Today is PM Modi’s birthday. On his birthday, his Principal Secretary Nripendra Mishra shared his experiences with him. Nripendra Mishra was the Principal Secretary to PM Modi from 2014 to 2019. He recounted nostalgia during his tenure with PM Modi on our affiliate newspaper Times of India. He has written that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is acknowledged globally for his leadership role in national and international forums. Even political critics acknowledged his undisputed popularity. Every thing of PM Modi is considered. People keep an eye on their actions. Despite this, many people do not know about them. Many aspects of them are hidden.
Nripendra Mishra recalled his old memories with him. He wrote that people who have worked with him (PM Modi) will never have any such thing in their hearts. There have been occasions in many official meetings where he worked hard on suggestions to suit one community for specific schemes or prevent another from receiving proportionate benefits. Referring to PM Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojana, he said that this is his ambitious scheme which came out as a grand success and help for millions of needy. During this pandemic, money was transferred digitally to these accounts. PM Rural Employment Scheme or Ujjwala Scheme. His instructions to distribute gas cylinders under Ujjwala, to build houses for the poor have always been clear.
Apart from ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’, the development of the nation has been his sole goal, and has often helped him to take bold decisions in pursuit of the goals that have established India among developed countries.
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Shocked everyone for the first time
Soon after he was sworn in for his first term, he held meetings with the heads of the countries who had come for the oath taking ceremony. All those who undermined PM Modi in foreign affairs were shocked by this decision. PM Modi was trying his best to have good relations with all the neighboring countries, giving the message of good neighborly relations. From the beginning, the message went that they would not be held captive of South Block’s files. The PM made it clear that the burden of the last 70 years has no place and that his foreign policy will not run with dogma.
Modi’s foreign policy
The foreign policy was designed to achieve the goals of sovereignty and development for the betterment of only 1.3 billion Indians and to achieve peace. This was reflected in the drafting of a positive response to Israel and Taiwan, abandoning the hesitation of the past. PM Modi’s visit to Lahore shocked the whole world. His astonishing visit to Lahore tells of the relationship he wanted with his neighbors. He arrived in Pakistan accepting the invitation of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and bypassing every old thing, he took the initiative to improve bilateral relations between the two countries. It is the misfortune of Pakistan that the vested interests in that country rejected the initiative of peace and prosperity. Focusing on national interest, he built relationships with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, especially in the Gulf countries.
Took the name of other countries
In his last August 15 speech, PM Modi referred to the neighboring countries with whom we do not share geographical boundaries. Relations with the people of the US, Russia, the European Union, Japan as well as people from South Asia have become stronger. Most countries’ recent support for the UNSC chair in international forums reflects this. Modi surprised the international community by withdrawing from the RCEP talks.
No compromise in climate change
Similarly, Modi did not compromise the country’s stance on climate change while seeking good relations with the US. Modi is completely bold in saying his point from any platform. His principle does not deviate from ruling. The strong response against the border on transgression shows that the country has moved beyond tolerating provocations.
It is an experience to attend meetings with PM Modi, he gives open freedom of exchange of ideas. Conversations with him have always been a clear dialogue. He never gives the impression of being in a hurry when meeting individuals or groups and hears different opinions carefully. There have been instances where he has not fully supported the advice or opinion, but consented to the institutional framework and stood by it.
He was not entirely convinced of the idea of issuing new Rs 2,000 notes during the demonetisation preparations in 2016, but accepted the suggestion of those who felt that the rapid printing of high denomination notes made cash Availability will increase. He was a master of the decision as a whole and never blamed his advisors. Likewise, decisions about the interest rate, fiscal deficit and structural reform of financial institutions may not be entirely in line with his views, but he stands behind all such decisions as a belief in the integrity of institutions.
The crisis can’t move them
He turns 70 today, but his energy, passion and confidence are still unmatched. Many crises have not affected him and he continues to follow the goals of development and peace honestly. His ability to cope with complex issues and his confidence is strengthened by his immense confidence in the 1.3 billion people of the country.