. In the recent times, the incident which has attracted the media galore is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao starrer ‘Fanney khan’ set to release on August 3rd. It has been creating some buzz ever since the maker of the film had landed in controversy because of its song ‘Mere achhe din kab aayenge’ which was released on social site and was all welcomed by trolls and was targeted on the BJP government Prime Minister Narendra Modi who used it in his campaigning as ‘ache din’.
What shook the internet so hard?
This is the only question which is buzzing all around that what actually happened. After the 1st version of the song came out, a lot of people online used it to attack the central government and questioned Modi on his promises of ‘ache din’. It has long been cleared that any criticism of the government whether movie or other media is no longer accepted in our democracy. Politics has always been a hot topic irrespective of which country you belong to, the offenders or the oppositions have deliberately defined the term ‘ache din’ as a mirage, and with the release of the song, it gave a ‘Brahma-Astra’ to them to target the government more efficient. The world of twitter could witness the fact that one of the party represent of the opposition twitted that ‘this could be the theme song for 2019 election’ for BJP, and reacting to which one of the BJP spokesmen stated that ‘ache din’ are coming, people of the nations are happy but maybe not the offenders. This was not just the end; the trolls resulted into the director Atul Manjrekar release the new version of the song as ‘Mere Acche Din Ab Aye Re’. He completely denied to have any political pressure behind the change and approves it to be a part of the song which was supposed to be released later. But what the real question is does it really make sense?
Think Before You Express
Our constitution is embodied with the right guaranteed to protect the interest and maximize the welfare of its citizen on the grounds of equality for all. Article 19 clause 1(a) embodies freedom of speech and expression. It has a well-recognized connotation which means the liberty to express one’s views, opinions and beliefs. It does not mean the right to say whatever, wherever and whenever one likes. In one of the leading case law Romesh Thappar v. State of Madras(AIR 1950 SC 124), it had been stated that the freedom of speech and expression means the right to express one’s opinion freely by word of mouth, writing, printing, pictures or any other mode.
- Expression empowers growth
Development and progress of a democratic society cannot be possible without freedom of expression. There should be right entitled to each and every human being in a democratic society to have free access to information and express their opinion about any problem arising in the society or in the country. And as a layman if you focus on the song ‘mere ache din kab ayenge’ then you could deliberately feel the meaning getting expressed, the story revolves around a normal human being like you and me who has dreams not for self but for his own, and wonders whether this ‘ache din’ would ever come in his life or would remain unfulfilled that’s it. The question is not about the horde of people, but the real awareness that has gone into our heads.
Letting it dive into the colors of politics merely creates a barrier upon freedom of expression. All this song was trying to do was inspiring others to dream more through your own action to learn more and do more.
This is not the 1st time when your thought to expression has been questioned and has stood against you. Controversies have always been a part of our daily life either in the name of religion or caste, politicians have always driven their anger, a chance, through their way of conduct towards other government in the ruling. Movies like Padmavati, Aye Dil Hai Muskil, Peepli Live live are examples of it. As per article 19 clause, 2 until and unless your freedom of speech and expression stands against the mentioned ‘reasonable restrictions’ of the article you are free to say. So the question is did really the song ‘ache din’ stood against this article or it affected because it stroked the truth?
Throwing such critic by the opposition was their way of expressing their freedom of speech and expression, but responding to such useless critic is showing of your eagerness of responding quickly to anything which has no sense. “When you can’t control what happening challenges urself to control the way to respond to what’s happening. That’s where you are.”(King Martin Luther)
The dream of ‘Ache Din’
- Modi regime
It is believed that the truth tastes bitter when it’s already accepted. The ruling BJP government when on their rapid transformation and not gradual evolution, ideologies of transformation through right governance, the transformation of mindsets and cultivating positive ideas under the supervision of our prolific Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi won the hearts and trusts of many the oppositions were left with nothing apart from being regretting. After taking oath on 26th May 2014 how much India changed could be witnessed from here-
- The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) was legislated in 2016. Total bank NPAs are around Rs 9 lakh crore. The interest shown by leading Indian and global business houses (Tatas, Birlas, Vedanta and Britain’s Liberty House among others) in buying bankrupt companies with large bank NPAs but good underlying assets could, given sensible implementation of the IBC process, restore Indian banks to good health, enable them to restart lending to the corporate sector, and boost private investment.
- Rural electrification has been a major policy success. While last-mile connectivity has left many villages without power, the pace of rural electrification has been quickest in India’s history – pre-and-post Independence.
- The pace of road building has been another outstanding success. Under the UPA regime, around 17km of roads were built per day. Currently, over 40 km of roads are being constructed daily. Moreover, if the methodology of counting road mileage constructed is changed to the globally recognised model of counting both lanes of a road and not just one, the figures would double under both NDA and UPA governments.
- The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) is one of the boldest initiatives of the Modi government. It will provide medical insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh to 500 million low-income Indians. The scheme is budgeted to cost around Rs 10,000 crore annually (though critics say the cost could exceed Rs 80,000 crore).
- The other key achievement during the NDA government’s first four years in office is Mudra Yojana, under which loans are given to small entrepreneurs with little or no collateral. The scheme is designed to produce an army of self-employed who in turn will create employment through their entrepreneurial ventures.
- Other standout successes have been the Jan Dhan Yojana, which has created over 312 million new bank accounts, the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme, which has significantly cut pilferage and subsidized LPG cylinders for the poor. Beyond these is the absence of corruption in the higher echelons of the government.
- After the Burai Terrorist Attack the surgical strike of Indian Army on 29th September 2016 at different centres of the terrorist.
- Surgical strike of demonetization over Rs500 and 1000 notes, which lost its legal tender on 8th November 2016. It was held to be the most significant decision in the history of independent India through re-addressing the economic growth via finance.
- Clearing the flows of black money through the introduction of GST and tightening the growth of corruption was a major stroke.
- The long rule of personal law was in the witness box of court when the sensitive issues of triple talaq demanded justice for all the women waiting since ages. The government drove its attention in lending equal justice to them by raising the voice of concern to it.
If you would start counting the achievements it would be infinite but, we rather prefer is to focus more on failures.
Achhe Din’ Kab Ayenge?
This could be more suited to those who in spite of moving ahead stops and answers to every unusual circumstance that life throws to them. When you identify something that needs to be changed, then it’s your duty to work behind the faults to enhance it. But this concept is far to be understood by the trollers and the oppositions. Our country’s politics is something next to ‘Kumbh Ka Mela’ where the political parties get together often and even gets separated. And such kind of truth was witnessed after so many years by the gathering of all the opposition parties in Karnataka during the oath-taking ceremony of the 24th Chief Minister H.D. Kumarswami who won the election with the support of Congress.
But the actual fact which could be witnessed was, the ceremony looked more of power representation occasion. The truth which is always bitter could be understood from the fact that opposition has accepted that the Modi regime has well managed to drove ‘ache din’ in the country. But, for us, it still remains ‘mere achhe din kab ayenge’. This all togetherness of the opposition with great faces of the leading political parties decoded their intention of defeating Modi regime rather than delivering the goods of politics or the brotherhood among oppositions. It’s all to win the 2019 election by any means and it could be well named as- Modi v. All, where on the one side is Modi and on another side knotting of 11 ministers constituted political parties.
- Failures the stroke master
Why a song of motivation ‘mere achhe din kab ayenge’ got trapped by critics is because it has been used to pinpoint the failures that are yet or has not been achieved till date. These constitutes-
- India’s defence budget has not kept pace with the country’s need to be prepared for a two-front war. Well below 2 per cent of GDP, a majority of the defence budget goes towards pensions, salaries and overheads to run a military of nearly two million men and women.
- Many of the Modi government’s missteps have originated in the ministry of finance (MoF). Demonetization was poorly executed by the MoF.
- GST is burdened by an unnecessarily complex architecture. New income-tax forms require details never sought before. The raid raj is back. The result: alienated middle-class, aggrieved traders and unhappy businessmen. All this would have a silver lining if tax collections rose sharply. They have increased but not significantly compared to previous years.
- The Make in India scheme has been a mixed bag. Private and foreign investors have reacted cautiously. To get things moving, the government is focusing on defence JVs in India, beginning with the Rafale deal.
- Many of the government’s other schemes have been stalled by bureaucratic inertia. Some of the most poorly conceived policies have again come from the MoF: for example, the regressive long-term capital gains tax (which has slowed inflows into mutual funds) and a tax on angel-funded start-ups over Rs 10 crore whose shares are “over-valued”, according to the income-tax department (which, not being an investment bank, has no business determining the fair valuation of a start-up’s shares).
Every time questioning the veracity of their promises doesn’t make sense. Patience is the ultimate key to success and everything that our current ruling government is doing is on the trust and reliability of us countrymen on their work.
A Hindi proverb is always spoken ‘kuch to log kahenge logo ka kam hai khena’. Everything doesn’t deserve your attention and it takes time to achieve. Affecting someone’s freedom of expression, changing the song just because some craps criticized you, was all just to check how confident you are. ‘We the people’of India are good at judging things by its cover page we never look through what’s happening inside. Flowing with any kind of flow doesn’t make sense. These political dramas have ‘no means and no end.’ So one must believe in their potentials and focus of moving ahead towards doing the betterment. Who is right and who is wrong is not the question. Its completely on your understanding of how you settle with the simple human trait of empathy and compassion. And as countrymen what we are supposed to do is never challenge or test someone’s work rather focus and actively participate in things which seriously needs attention. ‘ache din kab ayenge? toh wo tab ayenge’ when you would try to bring it.
(Chotanagpur Law College, Ranchi)
- The Hindustan Times
- The Times Of India
- DailyO (Open to Opinion)
- Aaj Tak (Hindi)
- Financial Express
- DNA News(Zew News)
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