The year 2016 saw two different events across the Atlantic. One was Britain’s exit from the EU, or Brexit as it was called in common parlance, and the other was Donald Trump’s election as President of the USA. The two events had a common thread. In both, the so called Elite, or the ‘Liberals’, had rooted for the losing side.
Far away from Britain and the USA, an event, nay, a phenomenon had occurred in India, two years earlier. The ascendancy of Narendra Modi to being the Prime Minister of the World’s largest democracy was no less than a cataclysmic event for the so called liberals of India who had raved and ranted about him for twelve years using the foulest language possible. However, the Indian people voted for his party, the BJP, and he became the Prime Minister, despite the vilest propaganda unleashed against him by the media, his political opponents and a motley crew of artists, writers and similar riffraff comprising Sarkari freebooters who had been feeding off the exchequer, occupying prime real estate in what is called Lutyens Delhi. Some people use the term Lootyens Delhi as an appropriate description of the looters who inhabit it.
Let us now take our attention away from the hustle and bustle of India and look at the more recent Presidential election of the USA. From the very beginning, the pollsters and Pundits had predicted an easy win for Hillary Clinton as she had all the right antecedents. She was a part of the Washington system, having spent time as the First Lady after a fairly successful legal career. Then she became a Senator followed by a stint as Secretary of state, a very powerful position in the USA.
In the Democrats National Convention (DNC), she overtook Bernie Sanders to become the frontrunner for Presidential Candidate of the party. There are reports that suggest the vote was rigged in her favour as Bernie Sanders was perceived to be a weak candidate. Once Hillary became the candidate, it was expected that all she had to do was breathe and have a pulse rate to win against Donald Trump. But as the poet Robert Burns said
“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy! “
Once the results started coming out, after voting was completed, it became evident that Donald Trump would win. Some unconfirmed reports suggest that she took it very badly. However, nobody can be totally calm in defeat. Nonetheless, she congratulated Trump and addressed her disappointed supporters, contrary to rumours that said she would not do so.
Once the fact of defeat had started to sink in, the liberals could not stomach it and gave vent to their emotions in a violent way. Even now after Trump has taken over the office of President, Hillary’s supporters continue to create trouble. For example, we have these specimens
A sane view has also come out on Youtube like this one
If we think that the phenomenon of illiberal liberals is confined to the USA, we would be hugely mistaken. Fact is that in India too, illiberal ‘liberals’ show their intolerance by getting frustrated and exhibiting what can only be called aggressive and plain rotten behaviour.
The latest manifestation of the hatred of so called liberals and their comrades in arms is the plot to assassinate Narendra Modi. It is a very real threat hatched by left wing extremists. However, it is a very strange cabal of assorted leftists, media members, opposition politicians, NGOs, jihadi outfits and strangely, or not so strangely, evangelists and members of the clergy which have ganged up together to not only deny that there is such a threat but also to discredit Modi and to try and win the next Parliamentary election more by crook than hook!
Pat Condell echoes my views as he tears into liberals. Here’s my article on one that suggested that Narendra Modi makes peace with the liberals. In that article I had indicated that the entire first term will be spent in clearing up the mess of UPA.
The Modi Govt has come after one that is known to have been very corrupt. Not a whiff of scandal has touched the Modi govt, thus far. However, the sins of the previous Government have been haunting it as the banks appear to have been pliant handmaidens of the previous Finance Minister. A number of loans were sanctioned under pressure and they have predictably turned sour.
Now, businessmen who were very happy with the previous corrupt Government are unhappy with the present one. And this is the fate of all clean people. Let me say that I have had a number of cribs against Narendra Modi. I am no blind supporter and have been very critical of the current dispensation not being strict enough against the corrupt previous regime. My contention is that there have been several failings and this has resulted in a poor perception about the current Government in chasing and nailing culprits. Let me not get started on other failings. Still, the fact is that Modi has ensured that there is no big ticket corruption charge.
It is not as if there are no good things that have happened over the almost four years of Modi Raj. To just cite a few items on the credit side:
- Jan Dhan accounts that have been opened. Approximately 300 million accounts have been opened with a zero balance stipulation. These accounts are being used to directly transfer subsidies to poor people without any middle men. Jan Dhan is the largest scheme of financial inclusion ever.
- The Aadhar Card is a card used for identification of citizens of the country. This card has biometric information, though not on the card itself, that is accessible for use in KYC for bank accounts, mobile connections, gas connections and several other items that have been subjected to fraud and misuse. In addition it is compulsory to link the Aadhar card to Income Tax PAN or Permanent Account Number. This has helped in identifying many accounts with false names and at least 200,000 shell companies have been identified and closed
- Goods and Services Tax has simplified taxation to a large extent
- Demonetisation that rendered a large number of illicit cash holdings useless.
- Infrastructure development has been done at a fast pace. New railway connections to distant places, highways being built much faster,
- Electricity being given to villages that never had any in the past seventy years, solar energy being used to generate electricity
- Energy saving through use of LED lights
- Gas connections have been given to poor women who were using wood and coal earlier and smoke filled kitchens have been made smoke free. About 30 million women have benefited from this scheme
- Urea was being diverted to factories and farmers were denied this vital fertiliser. Neem coating of urea has rendered it useless for chemical production and farmers are being supplied urea without any black marketing. The use of urea has become more efficient as neem enhances productivity of farms
- Not only has inflation been tamed, the prices of commodities such as rice, pulses, cooking oil and even vegetables have been brought down considerably
- The biggest problem of NPAs is being tackled by passing a Bankruptcy Law that has brought huge recoveries in the largest sticky loans
The above list is only about the domestic scenario and is not exhaustive. Governance has certainly become more accessible to people. One tweet to ministers sets in trail action on complaints.
Overseas, Mr. Modi has ensured that the image of India has only got better. He has talked to our neighbours, ensured that all but one of them, a basket case called Pakistan, are cordial to India. Earlier, there used to be a modicum of hostility towards India. The investments being made in India from overseas investors has risen sharply. The foreign exchange position has improved beyond imagination. The Indian Rupee has stayed steady against the US Dollar for a long time. It is difficult to enumerate all the good that has happened to India after Modi has taken over the reins of the country.
The failings of the Modi Government relate to the sins of omission rather than commission. Commissions were part of the previous government with its many corrupt ministers and a party president who had no qualms about making money. Apparently the money was spread around in the media and even to other political parties. That would probably explain why parties from the left and the regional ones too, who have fought elections bitterly against the congress, rush to their defence in TV debates.
More recently, we have had the Cambridge Analytica (CA) fracas. It would seem that the congress had used this company that has been stealing data and using it to enhance the image of an utter duffer who is now the president of their party.
CA has a terrible image worldwide and they have been employed by the congress to create what one can only call ‘template violence’. There has been a good amount of frustration among the supporters of Narendra Modi. Like I said earlier it is only because people see what has not been done, rather than what has been done.
Now, first see why each one of these groups has a problem with Modi
|Media||· No junkets with PM,
· Channels required to spend own money to fly these bozos abroad.
· No exclusive’news breaks,
· No little brown paper envelopes allegedly provided by the congress
· No iftaar or cocktail parties
|Loss of credibility, outgo of money, no freebooting||Bring down Modi|
|Left wing||Search and destroy operations against comrades||Fear and frustration||Bring down Modi|
|Jihadi outfits||Stern action against terrorists in Kashmir for now and defusing a number of terrorist plots||Fear and frustration||Bring down Modi|
|NGO outfits||Cutting off the source of funds to NGOs without a proper licence||Fear and frustration||Bring down Modi|
|Evangelists and clergy||No reason except that their agenda of converting Hindus is being curtailed due to lack of funds from NGOs, that were well funded by foreign sources, being used for conversions.
It also helps that till not long ago, India was being ruled, de facto, by an Italian catholic lady
|Fear and frustration||Bring down Modi|
|Opposition politicians||Loss of power with not much chance of displacing Modi||Fear and frustration||Bring down Modi|
The latest outrage relates to an increase in the price of petrol by a mere 1.5%. The Modi Govt. has been slowly cutting subsidies on petrol and diesel and has therefore kept the prices of these fuels high. This was as per international norms where price of fuel is kept high to garner revenue for infrastructure and also to provide a disincentive for its excessive consumption. Increased consumption has a pronounced ill effect on the environment and the health of people. The trend has been towards increased use of public transport. However, it is convenient to overlook every good work done and focus on the one inconvenience.
Let us examine the way the so called liberals have reacted to various events: –
|Event||Reaction of Left Lobby||Perception|
|Left and Naxal plot to kill Modi||Denying that there is a plot||Unpatriotic behaviour|
|Release of surgical strike video||First denying that there were surgical strikes and then saying it is being politicised||Unpatriotic behaviour|
|Girl found dead in Kathua||First said it was rape of a 7 year old and after J&K Govt arrested a few Hindu boys rejoiced. Later when a group demanded a CBI inquiry, as the J&K Police seemed to have purposely steered the accusations in a certain direction and allowed the real culprits to get away||Unpatriotic behaviour|
|Hindu girl raped by Muslim in Mandsaur in MP and slashed badly||Total silence from left lobby||Unpatriotic behaviour|
In addition, there seems to be internal sabotage within the BJP to let congi crooks escape. The judiciary also seems to be in the thrall of the congis, though I risk contempt of court to say that they are biased.
Modi has to contend with all this rubbish, a hostile media and Press, a venal opposition and a left lib lobby assisted by the corrupt media either indulging in sabotage or creating riots. In addition, all his good intentions and promises are being sabotaged internally, apart from that of the hostile opposition and the lootyens cabal.
However, I am yet to see anything but a dignified response to the abuses hurled on him. Here is one video where he explains how he keeps himself fit and enthusiastic. He mentions that he eats a kilo or more of abuses everyday! He has said once that a hostile press and media has actually kept him in the limelight. Otherwise he would have been an ordinary Chief Minister. He has a punishing routine, being early riser and following a routine of Yoga, calisthenics and exercise that he performs on most days. The exceptions may, in my humble opinion, be on the days when he travels. Even there Modi is exceptional. He travels at night so that he does not waste time and money on staying in hotels. You and I end up tired and jetlagged even when travelling in business class on long flights. Even given the luxury of a chartered Air India plane, Modi is always seen to be fresh and enthusiastic after a long flight, sleeping on the flight and ready for whatever the day brings on arrival at his next destination.
There are a few failings of the Modi Government. Like I said earlier, they are the sins of omission. Much of what is happening is also a direct attribute of lack of majority in the upper house, an anachronism foisted on us by the British. The upper house has been sabotaging any good legislation. It is staffed mainly by unelectable congressmen and congresswomen. This is a temporary phenomenon that may well be corrected in a month or two.
Another factor is that the BJP has a shortage of people who are experienced in administration as well as in politics. That is a failing which may well be addressed in Modi’s second term. For now, he is the best bet for India. I cannot think of any other leader in India who comes anywhere near him in stature and ability.
Modi has become so tall that he reminds me of a story said about Amitabh Bacchan, the finest actor in the World and a superstar during his time. It appears that one of the producers said that the competition for Amitabh Bacchan was nonexistent, as he straddled the Bollywood universe from 1 to 10. The next star could only be No. 11!
Mahaghatbandhan anyone? Meet the no. 11s, RaGa, Mayawati, Akhilesh, Naidu et al! Soon to be forgotten characters!