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On Modi to non-Indians


This is a note I wrote to describe a bit of details about Narendra Modi, the current CM of Gujrat and the PM candidate by BJP for 2014 National elections of India. The note was written as a reply to some of my foreign friends who have heard about the 2002 riots and have a opinion that he has committed a very high human rights violation by being responsible for the 2002 riots. This came after I posted a few updates in which there might have been a mention of Narendra Modi [http://www.facebook.com/shubhanshu.mishra/posts/10151610104401434]. I believe they have a point which is valid considering the fact that the only popular news about Modi is the involvement in 2002 riots. But I was a bit surprised to see its impact on people on people outside India. So, I decided to just put forth my opinion but back it up with some news fact, website which I have to believe as true. Below is my reply:

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

I have done quite a bit of study on the 2002 riots and the Indian supreme court after continuous allegations on him have declared him not guilty. He was not responsible for the riot in the first place as the riot started because of a very grave reason and a long history. The riots were a part of a linked set of events since the Bombay riots. He himself told the press that if you can prove me guilty you can hang me. And right now his development model and his way of thinking about progress is a new hope for India. There have been many riots in India where bad things have happened [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_anti-Sikh_riotshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_India] but we don’t see those riots being publicized too much because they were by the ruling government.

But that apart. He is the one of the few persons who talks about bringing India to the top of the world. He talks of not judging individuals on basis of casts, religion but of working towards progress of Nation. [http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-09-16/news/42114299_1_narendra-modi-prime-ministerial-candidate-gujarat-chief-minister]

There is a huge difference between being involved and failure to control. His was the latter case, even though as CM and as any leader one has to bear the brunt of any bad thing which happens in their regime. However when the riot happened he was just 3 months into his term and even after the riot the people of Gujrat have been electing him with huge majority for past 3 years which includes the immediate election in 2002. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gujarat_legislative_assembly_election,_2002] And his development practices [http://www.narendramodi.in/a-journey-through-gujarat%E2%80%99s-development-through-power-point-presentations/][http://www.indianexpress.com/news/what-is-the-gujarat-model-/1045851/0] have become world famous and people really consider the growth of Gujrat state both economically and human resources wise as a best case practice. The state is known for having a very efficient and electricity surplus production[http://ibnlive.in.com/news/gujarat-24hour-power-supply-in-over-18000-villages/250309-3.html] as compared to other states of India. And this changed after 2001 before which it was a state reeling with electricity crisis. [http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/gujarats-power-sector-turnaround-story/1/21750.html]

A major reason why we all are supporting him is that in a country where riots and communal discrimination is widespread he is an individual who talks of solving basic problems of success, resources and instilling a self confidence in the country. I would always want a person to be a PM in whose CM term the women feel safe[http://news.oneindia.in/feature/2012/gujarat-championing-cause-of-women-empowerment-1022167.html], the kids are properly fed[http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-02-20/news/37200103_1_plan-outlay-child-healthcare-budgetary-allocation] and educated and the youth is given employment.

In fact even the majority of Muslim people of Gujrat praise his development models. [6 out of 8 seats of Muslim majority seats were won by his party, http://ibnlive.in.com/group-blog/the-india-blog/3581/why-gujarati-muslims-are-with-modi/64627.html ]

To quote a few Recently, India’s most well-known film script-writer Salim Khan (actor Salmaan Khan’s father) has said to a senior journalist in an interview:

“Does anyone remember who the chief minister of Maharashtra was during the Mumbai riots which were no less deadly than the Gujarat riots of 2002? Does anyone recall the name of the chief minister of UP during Malliana and Meerut riots or that of the Bihar CM when the Bhagalpur or Jamshedpur riots under Congress regimes took place? Do we hear names of earlier chief ministers of Gujarat under whose charge, hundreds of riots took place in post-Independence India? Does anyone remember who was in-charge of Delhi’s security when the 1984 massacre of Sikhs took place in the capital of India? How come Narendra Modi has been singled out as the Devil Incarnate as if he personally carried out all the killings during the riots of 2002?”

[Read more at: http://ibnlive.in.com/group-blog/the-india-blog/3581/why-gujarati-muslims-are-with-modi/64627.html?utm_source=ref_article]

So overall, I choose not to be affected too much by the propaganda and choose to believe the facts out there and results I can see, every one is good or bad and every one is accused and praised by people/mob sometimes. What I liked was the fact that Modi choose not to run away or cover up things using dirty politics but by driving growth and progress. A lesson I feel every leader should learn. Even King Ashoka was a big destroyer but after the Kalinga war he shifted to Buddhism and choose to walk the path of peace. Now people praise him even though the war of Kalinga was utterly destructive. The reason people praise him is for what he DID. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashoka]

I just wanted to share this with you so that you can look at this topic with open mind. Yes the riot was very bad thing and as the then current CM he has to take responsibility for everything that happened, which he did by taking enough steps in trying to stop it, but that is it. If a person is doing good now, I choose to forget the past which comes with him/her. The whole point of what we all preach in this world today is that everyone can change in order to become a better person but what is the point of all that preaching if we don’t accept the changed person and keep saying that he did something bad once and his change is insignificant in that light.

I hope this helps you with the topic, plus I usually don’t write praising or criticizing him, its just that if there is news about the country and I want to share I do that. I am sure you will be able to ignore these news or might read them peacefully in future =)

He is not my hero or anything, just a political figure of India. And I choose to be rational about him using the facts and details I have at hand than just going by rumors.

Don’t worry if you still feel a bit uncomfortable, you can always hide the story by clicking on top right of it and selecting hide. And don’t worry too much =)
PS: All content is my own opinion and the links I shared are the ones I felt were most fitting for the content. If there is any wrong information about the links feel free to share. I meant to affect no one’s sentiments but this is my opinion and I thought of sharing it. 
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4 responses to “On Modi to non-Indians

  1. annetbell October 13, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Modi will be a strong charismatic smart leader who will give hope and lead India into her place as a leader in the world! I wish I could vote for him!

  2. annetbell September 24, 2013 at 5:32 am

    I am an American woman who lived for 4 months in Ahmedebad and I hope very much that Mr. Modi will win. I feel he is the a very strong , visionary leader that India needs to finally take her place in the world. Check out my blog. I have written a great deal about Mr. Modi and did today about the solar project. Namaste. . . . talesalongtheway.com

  3. Hemen Parekh September 21, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Reach – Out Time ?

    Narendra Modi claims that the Muslims of Gujarat have buried the ghost of Godhra and a great majority of them voted for BJP in the recent State election
    There have been many communal ( anti-minority or anti-majority ) riots in most of the States of India since independence
    It does not serve any purpose to keep doing post-mortem , again and again
    It is obvious that the new generation ( including the descendents of the victims ) want to close the chapter and move on to a better / peaceful life
    If , development of Muslims brought about a harmonious communal relations in Gujarat , surely it could be replicated on a national scale , all over the country
    Narendra Modi has a fantastic opportunity to drive across this message by incorporating the following ACTIONS in BJP’s 2014 Election Manifesto :

     Resettling of riot victims ( belonging to any community and residing in any state ) , in Government-built houses , within one year of coming to power

     Simultaneous dismantling of , so-called “ Minority Ghettos “ , thru dispersal of minorities throughout the cities , for better integration within a city’s majority population

     Granting Cabinet Minister status to the Chiefs of Minority Commission / Women’s Commission / Human Rights Commission

     Providing for greater representation in the Central Cabinet to the people of the North-Eastern States and the Naxal affected areas

     Up gradation of the educational institutions belonging to the minorities

     Greater representation to Minority Youth in “ Skills Development Program “ under NSDC

     At the disputed Ayodhya site , creation of a “ World Peace Complex “ comprising of :

    • Ram Temple ( for Hindus )

    • Mosque ( for Muslims )

    • Church ( for Christians )

    • Temple ( for Buddhists )

    • Synagogue ( for Jews )

    • Akshar-Dham ( for Jains )

    • University for Comparative Studies of World Religions

    • Hospitals ( like Netralaya / Hridayalaya )

    • India Heritage / History Museum

    • Business Convention-cum-Industry Exhibition Centre

    • Tourist Complex

    • And right in the center of the complex , a giant statue of the “ Father of the Nation “
    I invite readers to add to this list
    Even if for all the wrong reasons [ viz; 2014 Elections ], let BJP not miss this opportunity to initiate steps for integration of the minorities into the mainstream of political / economical / social development of our country
    It is about time to exhibit , BJP’s truly “ Secular “ nature ( non-UPA variety ? )
    It is time to stop mere Congress-bashing ( with which , people are fed-up ) and promise some genuine positive actions to the minorities
    And of all the leaders of BJP , who is better placed for such “ Pro-Activism “ than Narendrabhai ?
    Carpe Diem ( Seize the Day ! )

    • hemen parekh ( 21 Sept 2013 )

  4. Hemen Parekh September 20, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Needed – your Declaration of Intent – NOW !

    A few months back , Planning Commission had prepared a scheme to distribute free smart phones to 71 million poor families
    Recently , Kapil Sibal has submitted a scheme to distribute ( of course , free ) to children studying in Government schools ,
     25 million smart phones
     9 million tablets ( computers )
    That would cost , somewhere between Rs 7,000 Crores to Rs 10,000 Crores
    Earlier this week , a group called Smartnamo , has announced two models ( Safron 1 / Safron 2 ), of smart phones in honor of Narendra Modi
    I believe top brass of BJP are considering to distribute 20 crore of these phones to youth between the age of 18 to 25 – free of cost , of course !
    At Rs 1,000 per phone , BJP would need to raise Rs 20,000 Crore for this project
    No problem !
    India’s “ Businesses / Industry “ would oblige , since 75 % of industry-leaders want Narendra Modi to become the next PM
    And these phones are believed to come pre-installed with a mobile app , ( called , VotesApp ? ) which will enable the young owner/voters to vote in 2014 National Elections , by simply touching the VOTE button , having finger-print recognition ( ala , Apple’s iPhone 5C )
    Now , here is the most likely “ political specification “ of these phones :
    Irrespective of , whether the owner / voter is residing and registered in Kashmir or Kanyakumari or anywhere else , the vote will get cast in favor of the local BJP candidate !
    That would be one way to garner 275 seats in the Lok Sabha !
    More seriously speaking , BJP will miserably fail to deliver on its corruption-free , Good-Governance promise , if it gets voted to power with less than 275 seats .
    Secret behind NaMo’s success story in Gujarat , is BJP majority in local assembly. No relying on corrupt coalition partners to carry out any reform !
    And to get that kind of “ Absolute Majority “ , BJP must stop promising freebies and publish its ACTION PLAN for the first 100 days in power
    TV opinion polls notwithstanding , even NaMo euphoria will fade away , if BJP continues to shy away from publishing , before October-end , its “ Declaration of Intent “

    • Hemen parekh [ 19 Sept 2013 ]

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