Stalwarts Say

Hardeep Puri
Hardeep Puri

I have the unique privilege of having known the Hon’ble Prime Minister in other incarnations before he arrived on the national scene.

At least since my meeting with him in January 1999 at my farewell dinner hosted by Shri Arun Jaitley before going to London as Deputy High Commissioner , I have been struck by his 'high resolution' vision which combines an Arjuna like sense of purpose and focus with clarity on the big picture .

During our conversation then he indicated to me his determination to bring back the ashes of Pandit Shyamji Krishna Varma from Geneva.

Four years later in 2003, when I was posted to Geneva as Ambassador and India’s Permanent Representative to the UN. Shri Modi, as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, came to Geneva to reclaim the ashes. On 22 August 2003, the ashes were retrieved from the Geneva Authorities. On their return to India, he organized a Viranjali Yatra across Gujarat.

The urn containing the ashes of Pandit Shyamji was carried across 17 districts where people paid their tributes to the freedom fighter.

He has brought this high resolution vision to realizing the true and infinite potential of India and its people while boldly addressing its myriad challenges and projecting this epic endeavor confidently on the world stage.

Modi ji drinks deep from the fountains of India’s history, culture and heritage, but has a steely determination and tenacity to modernize India for it to take its rightful place in the world.

On the occasion of his birthday, I wish Modi ji long years of good health so that he can continue to serve the country with dedication.

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James Murdoch
James Murdoch

Dear Prime Minister Modi,

Happy Birthday and warmest regards!

We deeply value your friendship and the partnership you continue to foster between our two nations.

Our company’s longstanding belief in India and the power of storytelling to transform the lives of its people has never been stronger.

The time we are fortunate to have spent with you has only reinforced that belief as you lead India with a pro-growth and pro-technology agenda that aims to empower every Indian.

Wishing you a joyous celebration.

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Kailash Kher
Kailash Kher

I had an opportunity to meet the Prime Minister to extend an invite for the wedding of my sister. Till then, I had only seen him on TV and heard about him meeting people from others.

What I experienced that day I will remember forever. He gave us undivided attention. No distractions, phone calls…his complete attention was towards our conversation. His sense of humour and wit is remarkable. He asked me about my family, about my journey and my music. It was humbling.

India has always been known as a country of living legends. Individuals whose thoughts, vision and work have immortalised them in the pages of time.

Born from India’s diversity, built in its unity and nurtured by its tenacity for greatness, they have defined India’s history and thereby its future too.

One among such great individuals is our beloved prime minister, Shri. Narendra Modi. On his 66th birthday, I bow to him in salutation and respect and thank him for giving our India its deserving place on the global stage and for lighting the path of our youth to help them achieve global dreams.

Kailash Kher

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D Rajagopalan
D Rajagopalan

People know our Hon'ble PM as an extremely hard working, highly focussed person with an excellent grasping ability. In my opinion he is a great visionary. Working with him was a great pleasure and also a learning experience.

He is a perfectionist to the core and nothing skips his eyes. During the first VIBRANT GUJARAT event, we decided to release the New Industrial Policy initiative, a month ahead of the event.

The speech prepared for the event both in English and Gujarati were to be given to the press. While going through the English draft, he was not comfortable with certain words and felt that they were not conveying his exact feelings. He was happy only after the text was modified to his satisfaction and waited till late in the night.

I was impressed by his implicit faith in the officers he trusted. Mr. P.K. Mishra, who was his Principle Secretary during his initial tenure as CM, informed me about a complaint that he received on a tender awarded.

I enquire about it, went to brief him. He just asked me if I was convinced that everything is alright. When I said yes, he didn't question me any further and asked me to go ahead.

I believe a leader should be UNPREDICTABLE. I found him so. In various meetings , however comprehensive my preparation was, he would asked some details, I could have never thought off. His close contact with field realities helped him to look at issues from various angles.

He has incredible memory. It is astounding how he is able recall the names of people he has met and the conversations he has had with them, even after several years have transpired.

It was my pleasure and privilege that I was closely associated with him for almost Seven years of my service with Government of Gujarat.

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Shashi Ruia
Shashi Ruia

I wish Shri Narendra bhai, our Honourable PM a very happy Birthday and a Long & Healthy Life.

He is deeply concerned about the well-being of every Indian. No Leader has shown interest in such a wide spectrum of issues for the betterment of the country – be it economic, technology national security, health, education or women empowerment.

Earning international recognition and respect for India in a short time is a harbinger for India's rapid growth... We are proud to have him Lead the Country.

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Pravin Shankar Pandya
Pravin Shankar Pandya

आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जी को निकट से जानने का कई बार सौभाग्य मिला। उनका व्यक्तित्व बहुमुखी है।

देशप्रेम की अटूट भावना, किसी भी सीमा में न बँधने वाले विचार, कर्मशील, योजनाएँ कार्यान्वित करने की गतिशील पद्धति, कर्मठ व्यक्तियों का मंत्रिमंडल एवं टीम इंडिया में चय,

१२५ करोड़ जनता का स्तर उठाने में अनेक कार्यक्रम , स्व्च्छता अभियान , कन्याओं को पड़ाने का संकल्प, राष्ट्र को सुरक्षित रखने का चिंतन, उद्योगों को अंतर्राष्ट्रिय स्तर पर ले जाने की सोच, सारे विश्व में फैले भारतीय समुदाय से जुड़ना एवं उनका गौरव बढ़ाना, बड़े से बड़े राष्ट्र से बराबरी से मिलने का सामर्थ्य।

यदि उनके कार्य की सूची बनाते रहेंगे तो काफ़ी लम्बी हो जाएगी फिर भी कुछ बातें अपने उद्योग से सम्बन्धित बताना चाहूँगा –

जब आदरणीय मोदी जी गुजरात के मुख्यमंत्री थे , उस समय उन्होंने जो गुजरात का मॉडल के अन्तर्गत जो सूरत, अहमदाबाद का विकास किया। उससे पूरे उद्योग का स्तर ऊँचा उठ गया।

चौड़ी-चौड़ी सड़के, फ़्लाई ओवरस , अच्छे हॉस्पिटल्ज़, स्वास्थ्य-केंद्र, आधुनिक सुविधाएँ एवं अच्छे विद्यालय।

हीरे एवं टेक्स्टायल के कारिगर जो बस्तियों में रहते थे -उनके पकके मकान हो गए, साइकिल की जगह मोटर साईकिल ने ले ली। पूरे शहर का रहन-सहन सुधर गया, कारख़ाने आधुनिक हो गए। गुजरात शहर विकसित हो गया है लगता है कि किसी विकसित देश में पहुँच गए है।

असंभव कार्य की कल्पना करना और उसे पूरा करने का राष्ट्र को संकल्प देना, जैसे कम समय में सम्पूर्ण भारत में बिजली देना, सबको आवास देना। बिजली के क्षेत्र में कार्य अत्यधिक तीव्र गति से हो रहा है। इसी प्रकार- सड़क का निर्माण, रेल का विस्तार।

विश्व में आज 'इंदीयन डाइमंड इंडस्ट्री' गर्व से leadership के स्थान पर है। Indian jewellery industry पर excise लगाते हुवे भी उन्होंने Ease of doing business का ख़्याल रखा और जो दशकों पुराना क़ानून था उसे trade friendly बनाया।

श्री अरुण जी जेटली, श्री अमित शाह जी, श्री पीयूष जी गोयल एवं श्रीमती निर्मला सीतारामन जी की टीम आज उद्योग को बड़ाने के लिए कटिबद्ध है।

जन्मदिन के अवसर पर ईश्वर से प्रार्थना करते है कि आदरणीय प्रधान मंत्री जी को शतायु बनाए एवं अच्छा स्वास्थ्य प्रदान करे।

प्रवीण शंकर पण्ड्या

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Anil Ambani
Anil Ambani

Today is the birthday of our beloved Prime Minister Narendrabhai. I recall the time I first met him in the 1990s, when my father, Padma Vibhushan Dhirubhai Ambani, invited him home for dinner.

At the end of their long intense conversation, and he left, Papa remarked: “Lambi race no ghodo chhe". "Leader chhe" – "PM banse” – He’s a thoroughbred for the long run. A true leader! He will be Prime Minister!

As ever, Papa was simple, direct – and prophetic!

In 2014, when the country chose Narendrabhai to be Prime Minister, it was a defining moment in our history and Papa would have been smiling from heaven that his prophecy as usual had come true.

It is a tribute to Narendrabhai’s leadership that India now stands transformed as a nation where cynicism has made way for pride, inertia for efficiency and red-tape for corruption-free decision making.

Narendrabhai has been described in many ways.

My personal favorite comes from a literal reading of his name.

In Sanskrit, ‘Nara’ means man and ‘Indra’ king or leader.

Narendrabhai, in other words, is a leader of leaders, and a king of kings.

In the words of my father Narendrabhai "dreams with his eyes open" and with Arjuna like clarity of vision and purpose.

Today, as Narendrabhai turns 66 and the nation celebrates his birthday, the Ambani family considers itself truly blessed that we have had the good fortune to know Narendrabhai personally. My mother Kokilaben, my wife Tina, and sons Anmol and Anshul join over a billion fellow Indians in prayer: “May God continue to give him the strength and wisdom to lead us from strength to strength and conquer greater heights for our country - India - Bharat".

Jai Hind.

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Raghav Bahl
Raghav Bahl

In 2014, before he became the Prime Minister, very little was known about Shri Narendra Modi’s foreign policy thrust.

Since he had been an energetic and visible Chief Minister, his approach towards administrative, business, infrastructure and political issues was known, but his intended foreign policy was a mystery. In fact, it was speculated that he may harbor a deep resentment against America over the denial of a visa. I remember asking him this during one of my media interactions at Gandhinagar.

He threw his head back and laughed, saying “aisey nischyay kabhi bhi vyaktigat nahin hotey hain. Main woh hi karoonga joh Bharat key paksh main hoga. Narendra Modi ki avhelna ka katayi bhi asar nahin hoga hamari foreign policy par”.

When I repeated this to some of my friends from American think tanks, they would not believe me. But I asserted that because the world expects him to be inimical towards America, he has a much greater ability to craft a strategically close relationship with Uncle Sam, since nobody could accuse him of being a “stooge”. And that’s exactly how it has turned out.

As I have written in my book, SuperEconomies: America, India, China and the Future of the World, this shall be the guarantor of world peace in the 21st Century. I wish the Prime Minister a very happy birthday, and pray for his long and healthy life.

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