One Mr T.C.A.Srinivasa Raghavan wrote an article calling Narendra Modi, India’s Nixon. You can read the article here .
I am not surprised at the kind of article that comes out of the pens of such people who think that approval seeking of India’s so called ‘liberals’ is the be all and end all of life. To sample the kind of stuff that he writes, here is just one para: -
“Mainly, I wanted to find out why he was shying away from cultivating the liberals of Delhi. It seemed to me that exactly like Nixon, Modi too seemed to have an inferiority complex and that this was preventing him from engaging with the liberals. “
It never occurred to TCASR that Modi may not be interested in cultivating the liberals who in his opinion and in that of several others are important only in the past tense. NaMo has never, but never, said anything about having Prime Ministerial ambitions, even when he had all but been named as the PM candidate for the NDA. For instance in his speech given after the elections, some of his supporters started chanting “Delhi Delhi” to which he said that he was going to Delhi on some day in the future for a day. Hardly an indication of a person aspiring to be PM! Since then, he has been elevated to campaign head of the BJP and PM candidate, leaving more of this liberal crowd in a tizzy. Imagine their frustration of not finding success at the end of 11 years of continuous and concerted calumny.
In my opinion and I am sure I speak for a lot of people who belong to the silent majority, NaMo is a concept whose time has come. The constant pillorying by the ‘liberals’ notwithstanding, here is a person who rose from very humble beginnings, stuck to his agenda of doing good for the people of Gujarat and triumphed over odds. For these idiots who call themselves liberals, the social media has screwed up the equations very badly. Resultantly, for Modi, the social media has acted as a vehicle for conveying the good work done in Gujarat to the public at large. And that work has been commented on far and wide in India and abroad only because, unlike the Blocka Dutts of the world, the scribes in other countries have embraced the social media such as Facebook and Twitter as a means of obtaining honest feedback and not hagiographic tweets from drooling hangers on. The power of Twitter was demonstrated to me, quite dramatically, a couple of years back. I tweeted about how the CRTs (Congress Rat Tweeples for the uninitiated) were hounding one of the forthright ladies on Twitter by threatening to find her address and make trouble for her. This lady happened to be in the USA. My tweet reached an American tweep who took full particulars from me and informed the FBI. The result was that the lady had no further trouble from the people who were trying to stalk her in the US.
And this is precisely what Modi has managed. He has let the social media speak for his campaigns with, unlike what is slyly being insinuated as a hired crowd by the #Paidmedia, a volunteer army that conveys in 140 characters what reams of paper and volumes of works by the completely compromised media try their best to hide and obfuscate. This has left the ‘fiberals’, a coinage by Ravinar or @mediacrooks in a fix. This also has the ruling dispensation that is, in my view at least, pouring good money down the drain trying to ‘influence’ opinions of the excrescences posing as impartial journalists, by dispensing largesse such as Bharat Nirman and the like.
Another aspect of Modi is his complete disdain for anything churned out by the media whom he treats with a barely hidden, and well deserved, contempt. Once he even told Rajdeep and others that the media depends on Narendra Modi for their daily bread. This has a lot of truth in it. The moment the media covers Narendra Modi the TRP shoots up. The media is now in a fix. Should it be Bharat Nirman or Narendra Modi? Short term gain and Long Term Pain, if, horror of horrors, NM becomes the PM? Or desert the sinking Congress ship right now and praise Modi, which would result in short term pain (no Bharat Nirman) and no guarantee of long term gain.
That is fine, but what is the reason for Media’s hatred of Modi. The ostensible reason is the Gujarat Riots of 2002 and the killing of Muslims in the riots. But is that the real reason? After all there have been worse riots like the Meerut Riots where Muslims were the victims or the Nelli riots in Assam where again Muslims bore the brunt. Closer to the present, we have the Muzzaffarnagar riots that have not been particularly savoury. Riots are never a good thing and while the Gujarat riots deserve to be condemned, blaming Modi is hardly fair. The truth of the Gujarat riots is available in this site that deals with the facts and not the hyperbole that the media has created.
So what irks the media so much, as also the Press? The simple truth was provided to me by a journalist friend of mine. He told me that it was the practice in Gujarat for the Govt. to provide bus transport from Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar, as well as to provide lunch, snacks and tea to journalists, prior to Modi becoming CM. All this stopped once Modi came into power. He also slashed the rates for ad spend and applied DAVP rates as against commercial rates that were applied earlier. It may be a good idea to check whether Bharat Nirman ads are being aired at DAVP rates or at commercial rates.
For now it would appear that NaMo’s best friends are the members of the Congress party, led by a ‘literate’ Italian origin lady and her son with solid achievements to his name, all of which are listed here . If you were lead to a blank page, please remember that the page is being updated daily and we are yet to see any achievement on the Crown Prince’s part.
Let me now provide a taste of what India can expect under NaMo and it will be evident why there is a great fear of this unknown quantity in the illiberal circles that considers itself as ‘liberal’: -
- Revamping of the structures of Govt. funded institutions such as Sahitya Academy, faculties of History, various institutions that have become a sinecure and a pinjrapole for leftists of various denominations
- Possible prosecution of the perpetrators of various scams. NaMo does not have any Prithviraj Chauhan complex, like the ‘statesman’ Vajpayee did. There are rumours that Vajpayee used his clout as the Prime Minister through Brijesh Mishra to get a son of a certain powerful Congresswoman freed after the sire had apparently been caught with a large sum of money at Boston airport in 1998. Expect a no mercy approach from NaMo for such transgressions.
- Setting an example of corruption free and transparent governance, and ensuring that corruption is punished in an exemplary manner. This will automatically bring down the level of corruption and also allow people to receive services like any client of a company paying for services
- Transparency in governance through automation of essential Govt. services providing a new experience of being able to track progress of and fix accountability for Govt. employees
- Stoppage of all these idiotic caste and religious equations. (As a matter of fact, with so many ‘claimants’ for the Muslim vote, the BJP actually will stand out by refusing to appease to minority pressure groups)
- Decisive governance
- More IT leading to easier and transparent processes
- Better prioritization of tasks
To be sure Modi will need a good bit of time to get going. Let me provide an example. In the 90s, I was put in charge of a branch that should have been a wonderful branch of SBI. However, at the time, despite being in the campus of a big public sector giant, with captive business, the branch was a mess. Successive BMs never stuck around long enough to make a difference and, when I was posted, I had arrears of housekeeping, customer service issues, staff and Union issues and what have you. It took me a good 18 months or so to set things right as my entire time and energy was spent in burying the ghosts of the branch’s chequered past. With God’s grace, I was able to work hard with the staff, both clerks and officers putting in exemplary efforts and bringing the branch out of the morass. My point here is that out of a 30 month period I spent there, 18 months is what it took to set things right.
I see a similarity in the circumstances surrounding the probable anointing of NaMo in the hotseat of PM. One readily admits that running a country is infinitely more complex than running a branch of SBI! Although NaMo is an extremely intelligent and capable administrator, the mess created by the UPA will take a while to unwind. In the first term NaMo will have to put together a good, nay a great team, and work in a highly focused manner to set right things. Thereafter, only can one hope to do some real work. Am sure that someone like NaMo is shrewd enough to realize that expectations can be inordinately high and the work of scrubbing out the dirt left by the UPA will take some doing. That is a challenge I expect him to take up with gusto. One of the points in Modi’s favor is his incorruptibility. Another is his ability to communicate very well. After a reticent MMS, he will be seen to be very different. Here’s hoping that the indicators, which appear to be favourable to him, are correct. Here’s hoping that his not inconsiderable administrative skills are more than adequate to slay the numerous problems that have been left by the congress lead UPA.
What many of us are hoping to see is an early death to ‘travesty secularism’ and instead see real Secularism, which as NaMo himself said is India First. We also hope to see a quick injection of confidence in the country, which would enable the Nation to get back on the road to economic progress after it has regressed in confidence and growth over the years of patented misrule by the UPeeA.