Can Narendra Modi really deliver what he promises?
The whole of India is now vibrating with positive energy. Despair has been replaced with hope. All doubts have vanished. There is wide spread jubilation all around. Even hard core skeptics seem to be having a second thought!
The reason is obvious. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won absolute majority, with the strength of a no-questions-asked promise of making Narendra Modi as Prime Minister. BJP now need not run around with a begging bowl amidst their coalition partners, who would otherwise be demanding their pound of flesh.
While the generally perceptible "mass momentum" was very vividly anti-congress during the course of electioneering, there were indeed worries whether the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) headed by BJP would get absolute majority. In such a scenario where NDA emerges as a single largest party but not with absolute majority, well wishers of BJP were having nightmares like tall BJP leaders standing stooping outside the gate of 81/36, Veda Nilayam, Poes Garden, Chennai to get a darsan of Divine Mother Jayalalitha!
With virtually no foothold of its own in Tamil Nadu and with the zero receptivity shown by Jayalalitha for any coalition talks, BJP did not have any stake in the 40 parliamentary seats of Tamil Nadu. But with DMK already lying in death bed and with Jayalalitha having offered a reasonably good governance in her recent tenure, a resounding victory for her party with around 35-39 seats was almost a foregone conclusion of Political pundits.
It is purely by divine grace that BJP was saved from the ignominy of standing before Jayalalitha begging her for support to form a Government. History shows that BJP had tasted that bitter pill in the past and paid heavily for it.
If NDA getting absolute majority is by divine grace, it is nothing short of a divine gift that BJP got absolute majority on its own. The whole nation can pat on its back for getting such a clear verdict. If there were to be just BJP minus Narendra Modi, the party had nothing spectacular to offer, to enthuse or motivate people to vote for it whole-heartedly. Had BJP proposed LK Advani as Prime-ministerial candidate, perhaps the nightmarish situation of standing with begging bowl in front of Jayalailtha would be the ground reality today!
Now that all has ended well, the original question as to whether Modi can really deliver goods can be answered with better clarity.
YES! It really looks very optimistic and very reasonably hopeful that he can deliver goods, provided he continues to be in the shade of the divine grace that has shot him to power.
The reasons are not too difficult to get:
- Proven Track record of performance
Rajiv Gandhi who won absolute majority last time way back in 1984, got it by the sympathy wave that swept across the country on account of the gory murder of Indira Gandhi; added to it was his attractive face, personality and charisma. He had no prior administrative experience, no proven leadership skills nor any extraordinary brilliance or smartness to make him fit for the post. He got himself trapped into a cobweb of corruptions scandals and immature decisions and rightfully, people removed him from power in the very next election!
But that is not the case with Modi. His track record of administrative skills, his past performance in Gujarat, his intelligence, street-smartness, visionary thinking and leadership traits have all been proven beyond doubt. Winning all the parliament seats in Gujarat this time is the stamp of approval given by Gujarathis to elevate him to the national leadership status from the state level.
- Man of Principles and convictions
Narendra Modi definitely appears to be a man of certain principles and convictions and he will stand by them against odds. Unlike many other politicians who would bend and twist to any length to escape criticisms and accusations and to concede to "amenable to all" tendency, Modi seems to be made of a sterner stuff. He appears to be quite strong to stand on his foot and dictate terms with his distractors.
- Internal squabblers are weak and squabbles gets weaker before a winner
Even fools can understand that BJP could shoot into such a spectacular and prominent come-back only because of Modi's plank. The chances of Advani or any other BJP leader attempting to pose a challenge to Modi don't look too strong. Politicians have s strong instinct to rally behind a strong
- Alliance partners too don't have the leeway to do mischief -- at least not in the foreseeable future
Thanks to the absolute majority, the partners too have very little scope for creating problems to Modi in the immediate future.
The world should know - India's greatest Democratic power.
"This victory is a big festival of celebration of people's mandate. It is a story waiting to be told to the world. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari had there not been a common strong undercurrent the mandate that the nation gave to the BJP wouldn't have been so large. People have seen the governance minutely, and they understand the need for a majority to run the government well. Political scientists, electoral analysts and pundits should document this and present it to the world. This will also be good for the country," he said.
Narendra Modi, in his address to Party workers at BJP Head quarters on 1st June 2014
What do you think?
Do you think Modi can deliver goods?
But can things go wrong too?
Yes. Things can go wrong too. How?
- A planned, orchestrated or accidental communal clashes happening in large scale could whip up passions and distract Modi from effective governance. He may be forced to be on the defensive and his distractors may try to weaken him in the process.
- Foreign hands can play very dirty. Though we may shudder to think of such eventualities, there is this unfortunate history of Rajiv Gandhi staring at our eyes.
- Possibility of Modi becoming too proud, egoistic, arrogant and self-indulgent. There is this saying: Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. He may get distanced from well wishers, may get into a circle of coterie, may lose his focus and so on. We have the history of many successful politicians including Indira Gandhi before us.
Let us be positive and hope only for the best
In any case, this is the time for positive hopes. The well wishes of the majority of the huge population of Bharat is backing up Modi. Let the divine grace that brought him to power continue to be with us to empower Modi to lead the nation to unprecedented heights in the years to come.
Best of Luck, NA MO Narayana!