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Narendra Modi and the art of leadership
The Yakhsa Prashna that troubles everyone in this country is: "I know where to go if I have a problem with my heart or bones or stomach. But I really don't know where to go or who do I turn to when our country is just not feeling well?

Even before the tears of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s mother could dry up, (26/11 attack on Mumbai) Congress general secretary and heir apparent Rahul Gandhi went partying with his pals at a farmhouse on Delhi’s outskirts, according to a India Today report that appeared in the year 2008.

The current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks only if terrorist of Indian origin belonging to a particular faith are caught anywhere in the world and not for others. In spite of several suggestions that terror money from Pakistan is involved in stock exchange, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh goes overboard in inviting Pakistani businessman in India and the Nehru-Gandhi dynastic ruled government has given away Tibbet to China and land to Pakistan, and Bangladesh, on a regular basis since independence.

Today, the country thinks Narendra Modi has an answer. It is just not the supporters but the opponents also come to him for answer. Leaders of Congress led UPA as well as other parties which have IIT alumni as leader look at Narendra Modi for all kind of answers, e.g. Gas Pricing to Sexual Preferences (Article 377). No one thinks whether the issues come under Narendra Modi’s preview as Chief Minister of a State or not.

Modi like a true leader has shouldered the responsibility and stood up for the country and the countrymen whenever there has been a need. Following are some examples where he took a stand or solved the issue at international level by being mere Chief Minister of a smaller state like Gujarat.

  • During his visit to China in November 2012, he took up the case of 22 Indian youth, who were lodged in a Chinese jail, before the Chinese leadership purely on humanitarian ground. He emphasised that Indian nationals languishing in a Chinese jail for the last two years should be given speedy trial and they should get justice. Chinese Government expedited the trial and ordered to deport 13 diamond traders to India.

Modi’s diplomatic efforts and statesmanship as a Chief Minister of a state is remarkable. Especially compared to Indians stuck across the world and Indian government’s utter failure to secure their release of provide them with any kind of relief.

  • While the Union Government was trying to come up with an effective response to the brutal beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops in January 2013, a 22-member delegation of Karachi Chamber of Commerce, which was in Ahmedabad to attend the sixth edition of VGGS, was not allowed to attend the Vibrant Gujarat summit, which had participants from over 120 countries across the globe.

It is all the more important when one observes that the young Chief Minister of UP didn’t had time to visit the martyrs family.

  • Earlier, on the evening of Wednesday 12th December 2012 Modi strongly warned Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh against possible giving away of Sir Creek.

He wrote a strongly worded letter to the Prime Minister, not as the Chief Minister but as a concerned and responsible citizen of Gujarat on this important issue of Sir Creek

Modi has stood time and again to guard the rights of the citizen and has demonstrated how the strength of individual character can often stand as a bulwark against any wrong.

Even within India, Narendra Bhai comes as a savior of people.

Three time Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit said, "What are the reasons that we understand... is the huge migratory populations and very porous borders. You can come into Delhi, commit a crime and just run back again.."

In one state Chief Minister targets people of other state while in other politician target people from other states. But Modi has a different perspective.

Modi says "Whatever Gujarat has achieved today is not only due to the hard work and sweat of its people but also because of the efforts of those who had come from other states of the country and made it their home,".

Leader should be able to discuss the issues in a conceptually sound, intellectually disciplined and broad based way and tell us what ails us as a people, a nation, a society, in our hearts and minds and lives.

It is a fact that migration and urbanization – the two are linked – are economically beneficial to the host city.

Chief minister Narendra Modi praised people of Bihar to the hilt at Bihar Shatabdi Utsav.

Bihar was where Gandhi began his movement for swaraj, Modi said, while JP came over from Bihar to lead the Nav Nirman movement in Gujarat. In this unique style he said, “Gujarat and Bihar share an old bond. If Sardar Patel had not been there, Rajendra Babu (who hailed from Bihar) would not have become the President of India while Jayprakashji made Morarjibhai PM,”.

Talking about large number of Biharis who have migrated to Gujarat, Modi said, “there was a time when Kolkata had most number of migrants from Bihar, but I think now Surat has broken that record.”Asking the Biharis not to forget their roots, Modi said that, “Biharis settled in Gujarat may have become 100 per cent Gujaratis now but we do not want them to forget their roots”.

Modi also highlighted the strength of the Biharis saying that they display their talent in whichever field they go. Modi said that though Mahavira was born in Bihar, his deepest influence is found in Gujarat. He said his government was planning to build a large statue of the Buddha who, he said, had as much influence over Gujarat as over Bihar.

Compare this to the following :

Delhi would come to a grinding halt if Biharis stop work even for a day as they contribute "significantly" to its economy, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said. "Biharis form 20 per cent of the population in Delhi. They contribute significantly to the city's economy. If they stop working for a day, Delhi would come to an halt. I am not saying they should stop work, but that is the potential of Biharis," he said addressing a function on Sunday to mark 100 years of formation of Bihar.

Narendra Modi's positive, encouraging words are more essential than reckless behavior that causes distress to others. A national leader removes the national barriers and linguistic blocks. This quality of Modi leads everyone, opposition included to him for any query, anytime whenever Nation is not feeling well.

(Mr. Sandeep Singh can be reached at

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