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Modi is the boss!!! August 13, 2014

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Richa Awasthy

It is close to 100 days since Mr Narendra Modi took charge as India’s Prime Minister. The slogan with which BJP went into the election campaign was “Abki Baar Modi Sarkar” (This time, Modi Government). While the ousted government created an impression that the power centre is at Congress’ President’s disposal rather than the Prime Minister’s, the new government has shown that Mr Modi is indeed the boss of the new government. Since the outstanding win, Mr Modi has left his critics in media and elsewhere astonished with his actions. Mr Modi has shown that he acts based on the position he holds and that is why the Prime Minister Modi-ji is very different from the campaigner Mr Modi.

Softer side of Modi-ji – On the very first day of his entry into the Parliament Hall, Mr Modi astonished the media when he bowed at the footsteps of the Parliament Hall. He gave a message that he is dedicated to restore the value and respect of this temple of democracy. He exposed his emotional side when he was almost in tears on the mention of Mr L.K. Advani’s statement during his speech.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIG2F0a-8As

Millions of his fans and citizens were touched by his first speech at the parliament and many acknowledged that they were in tears as Modi went emotional. In his speech he reassured that the new government is all set to work very hard for every citizen of the country. He said that he himself will show the culmination of the hard work to ensure that the nation takes steps forward towards development.

Love thy neighbours – This was a clear message when the heads of the SAARC nations were invited in the swearing-in ceremony of the new PM and the cabinet. This was well received among all the developed nations and in the wider world. This had happened for the first time in Indian history. It was further extended when the Prime Minister Modi chose Bhutan as the destination of his first foreign visit. He insisted on strengthening the relationship with neighbouring countries and working in collaboration. External Affairs minister Mrs Sushma Swaraj visited Bangladesh recently to better the ties between the two countries. Overall, the new government is giving all the right signals.

Say ‘No’ to nepotism – By the selection of his cabinet ministers, Mr Modi sent a strong signal that he will not encourage nepotism. No minister has been inducted who had his parents in the earlier ministry. The PM has also directed its MPs that they should not be favouring their relatives and refrain from appointing them at offices.

Get your acts together – It was being said that Mr Modi is a no-nonsense man. He is decisive and a strong administrator. The very first step was to keep the cabinet compact and in action. Apparently, the ministers have been given directives to work hard. The Prime Minister’s office seems to be much more active than earlier. The bureaucrats in the Prime Minister’s office are supposed to be working 6 days a week and to be on time in the office. A new culture is being inculcated which expects swift action. This has sent a wave of enthusiasm among the officers and some disquiet too.

Facilitate action – Mr Modi is all set to show that the action has begun. He dissolved the Empowered Groups of Ministers (EGoMs) and GoMs on the administrative front to remove bottlenecks in the decision-making process. This makes the decision making easier, swifter and effective. He has also directed the bureaucrats to come up with a list of archaic laws in order to do away with them and to facilitate faster actions. The agility of ministers was visible in the way they responded to the rail accident in Bihar or the gas pipeline burst in Andhra Pradesh. The Prime Minister himself conveyed the prayers, relief and actions in these mishaps through his twitter account.

Defence and foreign policy – These portfolios are very dear to Mr Modi and he himself is taking an interest in them. Despite the ceasefire violations by neighbourhood, he has been trying to handle it diplomatically. He wants to well-equip the defence and hence sought the list of priorities on modernisation and requirements of weapons and other equipment from the three Service chiefs and the Defence Ministry. On 14 June 2014, the Prime Minister visited the country’s largest warship INS Vikramaditya off the Goa coast in the Arabian Sea and dedicated it to the nation.

Bitter Pill for citizens is Better Pill for the nation – During his campaign, Mr Modi sailed on the slogan ‘Acchhe Din Aaanewale Hain” (Good days will come). After taking charge, he is making it clear that good days do not mean subsidies and freebies. He is all set to take the steps which are good for the nation in the long term rather than the short-term gains for the people. The cabinet has taken a decision of rail-fare hike, which will impact a huge population. It has been opposed by the parties other than the ruling coalition as well as one of its allies. However, the government said that it needs to take such a step to improve the condition of the world’s largest railway network and services. Government has also raised the import duty on sugar to 40 per cent which may cause an increase in sugar price. (So, the tea might not be sweeter.)

So far the course of the government has been full of highs and lows. As Mr Modi wrote in his blog marking the completion of one month of government, his government did not get a honeymoon period of even 100 days. Nevertheless, so far Mr Modi has tried to put only the right foot forward. The government is sending an impression to the people that it is working for them. It has a long way to go and to prove its intent to work for the nation. We wish the new government all the best and hope that the nation will scale new height under the new administrator.

Comments

1. Binod Chapagain - August 13, 2014

In addition what Richa said, Modi made a successful visit to Nepal recently and has been able to get a clear message as a good neighbour. He has requested Nepalese politicians to make decisions that reduce the poverty and discrimination in Nepal and the region. He has been able to break the anti-Indian sentiment in Nepal and charged the environment with the positive messages. His speech in Nepalese parliament has been highly regarded as a highly efficacious one. Beyond these, he has been able to identify some of the areas that Nepal and India could collaborate in the future for the regional development.

2. Richa - August 22, 2014

Well said, Mr. Binod. I think India has very high hopes with Mr. Modi.

3. Vivek - November 23, 2014

Please read this new second ed
Title: Lies, Lies and More Lies. The Campaign to Defame Hindu Nationalism (2nd ed)
Author: Vivek
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 252
ISBN: 978-1-4917-3835-1 (pbk)
978-1-4917-3836-8 (hard cover)
Published: Oct 16, 2014

Reviews From Previous Edition
‘A brilliant book’
Seth J. Frantzman, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer.

‘A passionate and thoughtful call for perspective on hot-button Indian social issues’
Midwest Book Review

Synopsis

The resounding electoral victory of Narendra Modi and the BJP in the Indian elections of 2014 makes it all the more imperative for the Western world in general and academics to get a true picture of what Hindu Nationalism stands for.The second edition of Lies, lies and More Lies. The Campaign to Defame Hindu/Indian Nationalism (pp 252. Publisher. iUniverse. 2014)does this in an objective manner.
The last decade has seen the publication of a plethora of books like Christophe Jaffrelot’s, The Hindu Nationalist Movement in India, Thomas Hansen’s The Saffron Wave and Martha Nussbaum’s The Clash Within that have been highly critical of the Hindu Nationalist Movement in India. This genre of books has been a one-sided, prejudged narration that has failed look at the movement from the Hindu perspective or even accord Hindu Nationalism a fair and scholarly treatment. At times these books have highlighted dubious incidents to put forth their point of view or held up radical fringe elements as representative of Hindu Nationalism.
Lies, Lies and More Lies presents the other side of the story in a balanced manner with tangible proof backed by sound references that puts paid to many of the false innuendoes against Hindu Nationalism that have been bandied around for years. This second edition of Lies, Lies and More Lies (first edition was published in 2007) contains 2 new sections (Gujarat-the exoneration of PM Narendra Modi and Babri-Masjid-Mandir Controversy), 10 new chapters and 100 more pages. It provides more evidence of the lies that have been spread about Hindu Nationalism.
Especially revealing is the content of these two new sections. In a chapter titled, “Intellectuals or Charlatans’ which deals with the Ayodhya verdict, there is a detailed description of the judge’s rebuke directed to the detractors of Hindu Nationalism for their unethical and unprofessional attempts to influence the outcome. The same unethical conduct is evident in the SIT investigation of the Gujarat riots that ultimately exonerated Pm Narendra Modi; the SIT report speaks of doctoring of evidence and even goes so far as to dub a witness as “highly suspicious and undesirable”.
This book is a must read for all who wish to get a better understanding of Hindu Nationalism. It is recommended for local academics, political leaders, businessmen, and others who wish to interact with India and Indians for it enables them to understand the Hindu/Indian psyche better.