As I reflect on the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I am reminded, first and foremost, of his undying love for his country that is India and his iron resolve to see it attain its great potential as an exemplar of unity in diversity, democracy and sustainable development for the world.

It is poetically befitting that the man who has come to represent the promise of a prosperous, confident New India is also the first Prime Minister born after India gained her freedom. As I reflect on the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I am reminded, first and foremost, of his undying love for his country that is India and his iron resolve to see it attain its great potential as an exemplar of unity in diversity, democracy and sustainable development for the world. His clarion call `Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishvas and Sabka Prayaas' embodies that promise. Our Prime Minister is truly a `Yugpurush' who has not been constrained by the challenges around him but has dared to define this age and shape the destiny of our nation for the best. He has led from the front and fearlessly fended off enemies of the nation and successfully managed the biggest crises in defence and security in an increasingly difficult neighbourhood. He has proven to be a true Rakshak, determined to ensure Surakshit Bharat in every way against terrorism and aggression. Even when the once in a century global pandemic struck a large country of 1.3 billion population like India, not once but twice, that too with unexpected severity and transmissibility, India was lucky to have him as its leader. His Stithpragya calm, courage and commitment and determined action in the face of constant carping by Indian and foreign naysayers, has enabled India to come out of this agnipariksha. It has become a global role model and saviour with the successful execution of world's largest war on Covid-19 pandemic and a Made in India vaccination programme. He forged a comprehensive and innovative credo of an Atmanirbhar Bharat. Even as he shielded the poor by feeding 800 million people for free for over a year, the health sector was revamped for a Swasth Bharat.

The pandemic was not allowed to arrest his thrust towards overhauling and renewing the entire transport, energy, ICT, urban and rural and social infrastructure towards a Samruddh Nav Bharat. He is truly a ‘Daridra Narayan’ who genuinely empathises with the poor and designs his schemes and missions with ‘Antyodaya’ and reaching the farthest first as his guiding principle.

His commitment to protecting our planet from climate change and the environment is genuine and he has deservedly been awarded by the UN as the 'Champion of the Earth'. On his birthday, we can all take pride in the fact that the country is being led by a man who transcends family, caste, religion, region - and considers all of India his one family - Bharataiva Kutumbakam. Of course, he believes deeply in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - a globalism that wants every country to live in peace, harmony and prosperity within themselves and with each other.




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