No Risks, Mr. Modi!

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Dec 2017 12:11:50

New Delhi,

But, let us -- the people of India with no political agenda -- assure Mr. Narendra Modi, our Prime Minister, that he would never have to run that risk at all. For, the common people of India are with him. They understand him, they love him, and they want him to continue with his reforms in politics and economics. They want him to offer the nation a tough leadership that would not budge before any pressure. They want to tell him that he need not waste time thinking about the so-called political risks.

 

 

Tearing into the UPA regime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, said, he was ready to pay a “big political price” for bringing about systemic changes in the country and asserted that no one would be able to stop his Government from taking “irreversible' decisions.


The Prime Minister said, India was counted among the “fragile five” nations globally and the country’s economy, banking system and governance structure were in a poor shape when the NDA came to power ousting the UPA in 2014. But his Government managed to make a turnaround, drawing widespread recognition for having done so, Modi said participating in a “Leadership Summit” organised by ‘The Hindustan Times’.


“I am aware of the big political price I will have to pay for the steps I have taken, the path I have chosen and the destination I want to take the country. But I am ready for it,” the Prime Minister said.

THIS willingness on the part of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to stand responsible for his actions and travel the full distance on the chosen path despite the political risks involved, is a true sign of great leadership. It also shows the man’s courage of conviction -- about the rightness of the path chosen, the correctness of the decisions taken, the recognition of the genuine national need that transcends the political expediencies!


In fact, whatever Mr. Narendra Modi and his Government have done was on the cards for long years when the the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance was in power for ten years.


Corruption was the issue and one of the ways suggested to combat black money then was demonetisation. Goods and Services Tax, too, was under consideration for a long time. Chinese incursions, Pakistani depredations, Bangladesh border rationalisation, insurgency along Myanmar border also were the issues pending before the nation. And despite this, the Government then did not pick up the courage to sort out those issues. It chose to keep all those pending. It chose to look the other way. And what was the reason? Obviously, political expediency. It did not suit the Congress-led UPA Government’s political agenda.


Then came Mr. Narendra Modi and his Government. One by one, it started dealing with all the issues. The Congress-led Opposition opposed every move. On the GST, it stalled parliamentary proceedings session after session for two years. It never thought of taking the monster of corruption head on, which Mr. Modi did through demonetisation. He pushed the inclusive finance sector through Jandhan Yojana involving millions of poor people with zero-amount bank accounts.


On the national security front, the Prime Minister ordered surgical strikes into Pakistani territory to teach Pakistan a lesson which it would never forget. On the Myanmar border, the Indian commandoes even went into the Myanmar territory to annihilate the ultras who took shelter there. And then came the Doka La issue. So tough and uncompromising was the Indian stand that just one day ago, the Chinese Government decided not to dilute the vigil at the tri-section even in the winter ahead. This one response by the Chinese shows how tough the Prime Minister has chosen to be -- a perfectly no-nonsense man at the helm of Indian affairs.


Let us move into the most intemperate zone -- diplomacy. For decades on, the Indian Government only talked but did not act on its theories of foreign policy management. The Indian stance was always logically correct and philosophically good. Yet, there was no actionable agenda available with the Government earlier. There was tall talk and taller talk, but no commensurate action.


Then came Mr. Narendra Modi. He converted the theory of foreign policy into a practicable agenda. The results are for everybody, including the blind beggar at the street corner, to see. India’s stock in the world has improved tremendously. In less than three years, the world started considering Mr. Narendra Modi as one of the global front-line leaders on all issues, be it terrorism to South China Sea to the Islamic State crisis.


On the economic front as well, all of the Prime Minister’s initiatives have yielded positive results. Modern economics, of course, is not a quick-silver business. It takes time to allow initiatives to seep into the system. Yet, positive results are seen. Gross Domestic Product has bounced back robustly. International rating agencies are backing the Indian effort with enhanced ratings and rankings.


But then, inside the country, there also are people who see some or the other filth in whatever the Prime Minister does. And they heap politically-driven criticism on him, calling him names, branding him an autocrat, describing him as a man who would take the nation to doom.


To such people, Mr. Modi has responded strongly asserting that he is willing to take the biggest political risk to propose and promote his conviction into an actionable agenda. And when a leader says this, all he is doing is reiterating his belief that whatever he has done is right and utterly essential for the nation’s larger cause. In that case, he does not mind if his political career may be cut short.


But, let us -- the people of India with no political agenda -- assure Mr. Narendra Modi, our Prime Minister, that he would never have to run that risk at all. For, the common people of India are with him. They understand him, they love him, and they want him to continue with his reforms in politics and economics. They want him to offer the nation a tough leadership that would not budge before any pressure. They want to tell him that he need not waste time thinking about the so-called political risks. For, when one is right, one does not have to worry about what the outcome would be in larger national interest.


Yet, Mr. Modi being what he is, he minced no words. He told the nation -- and also the world -- that whatever he did was in India’s best interest. He did much detailing of his effort at the Leadership Summit. That was actually not necessary. Yet, a democrat that he is, Mr. Modi respected the forum’s demand and made an elaborate statement of his intent and content. And what a fine statement it is:
“I am aware of the big political price I will have to pay for the steps I have taken, the path I have chosen and the destination I want to take the country. But I am ready for it...”!


Men of calibre, men of capability, men of character alone can make such a statement. Those who lack it make all sorts of compromises with the nation’s need, something that happened regularly in the earlier ten years before Mr. Modi took over, as we saw earlier in this article.


Such a leader may be right or may be wrong. Never mind that, whatever he does is in people’s interest. On that count, there is no compromise. And we all know that.