India needs purification of politics, transparency in governance
Modi addresses Delhi twice a week
“It is time for purification of politics in the country bringing in clean governance and steer India on the path of development. The attitude of Indian youth is for transparency in functioning of the democratically elected governments and everybody must understand it,” said Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi on October 2.
Shri Modi explained his definition of secularism as simply put, “Nation First, India First.” If all our decisions are predicated on the belief of ‘justice to all, appeasement of none’, then this is what is meant by secular. Only a true leadership with a visionary approach can lead the country which understands the pulse of its youth power, he told a cheering crowd of youngsters at the Culmination Convention of ‘Manthan’ — a nationwide contest on innovative solutions to 14 challenges the country is facing, organised by Citizens of Accountable Governance (CAG).
Modi was invited as speaker for the finale after in an online poll nearly 84 per cent youngsters voted for him as the leader they would like to listen. Modi after spending whole day watching innovative presentations made by students from various IITs, IIMs, law schools and other universities, congratulated the youth for offering solutions to critical issues of education, poverty, health, judiciary etc through best use of technological interventions.
In reply to a query from a youth about leaders with criminal antecedents contesting elections, Shri Modi said the Supreme Court’s verdict on the same has shown the mood of the nation. The youth of the country will never accept a dishonest government, he added. The Centre doesn’t want to run the country on clean politics, hence they had not got the fresh ordinance.
Speaking about the importance of voter registration, Shri Modi said that being a voter is a matter of pride but this is not happening. “We need to be proud to be voters as by becoming a voter, a youth becomes a “Bhagya Vidhata” of India. Let this message spread through the CAG. The ideas we get from people have the strength to take the nation ahead.”
Praising the techno-savvy youth in the country who seek more and more transparency in governance, the Gujarat Chief Minister said the policymakers in India have to take notice of youth’s ideas and innovations in drafting policies for nation’s growth.
Outlay, outcome, and social audit must be necessary inductions into administrative process, Shri Modi said mentioning how for centuries, civilisation settled on riverbanks. Then times changed and cities sprung up next to roads. In the coming days, settlements will rise where optical fibres pass through. He expressed his firm belief in quality of education that can see great improvement by embracing information technology.
Shri Modi flayed the Government offices for making a big deal about secrecy in policy-making. He spoke about Gujarat’s initiative in encouraging openness in governance by putting draft policies online and gathering inputs from the people. Such an endeavour on part of the government not only breaks the tradition of secrecy but also involved people’s involvement in the process.
Emphasising on tourism sector, which offers possibility of creating maximum employment with minimum investment, Shri Modi recalled his communication to the Chief Ministers of the States in the North-East and expressed the desire to integrate women police for tourism policing in Gujarat. The idea was two-fanged: One to achieve national solidarity by exposing north-east culture with that of Gujarat, and second to promote tourism through Gujarati tourists.
The Gujarat Chief Minister shared his Gujarat experience of continuous 10 per cent agricultural growth for a decade. He informed the audience that research done in laboratory will have to be brought to land. Agriculture technology needs to be made subjects in ITI in order to make the farmer prosper.
He further said that agriculture should be divided into three parts—one third regular farming, one third animal husbandry, and one third agro-forestry. India imports timber. But if agro-forestry is put into effect, no farmer will ever have reason to commit suicide.
He said the nation wants development. The youth wants to make their career. The Government has to rise up to the expectation of the people. He emphasised on women empowerment by providing them financial independence and an integral part in the decision-making process of the country.
Criticising the lackadaisical approach of the UPA Government, Shri Modi recalled his meeting with the Prime Minister where he suggested that 500 cities be selected across the country and equipped for solid waste management and waste water treatment. The Prime Minister asked him to make a report on the matter but eventually nothing came of it. So the plan was put into effect in 50 towns of Gujarat.
Those who were at the Japanese Park in Delhi on September 29, are left with no doubt that there’s a huge ‘NaMonia’ that’s going on in the country. For anti-Modi people it was the most unpleasant scene when the ecstatic masses started cheering ‘Modi-Modi’ every now and then in the middle of the speech, or in the end while answering Modi’s call they started chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ rhapsodically. Even the people returning from the rally were shouting slogans like ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ in the Metro Rails.
It’s high time his opponents had come to terms with the fact that Modi indeed is addressing the aspirations of the common man; while he is talking of India of 2022 or lashing out at Nawaz Sharif for calling India’s PM a dehati aurat (a fact which came to public notice because of Modi). A huge section of the society has developed a kind of faith in him; and precisely this was the reason for which he said “I assure you neither BJP nor Narendra Modi will ever break your trust”.
Instead of accepting these simple facts Modi’s opponents have taken a more suicidal stand. Now-a-days they have started fuming on every individual who appreciates Modi in the slightest. Earlier it was former SC Justice VR Krishna Iyer and now it’s famous novelist and leftist P. Valsala (75) who is facing the wrath of comrades for praising the famous spiritual leader Mata Amritan-andmayi of Kerala (the ‘crime’ of Mata Amritanandmayi was that Modi came for the celebrations of her 60th birthday!). It seems Modi’s opponents are finding it hard to swallow this ‘MODIfication’ of India.