Atanu Dey On India's Development

Shri Narendra Modi’s Address at the BJP National Council Meeting in Delhi

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A nation’s prosperity eventually depends on its policies. The policies that obtain, in turn, depend on the objectives of the policymakers. Who these policymakers are is usually determined by the collective — through some democratic process but regardless of the details, the policymakers are ultimately chosen by consensus. No nation can be governed, dictatorially or democratically, without voluntary popular support. The people of India have much to answer for the misgovernance of India. Only when popular sentiment changes can one expect change in the outcome. Shri Narendra Modi appears to be the catalyst that may bring about a change in India.

Listening to Shri Narendra Modi delivering his address at the BJP National Council meeting in New Delhi today gives me hope for India. It was remarkable in many ways. First, he unequivocally named the Congress for failing India. They are all about privilege and not about substance or deed. Their rhetoric is hollow and ineffective. But that was just the start. His substantive comments were about development and progress.

Some of the issues he touched upon are close to my heart. He spoke about urbanization and why it is part of development. Another subject that he stressed was the need for a modern rail transportation system. He made a compelling case for education.

I desperately hope that Shri Modi is elected with a thumping majority in the upcoming general elections in India. I am reminded of a Shakespearean quote. “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”

The tide for India is coming in. Modi is capable of leading India fortune,to ventures that will realize its potential. India stands at the threshold of a dream. We have to help Modi make that dream a reality.