Many may call Narendra Modi an anti Muslim or a Hindu with extremist tendencies, but for so many people Narendra Modi is the best Prime Minister India can ever have and he has massive fan following int he world. Even critics cannot deny his intentions for India’s development, and he has proved his mettle in a number of tough conditions. His undeterred resolve to turn India into a ‘no corruption’ country along with his commitment to development helped him win Lok Sabha 2014 with absolute majority.
The Godhra Riots, one of the most controversial topics in modern Indian history, became a major talking point in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections. Just days after Narendra Modi was sworn in as Gujarat’s Chief Minister in 2002, the Godhra riots broke out in which more than 1000 Indians were killed. Despite being new on the job, he brought the entire state under control within 72 hours. The situation which he was in was not an easy one. Despite these problems, he controlled the riots that could have brought biblical destruction upon Gujarat.
Since Independence there have been hundreds of riots. However, Gujarat was the only state to set up a court to investigate and jail the culprits.
Narendra Modi had to face Special Investigation Team (SIT) probes several times after being alleged to have an active role, but was given the clean chit eventually.
Ultimately, Modi went on to enjoy three terms as chief minister of Gujarat and though he did have detractors, many Muslims living in Gujarat supported him. This certainly does not support the theory that Modi believes in divisive politics. He has shown time and again that he can steer India above petty politics that use caste, creed and religion as a tool.
In 2014 after becoming prime minister he did not forget his mantra. He brought initiatives like the ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’, ‘Startup India, Standup India’, ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Make in India’. Make in India Week brought investment commitments of up to 15.2 lakh crore.
According to the Economic Survey, thanks to the Make in India initiative FDI inflows have increased by about 40%. Companies like Bombardier, Foxconn and Apple have committed to investments in India that can bring employment and development.
On 2 January, after PM Modi returned to India after visiting his Pakistani counterpart, terrorists holed up in Pathankot air base. They had strict instructions from their Pakistani handlers to destroy Indian assets and anything that could help the Indian army. The infiltration in the Pathankot airbase was detected by a drone that was deployed for regular patrolling. As soon as the authorities had information of the infiltration, they sealed the entire area and neutralized them in less than three days with minimal damage to civilian life and property. While India did lose some army men, if the terrorists had managed to blow up Pathankot air base, the destruction of life and property would have been many times worse.
If figures are to be believed, infiltration bids have drastically fallen under the Modi administration. Apart from this, India is also prepping its military arsenal by entering joint partnerships with France, USA, Russia and Israel. The arsenal predominantly includes nuclear capable submarines, F-16s, rockets and choppers. These will help ensure security at Indian borders at all times.
Throughout 2015, Narendra Modi travelled to various countries, and was called the ‘NRI Prime Minister’ by some. What they did not note was that by travelling so extensively he was furthering three key agendas: improving relationships with countries, inviting investments and winning support for India’s permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
There has not been any other Prime Minister in Indian history who has worked so hard for India’s bid for a permanent UNSC seat.
After travelling and inviting ambassadors and leaders from countries like the US, Germany, Russia, France and Japan, he achieved almost everyone’s support for India’s UNSC bid. This support was a direct result of his efforts to show case India’s eligibility for a position on this international platform. In my knowledge, there has not been any other Prime Minister in Indian history who has worked so hard for India’s bid for a permanent UNSC seat.
Taking a dig at opposition parties for their efforts to form a grand alliance against his party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the BJP is here to serve the country where as on the other side there are “opportunistic alliance, dynastic parties”.
“They want to build their own empire but we want to empower people,” he said.
The alliance against the BJP is a ‘short term’ one being done for the benefit of the respective parties, he said.
“Unlike other parties, we are not in politics to divide and rule and for building vote bank. We are here to serve the country in every way”.
“The upcoming polls are important for the BJP and the country to further our development agenda”.
Taking a swipe at the opposition, the prime minister asked “if Narendra Modi is so bad and government not working, why this alliance.”
“Should not you be confident about yourself? They know this is a working government,” he said about the opposition.
Many sections of society including youth, farmers and women have a “strong bond” with the BJP government.
The decisive IAF Air strikes at Balakot terror training camps in Pakistan on February 26 have boosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity.