What does acche din mean?

[The recent verdict of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya title dispute case can be regarded as a rather extreme instance of "acche din" (अच्छे दिन) for the forces of Hindu nationalism. It brings closer a long-standing commitment of the RSS and its various offshoots to build a Ram temple on the site of the destroyed Babri Mosque. The phrase "acche din" has come to be used mainly by the opponents of Narendra Modi, and is now used in a variety of ways. Posted below is the deshkosh entry on "acche din" outlining some of the ways this phrase is used.]

Narendra Modi's 2014 general election campaign centred on the promise that "acche din" (good days) were coming. Since then, the term "acche din" has been used - seriously or ironically - when referring to:

• The great increases in wealth of Modi allies and their relatives under the Modi regime. (For example, Amit Shah's son's remarkable business success, and wealth rises for BJP-Shiv Sena ministers in Maharashtra.)

• The freeing of convicted criminals close to Narendra Modi and the BJP: they may get bail (for example, D. G. Vanzara in 2015, and Babu Bajrangi in 2019), or have their convictions reversed (for example, Maya Kodnani).

• The dropping of charges against allies of Narendra Modi (for example, the dropping of murder charges against Amit Shah).

• The promotion of Modi supporters to positions of power and influence by the Modi government.

• The way Modi's corporate friends have managed to evade justice for financial crimes (for example, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi).

• The protection of allies of Modi, such as B.S. Yediyurappa, from charges such as corruption. (Another example is the protection of police official Rakesh Asthana.)

• The failure of serious criminal cases against those involved in Hindutva violence (for example, the acquittal of all accused in the Samjhauta terror case including Swami Aseemanand, and the acquittal of all accused of Pehlu Khan's lynching).

• The legal harassment of opponents of Narendra Modi (for example, Teesta Setalvad, and the Lawyers Collective).

• The rise of violence against minorities and marginalised communities in Narendra Modi's India.

Poverty and malnutrition in Narendra Modi's India.

References:
• Posts tagged acche din on Narendra Modi Facts.