Analysis

Modi’s ‘Operation Clean Sweep’

‘There’re no takers of tokenism among people who apply their brains,’ trenchantly stated the US President Woodrow Wilson. Modi’s Operation Clean Sweep on Oct. 2 was one such act of tokenism that evokes smirks from those who’ve brains. Some senior BJP government cabinet ministers wielded brooms in the presence of the media just to show their commitment to swacchhata abhiyaan (Cleanliness Mission). Can this help clean the Augean seas of squalor? In the past, some ministers would go to parliament on bicycles, but just for a day. After that they’d avail swanky governmental cars at taxpayers’ money. People aren’t so gullible as to believe in these gimmicks that are more fleeting in nature than the dewdrops on the blades of grass.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2014 on page no. 11

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