The Narendra Modi regime took great offence when, in November 2015, a report by Moody's Analytics, one of the top three credit ratings agencies in the world, asked it to rein in the BJP's loudmouths, "or risk losing domestic and global credibility".
Its refusal to heed the warning has cost India dear economically: investors are actually staying away due to the prevailing "vicious political environment" in the country.
The Moody's report was informed by the mood of a large section of global investors, who were worried about the "vicious political atmosphere" in the world's largest democracy.
But the Modi regime not only didn't heed the warning, it dismissed the report as the opinion of a junior analyst.
Just three months on, the government's own data proves the report was right. The global investors are actually reluctant to invest in India now, despite one full year of high-octane wooing campaign that saw Modi visit more than 50 countries.
As per data released by the Secretariat for Industrial Assistance, the country attracted investment proposals worth Rs 3.11 lakh crore in the manufacturing sector in 2015 as against Rs 4.05 lakh crore in 2014, a decline of over 23%.
If this steep decline doesn't shock you enough, take this: this year's investment pledge of Rs 3.11 lakh crore is the lowest in 11 years.
And this, mind you, is supposed to be the year of "Make in India", which seeks to raise the share of manufacturing in India's GDP from the current 15% to 25%.
The report compares the investments made in India's manufacturing in 2015 with the average of the last two years of the UPA government, from 2012 to 2014.
Further, the number of manufacturing projects proposed in 2015 came down by 18% to 1,909 as against the 2012-14 average of 2,330. As for the projects implemented, the number declined by 5.59% to 439 compared to the 2012-14 average of 465.
The experts are unequivocal about why this has happened. "Investors are worried about the current environment in the country," says SC Rehlan, the president of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations, referring to the many controversies the NDA regime has been embroiled in over the past year.
It continued, "senior members of the BJP and the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a Hindu nationalist organisation with major influence over Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have responded not with dialogue but with persecution, not with negotiation but with clampdowns."
DK Nair, a former Secretary General of the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry, says, "The investments aren't coming into Indian manufacturing for two reasons. The first reason is that the global economy is not doing well."
"The second reason is that the government is focused on the wrong areas. It needs to develop infrastructure to attract investment, but it's concerned more about cows and re-writing history books."
The Modi regime needs to understand that businesses prefer to invest in places that are politically and socially stable, which contemporary India is struggling to offer them. Measures like a single-window clearance system may push India up the Ease Of Doing Business Rankings, it won't reassure investors that their money won't be lost to political and social instability.
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