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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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The Leadership Problem of India


Recently I came across a question on Quora asking What does India do wrong after reading through some answers which mostly pointed to more statistical factors like poverty, education. Most of the answers were very concrete and factual as well. However, I have always felt that leadership at personal and organizational level is also very important to change anything.

This was the answer I had presented there and am just sharing with the readers of my blog.

What does India do wrong – Shubhanshu Mishra

LEADERSHIP – Self and Organizational

I have worked in other countries and never have I been encouraged and in-fact many times scolded for trying to break the rules. However in Indian system I have seen we learn from our elders that breaking rules in just the way of life. We are not encouraged to bring reforms but to just find ways to SOLVE our problems. This kind of leadership we experience in various forms:

  • Childhood – Relatives and Parents are protective of us and encourage us to break rules so that things are easy for us. I was blessed in this regards as I was heavily punished in childhood for by my parents and grand parents if I trying so illegal methods. The “mera bachha hai” [they are my beloved kid] concept spoils the kids and makes them feel that since some of them are blessed with resources so its OK for them to break the rules. Every child looks to their elders for leadership and inspiration in their early life. By encouraging wrong ethics we are not doing our duties as good leaders.
  • School – This is another important place of our life where we learn the most. A teacher and friend are the people who we look upto as leaders from front and by side. Again some friends encourage bad habits in their group saying its cool and good way to grow up. Some teachers also focus a lot on just getting marks and not on innovative ways of learning and problem solving. This kind of leadership spoils the way we look at the society around us where things have to be done so as to get good marks or to be cool not because we feel that way.
  • College – Here again friends and seniors are the people we upto for leadership. Many students are misguided during college days because of their friends choose to help them in doing something illegal for fun rather than helping them do the right thing which is beneficial for all the people. Seniors are individuals we look upto the most for inspiration and but many times they show bad conduct or reward us on doing something unethical. This leadership influences us the most as we are prepared in college for the future phase of our lives and what we learn in college we go on to become. I once fired a junior of mine from my organization leadership body for his bad conduct and unethical actions of cheating. The result was all his friends started bad mouthing about me. This kind of leadership where we are more guided by the people and emotions than by our values hinders our ability to make the right decisions for the best of our organizations and hence for the nation.
  • Job – Job is a place where we have to follow, support and lead. The difference this time is that we get paid for doing all the 3. This is where leadership values most and this is the place where leadership is abused the most. A work place is about becoming better by doing more. And if our leaders and friends support the opposite we start living like that. We see leadership becomes more about gaining badges of higher position than acts of reforms and positive changes. People who instill the most fear are looked as best leaders.
  • Old Age – This is the age when the above cycle repeats for our own kids and whatever leadership styles we have seen and learnt we display an output of the same.

BTW, the above reasons are not just aimed at others who come into our lives but also at us based on the role we play in others life. Its not about pointing a finger at people but helping in finding a solution to the problems.

I feel the problems of India are many but the underlying basis of all of them is unethical and wrong leadership which we experience and incorporate in ourselves. Even though it looks tough to change the system from grass-root level. Its easier to target on good leadership building across all sectors of the society.

A leader’s job is not to gain more followers but to create more leaders who can continue the chain.

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