Gujarat elections results are out. Unexpected or Expected? Incumbent Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi and the BJP won their third consecutive term in Gujarat. First and foremost, there is no getting away from the fact that this is an out and out Modi victory. Narendra Modi becomes even more strong in Gujarat (assuming that is still possible) as the Keshubhai’s and the Shankar Singh’s have shown exactly how much they are worth – nil, nothing. (According to Our Fellow Blogger Comrade Chakra)
THE TREMENDOUS and outstanding victory of Narendra Modi deserves praise, because he stood for his principles and was never apologetic or changed just for the sake of elections as is being done by Indian politicians. He just gave his opinion distinctly, which was well understood by the people of Gujarat, and he has been voted massively by the people. This is a wonderful New Year gift to the BJP, to the people of Gujarat, and an eye opener to the rest of India.
Narendra Modi’s impressive show in the Gujarat Assembly elections today stunned the Congress amidst a debate on whether its president Sonia Gandhi’s “liars and merchants of death” remarks were a “tactical mistake” exploited by the Chief Minister. As long as the main stream party like the Congress indulges in hypocrisy as evidence in the preset turmoil in Punjab and mount disinformation that BJP is communal and drive them to a corner and spread the canard that anti-hindutva is the index of secularism, Narendra Modis will continue to win.
I quote from Barkha Dutt’s Prisoners of Past article that appeared in Hindustan Times recently– “A Modi-centric attack that dwells on the state-sponsored violence of 2002 only seems to rally public opinion around him. It’s the reason the Tehelka sting on the riots barely finds mention in the Congress campaign. The English media today is seen by the ordinary Gujarati as an elite conspirator who is out to tarnish his state. Big battles sometimes need quiet and low-key solutions. For there to be any dramatic change in Gujarat, the paradigm of public debate just has to move away from the riots of 2002. To ensure the future of Gujarat, we can no longer remain prisoners of the past.”
Nothing, not the rebel factor, not his haughty style of functioning, not the sidelining of the Sangh Parivar, not even the larger-than-life he created for himself, seems to have worked against Modi’s carefully calibrated brand of cultural nationalism, hinged on Gujarati asmita that tapped into the fear of the other. It has also shown, for the second time after Uttar Pradesh, that while a Rahul/Sonia rally may draw the crowds, it certainly does not draw votes. It has also vindicated that Madam’s strength is back-room machinations and she still has a long way to go before she becomes a potent force as a mass leader.
What is so special about Modi? This election it was Narendra Modi Vs Rest. There were numerous controversies that loomed before and during the election campaign but nothing happened. This election is going to have ever lasting impacts on national politics. Perhaps this election has made Modi’s persona even larger. Modi has ideas and Modi has vision. These are attributes often absent in many leaders and Congress just didn’t had any alternative to Modi.
At the recent National Development Council in New Delhi Modi was very clear that India knocking on 2008 should talk about economic criteria not religion. His presentation was that of a man who knows his economics. He was hitting out at Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s plans to earmark 15 per cent of funds under the 11th plan for minorities. He saw it as a move just to make Muslims happy. People were impressed with Modi’s speech and Modi’s attack. And he spoke on a lot of issues, about investment, development, education. Those present saw the visionary in Modi—the posterboy of Gujarati Asmita and beyond. This huge support that Modi enjoys is something that was not with him before. If Hindus find that they are victims of reverse discrimination when it comes to government development schemes. Modi is right. Which birdbrain came up with this idea? It must count among the most irresponsible that any government has devised and any idiot should be able to see that it will lead to the social tensions Modi predicts. In a process of wooing the voters we are going very far that may have dire consequences on our society. The problem in our country is that every move that government makes is motivated by “Votes”. Let me draw your attention to one more such happenings and that is of Taslima Nasreen. Last week the GOI tols her that she cannot be allowed to enter Kolkata and if she does she may be deported. She lives under virtual house arrest at an ‘undisclosed address near Delhi’ ever since the West Bengal government put her on a midnight flight out of Kolkata last month. Now, she has been told that this is the only sort of hospitality India can offer. This is the secularism of UPA? They are threatening Taslima Nasreen and not the one who are threatening Taslima. The problem lies that there is no proper understanding of “Secularism.” UPA and its allies uses it as it suits them. Sitaram Yechury has called for unity among “SECULAR PARTIES” after Modi won the elections today. Today if you speak a word about Hindus, then you are communal. In this quest of keeping “Communal Powers” at the bay we have seen how few states have been ruined (UP under Mulayam and Bihar under RJD, both places Congress supported the government). It is because of this bizarre understanding of secularism that a man like Narendra Modi is becoming acceptable to middle-class Indians even outside Gujarat. It would not have happened if Rajiv Gandhi had not foolishly accepted the claim of fundamentalist Muslims to their own personal law. It would not have happened if V.P. Singh had not added Mandal fuel to the fire. Any sort of reverse discrimination is not acceptable today to an ordinary middle class citizen.
For some, Narendra Modi is a demagogue. And in this case he is also not different to the others. If Rajiv Gandhi and Indiraji is not a demon then Modi is also not (Just look at the figures of riots of 1984 and 2002). I am not vindicating Modi on riots but just making a point of double standards and hypocrisy that is prevalent in today media and “Secular Parties”. In making him a demon the so called liberals have made Narendra Modi a national figure and let me tell you that no Chief Minister is as known as Modi even outside Gujarat.