The India story is back on track.
The route to 7 Race Course Road, the residence and office of the Prime Minister of India is one that has seen itself completely reconfigured, reimagined and ‘Modi-fied’ to fit the aspirations of a modern forward looking India.
As Narendra Modi makes his way to that address after a long, dramatic and 3D hologram filled dance of democracy, the future is again looking bright for India and partnerships with its friends across the world.
Over 500 million people have announced their verdict of throwing out a broken, tired and dilapidated Indian National Congress by backing a forward looking, pro-free market and pro-people centre-right Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). A new golden era of decisive, determined and definitive governance begins.
With its agenda of development, free market economics and a forward looking vision for India’s youth and armed, for the first time in history – for any non-Congress party, with a simple Parliamentary majority the new Government of India looks set to re-ignite the engine of growth, rejuvenate the opportunities for the youth and reimagine the endless possibilities for India and its friends.
The children of free India
More than 150 million first time voters casting their ballot to shape and control their destinies have entrusted their future in the hands of a party that is on their side with a vision for the future of India that is not hinged upon the politics of caste, region or religion. The young Indian elector wants results – fast, as otherwise, just as fast, it will not hesitate to press the button labelled ‘None of the above’ on their electronic voting machine – selected by a total of 6,000,197 this year.
‘You win Uttar Pradesh – you win India’ as the old saying goes. Modi took the fight to Varanasi, the city at the heart of the Hindi belt, to lead from the front and win in this state of 200 million people. It illuminated the path for the rest of India by showing the door to the caste-based politics and the politics of division and fear that have plagued the state for so long.
End of the ice age of Indian politics
One has to go back to 1984 to find a year in which a party won an absolute majority – Congress, traditionally India’s dominant party. But in Rajiv Gandhi it this year had a scion, not a leader. As political awareness has reached unchartered heights and people have tasted the fruits of the liberal economic reforms actioned under the last BJP-led government, they are no longer attracted to the legacy of India’s first political family. The Indian nation respects its history, but wants to know who will give it an equitable future.
The BJP winning seats pan-India means that the era of coalition politics in India is well and truly over. There are not enough smaller regional players left for there to be a Congress-led United Progressive Alliance. Delivering the most stable government in three decades is a triumph not only for the people of India but also for the depth of the diverse political talent in India on the centre-right.
The new-old special relationship between Britain and India
During his visits to India, David Cameron has kick-started a relationship that had hugely floundered under the last Labour government. When in 2012 visuals of Sir James Bevan, our High Commissioner in India, visiting Modi were broadcast around the world, it was seen by many as a sign that finally Britain had found the partner of choice for the special relationship envisioned by Cameron in 2010.
Now that the policy paralysis of India’s last government – with its ideological opposition to free markets and its shaky parliamentary majority – has ended, this new special relationship will finally get the chance to prosper and come to life. The UK will be the partner of choice to help the delivery of liberty, opportunity and prosperity to India’s 1.25 billion people and realise a synergetic, intertwined and inter-dependent future.
In a superb fashion, it is the centre-right which has proven, once again, that it is the freedom to aspire, dream, and prosper that will win in the end – and it has showcased how the socialist politics of fear, division and blame only ends in a decade of decay, decline and disintegration.
The BJP has come a long way from its early days when Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the party’s former leader, used to say to its activists “Ek paer rail mein, ek paer jail mein” (“Have one foot on the railway and one foot in the jail”) by struggling for the cause of the centre-right alternative. Now it is a force that will lead India out of the clutches of socialism.
In last week’s election, 337 of India’s 543 constituencies have said a resounding ‘no’ to social welfare hand-outs (such as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme) and have put their trust in the free market economic vision of job creation, wealth creation and prosperity creation as is evident by the intra-state migration to the Punjab and Gujarat – the two dynamos of the Indian economy both governed by BJP/NDA party governments for more than a decade.
This 16th Parliamentary election in India may well provide a blueprint for an end to coalition government and an election of a strong centre-right Conservative majority government back here in the UK in 2015. As a decade of decay in India and terrible thirteen years of Labour misrule here in the UK has proven, socialism just does not work – and in any case is never in the best interest of hardworking people, who do not want to wait for endless government schemes and welfare initiatives.
They want to empower themselves to fulfil their aspirations, secure an equitable future for their children and to create prosperity.
Modi campaigned across India asking for only 60 months to start repairing the damage of over 60 years of Congress neglect, and he has now won those precious 60 months on a platform of driving India forward: to power growth, build infrastructure and, most importantly, run a government that will provide leadership and policy to enable the Indian dream to happen.
Our new-old special relationship with India will prosper, since we will now have a government in New Delhi which will look forward to partnering with the United Kingdom and walk-the-talk to put into action all the great things we can do together as friends over the next century, rather than look back at a distant past through a broken prism – for Mr Modi is the first Prime Minister of India born after 1947.
After a decade of playing away and settling for lacklustre draws, India is back home playing its first XI and Modi is the Captain: “For India has won, good days are ahead”