Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pappu-purush v/s Puppy-purush

English: Narendra Modi in Press Conference
English: Narendra Modi in Press Conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If the choice is between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi, it is fair to say it's not the best position to be in.
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Does Modi deserve to be the Prime Minister of India? Did Rajiv Gandhi deserve to become PM in 1984 right after his Congressi 'troops' had massacred innocent Sikhs by the hundreds in broad daylight? The answer, as they say, is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind. Since none of us speak wind, let's wait till the 2014 elections are done.
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Did Modi have any role in engineering the 2002 riots? The justice system said no but media reports said yes. Bear in mind that it's the same justice system that let Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler of the Congress walk scott free when the same media had reported them to be leading the mobs against their Sikh victims in 1984.
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Does India desperately need clean and strong governance, now more than ever before? That I can tell you without consulting the wind. YES. IT'S ABOUT TIME, I WOULD THINK. 66 YEARS OF WAITING WAS LONG ENOUGH. Of all the things that his rivals and biased 'press-titute' reports (as his less-than-diplomatic fans call the anti-Modi media) have accused Modi of, corruption is not one. I am sure they tried their damnedest to come up with something. That alone makes his candidature stand head and shoulder and Kolhapuri chappals above his rivals.
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His decisions in guiding Gujarat's march forward and the ringing endorsements by industrialists of his leadership were perfect launching pads. Unfortunately Mr. Future PM had to open his mouth just long enough to put his royal foot in his mouth. Regardless of media spin and 'misinterpretation', bringing up puppies accidentally crushed by a car you are not driving in context of mass mob rioting, rape and murder is just plain vanilla wrong. Then to follow it up with a 'burqa of secularism' comment at a subsequent meeting was double clicking on the self-destruct button just to make sure.
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India/Bharat/Hindustan is a nation just not designed to accept or survive such blind hatred, neither historically nor today. Get the Muslims first, they are the problem, right? Christians, aren't they secretly funded by the Vatican church to overthrow Hinduism? Everyone knows it's those SC/ST people who are the speed bumps on our road to progress, don't they? Oh no, wait, isn't it the North Indians who are dragging us down? Shut up, it's them, the non Hindi speaking ones who are causing this lack of 'unity', don't you see? Communists, God damn, those communists! Where does the finger pointing and divisiveness stop?
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Incredibly, only possible in incredible India, Modi still has a golden chance. Only because of the capabilities (or lack thereof) of his presumed rival to the top post. The blank page of 'http://rahulgandhiachievements.com/' says it all, which  is basically nothing. The Congress haven't announced Rahul Gandhi as their Prime Ministerial candidate yet. It is the smartest thing they have done so far on their campaign for 2014 and their only hope is in that they continue this smartness.
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I envision a third scenario too. Modi has a longer term plan than most would imagine. He, I believe, is looking at 2019 or beyond for his PM attempt. The Congress as of now is solely focused on bringing down the 'Modi for PM' bandwagon. Repeatedly calling him communal is all the pebbles they have in their arsenal drawing attention away from the mind-boggling number of scams and mis-governance that UPA-II has put our country through. 
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Modi, bear in mind, is just the BJP election campaign head as of now, not the PM candidate.  It's his first role at the national level and he may be learning the ropes on the big stage through every minute in the limelight. There is no viable BJP alternative to him in Gujarat who will become the Chief Minister, if Modi were to become PM in 2014. Making his crude aimed-at-a-particular-community headlines is only a way to consolidate his strongly right wing supporters even more. He keeps drawing the fire until it is very near Lok Sabha election time and then... he steps away.
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Someone more 'acceptable' to allies steps in for the PM post, maybe a Sushma Swaraj or a Arun Jaitley. Elections, as always in India are won or lost on local issues, not who is running for PM. BJP wins a decent number of seats. The allies like Nitish Kumar and BJD come safely rushing back, now that Modi is not a PM candidate. Lo and behold, the numbers add up and there is a BJP led government at the centre. Modi gets all the credit for running a successful campaign and his national stature grows exponentially.
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There will always be a next time, Modi, like all other smart politicians, knows, if you play your cards right. The fate of India hangs in balance on his actions and those of his political contemporaries who block his road to power. Is there some other dark horse, yet unnoticed, an exemplary leader who will trounce all others with his enthusiasm and energy, without bad-mouthing a section of Indian society or without the benefit of being political royalty, waiting to lead our country out of its current predicament? 
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The answers will start forming quite so very soon. Democracy can only give the people the leaders they deserve. 2014 will be a very interesting year, a very interesting year.
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2 comments:

R I T I said...

Hmm.. interesting thought that Modi would be waiting for his turn in 2019. Unfortunately, his dark communal side does it for me. Vinod Mehta said in an Outlook article he wrote, that he was scared that Modi would take shortcuts to get things done. Bypass the laws,which has happened before, take for example the Tata Nano factory set up in Gujarat. He took 4 days to get all clearances for it. But, neither Vinod Mehta nor me can deny that he is the flavour of the season. Whatever he says, goes. People are asking for him. Maybe he wont prove to be the messiah afterall ... who knows?

Roy said...

The whole 'Messiah' aspect of Modi's publicity campaign is what creeps me out. Every leader should be disciplined by the public's critical eyes. But his fan-boys make me fear that if he comes to power in 2014 or 2019, the possibilities of a dictatorship grow ever more stronger.