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Great Minds Think Alike: Barack Obama and Narendra Modi present similar approaches to dealing with issues.


Today, an increasingly interconnected world is facing similar issues, be it effective utilization of natural resources, sustaining oneself in an increasingly competitive world or dealing with the existential threat of climate change. People’s faith in governments too, is at an all time low and it is important that leaders repose people’s faith in democracy.

It is often said that ‘Great minds think alike’ and this is substantiated when one looks at Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union Address and Shri Modi’s speeches. One finds a striking resemblance in their visions and their approaches towards dealing with issues facing their respective populace.

If one pays attention, one can find Mr. Obama’s State Of The Union address to be similar to Shri Modi’s recent speech at SRCC.

Some excerpts are listed below –

 

Barack Obama’s SOTU AddressShri Modi’s speeches
On the Role of GovernmentIt’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth. I feel Government has no business to be in business. I believe in minimum government, maximum Governance.”
On ManufacturingOur economy is adding jobs- but too many people still can’t find full time employment…Our first priority is to make America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturingLet us make the world our market and send our goods to the world. Branding is needed. When we were small, we read ‘Made in Japan’ and we bought a product. No one asked what company did the product belong to. Why cannot we make ‘Made in India’ brand for India? However, we cannot do this only in one sphere.
On YouthIt is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class. I want that this nation does not see youth as new age voter but they are the New Age Power. I am sure the youth of India will fulfil Swami Vivekananda’s dream of Jagad Guru Bharat
On Utilization of  Natural ResourcesAfter years of talking about it, we are finally   poised to control our own energy future.  We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years.  We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it.  We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it.“I say our nation is not poor. We have so many natural resources. See our Eastern India, it is full of natural resources. But we are not able to channelize this opportunity and create wealth. This is a challenge we have to overcome.”
On Technology Up-gradation and improvement of InfrastructureAmerica’s energy sector is just one part of an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair.  Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire: a country with deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and internet; high-tech schools and self-healing power grids.In industrial development, we are lagging behind because we did not stress on technology up-gradation.”Ahmedabad was called the Manchester of the East but the mills closed down. Why? Because we did not upgrade our technology. Technology up-gradation is must. 
On Skill DevelopmentThese initiatives in manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and housing will help entrepreneurs and small business owners expand and create new jobs.  However, none of it will matter unless we also equip our citizens with the skills and training to fill those jobs.We need to stress on three things- Skill, Scale and Speed. Skill Development must be strengthened, Scale must be big, and Speed must be quick. We have done a movement towards Skill Development. This is not happening at such a scale nowhere in India. 
On EducationTonight, I’m announcing a new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy.  We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future. See the sphere of education. In 2001 we had 11 Universities today we have 42 Universities! And these are not ordinary Universities. We are 1st to have a forensic science university. We are first state to have Raksha Shakti University where whoever wants to join police, army can join & after regular course he can pursue dreams. We have most youthful police force in India. We have stressed on technology savvy police force.
On Climate ChangeBut for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.  I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy. Friends, our commitment to Renewable Energy are an integral part of our commitment to address the issue of Global warming and Climate change. In fact, I have been saying that it is an issue of ‘Climate Justice’.It is a part of our concern for the future generations.

 

 


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  1. Raj says:

    It would be night mare if modi will follow Obama who is worst president in USA history , it took 200 year USA debt to raise to $5 Trillion but Obama raised it in five year, Obama is socialist , please take down this comparison. We had modi comparison with Bush before & how bush destroyed country. We need our vision not copy failing nation like USA or Europe. We need to compare with Singapore , Hongkong, South Korea, china etc raising nation . Please remove this stupid article, it’s very irritating done by some socialist , it’s self destruction for Modi.

  2. Raj says:

    One time president keneddy said ” not ask what can your country do for you but say what you can do for your country”. Obama has now completely reversed and keep offering people what can country can do for them like free welfare scheme, free phone, free food, free unemployment , he is in on way to destroye great America & we want to ideal him ? A socialist ? A fascists ? God save us from socialism .

  3. Dak Patel says:

    Unless Modi(Government) can not change high public moral in administration and reservation from education.

    Listen Swami Sachhindanad audio about vedic periods and literachure.

    Gujarat (India) will be always 5 stapes behind America.

    Gujarati can be best by Gujarat A Nation.

  4. BAPTY.S says:

    Mr Obama has the lead, since he is PRESIDENT OF USA, WHERAS SHRI MODIJI IS C.M OF ONE STATE OF INDIAS 28 STATES & THAT BEING GUJARAT. YES WHILE THEY THINK ALIKE ON MANY ISSUES, MODIJI IN INDIA HAS MILES TO CROSS OR CATCH UP. BUT THATS ALSO WHERE HE HAS THE GREAT ADVANTAGE OF TAKING A NATION OF 1.25 BILLION FORWARD & OF THAT 800 MILLION BELOW 33 YRS.

    IN MY HUMBLE OPINION HE WILL, HIS LOVE FOR BHARAT & INTEGRITY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER COMBINED WITH INCORRUPTABILITY ,BEING HIS GREATEST ASSETS.HE HAS A GOOD 15 YRS ATLEAST TO TAKE INDIA LEAPFROG TO THE TOP 3 IN THE WORLD.

    INDIAS RICHNESS IN MANY ASPECTS HAVE NOT BEEN EXPLORED, OR SHALL I SAY IGNORED, NOT MERELY FROM ECONOMICE VIEW POINT BUT FROM WHOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT VIEW POINT. HE IS NOT AN ORDINARY MAN , HE IS A GIFTED LEADER WHO UNDERSTANDS ” A CHILD, A TEENAGER, A MAN OF 45 & SO ALSO A MAN OF 65 .
    HE INTEGRATES WITH ALL. HE KNOWS INDIAS 28 STATES BY THE BACK OF HIS PALM,& THEIR PSYCHOLOGY & HISTORY.SO IRRESPECTIVE OF WHERE HIS OFFICE IS LOCATED,AS P.M HE WILL BE CONNECTED TO INDIAS NEEDS& ITS PEOPLES BY THE DAY .

    IN MY VIEW THIS MAN WILL SHOW TO THE WESTERN WORLD HOW EVEN A COUNTRY LIKE INDIA WITH ITS DIVERSITY, POULATION & LANGUAGES CAN BE RUN WELL IN A INTEGRATED MANNER. JAY JAY BHARAT.

  5. Patel says:

    Very nice comparision DG..

  6. S Shah says:

    Problem with NaMo is that he was born in India. If he would have been born in USA, he would have been a president and celebrated as one of the great president.

  7. HP says:

    There are very few genuine comparisons like the above, one more I know is – common vision of great leaders… google it if interested….

    On the other side, there are negative minded paid journalists like Aakar Patel, S Ghosh, and many others who can’t see any good in Modi…

    Thanx to deshgujarat for standing out for truth at a time when we see paid media trying to destroy India…

  8. P V S SARMA says:

    Please do not compare two individuals of great talent and patriotism. Each one is unique and are surely not comparable. In an article of this nature, no one is sure whether comparing Obama whose country is developed and is considered Omnipotent, to Narendra bhai who has to take our country to that level without any such benefits. NARENDRA bhai is truly incomparable to any leader either in this country or else where.

  9. babloo says:

    Politicians give nice speeches everywhere (Obama only READS from a teleprompter speeches written by a TEAM of speechwriters, whereas Modi speaks from the heart and from experience) – what matters is how much work you do.

    Modi has proven and done lot f work – plus Modi’s philosophy is much closer to capitalism (since Gujarat is a capitalistic society), whereas Obama is a socialist.

    The entire comparison of Modi and Obama is completely wrong.

  10. KANT says:

    You could compare two LEADERS but never compare two NATION…..and COMPARISON is WRONG….
    I am not smart and I will never claim to be smart but without NATIONAL PRIDE (DESH PREM) no country will survive….. AMERICA does have its problems… and NO society is PERFECT….

    THERE are good comments… I like just ask what you can do for your NATION-COUNTRY….
    THERE are enough DIVISIVE forces in nation….THERE are enough FOREIGN agents in the nation to DIVIDE….. JAY HIND…. Thanks..

  11. kk says:

    hi everyone…….it’s other way around…..Obama is learning from Namo. Now he needs to work like namo and put every youth to work, boost economy, take care of seniors by not sending them to work to support their unemployed grown up children, cut college cost ( when you graduate, for 4 yrs you have two lakh dollars debt before you start job or family), take care of recession kids who had to go live with others since both unemployed parents could not provide support & housing for them. Americans pay close to 40 % salary in taxes still Government has proble. I think Gujarat is better off than USA. I think if Namo had resources like America he would have been on the top of the world an taking care of all others. Do not under estimate GUJARATI.

  12. Rajan says:

    To compare Modi with Obama is almost insulting; Obama is excellent at speaking, yet has little vision. In his speeches and policies he keeps to what is safest politically and has achieved very few lasting solutions for the problems the United States faces. As a statesman, Modi is far ahead of Obama – The reason for Modi’s popularity is first and foremost what he has achieved, and then only his charisma and oratory skills.

    Indians should not revere a leader of a country such as the United States simply because it is at the top of the world hierarchy. Doing so blindly reveals a deep inferiority complex, and is not healthy as the nation aspires to be a global power.

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