A Compelling Read on Modified India
   01-May-2019
Narendra Modi: Creative Disruptor—The Maker of New India, Published by Konark Publishers, New Delhi & Seattle, Pages: 270, Price: ­­₹650.00
Hundreds of titles have hit the market on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the last five years. But ‘Narendra Modi: Creative Disruptor’ stands out from the crowd because it is backed by authentic data on the initiatives of India’s wonder man
How skill development training to people of all age groups, free cooking gas connections to women from weaker sections both in rural and urban areas, healthcare through Ayushman Bharat scheme, smart cities, cleanliness, loans under Mudra Bank scheme, construction of toilets in houses and schools, construction of houses for 50 lakh economically deprived people etc have changed the lives of Indians in the last five years? How was the NPA mess cleaned up? What is the truth behind conspiracies of lynching, award returns, intolerance and Rafale? How affirmative actions ensured a new deal for OBCs, SCs, STs and minorities? How the work culture changed in the construction sector and how more roads were built in four years than in UPA’s ten years? How Modi curbed black money and corruption? How Modi changed the systems and made a New India? How Modi changed the mindset of people to think out-of-the-box and sincerely contribute in making Bharat a superpower? How Modi’s leadership can be defined in ethos, pathos and logos? These are some of the questions that nag the minds of many people every day. However, about a thousand titles have hit the market on Modi during the last five years. But a single book that provides answers to all such questions with authentic data is ‘Narendra Modi: Creative Disruptor—The Maker of New India’.
 
 
 
The book has been authored by eminent journalist Dr R. Balashankar who has served in many newspapers including The Financial Express and The Week. He was also editor of ‘Organiser’ from 2004 to 2013. He is a regular columnist for NDTV, Outlook, DailyO and many other publications. Dr R Balashankar’s close association with Shri Narendra Modi since the days he was BJP general secretary and Chief Minister of Gujarat and now as Prime Minister has helped him come out with this wonderful tittle on Modi. It has been published by Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi & Seattle. The popularity of this book can be understood from the fact that it has been translated into over a dozen Indian and about half a dozen foreign languages. PM Modi has also, during BJP convention at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, publicly applauded this work.
The book highlights Modi’s vision about New India, Modi as reformist, Modi as Pradhan Sevak, model that won India, winning on idealism and patriotism, social engineering, Sabaka Saath, India centric Modi doctrine, the Rafale tales, Shashi Tharoor’s Modi obsession, Kashmir cauldron, Modi-Shah team and how the promises made in 2014 have been kept. A full chapter deals with BJP-RSS relationshipThe bestseller on Modi begins with a big photo of Prime Minister Modi cleaning the road. Actually, it seems he is cleaning up the mess created in the country by successive Congress governments after Independence. Similarly, all the photographs used in the book convey any of the messages. The book, divided into 17 chapters, defines different aspects of Modi’s personality and perfectly explains how he is the maker of new India. It is an authentic publication on four years of Shri Modi’s performance because it has been Foreworded by BJP president Shri Amit Shah and introduced by Union Minister of Finance Shri Arun Jaitley. Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has also appreciated the work. While releasing the book in New Delhi, Shri Amit Shah had applauded the presentation of the hard facts in a very simple and impressive manner. Another interesting fact about the book is that the author has not only used the official data but also generously used the information gathered by individuals and various Indian as well as global agencies through research. All the information has been used with proper referencing.
 
The 270-pages book majorly highlights Modi’s vision about New India, Modi as reformist, Modi as Pradhan Sevak, model that won India, winning on idealism and patriotism, social engineering, Sabaka Saath, India centric Modi doctrine, the Rafale tales, Shashi Tharoor’s Modi obsession, Kashmir cauldron, Modi-Shah team and how the promises made in 2014 have been kept. A separate chapter deals with the BJP-RSS relationship and provides answers to many questions like—is the RSS creating problems for Modi; are the organisations like Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and Swadeshi Jagran Manch not in sync with Modi’s governance agenda, is the RSS fully behind Modi or not, are the controversies on ghar wapasi, love jihad, etc being created to embarrass Modi, etc?
 
“The Modi government has been a great experience in Indian democratic history. Modi had done it in Gujarat. And he has experimented with it at the national level on a much larger canvas. He has shown India what good governance can do to change societies, change habits, character and national commitment. The biggest fear today is if Modi is not brought back to power in 2019 what will happen to this nation. It was never before in the way Modi has done. He has made himself indispensable by creating a stake for the citizens in their well-being and the country’s future. He has strengthened institutions, he has ensured people’s participation and he has made the government accountable and transparent. Digital India has made it possible that every action of the government is transparent to the public,” Dr Balashankar writes while explaining how Modi has kept his promises made in 2014.
Appreciating the work, Shri Amit Shah writes in the Foreword: “The book is rich in reference value. It is evident that a considerable amount of research has been done before the book took this shape. It has covered all aspects, politics, social, economic and even administrative of the Good Governance that PM Modi has been working hard to bring about. The uniqueness of this book is in bringing to the fore the value addition that PM Modi has been trying to make, to not only the system of governance in India but also Indian polity in general. I am sure it would help all those who want to evaluate the performance of the Modi government objectively.”
 
“The book has attempted to look into the future and explains how India’s emergence as an economic superpower is intrinsically linked to the poll outcome of 2019. It is an engrossing narrative of politics in the new century and unputdownable read for the students of contemporary politics. It has also logically and factually countered the criticism of the NDA by some motivated and ill-informed critics. This superbly written, devastatingly argued book is a compelling read,” writes Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley.
 
This is a fact that never before was the core BJP ideological passions really put to public test. The mandate Shri Modi got was, in fact, an endorsement of those very values, a strong acknowledgement of India’s need for change. This has also been elaborated in great details in this book. Surely a compelling read.