Will Modi and Pinarayi jointly display the visionary leadership that is the need of the hour?
The massive havoc wrecked by the rains in Kerala is, to simply put, numbing. God’s own country is today a land devastated by rains and consequent floods. It is as if the Gods are angry with their own country. A massive human tragedy is unfolding in the state. However, instead of merely bemoaning the situation the need is to convert it into an opportunity to make it a world-class state in terms of infrastructure et al.
Japan rose from the proverbial ashes of the Phoenix after the total devastation of WW II. Why can’t Kerala also bounce back?
The immediate need is to set up a joint command of the Centre and State government to quickly prepare a roadmap for restoring and augmenting the infrastructure in terms of road and rail linkages, repairing airport runways, hospitals, drinking water facilities etc.
According to the initial back of the envelope calculations, the state would need at least Rs 20,000 Crores. The actual expenditure could be much more once. A clearer picture will emerge once the waters recede. In any case, the damage is unlikely to cross Rs 50,000 Crores. Where is this money going to come from? This money can easily be raised by selling the assets of Nirav Modi, Neehal Modi, Mehul Choksi, Vijay Mallya and other assorted fugitives from the law. These and other criminals collectively owe the banks $ 2.5 billion. Add to this that the $ 2.5 billion Mukesh Ambani owes to ONGC, we will have more than enough to not only rehabilitate Kerala but give it international calibre infrastructure which will attract global investors.
Japan rose from the proverbial ashes of the Phoenix after the total devastation of WW II. Why can’t Kerala also bounce back? It has an entrepreneurial class with a proven track record on global markets. The current grim situation should be converted into a great learning experience which can be replicated in other states. Will Modi and Pinarayi jointly display the visionary leadership that is the need of the hour? Adi Sankara, who hailed from Kalady in Kerala, displayed visionary leadership at a pan India level. The Yogi and Commissar are now presented by History with a similar opportunity.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.