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Sunday, November 18, 2012

India's NAMO dilemma


By Swapan Dasgupta

I don’t know if ‘secular’ mothers have acquired the habit of threatening their brats with the approaching presence of Narendra Modi if violate their bedtime curfew, but recent events would certainly indicate that the Gujarat Chief Minister is fast acquiring the status of a juju man—the political reincarnation of Dr No, Goldfinger and Mogambo, all rolled into one. His hidden hand has been detected behind every “conspiracy”, real or imaginary. Last week, he was charged by a venerable ideologue of the RSS of being the mastermind behind the plot to get rid of BJP President Nitin Gadkari—an accusation which, ironically, makes the media (which did a lot of legwork chasing the story) his pliant instrument. Six years ago, it was whispered that he had placed hidden cameras to expose the spurious claims of celibacy of a leading BJP functionary. Indeed, so intense is the Modi-phobia that Samajwadi Party expelled a former MP because he had interviewed the CM for an Urdu publication.  

The irony is that the ever-growing obsession with the Modi peril coexists happily with what every TV Breaking News periodically proclaims is yet another “Big blow to Modi”. This mindless template touched such absurd heights that impish sections of the social media began prefacing every seemingly sombre assertion with “In a big blow to Modi…”

Flippancy apart, there is little doubt that in the troubled India of today, Modi has become the main talking point of everyone concerned with the future of the country. From diplomatic parties and investor conferences to humble tea shop gatherings, Modi invariably intrudes into conversations. To his many detractors, particularly in the liberal intelligentsia, he is the personification of authoritarian evil. Such a man, we are repeatedly assured, can never reach the top because India abhors certitudes. To his fans—and they are very vocal on social media—NAMO is what India needs to realise its true potential and achieve greatness.

If it comes to finally making up its mind, India has a democratic way of conflict resolution: through elections. However, clarity is possible if a clear choice is presented to voters. The curious feature of the games being played out in the BJP and elsewhere is that they are carefully aimed at blurring the political options before the electorate. The pundits have proffered arguments about the pitfalls of coalition politics, the regionalisation of national elections and, above all, of the Hindu celebration of ambiguities. Within the saffron parivar there are said to be misgivings over an emerging personality cult and preference for a collective leadership that gives space and power to faceless apparatchiks with pious pretensions and strange ringtones.

At one time, the preferred argument against Modi lay in the poser: what will the world say? Of late, however, there is greater appreciation of the fact that for the West there are no permanent friends and permanent enemies, just oodles of self-interest.

Yet, there are two hurdles that remain to be crossed before India can get over this needlessly prolonged foreplay and confront the ‘Modi question’ head on. The first is the verdict of Gujarat in the Assembly election. Modi must win conclusively if he is to embark on a national journey. The second is the endorsement by the BJP. Here what will count is the momentum Modi is able to generate after the Gujarat results. If the BJP’s foot soldiers repose confidence in him as the best bet against the Congress, the resistance of Dad’s Army will be of little avail.  

It is hazardous to look into the future. Yet what can be said with certainty is that Modi will add a riveting dimension to the general election.  First, he will threaten a cosy, chalta hai consensus that has infected all walks of public life. His will, in effect, be an assault on the degenerate Brahmanical system of slipperiness. Secondly, he will personify the raw energy of an India that thinks big and wants to achieve big. There will be nothing mealy-mouthed about a Modi charge on privilege, cronyism and the status quo. He will offer decisive choices that could unsettle the faint hearted.

How India responds will tell us a lot about ourselves. 

Sunday Times of India, November 18, 2012

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

" How India responds will tell us a lot about ourselves".

Your own words is the best summing up & the best comment that could be offered.

Anonymous said...

One great wisdom I gathered about India is one should NEVER believe everything Indian media offers.

Not just Indian media presided over by various qualified journalists. People comprising of relatives , acquaintances , friends , neighbours--all INDIANS I repeat including NRIs --their utterances are NEVER to be believed in.

The greatest shock that truly shook me was the ARROGANCE & DUPLICITY of many alleged Vedic pundits.

I had first hand experience of the contempt & apathy of lots & lots of these Vedic people & their nine yard sarees clad wives towards the really starving hapless ( not allegedly poor) few in a town in Tamil Nadu. What I saw & heard cannot be written but acted out.

And about the huge crowd of "devotees" thronging that Holy Temple the less said the better. Indians INVARIABLY DISOBEY. And unabashedly teach their very young children also to cheat & disobey with " paravayillae , paravayillae".

All trees & plants are to be revered & not destroyed or harmed whuimsically we all know. Particularly those INSIDE Temples including Sthala Vrukshams. Despite a board announcing "Please do not water this tree" ( written in Tamil, English & Sanskrit) all the devotees poured buckets & buckets of water muttering paravallae paravallae...we will get punyam by watering...get promotions , progeny ....paravalle".

Eventually I could not stay & left unannounced. Something serious must have happened the same day as they purposely did not tell me. But I overheard something like "bursting of cooking gas cylinders aiyo in the makeshift kitchen...many Pundits had their ponnadais ( shawls) forcibly yanked.....they ran to another Temple in Kumbakonam seeking forgiveness from Lord Parameshvara ROTFL.....

Anonymous said...

The following facts will give you a clear insight into real India that is never really capable of shining.
That india excessively marketed as future sooperpower has always been a faux emperor clothed in tawdry tatters.

When Ilayaraja appeared on music scene of kollywood film industry played me the victim anti brahmin low caste disposessed card admirably.

A few plucky non politically correct opinionated like me said his predecessors are far superior & shall always remain so.The "dispossessed fan club" became extremely violent. Not only melody, the songs written were all unprintably ribald.

Prabhudeva another overhyped idiot thundered in an interview:-

" Only Ilayaraja introduced lots & lots of musical instruments extending a song needlessly for a protracted time.....thus ensuring genuinely talented but denied opportunities-downtrodden artistes like me & the group dancers ( all dispossessed-disgruntled-denied equality blahblah union members) got ample time to do our pelvic thrusts & obscene gyrations.....we are feted worldwide as choreographers par excellence....".

Anonymous said...

Narendra Modi has emerged undoubtedly a popular leader not only in their party but also in among the masses .
His acceptance has been tremendously increasing in NDA therefore he is far much ahead among Prime Ministerial nominee in NDA .

Christopher said...

Your comment "Modi has become the main talking point of everyone concerned with the future of the country...", comes as a surprise. I have worked and travelled extensively in AP and Tamilnadu and have hardly ever come across anyone discussing Modi as a national leader. I think Indians are more worried about bad governance and the inability of all major political parties to deliver a clean and responsive government. Only an alternative to BJP and Congress can save this country.

Anonymous said...

A catholic country kills poor pregnant lady and we here in India see complete mum from those who preach and follow Catholicism communism against such practice but same they come on news channel and several blogs to preach secularism..

I don't see what is wrong if a country which has majority Hindu why need not be ruled by Hindu ideological party..

Unknown said...

Swapanda, have people considered the possibility of a Modi/Nitish ticket for 2014 ?
Yes, the terminology I use is very American (since I live and work in the US afterall), but the BJP has already tried the concept of Deputy PMs before...
That being the case, why not tap Nitish Kumar for deputy PM ? Assuming that minorities in India are fed up with the Congress, but are terrified of Modi, I think Nitish would be the perfect counter-balance as far as they are concerned. In their minds, he would be their inside guy who will reign in a "rampant" Modi.

However, all this is based on the assumption that Nitish would accept such an arrangement. But it is imperative that the BJP thinks out of the box and comes out with novel ideas.
Like you mentioned in one of your earlier articles, Romney and the Republicans clearly miscalculated the extent of demographic change in the US. Even though I harbor strong Hindutva leanings, I believe that we may have to make certain compromises to make sure that the Congress doesn't get a 3rd term and completely ruin what's left of India.

In case you feel this is a decent idea, can you kindly pitch it to people in the upper echelons of the BJP ?

-Tejas

Unknown said...

Swapanda, have people considered the possibility of a Modi/Nitish ticket for 2014 ?
Yes, the terminology I use is very American (since I live and work in the US afterall), but the BJP has already tried the concept of Deputy PMs before...
That being the case, why not tap Nitish Kumar for deputy PM ? Assuming that minorities in India are fed up with the Congress, but are terrified of Modi, I think Nitish would be the perfect counter-balance as far as they are concerned. In their minds, he would be their inside guy who will reign in a "rampant" Modi.

However, all this is based on the assumption that Nitish would accept such an arrangement. But it is imperative that the BJP thinks out of the box and comes out with novel ideas.
Like you mentioned in one of your earlier articles, Romney and the Republicans clearly miscalculated the extent of demographic change in the US. Even though I harbor strong Hindutva leanings, I believe that we may have to make certain compromises to make sure that the Congress doesn't get a 3rd term and completely ruin what's left of India.

In case you feel this is a decent idea, can you kindly pitch it to people in the upper echelons of the BJP ?

-Tejas

Anonymous said...

Granted , Narendra Modi "does not take bribes , is an efficient administrator, produced economic growth that percentage this percentage etc ".

The way we bandy words so assuredly like minorities , hindutva / hindus
hindu gurus , soft brand of hinduism marketing, in tandem with anti Sonia tirade & thus by extension anti Ireland bluster TOTALLY warps the judgement of a few SANE among us.

Please do not forget a lot of American aam janata & Indian aam janata were consistently boldly exposing the unsavoury & fraudulent exploits of Nithyananda of LifeBliss Foundation.

That India which proudly screamed as the first nation to have found water in the Moon wrung its hands when Nithyananda allegedly did the Houdini ( absconded actually was in Varanasi waiting to be bailed out by Rajiv Malhotra of Infinity Foundation).

The same Narendra Modi not only accepted a cheque from Nithyananda for a hefty amount as " donations" for development projects in Gujarat but had the presumptuous audacity to call Nithyananda as someone (sic) " following Aadi Shankara's Traditions & Footsteps".

This is the biggest danger of slotting all Indians (hindus included) as "peace loving wannabe superpower religious minded...." sweeping generalizations I mean.

Anonymous said...

Uber sanctimonious ill informed Indians full of nothing but useless bluster are indignant at IRELAND only for hinduism versus Sonia Gandhi politics.

It was actually an AMERICAN ( not swollen headed NRIs) AMERICAN who alerted me to the dangers of psychiatric drugs. If I have a tenacious loyalty & love for AMERICA I have a VALID GOOD REASON for it.

Psychiatric medications are extremely dangerous. My late brother J.Prakash was also branded 'bipolar'& bombarded with the same drugs & ECT. Our bones also got affected. Once while examining his x-ray plates after a minor fracture his general physician told him he had bone cancer developing & that would live maximum for 20 years only. Thanks to lithium , tegretol , prozac , haloperidol , ativan , sodium valproate cocktail he died much earlier of heart attack. One of the doctors insisted on doing postmortem & investigating as this psychiatric medications were never revealed to the other doctors. Among Indians you cannot expect justice & fairness. Where powerful pharmaceutical industries & allopaths work in connivance. Only one Bengali famous eye specialist told us to stop all psychiatric drugs as our eyesight was also deteriorating. He said " our nerves were all burnt beyond repair". The gyneacologists also knew about premature menopause induced by them but could not care less.My child was also born with some physical incurable deformity. But I was told very belatedly that children would be born either mentally retarded or physically deformed. Instead of being candid about the side effects the psychiatrist only said "you should never get married ...never have children".

Thank God my late brother remained celibate never getting married.The toxic side effects unleashed by the ingestion of various psychiatric medicines (lithium , sodium valproate , tegretol , haloperidol, resperedal etc etc) had damaged many organs of mine including thyroid gland leading to premature menopause & a host of related ailments. Hence I was taking thyroxine tablets for more than 20 years.

The moment we unquestioningly accept the mendacious spiel of psychiatrists we imperceptibly internalise them in our causal bodies & suffer.

Anonymous said...

Why pillory Sri.Dawood Ibrahim & his friends issuing a red alert?

I have seen lots of bollykolly actors & actresses hobnobbing with the same Dawood Ibrahim's friends circle in Dubai. I mean photographs. This is a well known fact. Not just Jackie Shroffs , Madhuri Dikshits but the TAMBRAM celeb Sudha Chandran ( dancer of Mayuri) posing in Dubai.

Why should I join Advani camp badmouthing Sri.Dawood Ibrahim ??
One man's food is another person's poison.

Anonymous said...

India ought not to compare itself with America or any country in this world.

Not even Congo considering our superciliousness as a great civilization heritage repository.

The way Indian Police work recruiting guileless people as "informers" & then getting the same "informers" eliminated after using them will shock any person with a heart.

Normal hardworking Muslims having families with children also get used as informers ( they think it is patriotic duty they are discharging) & get brutally eliminated by the same Police force. These get reported in regional newspapers. And forgotten.

One X who was held in thraldom by a loanshark for Rs.One lakh that he could not repay was groomed by Police to be an "informer".Against X's will. He was frittering away his energies smoking bidis & helping Indian Police in this dubious charade of crime busting.

Once Kaanchi MahaPeriyavar who had set up His makeshift Hermitage in Tamil Nadu sent one of His attendants to go & fetch this X giving certain details about his name etc.

X who had written himself off as an unholy vagabond was taken aback. Stubbed out his bidi hurriedly & came to MahaPeriyavar's Sannidhi.

Serendipitously another devotee came just then handing over some cash amounting to more than a lakh thanking MahaPeriyavar. That cash The Seer ensured was used to pay the loanshark then & there.

And X was asked by The Seer to join Veda Patashala right away & learn Veda Adhyayanam. X himself did not know that his forefathers were all devout Vedic Priests diligently doing Veda Adhyayanam & various Anushtanams for several generations. It so happened X's life went awry.

Such is the Grace of Kaanchi Paramacharyar.

Anonymous said...

India ought not to compare itself with America or any country in this world.

Not even Congo considering our superciliousness as a great civilization heritage repository.

The way Indian Police work recruiting guileless people as "informers" & then getting the same "informers" eliminated after using them will shock any person with a heart.

Normal hardworking Muslims having families with children also get used as informers ( they think it is patriotic duty they are discharging) & get brutally eliminated by the same Police force. These get reported in regional newspapers. And forgotten.

One X who was held in thraldom by a loanshark for Rs.One lakh that he could not repay was groomed by Police to be an "informer".Against X's will. He was frittering away his energies smoking bidis & helping Indian Police in this dubious charade of crime busting.

Once Kaanchi MahaPeriyavar who had set up His makeshift Hermitage in Tamil Nadu sent one of His attendants to go & fetch this X giving certain details about his name etc.

X who had written himself off as an unholy vagabond was taken aback. Stubbed out his bidi hurriedly & came to MahaPeriyavar's Sannidhi.

Serendipitously another devotee came just then handing over some cash amounting to more than a lakh thanking MahaPeriyavar. That cash The Seer ensured was used to pay the loanshark then & there.

And X was asked by The Seer to join Veda Patashala right away & learn Veda Adhyayanam. X himself did not know that his forefathers were all devout Vedic Priests diligently doing Veda Adhyayanam & various Anushtanams for several generations. It so happened X's life went awry.

Such is the Grace of Kaanchi Paramacharyar.

Anonymous said...

I worked in TN for more nearly 3 years in almost all parts of TN not only major cities, currently working in Hyderabad and what is common among people is they all admire Modi above current politician who rule there own states..

Few month before went to Thiruchendur- A Lord Murugan temple and on returning I went to meet my friend in Kanyakumari and to my surprise in tea shop where we used have Tea few years before talking point was Modi and its development...No one cared for Nityananda nor Missionaries but what every one is looking for a person who can deliver development in this country and enough of sick secularism.

"Only thing I can say Dada your blogs is been used for preaching Dravidian ideology put it in other words Cladwell's conspiracy which divided nation into 2 parts Aryan and Dravidian."

There is a very good understanding between this Dalit Groups and Brahmins especially Tamil Brahmins, first we will deny entry into temple and later you take things from us in name of Mandal and when middle level people who are OBC's MBC's & BC's for e.g Mudaliar's (kaikolars especially whose income depend on hand loom weaving) are completely pissed off, we will join hands back and new word will be coined known as "Dalit Brahmin"..We can see Kancha and other Dalit groups coming on TV Channel and news paper in support of Brahmins expressing sympathy to them and what this two group has done by that time is complete wash out of OBC's, MBC and BC's.

"You Scratch My back I will Scratch Yours"

"Heres what AB Bardhan told in an interview to Ms.Saba
What of the fact that while obc and SC representation has increased in all parties post-Mandal, in the Communist parties the number of Brahmins has increased! Bardhan argues that this is because there has to be “a certain level of literacy to understand the ideology of Marxism and socialism”

Anonymous said...

Whatever "development" Narendra Modi has achieved Smt.Jayalalithaa is ALSO HIGHLY capable of accomplishing.

I prefer Smt.Jayalalithaa over the rest as BJP & Congress and the rest of flotsam & jetsam are Hindi chauvinists. Always impose hindi as compulsory. Enough of this hindi tyranny.

English , Tamil ( one's own mother tongue I mean) & Sanskrit would work wonders.

I have laboured another point of mine several times. Gulf countries have no Narendra Modi( UAE , Kuwait , Oman , Saudi Arabia) YET are FAR FAR superior in governance. They seldom blow their own trumpets in such loud decibels as Indian politicians including Narendra Modi. No religious persecution. No corruption , no charlatans peddling God.

A Tamil speaking Indian working in Kabul Afghanistan states:-

" I am not averse to being ruled over by foreigners including WHITES ( Britain/America etc) as everyone else is far better & trustworthy than these Indians ".

Anonymous said...

Whatever one might say about alleged EVM tampering one MIGHTY GOOD did come out of it.

The leftists were trounced decisively. Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh let out an audible sigh of relief , short of shedding tears of distress & stated candidly how the leftists like yechurys , bardhans karats etc are the REAL villains impeding progress of any kind.

The communists of India are atavistically anti America & anti everything. Incorrigible megalomaniacs. None other than P.Chidambaram diagnosed they have no good intentions at all by observing:-

" The communists of India want China to progress embracing capitalism , free markets etc but protest thwarting Indians' aspirations".

I am all admiration for that BRILLIANT CHINAMAN who while placing a wreath on comrade andhakar basu ( Jyoti indeed) condoled tongue in cheek thus :-

" Your chief minister was OUR friend ".

Anonymous said...

Whatever one might say about alleged EVM tampering one MIGHTY GOOD did come out of it.

The leftists were trounced decisively. Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh let out an audible sigh of relief , short of shedding tears of distress & stated candidly how the leftists like yechurys , bardhans karats etc are the REAL villains impeding progress of any kind.

The communists of India are atavistically anti America & anti everything. Incorrigible megalomaniacs. None other than P.Chidambaram diagnosed they have no good intentions at all by observing:-

" The communists of India want China to progress embracing capitalism , free markets etc but protest thwarting Indians' aspirations".

I am all admiration for that BRILLIANT CHINAMAN who while placing a wreath on comrade andhakar basu ( Jyoti indeed) condoled tongue in cheek thus :-

" Your chief minister was OUR friend ".

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @6:38AM Nov 23,

Apropos AB Bardhan's diatribe on Marxism , socialism blah blah it is one BRILLIANT ENGLISHMAN who wisely observed :-

" It is the callow ill informed youth that passionately embraces communism , marxism , socialism.
While approaching middle age discovers he/she has been actually a CAPITALIST".

I am not surprised by AB Bardhan's claim that "brahmins have increased in communist parties".
Mani Ratnam & Suhasini's only son is a virulent communist. All alleged braahmins.

I often feel very strongly that Norwegian Gentleman ought to have targetted the leftists of INDIA the yechurys, karats , bardhans etc. Then he could have spared himself his current incarceration.
Would have become a HERO among Indians.

Shayari said...

yes he is one of the most eligible candidate for the position of PM...he should be given a chance to develop the country like his state Gujrat....