Priyanka, 41, Beauty Parlour Owner, Jharkhand
If you have a pretty face, makeup is inconsequential; it just enhances your beauty. It is like the icing on a cake. If the base of the cake is well-baked, you will have a delicious cake. If we apply the same logic to our current government, then our Prime Minister’s oratory skills are just an icing on a badly baked cake or makeup for ugly governance.
The decision to reserve 10 percent of jobs for upper caste poor too, I feel, is a way to cover up for five years of bad governance. I firmly believe in merit and people who have courage and self-belief do not need any kind of reservation. People who lack confidence, will always be needing something more, no matter how many incentives they get. But I do believe that there are people in very remote areas who don’t have access to good education, they should definitely be helped in getting access to good education.
Coming back to bad governance… I have overcome many a tough situations in life, but demonetisation perhaps posed one of the toughest challenges for me. Oh! those long queues at the banks and the uncertainty of whether I will be able to withdraw money after the wait! Demonetisation happened bang at the beginning of the wedding season. Beauty parlour owners like me wait all year round for the wedding season since it is the most lucrative period for us.
I am not too upbeat about the Goods and Services Tax (GST) either. Maybe in big cities, people don’t mind paying more after GST was introduced, but women in small towns are not at all ready to shell out extra bucks. Even if you tell them that the charges of services like manicure, pedicure, waxing etc. have gone up because of GST.
In the 2019 election I would like to vote for a candidate who understands both microeconomics as well as macroeconomics. Or at least tries to learn about them and open to other dissenting views.
However, there is a marked difference as far as cleanliness is concerned. Things are definitely getting better in the heart of the town. But I get disheartened, when I see that garbage is still being dumped on the outskirts of the town. The concept of recycling is still alien to most people here.
My tip to Narendra Modi: Since people feel so connected to him, I think he should have a Chai pe charcha at the end of his tenure and this time he should take feedback from people to ensure good governance.
(The narrator did not wish to share her photograph. The images used are representational)