A Charismatic Leader

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Facts speak for themselves. If India has successfully handled the challenge of COVID-19 and tackled the crises triggered by high-intensity cyclones, floods and locusts attacks in some parts of the country the credit should go almost exclusively to Modi, who won the spurs in Gujrat.

 

The charisma of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is the biggest asset of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the NDA government it leads. A recent survey showed that he continues to be the most popular leader of the country with an undiminished appeal even among the people of Odisha.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has turned multi-tasking into a fine art. Even as he earned accolades for his deft handling of the COVID-19 situation he also kept the country’s economy on an even keel, announced livelihood support measures for the poor and allowed the Indian Premier League (IPL) to take place even though outside the country. Like the celebrated German chancellor Bismarck he has been juggling with so many balls at the same time and quite successfully at that.

One of his current obsessions is the mission to make India self-reliant. For him Atmnirbhar Bharat is not just a slogan, it is an article of faith. A visionary leader, he realizes the importance of India becoming self-sufficient in all respects in a highly competitive world. This has been the recurrent theme of his recent speeches, the last one delivered on the occasion of the foundation laying of the permanent campus of IIM, Sambalpur through the virtual mode.  Modi appeared keen to ensure global recognition for  “brand India.”

This is Prime Minister’s vision of new India which he is working hard to build with worthy colleagues like home minister, Amit Shah who has been BJP’s crisis manager and the brain behind its electoral triumphs. Shah, who worked in tandem with Modi in Gujrat for a long time, has an excellent understanding of Prime Minister’s mind and remains his major-domo. The magnetic personality of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi combined with the hard work of Amit Shah has done the trick for the saffron party. They form a deadly combination and together they can do the impossible.

Facts speak for themselves. The Modi-Shah combine ensured NDA’s victory in Bihar amidst a raging pandemic. If India has successfully handled the challenge of COVID-19 and tackled the crises triggered by high-intensity cyclones, floods and locusts attacks in some parts of the country the credit should go almost exclusively to these two leaders who won their spurs in Gujrat.

Challenges always bring out the best in Prime Minister, Modi. They put him on his mettle as happened last year when the corona pandemic not only impacted the health of the people adversely but also played havoc with the economy of the country. Lockdowns robbed people of their jobs, multiplying the woes of the poor in particular. Migrant workers, some of whom trudged miles on foot to get back to their native villages and cities following the closure of the factories where they worked, suffered the most. But the Prime Minister never lost sight of them. While taking steps to reinforce the country’s health infrastructure he announced special economic packages for migrant workers with focus on preserving their livelihood.

He simultaneously dealt with the Chinese threat on the Ladakh border. The tension between India and China aggravated following skirmishes between the two militaries at the border near Pangong Lake in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.  As tension mounted India banned more than 200 Chinese mobile applications, including the hugely popular TikTok, citing security concerns. This gave India an upper hand in dealing with the treacherous Chinese. There will be many more challenges for him and he will overcome all of them.

 

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