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Is NARENDRA MODI ready for PRIME TIME?

  • Created on Friday, 13 April 2012 20:50
  • Published on Friday, 13 April 2012 20:50
  • Written by Punyatma Sharan, Founder/CEO - PolityIndia.Com, has a BA (Political Science) from India and MBA (Finance) from USA.

modi pmThe Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was appointed by the Supreme Court, said in its report that it did not find any evidence to register an FIR against the 58 people, including Narendra Modi, listed in Zakia Jafri's complaint, came as a big shock to the Congress party for poltical reasons (vote bank politics) and also to the BJP, Narendra Modi's own party.

t would have given the Congress party some more fodder to bash Narendra Modi and BJP and push their fake agenda of  welfare of minorities (minority appeasement) just for vote bank politics. BJP's top brass of the party who are waiting in line after the era of Vajpayee and Advani to become the face of the party in the 2014 parliamentary elections were expecting SIT to indict him and in the process, kill the political ambition of a person who is being perceived as a very serious threat by the two leading lights in the party '“ Sushma Swaraj, opposition leader in the Lok Sabha and Arun Jaitley, opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha.

Zakia had filed a complaint against Modi, his ministerial colleagues, top police officials and BJP functionaries accusing them of wider conspiracy in the riots in which more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, had been killed. SIT chief R K Raghavan said the complainant will have an opportunity to contest the findings of the SIT report. "We have filed a report saying no evidence on the contents of the particular petition was available and we have recommended closure," he said. "We have done our duty to the best of our abilities," he said, adding the integrity of the team cannot be questioned in arriving at its conclusion.

According to SIT, no offence has been established against any of the 58 persons listed in Zakia's complaint, metropolitan magistrate M S Bhatt said in his order on Tuesday on a batch of petitions in which Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was among 69 persons killed in the Gulberg society carnage, had named Modi and 57 others for alleged criminal conspiracy in the 2002 riots.

This judgment definitely became a good reason for Narendra Modi to smile if not burst into laughter. There is no doubt that he is the most polarising person in the contemporary times of political India. The 2002 riots in Gujarat gave more than ample reasons to India to think about his agenda and his credentials. His detractors, mainly the Congress party worked very hard to keep this issue alive for a very simple reason '“ it gives them votes. I was also very apprehensive because I very strongly feel that any political party which has any agenda which does not have a direct correlation with the economy and the well being of the people is just plain and simple vote bank politics and a tool to fool the people. It is as simple as that.

The Congress party, which has governed India for most of the time since 1947 always gave the slogan of '˜Garibi Hatao'. According to a 2005 World Bank estimate, 41.6% of the total Indian population falls below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 a day (PPP, in nominal terms  21.6 a day in urban areas and  14.3 in rural areas). According to 2010 data from the United Nations Development Programme, an estimated 37.2% of Indians live below the country's national poverty line. On the other hand, BJP also tried very hard to keep the issue of Ram Mandir alive to keep the '˜Hindutva' issue alive to consolidate the Hindu vote bank. The average age of the Indian population is very young '“ more than 50 % of India's population is below 30 years of age and they do not either have the appetite or the interest in these issues. This was very evident in the recent UP elections. The Congress party lost 8 out of 10 assembly seats in Rae Bareli and Amethi, represented by none other than Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and BJP lost the seat in Ayodhya '“ the epicentre of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. The average Indian does not care either about any catchy slogans or the birth place of Lord Ram. They simply want a safe and prosperous India where they can live comfortably and enjoy their life. If it was up to them and not to the antics of the Congress party, terrorists like Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab would have been hanged a long time ago. It is a mockery of our system that the government has spent more than Rs. 25 crores on Kasab since his arrest. 

While the sycophants of the Congress party are busy glorifying Rahul Gandhi to be the next Prime Minister, BJP is struggling to find a leader who can lead them in the 2014 elections. Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley might be good enough to win their own seats but they do not have what it takes to lead the party in a general election. They are not Vajpayee and to put it mildly, they are not even Advani.

Is Narendra Modi the person to fill this void in the party?

Narendra Modi who was born on September 17, 1950 was a social and political activist from a very young age and was associated with RSS and ABVP, became the chief minister of Gujarat for the first time in 2001 and Gujarat's GDP grew by more than 10% during his first tenure. Since that time, he led BJP in winning two more elections and is the longest serving chief minister in India. Narendra Modi who also is a single man, has a MA in Political Science and is known for leading a frugal lifestyle. He only employs a personal staff of only three people. He is known to be a workaholic Chief Minister and an introvert. Modi is considered as the singular leader of BJP in Gujarat because of his election record and having an autocratic, almost insensitive leadership manner. He ordered the demolition of many Hindu temples that were built without proper government sanction which earned him the ire of VHP. He is described as an incendiary politician.

It seems that BJP is a big national party with no head. It also seems that the party has finally found the head in Narendra Modi. He has always said that he believes in Justice for all and Appeasement of none and this definitely has all the ingredients of a mass appeal. All the major political parties should always remember that conflict makes good politics but it does not translate into good policies and it is policies and not politics which makes or breaks a country. As Shakespeare said - Words matter but action is eloquence.
 
The Gujarat chief minister's future should be decided by the people not on the basis of recycled unproven allegations, but on the basis of what he has achieved as an administrator, his ideas and vision for the future, and his capability to achieve them. When the SIT has cleared him of the charges levelled against him by some sections of the public - particularly from the Muslim community - and by some human rights activists, fairness of criminal justice demands that the demonisation campaign against him should be discontinued and the sword hanging over his head should be removed. He has been cleared honourably and not conditionally. The state has made considerable progress under his leadership. This is acknowledged by independent-minded observers and even by persons who are not comfortable with him as an individual.

I have never been an uncritical admirer of Narendra Modi. Nor am I in the ranks of his perpetual demonisers. I have always sought to judge him as objectively as I can. I feel the time has come for him to come on the national political scene and do some serious governance and replicate the Gujarat model for India. The Congress party, which should get a new nomenclature from AICC to AICP (All India Corrupt Party) would use the elevation of Narendra Modi on the national scene to scare the Muslim community should be given a message by the members of the Muslim community itself that if they are safe and can prosper in Gujarat under CM Narendra Modi, they would also do just fine in India under PM Narendra Modi. Hindus and Muslims would do just fine if not manipulated and played by different political parties. It would change the political paradigm in Indian politics when Hindus and Muslims would join hands and stand behind Narendra Modi with a common objective '“ Prosperity and Safety of all Indians. I hope that I am not being naive and pray that my expectation is not a utopian dream. Yes, Narendra Modi is ready for Prime Time.

Comments  

 
# Sandhya Sinha 2012-04-15 04:12
Narendra Modi sure is a good chief minister. In fact the best. But then so is Nitish for his state or Jyoti Basu was for his state or Chandra Babu for his. All these people have state leadership and they can be regional leaders and not national. When a leader's presence is welcomed across the length and width of the country only then can you expect that leader to be having a national stature. Narendra Modi's presence was not welcomed in the recent elections in Bihar. For all you know, the day he expresses his inclination for the central leadership, there will be ten fractured heads in his own party at the Center and all of them will get busy in digging out a grave for him. Today, all the politicians have very shallow water base and all of them are simply busy saving their shallow tanks. Gone are the days of nationalism. Narendra Modi is by far an exceptionally good CM and a leader. But to see him as a national and central head, it is difficult. Advani ji has shown some gravity of late. And it's time BJP should keep all their differences aside and start rallying around Advaniji as their head. Rather than going around headless.
 
 
# Dhananjay Singh 2012-04-15 17:12
If we take a hard look at all our politicians, Narendra Modi is the only choice for the PM position. He would give the country the image which we are losing because of the corruption in the UPA government. You have aptly described the Congress party as All India Corrupt Party.
 
 
# Anamika Mishra 2012-04-15 17:19
India needs salvation from the corrupt politicians and Narendra Modi is the person to do this job. Punyatma, your approach and writing is very objective and it is a pleasure to read your articles. You are talking about Narendra Modi but you are not endorsing BJP. Narendra Modi does not need BJP, BJP needs Narendra Modi.
 
 
# Dr Anita Sinha 2012-04-15 17:23
The entire country is waiting for Narendra Modi to come on the national scene. The likes of Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley can never become the national face of their party. He will be the protector of all Indians.
 
 
# Ajay Kumar Sinha 2012-04-16 02:39
A lot had been written on "After Nehru Who"? and no clear name was emerging after so many debates. After his death LBS became the PM and proved that he was a great PM if not greater than Nehru. Had cruel death not snatched the dearest PM of India, the country as well as congress party would have been very different from what they are now. Lets wait for the time being, there are many hidden potentials who will be surprise leaders of the nation when time comes. I strong feel that now no party has independent national stature and all have been reduced to regional parties. Please do not go by the election commission's definition of national parties.
 
 
# Ranjit Sinha 2012-04-16 12:26
I think that Mr.Narendra Modi is good for Gujarat but he will not be good for India. I am not very familiar with his performance and ideology. But he does not seem to have central and international experience.
 
 
# Sanjay Pawar 2012-04-17 10:40
I am still very apprehensive about Narendra Modi's acceptance as a national leader. He has all the right credentials for governance but the Congress party would do everything possible to malign him and the Indian public might become a victim of bad publicity.
 
 
# Kalpana Singh 2012-04-17 10:45
If we have to get rid of corruption and bad elements in Indian politics, we have to bring NM as PM. We have to think beyond the 2002 riots in Gujarat and move on.
 
 
# Sanjay Ahuja 2012-04-17 10:50
Narendra Modi is evolving but not yet ready for Prime Time.
 
 
# Dr Rajay Narain 2012-04-17 15:10
I read the article on Narendra Modi. As always, it was very well written. It reflected your extensive research and thought process on the issue.
 
 
# Jayesh Mor 2012-04-18 02:58
Shri Narendra Modi has proved that he is the best administrator in public life. Now the question is whether he is fit for PM? Then looking to his track record, he is more fit compared to any other leader in all political parties of India. Super power of world USA has also admitted that Mr.Modi is very well fit for good administrator for India at Central level. Before he may be given chance as PM, let us take opinion poll from intelligent Economists\Fina ncial gurus and Mr.Modi must follow the suggestions of intellectual persons for better economy as well as how to provide with in 2-3 years, basic needs\infrastru cture like Pure drinking water and drainage, Hospitals at all taluka levels, primary schools at all villages for all children, electricity at all homes and agriculturists, Roads and bridges up to all villages levels, more strict acts for punishments for corruption and for that immediate Lokpal bill to be enacted, no delay. In short common citizen of India must get basic amenities at very low prices and law should be there for basic commodities, no price can be increased without govt. permission? If Mr.Modi come out with his vision for common citizen then every Indians can vote for him.
 
 
# Jayesh Mor 2012-04-18 03:00
Let us take opinion from all common citizens of India for Narendra Modi whether he is acceptable PM or not?
 
 
# Rakhee Sharma 2012-04-20 16:48
You are right about Narendra Modi becoming the face of the party. You are wrong about Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley winning their own elections. They do not have any base of their own and are totally irrelevent without BJP. I have never seen them saying things on TV or in the parliament which would give them the status of a national leader. There is one person in BJP who comes out to be very knowledgeable and very articulate and this person is Ravi Shankar Prasad. He has elevated the image of BJP by his conduct as the chief spokesperson of the party. The party should also try to project Shahnawaz Hussain as the Muslim face of the party. If people like Ravi Shankar Prasad and Shahnawaz Hussain are promoted by the party at the national level, it would be good for the party. If Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley run the campaign for 2014 elections, the UPA would again come back to power.
 
 
# Amar Singh 2012-04-20 17:45
BJP has become a party of no national stature. The party is bankrupt of ideas and is hoping to come to power because people are upset with the Congress party. The younger crowd in BJP is as good or as bad as people from the Congress party. BJP people are more into watching porn than discussing national issues.
 
 
# Mukta Dhar 2012-04-20 17:53
Punyatma, another great article. Narendra Modi is the only person who can save BJP from self destruction. I totally agree with you that Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley do not have what it takes to lead the party.
 
 
# Ajay Gupta 2012-04-26 10:53
I agree that Modi is ready for prime time. In fact he has been ready for a long time...just imagine him nationally replicating what he has been doing in Gujarat...unpar alleled development, keeping terrorists (read Muslims) under control and improving the standard of living of all in the state. I am just flabbergasted that our voters cannot see beyond the smoke & mirrors communal image created by his detractors (both within and outside the party).
 
 
# Ajay Prakash 2012-04-30 02:06
Yes, Mr.Narendra Modi is redy to be brought to National politics rather the next PM of India. The growth story of Gujarat is a model to be followed by all states particularly Bihar. Political parties opposed to Modi are trying to keep the Gujarat riot case open simply to woo their so called brothers & sisters of Muslim community. They forget that in the state of Gujarat, muslims are equally prospering by the growth brought by Modi in Gujarat. I know if Modi is declared as the next PM candidate by BJP, there will be hue and cry from political parties like Congress, SP, BSP, RJD & even JDU(a coaltion partner of BJP). Every Indian knows it very well that vote bank politics will not help them. What will help them is the growth of the nation and corruption free nation. Parties other than BJP and even some insiders feel, if Modi comes to National level, they will have nothing to do in Indian politics. This is the vote bank politics of the ruling party that terrorists like Kasab and the convict in Parliament attack are getting VIP treatment. The time has come for a strong leader at Centre. Modi is the fittest candidate as the future PM of India.
 
 
# Bhushan Nadda 2012-05-01 13:22
The Gujarat chief minister's future should be decided by the people not on the basis of recycled unproven allegations...a nd by the ambitious (Internal politics) within BJP, but on the basis of what he has achieved as an administrator, his ideas and vision for the future and his capability to achieve them. When the SIT has cleared him of the charges levelled against him by some sections of the public - particularly from the Muslim community - and by some human rights activists, fairness of criminal justice demands that the demonisation campaign against him should be discontinued and the sword hanging over his head should be removed.
 
 
+1 # Rakesh Sinha 2012-05-02 13:13
Very good analysis.
 
 
# Kumar Abhishek 2012-05-11 13:48
I am neither a supporter of Narendra Modi nor have I placed him on my "hate" list. I am not a blind Congress supporter either. My perspective is always going to be directed by the so forgotten virtue "accountability ". When 2002 riots were happening, Mr.Modi was at the helm of affairs and hence all the accountability must be owned by him (unfortunately he has failed to exhibit any even after 10 years of massacre). But also true is the fact that for all the "wrongs" happening today in the country, no one exhibits "accountability " as well. Hence, if it is a matter of choosing between satan and devil...well... Why cann't we think out of box? Don't we have leaders amongst ourselves? Why can't BJP come up with a name which has comparatively cleaner slate?...As the trend is, Congress does not seem to be coming back in power...so I can safely assume a lot of infighting, bad blood in NDA for a prime ministerial candidate...Sor ry...but for sure...am not able to visualize Narendra Modi becoming the prime minister...of course not on competence parameters but definitely the political one...
 
 
# Yashovardhan Sinha 2012-05-29 15:22
Well written...for the people of India to decide.
 
 
# Kalpana Rastogi 2012-06-08 10:00
I am really saddened to hear about the Sanjay qto1khi episode...don't know the whole story...seems a long cold war between the two...but a person of this stature like Modi...should he indulge in such petty infightings which give a bad name to the BJP and presents a sorry picture...a person who is to be projected as a prime ministerial candidate should be an adhesive force for the party...at a time when the ruling party is at a low ebb... instead of taking advantage of it and showing solidarity the opposition party is busy in nursing their bruised egos...when can India be proud of its premier...lets see...
 
 
+1 # Mohammad Kamran 2012-08-05 04:18
In India is only Narendra Modi the last hope? Why my beloved country is going through such a crisis? There is a word management and Gujarat politics are well managed. It is not possible that you remain in water and your body does not gets wet. So much development in Gujarat and not a single finger of corruption on the leaders, this is just a managed game. It will be over some day or other. But then is there no other vikalp than Narendra Modi????????
 

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