How Modi connected with India

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    Speaking like Modi

    Charulata Ravi Kumar

    Like a billion others, I too waited with bated breath for Narendra Modi’s first post-election speeches in Vadodara and Ahmedabad. Apart from the many opinions that the media, the opposition, India Inc and the aam aadmi will proffer over weeks to come, I couldn’t help but be mesmerised by Modi’s oratorical skills. The speech was in impeccable Hindi, yet the nation and the world got his message. Loud, sharp and clear. Here are some unmissable presentation tips from Modi’s speech. So try these next time you face an audience and want to make a similar impact.

    One, spontaneity must be orchestrated. While Sonia Gandhi often fumbled with speech sheets, every speech of Modi’s appeared to come straight from the heart of his fiery determination. Your speech must be rehearsed and purposeful but come through as a spontaneous flow of thoughts and intent. For this, a lot of homework is required.

    Two, connect with the right mood and words. Modi has spent a lot of time understanding India’s angst and the frustrations of the Indian youth. And while others spent their energies slandering the opposition, he was focused on two key thoughts — good governance and development. Note that these two words were consistently repeated in both Hindi and English. So all who want it were able to understand his intent and retain those two words. Why? Because he wants to be evaluated on just these two parameters, with no reference to the past.

    Three, present long-term commitments, not short-term gimmicks. The AAP failure could be ascribed, among other things, to speeches promising short-term benefits and then failing. Overnight turnarounds of damage done over decades is a foolish dream. Presenting a more solid vision, especially if you have demonstrated success in the past, is more credible. The means to achieve it should be the supporting strategy and must not become the vision itself.

    Four, have a clear idea of the next action you want from your audience. Modi wants India to give him time, 10 years to be precise. His reference to 40 years of the past leading to India’s sorry state of affairs is a way of getting people to see 10 years (two terms) as a reasonable timeframe for his government to show change. He wants the nation’s patience and support for 10 years and not seek a change of government in the next term.

    Five, lead the presentation but let the team be involved. Nothing is more annoying than having a six-member team with five as sitting dummies. While Modi was delivering his speech, his leaders (like Nitin Gadkari, Amit Shah and Ravi Shankar Prasad) were lending strong support and solidarity and came across as an integrated team (addressing a concern people had about the BJP).

    Six, choose the right time. Modi cleverly chose the 9 pm prime-time slot to deliver his speech, ensuring that all of India would be able to hear him. Understanding the right time for your audience is crucial. We had a client who was always happy on Friday afternoons and perhaps never figured out why he loved our presentations on Fridays so much and approved them faster!

    Seven, align your body to your mind and heart. Body language is often an important reason for a pathetically failed or dramatically successful presentation. Study Modi’s gestures and actions as he speaks to people. He moves from side to side seemingly making eye contact with everyone. Then, every time he mentioned the word “vikas” two fingers would rise to point ahead into the future.

    And every time he uttered “hum sab”, his fist clenched with all fingers tightly held to portray strength in unity. The words “acchhe din” were accompanied by a smile echoed by “aayenge” from the crowd. He used his large frame to his advantage, standing erect at all times and making himself seem larger than life, his open-arm gestures indicative of a large-hearted inclusiveness.

    Eight, know the power of voice modulation. A refreshing change from the plastic, monotonous speeches of many Indian politicians, Modi heightened the drama through his loud proclamations, smoothed by his gentle pauses and synchronised with his hand gestures to evoke passion, power and drive. All that communicated his commitment to the people, unlike Priyanka Gandhi’s feeble attempts to evoke empathy and sympathy for her family, and the Congress’s or Arvind Kejriwal’s banter, which was less about their visions and more about others’ faults.

    Nine, know your gamechanging three points. “Hamara Desh” for others became “Mera Bharat” for Modi. The Nehru-Gandhi legacy was changed to “woh platform par chai bechne wallah bachcha aaj aapke saamne khada hai”. He changed the game from the unity of India to the development of India. He shifted the battlefield and the “sava sau karode” army shifted with him.

    Connecting with your audience and their needs and aspirations is the key to all great presentations. But for this, you must also have a strong connect with your inner self. Only then will your belief and commitment show through. Great presentations are a synchronised play of art and science, but just the beginning on the road to becoming a leader of tomorrow. In any case, why subject your audience to boring speeches when you can delight them enough to desire an encore?

    The writer is innovations advisor, director at Coffee Kettle and coaches on leadership skills in corporations and colleges.

    Speaking like Modi | The Indian Express


    A lesson, not only for politician wannabes and faded/ fading out politicians, but for all who indulge in public speaking professionally or as a hobby.
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    Peace and power: here's how Modi can get India to the top

    Indian voters have embraced Narendra Modi’s growth-and-governance agenda. If his incoming administration can fire up India’s economic engine — by rolling back antiquated restrictions on business, cracking down on corruption, and creating a more open playing field for investment and job-creation — India’s return to dynamism will have far-reaching international implications.

    Modi said little about foreign affairs in an election centred on the domestic renewal agenda. But the hints he gave on the stump about his worldview are intriguing. He is a man the US is ready to do business with.

    It was the last BJP prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who declared India and America “natural allies” after decades of alienation.
    His government opened the door to far-reaching US-India defence and diplomatic cooperation. Vajpayee’s bold vision of partnership with America after decades of distrust achieved historic gains for India. Modi’s invocation of the Vajpayee legacy in foreign affairs is promising.

    India’s new PM has been alienated from Washington as a result of a visa ban, only recently lifted, stemming from the Gujarat violence of 2002. But he has also suggested that India’s resurgence under his leadership will naturally attract the support and encouragement of America and other friendly nations.

    Indeed, while his vision for US-India relations remains opaque, Modi will want greater American trade and investment to catalyse an economic takeoff. This may be enough: The best way to restore momentum to bilateral ties is to get India growing again, making it a more attractive partner to the world’s superpower and returning India to the centre of Washington’s crowded foreign policy agenda.

    America anticipates an Indian resurgence that could help drive global growth and tilt Asia’s power balance in a democratic direction. A dynamic India would be an example to the emerging world of economic transformation under democratic institutions.

    A thriving India could uplift its region, including troubled Pakistan. America has a considerable stake in India’s success.
    Although his views are unclear, Prime Minister-designate Modi is likely to discover what both Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh understood: That partnership with the world’s sole military, economic, technological, and knowledge superpower boosts India’s prosperity and security in ways that enhance, rather than undermine, the country’s strategic autonomy.

    India is the world’s largest arms importer; America is its principal supplier of military hardware.
    The Indian armed forces exercise more with US counterparts than with those of any other nation. India under Modi will continue to find US defence cooperation useful in navigating a dangerous neighbourhood.

    The pending renewal of the 10-year bilateral defence agreement signed in 2005 offers New Delhi a chance to forge a deeper partnership with America to propel India’s military modernisation.

    India faces significant bottlenecks on rapid development due to constraints on energy supply. The Indo-US civilian nuclear deal was designed to help by opening India’s civil nuclear sector to international technology and fuel supply.
    A strong new government in New Delhi should push through the necessary legislation to finally implement the agreement in full as part of a pro-growth package of reforms.

    Closer Indo-US relations under the new administration could also lead to a deal for America to supply more liquefied natural gas to India, enhancing its energy security. India should not need to rely on unpredictable partners like Iran on a matter of such core national interest as energy supply.
    And it is surely time for a US-India investment treaty that opens the way to a broader agreement covering trade, technology, and knowledge workers with the country that remains India’s largest trading partner in goods and services combined. Modi should clear away the bureaucratic underbrush to make it happen.

    As India’s economy globalises, the nation’s foreign policy will need to catch up with its expanding interests. The outgoing Indian government showed an alarming insularity over issues of vital international concern. Some directly affect India, like the spread of violent Islamic extremism out of Syria and the Russian army’s dismemberment of a sovereign country in ‘defence’ of minority rights within it.
    A country with nearly 200 million Muslim citizens that has long been a target of violent secessionist impulses supported by hostile external powers should care more. Washington would welcome a broader definition of national interest in New Delhi — one that spurs greater activism to uphold the international rules that will facilitate India’s economic and geopolitical rise. Modi’s India should aspire to be a shaper, not a victim, of world events.
    A muscular India that punches its full weight in the world is also more likely to have the confidence to engage America as a partner, rather than retreating into the old shibboleths of non-alignment and third-worldism. These values may have been appropriate when India was poor and weak, but hold little water now that it is an emerging giant.
    Modi has said that Vajpayee’s foreign policy had the right blend of shanti and shakti — peace and power.

    Vajpayee’s opening to America gave India a set of strategic options that were once unimaginable. For all the happy talk of ‘natural allies’, he made a hard-nosed judgment that their common economic and security interests were best served by closer collaboration between the world’s largest democracies. The same logic holds true today.

    - See more at: Peace and power: here's how Modi can get India to the top - Hindustan Times

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