Sunday, December 23, 2007
The impossible has happened. Never before in the history of this country has any Chief Minister, or even PM, come back with such an emphatic, domineering and positive verdict after being in the chair for five years. Is it due to the performance of his government or due to what the ‘secular’ parties and media call ‘Moditva’ in a highly judgmental and disapproving manner reeking of arrogance and reverse fascism?
Rajiv Gandhi had won the biggest ever victory, an emotional one, after his mother’s assassination in 1984. In the next round he lost because high emotions have to be followed by an equally high performance, where he tripped. The BJP too, after its high in the wake of the Ram Janmbhoomi movement, could not repeat its electoral successes for the same reason.
“(Mussalmanon ki) Maut ke Saudagar”: These were the most communally inflammatory words uttered during the
Though the first two words in that description of Modi were unuttered, the statement was to tell the Muslims of Gujarat, indeed the whole of
After the Tehelka sting operation made national headlines, I had written that some of our leaders, their pliant advisors and those in the media had lost touch with real people. The 2002 riots were no different from the
The hyphenation of Tehelka with
Why did Sonia Gandhi utter those horrifying words? Was it because of even more disconnected advisors and script writers who thought it would get the Congress all Muslim votes? Or was it because the Congress found that the people of
The communalization of the Congress party has very serious long term implications for the country. Simply put, due to the arithmetic of elections, the Congress wants to win future elections by wooing a limited set of voters only. First, it wants to get the complete lot of Muslims to look at no other party. Next, it wants to make maximum inroads into the SC and ST vote banks. The remaining Indians who are Hindus other than SC/STs are splintered enough to not exist in the scheme of the Congress as a solid vote bank which needs to be wooed or appeased. Everyone knows that it is from this very lot of hopelessly divided ‘majority’ Indians that we have those who are at the forefront of committing collective hara-kiri by blindly aping a rootless western type of liberalism out of a peculiar sense of guilt mixed with snobbish ‘superiority’.
This is the extremely dangerous communalism that does not allow any meaningful discussion on terrorism which is perhaps the single biggest long term threat that this country faces but refuses to face. Thus, when Modi talks of tackling terrorism and terror, he is pounced upon as being anti Muslim. The Prime Minister is honest enough to warn the country of the dangers of Naxal terror and ask the states to ruthlessly weed it out. But when it comes to Islamic terrorism which is a gift to the country from an inimical country,
Modi has roared back with an unmatched thunder which has once again exposed what I have been saying: Many of our national leaders, their advisors and the English media are completely disconnected from the real people of
Modi, they all said, would be mauled, even if he did scrape through with a small margin, because he would not be able to whip up the communal frenzy that he did in 2002. As the election results show, despite its dangerous efforts to whip up communal passions, the Congress did well only in the areas of
Sagarika Ghose, in her column in the Hindustan Times of
Modi victory represents the victory of what I call ‘Inditva’. It is the victory of an
Modi, it can be said with some relief and pride, has saved India from the poison of real communalism that is being spread in the guise of secularism by those who either have no roots or do not want to acknowledge them, only for a few votes more.