The Sojourn to San Jose is a deliberate detour from PM Modi’s United Nations and Bilateral Obligations to script ‘track-future diplomacy’.
The approach of Prime Minister Modi in San Jose has left even the best of his supporters guessing about his intent and eventual content of his super-lightning speed and scale of operations and engagements.
His detractors keep on knit-pricking on one count or the other, true to their chosen dharma. However, the people of Bharat who have given their franchise to Modi to re-engineer their destinies are somewhat perplexed on the plane of reason and eventual directionality. What is it that this man, posing as a mahabali is trying to achieve? Where are the contours of his adventures converging? What do the tech-czars of today have to do with the deep ditch of Bharat’s developmental narrative whereby it’s a struggle to relish seamless connectivity in the national capital, what to talk of other zones of the country?
The San Jose Sojourn, if dissected objectively and dovetailed into the larger scheme of things, does present a mind-boggling grandstanding of Modi, the master strategist and tactician who by his meticulous mix of charms and coercion has laid down the script of a renewed world order.
In today’s world of stock market driven economics, speculation is at the core of its being which is linearised by an entire set of parameters and indices. After securing a resolute support from the Bharateeya electorate and setting up a modular and accountable governing structure back home, Shri Modi embarked upon a much bigger agenda which can rightly be termed as ‘Indian Imperialism’ -winning over the hearts through intellectual and cultural discourse duly carried over by its people belonging to the top strata of its society. Better the perception of a rising Bharat, better its geo-economic prospects whereby global capital snoozes over a sneeze.
He set out on a digvijaya country after country, engaging and empowering the People of Bharateeya Origin of all hues. Leveraging the soft power of multitudes of Bharateeya in influential positions shaping the global policy deck in his favour and being the democratic leader of a 1.25 billion people, he tempted the global behemoths to put in their penny into his cash starved economy.
The Sojourn to San Jose was a deliberate detour from his United Nations and Bilateral Obligations to script a track-f diplomacy (f for future). Unlike the stratified era of the past whereby technology was of a physical nature, difficult to transfer and share, and easy to consolidate and confine within geographical territories; the latest wave is more ethereal.
The entire technology stack can be transferred and replicated to any geographical confine in a matter of hours if not minutes. And unlike Snowdens and Assanges, the custodians of these massive superstructures are bonafide Nadellas and Pichais and Zuckerbergs having a penchant for the mystic Modi, if not Bharat.
This wave is rewriting all the conventional rules of engagement and presenting a unique opportunity for a much more democratised world which is prosperous and peaceful. Productivity is taking a different turn altogether presenting a greater re-engineering of corporations and behemoths; Commerce has got disrupted; Transportation is getting re-organised; Education, Hospitality, Manufacturing are all getting affected in a big way. You name a sector and you find disruptions and unbelievable re-engineering out there happening. The asymmetric power of capital is getting linearised like never before, so is the leeway of conventional authority in the wake of heightened social interactions. It's information which is creating the flux. It just can't be controlled or captivated by any means now.
The combined authority and influence of the entire set of sovereign nations’ heads in the United Nations is increasingly getting influenced by those of these tech-titans who have somewhere created a parallel Unified Network of Humanity, specially the younger generation.
Narendra Modi has emerged to be the chief host of this technological transformation. He is for them, the biggest brand ambassador for their creations, someone who has the capacity and competence to communicate the wonders of technology to a diverse country as that of Bharat certainly possesses extraordinary talent and someone who is equally at ease in conversing and motivating with the
people of the most backward of territories to that of the most advanced and progressive lots.
The San Jose Sojourn can thereby be considered as an epochal moment which has tried to construct a bridge between stark destitution and heavenly prosperity through the sharing of Information and Communication Technology which would design, develop and drive the future of humanity.
For Modi, a whopping 43 per cent of this tech-world janta is smeared with People of Bhrateeya Origin who in their deeper confines and recesses do have a sense of giving back. In a jocular sense of the term, he was probably visiting a Bharateeya Colony of the 21st Century, canvassing for support and helping hand back home.
From achieving an International recognition for the esoteric wisdom of Yog to the clarion call of defining Global Terrorism and taking the lead on the narrative of Climate Change, Modi has set out his cat amongst the pigeons prevailing on the power and potential of 1.25 billion humanity.
It wouldn’t be a farfetched idea that his contours of engagements are all directed towards the dual focii of Bharateeya Renaissance along with that of a more linearised Global Order ensuring peace and prosperity. Let’s contribute our bit towards this yajna of national resurrection.
Raghav Mittal (The writer is MTech from IIT Kharagpur)