Some of India's most eminent lawyers, journalists, senior security
experts, and a handful of statesmen/ politicians, including former cabinet
ministers will be packaging this information for mass consumption post the
elections. Much of it is in fact already available in the public domain, albeit
Their unanimous assessment, derived from a vastly greater
repository of information than any of us ever could have at our disposal, is
that these elections are about trying to stop
Narendra Modi (not necessarily the BJP) at any cost, but
for fundamentally different reasons to those most of us may
Below is the much diluted summary of those
There is a colossal criminal nexus in India, chaperoned (I use
that word advisedly) by key figures within the country, which brings
multi-trillion dollar illegal mafia network (including food, water, power,
natural resources, currency, stamp paper, animal slaughter etc). The 'black
money' issue is one visible symptom of that.
- A giant
industry of forced religious conversions.
- Communal politics of divide & rule (which continues similar
pre-Independence policies used to subjugate Indians).
number of other subversive activities related to the territorial integrity of
India, which is best left to Mr. Modi & co. to explain and handle
Narendra Modi broke the legs of the first three of these sets of
activity in Gujarat, which in turn is the lifeblood of the fourth and ultimate
series of objectives. He also decimated the VHP/ Bajrang Dal/ Congress as well
as the local BJP old guard's riot-and-hate politics in the state; this was a
bedrock of both Congress and the pre-Modi BJP's electoral strategy in Gujarat,
and Mr. Modi single-handedly orchestrated their annihilation. Within this brief
explanation are the first set of reasons as to why Mr. Modi created so many
enemies throughout the country, as well as within the Gujarat
Read: The Great Thorium Robbery
By 2002/3, when it became clear that Mr. Modi meant business, the
vested interests who support such activity on a national scale, to put it
succinctly, noticed him. To put these scams and activities into perspective,
from the relentless, deceptive religious conversions throughout India, to the
North East, where Naxals are flourishing and over 35 million illegal immigrants
are being regularised as Indian voters partly through a key national biometric
scheme, to the South East, where almost a trillion dollars of India's thorium
resources (depending on exchange rates) have been stolen from under our sleeping
noses, the activity that took place in pre-Modi Gujarat is still taking place
throughout India, on a gigantic scale.
If Chief Minister Narendra Modi could put an end to this in
Gujarat, a Prime Minister Narendra Modi could evidently do the same throughout
Read Philip Goldberg's article, 'Missionaries in India: Conversion
When Modi broke the terror networks within Gujarat, banned
religious conversions, wiped out the fake currency and stamp paper scams, banned
illegal animal slaughter (but not the eating of meat or even beef as some
suggest) and dealt hammer blows to the various other mafias, he became Enemy
No. 1 to the centralised vested interests controlling these activities
throughout the country.
WHY THE DESPERATE MODI SMEAR CAMPAIGN
Even the humblest student of history will tell you that when a
challenger to established vested interests emerges who is both good enough,
popular enough, and crucially, strong enough to take those interests on, no
effort is spared to de-legitimise, malign or even neutralise such threats.
History is replete with such examples; I need not remind you of the
pre-public-acceptance demonisation of Lincoln, Gandhi and Mandela.
In a democracy, the control of information and manipulation of
voter sentiment is key. Many highly intelligent, incorruptible and well informed
stalwarts of public life - as well as from our intelligence community - have
been crying themselves hoarse that the targeting of Modi is an orchestrated
smear campaign; the biggest and most ruthlessly savage in Indian independent
Listen to Tavleen Singh's Summary of the Demonisation of
Consider the flow of information centred on Mr. Modi, and the
manner in which he is targeted (for pretty much everything); there is so much
deceit, so much misinformation about Modi in the public realm that even the best
of us fall for it. Smriti Irani, MJ Akbar, former Prime Minister Vajpayee and
countless others all initially declared Mr. Modi guilty in their and our minds
due to the very reasons that many of us (including many of my highly learned
friends and seniors) still do today; the consumption of publicly available
Watch MJ Akbar Talk About The Failed Witch-Hunt Against
I was reviled by and abhorred Mr. Modi too, with passion, and for
years, because I genuinely believed that he had blood on his hands (as far as I
am concerned, good roads and economic growth be damned if they come at the price
of bigotry or bloodshed).
HISTORICAL PARALLELS – FROM
ANTI-SEMITISM TO LINCOLN
Books, news programmes, articles, so-called sting operations,
supposedly credible reports, new media organisations, 'neutral' investigative
blogs and websites, our democratic institutions, and a series of NGOs and human
rights organisations have either been paid vast sums or been unwittingly sucked
into the coordinated campaign that Minhaz Merchant refers to as 'Target Modi'.
Read Minhaz Merchant's TOI Blog, 'Target
Recall how Lincoln was demonised during his time, and why.
Remember how even harmless heroes like Alan Turing had Britain’s ‘most
respected’ journalists and 'thought leaders' busily and unforgivably
dehumanising him because of the narrative that those who wished to smear Turing
led with; such ‘truth seekers’ didn't target Turing because they were evil; they
did so because in spite of their intellect and education, they were still
foolish and fallible enough as human beings to be sucked into the state’s
propaganda to denigrate that one man.
The story of our Jewish brothers and sisters throughout human
history (other than, I am pleased to write, in India) provides another
historical parallel; Jewish communities regularly faced the injustice of
organised propaganda, and good people like us were always sucked into such wars
The history of India, Africa, and China and the narratives of our
respective cultures provide yet another insight into the effortless power of
organised propaganda. Any unbiased historian worthy of his role and
responsibility will tell you that Indians were world leaders for the majority of
recorded human history until a short arm’s stretch of history ago; yet Mill’s
fabricated, racist and absurd counter-narrative persists to this day, and still
shapes our views of history and our current reality. The same broad logic
applies to African and Chinese history.
Where there are sinister and deeply entrenched interests to
protect, history tells us that black can easily be converted to white, and white
to black, with well-meaning consumers of information (i.e. voters) being
effortlessly absorbed into the relentless churn of disinformation, without even
HOW NARENDRA MODI IS EFFORTLESSLY
DEHUMANISED & ABUSED
If we put the above into perspective today, and recognise the
truer realities of 21st Century India, the context of the desperate calumniation
of Mr. Modi is clear; the almost amateurish (but worryingly for democracy, much
believed) distortion, magnification, amplification and worldwide projection of
even the most innocuous deed of Mr. Modi by news channels, academia, the
internet, a new 'sting' or a new 'report' should raise at least a modicum of
incertitude in those blessed with even the faintest powers of perception and
Modi's aggressive speech attacking Musharraf after a
terror attack in Gujarat, for instance, has been portrayed as a hate speech
(listen to the whole speech, understand his perspective, and decide for yourself
if it really is anything close to one); a few words of Modi vowing a
'response' and 'the severest of consequences' after Godhra have been edited and
made viral on YouTube/played endlessly on TV out of the context of a much longer
speech where he repeatedly added 'UNDER THE RULE OF
Commentary from former Prime Minister Vajpayee
castigating (rightly so, given perceptions of the time) Modi after the
despicable 2002 riots has also been widely shared on YouTube; however the
intelligent do-gooding genii who share such videos (close friends included) fail
to realise that the last, crucial 6-7 seconds of that video have been edited
out, where Vajpaayee states that he is sure that Modi is doing the right
That's how deeply incisive, how focussed on the truth some of us
have been in seeking to 'nail' Mr. Modi. There are countless other examples,
from the denigration of hisrevolutionary work in Gujarat (from the realms of
water and power, to school enrolment and village healthcare), to the way in
which he talks that are incessantly taken out of context or repackaged
deceptively. As usual, we simply lap it up.
Another sign of our utter intellectual delinquency, rational
feebleness and spiritual barrenness as arm-chair prosecutors is exemplified in
another monumental lack of attention-to-detail; the very Western journalist who
actually interviewed Mr. Modi herself challenged the mischievous
misinterpretation of Mr. Modi's 'puppy dog' statement during that interaction.
Rather than even bother to find out her perspective, the vast
majority of us chose to be 'outraged' by Mr. Modi, and comfort ourselves with
such lazily reactive default responses that as a matter of course, assume the
worst of him; it behoves us to remember that this is the same Mr. Modi who
himself replied to the petty insult of essentially being called a 'dog' (a
relatively mild insult by the standards of the past 12 years) by saying
that he perceives that to be a
compliment, given the loyalty and companionship of dogs.
Modi's 'puppy' remarks were 'misinterpreted', says reporter who
WHEN MODI BECAME A NATIONAL
By 2006/7, when it became clear that Mr. Modi could become a
national contender, the efforts to malign him/remove him were ratcheted up. They
have obviously become shriller and more vicious with time, and are of course at
their zenith, their most brutal at present.
The news of just two of the assassination attempts on Mr. Modi in
the past few months indicates how desperate his enemies are to stop him. Dr.
Swamy, a friend/confidant of former Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi and PV
Narasimha Rao knows what many don't, and has also faced assassination attempts
because of the people he has dared to take on. Again, Dr. Swamy, Mr. Modi &
co. will be able to explain in depth after the elections what I am cursorily
highlighting here; in addition to being fearless, like few statesmen before
them, they also refreshingly believe that the nation has a right to know what it
needs to know.
In essence, this election is not what most people, including Mr.
Modi's supporters, believe it to be; in addition to Mr. Modi wanting to revive
and revitalise India, it is also about Mr. Modi vowing to put a handful of
people in India on trial for high crimes against the nation, and them trying to
save themselves by gunning (literally) for Mr. Modi at all and any cost.
India, in the process, be damned.
That is the crux of the 2014
battle, and one should not be surprised if
certain people flee the country as soon as the election outcome becomes obvious
(those in tune with the laws of Satya (the truth) and karma would already know
that outcome). So whilst Mr. Modi is fighting for us, we're busy hating him, and
the nation's real enemies are busy deceiving us of our votes - and getting away
If you view the 2014 elections in context, other events of the
past few years also make more sense: the EVM fraud that Dr. Swamy has challenged
in the courts; the alleged subversion of the CBI/CAG and even the EC in their
heyday of Modi-targeting, the 20+ tutored witnesses who testified against Modi
and were subsequently declared unreliable; the plainly obvious Modi-centricity
of the AAP core's strangely desperate and one-sided 2014 election strategy; the
relentless attacks on the Supreme Court after a number of verdicts went against
certain interest groups in Delhi, and in favour of Modi; the desperate creation
of, and vote-grab attempt from Andhra-Telangana; the blacking out of Lok Sabha
TV during that vote; the bringing into disrepute of the office of The President
of India in previous years; the scapegoating of decent Congress leaders such as
Dr. Singh and Speaker of The House Meira Kumar, and so on and so forth.
Congress Propping AAP to Counter Narendra Modi
IS MODI REALLY THE DEVIL INCARNATE
The fabricated depiction of Mr. Modi as an authoritarian Hindu
fanatic, as well as the ill-informed trashing of any Hindu organisation, guru
and the RSS should also be seen in this context. There are perverted religious
leaders in every community, but only Hindu miscreants are targeted and made an
example of. Why ? 95% of the RSS serves as a lifeblood of India, and flatters
any government in the way in which it provides social security for ALL Indians
of all faiths; Hindus, Muslims, Skihs, Christians – everyone. Two of India's
greatest Prime Ministers, Mr. Rao and Mr. Vaypayee, and one of its most
successful Chief Ministers, Mr. Modi, are all products of RSS training; in fact
a casual glance at the success of Indian Prime Ministers since 1947 indicates
that RSS training appears to be a far greater guarantor of (rapid) national
harmony and poverty
alleviation than a Harvard or Oxbridge degree.
However, because a visible minority of murderous fascists happen
to be affiliated to the same organisation, as well as because of a chequered
past steeped in the tumult of 20th Century India, a vastly evolved RSS as a
whole is still denigrated in 2014. That's akin to labelling all boy scouts
groups or Christian social organisations and members fascist. There are other
organisations in our country who do far more harm than even the RSS' fascist
fringe groups, and little or no good for people at large, yet they are not even
on society's radar.
The sole obsession with the RSS, and the reason that eccentric (to
us) but essentially decent gurus are savaged so frequently is because their
grass-roots members support Mr. Modi, or rather the most capable opponent of the
country's deeply entrenched criminal interests. When the same RSS had buttressed
Congress, that was of course not communal and entirely acceptable, but in
supporting Modi, a genuinely
secular man, it becomes an issue. Why ?
Our family links have nearly always been with the Congress, which
still has a handful of fine people within it, and as a community (Sikhs), we
have known people to have been harassed and some even killed by right wing
fanatics - the point of explaining these two details is for you to understand
that I do not ever view things from my personal or community/ perspective, but
from what I believe is a fair and objective view of any issue that affects all of us, and more importantly,
what I believe is the greater truth; I have no time for clannishness, especially
if that may obscure an understanding of broader truths.
In a nutshell, it is wrong to judge an entire organisation because
of ill-informed prejudices or even personal history. Objectivity is far more
important, and 95% of the RSS
cadre are not bad people. Those who are, the minority who are truly fascist
are the ones we should strengthen Modi's hand in dealing with, as that is
exactly what he has done in Gujarat as I will explain below.
MODI’S SECULARISM & SENSE OF FAIR
As for Modi being a religious fascist himself; if you can’t come
to terms with the notion that Modi may actually be passionately secular, even
Gandhian, and vehemently anti-fascist (it is of course far more comforting to
simply hate him), please research his demolition of hundreds of illegal
Hindu temples in Gujarat (they
broke the law/encroached on roads), his organised renovation of Islamic
shrines in Gujarat and their
conversion into global tourist attractions, the reverse migration of Muslims back
into Gujarat under his watch,
the way he protected Advani's pro-Jinnah freedom of
speech in Gujarat despite
disagreeing with it personally, the way he has locked up VHP/ Bajrang Dal/ BJP/
Congress hate-mongers, and the no-nonsense manner in which he has banned
communal speeches in Gujarat. In fact if real trouble makers and bigots ever
wish to abuse each other, they choose a Congress state in which to do so (where
they are rarely restrained). In Gujarat, they have no chance.
Mr. Modi has even stuck his nose into the more modest details of
the lives of Muslim villagers where locals were even denied grass for their
livestock under previous governments; Mr. Modi made sure it reached them under
his. I say this advisedly; Mr. Modi is a very fair,
sensitive and kind man, not the devil you think he is. If you respect
our courts, he is certainly not a murderer, and if we actually study facts on the ground in Gujarat, there are
endless affirmations of his profound and sincere secularism.
We hate him not because he is worthy of that hate, but
because he has been smeared relentlessly and fashioned into an acceptable object
of hate, because we have succumbed to that conditioning whether we have the
humility to accept it or not, because we don't fully understand what he says
half of the time, because we are not aware of the life he has lived for the last
12 years and how much of that life has been survival, absorbing abuses
and fighting back, and because his naked aggression (against criminals) and
his old world Indian mannerisms do not always sit well with us. Yes, he looks
and sounds rather frightening at times (mainly at rallies) - but he's addressing
/targeting his opponents or the injustices that he perceives, not us. Watch Mr. Modi speak at the 2013 India Today Conclave
or in the April 2014 Aap Ki Adalat interview to understand him better as a
Mr. Modi's BENIGN assertion of cultural nationalism should also
not confuse the understanding that he is inherently secular; it is entirely
possible to be a proud Hindu, a nationalist (aka Mr. Vajpayee, Mr. Rao or better
still, Mahatma Gandhi) but also sincerely secular (in the Indian definition) -
the three are in fact mutually inclusive in the Indian context. And I should not
need to explain this, but I am not a Hindu; nor are numerous respected
individuals attempting to enlighten us with the truth about Mr. Modi, such as MJ
Akbar, Minhaz Merchant, Lord Adam Patel, Barry Gardiner and the heads of
churches and mosques in India, news of whose support for Modi we are seldom able
to easily access.
I know some of us may find this difficult to stomach, but if we
simply wish to hate somebody for the 2002 riots and for communalism in general,
let us not fall for the oldest trick in the book by still channelling that ire
at Modi; that is how the real culprits will get off the hook. Not just the ones
who really did fashion the tragedy of 2002, but those who exist and subsist by
subverting the destiny of India's minorities year after year, riot after riot,
subsidy after subsidy, and bribe after bribe under the shamelessly deceitful
garb of secular polity.
If one wishes to simplistically attribute blame for 2002, it is
clear that it cannot be attributed to Mr. Modi, and that we should consider
looking in the other direction, and take succour from the fact that this is the
first time in Independent India that so many of the real criminals have actually been
sentenced (why do some of us forget that important detail in our haste to nail
only Mr. Modi ?).
One cannot repeat for the nth time how much this (at that time new
and inexperienced) Chief Minister did to stop that violence; riots are huge,
dispersed, diabolical events, and they cannot be controlled easily. In India,
they have a pattern of being politically organised/facilitated – that means
Modi, a new CM at that time, was sitting amongst numerous civil servants and
even ministers who were from the criminal old guard, the pre-Modi system. He
took two years to cleanse that system and weed them out (another reason he has
so many disgruntled local enemies within the BJP).
In spite of the reality of that time, Mr. Modi still managed to
bring c.90 per cent of the bloodshed to a halt within a week - quicker than the
entire British government was able to bring the far less deadly London riots to
a halt in 2012 - but lies persist that they raged on for months (skirmishes and
localised incidences of violence continued, and the remaining 10% of deaths
occurred over this consolidated period). This and many other lies were
reconfirmed as so on 26th December last year, but as usual, the detail that
mattered has been accorded scant regard in the public realm, most of all by
those who have a moral obligation to know it.
WHY ARE MUSLIM & CHRISTIAN FIGURES
WHO SUPPORT MR. MODI IMMEDIATELY SILENCED ?
When prominent Muslim figures speak out in favour of Mr. Modi's
upliftment of all communities, especially Muslims, in Gujarat, there must be a
logical explanation as to why they are so desperately shouted down. If one
researches the comments of Lord Adam Patel, Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed from Kashmir,
and Maulana Madani Ji to name just three, one sees a regular pattern; they
praise Mr. Modi for his inclusive growth and polity, but are then
attacked for speaking their minds and sometimes forced to retract their
comments. The latest incidence of silencing/ rubbishing Mr. Modi's supporters
took place a few days ago, with noted Tamil Christian novelist R N Joe D’Cruz
being threatened and abused for speaking his mind. Why does this keep happening
Recall how Zafar Sareshwala had suddenly become a ‘spineless
crony’ just because he passionately supports Mr. Modi (the fact that he was a
victim of the riots and was planning to take Mr. Modi to the UN-affiliated
International Court of Justice with the highly respected Lord Adam Patel of the
UK before they both understood the reality of Gujarat under Mr. Modi suddenly
becomes irrelevant; slap a court case on him to make him look like an evil crony
and job done, another Modi supporter is discredited). I recently met Mr.
Sareshwala whilst researching this subject, and I found it refreshing how he has
the backbone to fight for the truth as he does; he takes his role as a voice of
that truth of Gujarat very seriously. Ditto Asifa Khan, a former Congresswoman
and Gujarati caught up in the 2002 riots, and many others, who know the reality
about Modi's Gujarat.
When Madhu Kishwar, a credible and much respected activist and
darling of civil society (until of course she reversed her initial anti-Modi
position), tried to launch her new book in Delhi last month titled 'Modi,
Muslims & Media', she was mysteriously denied access to numerous pre-booked
venues for her book launch, even after receiving confirmed venue bookings. Her
book catalogues interviews with countless Muslim Gujaratis over a 14-month
process and allows them to explain their perspectives on life in Modi's Gujarat.
Why is such positive news such a threat to some ?
THE SYMBOLIC EPITOME OF OUR RECKLESS
STUPIDITY: HAREN PANDYA
Haren Pandya is readily quoted by those making the case against
Mr. Modi as an example of his ill intent and complicity in the riots. But it is
Pandya who was one of the real butchers of our brother and sisters in the riots,
and it was Mr. Modi who took him on. How do these two facts reconcile themselves
with each other? And what does it say about the many of us who must have, at
some stage, 'shared' one of those 'see, Modi's guilty' masterpieces on our
timelines which almost always quoted Pandya ?
Do we even know who Pandya really was ? This question is directed
to my experienced journalist friends who have written about him, as well as the
rest of us who have cited such articles. In fact most of us must have quoted him
at some stage in the context of the hero that he was made to be (for the
specific reason that he made accusations against Mr. Modi). That's how
mindlessly, robotically uninterested in the truth some of us have actually been.
Our demonisation of Mr. Modi is not, on so many levels, a quest for justice or
truth, but an irrational decade-long hatred of a man which is worthy of the
greatest shame and introspection.
I'm sure many of my peers still believe that
slandering Modi is the socially conscious, right thing to do for we, the
self-righteous arbiters of truth and dispensers of justice who know more than
our courts, security experts and finest legal minds put together.
The Pandya episode in isolation is
enough to show us all how little our understanding of the reality of Gujarat
2002 and India 2014 actually is, how shockingly insincere our quest for answers
may be, and how unfair we might have been to Mr.
Let’s also quickly take a look at another murderer, Maya Kodnani -
how many people know that she pleaded her innocence with Mr. Modi, after which
he allowed her to continue in office whilst still on trial and in anticipation
of a verdict (as someone who has been abused as a murderer for a decade, one
could understand why Modi may have had some (misplaced) sympathy for her).
However, once it was proven by the courts that Kodnani was guilty of atrocities,
Mr. Modi asked for her sentence to be increased to the death penalty. Why aren't
people interested in that important detail ? How many other leaders have the
courage and propriety to accept they were wrong for years and then act upon that
despite the fallout from one’s own party and allies ?
GODHRA & THE
Further, take the case of the Godhra massacre itself;
this has been proven to have been a pre-planned massacre of innocent men, women
and children, yet the anti-Modi brigade still mindlessly regurgitate an older
(politically instructed) report which declared it to be an accident! The proof
is out there, yet people still quote old, discredited reports; my highly
educated, accomplished, successful friends in media and on Facebook are guilty
of this. A three year old child, if presented with the basic, verified
information on Godhra, wouldn't make the same mistake, yet some of the world's most accomplished journalists
and authors have.
Mr. Modi is also supposed to have allowed the parading of the
bodies to stoke tensions, butthose bodies were cremated before the riots even
broke out (if such detail
actually matters). Godhra was a planned event - the riots the despicable
aftermath; Mr. Modi was caught up in these chain of events, did more than anyone
ever has to stop those riots, and has ended that legacy of riot politics in
Gujarat; yet he is the only one who carries the baggage of it. How does that
even begin to make sense ?
The point here is that so many of us are constantly, mindlessly
criminalising the wrong man. If we actually care for justice or truth, how many
names do we even know of the real culprits who have been jailed other than
Kodnani and a few others who we reactively associate with Mr. Modi
Even the much circulated investigative 'sting' into Mr. Modi's
supposed role in the riots have been universally discredited on multiple counts;
one of the bigoted, murderous thugs who boastfully claimed (to a hidden camera)
that he had supposedly received Mr. Modi's 'blessings/instructions' to riot and
kill had never even met or
spoken to Mr. Modi. There is a good reason why no court of law has ever
accepted such an abysmal quality of 'evidence' for almost a decade, but yet
again, that doesn't seem to be important to many of us.
Even the denigration of the Gujarat model is a series of (very
obvious) lies and distortions, and the allegations of crony capitalism
nonsensical; Gujarat's land policies and fairness in dealing with farmers'
interests has been lauded by the Supreme Court of India; the Tata case is of a
soft loan (used throughout India and the world, but only Mr. Modi is targeted
for it); the Adani land deal is standard PPP practice in most countries - it is
how much of our national infrastructure (such as roads) are built, and is in
line with the cheap land deals offered in the UK or the US to generate economic
growth in underdeveloped areas (there are one pound/one dollar deals given
there); the Reliance gas issue is a national one with an international pricing
dimension, but of course only Mr. Modi is blamed; and the comparisons of figures
denigrating the Gujarat story are unfair and distortionary (and sometimes very
Read Minhaz Merchant's article, 'Gujarat’s development model:
Separating fact from fiction':
Yet we lap it up, again and again! We are also probably very
impressed with Silicon Valley, or gleaming new SEZs in the West – but when Modi
emulates similar PPP models in Gujarat, he becomes corrupt. When he uses APCO
for PR that he has every right to pursue (especially in the face of a colossal
smear campaign), he becomes a dictator; by that logic, does that also mean that
the Clinton Global Initiative, which has saved hundreds of millions of lives
around the world, Mercedes Benz, universities and flood control agencies, all of
which also hire APCO, are also evil dictators ? Is this the analysis and sense
of objectivity that our education provides us ?
AND THE PERSONAL ALLEGATIONS ?
As a student, I had the honour of driving the then British Prime
Minister John Major's brother, the late Terry Major Ball, back to a train station. I knew at that
time and remember to this day how the Majors defined true 'class' - Mr. Major
would never use a single penny of taxpayers' money for personal or family
benefit. The much maligned Dr. Manmohan Singh is another such man of principle
and integrity; and so is Mr. Narendra Modi.
As with Mr. Major's and Dr. Singh's families, Mr. Modi's family,
the humblest of them all, still live the lives they traditionally did before Mr.
Modi's ascent to and within office; Mr. Modi's mother still lives in a small,
humble room with Mr. Modi not providing for his family beyond the means of his
meagre salary. Contrast this to the monthly jaunts and joyrides Mr. Modi's
opponents freely take at Indian taxpayer's expense without us even knowing about
Given the mind-boggling shamelessness of hypocrisy in this regard,
the personal jibes directed at Mr. Modi, a scrupulously clean man, are the most
tasteless and offensive of all.
THE REAL CRIMINALS ARE THE ONES MODI IS
The high crimes that I referred to at the beginning of this piece;
the use and abuse of the votes of our Muslim brothers and sisters, the stripping
of national assets, deliberate inflation-linked corruption in food, water and
power, deliberate provision of poor roads and public goods, the dilution of our
territorial integrity, the sickening reality of riot politics - these are the
real issues that we are all blissfully ignoring in our trance-like obsession
with just one man. And the one man who has defeated all of them in Gujarat and
made a template for a revitalised India devoid of them, is the one we today view
as our enemy, and love to hate.
If the above analysis appears too far-fetched, it is in fact
barely scratching the surface. Please wait and observe events as they unfold
after the elections for a fuller picture. For further clues, if one listens to
Mr. Modi carefully during his rallies, his aggressive barbs are nearly always
aimed at the same people in Delhi; he openly threatens to put them behind
bars after the
elections, to 'cleanse' them for their crimes, and vows to bring back India's
black money to the country (estimated to be between $1.2 and 1.4 trillion).
That is the crux of the 2014 election
Whether we appreciate this sentiment or not, Mr. Modi certainly
believes that it is his purpose in life to rid India of these criminals and to
do justice to the country. That is what those noisy, clumsy ‘trolls’ on the
internet who support Mr. Modi understand and feel strongly about. They are the
ones, however crass, frustrated and boorish they may sometimes be, who know
what’s happening. We, with our impeccable English and our international
degrees are the real idiots whose ignorance is seldom questioned because we just
'sound' right (but in fact re-define daftness).
ASSERTIVE/DECISIVE DOES NOT =
The reason that Mr. Modi has projected himself as a presidential
figurehead is because he knows he needs to be bigger than his party, for now at
least; Arun Shourie once touched upon a deeper truth about how cross-party
cooperation has always maintained the status quo in India. In other words, the
natural forces of opposition that should exist in any country don't actually
exist where it really matters here. That is one of the reasons why Mr. Modi
knows he has to be bigger than his party, and that is partly why he is dispensing with some of
the old guard. Key members of that old guard have never truly challenged the
crimes of the people Mr. Modi is gunning for, other than via the usual
affectation of 'good cop, bad cop' public semantics; for that cross-party
dynamic to change, both parties need to be reformed, and Mr. Modi knows
The internal party opposition to Mr. Modi's elevation to Prime
Ministerial candidate last year should be partly seen in that context; there are
still people within Mr. Modi’s midst who are akin to those he had in his cabinet
in Gujarat in 2002 (the dynamics of course are different, and complicated by
personal egos and ambitions).
I laud the fact that Mr. Modi is very clear (far more than even
Vajpayee Ji) about what he wants and is extremely determined to ensure outcomes
that he desires; given the state of our nation and his party, he needs to be.
Such strength, vested in just one person, is seldom healthy for democracy, but
there are always times in history when such decisive unity of command actually
needs to be entrenched for real democracy to re-assert itself.
However, Mr. Modi, if you understand his politics, is a stickler
for the rule of law, a genuine democrat in any case – he may well assert himself
as an individual in government/party matters, but the end result of his work in
Gujarat has been a leaner, cleaner, more systemised democratic interface, and a
more institutionalised grass-roots democracy. Steve Jobs may provide a
decent analogy; he was similarly assertive within Apple, but the end result was
a high quality of product that we ultimately had the choice to accept or
Women, and our Muslim brothers and sisters in Gujarat, have been
the greatest beneficiaries of Mr. Modi’s imprint on his party and the state’s
systems. He has a credible track record of quashing the abuse of democracy by
negating the foundations of riot and communal politics, streamlining interfaces
between government and citizenry, and neutralising most of the corruption that
bedevils the rest of us in India. If that requires an iron hand, which it does
in his and India's context, that is not something to be afraid of (unless we had
good reason to doubt Modi's intentions). Thankfully, because of the vibrancy of
the 4th pillar of our democracy and the flourishing anti-Modi industry within
it, Mr. Modi will be kept in check throughout in any case; he'll in fact have
more checks and balances than any other Prime Minister in
OUR ROLES IN VOTING FOR CRIMINALS, &
VILIFYING A GOOD MAN
Truth is so
obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the
truth, we cannot know it.
If one genuinely believes that Mr. Modi is guilty for 2002, one
would of course respect that sentiment and be happy that good roads or economic
growth are not placed above human life and love of mankind.
However, let's assume that all of these court, SIT and independent
report/ commission verdicts/ findings are NOT all bunkum as some suggest; that
Muslim clerics and Church leaders aware of Gujarat's true story are not all
influenced by APCO; and that the stalwarts who have reversed their positions on
Modi have not all sold their souls - how then does posting Facebook comments,
sharing half baked articles, books and edited videos that supposedly 'nail' Modi
as a murderer sit with one's conscience ?
What happens if he is innocent, and what does it say about us if
we don’t actually expend the same energy as we do to defame Modi to identify who
the real butchers of 2002 are/were in the first place ?
And now what happens if you take that same level of analysis and
depth of understanding to the ballot box, thinking that your vote for an
anti-corruption party really is for them; or if you think your vote against a
supposed bigot/murderer will be diverted to a truly secular force, or that your
choice of a corrupt but at least a secular force will not actually go to the
most anti-national and insidiously communal forces of the lot
Character assassination is easy to achieve these days; one only
needs to sit on a chair, paste a link, call someone a murderer/ bigot/ ’insert
other abuse here’, then ask your friends to share. And there you are – you’ve
been a socially conscious, good citizen. Job done. The gross injustice of
information that you may have promoted and the incrimination of an individual
who may be innocent does not even enter your consciousness.
Voting with the same paucity of rational analysis and love for the
truth is far more dangerous for the nation, and for all of us, than the mere
injustice of character assassination.
I consider it a personal duty to write in support of a good man
who has been relentlessly and unfairly dehumanised and abused by all of us, and
I do so with my heart and soul (and brain). Even more importantly, it behoves us
to get to the bottom of what is actually happening in our country, and why Modi
is so important for our collective future, and for the dignity, empowerment and
strength of ALL of our people, most especially our used and abused minority and
Muslim 'vote banks' (otherwise known as fellow human beings).
exhausts itself; the truth ultimately prevails.
Guru Nanak Ji.
is a matter of time before the truth catches up with all of us, that we all
understand that our minorities have no greater ally than Narendra Modi, that he
is not a murderer, and that most of us have been sucked into the greatest smear
campaign in independent India's history.
As MJ Akbar Ji says, if we have erred in our judgement and judgements, we should have the
humility to accept that, and correct the misinformation that we may have been
unwittingly party to. That doesn't reduce one's professional credibility as a
provider of information, it enhances it; most decent people would automatically
But even more important than the vindication of just one
much-abused man is to understand what is really at stake during these elections
and understand why, even though you may not like him, Narendra Modi is so
important to the future of this country.