PM Modi shows how visionary zeal can push India’s goals globally

Published By : Admin | September 17, 2023 | 11:00 IST

Strength, wealth, and pinnacle success are less important than the ability to endure struggle and the firmness of one’s values. Therefore, I believe that the significance of Narendra Bhai Modi’s position as Prime Minister and the achievements of his organization are overshadowed by his journey of struggle and the discussion of victory at every stage. The importance lies more in his perseverance than in power and relationships. At every turn, he has had to face new challenges. Supporters and critics of him are found in various regions of the country, from his home state of Gujarat to different parts of India. There is also international opposition from forums in the United States, Europe, Africa, Russia, and China, but Prime Minister Modi has found ways to navigate through cooperation and relationships for India.

While the Pakistan government, military, and ISI are certainly troubled by terrorist attacks, most of the world not only holds Pakistan responsible but is also investing heavily in development in various states of India, including Jammu and Kashmir, on a large scale. The success of missions like Chandrayaan, the Solar Research Aditya campaign, and the G20 Summit of leading countries are being praised by the global community, applauding India and Narendra Modi.

In the capital city, there are likely very few journalists at this time who were working as correspondents in Gujarat from 1972 to 1976. Therefore, I would like to begin from there. As a correspondent for Hindustan Samachar (a news agency), during 1973-76, I had the opportunity to work full-time in Ahmedabad for about 8 months, covering events such as a Congress convention, the subsequent Chimanbhai Patel-led student movement in Gujarat, and the period during the Emergency in 1975. During the Emergency, Narendra Modi was actively involved in underground communication with leaders of the RSS, Jan Sangh, and Opposition, as well as the discreet transmission of information regarding government crackdowns. In the early stages, there wasn’t much visible pressure from the Emergency regime in that area. During those days, I also had the opportunity to have discussions on politics and literature with the editor of ‘Sadhana,’ Vishnu Pandya, at his office. Later, besides being an editor and writer, Narendra Modi also wrote a book on the Emergency in Gujarati, apart from Vishnu Pandya. Therefore, I have the right to say that Modi played an important role in carrying out activities against the Emergency and the government by changing his disguise and working covertly, more so than being in a secure jail (and to some extent, a companion for senior leaders). This period of struggle probably taught Narendra Modi to advance in national politics on treacherous and challenging paths. While the goal may not have been power, his commitment to continuously working for society and the nation in the toughest situations can be seen in his life.

The biggest testament to this commitment was when, within just a few months of coming to power with a full majority, Prime Minister Modi’s government, with the formal approval of the Parliament, dismantled Article 370, which provided for a temporary arrangement for Jammu and Kashmir, and thus, wrote a new chapter in democratic history. People commonly misunderstand that Modiji took this step due to immediate political and economic considerations. Journalists like us remember that from 1995-96, he actively engaged in organizing the Bharatiya Janata Party in Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir as the party’s General Secretary, with full determination. During our discussions, even as an RSS member, he continued to focus more on Jammu and Kashmir because the BJP needed to prepare a political base there. Despite being associated with the RSS, he kept making trips to Jammu and Kashmir.

However, in the 1990s, terrorism was at its peak. During the visit of American President Bill Clinton to India, terrorists in Chittisinghpura, Kashmir, brutally murdered 36 Sikhs. As the party’s regional coordinator, Modi immediately travelled to Kashmir. Without any security personnel or police assistance, he reached the affected area by road. At that time, Farooq Abdullah was the Chief Minister of J&K. When he found out, he wanted to know how Modi had managed to reach there. There were reports of explosives being planted on the roads by terrorists. Modi had a strong sense of duty and commitment to his work. He once told me, “I am not afraid of any danger to myself. If I do, I will find myself in difficulties.” Due to his fearless journeys to remote areas and villages in Jammu and Kashmir, Modi understood the issues of the region and was determined to develop it like the prosperous states of India. The Himalayan valleys had always captured his heart and mind from a young age.

Modi is not only considered a leader in India but also among the world’s elite leaders. However, I believe that he derives more satisfaction from campaigns that focus on providing water to villages, electricity, education for girls, homes for impoverished families, toilets, and domestic gas connections than from space missions, Mars, and lunar missions.

Therefore, I do not agree with the notion that he initially prioritized industrial development and prosperity in Gujarat and later shifted his focus to villages in response to accusations of being a “suit-boot ki sarkar” (a government that favours the rich). After all, he spent his childhood and more than 50 years visiting impoverished settlements, villages, and forests.

Recently, The Washington Post praised PM Modi, stating, “India brokered a deal among divided global powers to allay concerns and achieve 100% consensus on all developmental and geo-political issues at the G20 Summit, a big diplomatic win for PM Modi.” This is the same newspaper that has been known for critical coverage of India and Modi. The United States has considered the G20 Summit, led by India, as a complete success. The spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, Matthew Miller, said, “This is a significant achievement. G20 is a major organization, and both Russia and China are members of it. We believe in the fact that the organization was capable of issuing a statement that calls for regional integrity and respects sovereignty. This is of utmost importance as it relates to the root cause of Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine.”

Interestingly, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson also praised India for the summit and the joint declaration. Today, India is not only overcoming its historic hesitations with the United States on defence and strategic fronts but is also working on new dimensions. Present-day India is neither avoiding questions about its alignment with the US nor shying away from asserting that it believes in maintaining harmony between peace and power. The bilateral strategic cooperation between India and the US has been gradually increasing over the past two decades, but in recent years, under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, significant progress has been made. It is clear that India has shifted its focus towards strengthening defence and high-technology relations with the United States, emphasizing the convergence of interests between the two countries in Asia and addressing issues like nuclear cooperation that were historically sensitive.

Since Modi took office, there has been a rapid increase in foreign direct investment and basic infrastructure development in India. There is no doubt that the foundation of Modi’s vision is based on knowledge power, people power, water power, energy power, economic power, and defence power.

Like Kashmir, PM Modi has given increasing importance to the north-east states over the past nine years. His frequent visits and active involvement of MPs, MLAs, and party leaders in these states have strengthened the BJP’s influence. In Manipur, which has been affected by violence due to conspiracies, it is hoped that the situation will improve soon.

The Modi government’s various welfare schemes are benefiting all the poor and needy people equally. Indeed, electoral success can be achieved not only through welfare schemes, but also by continuous efforts to provide education, healthcare, employment, rural development, fair returns to farmers for their produce, and social awareness for every segment of society.

This will not only lead to electoral success but also a brighter future for the country and democracy. Best wishes to Narendra Modi on his new challenges and successes.

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Narendra Modi: The Underground Warrior Against the Emergency
June 25, 2024

During the infamous Emergency period in India (1975-1977), when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed a dictatorial regime, Shri Narendra Modi emerged as a critical figure in the resistance movement. Shri Modi's activism during this period, marked by his innovative and fearless approach, significantly contributed to the underground communications network and sustained the fight against the oppressive regime.

The Beginnings of Resistance

Shri Narendra Modi's journey into the heart of the resistance began before the official declaration of the Emergency on June 25, 1975. The student-led agitations against the corruption of the Congress Party were already sweeping the nation, and Gujarat was a significant epicentre of this movement. During the Navnirman Andolan in 1974, Shri Modi, then a Yuva Pracharak of the RSS, was deeply influenced by the power of student voices in driving change. He actively participated in these agitations, leveraging his Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad role to deliver fiery speeches that galvanized the youth.

Role in the Underground Movement

Once the Emergency was imposed, censorship and repression became the norm. Shri Modi and other volunteers organized secret meetings and took on the dangerous task of disseminating underground literature. Collaborating closely with senior RSS leaders like Nath Zagda and Vasant Gajendragadkar, he developed ingenious methods to bypass tight security measures.
One of Shri Modi's remarkable strategies involved using the railway network to spread information. He would load materials related to the Constitution, laws, and the Congress government's excesses onto trains departing from Gujarat, ensuring the messages reached remote areas with minimal risk of detection. This innovative approach was pivotal in maintaining the flow of information across the country.

Leadership and International Outreach

With the RSS forced to go underground, the Gujarat Lok Sangharsh Samiti was established, and Shri Modi, at the young age of 25, quickly rose to the position of General Secretary. His leadership was instrumental in sustaining the revolt against the Congress government, especially during the challenging periods when key movement leaders were imprisoned under the MISA Act.

Shri Narendra Modi also extended his efforts internationally, reaching out to individuals abroad and urging them to publish underground publications to amplify global resistance. He coordinated the collection of articles from the Gujarat Newsletter and Sadhana Patrika, which were then disseminated through platforms like the BBC. Shri Modi ensured that international publications critical of the Emergency, such as 'Satyavani,' were circulated back to India, including inside jails.

Covert Operations and Disguises

Shri Modi frequently adopted various disguises to evade detection. His ability to blend in was so effective that even his acquaintances often failed to recognize him. He dressed as a Swamiji in saffron attire and even as a Sikh with a turban. On one occasion, he successfully deceived jail authorities to deliver an important document, highlighting his resourcefulness and bravery.

Post-Emergency Recognition

After the Emergency was lifted in 1977, Shri Modi's activism and leadership during this tumultuous period began to gain recognition. He was invited to Mumbai to discuss the youth's resistance efforts, and his contributions were acknowledged with a modest monetary reward. His relentless efforts during the Emergency led to his appointment as the 'Sambhag Pracharak' of South and Central Gujarat, and he was tasked with preparing official RSS articles documenting the period.

Authoring 'Sangharsh Ma Gujarat'

In 1978, Shri Modi authored his first book, 'Sangharsh Ma Gujarat,' a memoir of his experiences during the Emergency. Remarkably, he completed the book in just 23 days, subsisting solely on lemon water and no solid food. The book, launched by then Chief Minister of Gujarat Babubhai Jasbhai Patel, received widespread acclaim for its objective coverage of the Emergency and was reviewed on national public radio and in prominent newspapers.

The memoir not only chronicled the events of the Emergency but also served as a testament to the collective resistance. It was praised for its wealth of information and objective approach, earning personal accolades from numerous leaders.

Legacy, Continued Vigilance and Solemn Vow

Fifty years later, as Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi continues to remind the nation of the dark days of the Emergency. He emphasizes the importance of preserving democracy and vows never to let the recurrence of such authoritarianism again. His legacy as a fearless warrior against the dictatorial regime of Indira Gandhi during the Emergency remains a significant chapter in India's history, inspiring current and future generations to uphold the values of democracy and freedom.