Why I want Narendra Modi to be prime minister

Published: June 13, 2013

The writer is a journalist in Delhi. His work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times International Weekly, The Friday Times, Rediff, the Hindustan Times, among others. He is a member of the South Asian team blog Kafila.org and tweets @DilliDurAst

Years before the 2002 pogrom in Gujarat, the political psychologist Ashis Nandy had interviewed Narendra Modi and felt he had met a “textbook fascist”. It goes without saying that it would be terrible if Narendra Modi ever became prime minister (PM) of India.

The first to feel the heat, already, are within the Hindu Divided Family, the RSS “Parivar”. There are those within the Parivar who are publicly hailing Modi but privately fuming that there is no space left for “dissent” in the party. And I thought leftists used words like dissent! Well, leftists would use it a lot more if Modi did become PM. Mr Modi does not like dissent, disagreement or debate. If Modi becomes PM, a lot of people should be ready for sedition cases and income tax raids.

However, I don’t think it will be cataclysmic for India’s Muslims. He has done to Gujarat’s Muslims what he had to, and achieved what he had to. It will, however, be another symbolic blow to the Indian Muslim’s right to live as equal citizens that a leader who is liked by his core constituency for having “shown Muslims their place” becomes prime minister.

And yet, in a cynical, masochist way, I have a death wish. I think Narendra Modi will also be good for India. He will be good because India’s left-liberals, “centrists”, constitutionalists, radicals, freethinkers, Communists, Congressis, Dalits, Muslims — a lot of people, will unite to cry “Fascism! Fascism!”, from morning to evening. They will bring such scrutiny upon every action of his as there hasn’t been on the Congress-led coalition that has ruled India since 2004.

A journalist recently met a senior minister in Manmohan Singh’s government and asked, sir ye kia ho raha hai? Why is your government in such bad shape? The minister said, “Hum raj kar rahein hain.” We are ruling.

When I heard this anecdote secondhand, I completely believed it, because of the attitude of the so-called United Progressive Alliance government. They bought over votes to pass a bill for a nuclear deal with the US in 2008. The 2009 elections were held six months after 26/11. The BJP made national security an election issue. To its own surprise, the Congress increased its seats from 145 to 206. Urban and rural voters alike rewarded them for what they thought was good governance. This return to power went to their heads.

Virtually since the beginning of the second term, this government has battled one crisis after another. And their reaction to every crisis is brazen arrogance. They did not save the day for Commonwealth games when they could have, they blamed the auditor for exposing a telecom scam, they put Anna Hazare in jail for asking for a Lokpal and even killed a Baba Ramdev supporter asking for a similar demand. Students came out to protest against rape and they responded with tear gas. They put Muslims in jail in fake terrorism cases, they hanged Kasab and Afzal to appear strong, weren’t able to do anything about anti-Muslim violence in Congress-ruled Assam, let the situation in Kashmir worsen again, allowed the economy to tumble, let Maoists get the better of them, slapped sedition cases against those who don’t want a nuclear power plant next to their house, put people in jail for criticising the government online, and can’t even pass legislation they think will fetch them votes. Is the Congress a good-looking BJP?

And how do India’s centre-left-radical intellectuals and activists respond to such a government? With some exceptions, by silence. Why? They think criticising the Congress will help the BJP. But the Congress’s decline is anyway helping the BJP. And thus, our leftists make themselves even more politically irrelevant because they have nothing to say.

If Modi becomes PM, our leftists will have a lot to say. Even if the BJP gets enough seats to cobble together a coalition, the coalition partners are unlikely to support Modi as PM. Ideally we need a Third Front break to show the “national” parties their place, but it is still possible that the Congress may be able to put together a UPA-3 (a UPA government for the third time). And that is scarier than Modi-1.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (62)

  • Ali Tanoli
    Jun 14, 2013 - 12:02AM

    I think its gonna be good for Pakistan if let BJP govt form in centre last we decleared A nation number 007. the big worry should be indianos who remembered what happened last time when gujrathis bunyas were in front I mean 1947?

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  • Optimistic
    Jun 14, 2013 - 12:14AM

    I see a Hitler and a Patel in Mr.Modi . If we wish to see our Indian civilization a success story from past to future and aspirations of billions to become a force in world , this man is the solution . You can say He is autocratic , But Who was not autocratic , Germans were autocratic , Japanese were autocratic ,But they brought sense of patriotism and developed their country . We need such leaders to weed out social evils from our society . We need iron hands to march on . India will regain its past glory . We , Indians are committed to this goal.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jun 14, 2013 - 12:26AM

    Its Modi or Moodi we don’t care jaye Pakistan.

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  • rangacharya kulkarni
    Jun 14, 2013 - 12:46AM

    Modi becoming prime minister is a wishful thinking. Indians are not fools. He is a media and social network hype.. BJP wrote a death will few years back by singing “Shining India”. Now, they will loose a winnable battle by chanting ” Go Modi” Mantra. BJP does not have common sense in seeing India has federal polity. Modi will need allies. Modil is not Atal Bajpaee who attracted conflicting allies because of his personality. This is not Gujarat or any other state politics which could be own by few strategies. India is vast and complex.His so called development mantra will not take him any further. I am feeling pity for BJP that they will loose a election which they are expected to win. I am feeling sad that we have to put up another five years of corrupt UPA government. May God bless India!

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  • ModiFied
    Jun 14, 2013 - 1:08AM

    Statuesque forces are against Modi and calling him by all sorts of names. fact is that almost 99% young Indians want Modi to lead the nation. People don’t care what few journalists call Modi. Modi is a no match to Late Mrs. Gandhi when it comes to being a fascist.

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  • Mansi
    Jun 14, 2013 - 1:14AM

    Oh god, save us from these communists!

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  • Ram
    Jun 14, 2013 - 2:39AM

    UPA might have ruled from 2004. But congress has been ruling since 1947. First people have to teach the politicians that they are elected to govern and not to rule.
    Second the economic growth might have happened in UPA’s first term. But actually the gains from 2004 to 2008 are the fruits of policies laid out in the previous governments, say from 1997 to 2004.
    Economy, power sector and infrastructure are in ruins now. Inflation is so high. Indian currency value is tumbling. Mr.Chidabaram has started to tax even gold. All these crippling effects are the results of policies passed during the previous government, that is UPA-1.
    Blessing in disguise is, UPA-2 did not pass any policy. So, there is going to be no effect. Anyhow, there can be no bad happen to already worse one.

    Everybody comments about BJP as communal and Modi as Facist. What about the other psedo secular parties. For example, Congress, it is run by a dynasty. Its been led by single family. Poor Mahatma Gandhi did not know how his name would be misused by a family as surname just to gain popularity. Second, all these pseudo secular parties try to appease the so called minorities whose population above 20% of total population of India, the muslims. They do anything to appease those minorities, meet the clerics, pay attention to clerics and even import muslims from Bangladesh.

    Frankly, the media, the so called liberals and the congress are eroding the sense of patriotism by talking all non sense.

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  • jack
    Jun 14, 2013 - 2:50AM

    @Mansi

    “Oh god, save us from these communists!”

    Sorry dear, you have to tolerate them for a while. After the break-up of the Soviet-bloc and China (Vietnam too) subscribing to the capitalist economy, India remains the last refuge of the commis. Communists are materialistic and atheist. Irony is that they are so similar to the religious fundamentalists. Both are faithful to, and swear, by their book. In the case of commis it is ‘Das Capital’ by Carl Marx (A great philosopher/economist on his own right) who famously claimed, “Thank god, I am not a marxist.” It goes to his credit that he understood his followers long before they descended on us.

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  • Sahil
    Jun 14, 2013 - 2:55AM

    Pakistani friends, you should feel lucky that you don’t have to deal with these communists. They have been unsuccessful in every country they ruled yet they are the ones who whine the most.

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  • Jun 14, 2013 - 2:58AM

    Many educated Indians want Modi to be the Prime Minister Of India. He has every quality to lead India to the right direction. But unfortunately he won’t become PM. Congress in India is really in strong position. It will be hard to educate every Indian. Modi targets youths through social networking sites. What an idea!

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  • Shyam
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:00AM

    Look at your own way of writing. You seem more fascist than modi. The hatred in your writing. The way it can divide india. You say all will unite. You dint mention Hindus there. a country with 90% Hindu population and you don’t mention Hindus. and you speak of “showing way to muslims” like you were standing besides modi at the time of riots. you are really very funny. but I still believe indian judicial system. cant believe your writing.

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  • SaneGuy
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:21AM

    Stupid article. In a democracy it is for the people to decide and if the people of India in their wisdom decide to elect NM..so be it…The constitution provides protections for all Indians. NM cannot do anything against the constitution…

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  • C. Nandkishore
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:45AM

    @rangacharya kulkarni:
    To add to BJP’s woes they have lost Bihar. Modi will bring together Lalu Prasad, Congress and Paswan who together have 46% vote. BJP has already lost Karnataka. BJP will reduce to less than 100 seats.

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  • Tuhadi
    Jun 14, 2013 - 4:21AM

    Just another diminutive creature in the long line of pseudo intellectuals. If he’s a dictator so be it, Indians need one now big time. Especially the likes of author.

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  • Jayanth R
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:03AM

    Well for India, the direction it has moved in past few years clear display lack of leadership, lack of implementation, lack of controlling authority…in any field for that matter! So, thinking on progressive mindset, we can conclusively state that for a country like India where ‘Mostly, all of public work is 1/2 done’ & anyways ‘None listens to any One’, it is super clear that a leader who thinks & almost acts like hitler can only get discipline, seriousness, work accomplishment-ness for our corrupt-ridden place! Perhaps, that is the best bet India has, if at all it needs to compete with progressive nations & take the path of glory!

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  • Rohit
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:17AM

    I would love to see Modi becoming Indian PM. This would create a culture that if any CM has done exceptionally well in their ruling states then they would have a chance of becoming a PM. This kind of culture would bring some kind of hope in a currupt political system. Whoever joins politics aims to become PM, some succeed and some don’t. Like in congress, no matter how you perform you will never be able to become a PM (unless your one leg is in the grave, congress always find old PM’s for transition. They are always afraid if they make a young spontaneous PM then they might not be able to control him. Same way they had Sitaram Kesri if you remember). Now Modi, Yes he was involved in riots. Those riots not only killed Muslims but Hindus also. Congress had many riots, who can forget 84? Advani was involved in Babri masjit riots. As a good Indian society we have given a message by not bringing BJP govt. in the last two terms after Godhra riots. At this stage India is in dire need of development and progress. We are not sure if Modi will bring any change but we are sure that congress would be definitely a waste as we have seen in the last 2 terms. I think Modi deserves a chance, if he does well, great, if he doesn’t then lets throw him away in the then next elections. Peace and Love.

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  • Nero
    Jun 14, 2013 - 6:17AM

    @Optimistic: And look what happened to Germany and Japan after they became “force in the word” through “sense of patriotism” – by 1945! Development? They were destroyed by 1945.Sir, most Indian want roti/kapda/makaan. If you want to be a force in the world, atleast come up with examples better than Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Have you forgotten that we were an occupied country till few decades back? And you still want to follow imperialists?

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  • R Singh
    Jun 14, 2013 - 6:44AM

    So Mr Vij,you do agree you want him :-)

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  • Jun 14, 2013 - 7:04AM

    i do not see Modi to be PM in future. Yes, he has done well .in Gujrat. Muslims too in gujrat are not un happy now, it is the congress and likesare going against him/ BJP. Vote politics sir, . In democracy there are many push and pulls in any decisions/development projecats which create avaoidble problems. that is why autocratic states( with inherent risks) achieve development fast than the democratic set up.

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  • Dheeraj
    Jun 14, 2013 - 7:28AM

    More than act of fascism, its visibility of fascism which matter…and Modi carries it..very boldly…Rajiv Gandhi “When Big Tree Falls” statement was not less than Modi’s “action-reaction statement” and both triggered violence, largely state sponsored..and why the leftist and progressive fails to see the Modi or Hitler inside the President Pranab Mukherjee who signatured death to Kasab and Afzal…why is he not buycotted like Modi..? This selective criticism has actually helped strengthening support to Modi..Remember, a fascist always needs excuse…

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  • Gursharan Singh
    Jun 14, 2013 - 7:50AM

    I came away with no clear thought from reading this post. It’s just sarcastically beating around the bush on a serious subject. India is in dire need to find a clear headed leader who can set right the way we run our politics as well as our society. We Indians have become far too self indulgent for our own good and we need a strong father in the house. No one fits the bill better than Modi. Yes, Modi has learnt to govern a state well, he now needs to learn to carry the country with him, something he needs to work on.

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  • Jun 14, 2013 - 8:00AM

    i think the only man can save india is narendra modi because he has the decision making power which no other leader poses

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 14, 2013 - 8:07AM

    While I support Modi, here are some hard facts :

    1) He is simply not a popular leader. The Urban middle-class youth constitute a miniscule percentage of India’s population. To the rest, he is non-existent. Also 80% of India votes on the basis of caste.

    2) I don’t like how Modi is presented as a solution to everything, a la Imran Khan in the neighborhood. Of course Imran Khan’s immaturity cannot be compared with a seasoned leader like Modi. Nonetheless, he should not be projected as a solution to everything.

    3) I don’t like the goondaism of Modi’s supporters, as they did before Advani’s house after his resignation.

    4) His autocratic nature does not augur well for the country in the long run, if he becomes the PM.

    Hope, there won’t be enough ugly noises coming from Modi and his supporters in the next several months running upto elections, lest it can change my vote.

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  • karma
    Jun 14, 2013 - 9:15AM

    I heard this author on a TV channel, rudely interrupting widely respected Madhu Kishwar with his half baked ideas. Agreed Madhu Kishwar supports Modi, but that’s no crime, there are millions who do.

    Let us get facts right. Fascism is a ideology of autocratic regimes with hierarchical governance. It has come to be associated with right wing, but there is nothing ‘right wing’ about it. Majority of fascist govts in the world have been Communist or Socialist (what the author here calls leftist), with no scope for dissent.

    The biggest Fascist India has seen was from Congress – Indira Gandhi. And she was admired by many (including most congressmen and Leftists) even today!! They say ‘trains ran on time’!!

    Is Modi a fascist? He perhaps is to a certain extent. He stands for ironfisted, authoritarian governance. But, there isn’t evidence to suggest he doesn’t tolerate dissent. All leaders have a way of curbing dissent. After all who has survived in Congress criticizing Sonia Gandhi? But, a fascist would use violence to curb dissent. Indira Gandhi used to throw opposition leaders to Jail. Has modi done that?? NO! He is unlikely to do so, because he’d have learnt his lessons after 2002. Even Modi’s critics agree that post-2002 Gujarat has been a model state without any discrimination on religion. In 2002, he was just 3 months in to the job, and may have muddled along without clarity, but Modi seems to have gotten better.

    Modi is perhaps Authoritarian, but he is democratic. He isn’t authoritarian by breaking constitution or law. He is authoritarian within the limits of law. That can’t be called fascist.

    Is authoritarian govt. bad?

    Evidence doesn’t suggest so. Authoritarian China has done well. Singapore. Dubai have done even better. The problem isn’t authoritarianism. Problem is lack of governance, dishonesty, clarity of purpose, corruption & absence of law abidance. Which is plenty in India even now. An iron fisted but clean, efficient govt. can produce miracles.

    It is fashionable for Modi haters to paint him in all sorts of adjectives. ‘Communal’ ‘Fascist’ are just a couple of those. The reality in India (or even larger sub-continent) is almost every leader is that.

    Modi at least stands for less corruption and better governance.

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  • Indi-Pop
    Jun 14, 2013 - 9:25AM

    @SaneGuy: What a joke! Remember Indira Gandhi? She amended the constitution.

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  • Rakib
    Jun 14, 2013 - 9:31AM

    Author is the kind of quack who suggests a remedy that is worse than the malady. It will be a case of ‘operation success, patient dead’.

    mujhe chorh de mere haal per tera kya bharosa hai charagar
    yeh teri nawazish-e-mukhtasir mera durd aur barha na de

    Let me be in my condition,my doctor,how can you my trust gain
    This little favour that you offer, may even increase my pain.

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  • BlackJack
    Jun 14, 2013 - 9:39AM

    Everyone is running scared – it is much like in Sholay with parties across the socialist spectrum begging “Beta humko vote de de nahin to Modi aa jayega”. Such scare tactics no longer work. If you are ideologically opposed to the BJP, Narendra Modi or anyone else will make no difference, and most of this glorification of Vajpayee and (surprise!) Advani is to sow dissension in the rank and file of the BJP; tragically for the likes of the writer, it appears to be making Modi’s support base stronger because they have come to know what to expect (nothing new in over eleven years except country-wide focus on malnutrition in Gujarat), and to expect what they already know and others are likely to soon find out.

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  • balvinder
    Jun 14, 2013 - 10:01AM

    any setup other than present one would be welcome.the amount of corruption in high places needs a Modi like autocrat to tackle the problem. the false secular extremism, promoted for political gains only, has harmed the country as much as the religious fundamentalism.

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  • sanguine
    Jun 14, 2013 - 11:04AM

    Narendra Modi is neither the dreaded fascist that the extreme leftists make of him; nor is he a visionary leader that his admirers make of him. He is a clever man with a mediocre mind and an opportunist to boot. He will not ruin India but there is not much good he can do either. He has the mind of a petty businessman and the solutions that he offers are also of that calibre. If he does become PM he will be almost the most mediocre man to have ascended that post.
    I agree with Shivam on the unintended payoff of having NaMO as PM.

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  • Naren
    Jun 14, 2013 - 12:29PM

    Dear Author,

    Currently we do not have a leadership in India. Its a leadership minus government. As far as Modi is concern, he is perceived as a No-nonsense, able administrator, proper policy maker and who can provide a Strong leadership to India.

    At least he is not pseudo-secularist. For him people are not vote bank, but a citizen of the nation.

    His “Facism” will be taken care by our Judiciary and Constitution.

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  • Milind
    Jun 14, 2013 - 1:47PM

    If Modi becomes PM, our leftists will have a lot to say

    But the lefties (barring a stray few) are not saying anything now… compare this with the pseudo-seculars surviving on the crumbs of the Congressis. In fact a few years back Lalu Prasad Yadav tried to raise a stink over some stone thrown at him during his visit to Gujrat… To which the Jyoti Basu and his comrades refused to join in…

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  • harkol
    Jun 14, 2013 - 2:02PM

    Ok, we understand Author is a ‘leftist’ (in other words a communist). Which nation has thrived being ‘leftist’? China?

    But then China is also fascist regime!! It has an authoritarian structure, with a highly hierarchical non-democratic model. Every other communist country has been Fascist too!! And leftists admire such nations i.e. USSR, North Korea etc.!!

    Let us also consider democratic authoritarian regimes. Singapore had one. THey held regular elections and you could contest in them. But, once elected, the govt. had authoritarian powers. Singapore did well in that model!

    How can Modi be a fascist, if he has to work under a liberal constitution? He would have to break the constitution for that. Only the biggest fascist India has seen, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, did that. But then she was what the author calls – A socialist (milder form of ‘leftist’??)!!

    It is such muddle headed commentary that makes no sense to people attracted by Modi’s good governance. The biggest threat from Modi isn’t ‘fascism’. If at all it is communal-ism. But, then Gujarat has had a far more secular governance than rest of India in past 10 years!!

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  • Parvez
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:11PM

    Reading this gives one a sense of the immense complications involved with Indian politics.
    The good thing seems to be that a machinery does exist to address these complications.

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  • Iqbal
    Jun 14, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Whether we like it or not, Narendra Modi appears to the next PM of India. I say that because the West has now accepted it as reported in this article:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2275821/Narendra-Modi-European-Union-ends-boycott.html
    I note that Gujarat was a dump before he took over. Today it is the flagship of India due to Modi’s leadership. His tough stance on corruption and lawlessness makes him the perfect candidate. Lets just hope that the present PM does not repeat his adventures of Kargil again. If he did, he will have to accept the consequences.

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  • m.s.verma
    Jun 14, 2013 - 4:47PM

    A hue and cry is being made by the Congress and the so called secular parties in India about the rise of an able orator, administrator and a nationalist leader in Modi which over the last 65 years or more was missing except a few leaders like Nehru, Indira and Atalji. At present all the leaders of so called secular parties are fascist, casteist, communal and fundamentalist and need to be thrown out to make a real secular India where all people of every caste and creed can grow with equal opportunity on the basis of merit without any reservation. If they divide the country in various castes and communities then a time will again come for another division of the country very soon which needs to be arrested without further delay. Hence it is the urgent need of the country to elect a nationalist leader like Modi for accelerated growth and development of the country. It is not a time to remember past happenings as there could be blames and counter blames without any outcome. Muslims need to realise that they are citizens of this great country which has been called Hindusthan as its varied cultures are resembling the old BHARAT where hindus were a large majority. All other cultures have merged in Hindu cultutre and now a days Hinduism is not a religion but it is a way of life.

    We have seen congress rule for more than 60 years where all these divisive politics were attempted like English people to rule this country. We have also seen 6 years rule of Atalji where development and progress of the country was felt utmost. We have seen all third front leaders including Nitish who have wishful thinking to become Prime minister at any cost and who have no capabilities as compared to Mr Modi. All such people must be rejected to see India as a developed country in the 21st century.

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  • Anand
    Jun 14, 2013 - 5:18PM

    @Author

    “He will be good because India’s left-liberals, “centrists”, constitutionalists, radicals, freethinkers, Communists, Congressis, Dalits, Muslims — a lot of people, will unite to cry “Fascism! Fascism!”, from morning to evening.”

    It’s interesting that ‘hindus’ do not appear in your long list of groups that will cry “Fascism! Fascism!” once Modi becomes the PM of India. They do not even appear as a token of representation as it could have been, if you mentioned ‘a section of hindus’, or ‘some hindus’; while ‘Muslims’ are there in all its plurality. Is it because you think all hindus are for fascism, while all Muslims are against it. I think you don’t, honestly! In fact, I believe that you have counted ‘some hindus’ who are scattered among the “centrists”, constitutionalists, radicals, freethinkers, Communists, Congressis and Dalits”, hence no mention in specific. But should I also believe that there is no Muslim among the “centrists”, constitutionalists, radicals, freethinkers, Communists, Congressis, Dalits that you referred to? Just asking, since you mentioned ‘Muslim’ in specific. A trivia: You mentioned ‘Freethinkers’. Do they include those who think as ‘free’ as those you mention, but may be not as ‘freely’ as to their liking?

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  • Murthy
    Jun 14, 2013 - 7:51PM

    Any fool knows that there has never been a govt at the centre worse than UPA under MM Singh and no govt can be worse than this in the future either. So, any, yes, any govt other than UPA3 will be better. Another term for UPA is unimaginable.

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  • PM
    Jun 14, 2013 - 8:28PM

    @rangacharya kulkarni:
    If you are so saddened by the thought of being ruled by a corrupt UPA for another 5 years, just don’t vote for them. That is how it usually works. If you do not want a government you do not vote for them.

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  • ModiJee
    Jun 14, 2013 - 9:26PM

    I support Modi jee, but i just dont want a Teli ruling mother India. This is strictly against our ancient system.

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  • Tom
    Jun 14, 2013 - 9:59PM

    @ModiJee:

    I hope he wins. We need someone who is proud of his Indianess to be the next one in charge. I know he has problems with the minorities, but he will be very good for India for next 5 years. We need someone who is ruthless in pursuing the direction of growth and change for India for atleast next 5 yrs., may itr be in defence, finance, industry or agriculture. Hope he builds the needed infrastructure ruthlessly.!!!

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  • Ali Tanoli,
    Jun 15, 2013 - 12:15AM

    @m.s verma ji
    Peoples living in india are called Hindi not Hindu which is reliegen or man made ISM and the same peoples of india dont have to sing Bundhay Mathrem which is pray in Hinduism.

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  • Chris
    Jun 15, 2013 - 12:37AM

    @Shivam Vij

    @Anand has asked you a few question. Would you pleeeeeease respond. It might help educate some of us who have just enroled in the ‘Institute of secularism’ (Indian variety).

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  • Arain
    Jun 15, 2013 - 2:51AM

    Why i dont care who You want for the PM.

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  • Anpadh
    Jun 15, 2013 - 6:00AM

    Mr. Vik seems to be clueless about India, in general. He does not seem to know that there are Hindus in India and that is not only Muslims who need to be able to live in freedom. Also, he says that, “they hanged Kasab and Afzal to appear strong”. Perhaps he does not know that both of these men were terrorists and went through a lengthy, detailed, and fair judicial process. These men were not randomly picked for hanging to make the government appear strong, as he seems to imply. Crying “Fascism!” against someone does not make that person a fascist. Only a fascist would believe that it does. Mr. Vij, I suggest you get your head out of a place where the sun does not shine and actually try to achieve some clarity of thought and expression. Perhaps you could begin by searching for, knowing, and understanding the actual facts instead of making up stuff that is based on nothing but your own imagination.

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  • Ms
    Jun 15, 2013 - 8:19AM

    I don’t care which party is in power as long as:
    They bring back patriotism, so “Indians” remember that it is “India” that gives them the definition.
    They relegate religious denomination to its rightful place, secondary to being human beings.
    They remind us that it is ok to be one of the honest and forgotten rather than one of the corrupt and remembered for posterity.
    They polish up the only country they have got o that our citizens are not illegal immigrants in other countries.

    Is this too much to hope for?

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  • bmniac
    Jun 15, 2013 - 8:16PM

    Ali Tanoli
    You are quite right about the two Gujaratis who divided India.The two orphan nations had two Gujaratis as the fathers! Incidentally Jinnah’s family had been Lohanas who were also traders
    And I gather that Modi belongs to a backward caste. As did many ‘princely’ families in Indian history!
    And like those rulers he is bound to be authoritarian!

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  • Deb; India
    Jun 15, 2013 - 10:12PM

    @bmniac

    @Ali Tanoli
    “You are quite right about the two Gujaratis who divided India.”

    No, he is not right, neither are you. It’s one Gujarati who demanded division and to achieve it he led his people to ‘Direct Action’. The other Gujarati never agreed to partition. It is Congress and British who lost their nerve in the face of barbaric violence that ‘Direct action’ brought on the streets of India and agreed to partition. When the partition took place and the leaders of both the countries were busy celebrating their new found independence; the other Gujarati was visiting riot affected places and people (both hindus and muslims) 1,600 km away from the capital city of Delhi. He didn’t even participate in any of the celebration of independence any where till his death. You can say that the present day Gujarati Modi is much like the old Gujarati of yours. He is trying to be a hindu Jinnah.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:14PM

    @optimistic,
    u talking like spokesman of Adolf Hilter the great.

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  • bmniac
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:16AM

    Deb; India
    Do not go by what Gandhi said.
    The day he supported the atavistic Khilafat movement he sowed the seeds for further separation and eventual nationhood.

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  • Well wished
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:35AM

    Is there any sense to this article? The writer has no stance…no clarity of thought. Just using “fascism” all over the article to grab attention. God save India from such journalists influencing public opinions.

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  • Rakesh Dass
    Jun 17, 2013 - 8:36AM

    @Sahil:
    Yea, communists fail everywhere but they don’t stop trying…see USA fast turning into a socialist country thanks to Barry Soetoro…

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  • Rakesh Dass
    Jun 17, 2013 - 8:39AM

    Although I am a “congressi” I too think Modi would make a good PM. National politics is different from state politics….remember, BJP won an election on mandir platform, yet they were not able to build one!

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  • Cynical
    Jun 17, 2013 - 5:39PM

    @Rakib

    Superb translation from the Hindi/Urdu couplet. That you are a connoisseur of poetry was known, but a poet as well was not. Wishing more of it in future.
    Here is a link. Hope the wordsmith in you would like it.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/editorial-views-on/ManasChakravarty/Goa-Namorandum/Article1-1077085.aspx

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  • Rakib
    Jun 17, 2013 - 7:59PM

    @Cynical:

    Yours was a classy & thoughtful gesture in providing this wonderful link. Very clever word play indeed.. Glad you liked the couplet…Incredible Shakeel Badayuni & Immortal Begum Akhtar…

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  • Sid
    Jun 18, 2013 - 8:38AM

    What do the Muslims in Gujarat think about Modi ?
    He has turned the state around economically and as I note no major riots have taken place after the last big one. Modi is a patriot who is looking to lead India into the 21century…a young India (85% 25yrs population) and if he can galvanize enough support from other regional players he he very well may become PM…but lets not get carried away b the media as India is a multicultural country which will not tolerate fascism …just not in the DNA.
    BJP is just another political outfit as the UPA is… And any future govt. will be Ann alliane of regional political parties. so getting back to Modi…yes he should become PM .

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  • Cynical
    Jun 18, 2013 - 4:57PM

    @Rakib
    “…Incredible Shakeel Badayuni & Immortal Begum Akhtar…”

    Incredible indeed! The man himself said;
    Main Shakeel Dil Ka Hoon Tarjuman
    Keh Mohabbaton Ka Hoon Raazdaan
    Mujhe Fakhr Hai Meri Shayari
    Meri Zindagi Se Juda Nahin
    It’s a pity that I can read him and others (like Sahir etc.) only in english script. And that severely restricts my access to most of their work.
    None the less, thanks for stoking up a few flames of remembrance. Tonight, I’ll dip into my collection, and it will be for incredible Shakeel and immortal Akhtari Bai.

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  • Jul 13, 2013 - 6:59PM

    @ModiFied:
    good one, lets all hindu gets united….

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  • Rupam
    Jul 18, 2013 - 1:56PM

    Anti-muslim riot in Assam? Anti-muslim? Seriously? Great, shows the depth of your knowledge! That was a clash between the indigenous tribes and illegal immigrants. Does not make any difference to you anyway – so carry on with the ignorance and arrogance.

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  • CHURCHILL KUMAR SHAH
    Jul 20, 2013 - 2:54PM

    The first to feel the heat, already, are within the Hindu Divided Family, the RSS “Parivar”. There are those within the Parivar who are publicly hailing Modi but privately fuming that there is no space left for “dissent” in the party. And I thought leftists used words like dissent! Well, leftists would use it a lot more if Modi did become PM. Mr Modi does not like dissent, disagreement or debate. If Modi becomes PM, a lot of people should be ready for sedition cases and income tax raids.
    However, I don’t think it will be cataclysmic for India’s Muslims. He has done to Gujarat’s Muslims what he had to, and achieved what he had to. It will, however, be another symbolic blow to the Indian Muslim’s right to live as equal citizens that a leader who is liked by his core constituency for having “shown Muslims their place” becomes prime minister.
    And yet, in a cynical, masochist way, I have a death wish. I think Narendra Modi will also be good for India. He will be good because India’s left-liberals, “centrists”, constitutionalists, radicals, freethinkers, Communists, Congressis, Dalits, Muslims — a lot of people, will unite to cry “Fascism! Fascism!”, from morning to evening. They will bring such scrutiny upon every action of his as there hasn’t been on the Congress-led coalition that has ruled India since 2004.
    A journalist recently met a senior minister in Manmohan Singh’s government (Sonia Gandhi Government) and asked, sirye kia ho raha hai? Why is your government in such bad shape? The minister said, “Hum raj kar rahein hain.” We are ruling. We would do as being told by Sonia Gandhi.
    When I heard this anecdote secondhand, I completely believed it, because of the attitude of the so-called United Progressive Alliance government. They bought over votes to pass a bill for a nuclear deal with the US in 2008. The 2009 elections were held six months after 26/11. The BJP made national security an election issue. To its own surprise, the Congress increased its seats from 145 to 206. Urban and rural voters alike rewarded them for what they thought was good governance. This return to power went to their heads.
    Virtually since the beginning of the second term, this government has battled one crisis after another. And their reaction to every crisis is brazen arrogance. They did not save the day for Commonwealth games when they could have, they blamed the auditor for exposing a telecom scam, they put Anna Hazare in jail for asking for a Lokpal and even killed a Baba Ramdev supporter asking for a similar demand. Students came out to protest against rape and they responded with tear gas. They put Muslims in jail in fake terrorism cases, they hanged Kasab and Afzal to appear strong, weren’t able to do anything about anti-Muslim violence in Congress-ruled Assam, let the situation in Kashmir worsen again, allowed the economy to tumble, let Maoists get the better of them, slapped sedition cases against those who don’t want a nuclear power plant next to their house, put people in jail for criticising the government online, and can’t even pass legislation they think will fetch them votes. Is the Congress a good-looking BJP?
    Congress did not even decipher single issues like 2G scam, Adarsh Scam, CVC, CWG and lot countless. Congress government had created history in the world of scams and the leader is SONIA GANDHI which may also called as “Queen of scams”. Most recently Congress Government (Shameless Government) did even contribute funds to innocent people who died in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand but they collect funds from general public for their own luxury. Never ever vote for Congress say bye bye to Congress Government. And how do India’s centre-left-radical intellectuals and activists respond to such a government? With some exceptions, by silence. Why? They think criticising the Congress will help the BJP. But the Congress’s decline is anyway helping the BJP. And thus, our leftists make themselves even more politically irrelevant because they have nothing to say.
    If Modi becomes PM, our leftists will have a lot to say. Even if the BJP gets enough seats to cobble together a coalition, the coalition partners are unlikely to support Modi as PM. Ideally we need a Third Front break to show the “national” parties their place, but it is still possible that the Congress may be able to put together a UPA-3 (a UPA government for the third time) which we don’t want at all. And that is scarier than Modi-1. If we elect yet again for Congress regime it goes without saying that it would be terrible if Congress creature like Sonia Gandhi, rahul Gandhi, Manmohan, ever became Prime Minister (PM) of India. We all need Modi to be our next upcoming PM for better outline of our INDIA economy.

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  • Jinu James
    Jul 24, 2013 - 8:59AM

    **”it is still possible that the Congress may be able to put together a UPA-3 (a UPA government for the third time). And that is scarier than Modi”

    That says it all why we should give mr .modi a chance cuz he may be the answer to our lame and lagging India. We all for year have disgruntled about the ever hopeless India and have cursed it many times everyday , i mean by the iss desh ka kuch nahi ho sakta termology , perhaps Modi’s Fascism might be of a little help here!

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  • Jinu James
    Jul 24, 2013 - 9:11AM

    @Optimistic:
    **”it is still possible that the Congress may be able to put together a UPA-3 (a UPA government for the third time). And that is scarier than Modi”

    That says it all why we should give mr .modi a chance cuz he may be the answer to our lame and lagging India. We all for year have disgruntled about the ever hopeless India and have cursed it many times everyday , i mean by the iss desh ka kuch nahi ho sakta termology , perhaps Modi’s Fascism might be of a little help here!

    It Surely didnt do good for Hitler but it worked wonders for germany…. I am not talking about HITLERISM nor do support it but i am talking about about FIRM Decision Making and address such issues which have plagiarised our country for years. moeover it wud become a moral obligation for him to fulfill his promises to the nation…

    Summing up i dont see a reason why modi shouldnt be given a chance

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  • Aug 4, 2013 - 4:49PM

    Today India seriously needs a dynamic leader like Modi.His speech,personality,actions and everything related to him are needed to make India economically strong,to develop a generous administration and an integral governance and that cannot be done just by passing the laws.It can only be done by taking strict actions which only Modi has the guts to implement.Recommend

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