Modi tweets after swearing-in as PM promising a ‘developed, strong and inclusive’ India. Now in each of these categories, Gujarat is the model this man offered to his target audience during his campaign, and he has been given a healthy mandate. His party, his political parentage, and his cheerleaders in intelligentsia all worked hard to achieve it, using the social media effectively for the purpose.
Let us have a look at what kind of ‘developed, strong and inclusive’ Gujarat he has sculpted during his tenure at the helm there. After all that is what he and his cronies sold in the electoral markets recently.
To start with, it should be remembered that Gujarat was one of the front-running developed states much before the Godhra man emerged from the coach number B6 of Sabarmati Express. He never outdid the previous performances, but, let us acknowledge, he did maintain the tempo in good gear. Businessmen made good money. GDP was healthily above national average. On the flip side though under Modi, human indices plummeted. As for pulling above the poverty line, Gujarat barely matches the national average. This is actually not as flattering in absolute terms as in percentage. So how this economic development made Gujarat strong and how much?
Malnourished children, anaemic women, a criminally inequitable distribution of created wealth, swank and squalor side by side. What kind of strength this is? But then there are takers for such a model. That is the strength he is perhaps referring to. An economy strong on and by inequality. Now who are these takers? The burgeoning unscrupulous middle class bred by the famed liberalization of the outgoing Prime Minister’s stint as Finance Minister. Here Gandhi comes to mind. End must justify means. Well, Vivekananda too said something like this. Great feats cannot be achieved by crafty means. They say they say espouse Vivekananda. Well, some development that too.
And how inclusive this gentleman has been so far? Here is a man shockingly inebriated with the lessons he learnt in RSS sakhas and in the school run by them, an evolved man who believes scavenging is a ‘spiritual experience.’ Doesn’t it tell volumes of the man’s vision of human equality? And then what type of ‘inclusiveness’ such a vision can engender? Falling back on his Gujarat model, we can get some idea perhaps. He steadied the ship of a precariously faltering government and a limping party in 2002 by ghettoizing the society along religious fault lines, with venom and hatred as plinth.
Now Gujarat comprises ‘Hindustan’ and ‘Pakistan’. Ask any who’s gone to Ahmedabad and visited areas like Juhapura and Bombay hotel area. (Remember, he was contesting against ‘miya musharraf’ in Gujarat assembly elections in 2002? Remember his nasty comments like : “What should we do? Run relief camps for them? Do we want to open baby- producing centres? We are five and we will have 25 offspring. Gujarat has not been able to control its growing population and poor people have not been able to get money.” —The Asian Age, Sept 15, 2002
Muslim women in Juhapura, a vast Muslim slum sans roads, schools and hospitals
Remember his Shohrabuddin shrieks? Ask those too who’ve visited rural Gujarat where dalits and other lower castes can’t take water from the wells and pumps used by the Savarnas. Here was an OBC chief minister who’d been bridging the religious and caste ridden cracks like this. By widening them. Widening them by either hatred or cunning or both. Well, they have their own model of inclusiveness approved by their parivar, the Sangh Parivar, which this gentleman implemented by taking away the individual liberty of religious choice by legislation and then bringing the tribal Christians into the fold by arm-twisting them in ‘Shabri Kumbh2006’ into accepting them they are Hindus. Filling any government application with anything other than Hinduism in the ‘religion’ column disqualifies them automatically. The trend is ominous indeed.
And the zealous visionary went on to take slices of his vision to Muzaffarnagar and to the Bengali heartland, the Barak Valley in Assam and West Bengal during the recent general elections. He took with him his own campaign machine and his own machinist to Muzaffarnagar. A machine that de facto summarily annihilates whatever it thinks is not integral to its inclusiveness. A machinist who has made and perfected the machine since the days of Sohrabuddins and Prajapatis. Satraps he got locally. Sanjiv Balywans, Ramakant Yadavs and Giriraj Singhs. National background music like Togadias and Singhals were always there. In UP they received good accompaniments like Imran Masuds.
So meticulous was their work, that they could virtually disenfranchise almost 20% of the population. Sanghi hawks like Singhal and Uma Bharti eloquently wax how needless these votes are in their scheme of inclusiveness. And Modi himself bays for the blood of ‘Bangladeshi illegal Muslim immigrants’ in Assam and West Bengal. They are experts in deciding how much the poisonous dose of communalism and where. Well, here too takers galore. At least 30% of voters, according to some estimates. Turning one against another, is it not development, a la Na Mo ?
Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Now let us take a look at the team he has picked up for implementing his idea of ‘strength, development and inclusiveness.’ Almost every other person in the list has RSS roots. With a Home Minister like Rajnath Singh, one can have as good as it gets. Here’s a Masters in Physics who holds being gay is unnatural. One can perhaps have such species in this part of the world. The choice of HRD minister is a perfect measure of the intellectual muscle of our Prime Minister himself. Cabinet berths to ‘performers’ like Sanjiv Balywan sends out clear message about their future template for social engineering.
Nothing new or surprising. The ‘model’ has been in place in his ‘model’ Gujarat for last one decade and with great success. Gujarat 2002 was okay for their target audience. So was Muzaffarnagar and Assam in 2014. It will remain so wherever and whenever it takes place. Some development this too. Development of an exclusive kind of inclusiveness. Uma Bharti might well head a ministry of disenfranchisement!
On the economic front they will create wealth, even while breeding some more inequality. After all his party is a pro-capitalist one. Remember India shining of 2004? And they have brought us a government that money can buy. So payback time begins soon.
One remembers his impassioned televised speech as the newly inducted Chief Minister before after the ghastly Godhra episode. What he said and what he let happen just after that right under his nose were in stark contrast – showing how grimly hypocritical he could be. And then his bemused crafty smile in response to Vajpayee’s Rajdharma rhetoric . Well, cunning has no place in a civilized value system. It’s the very antithesis indeed. But who cares? With his cunning and hypocrisy, he has stunningly succeeded so far. Worse could be in store for us with him as the CEO.
Remember Ashish Nandy’s chilling warning: “I still remember the cool, measured tone in which he elaborated a theory of cosmic conspiracy against India that painted every Muslim as a suspected traitor and a potential terrorist. I came out of the interview shaken and told Yagnik that, for the first time, I had met a textbook case of a fascist and a prospective killer, perhaps even a future mass murderer.” Now Indian voters, in their rage over Congress misrule and corruption, have voted in such a man as their leader.
Mr.Nandy had further warned, The Gujarati middle class will have to pay heavily – culturally, socially and economically – for its collusion with the recent pogrom.” But the ‘development’ of Gujarat has made the Hindu Gujaratis quite complacent, ignoring the systematic marginalization of their own fellow Gujaratis belonging to another religion. And so Indians in the rest of the country seem to have walked into a trap. What next, let us hold our breath and watch – also intervene if the parivaar seeks to replicate the Godhra experiments elsewhere.
Let modi function
Making of a Nation
ations are generally made and held together on the basis of race, religion, language or ethnicity. Sameness is the formula of nation-building, but India stands in defiance of this mediocrity. “Bharatvarsha” lived for thousands of years, a union of over two hundred kingdoms. King Bharata extended the boundaries of his empire, more through inclusion than conquest.
The word “Bharata,” literally means: “bha” for bhava, “ra” for raga, and “ta” for tala – the fundamentals of music and dance. The arts evolved phenomenally in this land. A few thousand years ago when the rest of the world was striving and struggling in nomadic groups for survival, India saw the heights of music, mathematics, astronomy and scientific development.
We took pride in building the nation not on the sameness of people but on their diversity. Every fifty kilometres of travel, you found people with different languages and lifestyles. Bharat was recognised as a human being – Bharat Mata, where all these different parts were part of one body. We do not expect the little finger and nose to function the same way, but they are together. There was an organic unity which this culture nurtured very carefully, tied together with a strong spiritual thread.
The fundamental aspect of living in India is that whether you are a king, businessman or householder, your highest goal is mukti or liberation. It was not even god or heaven – God is just a stepping stone for us. This country is the only “god-less” country on the planet because here, we know that God is of our making. We developed a whole science of “god-making” through which you can create your very own god – your ishta devata. This is a land of an estimated 33 to 330 million gods and goddesses!
India never had any belief system or established morality. There was only vibrant spirituality, and that has always been the guiding force. Right now, India is facing a certain danger because this spiritual thread is being systematically hacked at, and there is no moral structure to fall back on. If spirituality is lost, this is the most immoral country because we have no guilt problems like in the West. If we hack this one thing down with beliefs and other identities, after twenty-five years, we will wonder why we are one nation and we will break. The leadership in the nation needs to grasp what truly holds us together. The glory of this nation’s past is rooted in its spiritual possibilities and accomplishments.
The Indic region has mastered the laws that govern inner wellbeing. In the modern world, nations of great affluence are suffering from a terrible sense of disenchantment within. We have the know-how and scientific methods that could lead to wellbeing of all. Before individuals step out towards external accomplishments, they must arrive at a sense of inner wellbeing. It is only in this that individual human beings can go beyond personal ambition and strive for a larger vision. This is of utmost importance now, because for the very first time, we as a generation have reached a place where we have all the necessary resources, capability and technology to address every human problem on the planet. Only an inclusive consciousness is missing. The very basis of what we refer to as Bharat is this inclusiveness.
It is time we reap the benefits of this profound tradition in its full glory. We are a nation of great possibility. Let us make it happen!
Are you nuts? because of people like you, good and friendly Muslims are being bad mouthed. BTW you cannot get a Nuke since you cannot live in Pakistan.. but but you can Bomb us in other way.. LOL
We would like to stress friends comments in bad taste won’t be allowed. Any discussion should be in sober language
FREEDOM TO INSULT EACH OTHER WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR HINDU-MUSLIM PEACE:
Social media is serving as an emotional outlet for millions of Hindus and Muslims to express their hatred and frustration on each other. Surprisingly, a vast majority mellows down after some time and even starts respecting each other when they understand each other’s view point.
Hatred through social media is much better than physical violence. Denial of this opportunity will lead to pentup frustration and violence. — Freedom of expression is fundamental human right.
“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”.
“CALM AFTER STORM”.
“Heads i win, tails you loose — This is called Islam.” – Fantastic explanation
Having such a ideology of greediness will not allow you to peace with anyone who has a sense of fairness
So, you cannot express your views without insulting Hindus, even though you and your kiths and kins live in a Hindu majority country where you all get every help, support and assistance from the Hindus every minute in a day. You are an example of muslim mentality.
We expect your site to be a place with documentary evidence as you have done it in the past. Not just hate/fear mongering one sided article or pseudo-secularism or pseudo-intellectuals rant . Also as i request, your team should continue to expose Judiciary more to bring the accountability and help the readers to how to do on their part too.
Once Judiciary got fixed, rest are all the thing can be fixed.
Also if possible put a ‘Abuse’ option in the comments section, as it is there on many other sites, which will help to block the most abusive commentors based on the ranking. otherwise this great place is going to be like yellow magazine for sure.
Choice is yours Savukku. Be focused, help yourself and help others. If your respectable Prabhakaran cannot help himself and his people, we are all nothing, if we continue to convert this place like yellow magazine.
dho, sollitare,, sober comments aam…! modhala neenga sober articles podunga… ezhu peru, ettu peru nu kaaturai pottutu, ippa sober amam… pod.. daabur..
Comments from many.in bad taste. Lot have pseudo names, afraid to show the real face.Savukku is becoming like Nakkeeran – yellow journalism. Let us keep the conflicting debates healthy.
better consult a good psychiatrist, before you start tearing your clothes.
Muslim outfits slam Cong’s ‘secularism’
ALIGARH: After the resounding mandate for the BJP in the 16th Lok Sabha elections, some Muslims in Aligarh are trying to shape the community’s response to the new political reality, urging the community to shed any “Congress nostalgia”.
Referring to minority affairs minister Najma Heptullah’s comments that Muslims were not a minority group in India, Rashid Shaz, leader of the Milli Parliament, an organization formed after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992, said, “Nehru’s secularism was like a mirage, a trail of false hopes. The minority status created a psychological shell in the minds of Indian Muslims. If for 65 years someone keeps telling you that you are a minority, what will your mind be like? Congress wallowed in electoral gains earned by demonizing the ‘political other’, the BJP. Now, that dark era of pseudo-secularism is over.”
Shaz said the biggest benefit of having Narendra Modi as prime minister would be the reduced significance of mullahs who earlier issued pronouncements to the community ahead of elections.
“A big benefit would be the fall of the mullahs or middlemen who appropriated the Muslim mind… Seeing Modi’s leadership, there is little chance of any middleman’s survival. That will make Muslims use their own brains,” Shaz said.
The communal riots during the rule of secular parties, illegal bans on Muslim organizations, the arbitrary arrest of Muslim youth, and the refusal of a judicial inquiry into the Batla House encounter — all this is being read as a Congress conspiracy against the community.
“The new political reality may look depressing, but at least we are able to see today where we really stand,” a member of the Milli Parliament said.
Joining these Muslim intellectuals in the cry against the Congress is the Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis, comprising academics from the Aligarh Muslim University.
Speaking of the record of the Congress in dealing with issues related to the community, Shabuddin Iraqi, former chairperson of the history department of the AMU, said, “The cause of Muslim upliftment was not taken seriously. Instead, the Congress created Muslim poster boys like Salman Khurshid.”
Leaders like Khurshid lacked an understanding of the problems faced by the community and kept busy “appeasing the Congress high command,” Iraqi said.
Prime Minister Modi’s remarks that his win was the victory of India’s 1.25 billion, and that he wants to build an India of the 21st century, has found resonance with Muslim intellectuals in Aligarh. These remarks are seen as a gesture to connect with the community.
“We too are open to a meaningful dialogue, as the community feels no nostalgia for the Congress,” Shaz said.
haha hahahhah.. Ungalai nenachcha.. sirippu sirippaa varuthu. You have commented so many negative comments. But people are not fools.
Let see., Soon after he will crush naxals like you… hahahaha…Modi win panniyathum.. ungalai nenaichchu thaan romba santhosap patten..
In depth analysis. I am really upset how in a country like India, where so many races, so many cultures, so many religions mix and create a symphony for 1000s of years, the fanatics, whatever be the religion, can win over the common people to have electoral majority? Are not we compromising the basic character of unity in diversity?
Which “depth” analysis?? Where were you “intellectuals” when the Congress and other pseudo-secular govt had raped the country in the past???
That is called beauty or ugly of Democracy!
First past post or proportionately high mandate holder can rule, even if they are criminals/thugs/fanatics!
Democracy is best among many other worst ruling models in the past!
Read bit sociology and politics before day-dreaming!
Modi will pave the way for PAKISTAN-2:
INDIA CAN NOT DO ANYTHING TO BRING BETTER LIFE FOR IT’S CITIZENS because 1.3 billion overpopulation growing at 30 million per year is the biggest burden — India has fallen into the bottomless pit of corruption, crime, pollution, poverty, overpopulation.
India is a living hell and every qualified Indian wants to quit and settle in USA or Arabia — India will disintegrate into TAMIL NATION, KHALISTAN, NAXALISTAN, DALITISTAN, BRAHMANASTAN, ARYAVARTHA, DRAVIDA NADU, JESUSTAN AND ISLAMISTAN.
Answer for all your fears lies in addressing the below question:
Why terrorism mostly starts only with maoists and religious fanatics and affects common society?
why dont fight slow and legally like common man do?
If an average family has 5 kids, what standard can be expecred in poor, corrupt India except squalor, no education and perpetual complaints about society, leaders and others?
Like all powerful Indira, Modi may fail or win!
People will vote or out him in 5 years
No need for biased analysis from day 1.
Why no such analysis about near 60 year secular congress rule?
I am not Modi/BJP fan , but give the devil his due and chance to try and win!
Enough of licking sick congress Italy Sonia dynasty’s secular feets!
As told to you, i consider you as a human, only when you write with your own name and places!
Till then, you are just,all-around shitting pig only!
I am proud to be a balanced human with kindness to all and without out any hatred !
Whatever my difficulty or joy or situation and wherever i work or live, I am balanced!
Can u tell the same about you?
You know only 15-20 bad insulting words to write!
For your information, I am pure vegetarian but non-bramin!
I am not fanatic or biased to any religion,language caste,community, creed or country!
All places are my native ! All people are my relatives!
This is my last reply to u if you don’t upgrade U!
By giving chance to your bad abuses, Savukku is degrading his stature!
By luck middle east ppl have crude oil otherwise they would have been worst than country like Sudan. and one more thing, if you’re so patriotic about Islam then please change your language, why dont u try Arabic.. I’m afraid u cant because most of the muslims in TN dont know Arabic.
Let me address you,
1. You were a Hindu but a coward, converted to Islam who cant stand against Muslim emperors
2. You are the Muslim now but you cant read and write Arabic
3. Middle East Muslims consider you as low class people as you are not to belong them but it is you beggar feels proud about them
4. You hate Tamil people who never did any harm to you people. it simply shows you are a betrayer
5. You are the one who feeds Food from Hindu, takes water from Hindu, may works for one US based MNC, may dresses like Westerner, but only in the name you identify you as Muslim.
6. You are the one who cant even give your true identity in Savukku website
From your reply u only said you cant live with Hindus then where will you go? you cant go to Pakistan because you cant speak their language neither the freedom, wealth, food or facility what you get here. cant go to Middle-East, they dont even respect you as Human. you can do to some other African country like Sudan but again its worse than Pakistan and you cant mingle with them. where will you go???
one small advice, Why dont you name as Tamil-Betrayer-Coward-Khan something like that?? it may really suit you.
Very well written.