Modi wins


by Rumbold
24th December, 2007 at 2:57 pm    

Narenda Modi has been re-elected as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, with the BJP taking 117 out of 182 seats in the state assembly, 10 fewer than in 2002, though more than expected:

“Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Hinduvta’s poster boy, on Sunday led the BJP to a spectacular victory in the state, crushing the Congress and catapulting himself firmly on the national political stage.

A triumphant Narendra Modi thanked the people of the state for once again reposing faith in him and appealed to all political parties to have a positive attitude and help him build a ‘Golden Gujarat’.”

His electoral campaign was not without controversy. Despite, or maybe because of, his alleged complicity in the 2002 massacre of Muslims, Modi easily retained his post:

“The dejected Congress admitted that Modi’s showing was a remarkable achievement and said that the party was deeply disappointed with its own performance in Gujarat. Gujarat’s Muslims welcomed Modi’s victory in the Assembly elections, hoping for continued peace and economic development over the next five years.

Civil society and human rights activists also felt the heat of Modi’s victory in a different parameter and said that Modi’s victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections was a “wake up call” for the people to be more “responsive” to issues of human rights. Terming his election victory as a ‘positive vote’, Modi urged all parties and “all those who love Gujarat to rise above political equations and rededicate themselves for the progress of the state”.”

Why does Modi matter so much? Apart from the fact that he has not been seriously investigated by the Indian police despite there being strong evidence of his involvement in the massacres, Modi is a man on the rise. While he is not yet BJP leader, it is surely only a matter of time before this popular and successful politican takes over from the eighty-year old L. K. Advani. If things continue the way they are, he could well be Indian prime minister and one of the most powerful men in the world.


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  1. B Raman — on 24th December, 2007 at 3:07 pm  

    The pathological dislike — even hatred — that some of our (psuedo secularist) Indian journalists — particularly in the electronic media — have for Modi could be seen or sensed as one watched the television coverage of the counting of votes on December 23.

    Initially, as it appeared that the BJP might not do well in the final tally, there was excitement among many television anchors. They thought they had tasted blood. After an hour, the BJP candidates started racing ahead and it became clear the the Congress was in for a drubbing.

    The disappointment on the faces of some of the anchors was to be seen to be believed. A star lady anchor could not help remarking: ‘Modi might be able to win the elections in Gujarat, but he still can’t get a visa to go to the US and other Western countries.’ Some consolation!

    Instead of spending their time searching for abusive expressions in the dictionary and in their copy-book of such expressions, if these self-styled secularists had only visited the Web sites, discussion groups and blogspots of members of the Hindu community not only in India, but also in other countries of the world — particularly in the US — they would have noticed something, which might have given them cause for introspection.

    They would have noticed that Modi is becoming the icon of a growing number of Hindus not only in India, but also in the Hindu Diaspora spread across the world. The support for him is not confined only to the Gujarati-speaking Hindus of the world. It is spread right across the Hindu spectrum — whatever be the language or ethnicity or place of origin of the Hindus concerned.

    They would have noticed that in the Hindu Diaspora in the West, more young people admire Modi than grown-ups. Many of his young admirers in the US were born and brought up there and had the benefit of the best of secular education. In spite of this, there is a sense of pride in them that the Hindu community has at long last produced a leader of the calibre of Modi.

    What is it they see in him?

    His simple and austere living of the kind associated with the late Kamaraj of Tamil Nadu, but not seen in the leaders of today?

    His reputation as an incorruptible politician, the likes of which is not found anywhere in India, not even in his own party?

    His style of development-oriented governance, which even his detractors do not hesitate to praise?

    The fruits of his policy, which Gujarat and its people are already enjoying?

    His tough stance on terrorism?

    His lucid-thinking on matters concerning our national security?

    His defiance in the face of the greatest campaign of demonisation mounted against him, the likes of which only Indira Gandhi [Images] had faced from her political opponents and sections of the media in the 1970s?

    All these are factors, which influence their favourable perception of him, and which have already been highlighted and analysed in the articles on his impressive election victory.

    But there is one factor, which is more important than these and which has not found mention in the analyses.

    That is, for large sections of the Hindus — young and old, even more among the young than among the old — he gave them a sense of pride in their identity as Hindus.

    They feel that he removed from their minds long habits of defensiveness as Hindus carefully nurtured by the self-styled secularists.

    As if to proclaim one’s Hindu identity and to assert one’s rights as Hindus in their own homeland in which they are in a vast majority (80 per cent of the population) is to be communal, is to become an ugly Indian.

    For these self-styled secularists, a pretty Indian is a Hindu, who is all the time on the defensive, fights shy of proclaiming his Hindu personality and asserting his rights as a member of the majority community.

    These self-styled secularists would not address their sermons of secularism to the Islamic countries, where for a Muslim to convert a non-Muslim into Islam is an act blessed by Allah, but for a non-Muslim to convert a Muslim into his religion is a crime calling for the death penalty.

    For them, secularism is a virtue which a Hindu should practise towards others, but not others towards him.

    It is Modi’s rejection of this hypocrisy of the self-styled secularists, which makes him stand apart as a Hindu leader with a difference in the eyes of his admirers.

    Bharathiyar, the Tamil poet who inspired millions of Tamil youth to join the independence struggle under Mahatma Gandhi [Images], wrote: Tamizhanenru Chollada, Talai Nimirndhu Nillada (Say You Are a Tamil, Hold Your Head High).

    The growing legion of Modi’s admirers in the Hindu community all over the world are saying: Hindu Enru Chollada, Talai Nimirndu Nillada (Say You Are A Hindu, Hold Your Head High).

    They are no longer prepared to be defensive in proclaiming their Hindu idenity, in asserting their rights as Hindus.

    They are secular in the genuine sense of the word, but for them secularism does not mean developing a guilt complex about being a Hindu and all the time conceding the rights of others. They do not accept the argument that a Hindu, who asserts his rights, ceases to be a secularist.

  2. Raul — on 24th December, 2007 at 6:40 pm  

    To the first poster I don’t understand this insecurity. Why do you need to claim pride? Has anybody told you you are inferior or do you feel that way. Who has stopped you from proclaiming your hindu identity or asserting your rights?

    Despots get elected, that doesn’t change anything. If Modi is guilty or complicit in any way in the Gujarat riots I don’t see why any civilized person should get offended if he is prosecuted. Good performance and getting elected doesn’t change that if one believes in rule of law but of course in India that depends on convenience.

  3. Leon — on 24th December, 2007 at 7:54 pm  

    Christ what a depressingly serious thread…it’s Christmas folks! This is the time of year that PP likes to kick back and have some fun!

  4. Cover Drive — on 24th December, 2007 at 8:46 pm  

    B Raman:

    The pathological dislike — even hatred — that some of our (psuedo secularist) Indian journalists — particularly in the electronic media — have for Modi could be seen or sensed as one watched the television coverage of the counting of votes on December 23.

    When a chief minister is complicit in the murder of 1,000 innocent people and gets away with it, is condemned by human rights organisations, does not apologise to the people who were attacked, continues to ignore the plight of minority communities in his state, is denied a visa to US and then re-elected I think the media has every right to feel outraged. In the West Modi would have got far more bad press if he lived there. You only have to look at Bush and Blair; the media has castigated both of them after going to war in Iraq under the false pretext of Iraq having WMD. The bad press has caused a decline in their popularity and eventual downfall but in Modi’s case this has not happened – quite the opposite.

    Many of his young admirers in the US were born and brought up there and had the benefit of the best of secular education.

    I think it’s a disgrace that Gujaratis, who live without any tryanny in Western secular democracies, support fascist politics back home. Its no secret that they have been sending money for development to Gujarat for many years except the money is being used to fund extremist groups and carry out development so that it improves the lot of just the Hindu community.

    They are no longer prepared to be defensive in proclaiming their Hindu idenity, in asserting their rights as Hindus.

    Is asserting their Hindu identity through aggressive Hindutva the right way? Hindutva is a narrow revisionist form of Hinduism just like Wahabism is a narrow revisionist form of Islam. Hindutva will only lead to more violence in India. It is not just Islamic jihadis who have maimed and killed innocent people in India; Hindu extremists have done it too except their crimes have rarely been investigated by the police or intelligence agencies.

    The problem is politics in India so corrupt and the Congress party, which has ruled for most the period since Independence, is responsible for its own demise. When people are faced with a choice of voting for a corrupt party or something else they tend to choose the latter.

    If things continue the way they are, he could well be Indian prime minister and one of the most powerful men in the world.

    What a dreadful thought. The man is semi-literate apart from being a very divisive figure. I don’t think he will have enough mass support across India to become PM.

    I hope the true secular forces in India do get their act together. They have a serious fight on their hands in the future.

  5. Raul — on 24th December, 2007 at 10:09 pm  

    There are no secular forces in India, rather forces of opportunism, the problem is far more complex and larger than secularism and religious extremism. These terms are self serving election gimmicks to plunder and loot some more. Unfortunately lots of people fall for it.

  6. Rav — on 25th December, 2007 at 1:02 pm  

    Modi is an incorruptible figure who will deliver what he says!
    Heres to an inclusive society whereby all can get on as thats what his Hindu message is!

  7. Red Devil — on 25th December, 2007 at 3:13 pm  

    “The man is semi-literate apart from being a very divisive figure. I don’t think he will have enough mass support across India to become PM”

    You dont know what you are talking about.Modi is a graduate of politics science. Hardly a semi-literate. He is a highly intelligent man if one goes by his handling of the Gujarat economy.Under his leadership Gujarat has emerged as India’s #1 state. Modi is probably India’s first no holds barred capitalist chief minister beloved by the industry as well as the masses, who has made economic development his main poll plank and won. The fact that the Bombay stock exchange jumped by 700 points in day in response to Modi’s victory bears this out. Under Modi’s tenure Gujarat has enjoyed a China like GDP growth rate of 10-12%, poverty is minimal, public health indicators have improved dramatically and is India’s top investment destination. Although containing just 5% of India’s population, Gujarat is reponsible for over 20% of India’s exports and 30% of India’s stock market capitalisation.

    His popularity goes much beyond Gujarat. Modi was voted as India’s best administrator in a national opinion poll conducted by the India Today magazine. His popularity among the middle class of India is unparalelled. His brand of politics – integrity in personal life, deft handling of the economy, high on national security is much admired. Modi has emerged as a pan Indian icon.

  8. Neil — on 25th December, 2007 at 3:31 pm  

    Well done to Modi, to blame him solely for the riots is misleading, there have been plenty of riots both in Gujarat and elsewhere which have occured under the Congress party’s tenure. This does not mean that the Congress shouldn’t ever be voted into power, and the same goes for the BJP.

    To say theat Modi only got the Hindu vote is also misleading,according to pre-election surveys around 13 percent of Muslims were intending to vote for him(mostly the young and Middle-classes)

    http://www.indianexpress.com/story/246088.html

    This of course means the other 87% will vote COngress, but it clearly isent a black and white issue.

    To imply he is a fascist is just ignoring the fact that a lot of people in Gujarat are happy to vote for him. I have been there several times in the last year and nearly all my relatives and friends ( including Christians and Muslims amongst them) were happy with the work done in terms of development and economic growth. They are admittedly the middle-class and may not necessarily reflect the views of the rural population, but they are by no means fascist sympathisers.

    Mode, however will not become PM, simply becuase he has been tainted by the 2002 riots and is seen to be a polarising figure, in contrast to someone like former PM Vajpayee, who was seen to offer a ‘softer’ version of Hindu nationalism.

  9. Praveen Nair — on 25th December, 2007 at 6:28 pm  

    I love Modi. Hope he will be the PM soon.

    And @Cover Drive the article that you commented, rather stupidly I thought, was published by B Raman, who was with RAW and retired as the undersecretary. It was published in outlookindia.com so dont waste your energy trying to comment here.

  10. Sunny — on 26th December, 2007 at 6:34 am  

    To imply he is a fascist is just ignoring the fact that a lot of people in Gujarat are happy to vote for him.

    The two are not mutually exclusive. There are plenty of well-educated Gujaratis in the UK who are middle class and happily endorse him – but staying deliberately ignorant of what he did in Gujarat. Like the first person to comment above, these inbreds think everything is a secularist/communist/Muslim conspiracy.

    Modi may keep Gujarat but he is unlikely to get further than that.

    And @Cover Drive the article that you commented, rather stupidly I thought, was published by B Raman, who was with RAW and retired as the undersecretary.

    And your point is what? I love OutlookIndia.

  11. Neil — on 26th December, 2007 at 11:54 am  

    All these middle-class, well educated Gujarati’s are all ‘inbreds’ according to you then. Very good point you’ve made there !

    Fact is Gujarati’s are practical, business oriented people and riots are notoriously bad for business. They obviously think the he provides development and economic growth for the state that the Congress party wouldn’t be able to do. That was his party’s main rallying point during the election campaign and it obviously worked. He wasn’t voted in by people to punish those ‘secularist/communist/Muslim lot’. Dont forget 13 percent of Muslims also intended to vote for him.

    The riots were a blot on the state, but the citizens are well aware that in the past, individual Congress leaders have been just as guilty of inciting divisions within Indian society. Modi has to his credit done exactly what he said he was going to do and helped the state become more properous. Hence like it or not the ‘indbreds’ have voted him in.

  12. Cover Drive — on 26th December, 2007 at 1:56 pm  

    Fact is Gujarati’s are practical, business oriented people and riots are notoriously bad for business. They obviously think the he provides development and economic growth for the state that the Congress party wouldn’t be able to do.

    Gujarat’s economy was doing well even before Modi came to power so its wrong to believe Modi is responsible for all of Gujarat’s progress.

    Development shouldn’t be seen only in economic terms; it should also include greater human freedom through institutions such as the state, the legal system, political parties, the media and public interest groups. What’s happening in Gujarat is that the institutions have become subverted by communal forces so there is less human freedom.

  13. Sid — on 26th December, 2007 at 2:02 pm  

    Dont forget 13 percent of Muslims also intended to vote for him.

    Are you sure they didn’t vote for a known anti-Muslim politician because of intimidation? This phenomenon happens quite a lot in Bangladesh where Hindu block votes by region are made to vote for a particular party because of the fear of post-election reprisals which, if the vote goes the wrong way, is manifested as violence and destruction of homes, property and business.

    I understand Gujarati Muslims are particularly targetted by being unable to operate under their own identity. Muslim taxi drivers in Gujarat have to change their name to some Hindu-ised version to operate. This story illustrates.

  14. Raul — on 26th December, 2007 at 2:44 pm  

    Only people who don’t care for freedom or human progress can find merit in religious bigots. Politicians only represent themselves, all these divisive caste and religion based politics was devised by incompetent and corrupt parties beginning with the Congress to escape accountability and perpetuate their culture of feudalism and massive enrichment. But moving on to Hindu/Indian supremacism masquerading as Hindu pride all over this thread.

    Any indian knows this, somehow we want to feel better than other and invent all sorts of fiction about ourselves to justify the idea, values, morality, family culture etc totally and intentionally ignorant of the absence of any of these in India. We won’t face the problem of reality that stares us in the face and thus we will never be able to solve it.

    Systems, laws, all these things that make a civilized society need to be implemented but we are so corrupt and lacking in integrity that nothing can be solved. And instead of facing this head on and realizing the problem is with us as individuals we head with shovel to dig up some glorious past and peddle fiction about our morality and culture. The problem is more millions of people continue to suffer in India while self serving pride starved supremacists look for their place in a world that is essentially western and science driven that is no surprise also western. Western civilization is modern civilization and nothing you say or do can change that. You can join in the human progress that has built up and build achievement you can be proud of now or you can peddle your own version of reality and delude yourself with imaginary morality as an alternative to progress on the ground

    Do all these value and culture bigots think civilization only existed in India. Do the words Sumer, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Maya, Inca, Roman, Persian, Chinese ring a bell. Do you you morality and family values and all the fiction you want to believe about Indian society are unique to you because you naively swallow and magnify all the excesses you hear about western societies. Get real.

    Every people have a culture, a history, a civilization behind them. Values are human and universal. Attempting to appropriate them and prop up ideals that are entirely fictional because you can’t own up to reality and need alternative gratification perpetuates failure and the worst sort of xenophobia.

  15. Sid — on 26th December, 2007 at 2:46 pm  

    All these middle-class, well educated Gujarati’s are all ‘inbreds’ according to you then. Very good point you’ve made there !

    I think Sunny used the term “inbred” to refer to hidebound communalists. It’s possible to be middle-class and well educated and communalist, and the diasporic Gujarati community in the USA (in particular these lot – who invited Modi to the USA) and in the UK seem to fit that description.

  16. Kaalia — on 26th December, 2007 at 3:41 pm  

    People from afar and who rely on the Pseudo secularist media for their information on Gujarat affairs have no idea and love to drum up their percieved notions which are simply far fetched and far from the truth.

  17. Kaalia — on 26th December, 2007 at 3:50 pm  
  18. Rumbold — on 26th December, 2007 at 4:54 pm  

    Again, as others have said, why does economic development excuse complicity in a massacre?

  19. Kaalia — on 26th December, 2007 at 5:16 pm  

    where do you get ‘complicity’ from??

  20. Neil — on 26th December, 2007 at 6:41 pm  

    The figures speak for themeselves:

    http://www.blonnet.com/2007/12/25/stories/2007122551971000.htm

    The people of Gujarat could be considered fools if they had voted him out based on these facts.

    There was plenty of anti-Modi rhetoric in the India media during the election campaign and this backfired and lead the public to sympathise with him, according to this piece by Sheela Bhattmanaging editor (national affairs), rediff.com:

    http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/dec/23bhatt.htm

    At the end of the day he struck a chord with the people and was helped by major Congress blunders (i.e. not having a decent candidate).

    Sid in answer to your point about Muslim block votes being made due to intimidation. No I dont think that was the case, the poll was taken prior to the elections by a reputable media sources (Indian Express-CNN-IBN-Divya Bhaskar-CSDS survey). Here is more evidence that Muslims would freely vote for Modi:

    http://in.news.yahoo.com/071204/32/6o1ub.html

    ‘Gujarat’s 45 lakh (4.5m) Muslims form just over 9 per cent of the state’s population, according to the 2001 Census. The literacy rate is 73 per cent, higher than the national average of 65 per cent for all citizens. On most other counts, including sex ratio and work participation, they fare better than the national average for all religions.’

  21. Sid — on 26th December, 2007 at 9:15 pm  

    Here’s a rather shocking report from Democracy Now on the Tehelka spycam video that infiltrated right-wing Hindu organisations which contains talking-heads who implicate Modi uncostetably. The tehelka report also shows how the perpetrators have been protected by the state of India.

  22. Cover Drive — on 27th December, 2007 at 9:13 am  

    What is particularly sad is that despite the evidence implicating Modi the state has failed to take any serious action. This election gives him a certain amount of legitimacy in the democratic domain which is dangerous because that gives the green light for all kinds of other state sponsored sectarian violence.

    Over this Christmas Christians in the state of Orissa have come under attack from Hindu extremists in which more than a dozen churches were torched:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7160164.stm
    I suspect the violence was pre-planned.

    What is happening is a degeneration of India’s democracy because the state institutions are simply not effective enough.

  23. Rumbold — on 27th December, 2007 at 10:35 am  

    Kaalia:

    “Where do you get ‘complicity’ from??”

    The HRW report, Modi’s own outbursts, Sid’s link in #21. Most people probably believe that he was involved in the massacre in some way, it is just that for some of those, his actions make him a more attractive candidate.

  24. Kaalia — on 27th December, 2007 at 4:24 pm  

    Cover Drive, why dont you look at the pre-events before those ‘cowardly, mind Hindus’ attacked the churches!??

  25. Arvind Lavakare — on 27th December, 2007 at 4:44 pm  

    From March 2002 onwards they indicted him for the killings of 790 Muslims in the Gujarat riots, never mind that 254 Hindus were also slain simultaneously. They dubbed him a Hindu fanatic, a fascist, a Hitler, the ugly Indian, the mass murderer, the merchant of religion and death. And they used cocktail concoctions like turning 790 into 2,000 and hiding 254 for manipulating western countries to toe this nation-wide calumny.

    Their only iota of proof for this character castration was the remark of a Supreme Court judge who dubbed him a Nero who fiddled while Rome burnt, without backing it up with hard evidence. And even a fraudulent sting operation soon turned impotent.

    Not satiated with their vocabulary, they debunked even his governance and his catalytic role in bringing about his state’s economic development that was remarkable for the short span of five years. They obviously hated him and his right to disagree with their view.

    Now, after five years of suffering ignominy and insults innumerable, the man has humbled and humiliated them all.

    Salute Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat. Click your heels and salute the millions of Gujaratis too who stood rock solid behind him.

    Read all Lavakare columns | Click here to get all about the Gujarat poll tamasha

    Thankfully, a leading pseudo-secularist, and therefore a Congressman, Kapil Sibal has accepted defeat with grace, and spoken of drawing lessons from the crow his party has had to eat. Expert analysts, psephologists included, and others of the pseudo-secularist community who wrote and voiced their prognosis on the Gujarat polls more as wishful thinking than as honest men, also seem to have learnt some lessons.

    But being what they are because of what is probably in their DNA, they are unlikely to ever learn that their interpretation for over half a century of “secularism” and “minorities” has been hopelessly wrong.

    Tragically, this has happened because the founding fathers of Constitution of India chose to remain silent on defining these two words despite the sage counsel of some among them. That counsel was offered in the Constitutional debates and, later, in a letter that a famous Congress leader wrote to another.

    Let’s first see what was said in the historic debates that took place during the making of our Constitution.

    On secularism:

    K M Munshi: A secular state must base its dealings with religion on an equal respect to all religions.

    Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan: “We are a multi-religious state and therefore we have to be impartial and give uniform treatment to the different religions.”

    J.B.Kripalani: A state which respected all religions was educating its citizens in principles of toleration: “We have to respect each other’s faith. We have to respect it as having an element of truth”

    Post Script: When the newly formed Janata Party led by Morarji Desai introduced a Constitutional amendment in 1978 to define “secular” as “equal respect for all religions”, his old Congress party voted it out from the Rajya Sabha.

    On minorities:

    M.R.Masani: “The conception of a nation does not permit the existence of perpetual or permanent minorities. Either the nation absorbs these minorities or, in course of time, it must break up…Ultimately, no legal safeguard can protect small minorities from the overwhelming domination of big masses, unless on both sides (emphasis mine) an effort is made to get closer and become one corporate nation, a homogenous nation.”

    Purshottam Das Tandon: “For the sake of securing the Muslim League’s co-operation we have been accepting many things against our ideals. We should now put a stop to that and should not ignore fundamental principles…”

    Syed Karimuddin had, in the Constituent Assembly, actually warned the minorities that if they wanted to continue a communal approach and activities, they should be aware that it would not be possible to prevent the majority community from propagating majority communalism.

    Combining the above issues of “secularism” and “minorities”, K.M.Munshi’s famous letter warned Jawaharlal Nehru as follows:

    “In secularism’s name, politicians adopt a strange attitude which, while it condones the susceptibilities, religious and social, of the minorities, it is too ready to brand similar susceptibilities in the majority community as communalistic and reactionary. How secularism sometimes becomes allergic to Hinduism will be apparent from certain episodes relating to the reconstruction of the Somnath Temple…These unfortunate postures have been creating a sense of frustration in the majority community. If, however, the misuse of the term ‘secularism’ continues,…if every time there is an inter-community conflict, the majority is blamed regardless of the merits of the question, the springs of traditional tolerance will dry up. While the majority exercises patience and tolerance, the minorities should adjust themselves to the majority. Otherwise, the future is uncertain and an explosion cannot be avoided.”

    The Congress Party and hordes of other pseudo-secularists, including journalists, alas, and unthinking sycophants, have all along ignored the above advice of wise men.

    For decades now, these fraudulent secularists have believed that Muslim League of India is a “secular” political party but the BJP and its ancestors are not. They have believed that the RSS philosophy can be ridiculed and riled but the All India Muslim Personal Law Board viewpoint must be respected and rewarded. They have believed that the thousands upon thousands of Kashmiri Pandits need no exclusive provision in the national budgets but Muslims must have the first right on 15 per cent of the country’s financial allocations. They have believed that when Narendra Modi condemns Sohrabuddin Sheikh, he disdains a Muslim rather than a confirmed criminal-cum-terrorist.

    They believe that when Hindus speak of protecting the Ram Sethu for reasons of its sacredness as well as for it being sacrificed for a techno-economically non-viable canal project, it’s just another act of hilarious Hindutva, while it is perfectly legitimate for Muslims to talk of protecting the Shariat in refusing to sing the national song.

    An agitated Hindu, P.Deivamuthu, has published a booklet (priced Rs 6/-) containing 121 questions to be answered by those who claim to be secularists; ask for it on hinduvoice@vsnl.net and understand why Narendra Modi has become the icon of millions of Hindus, especially among the youth abroad.

    But Modi is much more than the upholder of the Hindu’s rights in his motherland. Modi is also the Hindu whose mission is to usher peace and prosperity among all the people of his state even as he himself lives a simple and austere life. He is the Hindu who will stand up to enemies with kshatriya courage combined with Brahminical brains and the sadhu’s sacrificial strength. The pseudo-secularists have been blind to it all so far. But some Muslims have finally gauged him right. A Muslim journalist of a web news portal, talking to his community members in Ahmedabad immediately after the poll verdict came, quoted several Muslims as saying, “He is the state’s only chief minister since 1947 to deliver a riot-free Gujarat these last five years.”

    And one Ahmed Hussain said, “Allah is with Modi. It is Allah’s wish that he wins and rules Gujarat and we have to obey it.” He added, “We know Hindus are in a majority and it is they who will rule this state.” This sentiment, isolated and belatedly gracious as it may be for the community, is what the Hindus have accepted without a murmur for over 60 years in the Muslim majority state of Jammu & Kashmir.

    It’s the pseudo-secularists who don’t want to live with the truths of a true democracy. One hopes that Modi’s Gujarat phenomenon finally wakes them up from their slumber and makes them bring about at least some changes in their thinking.

    The Congress can begin by changing their Italian Madam’s speech writer who turned out to be a thoughtless shabdon ka saudagar.

  26. Kaalia — on 27th December, 2007 at 6:08 pm  

    Noticed someone has just pasted a latest article of the man Arvind Lavakare .
    Good point – Who killed 254 Hindus in Gujarat?

    http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14562098

    Excerpts –
    Just see the latest “spins” of Tehelka. “Since the police were in control all over Gujarat, Modi instructed them to side with the Hindus, giving the rioters a free hand for three days until pressure from higher quarters necessitated the calling in of the army,” (emphasis mine) it avers. The fact is that “Shoot at sight” orders to all officers of the rank of sub-inspectors and above were given by 2.30 pm on 28 February. In fact, the state government had also requested armed police reinforcements from neighbouring states, besides calling for the Army. On that very day, 10 Hindus had been shot dead and 16 Hindus had been wounded — all by police bullets.

    ‘Tehelka expose has boomeranged’

    Take it as evidence book: CPM

    It’s just a political stunt: BJP

    ‘Modi sanctioned Gujarat violence’

    In their over-anxiety to nail Modi and his alleged “pogrom”, these “secularists” have totally forgotten what some of their own, but rare, conscientious colleagues had reported.

    Thus, in its issue of April 28, 2002, The Times of India reporter, Sanjay Pandey, told us that of the 726 people who had been killed by then in the post-Godhra riots, 168 were Hindus. In its issue of June 24, 2002, The India Today magazine carried an article saying that the official figure of all people killed in Gujarat was 800 in the three months following the massacre at Godhra station of 58 Sri Ram’s kar sevaks in the Sabarmati Express; of these 800, a quarter were Hindus, wrote the weekly.

    And there’s that ultimate statistic: in 2005, the Minister of State for Home of the UPA coalition (comprising the ‘secular’ friends of Muslims) made a written statement in Parliament that 254 Hindus and 790 Muslims were killed in those riots. Yes, groups of Hindus in revengeful lunacy caused by the 58 charred kar sevaks did kill and rape Muslims, but who killed the 254 Hindus? Was it Narendra Modi and his government or was it the lunatic Hindus themselves or was it the…?

    Tehelka’s latest “sting” shown on TV provides at least two more instances of this refusal by “secularists” to look at the truth.

    They said that Modi congratulated one Babu Bajrangi at Naroda Patiya for his deeds against the Muslims. Again, Modi is said to have gone to the site of the Naroda Patiya massacre and acknowledged the efforts of the Chhara tribe who were key participants in the carnage there. The fact is Narendra Modi did not visit Naroda Patiya at that time!

    In order to play up the horror of some of the ghastly deeds of those post-Godhra riots, Aaj Tak mixed the Tehelka tapes with clips from the movie Parzania that told a story around those riots.

    Sadly, there is such fear in our institutions of these “secular exposes” that they will promptly jump into them, lies and all. Thus, the Nanavati Commission probing the 2002 communal violence in Gujarat quickly announced that it would examine the footage of Tehelka’s latest “sting”. Not to be outdone, the National Human Rights Commission announced that the CBI should investigate the tapes and, if needed thereafter, take necessary action.

    All this because, unlike in the US and Europe where there are codes and regulations governing “sting” operations, our country has no statute or rule of any kind to control them. With our Supreme Court giving the widest possible latitude to “freedom of expression” under Article 19(1)(a), the state cannot impose any prior restraint on the freedom of the press on the grounds that the publication concerned would offend the privacy of any individual. No remedy will lie before publication.

  27. Cover Drive — on 27th December, 2007 at 7:14 pm  

    Kaalia:

    Cover Drive, why dont you look at the pre-events before those ‘cowardly, mind Hindus’ attacked the churches!??

    The anti-Christian campaign was triggered by the Hindu-nationalist group known as Vishwa Hindu Parisad (VHP). Denouncing the Christian missionaries who draw converts from Hinduism, and pledging to lead these converts back to their original faith, VHP called a “strike” against Christians beginning on December 24. The campaign quickly erupted in violence as young Hindu militants tore down Christmas decorations on display at homes and stores, and escalated as the mobs attacked churches and schools.

  28. Kaalia — on 27th December, 2007 at 8:41 pm  

    Cover Drive, the path of the missionaries and their actions will only ever attract the likes of VHP and like militants. Turd meets turd here, simple.
    I can only hope that these mad militant types are addressing and spending more of their energy and time on actual wrongs/social evils in hindu society and trying to uplift and enlighten caste oppressors and discriminators from the hindu classes!

  29. Kaalia — on 27th December, 2007 at 8:43 pm  

    uplift the depressed classes and enlighten the oppressors of their wrongs, my meaning!

  30. Neil — on 27th December, 2007 at 10:01 pm  

    Cover Drive these Christian missionaries use bribery and coercion tactics on poor Hindus, in such a deeply religious society as that in India, their methods are bound to cause resentment. I’m not saying the violence against them was right at all, but it certainly wasn’t unprovoked.

  31. primate — on 28th December, 2007 at 2:58 pm  

    This is from The Telegraph of Calcuta, not The Organiser.

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1071228/jsp/nation/story_8715577.jsp

    The Swami, known for his untiring zeal to check conversion of tribals into Christians in the entire southern and western Orissa, has been running the Shankaracharya Sanskruta Kanya Ashram at Jalespata, 30km south of Baliguda in Khandhamal for more than three decades now.

    He was attacked near Dasingbadi, 5km from Daringbadi around noon on December 24 while he was on his way to Brahmanigaon in a Marshal jeep to perform a yagna. Five others, including an APR personnel provided by the government, were accompanying him.

    “It was only by gods grace that I survived,” said the swami.

    Naresh Kanhar (40), who managed to drive the jeep away from the spot said: “A bus was parked on the road in front of our jeep, blocking the way. A tree was cut to block our way back. They were more than 50 of them armed with axes and other weapons,” said the driver.

    Bhubaneswar Jani (24), the APR personnel provided by the government as a bodyguard to the Swami, admitted that the attack was “terrible”.

  32. Cover Drive — on 28th December, 2007 at 3:31 pm  

    I know the issue of conversions is sensitive but sometimes it is used as justification to attack completely innocent Christians and their institutions (i.e. overkill). That I don’t agree with. The Christians are a miniscule minority in Orissa and they don’t deserve to be intimidated.

    The Orissa government is affiliated with the BJP so I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of indirect support to extremist groups like VHP from the state.

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