Modi is no ordinary politician, he is made of sterner stuff

Modi is no ordinary politician, he is made of sterner stuff

By Virendra Kapoor | 4 November, 2017
Narendra Modi, GST, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Manmohan Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru, National Textile Corporation
Staying the course on GST, yet Modi is amenable to remove glitches.
You have to grant it to Narendra Modi. Not in a long time have we had such a Prime Minister. He shows such single-minded determination to set things right that even the thought of two key state elections does not seem to deter him from his path. Asked the other day to go slow on GST, at least till polling in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat was over, Modi ticked off the questioner, ruling out any backtracking on the most progressive tax reform since Independence. Any other leader in his place would have mumbled goody-good stuff to delude the voters. Even the crescendo of voices shouting that GST was the death-knell of the BJP was of no concern. No, not to Modi at least. He remains self-assured about GST, as well as about a favourable outcome in the two states. That is the stuff leaders are made of.

That GST has caused a lot of pain to the ruling party’s own core support-base, is a fact. Only partly that pain stems from its hurried nature, which had allowed a number of avoidable flaws to slip in—and which are now being rectified almost on a weekly basis. But the major cause of the dire noises emanating from the trading classes is the fact that under the Congress’ socialist umbrella, they had had a long and seemingly unending zero-tax holiday.

Now, any politician desirous of retaining power would ordinarily not alienate his own core base. But Modi is no ordinary politician. He seems to be made of sterner stuff, though one of his close supporters did not mince words, arguing that the most unlikely estrangement of the trading classes is more than compensated by the accretion of the under-privileged and the poor into the BJP fold.

There seems to be some merit in that argument. As a recent report in a daily newspaper, which intrinsically remains hostile to the BJP, catalogued, the relentless pursuit of big defaulters by this government is unparalleled in the history of free India. From the time of Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh, the capitalist class had a merry ride on the gravy train run by the avowedly socialist dispensations. The crony capitalists thrived on treating public funds as their own.

To give you but only one example, though tens of thousands of such crony capitalists are scattered around in the country, at one time there were nearly 200 mills under the control of the National Textile Corporation. After stripping them clean of all valuable assets and saddling them with huge debts, their owners abandoned them. Only for a collusive state to step in, ostensibly for the sake of the tens of lakhs of employees on their rolls.

After wasting tens of thousands of crores in running these loss-making mills, the socialists in power eventually allowed them to be shuttered down. But again not before indulging in another equally egregious collusive act, this time parcelling out the mill lands at throwaway prices to crony capitalists in Mumbai and other places for building malls and swanky multi-storey commercial and residential towers. Indeed, any serious student of the Congress version of socialism stands to profit by undertaking a threadbare research into the rise and fall of the NCT. This was an early version of crony capitalism before Manmohan Singh further refined it to grant 2-G licences and coal mines, etc., at bargain basement prices.

The point is simple: genuine, ideology-driven leftists, that is, if there are any, would find a soul-mate in Modi, who has forced the bigwigs of Indian business to pay up or else… That is why you see the Ruias minus their iconic refineries and steel plants, the Wish Town-wallah Gaurs struggling to ward off bankruptcy by selling assets in cement and power sectors, the Unitech and other shady realtors—who had fattened themselves on public funds, thanks to the largesse of the UPA ministers who had ordered the banks to open coffers without any questions asked because that netted handsome commissions for them— are cooling their heels in prison. If this is not the end of crony capitalism, what is? Never mind the inanities of Rahul Gandhi, who keeps on parroting “suit-boot-ki-sarkar” on the stump in Gujarat like a wind-up toy. Speaking by rote does have a clear downside.

This is real rule-based governance. Modi is willing to consider changes in the GST wherever the taxpayers are facing genuine systemic hardships, but he is not willing to relent on Indians, rich or poor, contributing their due share to the public purse. The socialist decades had made thieves of a vast majority of earning Indians; Modi is dead-set on changing that bad habit and insists that everyone pays his taxes honestly. That is a huge and arduous project. It takes a bold and determined leader with firm convictions to transform the country. Modi has provided ample evidence, notwithstanding the recent noises in the media and foreign-origin social media bots of the Congress’ Prince, that he is unwilling to succumb to populism, the default position of all his predecessors, to abandon a progressive tax, which aims to inject honesty in the hitherto corrupt and hugely leaking economic system. Every right thinking Indian ought to welcome such a laudable attempt at cleansing the entrails of our economic system.

Meanwhile, after the initial hiccup following demonetisation and GST, growth rate is again looking up. Last quarter numbers from a large number of corporates indicate that the worst may be over and the economy is back on the path of healthy growth. There is an uptick in exports too. The booming share markets, a good barometer of the economic trends, suggest that the worst might be behind us.

Yes, there is some pain at the lower rungs of the food chain since GST is arranged in such a manner that it sniffs at those who eke out a living in the vast informal sector. Taking care of their concerns should be a priority. Whatever changes are required in GST ought to be made without any further loss of time. The informal sector, which sustains multiples of those in the organised sector, cannot be lassoed into the GST net overnight. Patience, persuasion and, above all, growth will help in spreading the tax net further.

His social media ghost

It is an old habit of the Nehru-Gandhi family not to give credit to anyone—and to blame others, but themselves for bad things—lest they come to pose a threat. From Indira to Sonia Gandhi, promising regional Congress leaders were systematically put down—with what damning results is clear from the woeful state of the once mighty Grand Old Party. But, honestly, we did not think that Rahul Gandhi would stoop so low as to credit his dog, Pidi, for his smart-alecky jumlas on social media. Rather than acknowledge that the party is now spending a good penny on Indian and foreign brains to give him a make-over, he drags the poor animal into the public platform, certain in the knowledge that at least it can never challenge him. Or is it the Crown Prince’s way of telling Congressmen “love me, love my Pidi”?

Himanta Sarma found it humiliating to be treated inferior to Pidi and went on to dig the Congress’ grave in Assam. True, the Congress may not be teeming with self-respecting Sarmas, but at least Rahul Gandhi should consider toning down his social media act for another good reason: Quoting Ghalib and other catchy quips mismatches his real persona. Like we had a colleague not long ago who could barely string a sentence and, lo and behold, one fine day he emerged as a great columnist, quoting long-forgotten historic and literary figures to make his point. Until yours truly told him that he should tell his ghost to leave the literary flourishes alone. So, Rahul would profit from staying, well, Rahul. Acquiring a high intellectual profile runs counter to the ingrained Gandhi family brand.


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Congress allowed looters to loot public money and took share from them. That is the reason now Congress is so........ worried. Now Rahul is asking did Modi bring back any money from Swiss, wait Mr. Rahul it is just a matter of time, you must have used the loopholes in our legal system to escape, but truth will come out.

A parallel can be drawn to the free power promise given by Congress in a Vidhan Sabha poll. Modi said he would charge for power but assured 24 hour supply. World knows who won!!!!

Yes the Govt started functioning and setting things right. The process though painful people at large believe that it helps them and their future. Hope his Govt gets another chance to bring it to a logical end. I wish our people and country well. Prof G S Murty

Rahul Gandhi's leadership insures the survival of crony socialists in the Congress!

Actually he is suffering with grandiose disorder where someone develop an unrealistic sense of superiority—a sustained view of oneself as better than others that causes the narcissist to view others with disdain or as inferior—as well as to a sense of uniqueness: the belief that few others have anything in common with oneself and that one can only be understood by a few or very special people

Amidst all the good stuff done by NDA, it's easy for UPA to preach mischief in the name of secularism, socialism, inflation and un employment. Fanning caste and religious insecurity is another ploy to poison minds. These can be addressed with an innovative education system that encompasses Vocational, Traditional, cultural aspects included into the schooling system in addition to math, science, English and 'real' history.

The Gandhis believe they are the only people who have done any good to india. However the fact is a complete vice versa. Nehru's indecision in kashmir gives a rotten fruit till this very day and it applies same for the dragon breathing fire at our borders. Also when these ppl talk of gst being gabbar tax in indian history they forget to mention a mammoth 97.5% tax levied by indira gandhi that fast tracked this country to corruption and black money rot. Finally we have a leader who's ready to clean up this rot and as an indian i am ready to bear this burden for sometime so as to see a good future of my country and more importantly myself aswell

Probably for the first time we have a leader who has a clear long term vision, not a five year plan, having executives posted to technical postings for three years, one year they take to understand the technology basics, may have a year to actually offer any concrete suggestions, third year they start making rounds of Home Ministry regarding their next posting. PM has seen through this. He had also understood the fact that you have executives who survive by forming committees of a large number of people, who will rarely arrive at a conclusion, thus complete their tenure without a decision and become eligible for next assignment. PM Modi has understood that induction of experts from outside the presumptuous IAS circle, are essential for ensuring quick development of the country. To an extant, in her initial stages, Madam Indira Gandhi, while she was getting used to running the government, when she was sidelined to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, she knew she needed assistance from her Secretary of the Ministry. Her adamance on insistence of a particular person to be Secretary of the Ministry was evidence of her attempts to understand the working of the Government. Unfortunately, archived documents have vanished mysteriously on this issue as well as 1965 war with Pakistan! Years have passed, Tashkent Agreent, U. N resolution regarding maintaining status quo of both armies, where Indian forces were holding Lahore! How this was sabotaged either through internal or external pressures the entire seize fire effort. U. N. Succumbed to this pressure? How did Times of India become privy to original U. N. Resolution! Madam Gandhi was aware of it even after she became PM. Coming to 1971, had Soviets not intervened on account of their interests in Afghanistan Indian army would have run through Balochistan, POK, Gilgistan etc. if we ever get into a similar situation again, I am sure PM Modi will not succumb as Madam Gandhi was fighting on eastern front, was under pressure from U. S, U. N, and subsequently by Soviets. Now we have China in the fray! They have no other interest but to have access to Arabian Sea, thus siding with Pakistan. In the present context China and India as allies can become dominant economic powers not only in Asia but worldwide. Vested interests are worried and especially Pakistan. Nor being a political analyst, these are layman thoughts. PM Modi needs to address these in his innovative ways!

For the first time the country is seeing a genuine traction forward due to the co ordinated measures taken in various decisions.To achieve this 3 years despite all the ills heaped on the society in the past 60 years of pursuing wrong policies is itself a great feat. Hope this trends continues and takes our country to occupy a pride of place in the comity of nations which we genuinely deserve.

Bhagvad Gita, Chapter 4, Verse 7-8: Yada Yada hi Dharmasya glanibhavati Bharata Abhythanamadharmasya tadatmanam srijamyaham Paritranaya Sadunang vinashayacha dushkritam Dharmasamsthapanarthaya sambgavami Yuge Yuge Whenever there is a decay of Righteous, O Bharata, And there is exaltation of unrighteousness, then I Myself come forth For the protection of the Good, for tge destruction of the Evil-doers, For the sake of firmly establishing Righteousness, I am born from age to age. "Unquote" So the circumstances and events that lead to this Extraordinary Person becoming A Great Leader and the way he is leading Our Nation so far is God's Wish No other leader of this Country so far performed the way PM Na Mo is demonstrsting and executing his Vision to the benefit of entire Nation, and his Reputation in the World Forum is unprecedented....

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