Narendra Modi’s ‘Being PM’ Plan

Given the current political scenario, to ‘not’ say that Narendra Modi is likely to be the next Prime Minister of our country, is to risk being discarded as ignorant and naïve. Not only has the man himself dropped as many ‘obvious’ hints as possible, his party itself that was initially reluctant to make him the face of the BJP, has openly given him some important positions and powers. Even party stalwarts and seasoned politicians like LK Advani could not stop this. So, having established this as a foregone conclusion, let us look at what Modi’s plans or focus areas could be and should be, if he actually becomes the head of the next government at the centre.

In the midst of all the gloom and doom surrounding the state of our country’s politics, there is one silver lining – the focus of elections is increasingly shifting from caste and religion to development. The victories of Nitish Kumar or the man himself, i.e. Narendra Modi, in their respective state elections, are befitting examples. Modi, sensing the mood of the nation, is very smartly playing on this agenda. This serves a dual purpose – it focuses on his core strength and takes the attention away from his 2002-blot. However, there are some fundamental questions that Modi needs to answer. What is the model of development that he shall follow for the country? Would he be replicating the Gujarat model? If yes, is it replicable and scalable enough? If not, then what is the alternative?

What would be Modi’s take on secularism and religion? He has been diplomatically and intelligently talking about inclusive growth while simultaneously catering to his Hindu votebank through his key aide, Amit Shah. Does he intend to make India a Hindu dominated country, thereby doing away with the complexities of managing various religions? Or, does he actually plan to become as secular and inclusive as he is claiming to be?

What are his plans for the economic development of our country? How does he plan to attract domestic and foreign investors? Would he be replicating the single-window clearance model that he has successfully implemented in Gujarat?

How does he plan to manage the dissenters within his own party? There are some like LK Advani who are openly opposed to him, but there are many reluctant supporters even amongst his allies? What about the dissenting coalition partners?

What about the people of Gujarat? If Modi moves to the national level, who replaces him? Amit Shah? Would the people of Gujarat be comfortable with the replacement? Would the progress of Gujarat continue?

Modi is widely perceived to be dictatorial. If true, can he continue to be a one-man army even at the national level? Would that suit the head of a democracy, the anti-thesis of dictatorship?

It is one thing to address FICCI and talk about women empowerment, but how does he plan to do it? What are his plans for other major issues afflicting our country like poverty, malnutrition, women safety and terrorism, to name a few? How does he plan to differentiate his promises from the Congress party, or have they actually become non-issues?

How does Modi plan to counter opposition from the Congress if the former comes to power? Would not the latter give the BJP a taste of its own medicine and cause disruptions?

There are three possible outcomes of the next general elections. First, a Congress-led government comes to power. Second, the BJP gets a majority. And third, the BJP forms a coalition government at the centre. In the first scenario, what would happen to Modi’s political career? Would it go the Advani way? Does he have a plan for this? In the second scenario, Modi does not really have much to worry about as he is likely to become the PM with the support of the party decision-makers. It is the third scenario that can cause trouble for him. Coalition governments are not very easy to handle, especially when there are many dissenting alliance partners to begin with. Moreover, people are likely to scrutinize him very closely and may not give him a second chance, if he fails. Does Modi have a plan in place for this?

There are many unanswered questions that are not even being attempted to be answered in the run-up to the elections even by a man like Modi, who is on an election campaigning blitzkrieg. The most likely reason could be that the focus right now is to somehow win the elections and come to power. Also, it seems Modi is being smart enough in not going into the details because perhaps he himself does not have the answers. Moreover, perhaps he understands that many people either do not care, or would not understand anyway. Development and promises have always waited and can continue to wait with hopeful eyes. And, Modi knows that the people of India have no choice but to try him out, if not for the faith in him, but for the want of a better alternative.

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45 Comments “Narendra Modi’s ‘Being PM’ Plan

  • V.Suresh, Kallidaikurichi
    July 21, 2018 10:40 am Reply

    Modi Modi Modi Modi he is the only one person who can take the country forward.

  • Haridasan, Mumbai
    July 21, 2018 10:41 am Reply

    I also worried about the future of Narendra Modi, peoples voted in large percentage for PM post, but BJP has no chance to maintain the majority itself.

  • Madhukumar G, Bangalore
    July 21, 2018 10:41 am Reply

    After Mr Kamaraj former CM Tamil Nadu only who is only person honest courage next generation projects were implemented now prove Mr Modi we need his honest and courage to our nation now.

  • Sanket Kale, Vadodara
    July 21, 2018 10:42 am Reply

    He should be the next PM of India coz he deserves to be PM. His good governance in Gujarat brought prosperity in Gujarat…..We are proud of having him in politics….Narendra Modiji aap aage badho…..hum aapke saath hain…..

  • Kavinder kapoor, Amritsar
    July 21, 2018 10:42 am Reply

    I had a close watch in the all communcations being used by Mr. Modi the TV media, I had observed his body languages being used. My opinion that Mr.Modi is not at all under any circumstances fit for the post of PM. Mr.Advani, Ms.Sushma Swaraj and few more BJP leaders are matured and has a long experience in national politics. More over if Mr.Modi

  • G.N.Setty, Bangalore
    July 21, 2018 10:43 am Reply

    What is ur qualification? You act like a behavioural scientist.

  • Varatharaajan R, Tiruchirappalli
    July 21, 2018 10:44 am Reply

    The experience of Shri. Narendra Modi in Gujarat as the CM for the past 10 years does not seem to impress you. Then you should find a utophia!

  • A. Bhagwat Prasad, Hyderabad
    July 21, 2018 10:44 am Reply

    At this juncture when our country has lost a phase of “charismatic politicians”, it is indispensable for India to choose a political wizard with multidimensional skills and innovative/creative thinking person who can guide (i) the party leaders (whom he has to choose for contesting), (ii) leaders from various parties who if BJP won’t get majority and depends on other parties (iii) lead the BJP party who now doesn’t have many realistic leaders but whose aspirations (some) are high (iv) people of our country – to lay a roadmap towards development, stability, self reliance, prosperity, build international image of India, tackle lot of problems like economic stability, political unrest, confidence building measures among the citizens of India, curb terrorism, strong support to various states of our country in tackling and settling local problems once for all, I and lot of people believe that Mr Modi ji has acumenship to lead the nation to development etc like he did in Gujarat. Sometimes I feel very shame as a citizen of India, because lot of people of our country do not use their brains while casting their vote instead believe the betrayers/worth less politicians who spend money etc and face the troubles in future, even the educated persons are not thinking properly and are becoming hindrances in the development/prosperity etc.

  • Arun Kumar Sen, Surat
    July 21, 2018 10:45 am Reply

    We will be doing the biggest harm to the country and the nation – being in a state of gloom and doom, as somebody remarked so aptly and we also feel it, if we fail to bring Modi to power in centre. This is now or never. However the result will not be fruitful if he does not get a comfortable majority. So we all have to vote and vote for BJP. No complacence please in this. Otherwise we have to remain in this quagmire of scams, corruptions, price hike, mis governance, looting and cheating, concerted exploitations, coercion etc in this country called India.

  • Rajendra, Delhi
    July 21, 2018 10:46 am Reply

    He is the right person among all in the fray.

  • Real Secular, Indore
    July 21, 2018 10:46 am Reply

    Each Indian journalist was born when 10 deadly crocodiles died. It seems writer is fatehr or mother of Modi who is so worried about son. Shobhika can u ask the same questions to Rahul G. Atleast Modi has shown good governance in Gujarat since last 15 years what about other PM contenders. I can understand the current fuss being buzzed in pseudo secularist. U r one of them. When u can give a chance to Sonia G, Manmohan, Sibbal & others. Why not to Modi? It is a democracy. If he is not fit, we will make him to sit at home in 2019 elections. But why so eager to showcase what Modi can do or can’t do. I beg u to give us this 5 years totally for Indians without ur paid journalism articles. Thank you.

  • Sampath, Chennai
    July 21, 2018 10:47 am Reply

    He is best man to be PM. People should wake up now. BJP should find innovative ways to.

  • Mayank Bhatt, Ahmedabad
    July 21, 2018 10:47 am Reply

    If we are not voting for Modiji then we are fool. After so many years such a honest and good PM we are geeting if we vot for BJP. Once Modiji become PM we will see the change in all front of nation.

  • Indian, Banglore
    July 21, 2018 11:08 am Reply

    Can anybody suggest any politicion other than Modi for PM post? The answer simply no.

    • Ram Lakhan, Bhadohi, U.P.
      July 21, 2018 11:08 am Reply

      Indian- Time will tell you who will be next PM?

  • Ashish, Delhi
    July 21, 2018 11:09 am Reply

    How can he make a plan for PM when Advani , MM Joshi , Shatrughan Sinha and Jashwant Singh not allowing him to!!!

  • Radhakrishnan, Coimbatore
    July 21, 2018 11:10 am Reply

    The names you have listed – did they matter at Goa when Modi wad made chief campaigner for the BJP. It is these non-entities to worry and not Modi.

  • Sankar Pujari, Damanjodi, Odisha
    July 21, 2018 11:11 am Reply

    At this political scenario Shri Modi is the deserve candidate for PM. Further, he has all types of abilities in comparison to any other leaders of this country. Hence, at present no body can stop him. The next prime minister of India is Shri Modi.

  • Varatharaajan R, Tiruchirappalli
    July 21, 2018 11:11 am Reply

    The writer’s opinion is far from truth. The corrupt Congress and the UPA has spoiled all the democratic institutions of our country and has plunged the country in d.

  • Ram Lakhna, Bhadohi, U.P.
    July 21, 2018 11:12 am Reply

    This will continue. you all have seen Karnataka. Voters forget everything (corruption) while voting.

  • R. Udaya Kumar, Ooty
    July 21, 2018 11:12 am Reply

    He is the only person to lead the country.

  • Virendra Sharma, M.P.
    July 21, 2018 11:13 am Reply

    This is last time to save country. Who loved Bharat vote to Modi.

  • Sahil Mishra, New Delhi
    July 21, 2018 11:13 am Reply

    Today’s most important topic is that whom should we trust for a better governance? The thing is we have been watching for long time that Congress how they are working and what they have done for our nation. They just know that how to play a game in politics that’s it!

  • PKR, Odisha
    July 21, 2018 11:14 am Reply

    Yes time has come to vote to a national party who can form a stable government. The regional parties shoud be restricted with in states. So that who ever forms a government at centre will have stability, development, and unity that we can exhibit before the whole world. At the present juncture Mr. Modiji is the best candidate available for the post of PM. Let us vote and take a chance to judge his role as PM. Vote overwhelmingly to BJP to have a best PM we have so far.

  • K. Murugesan, Nagpur
    July 21, 2018 11:15 am Reply

    If you want to save the country from corrupt politicians Mr. Modi is the only option to be a PM of India.

  • Nana, Pune
    July 21, 2018 11:15 am Reply

    Modi Modi Modi…next PM by the peoples and all the survey 100% saying the same.

  • V M Arya, Delhi
    July 21, 2018 11:16 am Reply

    Modi the next PM, only secular leader of India.

  • Madhusharma, Hassan, Karnataka
    July 21, 2018 11:16 am Reply

    Yes Modi is the right person for the PM post..3 to 5% people are awre of the computer or internet by using social mediasor these news based websites,but rest of the country who doesnt know modi or gujrath developments..Each person has to work &create awareness about Modi across the country …More than 50% people has to vote for Modi, then only Modi become Prime Minister of this country.. Other wise nothing is happend, only internet users only dream ing about Modi as PM……

  • Dhiraj, Mumbai
    July 21, 2018 11:17 am Reply

    Time and history always taught us whenever country is under corrupt governance, someone from from root level emerges and saves it.

  • VM Arya, Delhi
    July 21, 2018 11:17 am Reply

    Modi the next PM, only secular leader of India.

  • Tushar, India
    July 21, 2018 11:18 am Reply

    Narendra Modi is an XXX person

  • Shyam, Chennai
    July 21, 2018 11:19 am Reply

    While Dr. Manmohan Singh is a good person to lead the country, he is rendered useless by his own party. Modi is the best person under the current circumstances. However, if he has to succeed, he needs a strong team. Problems he faces are much bigger than that of Gujarat. Determination alone will not help. It would be good if he were to make his stance clear to the nation on host of issues, how would he tackle them, how does he propose to bring in sustainable solutions, etc.

  • Jaydevsingh, Vadodra
    July 21, 2018 11:19 am Reply

    After 66 years as Indians if we do not realise that Congress has always used the English policy of divide and rule then when will we ever do? With the economy in the doldrums and lack of any forceful response to Pakistan and China are we as Indians going to become Congress stooges for another 5 years so that the can fill their over seas bank accounts and leave the country in the mess we are in. Vote Modi give him a chance!!! Remember Vajayee he did a grand job when our chips were down.

  • HBS Chandel, Delhi
    July 21, 2018 11:20 am Reply

    India needs Modi as PM so vote for BJP.

  • Veerendra, Bangalore
    July 21, 2018 11:20 am Reply

    On the web a lot of discussion on Modi, in print media a little news on Modi, on the streets no name of Modi. If some are living in fools paradise.

  • Paid Media Gundas, India
    July 21, 2018 11:21 am Reply

    I request you to for country sake stop writting such rubbish and go home please.. Can you people write such things on current govt which has done 100s of scams and still wants to loot by requesting hindu temples to sold gold,..? Have guts?

  • Uma Dasgupta, Kolkata
    July 21, 2018 11:22 am Reply

    Why not Kejriwal, educated, honest, hardworking or Kiran Bedi, equally good.

  • Sanjay, New Delhi
    July 21, 2018 11:22 am Reply

    Kejriwal is aaaaaj ka chokra kya banega PM. MLA ban jaaaye yehi bahoot hai…

  • Sama, Bangalore
    July 21, 2018 11:23 am Reply

    Why not Modi as PM, Advani as leader of the opposition, Yashwant Sinha as finance minister, Murli Manohar Joshi as education minister, Yediruppa (?) as chief justice, Amit Shah as home minister, Sushma Swaraj for mines, and of course the RSS leaders as judges of the supreme court. Let’s get the story of India over with quickly! One unrelated question: how is it that whenever anyone suggests that Modi explains how he will do instead of what he will do, there is a flood of vituperative comments from his supporters in language that belies a lack of education and culture – alright, at least a sub-culture?

  • Trnagabhushana, Bangalore
    July 21, 2018 11:23 am Reply

    He is dictorial, therefore not democratic. What is going to happen if Modi becomes PM the way lokayuktha act passed. Another thing is that whatever achievment is ordinary and some other state have done more than his. Since BJP has big following and well desciplined RSS workers that Modi is being labelled as acieved great.

  • Jopiniona, USA
    July 21, 2018 11:24 am Reply

    I agree with your angst that a section of Modi supporters are excessively jingoistic. However, it reflects a frustration at continuing and consistent media attempts to artificially boost the UPA’s pluses – look at how RG’s stupid diatribe was spun up and how the media lapped it up, compared to the incessant maligning of genuine BJP/Modi achievements in Gujarat. let me ask you this question – is India an excel model? Is Modi going to blinding change some parameters in some “hypothetical” development model? For 10 years, he has worked with his administration and maximized any and all available opportunities to develop Gujarat both industrially as well as agriculturally. Even the hdi parameters have show great progress from 2002 to 2012. Are they as good as Kerala? Not right now – but do they show zero improvement – absolutely not! So why these repeated red herrings? Why is his established 10 year record not sufficient? In the India context, he will do the same. It is not rocket science – empower the people, but also ensure that decisions don’t get bogged down in an interminable morass of indecisiveness lasting 5-7 years or more. The development and 8-9% of growth will return – along with poverty reduction and all the other associated hdi benefits.

  • Dev Lukum, Bharat
    July 21, 2018 11:25 am Reply

    All questions raised by writer has one answer “India first” if you do things with motive of India first no plan is better than present day toilet decorator planning commission.

  • Viswa Chintamani
    July 21, 2018 11:25 am Reply

    If u can show a man who is better than Mr.Namo as PM for this great nation, i will accept ur arguments. Other wise please please please stop writing such comments. Because of people like u in history this great Hindustan was ruled by moguls for seven hundred years, nearly three hundred years by western people and for fifty years by a single family. Please stop this type of comments.

  • Phrangwel Khongdup, Jowai, West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya
    July 21, 2018 11:26 am Reply

    Mr. Narendra Modiji top the list even in small state like Meghalaya everyone here is talking about Modi good works, great leadership, personality and so on,,,This time even from Shillong l.s seat there is a big chance for BJP,vote for BJP not a person,,,Vote for BJP vote for Modi. Bharat mata ki jay.

  • Deepen, Hyderabad
    July 21, 2018 11:26 am Reply

    I am really shocked to read some comments calling Modi dictator, BJP corrupt do you people live in the real world or in the world of Congress propaganda. I am not a staunch supporter of Modi or BJP but please tell me is Rahul Gandhi or Congress is the alternative to be considered. Congress is looting our nation like never before CWG, coal gate, 3g, damad ji, and many more in pipeline. Pakistan and China threatening us like never before. I believe firmly one more term of Congress and we will loose the soul of our nation. Please rise think decide and throw Congress out of power for good and may be we can save our nation. Vote for Modi vote for BJP only choice only hope. Jai hind.

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