Indian Economy: Governance Model - and If I were Narendra Modi | Nirendra Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevEditor's Note: Nirendra Narayan Dev (nirendev1 [at] gmail [dot] com), an acclaimed political journalist, is a special correspondent of The Statesman, New Delhi and author of acclaimed books including Modi to Moditva, Ayodhya : Battle For Peace, The Talking Guns North East India and Godhra A Journey To Mayhem. Nirendra was born and brought up in India's northeast and his father served with paramilitary force Assam Rifles. His blog is at

We have previously had an opportunity of talking to the author and have posted the audio recording of the interview.

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If I were Narendra Modi! A Weird idea?

English: Narendra Modi in Press Conference

English: Narendra Modi in Press Conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well this blog entry is being written with a peculiar intent. Hence the entire work is imaginative and also sarcastic. Hence it may be out of tune with modern times. This piece may be even called communal, anti-reservation etc. But finally the blog-piece has evolved in the manner it has because of the weight of the material. Some of these materials have to do with the emergence of ‘Moditva phenomenon’ in Indian politics, partly my admiration for a man – who apparently is not a run-of-the-mill variety. Modi is not being sentimental just crying out – playing the game safely as even Atal Behari Vajpayee did trying to fit into Nehruvian legacy.

As noted writer Orhan Pamuk, a Nobel laureate, once spoke about himself, Narendra Modi too does not seem to cry that the streets of his childhood has been destroyed. He probably wants to identify with the new comers. But will Indian politics allow this?

Hence the imaginative ‘musings’ on behalf of the Indian Prime Minister, Namo!

Read on:

“As I sit in my office in South Block in Delhi and ponder about this country, as a practical politician I also realize that my government is all set to complete two years in office. People of India had voted me and my party with an overwhelming mandate and with a bag full of hopes. They want us to deliver and deliver fast. With almost two years over, I have hardly three years left as the last year, 2018-19 would be generally turned more political and poll-centric. By 2019 – we will face an election.

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Last two years of Indian politics has shown that all others in the game are too keen to shun all their differences and fight us. I take this as a compliment and tribute to our party’s growth.

A party that takes inspiration from Hindutva ideology. Why should we be apologetic about our own roots?

In running this government, I tried a few things new. Generally there have been abhorrence of these new methods – but mostly for political reasons. And certain things which went down well with the common people did not get highlighted in the media.

The mainstream media has been covering me and council of ministers but always there’s a tendency to suggest that BJP can do nothing right.

Many of my party colleagues and ministers have complained about the same. I changed my Information Minister and brought in an expert in handling “Delhi affairs and Delhi elites and media” – Shri Arun Jaitley. That Arunji is a Finance Minister did not stop me from putting him as in-charge of my propaganda bhopu (or machine).

Criticism helps in politics. I have shared this theory with Shri S C Jamir, now Odisha Governor, and who had also been my Governor for a while in Gujarat. Veteran Naga leader Jamirji has worked with the likes of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru and Naga doyen A Zapu Phizo. Once he told me public leaders “should not be afraid” of public opinion, a trait I have tried to live with. Since 2002, actually my indifferent to meaningless criticism has allowed to survive in Indian politics. Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singhji once said these have actually “gone” in my favour!

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But politics is never an easy game. Politics is also quite personal at times and we cannot do away with it. Within minutes Smriti Irani was made Minister for Human Resource Development on May 26, 2014; she has been subjected to all kinds of criticism. I wanted a senior leader like Su-shri Sushma Swarajji to be HRD Minister – but she declined. The Congress and the system sustained over the years have made only 4 ministers vital – Defence, Home, Foreign Affairs and Finance. Sushmaji wanted to be in one of them. I required a trusted lieutenant in the HRD ministry and hence trusted Smriti Irani.

Moreover, politically my calculation is if she can perform well and change the left-and-western mindset from our academics, Smriti Irani can be our candidate in Amethi even in 2019. Shri Rahul Gandhi is reportedly looking for an alternative seat already in Rajasthan or southern India. On another plane see what’s going on in universities and educational institutions. I leave it to my countrymen to ponder whether any ceremony to glorify the likes of Afzal Guru is justified.

Terrorism knows no religion. It’s a global menace and my friend Barack Obama also agreed!

My challenge at this juncture is to bring out the economy out of a mess even as in 2014 and 2015 – Indian economy has shown resilience power. We were able to do well in many sectors. Our TV studios and columnists are working overtime to discredit my government for everything we do. Nevertheless, we recorded 7.3% growth rate in 2014-15 and likely to touch 7.6 in 2015-16, a five year high. At a time when the world is desperate about ‘emerging markets’, India has turned a favourite destination for foreign investment. Our country has second largest mobile users (900 million) and is third largest internet user – as a result India is ripe for major leap.

But what’s being dished out in Indian media and discussed in intellectual and political circle? It’s either confrontation with Arvind Kejriwal or beef debate. The tolerance debate sparked with political motives has only embarrassed my country and your country. Should I list incidents of intolerance of high order in non-BJP and non-NDA states like West Bengal, Karnataka and elsewhere?

When media was unable to find cases of corruption in defence deals, they are trying to attack why film stars are joining armed forces in certain ceremonies.

I have read about Greek philosopher Plato and his thesis about the cycle of Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy and Tyranny.I feel ‘Distorted Democracy’ is also mobocracy and we need to gaze in our own hearts on which stage are we in. And more importantly, how long and what course we may take next.

Our country has been reduced to a country of quotas, perks and special beneficiaries. As if merits have no place. Should we not stay back for a correction? Left to me – alone – I do often wonder whether my slogan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ is being misconstrued. A debate was let loose that I want to do away with reservation for SC-STs and OBCs. It also aimed to derail my government from working on development agenda and a government of all. Those select groups who have exploited Muslims, OBCs and SC-STs over the years – in the pretext and lip service of their cause – are disturbed today because we are trying to bring in qualitative changes in the common people’s life. Then these ‘select few’ would have their self-seeking shops closed!

There’s a sustain campaign of hatred against me. But it’s others who are crying foul play.

This is an enigma we all are in; perhaps my straightforwardness with which I try to deal with certain things is responsible for this.

Often I believe – a section of people and leaders particularly from – Left, socialists background and even Congress (notwithstanding its dynastic glorification and corruption) are not in favour of promoting merits and hard work. People in my country often cannot bear when deep-rooted old customs are suddenly attacked. I understand this is a long pending issue. But some of my critics pass judgement against our government with hostility. They are putting me into problems at times, but in the process they are actually on the road to deceive themselves.

Thus you common people need to be doubly cautious.

The army of gazette officers is not happy with me – I suppose – for doing away with the system of attestation to certificates by common people. But this was a legacy of colonial rule and one day my officers brothers will appreciate my stand.

The Marxists in India have overlooked the problems of casteism. Parties like CPI-M promoted mainly people from upper castes Hindus and yet they lecture the rest of India. Congress leaders are images of faultlines in everything but populism is their trump card. They believe this will again help them revive their party. They are experts in failure who chose to sell volumes on wisdom of success!

This piece is written out of imagination by Nirendra Dev and has nothing to do with Narendra Modi…..There’s nothing official about it.

Blogger Nirendra adds:

In THE FINAL QUESTION (Shesh Prashna by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay) published in 1931.........female protagonist Kamal had tendency to ask uncomfortable questions. She even questions whether Taj Mahal was really a monument of love or just an emperor's display of power: "Mumtaj was only the accidental cause for building Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan could have built such an edifice around any other occasion".

This illustration is applicable to army of Modi bashers! Who says Modi-bashing is not an art of the sickular?