From Cynicism To Admiration- Why An Ex Critic Is Saying That India Needs Modi ?

One year back I was the one person who was cynical about Mr Modi . Cynical to the point that had turned to hatred. A part of that hatred was a result of the tarnished image of his being associated with the RSS and a part because of the crony capitalism that I could foresee.But today a lot has changed . Although I am not enchanted by the magical persona that he exhibits or the excellent skills of oratory but even beyond that I am forced to think that there is something about this man which has the power to move the masses.

I write this post to all those people who are cynical or critical of him. Its ok to be critical , its ok to not blindly follow what the crowds are following but if that cynicism turns to hatred that is blind , that is where you need to stop and open your eyes.

The recent visit to the silicon valley , or even to all other countries that he undertook has been an eye opener for me. I remember my uncle going to singapore and telling me that the moment he mentioned that he was an indian people started greeting him with sounds of ‘Modi! he is so awesome’ and thats when he told me that he did feel proud. My brother staying in London says he used to feel ashamed when all the newspapers in London reported the commonwealth scam and tore the dignity of India into pieces. Its not the same anymore. So I wanted to enlist few points that I think his critics need to get over with because after all we all want whats best for India.

  1. Stop Complaining About His Oratory – He is a great orator and none can deny that fact. When Obama fought for US presidential elections for the first time people were moved by the conviction by which he spoke. Reciting his speech of change at a declamation competition even won me the 1st prize. Then why not Modi. What happens on ground is a different reality altogether but you can’t ignore the fact that we need words of fire to instill in a common man the sense of leadership. Can you imagine our freedom struggle taking the shape of a mass movement without the explosive speeches of Tilak, Nehru or Bhagat singh?
  2.   What Is The Harm In Collaborating To Learn- I may not be an IITian or from Oxford, does that make me incapable, or lesser intelligent ? Does my learning German from a 6 year old kid make me Inferior? Did not the west learn from India ? Didn’t we give it to them – The number system, the zero, the vedas , the science? Then why now do I hear dissenting voices that say ,” Modi , stop going to US and begging for investment”. Well I have the perfect answer for you. Stop taking everything on your ego. India has been known for modesty and shall always be. Accepting the fact that we have lacked behind them and acknowledging that there is nothing wrong in seeking investments to grow. We are seeking and creating resources not demanding alms and charity
  3. Technology And Internet Belongs to The World – The bid for pulling India out of ignorance and poverty can never be possible without technology. Technology and especially Internet doesn’t belong to US but the whole world. I was impressed by Modi and Mark’s dialogue that revolved mainly around how the vision is to spread connectivity and knowledge around the world.
  4. India’s Image Needs To Be Changed- Perception matters, and it matters a lot. When top CEO’S show trust in the new govt, when his words echo around the world making a noise that India is rising , perceptions change and they leave a huge impact. I agree that we need to MAKE INDIA before MAKING IN INDIA but like democracy trickled down to the otherwise ignorant Indian masses, the technology and fruits of Industrialization shall trickle down as well.
  5. Inclusive Development Over Crony Capitalism – The trust deficit that the people have in the govt needs to be bridged. The trust deficit that the investors have while investing in India needs to be bridged. I am not supporting crony capitalism but neither do I advocate Stalin’s communism . What I envision is Gandhian socialism. Agreed, that capitalism is filling the coffers of the rich but then isn’t it the duty of the govt anyways to ensure equitable distribution of resources? Isn’t it somehow fare that meritocracy should prevail and that hardwork pays off?  Let the government ensure that there is level playing field for everyone who competes with sincerity and merit rather than giving free lunches to the lazy bones.                                                                                                                          And so lets take pride in being Indians , pride that our glory is being seen yet again after millenniums of darkness . Lets march as lions to reclaim what is rightfully ours.                                                                                                          As Swami Vivekananda has rightly said,” Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; ye are not matter, ye are not bodies; matter is your servant, not you the servant of matter.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “It is the same India which has withstood the shocks of centuries, of hundreds of foreign invasions of hundreds of upheavals of manners and customs. It is the same land which stands firmer than any rock in the world, with its undying vigour, indestructible life. Its life is of the same nature as the soul, without beginning and without end, immortal; and we are the children of such a country.”
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