Why you shouldn’t ignore manifestos | India News – Times of India

 Why you shouldn’t ignore manifestos | India News - Times of India

Make an election Manifesto Case? Suspend skepticism for a moment and consider this: In 1984, the BJP promised to abrogate Article 370. Thirty-five years later, in 2019, this the whole promise Similarly, the Congress promised the right to education in its 2004 manifesto, and enacted it in 2009. Therefore, manifestos are more than political lip service. It gives you an idea of ​​what the future holds. Here are some of the watershed moments of Indian law and policy that can be traced to the Manifesto.
Important since the days of Raj
The Manifesto was important even before independence, when the British gradually transferred legislative and administrative powers to elected representatives. In backwardness, mostly social, political and economic Reforms Initiated at the provincial level between 1919 (when the provinces gained legislative and fiscal authority) and 1947, came directly from these party manifestos. Here are some samples:
1916 | The Justice Party’s manifesto advocated a stronger education policy for non-Brahmins, and the strengthening and deepening of constitutional reforms.
1920 | Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s Congress Democratic Party manifesto promised to promote indigenous systems of medicine.
1923 | The Manifesto of the National Unionist Party in Punjab advocated a fair distribution of the financial burden between the agrarian and other classes.
1937 | The Congress Manifesto recognized the poverty and indebtedness of the peasantry as the main problems and called for a reduction in agricultural rent.
1937 | The Muslim League’s manifesto dealt with funding of cottage industries and making primary education free and compulsory.
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mostly Promises the whole
The good news is that governments have increased. Commitment True to its manifesto commitments over the past 20 years. For example, UPA-1 fulfilled (in whole or in part) 46% of Congress’s 2004 manifesto promises. UPA-2 fulfilled 64% of the Congress’s 2009 manifesto promises, and NDA-1 fared even better, fulfilling 71% of the promises made in the BJP’s 2014 manifesto.
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Who writes them?
Manifesto Committees – Small empowered bodies within Parties – mostly including their senior leaders – create these documents, lay out a road map of reforms to woo voters. The manifestos of Congress, CPM and DMK have already been released this year. The Congress has promised to restore full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, bring Delhi LG under the state government and scrap the Agnipath scheme. The CPM has promised to repeal laws such as the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, and the Citizenship Amendment Act and introduce state funding for elections. The DMK has promised to delete Article 356 (President’s Raj) and remove the offense of sedition from the penal code. BJP is finalizing its manifesto.
Please keep them simple
Although manifestos are intended for the layman, they are increasingly difficult to understand, and are becoming as wordy as academic papers. Recent manifestos require at least graduate-level comprehension skills, which less than 10% of Indians possess. Ideally, they should be concise, easy to understand and published in all Indian languages, not just Hindi and English.
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Go beyond bread, cloth, housing.
The title of Manoj Kumar’s 1974 hit ‘Roti, Kapra Aur Makan’ summed up India’s vision of development at the time, but half a century later, as the country transforms into an economic and technological powerhouse, now The time has come to fulfill these manifesto objectives along with others, such as:
Man – to guarantee social and economic justice
Dukaan – To maintain free and competitive markets
Vigyan – To digitize at speed across sectors and manage emerging technologies carefully
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