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Narendra Modi’s speeches throughout the campaign not just exuded his sense of a mission to transform India and his passion but also offered glimpses of his Vision for India. Narendra Modi’s Vision of India was one where we have optimized the benefits of technology to improve lives in every way possible and in every field.

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His speech at the 8th India Digital Summit being held in Delhi echoed these thoughts where the highlight of the speech was the vision Narendra Modi shared at the end titled “I dream of a Digital India”:

I dream of a Digital India where – High-speed Digital Highways unite the Nation
I dream of a Digital India where – 1.2 billion Connected Indians drive Innovation
I dream of a Digital India where – Knowledge is strength – and empowers the People
I dream of a Digital India where – Access to Information knows no barriers
I dream of a Digital India where – Government is Open – and Governance Transparent
I dream of a Digital India where – Technology ensures the Citizen-Government Interface is Incorruptible
I dream of a Digital India where – Government Services are easily and efficiently available to citizens on Mobile devices
I dream of a Digital India where – Government proactively engages with the people through Social Media
I dream of a Digital India where – Quality Education reaches the most inaccessible corners driven by Digital Learning
I dream of a Digital India where – Quality Healthcare percolates right up to the remotest regions powered by e-Healthcare
I dream of a Digital India where – Farmers are empowered with Real-time Information to be connected with Global Markets
I dream of a Digital India where – Mobile enabled Emergency Services ensure Personal Security
I dream of a Digital India where – Cyber Security becomes an integral part of our National Security
I dream of a Digital India where – Mobile and e-Banking ensures Financial Inclusion
I dream of a Digital India where – e-Commerce drives Entrepreneurship
I dream of a Digital India where – the World looks to India for the next Big Idea
I dream of a Digital India where – the Netizen is an Empowered Citizen

Integrating agriculture with technology The CyberMedia ICT Business Awards 2013 in Delhi provided Mr. Modi with the right stage to talk about the ICT and hardware sectors as the most neglected one by the UPA government. Mr. Modi told the audience that IT can be used to educate men and women who are past the traditional age of learning or to educate farmers ensured that his audience knew the difference between a dreamer and a visionary.

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Innovation in the Healthcare Sector At the BJP National Council Meeting Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of improving the healthcare sector and the need to provide an AIIMS in every state of the country, a point which he made even in his speech in Deoria. He was of the opinion that instead of addressing sickness we should turn our focus on wellness.

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Ensuring all young girls are enrolled in schools Narendra Modi’s Vision for educating the Girl Child has been constant theme in his speeches. Having ensured that there is 100 per cent enrollment in Gujarat he is now keen to make sure that the same happens all across India. He has expressed his views on the same during the speech at the BJP National Council Meet and through several interviews.

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Skill Development to be given Priority for Improving Employment rates Narendra Modi has always spoken on the need for skill development considering it the most important step in ensuring that the youth of the country find employment. “Our demographic dividend is our strength. The youth have what it takes to engage with the latest technology....Our youth are skilled, and full of creativity and innovation. When we give our youth the opportunity we too can give a lot to the world." he said when addressing the addressing the 8th edition of the India Digital Summit via video conferencing. He took up the issue on his visit to Erode as well where he said the focus of his Government would be on creating employment.

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Improving Governance through Technology, Creating Smart Cities and an information Highway Speaking to the India Leadership Forum of NASSCOM on the 14th of February Narendra Modi noted the advances, usage and need for technology. At the CyberMedia ICT Business Awards 2013 in Delhi provided Mr. Modi talked of Information Highway, communication technology, settlements around Optical Fiber Networks, integrating content in different languages with technology, focus on innovation with the mantra of ‘One Nation, One Vision, One Mission’. He has also in his interviews spoken of the benefits of e-governance and the need to move to mobile governance in the coming future.

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Infrastructure Development Narendra Modi’s Vision for Next Generation Infrastructure made its debut during his speech to the National Council. Since then Mr. Modi pressed upon the need for improving and creating infrastructure on a large scale throughout the country in many of his Campaign Speeches and Interviews. Whether it is the laying down of high speed railway networks, building more storage facilities for farmers, laying down trade corridors, improving port facilities, concentrating on the manufacturing sector in order to build a Brand India all of them were a recurrent theme during his speeches.

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At the BJP National Council Meet Narendra Modi laid out his ‘Idea of India’ My Idea of India:

Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone triumphs)

My Idea of India: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The whole world is one single family)

My Idea of India: Ahimsa Paramo Dharma (Non-violence is the prime duty)

My Idea of India: Aano Bhadra Kratvo Yantu Vishwata (Let good thoughts come from everywhere – from all the world)

My Idea of India: Sarva Pantha Samabhāva (Equality towards all paths)

My Idea of India: My Idea of India –    Ekam Sad Viprā Bahudhā Vadanti (The Existent is one, the learned express it variously)

My Idea of India: Sarvey Bhavantu Sukhin, Sarvey Santu Niramaya (May all be happy, May all be healthy)

My Idea of India: Saha Nāvavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu, Saha Vīrya Karavāvahai (May we all be protected, nourished and may we work together with great energy)

My Idea of India: Na Tyahan Kāmayē Rājyam, Na Svarga Na Punarbhavam, Kāmayē Dukhtaptānām Praninamārtinashnam (Happiness does not lie in the desire for state, nor in the heaven or reincarnation, it lies in dousing the pain and suffering of all living beings)

My Idea of India: Janani Janmabhoomishcha, Swargādapi Gariyasi (The mother and the motherland are superior even to heaven)

My Idea of India: Paudho me bhi Parmatma hote hain (The Gods resides even in the plants)

My Idea of India: Vaishnava jana to tene re kahiye, jey peed parai jaane re (Devotees of Vishnu are those who feel the pain of others,)

My Idea of India: Vaach kaach man nishchal raakhe, Pardhan nav jhale haath re (The one who is not tinted and does not touch other’s money)

My Idea of India: Yatra Naryastu Pujyante Ramante Tatra Devta (Where women are honoured, the divinity blossoms there)

My Idea of India: Naari Tu Narayani (Woman is a veritable Goddess)

My Idea of India: Daridra Narayan Ki Seva (Service of the poor)

My Idea of India: Nar karni kare toh Narayan ho jaaye (Man can become God by his deeds)

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An Epochal Mandate
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Narendra Modi has reshaped the National Political Space

Political Movements at the National Level in India have broadly four schools of origin. The foremost historically was the Indian National Congress and its offshoots which include the present day Congress Party. The Communist movement that owes its origins to the erstwhile USSR and to some extent present day China has practically become irrelevant in India. The Socialist movement that traces its origins to Ram ManoharLohia and Jayprakash Narayan has since splintered into narrow regional or caste based parties with little national weight. Assorted regional parties and recent political upstarts can barely lay claim to any national space. At the national level the political space before India went polls in 2014 was largely dominated by the Congress Party with the BJP mostly looking like a Super Regional Party.

To fully understand the magnitude of the 2014 Lok Sabha results in favor of the Narendra Modi led BJP one needs to recognize how the National picture stands flipped with the BJP occupying the dominant National Political Space stretching all the way across the North and the West while recovering ground down South and making heavy inroads into the East. In stark contrast lies the Congress which is not only down to its all-time historic low tally but has also now been reduced to a super-regional party with practically no presence in the large heartland states.

Congress has been reduced to a super-regional party with no heartland presence

Consider the extent of the Congress wipe-out –

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Starting from Jammu & Kashmir it has no representatives in the Lok Sabha in the Northern States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the National Capital Region of Delhi. It has been reduced to single digits in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. To the west it has zero MPs from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa while Maharashtra its erstwhile bastion managing only single digits presence. In the South the Congress has zero MPs from Tamil Nadu and Seemandhra it has been reduced to single digit presence in Karnataka and Telangana. The Congress has no presence in Lok Sabha from Jharkhand, Nagaland, Odisha, Tripura and Sikkim to the east. Even most Union Territories turned their back on the Congress. The Congress today suffers the ignominy of having no state with double digit MPs in the Lok Sabha even as it is being challenged by Jayalalitha’s ADMK and Mamata Banerjee’s TMC for the principal Opposition space in the Lok Sabha.

This is the magnitude of the damage inflicted by Narendra Modi’s campaign on the Congress Party.This however does not even begin to tell the story of how Narendra Modi has reshaped the BJP’s electoral landscape perhaps irreversibly so.

Narendra Modi has stitched a new Social Coalition

With a record 282 Lok Sabha seats out of the 543 Narendra Modi is the first non-Congress leader to have led his party to a simple majority in the Lok Sabha. This is a national feat that has so far been the exclusive preserve of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

If the magnitude of the win tells the story of the BJP’s national spread today it is the demographic complexion of the win that tells the real story of the BJP’s national depth.

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The BJP won 40 out of the 84 Lok Sabha seats reserved for the SC community, almost 47% of seats with many dalit Women MPs winning from these seats as well. The BJP also won 27 out of the 47 Lok Sabha seats reserved for the ST community, almost 69%. The NDA alliance between the different parties garnered a staggering 62% of all SC seats and 70% of all ST seats. With 28 women Lok Sabha MPs the BJP also hit a new benchmark of 10% of its tally going to women.

Narendra Modi has not just led the BJP to victory on terms unimagined but has done so riding on the back of wave a demographic wave of aspirations unlike anything the BJP had ever managed in the past. Narendra Modi’s BJP has shattered all previous political stereotypes traditionally associated with the Vajpayee/Advani era BJP of the 1980s-190s and the erstwhile Jan Sangh. The social coalition that Narendra Modi has stitched is unique in its demographic complexion, its geographic spread, its gender mix and its mandate.

This Mandate of Hope and Aspirations must shape Narendra Modi’s Team

This is a mandate for Narendra Modi to realize the neo-aspirations of a large swathe of the population cutting across caste, regional and religious fault-lines. It has empowered him to take India in a new direction without bowing to any kind of parochial pressures, without giving into any kind of petty piques and without indulging anybody’s sense of entitlement to pelf or privilege in the next Government.

This mandate also marks the beginning of a new epoch in the broad political movement that gave birth to the Jan Sangh in the 1950s and the BJP in the 1980s. If its first generation was the Dr. SP Mookerjee, Pt. DeendayalUpadhyay era and its second generation was the Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani era, we now mark its third generation under Narendra Modi. Apart from the national mandate to govern India he now also has the political mandate to remake this movement to reflect his philosophy of Governance.

A billion dreams and aspirations now look up to Narendra Modi. As he goes about the process of forming his government it is these dreams and aspirations that must shape and influence the composition of his team and nothing else.