Who is this billionaire who said “India needs Prime Minister Modi”?

Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, didn’t mince his words in praising Prime Minister Modi and his vision. He lauded his leadership skills and the vision of a ‘New India’ that the Prime Minister has set forth.

In an interview, Ratan Tata said, “Modi has built a vision of a unified India and people may disagree with that, but I think that is what the country needs at this point in time.”

He continued, “Modi as Prime Minister now is offering India, the Indian people, a new India. We need to give him that opportunity to offer that new India. He is able, capable and innovative enough to look at India afresh and I for one am optimistic that with his leadership, India will be that new India which he has promised.”

Ratan Tata had first experience of Narendra Modi’s working style when Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Tata Motors had decided to exit West Bengal and was looking for another spot to set-up its factory. This is when Narendra Modi came in. He promised Ratan Tata that he’ll give him land in Gujarat for the factory in three days.

Ratan Tata recalls the experience: “I have seen him and will never forget the way he found solutions for a company that was looking for a home. He invited me to move the factory to Gujarat and I said we would come if we had a home and he said, ‘I will get you the land you want in three days’. And then he delivered that. On the third morning he said, ‘here is the land that I promised’. And that just does not happen in India.”

Ratan Tata backed Prime Minister Modi’s idea of a ‘New India’ saying that such a vision needs everybody to rally around the direction that the leader is giving.

Touching upon a very important point regarding the pride that we Indians must take in being Indians, he said: “We as a country or the citizens of a country need to get back that pride that we should have that we are Indians, not that we are Punjabis or Parsis or Tamils, but that we are Indians first, that we have a country that we belong to and we should be proud of. We seem to be losing that somewhere.”

It is aptly clear that Prime Minister Modi is the only leader who can change the fortunes of the country. We must look beyond small inconveniences and support him, so that together we can deliver a ‘New India’.

Vinayak Jain