"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind," said Neil Armstrong when he landed on the moon. Great conquests make some people feel unduly proud, while they make others humble. Mr Narendra Modi’s speech in the Central Hall of the Parliament yesterday showed us a totally different face of the man. He was humble and tame. Gone were the characteristic hubris and mockery of others.
"I have seen new facets,” said Mr Modi. New facets that prompt him to be a leader of the poor and the downtrodden, a leader of all the people in the country. Let me quote him in full: “A government is one which thinks about the poor, listens to the poor and which exists for the poor. Therefore, the new government is dedicated to the poor, millions of youth and mothers and daughters who are striving for their respect and honour. Villagers, farmers, Dalits and the oppressed, this government is for them, for their aspirations and this is our responsibility. And this is our responsibility. I have seen new facets.” [Quoted from the version given at The Hindu website]
Standing on the moon, Mr Armstrong must have seen new facets. The conquest of Everest must have revealed new facets to Edmund Hillary. I hope Mr Modi’s words come from genuine sentiments engendered by clearer vision from the top. I hope he will fulfil the momentous promise he has made to the nation. I’m ready to put aside my incongruities with him on account of his past. Let bygones turn into atonements. The nation and its future are more important than the glories of the ancient past as well as the errors of the recent past. Let there be a shining India ahead. I wish Mr Modi all success.