With eye on 2014, Modi for re-branding of India
New Delhi: In a speech with barely disguised claims of what he was capable of, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday appealed for a re-branding of India to make it a global power. In an hour-long speech at the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) here, Modi underlined that the government's job was not to run businesses but to provide good governance.
Amid repeated applause, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran told the hundreds of students and faculty that Indian political leaders should view the young as "new age power", not as "new age voters". Modi made no criticism of the Congress party or any politician but left none in doubt that he was pitching himself as one of the most progressive and visionary leaders of present day India.
Marshalling facts and figures to prove how Gujarat had developed under his leadership, he said: "The root of all our problems is a disease called lack of good governance." In Gujarat, he said, "we have given emphasis on good governance".
In an obvious reference to much of India, he said: "Normally, our administration follows the fire-fighting model. When there is a problem, they look for ways to set right the situation." A leader's job "is to visualise the situation ahead, look for new avenues, and bring about changes in the situation".