NARENDRA MODI- As we see him

NARENDRA MODI- As we see him

ELANGBAM JOHNSON

1. Early childhood

Narendra Modi was born on 17th September, 1950 to Damodardas and Hiraba as their 3rd child at Vadnagar in Mehsana District, about 80 kms north of Ahmedabad, Gujarat state. From his childhood days, he was found to be hard-working, diligent and dutiful. When he was only 6/7 years he would go to his father’s tea-stall outside the Vadnagar Railway Station just to extend a helping hand to his father. He served tea to the needy persons including railway passengers. As other boys did, he went to village primary school. In the school, he was found to be something different from his class-mates for he was very conscious of what he wore. He liked to dress very properly and always keep neat and clean. He was always thoughtful and grooming. But he had leadership quality during his school days as well. He desired to take part in the school functions of his days. While still a child, Modi had with the Sangh Parivar as he was attending its “Sakha” every evening which was run by Rashtiya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS). Later he could actively associate with the activities of the Sangh.

2. Modi in Politics.

RSS leaders gave their assent when the BJP leaders thought of roping in Modi for his successful responsibilities in the organizational management of the RSS: first of all at district level and later at the zonal level. Thus, in two successive high stake programmes of the BJP i,e LK Advani’s “Rath Yatra” in 1990 and Dr Murli Manohar Joshi’s “Ekta Yatra” in 1991- 92, Modi was put in the foreground of national politics within and outside the party. He became the Chief Minister of Gujarat successively and later in the national politics as Prime Minister of India for the first time when he was elected as an M.P of BJP in the Lok Sabha election in 2014 and since then under his able leadership, BJP could form Government at the Centre for the second time as well thereby enhancing its strength and popularity. Even in the states, BJP could establish BJP-run governments during his Prime-Ministership at the Centre. He has always been the most popular star-campaigner of BJP election rallies across the country.

3. Modi as Prime Minister

Significant changes have been made during the era of Prime-Ministership of Modi. A few may be mentioned such as Abrogation of Art 370 of the Constitution of India thereby causing separation of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union territories, abolition of “Triple Talak” thereby giving protection to Muslim Women’s Right to divorce; the action of demonetization of currency notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 with a view to hunt out black-money amassed by the black marketeers, money lenders etc; opening of zero balance A/Cs for common people at various scheduled banks in the country and so on. He also tried to strengthen the economic foundation not only in the industrial sector but also in the agriculture sector. He wanted India to be a self-sufficient country. He has also taken strong measures to protect the territorial integrity of India by increasing and up-grading of defense capabilities. Modi has a firm conviction in nation building and development of the country. He has taken fruitful measures for solving the housing and sanitary problems of rural backward people including tribals and schedule caste. The efforts made by Modi as Prime Minister of India to feed the people during Covid-19 pandemic are praise worthy and highly commendable.

As a politician, Modi is against dynastic politics of the Congress Party more particularly the Nehru family. Modi occasionally remembers what Mahatma Gandhi felt that the Congress ought to be voluntarily liquidate itself as he was deeply concerned about “growing corruption” and “mad-race for power”. Gandhi opined that the dissolution of the congress would release the energy of all progressive and patriotic elements in the country and to invest it to multitudinous tasks of national reconstruction. Gandhi said “the best thing for the Congress would be to dissolve itself before the rot sets in further”. Thus, Modi at times mentioned that what I said about Congress was already spoken by Gandhi.

4. Modi’s Vision

Modi’s political thrust is to serve the people as far as practicable. His Ayusman Bharat; new education policy; Atmanirbhaya (self-reliance) etc. are all laudable efforts to develop India to be self-reliant and more prosperous. New Education Policy (NEP-2020) forms a comprehensive framework to transform both elementary and higher education in India by 2040, a complete change in which India will be second to none, health-care is one of the main objectives of Modi’s Govt. Ayusman Bharat is his brainchild. He believes in “Yoga” practice for both body and mental health. The United Nations had declared 21 June, every year as World YOGA DAY to Modi’s address at the United Nation General Assembly. Modi has now become a very popular world statesman.

5. Conclusion:

Modi believes to live in peace and harmony among nations in the world. During the Covid-19 (pandemic). India provided large quantities of implements and medicines to many nations all over the world. His effort was mainly on humanitarian ground.

Modi’s “Mann Ki Baat” will remain as an encyclopedia of his thoughts, ideas and events of his memorial time. Once, when he visited Queen Elizabeth-II, She said that Modi would be sent by Mahatma Gandhi.

Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Viswas has now become a doctrine of the B.J.P. (Really a Mantra of all time to come)

(The writer is spokesperson, BJP Manipur Pradesh)

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