A close friend of mine always tells me that we are the luckiest generation of Indians in 1000 years. We were born a little over 3 decades after independence, just enough to not have colonial baggage ourselves, but still in an age when grown ups around us still had a deep inferiority complex. When we were kids in the 80s and 90s, every second line about India would talk about how poor and weak we were as a nation. And right around the time we stepped into youth, India started growing in confidence and aspiration. That was the 2000s. Throughout our lives, we will see India make firm and determined strides worldwide. God willing, by the time we are on our death beds, India will be No.1 in the whole world. The life of my generation will witness the transformation of the nation from Third World from Superpower.
I was very young then, probably in the second grade and one of our school books was a “World Atlas”. Along with maps of continents, etc. the book had a small Appendix giving various facts about countries of the world. I remember the day I came back from school and excitedly asked my mother: “Why do people say that we are so poor and weak? I just saw a table and it says that India is No. 2 in population!”. My eyes shining, I told her… “We are 2nd most powerful in the whole world“. I remember my mom laugh derisively and telling me : “A high population means nothing. In terms of wealth and power, we are nowhere”. I was crestfallen. But I kept wishing there could be a “real” table where India would be at the top of the list. Call it a childlike fascination, if you want.
It was in 2008 that I looked at the list of the world’s largest economies for the very first time. I was in shock for a few days. At that time, India wasn’t even in the list of the 10 largest economies in the world. India was lagging behind even tiny European countries like Spain. Another list, another disappointment 😦
But I kept hoping that things would change; that the lists would change.
Well, Modi just delivered it! The numbers are out, guys… and in the 1st half of 2015, India has topped the charts for FDI worldwide. Yes, it’s true. My eyes grew big and wide as I read this.
Yes, it’s India at No.1, followed by China at No. 2 and America at No. 3! Now is that a feast for the eyes or what 🙂
This data is for the 1st half of 2015. In 2014, Modi had already started making waves. Read this report from June 2015:
“After 2008, for the first time, India again broke in to the top 10 recipients of foreign direct investment (FDI) during 2014, the UNCTAD said in its World Investment Report 2015 on Wednesday. India jumped to the ninth rank in 2014 with a 22 per cent rise in FDI inflows to $34 billion. India was at the 15th position in the previous two years.”
It took barely a few months for Modi to drag India from the 15th position back to the top 10 list in 2014. And in 2015, India has zoomed straight to the top! Ha! What Mr. Economist PM Bootlicker Singh could not achieve in 10 years, Modi has achieved in 1 year. THIS is what we got with Congress reduced to 44 seats. Imagine what we will have in a Congress mukt Bharat!
When he was running for PM, they mocked his humble origins as a chaiwallah. They complained about the number of his foreign trips, the cost of the suit he wears, his accent while speaking English, whether his shawl is Louis Vuitton… They are discussing threadbare whether Modi was poor, slightly poor, very poor or very very poor or very very slightly poor while growing up. They are discussing whether Modi’s mother washed dishes or not, they are discussing whether Modi should have walked out of his child marriage. When Modi visits a city, they complain if some roads are closed because of the PM’s security. Some of the more enthusiastic Mameluks even physically attacked Modi supporters outside New York’s Madison Square Garden. When Modi is addressing 10 lakh people at Gandhi Maidan and bomb blasts happened, they did not even stop for a moment to condemn the terrorist attack. They made fun of history trivia in his speech that he may or may not have gotten wrong. When terrorist boats come from Pakistan, they spread stories that the terrorists were innocent smugglers. When he tries to save and educate the girl child, they throw muck at him for being the victim of a child marriage.
They make fun of #SelfiewithDaughter. Anything to belittle Modi! When he goes to market Digital India, they call him a pimp:
And what does he do? He makes India No. 1! Have some shame. Repent.
When the history of this era is written, people will shudder to think that Media Mameluks were once pushing for this man to become India’s Prime Minister:
Arvind ji, ye AAPkeRaj mein Dilli mein chullu bhar paani to milta hoga na? Didn’t Modi give the slogan “India First”. Perhaps you will now understand what it means…