‘Every action,’ Narendra Modi once quoted Newton’s third law of motion, ‘has a reaction.’ Modi was referring to the murder of parliamentarian Ehsan Jafri. As blood flowed in the streets of Gujarat in 2002, a Hindutva mob had surrounded Mr Jafri’s home in Gulbarg Society.
They were armed with kerosene and, more damningly, lists of Muslim voters and Muslim-owned properties provided by the state. Using gas cylinders to blast through a wall two inches thick, they made their way into Gulbarg. Mr Jafri called the police, he called the politicians, and he called Narendra Modi. None came.
Mr Jafri fired at the rioters to disperse; they ended up storming his house. Muslim women taking shelter there — hoping the ex-Congress MP would protect them — were raped. When they got to Mr Jafri, they hacked off his hands and feet before severing his head. A pyre was improvised, and his body set on fire.
Ten years later, a Special Investigation Team concluded its findings — and they found for Modi. The report confirmed Modi used the word ‘action’ for Mr Jafri firing first, and ‘reaction’ for what followed. That proved nothing on Modi’s part, said investigators; Ehsan Jafri was to blame. Having called Mr Jafri’s firing ‘self-defence’, it changed the story a few pages later to say he in fact ‘provoked’ a ‘violent mob’, the same that would maim and murder him. File closed.
And this past week, there came the sound of another file closing. Narendra Modi escaped the past by convincing India he was the future. And whatever his faults, NaMo has been dead honest: he never apologised. The closest he came to expressing remorse was, “(Jab) ek chhota kutte ka bachcha bhi car ke neeche aa jata hai, toh humein pain feel hota hai ki nahin? Hota hai.”
Modi rode the waves of a saffron tsunami that flung Delhi wide open, stunning the BJP itself. The former chaiwalla led the lotus boys to their best-ever showing in any election: 272 seats was the magic number for the Lok Sabha; the BJP won that and 10 more, with 282. This is a straight majority, the first in 30 years.
Six times as many as their nearest rival. It’s fitting that the BJP’s biggest win means the Congress party’s worst-ever loss. ‘There is a lot for us to think about,’ said Rahul Gandhi, dazed to the very end. To digress: a shout-out to Shashi Tharoor is deserved, who skipped over sleaze and scandal to retain his Thiruvananthapuram seat for the Congis. Part-novelist, part-diplomat, and part-snake charmer, Mr. Tharoor’s life is a Bollywood B-film waiting to happen.
No doubt this is a watershed moment — just not the way the Indian press says it is. Yes, this has been the world’s biggest election. Yes, this is a mega-mandate, and from the world’s biggest democracy. And yes, this is the dawn of a new day.
Because Narendra Modi talks about rolling out ‘the red carpet, not red tape’ for big business. Because the Congress is corrupt, weeps the press, but money bores Modi. Where PM Manmohan was weak, they say, PM-elect Modi talks about his 56-inch chest. And in an age of dynasts, he is childless (and celibate, for good measure).
Yes, the Indian citizen voted for all that, and may just get it: economic growth instead of anemia, business instead of bureaucracy, decisive Modi instead of the doddering Gandhi-Singhs. But while India becomes India Shining — it will lose its soul on the way. If it hasn’t already.
With some 20 winners, this Lok Sabha will have the lowest number of Muslim parliamentarians in history. Despite their near-300 MPs, not a single Muslim hails from the BJP: a representation of four per cent in a country where Muslims make up four times as much.
Meanwhile, the RSS is on the march — everyone’s favourite Hindutva troopers know little else. For the longest time, the BJP had shrugged off their wilder cousins: their aims embarrassed coalition partners. But what better bridge to respectability than Shri Modijee himself, the RSS pracharak since boyhood?
The RSS threw itself in this campaign the way one does for their own — and a win for Modi means an open door for the Sangh.
The teasing’s already begun: on the eve of election, ageless RSS demon MG Vaidya crawled out of the morgue to demand Muslims relinquish the land where Babri Masjid once stood. For Vaidya, the masjid embodied ‘an invader’s arrogance,’ and Modi would do well to deliver on Ram Temple in its stead. Expect this sort of thing to get worse.
But was the Indian outcome that obvious? Was Mr Jinnah’s fear of Hindu majoritarianism valid all along?
Not if India’s starry-eyed founders had their way. Jawaharlal Nehru once wrote, ‘there shall be no unfair treatment of any minority. Indeed we should go further and state that it will be the business of the State to give favoured treatment to minority and backward communities.’
But this isn’t Nehru’s India: his daughter saw to that. As of May 16, it is the RSS’s. The same RSS that despised Nehru and murdered Gandhi. And the same RSS that has begun praising Indira: it was Indira Gandhi’s India that rewarded her party in 1984, while Sikhs were butchered en masse.
And it was Indira’s India again that saw Modi re-elected chief minister of Gujarat in December 2002 with a two-thirds majority, moments after the massacre. Because the brutal fact remains: Narendra Modi was re-elected chief minister of Gujarat because of the violence, not in spite of it.
That he was elected by millions more last week means no one cares anyway. Or cares enough.
The fireworks blaze orange across Uttar Pradesh, which didn’t return a single Muslim to parliament for the first time. India’s magic has fallen victim to Modi majoritarianism. And the reality of India has vindicated the idea of Pakistan.
Ironic then, that the reality of Pakistan could do so much to unravel its own idea.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2014.
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THis author proves, Muslims in general have a long way to go.
Full of nothing but falsehood, so much so that it starts with a blatant lie. As recorded and verified in courts, what Modi had said was "this chain of action and reaction must stop". Author hardly knows or understands India or it's just concluded election. Today's India has moved on and accepted reality of nuisance and epitome of terrorism and despair that Pakistan has become. And that unfortunate reality of Pakistan is not going to change till it is stuck in 1947 searching for genesis of its existence in failed Two Nation theory of Jinnha (that Bangladesh is a living proof of).
With much more number of Muslims in India than Pakistan and Bangladesh deciding to go their own way is there any thing left to talk about this "two nation theory" Honestly it is waste of time. And it does not fit in looking proofs even after 65 years. Theory or no theory the hard fact is that Pakistan is here for real and let us live in peace.
Do you think Pakistan takes care of muslims within its borders, my Shia borthers, and the Hazaras have been a constant target. The Ahmadis and the mohajirs have to deal with targeted kililngs and regular bombings. Forget about other religions Hindus and Christians, the muslims themselves are being killed on a daily basis in Pakistan.
Wait and watch India will only emerge as India a place for all who love this country for its unity in diversity. 67 years is to too short a period.
Probably the most informative and impressive article on ET ever. Hats off to the writer and thank you!
I guess secularism was the greatest strength of India, which now seems to be eroding............Time will tell. Mean while Islam and its peaceful teachings are the greatest strength of Pakistan, this also seems to be going away.
Both countries are moving away from their centers of gravity and the vision of their founding fathers. I hope not but may be God wants to punish both nations due to the prevalent corruption, cheating, fornication, drug abuse and human rights violations taking place in both countries.
We are all sinners, but the best of sinners are those who repent.
It is the Pakistanis who went astray stating that they were not part of the Volk because they followed a different religion.
Gandhi pointed this out to Mr Jinnah himself during his four day talks while showing him how wrong he was, asking for a separate country for a troublesome minority.
There were other minorities in India in 1947 and they never asked for a separate country.
He asked Jinnah pointedly: Mr Jinnah, my son, Harilal Gandhi has converted to Islam and calls himself Abdullah Gandhi, does that make him a non-Indian ?
To this Jinnah had no answer. He simply dropped down on a couch and stared at the wall saying nothing.
Brilliantly written. While the SAFMA and Asha lovers are cuddling up to India someone has the courage to call spare a spade. Great article.
Blasphemy resulted in 2000 Muslims murdered in Gurjat. I am sure the number is still higher in India for same crime.
Welcome another south Asian monster to throne!! Dumb and uneducated voters will keep on bringing wrong people to power.
China and Russia just signed a 400 billion dollar worth energy deal over the next 30 years where payments will be made in Chinese yen currency and Russian rubles - phasing out the US dollar. The Sino-Russian Joint Naval drill 2014 in South China Sea is also taking place these days to counter Japanese and American influence. So whats the lessons for Pakistan? Focus on the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, replicate similar deals and projects with China and/or bring in Russian energy expertise to alleviate the energy quell. Pakistan should also become a full member of the SCO - headed by Beijing and Moscow. By getting closer to regional powerhouses China, Russia and Iran, Pakistan is in a very strong geopolitical and economic position v.v. India!
Thank you for a point of view. I am sure - as some of these comments make clear - that people will "troll" your article. However, if trolling is another way to stifle freedom of speech, I hope you ignore them all as a measure of the success of your words. While I may not agree with all of your views, I have to agree that you are allowed to have a view.
Well said! The man of vision usualy get recognised after several genertions; MAJ won the status instantly when the Nehru Gandhi dynasty, broke the agreement and sent their military with the support of Bettenberg, to occupy the docile muslim majority Kashmir, and ever since tried to break up the very fabric of tolerence and understanding among the people who were enslaved by the anglo saxon colonialists.
@Ali M: Mr. future teller, on what basis are you doing your predictions? Have you seen the status in your own country? Be a grown up, be optimistic and try to spread love not fear.
I think Nawaz Sharif and Mir Shakeel Ur Rehman (GEO) would travel to his victory party
@James: Starting with your phony name, typical of Hindus, most of your diatribe is hate infested. Just like the country, now being led by a vicious hate monger.
strange! a nation requires vindication after 70 years of creation!
The question is not whether partition was right or wrong. If you carefully read my comment you'll understand this point that partition was right, but more importantly, Jinnah's dream was not to have Pakistan on the basis of religion alone and have the theocratic state emerged which it has after 1948 and right after 1971 it just took off like a jet towards Mullahism.
Bangladesh would not have been created had their been implementation on Jinnah's dream. Again this will be a separate debate. More focus for us should be that we should implement Jinnah's progressive, secular Muslim state formula where religion is the business of individuals not state. When you have a state sponsored Mullahism in the form of declaring one sect of Muslims as non-Muslims then you'll have these issues.
Forget about Modi or BJP let's straight our house in order first.
@mozert. Yes by doing communal riots throughout the country resulting millions and millions id death to make his agenda successful was indeed the right thing(sarcasm). And the end of the day what happened the reality dint stick long enough and you broke off.
I thought Jinnah had been vindicated beyond all doubt in 1971 itself.
@Mozart: Anyone who makes a new country certainly alter the map hence tose 2 usually go ttogether. Also all 3 would also apply to Mujib ur Rehman. Plus whoever led the movement for creation of the Czeck and Dlovak republic. People wo led the mvement of Estonia, Ukraine etc.not to mention whoever fought for South Sudan. Do you know the names of those people? Outside the subcontinent Jinnah is equally unknown. Not so- Mahatma Gandhi who inspired people in distant lands from Nelson Mandela to Martin Luther King.
@PeaceMonger: Yup. India, next to South Africa would have been banned in the world due to attrocities committed by the state based on religion!
"Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three". - Stanley Wolpert.
Securalism is the foundation brick of India. Leaders whose vision of India always seen multi-cultural, language, relgion, race . India was never land of one religion, race, language, caste..hence it will always be unnatural for any single groupd to convert such diverse India into uniform coded , monochrome society. Pandit Nehru and many leaders during 1940s opposed Right wing Hindu forces which were then lead by Hindu Mahasabha, RSS etc. Even now, 70% Indian voters have opposed NDA .
@Nasir J: Even after 60 years after Pakistan was created and Bangladesh separated the debate is stuck in time. Still arguing whether partition was right? After all these years ?.Partition was good and from what see of Pakistan based on religion it was right.
@pakistanidude.: hello time has changed.. It's below 22% poverty in India and In Pakistan the poverty has crossed 30%. Check the facts right before jumping to post. Have a nice day
@Midhat: Let me remind you!The man who was a nightmare for the likes of Gandhi, Nehru and the British Midhat ji, are you talking about the same guy Jinnah who said on his death bed that creation of Pakistan was the biggest mistake of his life? . Is it true that two separate death rituals were performed after Jinnah died - the public one to appease the people of newly created Pakistan and the other one, the private rituals, per Jinnah's Ismaili faith?
@Indian: Most people forget that United India would have combine all Population of SubContinent in one Country. Muslim would still be 1/3 minority and treated worst than Sikhs.
I'm glad your blood pressure became normal! That's why I'm here for... :-)
sorry to say that ET is getting worst modi its not publishing my comments what a shame indiano e.t.
Hitler and the Nazi party's election in 1933 was due to significant support within the Germans who were led to believe that Fascism would solve their problems, that the humiliation suffered by the German Nation at Versailles would be be overcome and the German Nation would prosper if the Jews (read today's Muslims in India) were exterminated. History repeats itself with those that find links to the Brahmin as a superior caste. One is right to be fearful of the death, destruction and chauvanism that is predictable as things to come with the election of Narendra Modi. After all Gandhiji was targeted by none other than the same family of Muslim haters that Gandhiji tried to stop the continued genocidal killings
He Knows No Fear. He Knows No Danger. He Knows Nothing!
I wonder how election of a person brought good news for both India and Pakistan. We are happy that we got a pro-growth leader while you are happy that finally two nation theory is validated. Hope you can sleep in peace now knowing that Pakistan is a legitimate country and no one is going to merge it back to India. If you are satisfied now can you do us one favour, please keep your "Non State Actors" within your country and let us also live in peace.
Mr Jinnah vindicated on every occasion when there was a long queue of Muslims migrants from India To Pakistan. When ? Never ! How many people crossed Wagha border ? Though there were many people who crossed Bangladesh border, but in reverse direction. ie came to India.
Fact is that even with valid visa more Muslims come to India (for medical, singing, acting, religious tour etc)
Still you want to prove that Mr Jinnah vindicated
@indian reader: Mr gandhi's and nehru's nightmare
Umm I think he is referring to the scale of the BJP victory rather than the victory itself. The fact that a so called secular society has handed the largest mandate in reason times to a Hindu nationalist party is the tragedy here.
@Pankaj: Yea, which turned out to be another false flag op!
@Broken heart: Let me give you some important info here. Pakistanis dont have any doubts on partition and they dont need to justify it. They're absolutely clear in its concept and history. I know it inflates your punctured ego but Dont get carried away with these wrong ideas which you get by interacting with so called liberal pakistanis on English newspaper comments section
I don't necessarily agree. Indias per Capita income is now higher than Pakistan, india has done a much better job in education, technology, business and the percentage of Pakistanis that have died in religious violence is much higher than the percentage of Muslims that have been killed in india.
I wonder why Indians are so avid followers of newspapers in Pakistan. On one hand they say we damn care about Pakistan, yet they spend so much of their "precious" time commenting on our websites. I think this is the benefit of crossing 1 billion population mark. There is indeed nothing to do in India except poking and peeking around! Go and put your energies to "Shining India" and leave us; the extremists and what not, alone.
After more than six decades of independence here is a country that is trying to find out a reason for its existence! And it seeks to do so from events happening in another country! Excellent!
@Last Word: As a Pakistani born after 1947, my generation see ourselves as a different nation. We don't need Modi's election or this article to explain the TNT - we never bought into the idea of British India as a nation. The author may have some confusion but most Pakistanis do not and we do not need validation of our nation by the election of someone in India. Pakistan is a reality that we live and love.
The author who has the talent to write in a satirical style, is now disclosing the sensitivity of his moral compass. A brilliantly described article, which illustrates the character of a Mr Modi and his personality who has written his own destiny, chartered the road map and the end of the long journey, the Neuton's law of motion. This is what the scriptures say and this is what will transpire. God bless the believers.
The only comment that brought my blood pressure back to normal was yours! Sanity prevails! Thank you. @Nasir J:
Partition was a gift to India from Jinnah. How many Pakistani's have taken the lives of fellow Pakistani's. Jinnah saved the Indian's from the monstrosity of terrorism, extremism. The Indian's owe a lot to Jinnah. Just imagine the carnage that happened in Mumbai in November 2008 being repeated and repeated, without remorse. Partition was about Hindu and Muslims now it is Muslim versus Muslim in Pakistan. Just study the numbers who have met violent deaths in Pakistan after 14th.August 1947, and anyone can appreciate the wisdom of Jinnah, knowingly or unknowingly has saved the lives of many in India.
Pakistan is unnecessarily obsessed with Modi's elevation to PM and trying to tarnish his image as anti-Muslim by digging his past which Modi's opponents did in India but failed miserably. Most Pakistani commentators erroneously conclude that this was religious Hindu vote but on the contrary Indian voters cutting across the sectarian lines voted for the slogan 'achhe din aane wale hain', which was about the future, not the past.
Why do you Indians keep going back to 26/11 and Hafiz Saeed when it comes to Pakistan. There are many people who have blood on their hands. And like your favourite Modi, this one has nothing proven against him.
With some 20 winners, this Lok Sabha will have the lowest number of Muslim parliamentarians in history. Despite their near-300 MPs, not a single Muslim hails from the BJP: a representation of four per cent in a country where Muslims make up four times as much.
How many Hindu,Sikh, Ahmadi,etc are MNA in Pakistan? First look around your self then criticize other.
How many Hindu M P's are in pakistan's parliament so you are dying for not a single M P from U P ?
Wow.. Such an emotion stirring piece, lol. Now let me see how many Indian muslims line up in front of Pakistani consulate to seek asylum in Jinnah's land 'for muslims'. How embarrassing it would be for Pakistanis such as this blogger when their fear of Modi is reduced to just a joke when no Indian Muslim tries to go to their' place. ;)
You know after reading this article, i feel Pakistanis are people that want to live in the past, and never move on. What does TNT have anything to do with today's ground realities. The Pakistani mindset had not accepted the loss of past glory while feeling incapable of reconciling in a changed world order. Unfortunately the thinking pattern was not in line with the situation on ground.
@R.Subramanian: 3 of indian states including bihar and maharashtra saw more development then Gujrat, if your point is right, then why are those CM's not PM's ?
Reaction to action comment by Modi was made in reference of Godhra massacre of hindus
Excellent article! Two Nation Theory is and always was the only solution to mutual co-existence.
@IndianDude: yes, somalia and poverty go hand in hand just like india and its poverty. 30% compared to paks 22% Id worry about that. Also, its time india say goodbye to mcdonald's quarter pounder.
Absolutely brilliant piece. This election reveals the true face of India, a face that has been masked for much of the past 67 years. Not only are there no Muslim BJP MPs, I have not seen one Indian publication highlight the fact that out of the 282 BJP MPs, although proportionally there should have been around 45, there are in fact none. How can there be any excuse for that? How can anyone but the most avid communalist even try to make an excuse for that.
Thank you Jinnah for creating Pakistan. We are happy being Indians!
@Unknown: Strange !! after almost 70 years of creation, a nation still needs vindication."" +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Needing it so badly so as to clutch at straws.
@fus: Sounds a lot like a "ghazwa", doesn't it?
Everyone tries to become famous by writing about modi...
The one and only conclusion I can arrive at, after reading all the Modi related articles and the comments following them, Pakistanis are totally jealous of Indians because they dont have a decisive leader like Modi and they could not elect one spanning the entire Pakistan.
It's too early to say what Modi's stance would be when it comes to dealing with Pakistan.It is not unusual for right-wing political parties to take tough political and national security decisions with relative ease as compare to their liberal( secular) counterparts because they don't have to prove their patriotism. For instance, Nixon's trip to China in early 70s Vajpai's yatra to Lahore etc. I will not be surprised if Modi's govt.takes initiative to reduce military tension and to facilitate the business ties between the two countries. May be I am too optimistic but you never know __ anything is possible in international politics.
Strange !! after almost 70 years of creation, a nation still needs vindication.
Excellent article! We dont need to vindicate Jinnah, he proved to be right a long time ago. All these Indians who are quick to point out 'wave of religious extremism sweeping across Pakistan' should know better what insurgency is like. Have you forgotten the Sikh massacre? Or maybe you should go to the villages where Naxalites regularly kill Indian soldiers for good reason, which is a squeezed development based on a outdated cast system. And the twitter-active Indians love to ignore this cast system. Such a pity. When Christian homes were burned in Pakistan's Punjab, there was an uproar. Security forces moved in and riots were broken off. There is a very large section of society which openly condemns the murder of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer by a religious extremist. No matter what you say, Modi's election has proven a deeply ingrained self righteousness of Hinduism...
Jinnah is a hero in my book. I am a staunch Hindu and I cannot thank Mr.Jinnah enough for the partition of India. Imagine how India would have been if this had not happened !
We should leave India to Indians. It's their democratic right to elect any one they deem fit to provide them good governance. And we should get over this urge to justify the idea of Pakistan whenever BJP comes to power, and also, try to move beyond 1947!
A bit dramatic.......but on this subject I just finished reading a lecture given by Salman Rushdi called ' Modi's Toadies '......and he expresses the same sentiments but very eloquently.
Vindicated or not, the invaders and arabs should be thrown out of India.
how many hindu MP's in pak? i think 3-4.how many hindu are in big posts in pak? roughly 3-4.why hindu's treated so badly in pak? why hindu 's remains only 1-2% from 22% in pak? now come to india muslims population increases from 5% to 15% means 25 crores.in india muslims are sitting on every respected post.they have reservation,they are more developed than pak. so first think about yourself than put finger on india.
The BJP of 2014 is akin to the Congress ministries of 1940s. Names have changed, but substance not so much. Pakistan's creation forced Congress to mend its ways in order to survive, but RSS had other plans.
Today, Hindu imperialism has finally taken form.
@Naseer Muhammad: if you think secularism is so desirBle, why fon't you fight to make PAkistan secular?
I am a fan of Mr Jinnah for creating Pakistan.
Not only me,all of India is greatful to Mr Jinnah for creating Pakistan.
Despite being Pakistani, he has done more for India than any Indian politician has done in the last 60 years.
His contribution will always be remembered by every Indian.
He is one Pakistani i admire the most
@Naeem Khan Manhattan,KS: 12 years of riot free governance do slliw abperdon to be characterised as peaceful. This cannot be desctibed as dudden. Acquittal by SC in a country like India where 33 Hindus invluding a senior minister were convicted for 2002 riots - can legitimately cause people to review their opinion. Google to find out why a senior journalist like M J Akbar who was a fierce critic of Modi in 2002 joinec BJP. and endorses Modi. When new information presents itself that challenges our beliefs, the wise do review their beliefs and are open to revising them if cslled for.
Most pakistani comments have doomsday sentiments for indian muslims, and are worried about their future.
So basically, they are in I SAID SO SYNDROME, about Modi, and are feeling happy to have migrated or born in Pakistan.That again is very good state of mind.
We indians, have different state of mind. We are worried, as to how will he manage widely disparate nation, undo the mess Congress govt in last 10 years, and take India forward. How to create newer opportunities which will help lift people out.
What an amazingly incisive and brilliant ( and well researched ) analysis!! One feels proud to have youngpeople like you inournation... there is still some hope for our polity and society of tomorrow
In three odd sentences, you have betrayed your utter ignorance of Indian history. Bravo!
@ Ali did you even see the decades ago year before posting it? Its 2014 here buddy and they voted 70% and above in polling what does that say to you? Faith in country or separation? Secondly has india ever separated post 1947? Nope while you split into two countries despite having one religion. Meanwhile india despite having multiple faiths,race,caste,creed,ethnicity,language stuck together so I hope you know where you stand.
Who is Jinnah?
@Anjaan: The sanctity of the two nations theory lies in the existence of Pakistan. East Pakistan was always a difficult keep, you cant have a country divided into two wings with enemy territory in between. 190 million muslims exercise unquestionable control in Pakistan, 160 million in Bangladesh. They are more powerful than what they would have been under united India. The two nations theory was vindicated they day we took 950000 km^2 of hindu dominated Indian territory and converted it into 950000km^2 of muslim dominated territory. Bangladesh is an outgrowth of the two nations theory, but the point of two nations, that is the hindu nation and the muslim nation still exists today. If partition was fair and if you hadnt occupied Pakistani Kashmir you would have far fewer muslims.
@kazim muneer if pakistan was better for business and prosperity why is india third largest economy by PPP and you nowhere near it? Why are you on world aid while we are self reliant and give aid to afgans and others etc? Fabrication and lies have limit well since you said a joke let me say it too that a Muslim returned from Pakistan and said Somalia is better compared to it. There you have one-all.
@Anonymouse: i agree with what you say, it is a concern, yes, but the size of minorities in Pakistan is way too small when compared to India. In India you have a sizeable minority of muslims. In Pakistan the minorities are very small in number, upon that, the individual religious minorities are even smaller. This is no excuse, but it is to say that comparison to India are unjustified.
@Ricky: and also for removing Muslims en masse from the indian heartland. Though India is divided still it is better. Long live Jinnah a true friend of Hindus
And if in the next election, Modi is booted out of power and more than 20 'Muslims' are elected as MPs, what happens then?
"Modi elected. Jinnah vindicated." India's population 121 crores based on religion where the minority increased not decreased each year unlike yours. Hindus 82,75,78,868, Muslims 13,81,88,240, Christians 2,40,80,016 ,Sikhs 1,92,15,730, Buddhists 79,55,207, Jains 42,25,053, Bahá'í 19,53,112, Jews/Others 46,86,588, Atheist 7,27,588. Apart from this various castes,tribes,animist,ethnic,linguistic differences we have still managed to stay a country for 67 years and will do so in future because we have secular constitution, media,judiciary that treats all equal and protects the rights of all people when targeted irrespective of religion it doesn't discriminate. Compare that to your country which was Islamic in nature and only had to pay attention to Muslims yet you split in two parts have Muslims targeting Muslims, war, terror going on everyday. While we became third largest economy surpassing japan last month. But you are on aid on the name of war on terror you suffered. So you get the difference? With so much religion into us we still didn't separate after 1947 you did. Because religion is not the thing that keeps country glued together ok? ET publish this.
@Ali: "Summarisingly there are more ppl wanting to run out of your poophole than Pk (which we did more than half a century back luckily)." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Dear Editor
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The writer says "But while India becomes India Shining — it will lose its soul on the way. If it hasn’t already." I can assure the writer that India will never loose its soul. When Tory's are in power in England the Govt policies and agenda is in the interest of the country and the same thing happens when the Liberals rule. So as assured and repeated thousand of time the constitution of India will always be the soul and that guarantees the secular fabric of this country. Governments change, ruling parties change so wait and see and certainly if Modi's victory affirms Jinnah's two nation theory tell us what does Creation of Bangladesh and so many independent Muslim countries around middle east proves.
@Indian: I agree with every word you have said. The truth is that Mr Jinnah has weakened the Muslim unity of this subcontinent and thus restricted their growth and development for ever. I wonder how long the people of Pakistan will take to understand this simple fact.
@Anjaan: You need to separate geopolitics and reality. A Hindu Friend intended to leave Pakistan for the reasons all of Indian Fans of ET cites on these pages. After six months he returned saying that Pakistan is better for business and prosperity. This was a Hindu saying not a extremist Pakistani! The grass is always greener on the other side. However, facts remains the facts. Unfortunately, Pakistan bashing is the order of the day for international (and even national) media outlets; hence poor reflection of Pakistan everywhere. However, in reality, things are not that bad (even with all the injustices, which are all part-and-parcel of any society, including the most evolved ones!).
Did it ever happened that an Indian took refuge in Iran, Palestine, Iraq, Ethiopia because religious or other persecution? Answer is obvious, Never! But all those nationalities took refuge in India because of religious persecution. That is why India has more Zoroastrians than Iran and has Jews from Palestine and Iraq. Can the esteemed author tell the reason? Answer is religion is a foreign concept. It is a later day Abrahamic cosntruct for imperialism. "Later day" because it was created by Romans in 4th century to divide and mis-rule (exploit) native Jewish population. They used converted Jews for subjugating their own cousins and spreading hate for native Jews. Look what happened? Jews were almost destroyed. In recent past they created a nation state for their own protection. Hope similar fate is not awaiting for native dharmik people of India. But it seems with Modi's arrival it is going to be harder for "later day" Abrhamics to destroy Indian civilization the way did to native Jews, American Indians, Africans and Philippinoes.
@ Author : “And the reality of India has vindicated the idea of Pakistan.” +++++++++++++++++++++++++
The more important reality is that author and all those in Pakistan who agree with him have vindicated Military Dictatorship.
With this contempt for democratic majoritarianism prevalent in Pakistan, it will not surprise me that yet again a military dictatorship will be ensconced in Pakistan.
@Indian: What about the hypothetical (conspiracy theory) that British engaged both; Nehru and Jinnah, to do exactly what they jointly achieved in 1947?
No mention of Godhra pre planned train burning. But elaboration of retaliatory Gulberg society riot. No mention of Kashmir intrusion, but elaboration of defending Lahore.Elaboration of Kargil reply. No mention of Temples destruction, but elaboration of unused Babri mosque structure. After Sixty Seventy years of inception of idea, Pakistan is still trying to find tiniest justification for its Creation ! Dear Pakistanis, If Indians wanted Hindu govt then they might have done in last century, after Babri mosque unused structure demolition. They might have not elected Congress even after Vajpayee and Kargil win. Try to understand that its all about Development and anti corruption. You are finding your birth justification if Indians votes against corruption and for development ?
This is just a casual arcticle on wiki. A thorough research would reveal much more.
Summarisingly there are more ppl wanting to run out of your poophole than Pk (which we did more than half a century back luckily).
"If there had been Islamic system of justice and economy I am confident that not only Kashmir, east Pakistan but major part of present Indian would have been the part of Pakistan."
This is what Pervez Hoodbhoy explained so well in an interview as "mera dil yeh kehta hai" culture.
How are you confident about something that you haven't tried practically or empirically?
This is called over-confidence or blind faith or both. Confidence is what you acquire after trying something again and again, failing and gaining and correcting.
Contrary to that, I will tell you with the same confidence that if Islamic system of justice and economy are implemented in Pakistan, Pakistan would have been 6 countries today.
This is my word against your word. This is my blind faith against your blind faith.
The Two Nation Theory does not apply to Pakistan. Why? ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Cause Pakistan is an agglomeration of provinces...not a nation. Aak any Pakistani.
Modi's election doesn't in anyway vindicate Jinnah's "two nation" theory. Has there been any mass migration of Muslims to Pakistan after the partition related movement was over? Actually, the fact is that it is Muslims who are illegally migrating to India in large numbers from Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Perhaps, in a perverse way, one can say that Jinnah's two-nation theory is indeed valid if one considers the mass migration of Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan taking place even today. Thus it is what is happening in Pakistan that has proved the working of Jinnah's theory and in not India.
bin laden was reported to be involved in some way in the massacre of 2000 innocent unarmed people in New York and was termed as a Muslim terrorist and condemned to death. Modi is reported to be involved in some way in the massacre of 2000 innocent unarmed people in gujarat and was termed as a Hindu nationalist and destined to be the prime minister.
Modi was the chief minister when for three consecutive days hindus freely massacred children, women and men belonging to minority.
Really sorry, dear author for voting for development and growth and jobs and investment and education and health for each and every Indian irrespective of class, caste and religion. As a byproduct of my vote, if the TNT theory is vindicated, I am happy for you. But remember, everyone I know voted for progress of all Indians, not just Hindus. And if BJP won seats in Muslim majority areas, the obvious conclusion we can arrive at is that they voted for progress for all Indians too. Also, just wanted to know, the TNT was not vindicated before this when the Congress was ruling Delhi? Has the theory just kicked in?
yeah I am pretty sure Jinnah looks at the current state of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and feels totally vindicated.... because l am pretty sure this is exactly the sort of country he had in mind...
Two Nation theory has not failed because it has not been tested yet. According to the theory the only binding force between east Pakistan and West Pakistan was Islam. Unfortunately after partition of subcontinent, Islam as a system was never implemented. It was mentioned in the constitution as a formality. If there had been Islamic system of justice and economy I am confident that not only Kashmir, east Pakistan but major part of present Indian would have been the part of Pakistan.
Complete dearth of intellectualism and untenable reasoning. If this is how we are going to think and argue, our country deserves what it has been going through since 1947. Disappointment....
@Ali M: Is this your wish or you have done some credible analysis based on facts?
Two nation theory is still intact, it will remain as long as even one Muslim is present in the subcontinent. Having Bangladesh doesn't negate this theory, over there Muslims are living seperately. So are we in Pakistan. So many new Pakistans will be born, we are very hopeful of mother India. She will give birth to so many new Pakistans just wait my [email protected]:
It is surprising that Pak is still searching for the validation of TNT 67 years after independence. Is the theory that faulty. I would say yes and the fault was revealed in 1971 to the whole world. Why didnt the author describe in minute detail the gory violence that swept Bangladesh, planned, executed and conducted by Pak army and prove that the TNT was invalid. May be the author would get pass marks in that case. Let us face it, Pakistan or Pakistanis who vouch for separate nation for muslims have no qualification to comment on secularism of India. While you are already way too right, a little bit of rightist tendency by your neighbor would still be secular. The status of Gujarat after 2002 would vouch for that. Except people like this author who would describe gory violence in minute details (of muslim deaths only and not hindu deaths and only when muslims suffer and not others) no one else in Gujarat itself remembers the riots and vote accordingly. If that is the case why would other people remember that. The author has to learn basics of democracy. People vote for party and candidates and not for religion. Congress, I am sure fielded more muslim candidates and they were all wiped out because of Modi psunami. Nobody would have voted for them for being muslims but they would have voted against them being from congress ET pl publish.
In a way it is good that Modi and his religious party has won, the world community will see the true face of Indians now and their propaganda to be a secular State will be exposed soon. Americans had no choice to lift the ban on Modi's travel, however it will be hard to convince the Americans that suddenly he has become peace loving person, old habits are hard to change.
@Ch. Allah Daad: "I started liking Mr. Modi when he remarked that he preferred building toilets over temples. No fundamentalist can say that."
If you like it, you will like more what Modi said immediately and spontaneously after an incidence of bomb blast during one of his election rallies. It was known to everyone that the bomb was targeted at him personally and also his party workers. Many were expecting Modi to issue inflammatory condemnation. However, Modi's first words were "Hindus should decide now if they want to keep fighting the muslims or fight poverty together and muslims should decide now if they want to keep fighting the hindus or fight poverty together".
Modi has already demolished many hindu temples (I think it is over 200 temples) in Gujarat. These temples that were constructed without proper permits were causing problems like obstruction to flow of traffic and standing in the way of orderly development of these areas. No hindu opposed it and in fact hindus supported it.
@Ch. Allah Daad:
Good insight. Some other things he said:
1) the only holy book for those who govern India is the constitution but as an individual, i live my values and respect other people's values.
2) When he had just survived a threat to his life in a massive rally in Patna where bombs went off - did he use that occassion to polarise the crowd? No. He said'Hindus must decide whether they want fight Muslims or poverty and Muslims must decide whether they want to fight Hindus or poverty'.
They view governance differenly and hence are resented by crony socialists who create programs supposedly giving dole to the poor from which they siphon out billions. His most trusted aide Amit Shah was asked if Gujarat had the same type of unemployment subsidies as UP had. Amit Shah reponde'Bhaisaab Gujarat model mein hum rozgar ke avsar pradaan karte hain, nahi ke berozgaaron ko bhatta dena'.
I am seeing lots of articles in Pakistan press after the Indian elections, all of it damning the election results and also throwing up a scary picture, even before the new government is yet to start its first day. This is all funny. Why should Pakistan be scared? Also, even after so many years, it is amusing that Pakistan tries to justify its existence with any happening in other parts of the world. You guys are very very very insecure. If TNT is good for Pakistan, why are Muslims killing each other in Pakistan, why did East Pakistan break away and form a separate country, where is governance in Pakistan, why is there an existential threat to Pakistan. You are desperately holding straws to, avoid the inevitable, the sinking of Pakistan into a non-entity. As far as Modi goes, he was elected with the hope that he will reign in corruption, and , increase jobs, get the economy going. He was not elected because of temple or for any Hindutva agenda. If he was a hard liner, then there would have been no mosque in Gujarat after his 10 year rule in Gujarat and Muslims would not have voted for him en masse, not only in Gujarat, but also in UP and elsewhere. On the Jaffer story, I have not read it anywhere in the media here. I will check it.
Flimsy logic to grab attention for your article. India is secular and will remain so. The overwhelming majority of so-called Muslim heartland voted for BJP. All voters simply wanted to get rid of corrupt Congress government. Remember when Ayatollah came to power in Iran, people voted to get rid of Shah not religious fanatics. Religious leaders got rid of socialists and others from the coalition. If you and Pakistanis feel so strongly, by invoking Jinnah's name, may be open your doors for Muslim immigration. After all Jinnah helped create Pakistan for Muslims of India.
@Ali M: You seem to project your scary dreams into the real world!:-)
Many thanks dear author for an excellent article that will no doubt contribute to "peaceful relations and co-existence" between our two countries -- anecdotal evidence of which is there for all to see in this Comments section... Cheers!
I am suddenly seeing a lot of Pakistanis becoming very concerned about secularism in India. Would all these suddenly secular Pakistanis abjure the constitution of pakistan which is non-secular by design? Or would that be considered as Blasphemy?
Jinnahs idea will be vindicated if indian muslims end up forming a line outside Pakistan consulates in india asking for asylum under Modi's "majoritarian" rule :-). Ah...and also Bangladesh has to rejoin Pakistan. That was Jinnah's idea. Right now his idea lies in tatters by the vagaries of history.
I will ignore the Indians and ask the author and the Pakistanis who are gloating that Indian tails have been set on fire.
How does leaving a Muslim population the size of Pakistan to be condemned to a much more vulnerable state in India proves TNT?
And why are you not taking in Bihari Pakistanis? After all they sacrificed for TNT.
I haven't even gone into the status of Muslim minorities who live in Pakistan.
@Javed: and that makes Jinnah as scientifically correct as Albert Einstein Khan. Javed ji, who the hack is Albert Einstein Khan :D
Everybody is vindicated and that depends,
Were the bengalis vindicated when Tikka Khan was made the COAS after the war?
thing is south asia is caught in a deadly circle of violence and whoever is weak will suffer the most.
I started liking Mr. Modi when he remarked that he preferred building toilets over temples. No fundamentalist can say that.
Why does everyone goes back to the Gujarat riots when it comes to Modi. Its as if he is the only leader with blood on his hands. As if the west or the east has a forgiving past. Who are you to judge. If an Indian rather be Muslim first than an Indian then I guess he or she look elsewhere to live. Thanks to Jinnah they have Pakistan and Bangladesh. A Muslim who puts India first and his/her religion second can always call India home. A state where my muslin brothers and sister enjoy social and cultural freedom, equality, even reservation thanks to the quota system. Not one Muslim MP in the BJP. What's the big hoo haa. How many Hindu MP's in Pakistan or in fact how many blacks or in fact women in the English FA. Some food for thought.
Asad: It was the very same BJP led by Vajpayee that went against domestic pressure to normalise relations with Pakistan ! To read this venom against a newly and very popularly elected PM of world's largest democracy and a secular one to hoot is ill-timed ! It is akin to calling over 500 million voters 'idiot' to elect whom they did. Pls also note that a vast majority of Muslims also voted for BJP under Modi.
I don't see the point of your article when you compare today's Pakistan with today's India. India today has 6 times more population that Pakistan but has 22 times more foreign reserves, 18 times larger stock market, 11 times bigger GDP, gets 100 times more tourists than Pakistan does, is the most diverse nation on this planet, has 5 times less killings in the name of religion than Pakistan does, hosts some of the world' s largest s[porting events, is the centre of attention globally and an emerging world power -
Pakistan on the other hand is broke, destitute, lonely, loathed globally, lowest ranking visa provision for travel on its passport, is burning with separatist and religious/ ethnic fires, is the headache of the world with its economy relying on handouts from IMF and the World Bank (and the very America that it loves to hate), is called 'epicentre of terrorism' globally and with no self respect left.
It is like comparing South Korea with North Korea ! I dont know how Jinnah would have felt but I am sure if he was alive today and objective, he would have cried looking at today's Pakistan and regretted his two-nation theory !
Jinnah vindicated, Pakistan becomes the best nation for Muslims! Cheers!
This is a sad affair now. Pakistanis are resorting to justify Pakistan's existence based on some event in India after 67 years of partition. Lets just say if every thing goes fine for Muslims in India for next 10 years and every Muslim does better in India than its counterpart in Pakistan and BD, are you ready to join "Akhand Bharat"? Bigger question is do Indians wants any part of Pakistan or BD to join India? The answer for first one probably is NO and for the second one is DEFINITELY NO. The internal dynamic of India does not impact Pakistan much. No Muslims of India are lining and packing to move to Pakistan or BD although reverse is true. Hindus of Pakistan moving to India because of religious persecution and Muslims from BD due to economical reasons. So whether its Modi or Manmohan, it should not matter you much because one, Kashmir would still remain with India no matter which party comes to the power and second if your "establishment" does not interfere in India, you are as good neighbor as any other.
Oh god still living in 1947? Still deciding whether Jinnah was right or wrong? You guys are so stuck in history. Majority of current generation in india (common man) don't even know the founder of your country or what his title in Urdu means or that Bangladesh was once part of our country and not independent country. Ask them india's current president they will be ?. That interested they are in politics and history. Yours will be the only country in the world that focus more on other countries internal matters, judges them than your own and then say you are far better than others to shift attention from domestic problems that are cracking your country. Be Bangladesh hanging for war crimes,Myanmar Muslims, india internal matters etc. I wish you take time and effort to eradicate polio terrorism sectarian violence, rapes etc and other things that ail you from progressing. You left at 1947 dude now move on. India has moved on long back and voted a pm for economy. When will you?
Regardless of BJP wins or Congress loses, Jinnah doesn't, nor did he ever needed vindication from this election. What Jinnah understood some 60+ years ago was true back then and is true now and will stay true in the future. However, the twist is, those so called "secular" Pakistanis, who call Jinnah bad and those who are blowing his retreat in Ziarat and those who had blown his dream of secular Pakistan to a Mullahism, it is an eye opener that your neighbor in India has elected Hindu Mullahas government. PML-N vs BJP both represent Mullahism in respective countries and their respective religions.
Again Jinnah knew it and he created Pakistan not for any kind of Mullahas to prevail but for true Muslim country on secular principles with Sate and Religion coexists side by side. This vision is yet be achieved and then it'll vindicate Jinnah not having BJP in India.
What about when India elected Congress-led UPA twice? Did we then disprove Jinnah's 2 nation theory?
In fact, the BJP has been in power only 6 out of the 67 years since independence. Will the author say Jinnah's theory has been disproved?
This is total,lack of insight. Pakistanis still don't see that their ill conceived idea of separation for those who were already in majority area .This left Indian Muslims in atwrrible predicament and their lives have been ruined For the information of this writer only 30% vote went to BJP ,the remaing 70% tremain secular The worst thing that happened to Indian Muslims was Pakistan and for Pakistani Muslims too
Mr. Author- You keep harping on the past. Maybe you should write an article on minority abuse and sectarian violence of Pakistan.
@author,Brilliant article man!!Modi's election victory vindicated not just Jinnah,but also Osama Bin Laden,Hafeez Saeed..Your arguments are irrefutable.Keep up the good work..(a big fan of your coloumns)
Meanwhile in Jinnah's Pakistan the Blasphemy test match resumes.
Really pathetic to see that you need to find validation of your nation in the election results of another nation!!
If this is not the defination of a 'failed state' then what is?
There was once a leader in India called Swami Vivekananda who had said that "Religion is useless for you if you are not even able to feed your stomach". The problem is that all over the world religion is given such undue importance. Poverty is the biggest crime my friend, disease is the biggest villain.Though its ironical both are secular in nature (as they dont distinguish between people of different identities). People want economic growth. People want development. And an election result which gives a mandate strictly for pushing for development can be the best one in any functional democracy (no offence to any country for using the word "functional"). There is no reason for Indian butthurt. I as an Indian, having many Muslim friends, am confident that none of my Muslim friends would go to Pakistan if given a chance, because they ll always have a better life, better opportunities even in Modi's India, compared to what they may get in Pakistan. Roads wont be built for Hindus only, colleges dont and wont grant admission based on your religion. And what was actually Jinnah's idea? You are in the minority, so you flock over to a place where now you are in the majority, and ironically do the same thing with YOUR own minorities which you feared may happen in India to you? As an advice, leave religion behind sir, and focus on welfare and development of your people. They deserve these more than assurances of being in the majority.
India's mask has finally fallen. I hope India will regain her secular ideal that has eluded her so far.
Dear author: We all have biases, but this one is a serious intellectual let down. Your key argument, that Modi's coming to power is a vindication of Jinnah's two nation theory, is inherently flawed. If there was no partition, Muslims would have formed atleast 30% (most probably 35%) of Indian population. There was no way Modi, the way you have portrayed him, would have achieved power in a democratic election. Infact, Modi is a product of Jinnah's policies, not cause of them. Though, I think both of them would have got along pretty well.
Yes very true Nehru has said , ‘there shall be no unfair treatment of any minority." so did Mr Jinnah but sadly there has to be a minority for Mr Jinnah's ideals to be followed. I wonder if this righteous gentleman from Lahore will have the spine to talk about atrocities in Pakistan on Hindus. Let it be known that the Hindus in India including the OBC , SC and ST have voted for Modi because their so called leaders like Mayawati and Mulayam Singh had used them only as vote banks to carry forward their own fortunes. It is time the Muslims also learn a lesson and joined hands with their brethren in the subcontinent and fought for equality, education and human rights than splitting the semantic hair about the past deeds.
We unequivocally support Jinnah for having divided India by demanding Fifty Per Cent Representation in all Sectors for the Muslim League when the Muslim Population content of the Indian Population in 1947 was 23% (TWENTY THREE PERCENT). May Mr. Jinnah's SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE. Long Live Pakistan. . Cheers
Jinnah vindicated as whole Pakistan is burning in the extremism today. right? Jinnah vindicated because he formed Pakistan which first could not survive into 1 nation and got into 2 pieces already, right?
If not for Arvind Khejriwal, if not for 26/11 and fast and swift action on perpetrators of it, the various scams, and also some radical religious entities outside as well as inside the country, Modi becoming PM was not so easy task. Thanks to Blunders of Congress and especially very very Weak defense of nation as a whole. Hope Narendra Modi does good to this Country and Asia at large and thus World at last...
Make sure you have have been vaccinated against polio, Naredra Modi is indian's concern, not a somalia wanna be country's!
'No one really cares it shows' The reason behind making Pakistan,,
I don't mind that we haves polio and stuff, because Modi won the India election thingy, and that makes Jinnah as scientifically correct as Albert Einstein Khan.
All these years when Congress was in power, that means Jinnah was wrong as per your logic and if Congress again comes after 5 years, that means the Two-nation theory is will go wrong again.........So, it means it proves vindicated only when BJP is in power and not when Congress takes the charge. ...
Dear Author, the common perceptions of Pakistanis about India
If Indian woman gets raped, then the response would be "There is no respect of women in India...India is a dangerous place for women, bla, bla, bla, bla.
If rapes happen in Pakistan, then "this does not happen in Pakistan......this is media propaganda and the reason we do not step out of our house to protest against these crimes is that such things never happen here.....
If Muslims gets killed in India........."Thank Jinnah for giving us Pakistan......the TNT proves that it is absolutely correct."
If Muslims gets killed in Pakistan............"Such things never happen here since a Muslim cannot kill another Muslims....Even if any Muslim is killed, then Indian, America, and Israel are behind this........"
Finally, you do not need to worry about the Indian Muslims because there won't be any situation where Indian Muslims have to take a boat for Australia illegally like the Hazaras of Pakistan or the situation where Hindus of Pakistan have to pack their bags for India as it is happening now.....By the way, Hazaras are Muslims, right ?.... correct me if I am wrong.....
Ah someone in Pakistan had the courage to say that. Indeed Jinnah vindicated. Its sad that no one mentioned that in our electronic media.
!It's unfair for some one who is a pakistani to blame others on communalism... Your state was created on the basis of communalism and you are blaming us... Only a pakistani can do this..
Modi got elected not for anti muslim attitude, he got elected mainly because of the development works he did in Gujarat, in every campaign he said, he will make Indian economy stronger people believed and voted for him. this has nothing to do with Hindu Muslim, it has nothing to do with India Pakistan. This is purely vote for economic growth and prosperity.
Moreover today's India never cares of Pakistan.
In a sense Pakistan became separate country is good for India, Jinnah has done good for India, if you see today's Pakistan, daily some bomb blast taking place in the name of religion, no one cares about human life and its values in Pakistan. If India and Pakistan are one country means this violence would have spreaded all over India, luckily Jinnah created Pakistan and saved India.
Today's world has changed Pakistan should not see the world through religion, it should see the world through economic growth, education, research and development...
With 150 million Muslims still living India ... and Bangladesh breaking away from Pakistan ... where is the sanctity of the two nations theory of Jinnah ... ? ... can the author, or any Pakistani kindly explain ... ??
No doubt that India is a racist Hindu state where minorities have no rights....
Modi economic boom fever will be gone in one year maximum...but by that time Muslims of India will be losing their respect, raping of their kids, burning of muslim houses...
But this ll be the end of secular india...
No matter how much you write against him, this man is here to stay........Also, please save some of your crocodile tears for the victims of Gojra in Pakistan......Hope you remember something like this happened in your country or your forget about it.....?
BTW you should read today's article by Mr.Bangash to learm to reason..
While both Jinnah and Modi have exploited the communal feelings to their advantage, Jinnah was a highly polished and educated person not a big mouth religious opportunist. India was run by the likes of Gandhi, Nehru a real class not a violent thug. Bigotry and hatred has defeated secular India.
Can you comment how many minorities are there in the lower house and senate of Pakistan ?
For some reason, the only blood that matters to certain Pakistani authors is muslim blood..rest all doesn't matter anyway..you are throwing stones from a glass house my friend...
The truth, Asad Rahim Khan, is exactly 100 percent the opposite of what you've written here.
It's not "Modi elected, Jinnah vindicated", it's "Modi elected because Pakistan existed".
Imagine a hypothetical India that included West Punjab, East Bengal, Sindh, the NWFP and Balochistan. In other words, instead of 160 million Indian Muslims, 500 million Indian Muslims.
That hypothetical India -- by the simple laws of coalition politics that operate in India today -- would not have allowed a Narendra Modi to become Prime Minister with a majority of his own in that hypothetical Parliament.
I know Pakistanis love to look for reasons to "vindicate" Jinnah, but this actually doesn't vindicate Jinnah at all. It indicts Jinnah.
The end result of M.A. Jinnah's politics was to break the Indian Muslim population in 1947 into three roughly equivalent pieces today, forever diminishing and weakening their power.
Hard to admit, I know. But that's the truth.
Let the Indian butthurting begin.. :l
1..2...3...blast off, Author you have stepped on the tails of Indian, they will soon troll this section..We have our issues but accept them...the sad part is that many so called educated secular Indians would still defend Modi.
"They were armed with kerosene and, more damningly, lists of Muslim voters and Muslim-owned properties provided by the state. Using gas cylinders to blast through a wall two inches thick, they made their way into Gulbarg. Mr Jafri called the police, he called the politicians, and he called Narendra Modi. None came.
Mr Jafri fired at the rioters to disperse; they ended up storming his house. Muslim women taking shelter there — hoping the ex-Congress MP would protect them — were raped. When they got to Mr Jafri, they hacked off his hands and feet before severing his head. A pyre was improvised, and his body set on fire."
Jawaharlal Nehru once wrote, ‘there shall be no unfair treatment of any minority. Indeed we should go further and state that it will be the business of the State to give favoured treatment to minority and backward communities.’ Thank you - this is the origin of the base form of vote-bank politics practised in India, although Nehru's intentions may have been noble at that time. You cannot treat people differently based on their religion, and not expect ancient fault lines to deepen (this is very different from affirmative action for disadvantaged classes, which should again go to the poor and backward). Modi owes much to Nehru's line of thinking.
Brilliant article ! Sorry to my Indian fellas, but Jinnah told you so.. :)
It is rather sad that you are still searching for vindication on Jinnah's behalf long after he has turned to dust. The only way that Jinnah would be vindicated would be if Indian Muslims at any time in our two-nations history, had lined up to move to Pakistan the way Hindus are moving to India - which should certainly have happened if there was a small percentage of truth in the fears that you constantly conjure up for this fleeting sense of schadenfreude. Never happened, never will happen.
Modi did nothing new. He used the same communal ism to divide voters as was used by Mr. Jinnah. Many would say that Jinnah was not religious. On does not need to be religious to be communal. Even the founding member of BJP ideology have been atheist. After Kargil fiasco BJP first time emerged as a real force. The forced marriages and conversions in Pakistan and taking over by the fanatic religious terrorists have alarmed most Indians. The secular Indians have been decimated because they did not deliver on several fronts. Just like the secular PLO has lost to Hamas after it continuously failed to deliver. Only after being rebuffed by the Congress party for their leadership position Jinnah joined Muslim League. A 21st century Modi and BJP expertly used the same two nation theory to their advantage. We can give Jinnah the credit for polarization, divisions, and millions of deaths or call it a ploy that is still hurting Muslims in India.