Friday 14 June 2013

Modi - The Prime Time Indian Tamasha

Secular state is meant to be a state where the government does not recognise the existence of any religion. Is BJP moving towards it? After the failed Hindutva shield, now we are witnessing a grave wave of Modi-ising BJP. Hinduism is not a word I get to hear in news anymore, and Modi promises to be the face of Indian democratic (read authoritarian democracy).

People feel that if you will get elected, you will replicate the Gujarat model to India. I foresee that you are going to be the Indian Prime Time Tamasha for some time now till we zero-on on the Prime Minister for 2014-2019. I wish to know will you be able to manage inflation better? and how will you do that? Will there be more opportunities for me to grow professionally? Will there be more jobs? Will I be able to travel safe at night or even during the day time? How much of my salary will be exempted from taxes? Will there be no power cuts?

But besides these typical questions, I wish to discuss something with Mr Modi. I do not care if he is a challenge to the congress party, whether he will adorn the throne of the Indian Prime Minister, whether his right-wing policies will help India shine or sparkle, but I have an ideological disconnect with him...

Disconnect 1 - Inflicting terror in the name of Religion. Does the burning of a train by allegedly a sect of society justify a civil war? I remember when I was in some conference and a Star News anchor shared his experience while covering Gujarat during the riots - He said ambulances were parked, police personnel stationed at the riot site, but no one was ready to help the injured. Ultimately we used the Star News van to take the injured man to the hospital. How will you ensure that you will not hide in your shell if you are the national ruler and some riots break somewhere?

Disconnect 2 - Choking the freedom of speech. When Indian Media, BBC, CNN extensively covered the riots, why was Al Jazeera, Arab based news channel, not permitted to cover, or for that matter even enter India? Tell me will you let me write my blog or will you be causing turmoil on my tweets? (much like Mr. Sibal has been doing lately)

I am wondering that why is Mr Modi not addressing people like me? Mr Modi, can we talk across the table and discuss our concerns, rather than trying to put across justifications to outsiders and being in news about Whartons of the world.

Author's Note: Once I was crossing North Campus, saw a poster, I tried to click the picture but it did not come out well. I thought I will click the next day.. But the next day there was no poster. The only thing I read on the posted that Modi is trying to unite the nation, and was paying a visit to my city. Political rivalry you see.

P.S.: Those who think that they are an appointed spokesperson for Mr Modi are more than welcome to comment and try hard to change my mind.

P.P.S.: To my friends, if you find me in jail once this post goes live, do come to pay me a visit or two.


  1. Hey Shine
    Nice to read your blog and thanks for invite towards a comment oops freedom of speech :)
    I understand and appreciate the tag called Tamasha. But, to keep everything short and clear that Gujarat Model or any other state model like Delhi, where we live in, is entirely different. And the former deserves the full marks. If you goto Gujarat and seek the achievements they made and compare the same with Delhi since a decade what you will gain is the more and better Tamasha from Delhi, achievement is far apart. I dnt want to name the T's since we all know what are they and the demands of our own T's are still awaited.

    I will tell you how Modi works. I came across a few tenders which our corrupted babus invite in association with business biggies and how they manipulate the entire tender and the supplies and earn big. But when I came across Gujarat Tenders you cant rob a penny from such tenders and/or its supplies for civilians. How do you think Modi works for Gujarat from Delhi nowadays? He available via Live conferencing and take a note of every thing happens in his state. Wherein our chief minister of delhi is un-accessible. For us its all fog which we see but.....

    Its true India will never shine, But dnt blame Modi for such a shine , we need to work for it , i repeat work for it. We just wish to see the shine but not to polish with our own hands and make it shine rahter wish others to make it shine.
    Lol.. I took your name so many times...
    Hows life .. hope you are in spirits. Catch up sometime

  2. Heya Girish.. Thanks for your comment. You echoed what almost everyone says- Gujarat has outshined other Indian states, no corruption and only development. I do not have a doubt about it.. What I doubt about is the social fabric, that it rotten already, will stink further. I wonder why no political figure has come forth to talk abt it.

    Will catch up soon.. Convey Hi to Ruchi..

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