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Indi-Yeah… : Narendra Modi’s Obama Moment at SRCC, New Delhi

Indi-Yeah…Narendra Modi‘s Obama Moment at SRCC, New Delhi

“The 21st century belongs to India” Narendra Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi

Gujarat’s Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi did today what we were eagerly awaiting our so-called youth leaders to do for a long time. It is not just in the verbatim of what he said at the prestigious SRCC  (Sri Ram College of Commerce)  of Delhi University, his gesture of reaching out directly to the talented youth of nation, at the highly political campus of Delhi  University, ignoring the protest of rabble trousers – the Leftiest JNU protestors outside who believe only in disruption and keeping the nation hungry while they will aim for and get a good future abroad.   He focused on the raw positive energy of our country, the youth of this nation who are actually going to full-fill the dreams that so many generations of Indian have been dreaming – of regaining our lost place in the world – once again making India a Bird of Gold (Sone ki Chiriya).

Firstpost Editor Anant Rangaswami’s first take on Modi’s speech: He was brilliant – Whether you’re a fan of Narendra Modi or not, you have to admire the content of his speech. The audience was youth, and every area that Modi focused on was an area that matters most to the young: a bright future.

Decode his speech and these are the words which pop out: Development, Education, Youth, Progress, Brands, India, Success, Profit and Wealth creation, Going abroad, Pride, Technology, Brains and Employment.

That about covers all that the youth focus on. Modi was brilliant.

Let there be no doubt that India truly was a Bird of Gold once, no matter how far fetched it may seem right now. The cradle of civilization, the home of scientific Innovations and the birthplace amazing art and culture. – Stressing on the essence of “minimum Government and maximum governance” Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said if India wants to dominate the 21st century, we need to develop on the fronts of skill, scale, and speed.

“The nation has been ruined by vote-bank politics. But if we switch to a politics of development, we will soon be in a position to bring about lasting change,” Modi said.

The Gujarat Chief Minister was addressing students and faculty members of Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi University. Modi said the 21st century belongs to India because every time humankind has entered an age of wisdom, it is India that has led the way. “So it will be this time as well. Until 20 years ago, people used to think of us as a country of snake-charmers. But our youth have travelled the world and changed this image,” he said.

“Today our youth have everything, but they need to hone their skills to compete with the world. We are focusing on this in Gujarat,” Modi said.

“The revolution we are seeing has not been brought by any leader or politician. It has been started by the youth,” he said.

The Gujarat Chief Minister said, “There should be minimum Government, maximum governance. If we are to dominate the 21st century, we need to develop on the fronts of skill, scale, and speed.”

Modi may be the man to take India’s youth to the pinnacle of global achievement – Firstpost – Narendra Modi announced his formal arrival on the national scene with a simple message: India’s future depends on youth, and he may be the man to take India’s youth to the pinnacle of global achievement.

Speaking to a receptive audience that frequently broke into applause as he spoke of his vision for India, Modi clearly attempted to leave the past behind and the audience was more than willing to let him. Clearly, he understood the mood of youth very well. They want performance, not excuses.
If one were to contrast Modi’s performance with that of Rahul Gandhi’s at the Congress meet last month, it is a no-contest. Modi’s performance establishes him as the potential mascot of urban India, young India – the India that wants to leave its past of regrets and non—performance behind.

Modi conquered his audience.

Some other snippets from Narendra Modi’s speech at SRCC today

  • “Swap vote bank politics for development” “The solution to all problems is development. The whole nation has been destroyed by vote bank politics, what it needs is development” If there is developement there is much scope for for a lot of improvement in the nation”
  • And just in case Delhi was getting complacent about its metro…. Modi says that all its coaches come from Gujarat.
  • “Minimum government, maximum governance is a good philosophy….Am I taking too much time? Should I continue?”. The audience screams YES!
  • Skill development is the key, says Modi “Whatever the colour of our skin we are no less than anyone in the world”, continues Modi as the students continue to hang on his every word. “The whole world saw the man in Jaipur ask Clinton whether he considered India to be a third world country and a poor nation. Clinton told him that he had seen what the nation was and he would tell the world about it. However Modi says that despite the obvious abundance of talent and passion, Indian youth need skills. “India’s youth has the desire but they have a lack of skills. Presently in Gujarat we are having skill development workshops.”
  • “Our youth are not snake charmers, they are changing the world with a mouse!” In Taiwan, an interpreter asked me if we still have snake charmers and superstition. I said no. We are mouse charmers, I said. The youth of the nation has its finger on the mouse of computers and is changing the world.”
  • Modi says that India’s youth has to be viewed differently. “It is important how we view the youth of the nation. For most of the political leadership the youth is only a new age voter. I don’t see this attitude benefitting the nation. Despite the fact I come from the same era I believe that a new school of thought is needed”, he says to wild applause.” “Leaders should see the youth as a new age of power for the nation to progress. Isn’t our duty to make the words of Vivekananda truth by developing the youth of nation and changing the world?”
  • Modi says India needs to be more aggressive about marketing itself
  • Modi says that not enough is being done within India to national pride in the products it manufactures, and create a sense of pride and nationhood. “In Japan on everything there is a slogan about Olympics. They are preparing a spirit across the nation about it. What have we done? When South Korea hosted Olympics it was a turning point and all their manufacturing became popular worldwide. Here we had Commonwealth Games. Why did we have it? Even those who organised it don’t know yet.” “China exports the most herbal medicine but India despite its history of ayurveda hasn’t managed to export as much”, he says. “Whatever products we make in manufacturing should have zero defects for a global reputation and should have good packaging.”
  • ‘Time to change perception of India in the manufacturing sector’
  • “The whole world sees us a bazaar where they can dump products. We should look to make the world our bazaar and boost manufacturing”, says Modi to great applause.
  • “Why shouldn’t we make the ‘Made in India’ tag a statement of quality for our manufactured products?”
  • India must take its place in the global economy, says Modi. And after that long treatise on Gujarat Modi starts talking national. He says the biggest thing holding India back is its slowness in adopting new technology. We should export teachers to the world, says Modi
  • The Gujarat Chief Minister clearly has something for everyone! And given that he is in a college, it is only fitting that Modi should talk up Gujarat’s teaching colleges as well.
  • “If you ask any person what is their main desire, they say they want good education for their children. That is why we have created a university for teachers. I say we have so much youth and export so much, why not export teachers?” “A businessman who goes abroad only captures dollars but a teacher influences a whole generation.” A university for security? Yes.. Gujarat has that too. And if forensics are not your thing and you prefer to be a part of the action on the ground, Gujarat has a university for that too. “We have a university for security forces where a person can enrol after class X and can then join any security force.
  • “Gujarat has the youngest police force. Even the constables of Gujarat are tech -savvy”, he says.
  • Modi tackles crime and security, talks up Gujarat’s forensic university
  • “Crime in the world is rising. A child in Amsterdam can rob your bank account clean, cyber crime is rising. Forensic science is needed. We are the first in the world to have a forensic science university”, says Modi.
  • Modi explains why Gujaratis are the best tourists ” Purchasing power should continuously rise and we are constantly monitoring it over the last decade to ensure it rises. Gujaratis are the best tourists. You will find them everywhere. Even in five star hotel you will find him eating thepla from dabba”, says Modi.
  • Modi elaborates on the Gujarat success story. From crops to animal husbandry. “We conduct animal husbandry camps also in the state. 120 diseases of cattle have been eradicated. As a result there has been a 80 percent growth in the milk production. Imagine how much financial gain villagers have made as a result”
  • Modi the crowd pleaser, warns his speech might be longer than the average lecture. “I have not been a teacher so I don’t restrict myself to 45 minutes. Teacher have a chip that warns them when they approach 45 minutes”, he tells the students who roar with laughter. Given the reception they have given him so far, its unlikely that we’ll see them complaining!
  • Vibrant Gujarat. Modi is working the crowd now. “There must be no one in the audience who has chai without doodh from Gujarat in it. All the milk in Delhi is from Gujarat”, he says. “Milk in Singapore is from Gujarat, Okra in Europe is from Gujarat. Tomatoes in Afghanistan are from Gujarat”, he adds. “Gujarat is the only state where the water table table is going up. We have taken an integrated approach to agricultural development.”
  • Modi starts talking about the Gujarat model of development. “These days there is a lot of debate about Guajrat’s development model. Our development model doesn’t stand on a single pillar”, says Modi to more applause from the students. “Our economy is one third agriculture, one third industry and one third services. They support each other and we have developed all.”
  • Elaborating further, Modi reminds the assembled students that Gujarat was never a traditionally agricultural state. “Gujarat was never an agricultural state. Earlier it meant a desert. We have always had registan (desert) and next door Pakistan.”
  • “We have worked hard for agricultural development of Gujarat. You may have heard about Vibrant Gujarat summit. But we also have a Farmer Summit on the hottest days of the year where we help develop agircultural innovations and farmers.”
  • India’s biggest challenge is in how it uses opportunity, says Modi 
  • ” The ambassador of a nation asked me what major challenges India faces and I said the biggest one is that how we use opportunity. When asked what the opportunity was, I said the youth. Europe buddha ho chuka hai, China budha ho chuka hai” “I told him that our nation was rich in national resources but we are not using it properly yet. Thus we are losing opportunities”
  • Modi advocates ‘PPGG’ model. And what exactly IS the PPGG model you may ask? People to People Good Governance, which according to Modi is the model he prefers to employ in ensuring good governance. And according to Modi, development like this can be achieved with existing resources and systems. He tells students not to succumb to apathy and disappointment.
  • “Everyone thinks ‘What is there to do? Everyone is a robber. Why did God let me be born here.'” But I disagree. I believe that the glass is full. One half with water and the other half with air. I believe the situation can be changed.
  • Modi says that Independent India is still waiting for good governance.
  • Modi says that despite many Indians sacrificing their lives for independence, India is yet to see good governance. “We have got swaraj but after 60 years we still wait for suraaj”, he says. “For the last few decades we have seen our efforts have failed and in the nation there is an atmosphere of disappointment.” “If India has to make its mark in the global stage then we need to consider how we will govern our nation”, he adds.
  • Modi begins his speech firmly rooted in Gujarat. ” I am here from the earth of Gujarat. From the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel”, he says. “Both battles for independence: armed and non-violent were in the hands of Gujaratis.” There is pin drop silence in the hall. The assembled students seem to be hanging on his every word. And Modi takes the dais amid another burst of cheering. He will speak on ‘Emerging business models in the global scenario’

Like Mr. Modi demonstrated in his speech today, though we keep depreciating ourselves by our own words and deeds, but we should at times must look back at the positives and feel proud to be Indian.

The Good, the Bad and the ugly side of the Democratic Republic of India

India, Bharat, Hindustan, whatever you call this beloved country of ours, which celebrated its 62nd Republic Day on 26th January 2013. Gained Independent from British Colonial rule on 15th Agusut, 1947 (we share the Independence day with South Korea), India become a Democratic Republic on 26th January 1950 when the Constitution came into effect. The word socialist was added by PM Mrs. Indira Gandhi in the 70’s when she also put the Constitution aside for a few year and imposed emergency on India to let her son run amok the  band of Congress hooligans. After decades and decades of of slow growth and populist & opportunistic politics, India finally began to shake out of the lethargy in mid-90’s through economic reforms which gave a hope to the youth of this nation that they do have a bright future in this country. Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpai led NDA government proved beyond doubt that India had in it to be the top economic power in the world experts across the globe started taking notice of India and its growing economic might, then unfortunately we lost a decade due to the re-emergence socialist theme by the Congress Govt., made worst by the amazing level of corruption by senior ministers in the Mr. Man Mohan Singh’s government.

Now India is again standing at a cross-road, a positive leadership and good governance can really take India out of this gloom and backwardness and really make this country a Sone Ki Chiriya once again. Today, at SRCC Mr. Modi showed again why he is the right person to be in charge for that great move forward in the coming years.

The Good

  1. Since Independence, India has built 1.25 million miles of new roads, raised steel output 50 times and cement 20 times.
  2. India recycles 60% of its plastic waste. The figures for Japan and China are 12% and 10%, respectively
  3. India has the second-largest labour force, and yes it has also launched 65 satellites so far.
  4. India is  now 2nd-largest cycle producer in the world. Hero MotoCorp of India is the largest two-wheeler maker.
  5. India is self-sufficient in grain and cloth, makes more than a million cars a year.
  6. At 129 m tonnes, India is No.1 milk producer, yet the internal consumption and demand is so high that we imports skimmed powder in summers.
  7. Foreigners outsource work, queue up for cheaper medical treatment, & pour in cash for better returns.
  8. RIL’s Jamnagar in Gujarat is the world’s largest grassroots refinery and petrochem complex.
  9. India churns out most films in the world, Bollywood is bigger than Hollywood
  10. Based in Mumbai (Bombay) we have . the unique and world benchmarked delivery system of the Dabbawalas, with an efficiency rating of 99.9999%
  11. Registered companies in India totaled 7.13 lakh in 2005.
  12. Chess was invented in India and so was Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus too in the past, it was also the place where   ‘Place value system’ and the decimal system was developed in 100BC. Value of ‘pi’ first calculated by Budhayana, who explained the concept of Pythagora’s Theorem. He discovered it long before Europeans.
  13. Over 2,600 years ago, Sushrata, the Father of Surgery, and his team performed surgeries to remove cataract and urinary stones, & graft skin.
  14. The four religions born in India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world’s population
  15. India provides safety for more than 300,000 refugees from Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh
  16. A Hindu Temple at Tirupathi in south of India  (Tamil Nadu) is the world’s largest pilgrimage destination. An average of 30,000 visitors donate $6 m every day
  17. India has the largest number of post offices. Though it is in perpetual decline now thanks to the information technology revolution – the number of postal items, excluding money orders, handled dropped from 14.2 b in 2001-02 to 4.3 b in 2008-09
  18. As of 2007, India’s bovine population was 304 million, thankfully the number of donkeys is merely 0.44 million 🙂
  19. The world’s highest cricket ground is in Chail, HP. Developed in 1893 after levelling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2,444 metres above sea level
  20. 31% households use kerosene to light up their homes, 2.9% for cooking
  21. India’s premier Stock Exchange ‘BSE’ (Bombay Stock Exchange) is ranked 5th in the number of electronic trades, is 3rd-largest index options exchange, 137-year-old BSE is also Asia’s first stock exchange and world’s No. 1 in terms of number (5,000) of listed cos.

The Bad

  1. 33.5% households draw drinking water from a handpump
  2. 46.5% households have mud floors, only 29% have concrete roofs

The Ugly

  1. 53.1% of households do not have latrine within premises
  2. 1,448, or 31%, MPs & MLAs who contested In the past 5 yrs faced criminal charges

11 thoughts on “Indi-Yeah… : Narendra Modi’s Obama Moment at SRCC, New Delhi

  1. Like it or not NaMo(NarendraModi) is in Delhi; delighting Delhites & the nation. The speech has larger political significance specially internal BJP tussle.

    • The same things that the leftist/socialists have done since India’s Independence. In the guise of being pro-poor, keep the vicious cycle of poverty and misery going. Ensure a large percentage of population to remain poor and dependent of govt. dole outs, oppose any developmental initiative for general public here in India while feel no guilt in prospering themselves indulging in the politics of poor, shamelessly take the first opportunity to settle abroad, the stories and examples are endless at JNU, go and see for yourself

      • Bhuwan, I wish you would make more specific statements than you did. Was Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi not a socialist? Was he not corrupt by being a socialist? How much money is doled out to the poor? What percentage of the national budget is doled out to the poor? What is the national budget anyway? Please give me some numbers. Which party does not dole out money to its base? Please name the party which does not dole out money to anyone. What if one party doles out money to the poor and the other party doles out money to the rich? Which party is good then ? What is better, doling out money to the poor or doling out money to the rich? Do you have any comparison to make between the parties on the basis to who they dole out money to? Which particular kind of JNU students are you against? Students of which University are better than JNU students and why? Please give me some specific data. And why are you against students? They are just in their twenties. They are young and they are learning about life. Btw, I have worked closely with only two former JNU students in my life and they are very sincere people in the work they do. I have known one JNU Professor closely and found out that he is an excellent researcher. Why are you against students going out of the country? Is going out of the country a bad thing to do? Do you think any student, from JNU or not, can help the poor? Is helping the poor a simple problem to solve? Do you know anyone, student or not, closely who helps the poor? How does s/he do it?
        Please give me some anecdotes.
        And finally, if I may ask my first question again, what were JNU students protesting against? Do you know the specifics? Did you meet anyone who was protesting there? Did you go to the site to talk to anyone?

      • Dear Sir,

        Sorry to break this news to you that Mr. Gandhi was not your typical socialist. Its a now-a-days fashionable to invoke and quote Mr. Gandhi out of context, sometime even falsely attributing random quotes to him . Let me share one of his genuine quotes – “I believe in private enterprise and also in planned production. If you have only State production, men will become moral and intellectual paupers. They will forget their responsibilities. I would therefore allow the capitalist and the zamindar to keep their factory and their land, but I would make them consider themselves trustees of their property.Even without control of the State there can be nationalization. I can start a mill for the benefit of the workers.” – MKG

        Too many questions. I am guessing the speech at SRCC has caused a lot of heart-burn. Too bad I will not be able to offer any sympathies. Not sure there are many supporter of Mr. MKG in the JNU that you are passionate trying to defend by invoking his name. – you should try to defend the elitist institution by invoking the person it is named after – Mr. Nehru who, along with his future generations of dynastic rulers in India are responsible for the decades of misrule and current miserable socio-economic situation of millions of Indians.

        1. No party/govt. has the right to dole out to anyone, it is not their own money in the first place. It is our money and it should be invested in our future, in the development of our country and our fellow countrymen.
        2. I am again hypocrites who demand free speech for themselves but would not shy away from trampling upon the same right of free speech for other. If the student of SRCC want to listen to someone, its their right to do so, if you dont like it – ignore it. Dont try to force your own ideology on others.
        3. I respect your right to have your own point of view, let me have my own, hope you respect my right to have my own personal views.
        4. I am against Rabble-rousers and Revolutionaries-by-convenience. We all must focus on doing our duty, study, work, etc. which will help us improve our life, our family and society overall. If we have time, resources and energy then we can do constructive work to improve the lives of those around us. Shouting slogan, disrupting traffic, wasting public, private property does not help anyone.
        5. I admire those who excel in their studies and career and do well for themselves. By all means people are free to do whatever pleases them. Till the time it does not infringe upon the rights of others. I dislike hypocrites – who want to fuel the vicious cycle of poverty because it provides ready made fodder for their revolutionary ideas. And come to think of it, these so called revolutions are themselves sponsored by the same forces that they are against – resulting in a never ending fight among the various groups of society which will keep the society under-developed. Do read 1984 and Animal farms if you get some time.

        I do not regret if I do not measure up to your personal beliefs and point of view. We all are made up of our own life’s experiences.

        Good luck and have a great life.

  2. Bhuwan,
    Thank you for the relevant quote by Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi.

    I gathered that the kind of a professional man you are you must depend on a very careful analysis of numbers to succeed in your profession, and yet you did not substantiate your original statement about JNU students with any numbers.

    If your statement is based on raw feelings within then you could just say so. You do not have to substantiate your feelings, they are just inner feelings and not facts.

    For the kind of profession you are in I assumed you must depend on surveys and hence must depend on anecdotal evidence as well as numbers to succeed in your profession. But you did not back up the original statement with any anecdotes.

    I guess the statement about JNU students was thrown in from the inner feelings and because of no other reason.

    You do not know how close my views about the Govt. policies that I think would succeed for India are to your views on the Govt. policies that would succeed. …. But I guess this blog is not as much about policies based in numbers & facts, and the actual conversations with the people in rural India as I had expected it would be. Please prove me wrong.

    Btw, I would like to see someone from India provide the national budget as a pie chart divided into the budgets of each Ministry. That is the first step towards figuring out which Ministry could be wasting the most money or doling out its most money to the poor or to the rich.

    All the news I know about what happened at SRCC is by reading the first paragraph of this blog. I do not know anything more about Mr. Modi’s speech at SRCC or at any other location.

    • Dear Sir,

      You are most welcome 🙂 always there at your service.
      If you knew India, New Delhi, JNU well, which I have guessed you do from your first comment, then you wouldn’t be asking me about the number btw Anecdotal evidence is not a substitute for quantifiable data. As you have mentioned that you are not aware of the controversy around Mr. Modi’s speech and the background of this blog, I would suggest you do dig deeper and find out more about it yourself – if it interest you. Don’t get swayed by one blog here or there, read as much data as you possibly can and then arrive at your own conclusion.

      You can find a lot of data and information available freely online. Do share if you come across something interesting. I have my own limitations of intellect & available resources to carry out the research work on this aspect and share the findings with numbers and supporting data. As the title of this blog indicates… it is whatever you thing it is worth. I am sorry to disappoint you.

      You can find the pie chart of Income and expenditure by Govt. of India here RBI website is a good source for accurate financial data analysis available on public domain My summary of this year’s budget is also posted on this blog.

      Thanks for dropping by and your comments.
      Wishing you a great day.

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