On the completion of his two years in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi seemed to be in a transition from one American leader to another. [Modi @2 years]
From almost a year ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Modi used to echo what current US President Barack Obama said during his campaign for the 2008 presidential election: "Yes, we can". Modi's own version was: "Yes we can! Yes, we will do!" [Modi focuses on UP for a happier third anniversary]
But on the second anniversary of his government, Modi said the government will undoubtedly work for the people, but the people will also have to work for the country. He urged everybody to be a part of the development. [Modi defends his economic refirms in interview to WSJ]
It echoes more what late US president John F Kennedy used to say: "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
So, is the prime minister now redefining the structure and putting the people ahead of the government?
It was clear from Modi's words "some minds have refused to change even if the country is transforming" that his journey has not been very smooth in the last two years. He also said that it is good that his work is under a close watch from various quarters. [In foreign policy, Modi has scored less on Pak & Nepal in 2 years]
The statement undoubtedly was aimed at the Opposition but somewhere it also proved that the PM is also feeling the pressure in meeting expectations.
Modi knows that the battle for the third year will be determined by the result of the BJP in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections scheduled in early 2017. He thus blended his two-year-old record in governance at the Centre with an invitation to the state's people to accompany him in the acid test.
Hence, the transition from Obama to JFK?