Sunday, March 16, 2014
Narendra Modi a democrat and a fascist (fascists usually thrive in democracies), and this has nothing to do with Gujarat 2002
He is single-minded about India. And he wants to take everyone along -- the poor, the marginalised castes, the religious minorities -- for the sake of a glorious India. Modi has the dangerous mentality of 'My country, right or wrong'. He will never have the courage to say that his country is wrong when it is wrong. He is not tall enough to have the moral spine.
Modi is a fascist because he is authoritarian. He has put down dissent in the BJP because the other senior leaders in the party are afraid to stand up to him, and this includes party president Rajnath Singh and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley. Individuals like L.K.Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj who may want to disagree Modi though they may agree with him on many other things are marginalised.
There has been a transition from the duumvirate of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K.Advani to the triumvirate in BJP comprising Modi, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley. There was an uneasy equation between Vajpayee and Advani. Advani had the party and his prominent acolytes like Swaraj and Jaitley with him. Vajpayee stood alone but he was aware that he is a popular leader beyond the party and among other political parties. Modi is aware that he is a popular leader among the party cadres as well as among a section of corporate tycoons and middle classes. He is sure that he does not have anything to fear from either Rajnath Singh or Jaitley.
Fundamentalist Muslims hate Modi because they believe he is the man behind the killings of Muslims in the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2002. They do not have the proof that Modi abetted the killings which will pass muster in a court of law. The argument of fundamentalist and fanatical Muslims against Modi is mostly based on the principle of "guilt by association". Modi was a RSS pracharak, Modi was part of the Ayodhya Ram temple agitation, Modi was chief minister when 2002 killings of Muslim took place, Modi did not shed crocodile tears as Congress leaders do for Muslims. Because of this blinkered hatred, fundamentalist and fanatical Muslims do not understand that ordinary Muslims do not waste their lives hating Modi, ordinary Muslims want to get on with their lives, ordinary Muslims certainly do not like Modi but they will not hesitate to give him credit if he manages to do something positive.And ordinary Muslims are not paranoid about Modi becoming the prime minister of India.
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