Narendra Modi: Stamping His Legacy As A Global Leader
New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as one of the most powerful global leaders of the 21st century. From being an ordinary tea-seller to becoming one of the world’s most powerful persons in the world, Modi has come a long way to join the league of prominent global leaders like US President Donald Trump, Russia President Vladimir Putin, President of China Xi Jinping and others. He has established his identity with influential leadership and shown a great political will to resolve very complex issues. Be it the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir or the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Modi has shown his ability to easily perform convoluted tasks.
Although Modi is facing some politically motivated protests over the CAA, the move to grant Indian citizenship to persecuted Hindus and 5 other religiously persecuted minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will go down in the history as one of the most generous decisions. Now some people can argue the citizenship legislation was an India specific issue. But what they fail to understand is that it was directly related to Islamisation of the world by oppressing minorities and needless aggression, which is a global problem. In Pakistan, Hindus and Christians are being forced to convert and even killed if they refuse to. In Pakistan, minorities have reduced to a mere three per cent from nearly 30 per cent at the time of partition((1947) and providing them a lease of life to survive and breathe free of fear and persecution in the world of 21st century by a leader who is not afraid to call it a day and say NO more.
There are some political opponents and leftist liberals who are accusing Modi of being anti-Muslim over CAA while the facts remains he is the one who stopped using the community for political gains. Across the world, Muslims have been used as a political tool to win elections and most of the time, those claiming to be the champions of their rights, are the ones who exploit them the most. Modi has put an end to this ill practice and by bringing the CAA, he has actually started a Sri Lanka or Abraham Lincoln kind of movement.
Until 2005, Sri Lanka was in the grasp of a civil war that was going on for over two decades and there was an intermittent insurgency against the government by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE. Over the first 22 years, the successive Sri Lankan governments tried to bring the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers, to the negotiating table using military means but in vain. However, Sri Lanka changed its strategy after Mahinda Rajapaksa-led new government came to power in 2005. Rather than trying to bring them to the negotiating table, Sri Lanka started hunting down the LTTE. The military was used for the first time which began the annihilation of LTTE and within a span of three years, they won the battle that many termed ‘unwinnable’.
The move was met with criticism back home and globally with many claiming that LTTE can’t be defeated and why to use military or state army for this. But determined Rajapaksa proved them wrong. He brought lasting peace to Sri Lanka and set an example and model that is still being followed by various countries while dealing with terrorism. Sri Lanka taught the world that sometimes it becomes necessary to take harsh measures for a larger good.
Similarly, in the 19th century, no one could imagine America would do away with slavery as the practice was firmly embedded in the constitutional framework of the country. But Abraham Lincoln had the courage not just to oppose it but put an end to it. He also met with opposition within the country and international resistance but despite all the difficulties, he made sure all the slaves are liberated. He too had set an example that started the age of social transformation in the 20th century.
In the same manner, Modi is also setting an example for the world that courage and strong political will are key to bring about a significant change in any society. He has shown the guts to call out religious persecution in the Islamic theocracies and take a bold step to address the problem and set it right. There is no denying that Islamisation is creating troubles world over but leaders often shy away from admitting this. The Citizenship Act is an apt example of Modi’s political maturity to handle one of the world’s most tedious problems with ease. He has presented a new solution to the whole world that religion-based demarcation is the only way out of it.
Lincoln had the courage to call slavery a problem and put an end to it, Rajapaksa had the courage to call home-grown terrorism a problem and defeat it. Likewise, Modi also has the audacity to call a religion-based problem a problem and address it. The world was waiting for someone to set the ball rolling and the Indian prime minister has done that efficiently.
With CAA, he has set a new precedent for the world that issues where religion is involved, can be resolved through legislation and amendments. These decisions have stamped Modi’s legacy as a global leader. And after the successful implementation of the CAA, it is a matter of time the world will follow the suit and we will see more such laws across the globe. And Modi will go down in history as Abraham Lincoln of India, who started an age of social transformation in the modern world. There has been a clash of civilisations but somebody needs to set the remedy rolling though it might be a bitter pill to swallow.
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