Political accomplishments and the prospect of a fair amount of success of PM Modi’s term in Government can never be in doubt. Deeply rooted and thorough-going imaginative plans without any vexed questions from its allies is also safe and ensured. BJP government and PM Modi also have their felicitous moment to etch their names in the armorial shield of Indian history should they play their cards well.
Here comes my 5 ways that can set the PM’s term a historical one.
1. Nurturing the ‘Digital Revolution‘ : Unlike the compulsions of the earlier coalition era governments treading the path of announcing schemes to pander to their allies, the present government can focus on reforms with a clear outline of the course revealing its intentions. Reforms initiated by the Congress in the 1990s’ liberalization era; bitter opposition to reforms by the BJP and the Left parties of those days; and greater than the strong compulsions to move ahead with liberalization at a later date when BJP occupied the Centre or Left shared power are the sequence of events that comes to mind. Pragmatism ruled the process all the while. Now, with BJP in a majority of its own ( 282 Lok Sabha Seats ) after 30 years since the late Rajiv Gandhi’s stupendous 414 majority, scope of a dream change in prospects seem resplendent. During the intervening period we have also moved from the PC revolution of the 1990s; Internet revolution of the 2000s; Mobile revolution of the 2010s; and stand amidst the Big Data, Cloud, and 3D Printing revolution now. More than 50 countries will now have more people with ‘Mobile Network Access’ than with ‘Access to Electricity’ ! No wonder if people prefer to be off the Electricity Grid but not off Internet in this age. Late PM Rajiv Gandhi ushered in the ” Computer Revolution “, a pas de geant , in India making it his stellar and signature accomplishment ably supported by Sam Pitroda and others. PM Modi has an opportunity of a similar magnitude in the tech front now.
Of significance is also his meetings with Bill Gates in September, and Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella on December 26, 2014 ( yesterday) when Satya Nadella broached on ” One mobile, One cloud” and ” Electronic Manufacturing” in India.
2. Culture Sophistry can turn up Trumps : The ruling dispensation seems to have inherited a weak economy exposed to risks. The majority perception also supports this view. Turning around a convulsible economy calls for a positive ‘Culture Sophistry’/ a positive change in ‘mind-set’ of people first. In such situations it is vital to prove with certainty to the ministerial team/lawmakers and the people the authority and control of changes the leader is on course to execute and implement. Nation’s pride and value rests on the premise of such cultural sophistry. Subordinates obedient to an authoritarian leader with trust, spirit, and integrity can wield tremendous influence to keep their leader(s) on the right tack. Legitimate moves in this direction are noticeable.
3. Promoting Change Initiatives : PM Modi, through his various statements during the election campaign and in the first 7 months of his term so far, has characterized himself as a ” Change Agent ” in management parlance. He has seniors, juniors, peers, and party functionaries to contend with in his own political organization. He is obliged, forced, and driven to win over both the rank and file as well as those at the helm of the party organization. A ‘change agent’ that he sees himself as, his challenge is to harmonize his means of thinking in to the party in ways that do not hurt or intimidate individuals but rather complement the goals, plans and strategies. The training session organized for the MPs in Surajkund during his first month of stewardship was a key step forward in this process. It helped the MPs see the big picture and turn them into an energetic force striving to emulate the master. Purpose was worth the effort and periodic reinforcement without slackening is imperative.
4. Build ( PIC ) “Partnership, Initiatives, and Culture” : We live in a Digital World today offering advantages and challenges in equal measure. It places nations with value compulsions of establishing partnerships in combating the challenges. No nation can afford to live in isolation now. Just as the big corporations cannot fathom with accuracy their future challenges confining themselves to their own boundary limits, nations also cannot cope with problems without seeking ‘close associates’. “Partnerships, initiatives, and culture” ( PIC ) picturize the three legged stool for nations just as “Men, money, and materials” make the three legged stool for any company. We need partners to imbibe technology; to harness growth & jobs; and to counter terrorism and extremism. US President Barack Obama’s recent Cuban deal is an excellent example of a partnership, a sign of pledged leadership to go ‘forward’ with a clear scheme. PM needs to prioritize the challenges and decide on the right nature of partnership. His task will be made easier.
5. Energise your batteries with vigor : PM Modi’s 14 hour workday is as famous as it is praiseworthy. He is not, however, invidiously superior. He needs to avoid possible burnouts. Short vacations are a must. At least to ensure that his team is well set in a haft with others holding the skills and authority to keep things progressing consistently in his absence. He needs to disconnect and reconnect himself to make the tasks effective. While people of this nation may like to “ape” his virtues, their judgement also places ” APE ” ( Accountability, Promises, Expectations ) the yardstick for his performance and results. This is what will finally matter to the people and the nation. Hence the need for PM not to be distracted from his priorities and be effective with proper leisure to focus on recharging his batteries. Barack Obama’s Golf play, Bill Clinton’s Saxophone, Bush’s time in the ranch in Texas are just some to note.
PM’s appeal to people is tremendous, and he also has the ear of the country’s majority clearly. There is no reason why his name cannot be longer and familiar.
” Dieu avec nous “
Saturday, December 27, 2014 – 3. 39 p.m. ( IST )
Tidbit : ” Great things are not done by impulse; but by a series of small things stitched together.” – Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Artist.