Friday, July 17, 2015

The long road to success

Narendra Modi - has been at it. For more than a year now. Sure there are promises, there is work being done, there is outrage being created, there are speeches and there are other things happening.

But you have to give credit to the man for something that he has done. And therein lies a lesson for us as well.

Modi is cleaning up the muck left by the last 60 odd years of government (or lack of it). He is laying the highway to the future - both literally and figuratively.

He is bringing in rules, transparency, technology in all spheres. Whether it is fixing leaky subsidy buckets, whether it is making policies independent of people, whether it is convincing people to give up subsidy (now isn't that one out of the box idea), whether is getting coal plants operational, whether it is fixing up nuclear supplies...

And on the literal side, building highways, defence capabilities beyond just procuring weaponry - but actually capability to manufacture in India, building rail lines, making it easier for travelers and so on and so forth.

He could done it the other way round - like the Congress does. Hoard resources, create crony capitalists, create supra legal advisory bodies that only take care of their own needs, create communnal and caste based legislations, talk symbolism but deliver little on the ground.

As a Modi supporter, I wish he did better than this - and really worked on decimating the Congress ecosystem that has bled the country over so many years, but this is a good beginning.

And therein lies a lesson from "If:

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, 
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, 
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

He is taking the long road to success. Instead of bleeding the country with more populism, doles or handing out proverbial fishes, he is laying the foundation of teaching people to fish. This is tough for any leader. 

Kudos to him for going the hard way - and a lesson for all wannabe leaders around. Do the right thing - the hardest thing - at a given point to get to success.

1 comment:

politicallyincorrectindian said...

In my opinion, there has been a massive though intangible change.
To take a few examples, last year, there was an incident where a school in kerela cancelled their independence day celebrations because muslim fundamentalists were against the celebrations/ flag hoisting while this year, the deobandis have asked muslims to celebrate independence day. Which shows that having a truly nationalist government, one which isn't bound by the compulsions of minority votebank politics and for whom national interests and security is paramount, has put the fear of law amongst anti national elements in our country.
Another example (close to my heart because I am from Mumbai) is how there has been no repeat of the azad maidan riots simply because muslims know wtaht they cannot expect to indulge in arson, violence and anti national activities and get away scot free.
Once we ensure security for ordinary citizens and foster a sense of unity amongst our people, achieving economic progress wont be as herculean a task as it currently is, when people are often not loyal to the country (religion, caste, language etc are primary factors) and live in constant fear of riots and terror attacks.

As an aside, I must say that your blog is a great source of rational and logical discussion. I read it often but am commenting for the first time.

Rgds, Jitu.