Chants like “Aab ki bar Modi sarkar” (This time Modi government) and “Acche din ane wale hain” (Good days are here to come) ignited the campaign of this candidate and captured the hearts and imaginations of a billion voters in the world’s largest democracy. A nationalistic secular resurgence was efficiently and effectively created using social networking and high technology by the prime-minister-to-be, who has fundamentally changed the way elections are fought.
While skeptics, left-libs, so-called secularists and the English media were slow to grasp this breath of fresh air, the regional language and social media picked it up early. The rest, as they say, is history: Narendra Modi, who said he lived the life of a Himalayan “parivrajaka” (mendicant on alms), achieved the impossible. Logistically he broke all records by clocking unprecedented air miles. With each public rally, the swing in his favor was such that, half way through the campaign, India’s ruling party – the Indian National Congress – almost gave up, finally failing to accept the loss gracefully.
Modi is a man with a mission. He is an outsider to the corridors of power in Delhi. His unselfish ambition to uplift the poor, hard work and political acumen transformed him and his party into a national party with the best-ever tally in parliament
Modi’s famous style (demonstrated over 14 years as a successful chief minister of Gujarat State) is evident when he uses technology to cut the red tape to build strong bridges with the steel-structured bureaucracy. His policy of keeping media advisers at a distance, while Twitter-enabling ministries, works in corporate fashion, and now news and views will originate centrally. Regrouping of ministries, which are interconnected under one senior minister duly assisted by efficient young junior ministers, speaks to his commitment to being a quick, efficient task master of his ministers
Modi’s diplomacy of inviting all SAARC leaders, extending the invitation to not-so-friendly neighbor Pakistan and converting his swearing-in ceremony into a regional SAARC event made him a winner and has given a fresh, directional diplomatic signal to the world at large. His push of BRICS University and Bank at the recent BRICS summit and ensuring an Indian would head it for the first six years is a diplomatic and economic signal that will manifest in many ways and shows the emergence of New India and its people as front runners in hereto unchartered waters.
The opening up of defense production to foreign direct investment is a policy step that has the fire power to propel industry, employment and investment. The announcement of almost-automatic or quick and easy approval of roads on the borders is a statement that Indian neighbors will keenly watch. The PM’s emphasis on improvement to the largest government employer (of nearly 1.4 million employees) and reaching out to the length and breadth of the country in Indian Railways will be his vehicle to showcase his style in each village, bypassing local governmental bottlenecks with his clean, efficient, improved governance.
The new Modi government is aware of the huge expectations of the people and is burdened with high expectations and is conscious that it does not have the luxury of indefinite time on its hands. The new government has inherited years of ineffective governance, coalition compulsions, scams and corruption, absence of leadership, high inflation, low production and populist subsidies. The new government will surely need time to scrap old archaic laws, and create confidence in every Indian and industry at large, no easy task by any count.
Its still early days for the government. With effective economics, governance on fast-track, unselfish leadership, this PM will likely stay for a long time.
Raghu Aiyar, CEO
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