Archana Khatri Das
"Happy Birthday to the most energetic PM @narendramodi ji. Lucky to have a brother like you. May you live long". Tweeted the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani.
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Anand Mahindra, Cyrus Mistry, Anil Ambani, Kumar Mangalam Birla and many others came forth pouring good wishes for Narendra Modi.
The messages of these corporate czars eulogised Modi for steering the nation on the upper growth trajectory, describing him as a remarkable leader, reformist, man of character, with “Arjun like clarity and vision”, statesman, “man in a hurry to transform India" and more.
The business world has never come in hordes panegyrizing a political figure in the past.
It could be because of the thrust of Narendra Modi's government in creating a business-friendly environment in the country, which was almost missing for the past decade. He has often been pronounced guilty of running a suit-boot ki sakar postponing the welfare of aam aadmi.
The industry may have drawn optimism from the baby steps taken by the government in curbing top-level corruption, ease of doing business, land reforms, tax reforms and in its honest attempts in setting a tone for the overall macroeconomic health of the economy.
The hope in India's future appears more sustained in contrast to the dampened global economic outlook. The Western world inclining towards India seeking to tap the immense market seen in India's burgeoning middle class has only elevated the stature of Modi's governance.
"A very happy birthday to @Narendra Modi. Vasudhaiva kutumbakam - the world is one family", tweeted Tim Cook, the CEO of the world's largest information technology company.
Cook's birthday wishes to Prime Minister Modi indeed reiterates that the world has not just started looking at narrowing down boundaries with India for doing business; it is ready to accept India as family and indicate its earnestness to do business with.
It is indeed a happy birthday for Mr Modi, as the goodwill coming in on his birthday indeed endorses his style of governance and the path of reforms taken by his government.