A small-town boy from a poor family who is charged with a sole determination to serve the people becomes the head of the state of India which is poised to be the most-populous country in the world. That precisely is the story of man called Narendra Damodardas Modi.
He renamed his title from ‘Pradhan Mantri’ ( Prime Minister) to ‘Pradhan Sevak’ ( Prime Servant) when he for the very first time addressed to the nation on its Independence Day few months after taking oath as Prime Minister .
Since then I have been following his bold initiatives for the well-being of the people and planet . I do get a feeling that he has “To Do” list for achieving social and environmental goals that he keeps chasing like a determined and disciplined ‘servant’.
My own story, though not that exciting, also began in Indian village where there was no electricity, no sanitation/toilets, no tap water. But there was electrifying green surrounding, sanitized minds, and knowledge ‘on tap’ from nature. From there I went on to study in IIT, then career with Tatas and then in United Nations on Sustainable Development. It has been my own ‘To Do’ list in which I assess each action by the leaders, linked to MDGs ( Millennium Development Goals ) and now to SDGs.
I am sure today Mahatma Gandhi would have said , “ Recall the 17 SDGs and ask yourself if action you contemplate can contribute to achieving SDGs”
This is what I am doing for all the initiatives of PM Narendra Modi and likes of President Emmanuel Macron of France And President Carlos Alvarado Quesada
Dr Rajendra Shende
Chairman TERRE Policy Centre | Former Director UNEP | Chairman, International Advisory of Operation Earth, China | Chairman, Working Committee, International Solar Alliance | Senior Expert UNEP TEAP | Member Governing Body MIT WPU | Advisor Media India Group | Advisor CBCGDF, China | IIT Bombay Alumnus