Narendra Modi: The Go-To Man in Times of Crises

Published By : Admin | November 29, 2023 | 21:56 IST

“I salute the determination of all those involved in this rescue campaign. Their courage and resolve have given a new life to our fellow workers. Everyone involved in this mission has set a remarkable example of humanity and teamwork,” PM Modi said in a telephonic conversation with the rescued workers who were successfully pulled out of a collapsed tunnel in Uttarakhand.

41 workers had been trapped in the Silkyara tunnel for the past 17 days. The rescue operation, involving both advanced machinery and ingenious manual skill, lasted over 400 hours. The remarkable resilience displayed by the trapped workers, the dedicated rescue team, and the overarching administrative efforts collectively exemplify an impressive showcase of grit and perseverance.

This massive operation led by the central and state rescue teams is another example of Modi government’s deep commitment to the principles of federalism. It is also a masterclass in effective and timely mobilisation of resources to address the needs of citizens facing distressing situations.

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However, this is not something that we are seeing for the first time. Operation Ganga, a monumental effort to evacuate over 22,000 Indian students from Ukraine amidst a war, stands as a remarkable achievement. The mission entailed pooling of substantial resources, the provision of humanitarian assistance and the creation of a safe passage for students to return home. Prime Minister Modi was involved in every intricate detail of the operation—right from logistics to the diplomatic reach-out. In addition, to personally coordinate the entire rescue mission, four Union Ministers were dispatched to four neighbouring countries to Ukraine. On the home front, efforts were made to assuage the concerns of every parent, ensuring they were reassured about the swift and secure return of their children.

This is the Modi government’s ‘whole-of-government’ approach, where swift coordination between diverse ministries, government departments and public agencies leads to coherent action giving exceptional results.

The Machchhu Dam Disaster of 1979
However, the groundwork for Prime Minister Modi's mass mobilization approach was established during the early years of his public service. A striking and pioneering instance of this approach emerged during the Machchhu dam failure, commonly known as the Morbi disaster. It came to known as history’s biggest dam-related disaster unleashing a flood of water through the city of Morbi in 1979, leading to over 25,000 casualties and earning the unfortunate distinction of being the worst dam burst according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

At that time, Narendra Modi, an RSS Karyakarta in Gujarat, undertook extraordinary efforts to assist those affected on the ground. He leveraged the organisational strength of the RSS by mobilising the karyakartas in the time of crisis. He did not stop there. In the demoralizing aftermath, Narendra Modi, in his inimitable style, penned an inspirational letter to motivate the youth in Morbi to rebuild their lives.

The monumental relief efforts in Morbi spanned over a span of over two months, during which Narendra Modi who was an RSS Sangathak in Gujarat, demonstrated exemplary leadership, by personally taking charge and remaining at the forefront until the last bus taking volunteers home departed. Along with RSS volunteers, he assessed the situation and created a detailed plan through which teams were assigned specific tasks to address the different problems arising from the tragedy. Governments can take time before they can choose a course of action. But the 29-year-old worker Narendra Modi, pursued a singular course of action - reaching the people and find ways to alleviate their suffering.

2001 Gujarat Earthquake

Another compelling instance of Narendra Modi's commitment to mobilizing every available resource for swift and effective resolution, is the handling of the devastating 2001 earthquake that shook the state of Gujarat. Even before assuming role as Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, then a BJP karyakarta, immediately rushed to ground zero to aid the affected.

During the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Bhuj, where Narendra Modi had no official role in the Gujarat government or the party hierarchy, he leveraged his personal network in the Sangh and mobilised the BJP's cadre to provide assistance to the earthquake victims. Witnessed by all, he rode pillion on a motorcycle to assess the damage and come up with potential remediation measures. Collaborating with non-profit organizations, organizing relief camps, distributing food, and coordinating support collection nationwide and internationally, Narendra Modi displayed how far he can go to assist those in need, irrespective of any formal power or position.

Upon assuming the role of Chief Minister shortly after, Modi chose to spend Diwali in 2001 in Bhuj, in solidarity with the earthquake victims. Shortly afterward, CM Modi displayed sensitive leadership when he organized a mass worship offering to Mother Earth, alleviating fears caused by the earthquake.

When faced with the monumental task of rehabilitation, Chief Minister Narendra Modi left no stone unturned in mobilizing the state’s government machinery. In the face of officials estimating a rehabilitation period of at least three years, Narendra Modi, not aloof of ground realities in Gujarat and conscious of the urgency for those who had become homeless and destitute, issued a straightforward directive: Kutch should stand on its feet again in three months. As the first anniversary of the earthquake of 26 January 2002 approached, Kutch not only stood on its feet but also started regaining momentum.

The Uttarakashi Tunnel Rescue materialized into reality only through decisive leadership at the helm which demonstrated a profound concern for those at the grassroots level. India stood to benefit from the hands-on experiences of the Prime Minister, who has witnessed and managed several many disasters and crisis as a RSS swayamsevak, a BJP karyakarta, and later as the head of the state in Gujarat and India.

Today, we see that this personal abilitiy of PM Modi has transformed into institutional power. This ‘whole-of-government’ approach has transformed the governance paradigm in India, and today one can proudly say that it was an all of government, all of India operation.

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Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi addressed a public meeting in Nanded, Maharashtra amid overwhelming support by the people of BJP-NDA. He bowed down to prominent personalities including Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Nanaji Deshmukh, and Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Speaking on the initial phase of voting for the Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi said, “We have the popular support of the First-time voters with us.” He added, “I.N.D.I alliance have come together to save and protect their corruption and the people have thoroughly rejected them in the 1st phase of polling.” He added that the Congress Shehzada now has no choice but to contest from Wayanad, but like he left Amethi he may also leave Wayanad. He said that the country is voting for BJP-NDA for a ‘Viksit Bharat’.

Lamenting the Congress for stalling the development of the people, PM Modi said, “Congress is the wall between the development of Dalits, Poor & deprived.” He added that Congress even today opposes any developmental work that our government intends to carry out. He said that one can never expect them to resolve any issues and people cannot expect robust developmental prospects from them.

Highlighting the dire state and fragile conditions of Marathwada and Vidarbha, PM Modi said, “For decades, Congress stalled the development of Vidarbha & Marathwada.” He “It is the policies of the Congress that both Marathwada and Vidarbha are water-deficient, its farmers are poor and there are no prospects for industrial growth.” He said that our government has enabled 'Nal se Jal' to 80% of households in Nanded. He said that our constant endeavor has been to facilitate the empowerment of our farmers through record rise in MSPs, income support through PM-KISAN, and the promotion of ‘Sree Anna’.

Highlighting the infra impetus in Nanded in the last decade, PM Modi said, “To treat every wound given by Congress is Modi's guarantee.” He added “The ‘Shaktipeeth highway’ and ‘Latur Rail Coach Factory’ is our commitment to a robust infra.” He said that we aim to foster the development of the Marathwada region in the next 5 years.

Elaborating on the relationship between the Sikh Gurus and Nanded, PM Modi said, “The land of Nanded reflects the purity of India's Sikh Gurus.” He added that we are guided by the principles of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. “Over the years we have celebrated the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, and the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji,” said PM Modi. He said that the Congress has always opposed the Sikh community and is taking revenge for 1984. He said that it is due to this that they oppose the CAA that aims to bring the Sikh brothers and sisters to India, granting them citizenship. He said that it was our government that brought back the Guru Granth Sahib from Afghanistan and facilitated the Kartarpur corridor. He said that various other decisions like the abrogation of Article 370 and the abolition of Triple Talaq have greatly benefitted our Muslim sisters and brothers.

Taking a dig at the I.N.D.I alliance, PM Modi said “The I.N.D.I alliance only believe in vote-bank politics.” He added that for this they have left no stone unturned to criticize and disrespect ‘Sanatana’. He said that it is the same I.N.D.I alliance that boycotted the Pran-Pratishtha of Shri Ram.

In conclusion, PM Modi said that we all must strive to ensure that India becomes a ‘Viksit Bharat’, and for that, it is the need of the hour to vote for the BJP-NDA. He thanked the people of Nanded for their overwhelming support and expressed confidence in a Modi 3.0.