Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ganesh Naik-an undisputed secular leader of the masses- a special report to mark his Birthday

September 15 marks the birthday of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. Ganesh Naik today is a household name in Navi Mumbai. He has become the symbol of Navi Mumbai’s spirit and distinction. He has worked to improve education, to promote unity among all communities and in the progress of Navi Mumbai. that tells you more about the city’s favorite leader – popularly called dada – the big brother by all.

The Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, unlike most politicians, reflects the spirit of a true Indian who walks his talk. While his thought is dressed with all that is modern and ennobling, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik in person is invariably clothed in simple. In all of his public and private conversations, he speaks from the core of his heart. Naturally, he hates hypocrisy. As the Navi Mumbai's most beloved son and the State’s Environment and Excise Minister, Ganesh Naik exemplifies a moral integrity that shines far beyond Navi Mumbai. His life might have started like an ordinary man but he rose to become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. Anyone who has had a chance to know the real Ganesh Naik is witness the story of how he turned myth into a man for whom public service is an article of faith.

Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik strongly believes that the human life is a boon to share one's blessings with others, while serving less privileged human beings. It is this humane principle that made him a pioneer of delivering to the people of Navi Mumbai. Ganesh Naik is a visionary – a man who dares to dream of making the impossible, possible. The road for him has not been easy. Tormented by controversies, plagued by corruption among his followers; dogged by worries about delivering Ganesh Naik has become a wiser man. In the process he has undeniably made mistakes, based on a stubborn belief in himself. Yet his stature and integrity remain such that these failings tend to enhance rather than diminish his humanity. Ganesh Naik’s life is the extraordinary story of an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph, which even today remains virtually unknown to most of the world. To people around Navi Mumbai Ganesh Naik is a source of courage, determination and inspiration. To people around Navi Mumbai, Ganesh Naik stands for the triumph of dignity, triumph of self-discipline, triumph of love.

Be it the State Excise Dept. revenue figure leaping from Rs. 1700 Crore to Rs. 4000 Crores or NMMC buying a permanent source of water supply in Navi Mumbai or building the hi tech STP plants or NMMC’s School Vision or Garden Vision or given equal wages to contract workers in NMMC or 2.5 FSI for old dilapidated CIDCO buildings – all are the brainchild of Ganesh Naik who has transformed Navi Mumbai into a 21st century world class city.

Though measuring 5'8", Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik looks majestically simple in his appearance with an ever-smiling genial countenance. This in fact overshadows his unfailing willpower to achieve his targets with the resilience and tenacity of a spider. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik is known for his unprecedented accessibility and secular image. Navi Mumbaikars who have known him for years recall how Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik works round the clock, at times for hours on foot in scorching sun without food and water: knowing first-hand the real problems of the people in their own language and their doorstep.

Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik upholds the principle of liberty, equality and justice to all sections and communities in the city. His secular image has made him the tallest and most revered leader of the region with a huge mass following. He’s a man with one mission and that communal harmony always. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik believes that the ultimate objective of any program executed under a democratic set-up should be prompt and dependable delivery of services to the common man.

Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik's strength lies in his stature as a mass leader since his advent in politics. Whether in or out of power, he has always championed the cause of the common man. This has endeared him to all segments of the NCP party as well. Even after holding the portfolios of three important departments of the State – Excise, earlier Labour and Environment, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik always made it a point to address all the problems that are brought before him directly by people, cutting through bureaucratic hurdles, at every Janta Darbar.

The circumstances of Ganesh Naik’s youth led him to walk paths that, today, make him a public leader who exemplifies courage, selflessness, exuberance, superhuman ability and amazing grace. And it is because of these very qualities that made a little boy from Bonkode village in Navi Mumbai grow up to become Environment and Excise Minister in the Government of Maharashtra. Perhaps his biggest achievement has been striking the perfect balance as a leader between the immigrants and the villagers in Navi Mumbai. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik is committed to being a custodian of people's trust that is invaluable. The concluding paragraph in “Good to Great”, a book authored by Jim Collins is the most apt statement, which we bring to our viewers as our birthday salutations to the best leader in the city as he steadily moves into the divine zone of enduring glory.

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