The ‘right’ thinkers
In the 10 months since the Narendra Modi Government came to power, New Delhi-based Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) has become more than just another think-tank. The Foundation has given the present NDA regime some of its most significant and strategic appointees.
With three of the Modi Government’s senior-most appointees – the National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, the Principal Secretary in the PMO, Nripendra Misra, and the Additional Principal Secretary in the PMO, PK Mishra – closely associated with the think-tank, the organization is being viewed as a kind of policy talent pool in the power circles of the National Capital. Some critics even term the Foundation, set up in 2009 by India’s “Super Spy” Ajit Doval, “a quasi-official arm” of the Modi Government and allege that it is shadow running the Government by influencing its policy decisions. However, people associated with the Foundation debunk the critics claim.
Our Cover Story is an attempt to demystify the enigma surrounding the think-tank. It is true that several top posts in the Modi Government are being held by people associated with the Foundation but it is also true that those VIF people have the credibility and deserve to be in the Government. Their capability, integrity and commitment towards the nation are unmatched and beyond doubt. They are the legends in their areas of specialization. It is pertinent to mention here that the critics are not commenting on the credibility of the VIF members who are holding key posts in the Modi regime but the objection is the monopoly of the ideology of a particular private think-tank in the Government which may distort its decision-making.
Whatsoever the debate is, national interest should always remain supreme. Swami Vivekananda was not only a visionary or a monk but also a nationalist and a reformer par excellence. His ideology, philosophy and thinking are being referred to by leaders across the globe. The VIF strives towards bringing into reality Swami Vivekananda’s vision for a strong and prosperous India and if it succeeds in doing so, nothing can be better than it.