ASPIRATIONS FUELLED BY THE AMBITIONS OF PRIME MINISTER MODI :Shantonu Sen
Savji Dholakia and Narendra Damodar Modi both belong to Gujerat . Savji is a tycoon exporting diamonds and as every one knows Narendra Modi is our Prime Minister. Both started working from a tender age, the Prime Minister as a chai wala and the diamond tycoon as a polisher of diamond stones. One is, today, fifty and the other is sixty three. One is Chairman and Managing Director of Rs 6000 crore diamond export company, Hari Krishna Exports , with offices in Belgium, Hong Kong and London apart from Surat and Mumbai with 8000 employees and the other , the older person, has the destiny of 1.2 billion people in his hands.
Savji Dholakia sold a dream five years ago. All eight thousand working in his export company responded and one thousand two hundred of them actually realized his dreams at the end of five years, this year. Savji has announced to the world this Diwali, what his dream, fulfilled, means to each of these twelve hundred men and women. Those who do not have their own house will be given a two bed room flat, those who have a house will receive a car. Those who have both weill get jewellery. Those who tried to reach the goal and made the effort will also not be forgotten. Rs 50 crore will be spent to share Savji joy at his dreams realized , this Diwali, with his employees.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi like Savji Dhollakia has dreams , many dreams, for his countrymen. Martin Luther King, the great African- American also had a dream. Recall, his famous “ I have a Dream “ speech on August 28th 1963 spoken to 200,000 of his kith and kin, friends from the shadows of Lincoln Memorial in Washington . The dream of Savji Dholakia or for that matter the dream of Martin Luther King were limited by their immediate vision. The diamond exporter had visions of of the growth of his export firm, the African- American civil right activist had visions of equality . His passionate cry “ I have a dream that my four children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character” will continue to echo where and whenever inequality will raise its head.
Will Prime Minister Modi whose dreams for India is in such a vast scale ,achieve them in his political life time ? Will he achieve them partly or substantially? He has dreams for all. For the petitioner class : jobs to the unemployed , skills to the unskilled, a home to one without one, a clean Ganga – Yamuna , farmers out of the clutches of the village Shylock . What is there for the aspirant class? Reforms, industrial, land , labour, a single window for all dealings with the Government. For the anti corruption movers and shakers ? Return of the black money ,sending the corrupt to the jail, fast tracking criminal cases against people’s representatives What are his own ambitions? Bank accounts ,the JAN DHAN YOJANA for a million people, cleanliness , first toilets and then temples , the crusade launched on 2nd October 2014 with the battle-cry “Swatchch Abhiyan “ and not to be forgotten his feverish passion to see the Made in India label every where goods are manufactured. Like Savji Dholakia , like Martin Luther King who succeeded in realizing their dreams, Narendra Modi, too, would want to succeed. His dreams to come alive will need many shoulders to join and push . Shoulders ,millions of them, require to be energized to allow him to climb higher and higher .He is the quintessential ‘ blithe spirit ‘ from Shelley’s ‘ Ode to Sky Lark’ that has willed himself to soar to the ‘near heavens’ pouring out his heart to the ‘profuse strains of unpremeditated art’. A messiah to many, a twitter seer to a few and a clever politician to many more. His supporters are legion and even those that are ambivalent stand and wait hoping they too serve his cause and as for non-believers of his dreams they do not count today.e I