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Why Unemployment Should Be The Blazing Problem For 2019 Election

In 2014, BJP in their campaign claimed that: there is no Modi-wave but it is the Tsunami of Narendra Modi (TsuNaMo). It now appears that the TsuNaMo was actually Tsunami of joblessness and has silently brought a massive disaster in India. The major victims are the young people who after finishing their education were hoping for a great career ahead. It is the TsuNaMo that has crushed their hope. Now that chowkidar Modi is going for his re-election, it's time to make him accountable.

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If the 2014 election was fought on the issue of corruption, 2019 could have been fought on the issue of unemployment. But it doesn't seem to be progressing that way.

As the election approaches, Indian weather is becoming hot with topics associated with nationalism such as Kashmir. The separatists and the deshdrohis speaking about azadi and removal of the army from disturbed areas of Kashmir only help BJP in making their arguments about nationalism bolder. India needs a permanent policy for Kashmir and Pakistan to avoid extreme politics over it. It is dangerous to have Kashmiri people sandwiched between separatism and no-holds-barred bullets. Congress had the policy of strategic restraint while BJP in their five-year term tried to shift to a zero-tolerance policy. India's stand over Kashmir is that it is not a disputed territory but an integral part of India. The politics over it is justifying Pakistani narrative. But that's a topic to deal with another day.

If seen from election point of view, rising unemployment was not an issue for political parties until the last phase of the election campaign during which the frailing Congress party has taken up the issue, primarily to attack the government. On 2nd April, the party has released its manifesto. In their manifesto, Congress has promised to fill the 2 lakh seat under the central government jobs that are lying vacant. It also promised 10 thousand jobs in rural areas through gram panchayats. And, if you are a garib, Congress will give you 72 thousand INR a year. The young Indians need a serious politician who understand their cause and who can honestly rescue them from the job crisis. However, unemployed youths should be thankful to the Congress, as the national party has ignited up a debate at least.

Rahul Gandhi, the crown-prince of Congress party has been trying very hard to represent youth, but his hunger for power somehow to get hold of India's soul can be seen. His speeches reflect a lack of sincerity. If Congress party comes to power with a full mandate, the crowned-prince will become PM but if there’ll be any attempt to form an anti-BJP government, then not every party will agree to see Rahul Gandhi as the prime minister of India. Whatever be the case, young India urgently needs unemployment and contrary to all brave things, Modi did in the last five years, it remains to be a major embarrassment for him. Modi doesn't like to fail, but he can't change the fact that he has already failed. The youths are confused and are unsure of putting their trust in Congress leadership if they can provide them employment. It is highly doubtful that a government, whether left or right, can fix the problem overnight.

In his five-years of Seva (service), the chowkidar took more interest in cosmetics; something that he can show to the people in the next election; so that he can get back in power for another five years. The ground reality, which is also reflected in the statistics, more or less remains unchanged. One such reality is that India's unemployment rate is scandalously high, especially among the youth. Yet the government is in denial of the surge in joblessness citing reasons such as high growth rate in GDP. Bottom line is, the government is ignoring this issue or taking it very lightly. Joblessness is a matter of deep concern and can be a big cause of trouble for the state and its economy. For jobless people, it is difficult to live a life of dignity. So for them, it is a miserable thing. And for the state, it is a waste of its human potential, something which must be directed to a right path for creating a welfare state.

The youth symbolizes hope like new foliages in a plant after autumn. They signify the arrival of spring. If the new foliage would not be given proper resources and space, it'll inhibit not only its own growth but rather obstruct the growth of other leaves and flowers. And, it's not difficult to imagine the state of the next spring: trees bearing no fruits. That would be very disappointing indeed!


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