This blog does not have any allegiance to a party or a personality or school of thought. As we wind up 2016, it was quite difficult not to pen a very interesting comparison between Mahatma Gandhi and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The comparison between Mahatma Gandhi and Narendra Modi cannot just be limited to the fact that both were Gujaratis nor the fact that one remains a bachelor and the other chose to remain a bachelor.

The key character traits which make them comparable are:

  1. Persistence – The ability to stick to a long arduous chosen path and never take a short cut to success.
  2. Ground level knowledge – While Gandhiji travelled and learned about the country before immersing headlong into the freedom movement, as a party workman Modi is known to have spent a good amount of time on the ground in various states of India for his party at the cadre level.
  3. Ability to Unite – Just as Gandhiji united the entire nation on the path-breaking protest of civil disobedience, some of the current economic policies are completely out of the box and the majority of the nation is supportive.
  4. Pushing for self-reliance – Gandhiji redefined revolution by involving people to become self reliant whether it was salt or clothes. Whether the Make in India campaign can achieve the same is something only time will tell.
  5. The spirit of India – Both achieved this spirit of India as a nation in a completely different way. Rural India and Non-Resident India will attest to the fact that the pride of being an Indian and the respect commanded as an Indian is something which hasn’t experienced since Gandhiji.

The freedom to write this and enjoy the fruits of democracy was delivered by Gandhiji and many daring leaders of his generation and millions of freedom fighters. He achieved this despite objections, murmurs and disagreement with fellow freedom fighters and over a 25 year period.

Narendra Modi can deliver a new India for our children and the next generation.

At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity with some pride”

Nehru’s speech on the eve of Independence (above) finds reason right here in 2016. We are at the cusp of a generational shift and as Indian we hereby pledge to create for our nation and her people absolute freedom:

  1. Freedom from corruption
  2. Economic freedom
  3. Freedom of choice

Jai Hind

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