New Delhi, May 30 : In a unique web launch, with dignitaries present in two countries, India and the US, a comprehensive and holistic biography of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi – Harbinger of Prosperity & Apostle of World Peace, was released by Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, former Chief Justice of India to mark the completion of six eventful years of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister here yesterday.
The book is co-authored by Dr. Adish C. Aggarwala, Senior Advocate, President of the International Council of Jurists, and Chairman of All-India Bar Association, and Elisabeth Horan, an eminent American author and poet.
At the exceptional and exclusive launch, Justice Balakrishnan, who released it, said that every citizen, including the common man and woman, wants to know about the life of this great leader and great visionary. He added, “Every citizen has to be a good one to tide over the current difficulty (related to the pandemic). I am sure that the Indian Prime Minister will lead us, and help the people to tide over it.”
Baba Ramdev, a well-known yog guru, added, “Yoga and Karma Yoga provide a solution to all problems. Mr Modi is a Karma Yogi, who is an optimist, who is never perturbed, thinks anew, does innovative things, walks ahead with courage, and takes huge decisions, some of which are fraught with dangers.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a renowned spiritual guru, said, “He (Modi) is a leader with vision, and resolve, to bring in reforms. Not just in India, but in the international arena, his connections and role have been notable. Whether it is at the United Nations, Summit for Climate Change, and G-20, he has made a mark, and is leading the world towards a more peaceful benevolent society – a better world.”
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A senior official of the RSS, Ram Lal, who is in-charge of publicity and information of the organization, said, “In the near future, the government, civil institutions, and society will create a new India that will not only stand on its own feet, but give a direction to the world.” This is because of relentless efforts, initiatives, and policies of the Prime Minister.
Indresh Kumar, Member, Executive Committee, RSS, looked at the current times to praise the Prime Minister. “During the Corona pandemic, the leadership of Narendra Modi has spread and blossomed across the globe. He is the only ‘Tall Leader’, which gives confidence and consolation to all. While the world grapples with economic recession, he gave the blueprint to traverse from recession to self-reliance.”
One of the co-authors, Dr Aggarwala, quoted the Prime Minister to indicate the kind of leader he was. On October 2, 2019, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, the Indian Prime Minister quoted the world-famous scientist, Albert Einstein’s reflections on the Mahatma: “Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.”
Aggarwala confidently added, “I can safely say that similar words of tribute will be showered on Modi himself in the coming decades, thanks to the legacy of transforming India into a global force.”
Former Union Minister, Yogendra Makwana, explained, “Prime Minister Modi has become an important international figure in a multi-polar world. Today, along with the USA, European Union, Russia, China, and Japan, India’s views on diplomatic and geopolitical issues are given appropriate weight.”
Bhubaneswar Kalita, a senior politician from Assam, had this to say about Modi. “He is not only an inspiration for India, but the world, on several issues, be it the war against Corona, be it on economic issues, and be it on diplomatic issues. Particularly because of his bold steps like abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, he has ensured that India is one nation, India is one Constitution, and India is one flag.”
Shyam Jaju, National Vice President, BJP, was more reflective. “The book is a great work to take the image that the Prime Minister has, to the Indian people, and to the world.”
Eminent American author and poet, and a co-author of the Prime Minister’s biography, Elisabeth Horan, read out the poem she had written on the Indian Prime Minister a few hours before the occasion.
With rare photographs of Modi’s childhood and early life, the biography traces his stunning personal and professional trajectory from being a boy who served tea to becoming the country’s Prime Minister for the second time. It includes little-known and lesser-known facts and anecdotes.
The book is available in two formats, hardcover and e-book, and in 20 languages – 10 foreign ones including English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish and 10 Indian including Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
The book includes messages and forewords from several leading public figures. These include:
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wrote: “He is a leader who is decisive, pragmatic and determined.”
Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari’s message was: “Prime Minister pursues his goals relentlessly, lays down the framework meticulously, and ensures the best of minds are engaged to fulfil the vision.”
BJP National President J.P. Nadda said: “The strong and decisive leadership provided by Shri Narendra Modi has enhanced India’s stature globally and its role in international affairs. “
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath wrote: “Prime Minister is committed to take India to a $5 Trillion economy.”
Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa’s foreword: “Modiji has delivered on his promises, and has done tremendous ground work for further progress.”
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal said: “Modiji has shown that he has the vision and fortitude to take the sort of decisions that India needed to tread through the global slowdown.”
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani wrote: “Modiji, who restructured Gujarat, is now the game-changer of India and the world.”
Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said: “Prime Minister has continued to live up to the massive expectations people of India have shown in him.”
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat’s foreword: “Trans-border strikes on terrorist launch pads, followed by the action taken in Balakot, are glaring examples that India will not tolerate any meddling in its affairs or, security.”
Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said that the people see a reflection of their everyday resilience and spirit in the indomitable Modiji, and that aspect has struck a chord.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that Prime Minister’s uncompromising stands have ingrained genuineness in governance; authenticity in administration and ushered in a polity of performance.
VHP Vice-President Champat Rai said that Modiji played very practical role in solving the Ram Janam Bhumi dispute and construction of Ram Temple.