Ihave often said that leadership starts with inspiration and that before you give me an idealistic, honest and hardworking leader, give me one who can move me. A leader who can create a shared vision and inspire me to abandon my cynicism and to believe once again. I remember as a child, if I happened to walk by the television screen, and Indira Gandhi was giving a speech, I usually stopped to lend an ear. It was not an interest in politics that attracted me. It was simply a purposeful voice that spoke with so much conviction that it made me listen. For all her shortcomings, you cannot take away the fact that [Indira] Gandhi was truly inspirational. Since those years, I have longed for a leader of equal footing in 7, Race Course Road. On that account, [Narendra] Modi has not disappointed.
However, as we take stock of the NDA government in its first year, the one thing that stands out is the gap between promise and action. One can accept that a country like India takes time to change. That our bureaucracy, institutions and vested interests are too deep rooted to wish away in a year. That transforming India is nothing short of a miracle which will take time. What is harder to understand though is the growing gap between what is being said and what one sees on the ground. Modi and his political party appear to be pulling in different directions.
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(This story appears in the 29 May, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)
Mr. Anupam Mittal, I hope when you say \"Inspire me\" you mean people at large. Also, the ratings you have put in, even though your own would reflect opininion of people at large and even if not so would be backed by some basis. You have personalized too many things and by the time one reaches the end... has to find out what is the relevance of the title of your article with 90% of its contenton May 23, 2015