New Delhi : Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as one of the most popular and iconic leaders of modern India, Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu today decoded what he called the ‘Modi phenomenon’ with an elaborate exposition of the attributes of Shri Modi and other factors that contributed to it. He released a book titled ‘Modi @ 20 : Dreams Meet Delivery’ , a compilation of 21 articles by 22 domain experts bringing out various aspects of the thinking and performance of Shri Modi in various domains as Chief Minister of Gujarat and Prime Minister for 20 years since 2021.
In his 35 minute exploration of the mind, methods and vision of Shri Modi, the Vice President listed various attributes that made Shri Modi a unique leader and performer furthering the interest of Gujarat earlier and of India now as Prime Minister.
Referring to the quintessential and transformational leadership of the Prime Minister, Shri Naidu said; “Even his detractors agree that Shri Modi is now a phenomenon at the national and international level due to which India is being regarded and respected”.
Stating that Shri Modi’s vision has been shaped by his long years of experiential journey before becoming the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the Vice President stressed that “This is the fundamental differentiator that makes Shri Modi unique in several ways. There is probably no other public figure in contemporary times who had such an experiential journey”. He further said that the Prime Minister’s vision for the country is an expression and manifestation of numerous felt experiences accumulated during his stints as a social activist to start with and later, as a political activist.
Recalling his working with the Prime Minister earlier as a Union Minister of Urban Development, Shri Naidu elaborated on the keenness of Shri Modi for details of every issue to enable robust and fail proof planning and execution. Shri Naidu, in particular, highlighted Shri Modi’s commitment to make Swachh Bharat campaign a ‘jan andolan’ instead of looking at it as a routine governmental programme, a philosophy that marks all initiatives of the Prime Minister.
The Vice President said that being aware of India being big in numbers with humongous problems, Prime Minister Shri Modi thinks big executes in scale and speed and as a result over 45 crore bank accounts have been opened for the unreached; over 12 crore toilet and 3 crore houses have been built for dignity of life of the poor; 5 crore MUDRA loans have been sanctioned to make entrepreneurs out of the unheard of; over Rs. 20 crore have been transferred to the beneficiaries under 320 schemes under DBT by effectively harnessing the technology; 8 crore LPG cylinders have been given to relieve poor women from the drudgery of using firewood for kitchen and ensuring piped water supply to 19 crore households etc.
Shri Naidu described the Prime Minister as a ‘scientist’ for extending various schemes successfully implemented earlier when Shri Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat based on the results and thereby enabling evidence based formulation of projects and schemes.
Referring to Shri Modi being called as an ‘election machine’, Shri Naidu noted that for Shri Modi, elections are not an outcome of politics but constitute social science with deep understanding of the life contexts of common people and deep insight into their aspirations that make Shri Modi a successful campaigner.
Shri Naidu has lauded the contribution of Shri Modi to deepening of democracy in the country by arousing people’s interest in every succeeding election by proving himself a one who delivers on promises made and thereby living up to the hopes and aspirations of the people. Stating that people looked at Shri Modi as one who would repair their broken dreams and restore India to prosperity, Shri Naidu described the politics of Shri Modi as one of ‘hope’.
The Vice President further noted that “the ability, mobility and stability (with required majority in the Lok Sabha) of Prime Minister Shri Modi is leading India to prosperity”. Shri Naidu asserted that Shri Modi is impatient only with tardy implementation of policies and schemes as he is keen on scale and speed of execution since India is still facing developmental gaps in the 75th year of Independence and is keen about bridging those gaps.
Shri Naidu said that MODI is all about the Mission of Making of Developed India and urged all the parties in power in different States to make effective use of all available developmental and democratic platforms to make the nation surge ahead. He called for ensuring a peaceful environment in the country by ridding it of all tensions to realize this mission.
Union Home and Cooperation Minister, Shri Amit Shah, Minister of External Affairs, Dr S. Jaishankar, other senior ministers, Members of Parliament, senior Government Officials and dignitaries from various fields graced the occasion.