From one who sold tea as a boy at the railway station, the super sonic rise of Narendra Modi today as the 14th Indian Prime Minister has created a worldwide wave in global politics. An alliance government is always unstable and is a hindrance on the path of development. The landslide victory of the BJP in the 2014 General Elections has eliminated these constraints and has given birth to a stable and strong Modi government. This has opened new prospects for India to become the next decisive superpowers of the world.
Usually, most of the election results are influenced by negative voting; frustrated by the ruling party, people cast their votes in favor of the opposition with the hope of getting a better government. We have observed a similar situation here in Nepal as well. However, the outcome of this year’s Indian General Elections is a consequence of positive voting, people have voted for Modi’s credentials as a leader. On the backdrop of his astounding achievements in Gujarat, people have promoted him to Delhi.
An honest leader is a rare find in today’s politics and to find honesty combined with foresight, sharp intelligence, wisdom, courage and spirituality is even rarer. An honest leader without the strong willpower to materialize the development manifesto and the ability to take bold decisions is of no use. A leadership that can produce tangible outcomes is what is needed today and Modi is an alive version of this rare combination. As much as he is honest he is equally hardworking, with his roots firmly grounded in the soil of the liberal Hindu traditions, his wings embrace the gifts of science and modern technology.
Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew had the vision and foresight to transform Asia into Europe, who executed his dream through his uncompromising leadership. Inspired by the same economic model, Den Xiao Ping and Dr. Mathir Mohammed followed suit and transformed China and Malaysia.With their open door policy of economy and disciplined politics a new model of development got established in Asia. Similarly with a strong economic framework and manifesto as the one carried by Modi, India’s prosperous future is unavoidable with its influence felt in the whole of Asia and specially in South Asia.
After the Modi-revolution in Gujarat, the state has gone through an economic boom and I have been following him since then. Narendra Modi is a synthesis of some rare qualities which are usually not found in a political leader. Many feathers adorn his cap. Apart from being an efficient administrator, Modi is a practical leader, a great orator and a man with humility and a soft heart. His sociable nature makes it easy for him to befriend anybody who comes in his contact. Modi is a merger of all the ideal qualities of a spiritual yogi and today the reigns of the world’s largest democracy has come into the hands of such a man. Recently during an interview when asked if he was religious, Modi gave an answer that reflects Osho’s teachings, he replied, “I am not religious, I am a fully spiritual person, I don’t believe in one religion, my trust is in spirituality.”
Modi is a seasoned Yoga practitioner and follows a one hour daily yoga routine while his sleep time is limited to only four hours. Since last forty years despite of his frequent travels and political trips, Modi keeps an unfailed discipline of 10 days fast that he practices two times in a year. Modi is a staunch vegetarian who has never indulged in any kind of intoxications. Except Mahatma Gandhi, I have never seen such a discipline in any political leader. Modi is much more of a nationalist and a more practical, modern and foresighted leader than Gandhijee himself. I am a worshipper of Gandhijee as a person but as a leader his political vision was impractical. I don’t support his naive economic policy and his anti-technology and self-torturing lifestyle. Due to the lack of foresightedness in Gandhijee, India suffered partition and could not rise as it’s contemporaries for many years.
A country is never made by the mob or a party, it is moulded by the willpower of one. The open door economy of Ping created the modern China, the uncompromising policy of Nitish Kumar transformed Bihar and in similar ways Lee Kuan Yu changed Singapore, Dr. Mahathir created Malaysia and Modi transformed the face of Gujarat. The BJP heads the government in many states of India, but none have accelerated like Gujarat. In groups, there are more discussion and disputes and less development; party politics and personal motives shadow development issues. Narendra Modi prioritized economic development over party disputes and changed the face of Gujarat. The recent unveiling of Modi’s 5-Ts – talent, tradition, tourism, trade and technology as a framework for India’s development with the slogan, “one India great India.” articulates his priorities and his vision for a prosperous India.
Narendra Modi is a brilliant fusion of modernism and the essence of the vast Hindu philosophy. This has never been seen in any past leaders of India. Gandhijee was a religious man but he lacked the respect for modernism. Similarly Nehru was an ardent supporter of modernization but he lacked the subtle understanding of Indian mysticism and spirituality. Modi is an exception in this case. Modi, who is an ardent gadget lover, is active on social network sites and keeps himself fully updated about world affairs, claims spiritual nirvana or moksha as his ultimate goal in life. At a very young age, a seventeen year old Modi abandoned his worldly ties and arrived at the Ramkrishna Ashram in Belurmath to fulfill his long cherished desire to become a renunciation. From there he travelled to Garudchatti near Kedarnath and practiced meditation for two years. Recently when asked about why he had wasted the two most formative years of his life wandering in the Himalayas, Modi had replied, “Those were the finest years of my life and I have not lost anything, I have only gained from it and someday when I retire from politics I will again go back to the refuge of the Himalayas and meditate at the bank of Ganges.” Modi is a progressive Yogi whose advisory board consists of a large group of the best IIM and IIT graduates in the country. In my opinion he symbolizes Osho’s concept of the new man, ‘Zorba the Buddha’.
A great leader gives life to the sleeping mass and helps them to awake and realize their own potential and power. He revives confidence, hope and courage in the people and unites them with a mutual dream of a progressive nation. In this year’s general election Modi revived the long forgotten dignity of India. He arose a new hope that the good days have come and the people voiced along with his slogan. Today he has inspirited 125 crores of people with the confidence and hope of a prosperous and a powerful India. This is what I call the Modi Magic.
Modi’s success bears a testimony to the fact that today only a leader who can deliver economic growth can succeed. The days of petty politics in the name of racism, ethnicity and language are gone. It is high time that the dream merchants of communism also took this into account. Despite of an opposition party ruling the central government, Modi transformed Gujarat into Europe. In order to misrepresent his image as an extremist Hindu leader and to deprive him of the 20% of Muslim votes, a well-planned defamation propaganda was raised against him because of which the American government also denied him visa for a long time. But today the Muslim leaders themselves are praising Modi’s delivery of security, employment and education to the Muslim community and it’s women and youth in Gujarat. Even states like Bihar and UP where Muslim votes play a decisive role have not been able to deliver these to its people. Modi has been victorious even in those areas where Muslims are in majority and it seems that The American Government is now in a hurry to welcome him.
Modi takes his inspiration from Swami Vivekanand and other Indian mystics. Just before the elections, Modi had reached the Ramkrishna ashram in Belurmath and had expressed his desire to meditate in Swamijee’s room. The room that is usually kept closed was opened and Modi meditated there for 25 minutes. Today I see Vivekanand’s grace, charisma and his dream for a prosperous India in Narendra Modi. In Modi’s success lies the success of the vastness of the non-communal and liberal Hindu spirituality.
With Modi’s rise and success a hope has arisen that its seismic influence will also be felt in Nepal. Nepalese leaders have a bad habit of accusing India when in Nepal and then fully surrendering to Indian leaders while in Delhi. This culture has drowned Nepal into deeper poverty. If only Nepalese leaders would prioritize economic agenda and learn from this lesson of India’s transformation that has upshooted from an economic revolution, we would also be able to say, “the good days have come.”
-Swami Anand Arun, Osho Tapoban
(This article was written by Swami Anand Arun on the Indian Prime Minister Shree Narendra Modi, published in the Nepalease national daily Annapurna Post in Nepali language)