Story Of A ‘Chaiwallah’
It is indeed a victory of Indian democracy that even a chaiwallah can think of getting the top job of the country. It is possible because our institutions of democracy become reflective of the aspirations of a common man to dream big nad realise the dream as well. In that sense, Narendra Modi represents the aspirational India away from dynastic politics and feudal order. His prime ministerial bid is backed by performance and abilities to deliver good governance. He represents a growth model that is inclusive, environment friendly and job oriented. Modi’s journey from a tea-seller to becoming the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA), has been one of struggle, determination, dedication and perseverance. Modi has been a real game changer in Indian politics. He has played by his own rules whether it is governance or politics. He knows how to deliver services to people. He perfected bureaucracy as an instrument and launched massive development initiatives in all spheres of economic and social activities. People tried to pin Modi down on 2002 riots, yet he did not get deterred from his task of making the state prosperous.
Narendra Modi—The GameChanger, written by Sudesh Verma, provides an insight into the making of Narendra Modi. From a tea seller to prime ministerial candidate of NDA, what went into making of Narendra Modi has been dealt in this book. The Godhra 2002 riots and their repercussions are dealt with factual correctness by the author. Chapters 6, 7 and 8 relate to the Godhra riots and their aftermath. The historical context of riots in Gujarat has been outlined in Chapter 6. Chapter 7 details the Godhra train burning and the riots that followed after that. The Nanavati Commission report, Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) report, media reports and deposition of chief minister before the SIT, have been taken into account, while writing this chapter. Chapter 8 raises the main issue whether Modi was personally responsible for the riots other than being the administrative head of the state then. Governance comes out of logical thinking, simplification of procedures, putting up systems of checks and balances and preparing the mindset of the implementing agency to accept changes. Chapter 13 of the book deals with this aspect and shows how Modi used a rational mind and discipline to help bureaucracy deliver. Chapters 14 to 22 describe the impact of good governance on development.
With many anecdotes and stories, author showed the development that Gujarat has witnessed under Modi’s leadership. In chapter 26, author depicts the hollowness of the USA and the UK in dealing with the issue of giving visa to Narendra Modi. Chapter 27 deals with other issues such as induction of BS Yeddyurappa in the party, Lokayukta, the allegations of snooping on a young girl and controversy over poverty line. Narendra Modi’s is an inspiring story. He is a symbol of discipline and self-control, hence, he is admired by many. The fact that he had a humble beginning makes his story compelling in a democracy—he articulates the vision of the country that touches the common man. He redefines old concepts, which will restore the pride of being an Indian. The author has succeeded in tracing the transition of Modi from a chaiwallah to the man he is today. His trials and tribulations, his influences and struggle have been captured well by the author. In a nutshell, Narendra Modi—The GameChanger, is an interesting read and gives insight into the making of brand Modi.
By Nilabh Krishna