Skip to main content

Decoding NaMo : From a Classical Liberal perspective

Starting with this one, I will run a series of short posts on Narendra Modi (NaMo). No, it is not about promoting Narendra Modi or supporting his candidature for the future Prime Minister of India. It is about taking a stand; and a response to many people who have asked my opinion on NaMo, whether I support him, and if so, why?

The enigma of NaMo needs to be viewed, discussed and understood from different planes and angles. It would be impossible to cover everything in one single post, so for the sake of brevity and focus, I try to cover it in a series of short ones.

In this post, let us try to understand NaMo purely from a Classical Liberal perspective.

He is the only elected representative in the current political space in India, of course except JP of LSP, who in the capacity of a CM and now as PM designate, has explicitly, consistently and openly talked about some of the most fundamental aspects of governance, that draw straight from the Classical Liberal ideology – also the ideology that is most identifiable with “Swatantra Party”.

“Government should have only one religion: India First,
Government should have only one holy book: The Constitution” 
 ~ Shri Narendra Modi

  • “Minimum Government with Maximum Governance” - Quoting him in his own word: “I believe government has no business to do business. Minimum government, maximum governance.” This is the fundamental core of Classical Liberal idea of Government. India is still waiting to hear something on these lines from any other politician.

  • “First Order Function” - His views on dealing with neighbouring countries and practicing international diplomacy from the position of strength clearly show his determination and firm resolve towards fulfilling what is called the “first order function” of the Government, of securing & protecting international borders.

  • “Nation First” - No other politician to my memory has spoken of the idea of “Nation First” while still in the seat of power of a PM, CM or the member of Cabinet. Every single politician has only played the divisive and dirty politics of vote-bank. “Nation First” UNITES and celebrates the diversity of India, while the Vote-Bank politics DIVIDES.

  • “No Appeasement & No Discrimination" - He says and I quote: "Justice to all and Appeasement to None". He is the only leader who talks about “6 Crore Gujaratis” and “125 Crore Indians” – never hyphenates or classifies them as Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Dalit etc.
  • “Equality of Opportunity instead of Equality of Outcome” - His classic response to Minority Commission of Govt. Of India:
I work only for the people of Gujarat without any distinction. A system of prejudice and hatred cannot flourish. Gujarat’s unprecedented growth is cherished equally by all regardless of religion.”
We are yet to hear similar words of wisdom with such clarity of thought from any CM, PM or any other Cabinet Minister of India. 
  • Doles and Freebies - He criticises politics of giving away freebies in principle; and has openly opposed socialist welfare schemes such as MGNREGA & Food Security Bill.
  • ‘Pro-people, Proactive Good Governance’ (P2G2):
    “Mere good governance is not enough; it has to be pro-people and pro-active. Good governance is putting people at the center of development process.” 
    ~ Shri Narendra Modi

  • He supports “Federal Model of Governance” - which means more freedom & autonomy to States.

  • His economic ideas and vision is based on free market enterprise, reforms and growth. SME (small & medium enterprise) is the lifeline of indian economy. Gujarati wisdom of doing business and individual entrepreneurship is known the world over and is unmatched. Who would understand the power of SME better than the people of Gujarat? If they elect NaMo to run their state as CM and that too three times in a row, with two-third majority, there must be some reason and logic in his economic ideas and policies.

  • Finally, he opposes the very concept of “Nanny State” and “Intrusive Government”.
These are not some casual utterances or political narebaji for public consumption by stateless politicians (as Arun Shourie likes to call them). But these are coming straight from someone who has consistently won people's mandate for three consecutive terms to be CM, and to run one of India's top performing states.
“The same constitution, the same law, the same rules and regulations, the same files, the same workers and the same people can still bring about change. I can say this with conviction based on my experience in Gujarat”
Shri Narendra Modi at Shri Ram College of Commerce Delhi on 6th February 2013.

So, मित्रों (friends), here is our first ever Classical Liberal politician, who is determined to change the course of Indian Politics for good.

Pic Courtesy: REUTERS
He may not be the “Perfect” choice for India, but then - “Perfection is the enemy of Good”.
Let us settle with the Good for now, while we all continue to work towards Perfection!


  1. This distinctive and clear positioning in his strategy has always made him dear to my logical conclusions of appreciating him. Thanks for nicely penning them down.

  2. Every true Indian today lives with an anguish that there is no true national leader among our country's 125 cr population. The above gives an impression that we still have one person emerging from proven performance that still continues as an able CM of flourishing state, with a clear vision to change our country from today's sorry state into a confidant united India to stand up to her potential.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Travelogue: Satpura National Park & Tiger Reserve, MADHAI (मढ़ई)

There could not have been a better location to celebrate the Family Re-Union after almost 14 years. Everything was pre-arranged and booked well in advance for this Jungle trip by the senior-most member & Head of the family. Right from booking the air-conditioned 12-seater Force Traveller van to drive all of us together all the way and the room reservations at the Forest Resort at Madhai. A short vacation with a stay of Two Days at Madhai was absolute bliss, which every member of the Family from 5 year old grand-son to 77 years old grand-father would cherish for the rest of their lives. Satpura National Park & Tiger Reserve The Jungles of Satpura, now known as Satpura National Park and Tiger Reserve, established in 1981, spread over a total area of 1427 km2, encompassing Pachmarhi (पचमढ़ी) and Bori Sanctuaries; as kids we have grown up accompanying our father and travelling with him into these thick dense forests much before they were declared as “Tiger Reserve”. Probab

The Buck Stops Here?

Niira Radia at the ED Office So much has been written and talked about the taped phone conversation transcripts of Niira Radia. I read the full text this last week-end and have reached the conclusion that it is like a Balance Sheet: it conceals much more than what it actually reveals.  I ask myself - what would one expect from all these people whose names have appeared in the various phone conversations, considering our “corrupt-to-the-core” politics and business practices: ·          Niira Radia – She is the top PR Woman in the country today - a highly “connected” and a very well known “fixer” and a “political lobbyist” in the corporate world – do we really expect her to be CLEAN? ·          Politicians of the topmost corrupt order: DMK (Delhi Money for Karunanidhi) Team: MK & Family, Raja included. What would we expect their telephone conversation to be like? We haven't heard the worst, not just yet! ·          Doormats at the Congress High Command – Ahmed Patel and GNA

100,000 KMs on Tata Aria ...

100,000 KMs, stopped by to capture this while on a highway!  Before I talk about the Tata Aria and my experience of 100,000 KM journey with it, it would be necessary to go back in time and rewind to discuss how I arrived at this mean machine. Earlier, I drove Tata Safari, about 120,000 KMs. Let us not try to look for any reasons into my fascination with Tata. To put it simple and straight - even today, I am a big fan of Tata Safari.  Moreover, with a large family of Five to drive along, it turned out to be more of a necessity than anything else. Two very significant members of our family needed fairly large space. Zara & Marshal - the wonderful lovely couple of German Shepherd. They both loved being driven around and would jump onto the boot as soon as the rear door is opened; and Zara, would refuse to come out as she wouldn't like to be left behind. Furthermore, being a family of ‘Nature and Wildlife’ enthusiasts, any opportunity of a small get-away an