The emergence of new political leadership from across the socio-economic spectrum has resulted in the crumbling of the age-old vices of casteism, appeasement and dynastic rule, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in poll-bound Karnataka.
“Earlier, policies were made on the basis of caste, opportunities were handed out on dynastic considerations and budget allocations were made to appease. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended these vices and this was a big paradigm shift for India. We never took decisions to please people, but we did take decisions that were good for people,” he said here on late Thursday evening.
“This is one of the biggest achievements India made in the last nine years,” he added.
Shah said Modi adopted the bottom to top approach style of governance in which the last person in the lowest strata of the economic hierarchy is taken into consideration while formulating policies.
“BJP believes in the philosophy of integral humanism or Antyodaya. This philosophy forms the core of the BJP’s policies. Could you imagine the pain of girls and women in more than 10 crore families that did not have toilets? It was Narendra Modi who thought of protecting their dignity and built toilets in every household,” he said.
Shah also gave examples of providing gas cylinders to the 10 crore women who bore the pain of cooking food for their families in firewood at the cost of their health.
Another revolutionary change Shah pointed out in the Modi government was the systemic shift from privilege to potential in political culture.
“Earlier your status was decided by your birth and not by your potential. You will become a leader only if you are born into a power-driven family. But during BJP’s rule, this tradition was upturned and political space was opened to everyone. This paved the way for India’s journey from potential to power,” he said.
Later Shah also delivered a keynote address at the interactive session on “Indian Polity 65 years Scenario & Paradigm Shift Under Modi Ji” organised by Samvada.
He also appealed to the people to compare the performance of all the political parties in the last 75 years.
“Be it the Congress, the communists, the socialists or the BJP, all of these parties have ruled India in turns for pretty long periods. Every data related to the performance of these parties are available in the public domain. As aware citizens of this nation, you all should compare all the parties on the basis of their performances,” he appealed.