Narendra Modi, a man of substance, power and spunk. He is, undoubtedly, India`s one of the most successful Chief Ministers after having served Gujarat for the longest tenure only to add to the glory of the state. His indomitable spirit is evident from the fact that he has always managed to emerge out strong despite of all the opposition against him by the Central Government and some of the paid-sections of the press and media. He has been, time and again, subject to several controversies to defame his reputation. But it is his resilience and hard work that spoke for him, making him one of the most sought after politicians in the country.
With the 2014 Loksabha elections just round the corner, it is an issue of national debate that who will be the next Prime Minister of India ? The ‘Modi v/s Rahul Gandhi’ war has fueled up. With Congress trying its best to demean BJP by attributing Modi for being the reason for several disputes in the country, it is evident that Congress is certainly aware of Modi`s outgrowing popularity and is thus playing foul to sully Modi`s reputation.
Well, the question that arises here is, what makes Narendra Modi different from others? Why India needs MODI-fication? Well, the scale to measure a leader’s potential is the quantum of his work. Taking Gujarat into consideration, it is no less of an achievement for Modi to have been chosen as Gujarat`s CM thrice in a row (even after the 2002 Godhra riots in Gujarat which have been a dark patch on Modi’s reputation). Gujarat has shown some tremendous developments, as compared to other states, in Modi`s era. Gujarat has shown a growth rate increment from 6.22, before the modi-era , to 10.22 in the last decade of modi-era, which is an achievement in itself. Also, Modi took over to Gujarat`s administration when the state`s growth was low and economy was severely affected following the 2001 Gujarat earthquake.
Gujarat was never known for its agriculture in the past. Despite of Gujarat having a major desert region and facing water scarcity, Gujarat`s agro-economy has shined with 11% agriculture growth which is more than the national average. All for the state government`s price friendly reforms that benefited the agriculture as a whole. New agriculture universities have been setup, farmers have been made aware of advanced farming techniques and every possible step has been taken to revolutionize agriculture despite of all the barriers it had. And today Gujarat is said to be India`s ‘farming paradise’.
Also, Gujarat is the powerhouse of several giant manufacturing plants and projects. 16% of India`s industrial production comes from Gujarat alone and Gujarat alone accounts for 22% of the total investments in the country. Gujarat is an automobile hub, leading in the solar energy sector with Asia`s biggest solar energy plant situated in Gujarat and also leading in oil refineries. It is the first state to reform solar policy by offering it at 13 rupees per unit where the central government offers it at 19 rupees per unit.
The state also claims to have not increased the taxes in last 12 years. They have managed to become revenue surplus. Also, every single village in Gujarat gets 24 hours of electricity. Gujarat has evolved and implemented many innovative and far-reaching solutions to India's old and historic problems. Be it water conservation or electrifying rural areas. Be it ensuring institutional deliveries or enrolling the girl child in education. There are concrete roads all over Gujarat. The state provides ample opportunities for budding industrialists and traders. Gujarat was never a tourist destination. But with Modi’s correct vision and efforts, the tourism industry has flourished phenomenally in Gujarat.
|Modi on the cover of TIME magazine|
People accuse him of being communal but with the fact that Modi had ordered for the demolition of 120 small Hindu shrines to make way for a four-lane highway in Gujarat , you certainly can`t call him biased towards Hindus. He stands for what is right irrespective of the religious sentiments attached with it. The 2002 Godhra riots are analogous to what happened with the Sikhs post the assassination of Indira Gandhi, during the Congress regime. Armed persons went around the streets of Delhi to look for innocent Sikhs, who were slaughtered mercilessly and were even burnt alive. CBI is of the opinion that the acts of violence were organized with the support from the then Delhi police officials and the Central government headed by Indira Gandhi's son, Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi was sworn in as Prime Minister after his mother's death and, when asked about the riots, he said "when a big tree falls, the earth shakes". Never did the Congress apologize for these mishappenings but the Sikhs were generous enough to forgive Congress for these atrocities and BJP, forgetful enough to not use this point as a trump card against all the blames Modi has been subjected with.
It is for his vision and perseverance that Gujarat has shined. For a corruption driven country like ours, where the Central government itself plays a host to several corruption scams, where the economy has hit lowest in a decade, the industrial production growth is lowest in two decades and where the political and social reforms are proving to be futile, a patriot and visionary like Modi would be a saving grace. Modi has brought in some phenomenal progress in Gujrat and the state`s development model has been applauded not only in the country but also across the globe.
Economic development and progress is more important than court verdicts and he can deliver growth and prosperity for everyone just like he did for Gujarat. There are no two ways about it. He has all that it takes to be India`s next Prime Minister – the vision, the potential and the dedication. He is the future of India. NaMo !