Author: Shashank Chowdhury
The noise levels in the National Capital have been deafening for the last few days, compounded by the continuous pounding of ‘AAP Kirtan’ by the Digital Media. The noise has not only been deafening, it has been so banal that it increasingly becomes intolerable and irritating. Therefore, one naturally, tends to introspect about the value of such ‘Informational Anarchy’ being unleashed on the viewers. However, till such time that a firm and stable government capable of decisive decision making ascends the seat of power in Delhi, presumably, this pain would continue. May be another 100 days, at best.
So, what do we need? What does the Nation need? Mind races back by a year. On the 6th of February, 2013 we saw the Sriram Memorial Lecture by Sri Narendra Modi. Sometimes, when you look back into the past you seem to notice which you had not observed earlier. When I heard this entire program, I was surprised. Surprised that I had not heard the Welcome speech by Mr Sriram who has very precisely spoken about what Gujarat has achieved. Then there was the speech itself by NaMo. Frankly, this was the first speech of NaMo which I watched intently. More about that later. In any such program people seldom stay back to hear the Vote of Thanks. But on this occasion the Vote of Thanks had a very important message. Why NaMo was invited to deliver the Lecture? The Principal of the Shriram College of Commerce elaborated that the institute had sent invitations to 11 eminent people and NaMo’s office was the first to respond and in affirmative. Most of the rest had not even responded on the date of the Speech. That is the Governance that the Nation needs. Pay attention at the earliest. Pay due respect to the society.
The speech was full of high points. But it revolved around the basic philosophy of NaMo. Half a glass of water indicates to some that the glass is half full and to some others half empty. But for a man with vision it means the glass is full. Half with water and other half with air. This is a splendid positivism.
The P2G2 model was explained as “Pro People Good Governance’. This is diametrically opposite to what governments have been doing all these years. Firefighting and patch work instead of visualising and searching solutions and implementing as a framework. Visualising a potent problem is important. That is what Education brings us. It also gives us the mental capability to analyse the same and use tools to search a solution. A solution that can have far-reaching impact on the quality of life of the citizen. It is not just enough to search a solution. It is important to put in place a framework that would bring efficiency in the system and would not require any intervention. Review is a must but not intervention. Frameworks have historically been responsible for the most efficient systems.
Words of Hope and Assurance that came were simply brilliant in this speech. NaMo said that with his decade-long experience he can say with certainty that with existing Constitution, Rules and Regulation, Resources and People it is possible to Progress only if P2G2 is adopted in all earnest.
The Triad of Agriculture, Industry and Services are a key to Development. Equal attention must be given to all three. The dependencies of each must the visualised and attended. He gave proven examples such efforts in Gujarat (Incidentally, NaMo baiters must understand that NaMo got the chance of governing only Gujarat and hence examples are from Gujarat and not elsewhere) which have borne fruits over the decade.
The enablers for the Triad of Development would be the Triad of Execution – Skill, Scale and Speed. The example of the young entrepreneur who set up the unit for supplying Metro Cars is really fascinating. In 19 months, overcoming all barriers this man delivered. All praise to the Entrepreneur and the Framework that enabled him.
The previous generation of India must be ruing, why such an inspirational Leader did not appear in the firmament of Indian Politics at the time of Independence itself? Or perhaps, there was one in Sardar Patel who was not allowed by the Leaders who traded in Emotions rather than Development.
For Those who might have missed the speech;