Narendra Modi at 73: from Vadnagar’s bylanes to India’s helm - a chronicle of nationalism and decisive leadershipCharting the meteoric rise of a leader, Narendra and Indra Modi, driven by vision and unwavering resolve. Author : Rakesh Behal
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi marks his 73rd birthday, the country reflects on the life of a leader who, from humble origins in Vadnagar, rose to chart a new trajectory for India, underpinned by strong nationalistic fervor and an unwavering stance against terror.
1. Foundations of Fortitude: Serving tea at his father’s stall, Modi imbibed values of diligence and determination early on, grounding his later political journey.
2. Himalayan Reflections: Modi’s treks across the Himalayas weren’t just spiritual. They provided solitude, self-reliance, and introspection, shaping his future leadership style.
3. RSS: Ideological Anchoring: The RSS wasn’t merely a political initiation for Modi; it was an immersion into nationalistic principles, deepening his commitment to India’s cultural and ideological ethos.
4. Elevating BJP’s Fortunes: Modi’s pivotal role, particularly during the Ekta Yatra, underscored his strategic importance within the BJP, setting the stage for larger roles.
5. Guiding Gujarat’s Growth: Beyond steering post-earthquake rehabilitation, Modi’s Chief Ministerial tenure was defined by aggressive developmental policies, setting Gujarat as a growth model.
6. 2014: A New Dawn: Emphasizing nationalism and good governance, Modi steered BJP to a landmark victory in 2014, laying the groundwork for transformative changes.
7. Landmark Decisions: Modi’s tenure saw audacious policy moves, from GST to the revocation of Article 370, reflecting a commitment to an integrated, empowered India.
8. Unyielding Against Terror: Under Modi’s watch, India displayed newfound resolve against terrorism. The 2019 Balakot airstrike post the Pulwama attack was a testament to this assertive approach, sending a clear message to adversaries.
9. Diplomatic Masterstrokes: Modi’s engagements, from vibrant diaspora events abroad to hosting global leaders, enhanced India’s global standing, portraying a nation confidently engaging with the world.
10. Championing ‘New India’: With missions like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’, Modi has been at the forefront of driving India’s modernization, while staying rooted in tradition.
On his 73rd birthday, as accolades pour in from across the globe, Narendra Modi’s journey serves as a testament to the power of vision, nationalism, and relentless drive. His legacy, still unfolding, promises further milestones in India’s evolving narrative.