Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote “A few thoughts as we complete a month in office.” I came across it in QUARTZ. QZ requested annotations. Someone named Vincent Lee did a fine job of summarizing the letter. Here are the annotations:
I’m your pal.
I love that people love me.
My job is hard.
But I have confidence in myself.
I like my new colleagues, here’s hoping we’ll get on.
Here’s also hoping the state heads will get along with me.
Did I mention my job is hard? I can use some slack…
Let’s remember how bad the previous dynasty was.
I’ll be using that memory as a mandate.
Thanks again for loving me, you won’t be disappointed.
If the first month sets the tone for the remaining, I am afraid that significant needed changes will not happen. Good to have a sincere, hardworking, nationalistic leader. That was a needed change. But sincerity, diligence and nationalism — while necessary — are not sufficient. What is needed is the vision and determination to formulate policies that are consistent with the fundamental principles of good governance and economic prosperity.
Here’s hoping for some fundamental change.