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Modi: A Master Blaster

Updated: August 13, 2011 1:38 pm

Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Work with self-reliance, faith, honesty and integrity. Don’t take too much advice—keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energetic and steely determination with the right move, is the lever that move the world. And these words aptly apply to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who will soon complete a decade as Gujarat Chief Minister. Indeed, it has been a greatly controlled successful, yet arduous, journey for him. Imbued with the Sangh ideology, Modi virtually metamorphosised this political doctrine into a greatly controlled governance religeously adhered to it. Therefore, no Sangh or BJP leader can ever spot any shortcomings in his governance, which, beyond an iota of doubt, was lauded by all strata of society. No wonder, his governance earned repute world over including the US. According to sources in Gujarat Chief Minister’s office in Gandhinagar, American President Obama recently sent a letter on White House letter pad with his signature on it. He heartily expressed appreciations saying: “As our two nations work to address the new and complex challenges facing our world, I am hopeful about what our countries can accomplish together.” Modi also earned appreciation from among the minority intellectuals like Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, Vice Chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband. Vastanvi had said that there was no discrimination against minorities in Gujarat and that the state was making substatial progress under Modi. However, he was relieved of his duties last week by those who were seeking his removal for praising Modi, but his words substantiated Modi’s image as a secular leader, as Vastanvi’s village Vastan in Gujarat is everything that the Islamic preacher stands for: progress. Even Vastanvi’s family backs the Chief Minister Narendra Modi. So no wonder, today, Gujarat is rated as the number one state in India. Without doubt, most credit for Gujarat’s phenomenal progress goes to Narendra Modi. The state owes him a huge debt for his courage, dedication, perseverance and tenacity in putting Gujarat back on its feet. Thanks to his iron will and wisdom. Terrorism—the global curse of the 21st century—has been eliminated from the turf of Gujarat transforming Gujarat into the most secure state in India. And this is vindicated by the fact that as they had two years before, investors pledged to sink vast sums this year too in investors’ summit held in Ahmedabad—upward of $450 billion, or about one-third of India’s GDP—in Gujarat’s soaring economy. As in the past, a parade of India’s top businessmen—among them Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani,Ratan Tata and Anand Mahindra—lavished praise on Gujarat’s progressive makeover under Narendra Modi.

            Hence, there is no denying that Modi is the role model of development in the country. However, a particular section of media has always portrayed him as a villain. In Gujarat, the government provides justice to all. But because of vote-bank politics, the Congress wants to exploit the situation and target him. There have been 2,000 encounters in the country, of which only 19 were in Gujarat. But the Congress-led central government has framed false cases against Modi. It is difficult for the Congress to defeat Narendra Modi that is why it is defaming him. His detractors should know that he is the most loved and adorable leader in Gujarat. All people of the state, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, are proud and fond of him. He is a true secular leader under whom all communities have prospered and feel secured, a condition unimaginable a couple of decades back. He believes in development in all spheres of life, be it industries, sports, health, education etc. We have several players claiming place in Indian cricket team, a girl winning a silver in CWG, a world-class golf course, etc. All this has become possible because of the constantly considerable encouragement given by him to sports. In health care, Gujarat has some of the best hospitals, a monopoly earlier reserved for Mumbai only. The roads of Gujarat are smoothly carpated and well spread all across the nook and cranny of the state. He has transformed the arid region of Kutch into one of the best districts of India. Bharuch which was earlier known for its salted peanuts is one of the biggest industrial hubs in the world; you name an industry and you have it here in Gujarat. Furthermore, the majority of companies listed on NSE/BSE have their presence in Modi’s Gujarat. No wonder the Tatas, Ambanis, Ruiyas etc are thronging Gujarat to set up their plants in Gujarat. Modi welcomes one and all to Gujarat. In spite of these achievements, it is ridiculous to find some people call him communal. Yes, he does not spare anyone who indulges in anti-national activities irrespective of whatever political clout he/she may weild. Modi fears none. In the end, other states should replicate, at least not overnight, Gujarat’s entrepreneurial culture and sensible attitudes toward wealth creation, strong leadership, anti-corruption efforts, a streamlined bureaucracy and a welcoming attitude toward business. And Narendra Modi, Gujarat’s longest-serving Chief Minister, has proved that good governance and good politics can go hand in hand. The sooner more states comprehends this, the better it will be for India.

Deepak Kumar Rath

Deepak Kumar Rath

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