PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Kartavya’ Path is steeled with ‘Maryada’ and ‘Anushasan’ | OPINION

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Kartavya Path, the revamped stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, on September 8 in New Delhi. The PM's dedication to "kartavya" stems from his recognition, understanding, and belief that power entails responsibility. 

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PM Modi's commitment towards 'kartavya' stems from the inherent espousal of 'maryada', which in turn is nurtured by 'anushasan', writes Tuhin A Sinha.

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to rename Rajpath as Kartavya Path, in certain ways, it was a recommitment to himself that in the years ahead, he would continue to adhere to the highest standards of maryada (propriety and dignity), which have been the hallmark of his tenure so far.

PM Modi’s unflinching commitment towards kartavya (responsibility) stems from an inherent espousal of maryada- the awareness, knowledge and belief that power is only and only responsibility, which in turned is nurtured by anushasan (discipline). Of course, the "Yuvraj," who had once ranted ‘power is poison’ and his party will never get the essence of power, kartavya or maryada.

As a nation, when we look back today, the last two and a half years have been the biggest litmus test for us. The Covid-19 pandemic could have destroyed our economy the way it wreaked havoc in other countries. But not only did India manage to shield the poor through the Covid months with free monthly rations for nearly 80 crore, the country also witnessed some of the most aggressive production-linked incentives (PLI) schemes being initiated to boost local manufacturing and business.

The pandemic did not curb PM Modi’s ambition for the nation as he batted more tenaciously than ever before to make India a hub of semi-conductor manufacturing. The results have begun to show, and the landmark deal between Foxconn and a Vedanta associated company is the best validation of the government’s efforts.

It is worth noting that through the pandemic, the Indian economy continued to move upwards, helping India attain the position of the 5th largest economy. The monthly Goods and Service Tax (GST) collections have been back to pre-Covid levels for sometime, whereas the predicted Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth over the next couple of years continues to be in the safe zone of 7+ per cent.

The discipline with which PM Modi has handled the economy is reflective of the inherent discipline in his personality. Hasty, indulgent, fiscal intransigence during this period could have wreaked havoc like it has done to some of the other countries, including our next-door neighbours.

The merger of kartavya, maryada, and anushashan with akansha (ambition) is the surest recipe for success both for an individual and the nation. There are three significant indicators that suggest India under PM Modi is well on course towards achieving that success.

One of the biggest turnarounds in the last few years has been in our defence sector. PM Modi recently commissioned India's first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. The Army is now vested with the power to purchase indigenous weapons. Companies like HAL, who were vilified by Rahul Gandhi in the run-up to 2019 elections, now have order books worth rupees thousands of crores. Not just that, India is also emerging as an export hub for drones and defence technology. There can’t be a more concrete foray into self-reliance than our defence preparedness, and PM Modi’s vision and ambition helped us achieve that in quick time in the last eight years.

The second big turnaround has been digital empowerment and financial inclusion for the poorest of the poor. India’s huge vaccination success would not have been possible without this digital empowerment, where vaccination certificates were available within minutes, as against the case in Europe and the USA, where citizens had to struggle with delayed, handwritten certificates. India’s UPI transactions are the highest in the world and have played a big role in making the flow of money transparent and weeding out black money. It has increased consumption in new quarters due to the ease of transactions. India’s shift to UPI has had an understated role in keeping the economy vibrant through the dark months.

The third important change that is apparent is the changing face of rural India. Road connectivity through greenfield highways has ensured that some of the most far-flung hamlets are now more easily reachable. This makes it easier to make government schemes and benefits available to these previously isolated hamlets. The "Nal Se Jal" programme, where over five crore homes have already been provided tap water in the last three years, has reduced the occurrence of water-borne diseases, which in far-flung areas would often result in fatalities. The 100 per cent sanitation cover, electrification of villages, free gas connection, and internet connectivity have all changed the face of Indian villages in unprecedented ways and bridged the gap between urban and rural India.

On PM Modi’s 72rd birthday, here’s wishing him great health and long life. May he continue to think and dream big for the country and continue to transform the nation through his unflinching sense of kartayva.

(The writer is an author and BJP spokesperson)

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