Pure Modi Magic! 

Psuedo -seculars must be grunting and sulking!

But the truth is even Muslims are tired of vote-bank politics and are embracing Modi brand of development politics!

Time to throw out the likes of Mamata, Mulayam, Nitish, Lallu and the Nehru-Gandhi clan lead Congress brigade.

Modi-vate the people to Modi-fy the nation.

Jai Hind!

 

Modi sweep: Muslim majority town elects all BJP candidates

 

 Ahmedabad, Feb 12: It was a straight fight and the BJP created history by winning all 27 seats of town municipality in Salaya, a Muslim-majority town in Dwarka district. Salaya is know for its mega power project and now it will be known for giving Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi another triumph in the development agenda.

Among BJP’s 27 candidates, 24 were Muslims while remaining three were Hindus including one Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidate.

The BJP’s sweep in a township comprising 90 percent Muslims will take wind of many pseudo-secular elements. Of the 27 seats spread over nine wards, BJP candidates won unopposed on four seats in state municipal elections. Voting for remaining 23 seats took place on Sunday (10th February) with Congress in straight fight with BJP. The Congress party candidates even lost deposit on three seats.

Salaya has been enjoying fruits of development with Essar Energy’s integrated energyc company establishing a power unit to generate 1200 mw. Salaya I is Essar Energy’s first coal fired power project and has been built at a total investment cost of US$1.1 billion. Most of the power produced will be sold to the Gujarat state electricity utility, GUVNL, under a long term contract. When all the units are commissioned, the project is expected to generate nearly 2000 mw power.

Salaya will also be getting a world-class marine infrastructure project with a state-of-the-art material handling facility. The bulk handling port will be capable of handling 20 MMTPA of cargo. The jetty is located in the Salaya Harbour, which is naturally protected by two islands – Kalubhar Tapu and Dhani Be.

Essar has been conducting various projects under its social development initiative in Salaya. To empower the local women, Essar Foundation runs a stitching centre in Salaya. The Foundation is supporting the stitching center by providing skills and creating new business opportunities. This will also provide the associated families with an alternative source of income, by establishing market linkages.

The stitching center at Salaya initially started as a small community program by the local Wagher Muslim Community Jamat, with the idea to provide skill development to the women without them having to leave their houses.

The center is also imparting the women several life skills such as basic literacy, personality development, accounts and business entrepreneurship.

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Poor Shahid Siddiqui!  He thought he was doing a good job, hiding under cover of a journalist. At no point did his interview seem to facilitate Narendra Modi’s defense. In fact, every attempt was made to put Modi in uncomfortable position with dubious questions, tirelessly repeating the media created lies, most of which have already been evaluated extensively and put to rest by the Supreme court appointed SIT in recent past.

Mr Siddiqui must have thought that accolades must be on its way for putting Modi on the dissection table for the nth time. Alas!  That was not to be. He did not expect Modi to turn the table, stand his ground  and reiterate with further conviction, that what he had always stood for, despite the decade old heaps of lies and accusations. 

So now Mr Siddiqui finds himself thrown out of his party and isolated from the same folks from whom he perhaps expected the most approval. Certainly he himself cannot be blamed like the Deoband Chief Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, who had to be removed from his post for his “non-secular” comments on Modi.

The pseudo seculars are alarmed and growing intolerant everyday. They wanted a gladiator’s fight – you either kill your enemy in the arena or we will kill you! 

The question is what does the Muslim population in general think.

Is it time to disown these pseudo-secular leaders and parties?

 

 

SP Disowns Shahid Siddiqui for Interview With Modi

PTI, Lucknow, July 28, 2012
 
The Samajwadi Party today distanced itself from Shahid Siddiqui, saying he is no longer a part of the party two days after his interview with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi made waves.”The party wants to clarify that Siddiqui had left SP long back and joined BSP on whose ticket he contested Lok Sabha election from Bijnor,” party’s national general secretary and spokesman Ram Gopal Yadav said in a statement issued here.

He said that later Siddiqui joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

“Siddiqui is not a SP member and has nothing to do with the party,” Yadav said, asking the media not to project him as SP leader.

Yadav said terming Siddiqui as a SP leader was “outrightly wrong”.

Siddiqui, who is the editor of Urdu weekly Nai Duniya, had recently interview Modi in which the Gujarat Chief Minister had refused to apologise for the post-Godhra riots and instead said he would prefer to be hanged if found guilty.

In an image makeover exercise, Modi had said in the interview, “If my government had done this (post-Godhra riots), I should be hanged in public in such a way that it remains a lesson for the next 100 years so that nobody dares to do it (such a crime)”.

Siddqiqui was a SP MP before he joined the RLD only to rejoin the Samajwadi Party in January this year.

Ram Gopal Yadav said that Siddiqui may be interested in an alliance with Modi.

SP leader Azam Khan said, “In politics neither friendship nor enmity is permanent. But we can’t maintain friendship with a murderer like Narendra Modi. Modi is an enemy of humanity. I feel this is wrong. It is not right for a person like Modi to have been given an opportunity to give his opinion to a major Urdu daily.”

Reacting to the SP’s move to distance itself from Siddiqui, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, “As a journalist it is not necessary to only publish the views of those you agree with. His paper won’t only publish news related to Mulayam Singh Yadav.

“As an editor, he has the right to interview whoever he wishes. However, it is an old habit of SP to alter their actions to cater to their votebank. How can you demand clarifications and not listen when answers are provided,” he said.

Gujarat BJP leader Yatin Oza said, “For the first time someone has asked Modi about his view. For this removing a senior member of the party is politics of minority appeasement and hypocrisy. This is an autocratic way of functioning. 

It is rare to read anything about Narendra Modi without the taint of the Gujarat Riots, especially from the English media of India. 

Recently Modi has been in the news for various reasons. 

First came the Supreme Court’s declaration of ‘NOT OUT’ on the appeal for his complicity in the Gujarat Riots.

This was followed by the report of the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) on India claiming  that Modi has much more potentiality than Congress’ Rahul Gandhi to become the next Prime Minister of the country

Then came his Sadbhavna Mission, which received widespread coverage in the media (may be more negative than positive, but still the media’s hype was noticeable), perhaps  overwhelming even some of the BJP leaders and obviously much to the frustration of the ruling Congress party.

The topic of  “Modi as Prime Minister” is again being discussed in the media (albeit with best efforts to add the appropriate twists and turns) and echoed in the political circles

Furthermore, the timing of the declaration of L.K. Advani about his own withdrawal from the PM race adds a different significance.

All in all, it does seem appropriate to start learning about Modi the person. But no one expects the initiative to be taken by NDTV, widely percieved, along with CNN-IBN, to be shamelessly biased, politically towards Congress.

Hence this one, published in NDTV,  is a genuine surprise. Perhaps it is not too early to say that the English Media is at least slightly confused and is preparing to change its gears and directions ……. may be in fear or anticipation  …….. of upcoming changing times. 

 

 

Narendra Modi on politics, poetry and Rahul Gandhi as PM

Sept 16, 2011

This interview is from Society magazine; its views do not necessarily reflect those of NDTV.

Meeting Narendra Modi was like meeting multiple personalities at one time. I have always perceived Modi as a man of steel having gone through fire. The constant picking and media barbs have not left him embittered. This could be attributed to his strong and courageous personality and being centred in spirituality.

Modi is the only CEO Chief Minister so-to-say who has corporatised political administration in his well groomed and well kept state! As I proceeded to Modi’s residence for a chat, en route, the typical attributes associated with a politician were all missing. No hangers-on, no party flags or king size cut outs, no party men shouting slogans while lounging around and awaiting a darshan of their party honcho, and no desperate security frisking. One enters a ‘peace zone’ of sorts when you step into his home surrounded by well manicured lawns.

As I was ushered into his neatly laid out home cum office, I saw Vivekananda’s bronze figurine tucked in the corner of his work station. The freewheeling tete-a-tete that followed gave an astonishing insight into the man, the mystic and the leader, rather than the controversial politician that Modi is made out to be. My initial apprehension, going by his public image of a darting and intimidating person, was put to rest at the very outset. Modi seemed cheerful, gentle and benign. There was no attempt to overpower and manipulate my thoughts, no overtones or undercurrents. Modi exuded brilliant command over the session, was clearly defined in his approach and was never caught off guard.

I make political statements only before elections. There is much more to talk about than my political opponents,” he quips. We agree. Here is a man who has become synonymous with dedicated hard work and administrative genius so much so that he is the only politician for whom a temple is built by his people. His state shines luminously as a model city. No doubt there are still issues to be addressed in the vast canvas, but Gujarat most certainly has filed past other states in showing an all round progress-industrialisation, infrastructure, tourism and a total turnaround.

The architect of this new and shining Gujarat, Narendra Modi, is surely someone you will either adore or despise but certainly won’t ignore. His political strategies that raised him from being a party worker to the Chief Minister for three terms in succession field him as a strong potential Prime Ministerial candidate from amongst the rest of the regional leadership. The writing on the wall is clear that if the nation chooses to vote out the Congress, Modi is the first choice of the people.

With the grim scenario that the nation faces today, the need of the hour is an able administrator who can fix the fractures within our system. Today, regional leaders like Narendra Modi, Ashok Gahlot, Sheila Dikshit and Nitish Kumar are in the public discernment as the ideal options for replacing their national counterparts at the helm.

With a proven track record of excellent governance in his kitty, Modi chooses to play the cards about his national political agenda only when the time is ripe. Among the disadvantages Modi faces is his love-hate equation with the media. And so, here was an opportunity to peel the stern communalistic facade, and peep into the man behind the iron curtain. Is he as blunt and intimidating as he seems from a distance? As ruthless as he is made out to be? As communal minded as he is perceived? What is his typical day like? Does Modi like to watch TV soaps and sob with them? When did he last take a holiday and where does he really like to unwind? Many such questions flooded my thoughts and my research furnished no insight into the man that Modi is. His political track record reveals him as an uncompromising and shrewd politician. Besides, the magnificent transformation he achieved in the eyes of his own people, from being an anti-hero to a hero, is a case study in itself. To the people of Gujarat, Modibhai, as he is fondly addressed as, is like no one else. They view him as a brilliant politician, an efficient administrator, an able strategist and ultimately, a competent leader who has staked all his might in serving his people. Indeed, all this and more is supported by the progress that Gujarat has recorded as a model state in the country with maximum NRI investment and all around growth. The accent is on ‘systematic, non-corrupt and good governance’ rather than mere tactics for political survival.

Modi is a proud man who can flaunt his report card and by quizzing him to talk about his state, you have turned him on, so to say! “In Gujarat’s model of governance, we have moved out of the traditional piecemeal actions and knee-jerk reactions. We now look at a whole new approach to the fundamental changes that would yield qualitative and quantitative leaps. My role is that of a facilitator and the real credit goes to Team Gujarat and the people of the state,” preens Modi. However, history can’t be recalled without associations of landmark events to fundamental authors. Like Gandhi and the freedom fight, Nehru and the Kashmir goof-up, Sardar Patel’s police action in the Razaka movement of the Nizam State, Indira Gandhi and the Emergency, and when it comes to Modi, you cannot finish the breath without remembering the infamous Gujarat riots.

Though the riots will continue to haunt Modi, he has made a conscious effort to heal the wounds and has worked in a sustained way to make the media take note of the immense progress made in the land of the Mahatma. His image as the ‘merchant of death’ is reversed to that of the ‘Sultan of good governance’. As shrewd and emphatic as Chanakya in his political arbitration and in the stringency of administrative competence, Modi is aligned in the league of the legendary Gujarat leader, Saradar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

However, Modi’s modesty is outraged at the comparison with the legend and he springs up in protest. “It is unfair to compare anyone with Sardar Patel. He was a great stalwart. We are lucky that his soul is there to inspire us. He was an iron man because he stood by his commitment to his ideology and thoughts. Even in the face of opposition to his stand, he never succumbed. No toothless ruler can rule the country,” he interrupts your thoughts.

Going to office is a rather academic activity for Narendra Modi. He has drawn a definite blue print for his people and his personal political agenda. His hours spent in the office are channeled towards proactive administration rather than for political sustenance, Probably, Modi feels best when he talks about his innovative governance, and his schemes are no mere eyewash. Looking closely, his schemes are universal in nature, not to be constricted by boundaries either. An offspring of a middle class family in Vadnagar in Mehsana district of north Gujarat where Modi completed his schooling, he was conferred his PG in Political Science from the Gujarat University. As a young man, he joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student wing and was involved in the anti-corruption Nav Nirman Movement. After working as a full time organiser there, he was later nominated as its representative in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The upward climb had no stopping. But, amidst all the sound and fury, wouldn’t we like to know how his growing up years impacted Modi as a person? “I am just an aam admi, a common man. I live and think like a common man despite the trappings of power. My family background was very humble. My growing up was also nothing extraordinary. There were no unusual aspects to my life to have made me blossom into someone special. Neither my mother nor my father was the sarpanch of any village. It was a bewilderment to even know what it was like to be a Panchayat member. So, whatever is attributed to an ordinary man is applicable to me. I am happy with the small mercies of life. Even if a child tells me, ‘Uncle, you have done a good job,’ I feel joyous. And, the endeavour is to not do anything wrong so that you could be centred in joy,” proffers Modi. Modi likes to believe that he is driven by the will of God when he says, “I had not shown any temperament to be in mainstream politics in my growing years. Even now, administration within the government framework is an absolutely apolitical activity for me. I hardly spare one or two hours in a month for political activities. I am totally dedicated to my job. I don’t see this office as a political one. While you are elected to work, there should be no politics at all. If there is politics, it means you are a failure. You are not a Chief Minister for those who have voted for you but for those who have not voted for you.”

Usually, the day begins early for Modi. “I have been an early riser since the beginning. My initial life demanded labour and effort for survival, so I am very hard working by nature. I would toil more than my peers. Be it sports, theatre activities or even reading a book, I would feel I should read faster and more books than the others. Lazing around is not in my nature. Even today, I don’t avail a Sunday. I remember when I was a child, during the India-China war, 50 kilometres from my village; there was a railway junction from where the army was dispersing aid to the war field. I accompanied some young men who went there to serve tea and snacks and give a pep talk to boost the soldiers’ spirits. I didn’t know what exactly this whole act was about, but I was there,” recalls Modi.

A strong national fervour was bound to be embedded with such an exposure at such a tender age, and it sure did. Modi embarked on a political pathway with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and as a swayamsevak, he had to go underground during the Emergency declared by the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. He joined the BJP in early 1987. “I helped maintain relations between the RSS and the BJP. In 1988, I was recognised as a master strategist of the party and was entrusted with the post of General Secretary of the Gujarat State BJP unit. Between 1988 and 1995, I successfully carried out two major projects of the BJP initiated by LK Advani-the Ayodhya Rath Yatra and the march from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. In 1995, I became the National Secretary of the party with the charge of five major states. In1995, the BJP came to power with a two thirds majority in the Gujarat Assembly. Since then, Gujarat is under the rule of the BJP. In 1995, I was promoted to the post of General Secretary (Organisation) of the BJP. I held the office till October 2001 and then became the 14th Chief Minister of Gujarat,” writes Modi in his introduction on Facebook.

“Being in the RSS, I got a chance to work at every level of the organisation, which helped me in building my character. Basically, I am not built only for politics. I am an ardent lover of nature. My interest is mainly culture and character building. Now, political instability has becomes a part of politics. You need diligence and commitment to succeed in politics,” says Modi. An avid reader, biographies of great men catch his fancy apart from philosophical books, and he unwinds by reading and writing poetry. “Poetry which had something to say about life and its varied facets used to captivate me. Now, I just flip the pages as that phase of my life is over. But, I have published my poems and the beauteous nature has always been my muse, my inspiration. I am a big environment buff and even in my own state, a lot has been done to protect and nurture the environment,” he muses.

Recalling his growing years, Modi says, “From a very young age, I have been writing books and I also wrote columns with pseudo names. During the Emergency, I used to run a newspaper, called Satya Samachar. I was barely 20 plus then and during that time, I would unearth whatever was censored, publish them and distribute copies as an awareness campaign. The government had also issued a warrant in my name. Recently, I wrote a book on the environment, titled, Convenient Action, which was launched by Abdul Kalam. It is about various environment problems and solutions and Gujarat practices all of them.”

Modi the Mystic

Modi revealed in a television programme that he lived in the caves of the Himalayas for four years before he made his foray into public life. To retain one’s composure on the face of a storm reveals one’s inner spiritual strength. “A stress buster is needed for the one who feels stress. For the one who has authored his life with detachment, where is the question of stress? I am a totally detached person. I am here, but I don’t feel I am a Chief Minister. I am a CM only when I sign on the dotted line. Even that is because someone has to take the responsibility,” he says emphatically.

Not one of the temple going politicians who always look to the almighty for solutions to problems of their own making, Modi says, “I am not religious. I go to the temple on the Gujarat New Year day. I can’t claim to be spiritual because it’s a very profound epithet. But, I like it when I get to read or hear anything related to the spiritual world. I have been practicing yoga and meditation for many years. Detachment is something I believe in practising for my spiritual self. In fact, with great difficulty, I have torn myself away from pursuing mendicancy in totality to be a part of this world. The call of the Himalayas has been put on the back burner. When the time is right, it is like crossing from one room to the other for me. You will be surprised to know that despite having lived in this house for 10 years now, until of late, I didn’t even know how the entire house looked. I only used spaces like my office, bedroom, dining room and the study. Only when recently there was a move to relocate my library did I take a tour of the rest of the building. That is what I mean by detachment. And, what makes me angry? That’s the problem. I don’t get angry, but have to enact anger in order to get work done.” (Laughs)

So, where does spiritually and politics bifurcate? “There is a problem only when they bifurcate. They should not be cut off. Gandhi was immersed in spirituality all his life and it is this spirituality that inspired him to serve the society. This inspiration sustains because it is a power. This is where we are erring,” he pontificates.

Moments to Cherish

Modi lives his life purely with an agenda for his people with no personal strings attached. However, were there any moments he stole for personal gratification amidst the dust and din of politics and work? He recollects, “After being the CM for two consecutive terms, I had two desires. One was to unearth my childhood friends with whom I had completely lost touch. One day, I sat up and listed all the names I could remember. I remembered them all but had lost track of their whereabouts. Some 35 names popped up. I wanted to invite them to the Chief Minister’s residence and share my childhood with them and also because I wanted to remind myself about the real Modi lest I lose sight of him. So, I spent time with my friends getting down-to-earth. They too felt that if I remembered and spent time with them after having reached where I have then I must be fine. So, that was my test. The other desire was to get together all the teachers in my lifetime and honour them. One of them was 93-years-old. I invited them here and organised a big function to honour them. It gave me immense happiness that I was able to honour and say thanks to those who have contributed their might in shaping me. So, I fulfilled both my desires and I am happy about it.”

Contributory Influences

An ardent bachelor, one hardly hears about Modi’s family. “On my birthday, I go home to visit my mother and spend a few minutes with her. That’s my only contact with my family. I left home when I was 17. And, I went back after 35 years. I left home in order to serve the society and the country. Then, I was drifting to different destinations and landed as the CM. I eat simple food-khichdi, chapatis, kadhi and stuff like that. I am a 100 per cent vegetarian,” he says.

“As a 13-year-old, I used to read Vivekananda. I don’t have a political background. I hadn’t seen the Chief Minister’s chambers before I became one. I had not seen the Assembly before I became an MLA. I didn’t know how a government functioned. I didn’t know anything. I was fortunate to physically visit more than 400 districts where I stayed overnight. That’s why I am conversant with the problems of Hindustan. Probably, amongst all the politicians, I have visited the maximum number of villages. I have visited more than 50 per cent of the state and for 35 years, I was only travelling all over. This has given me a lot of strength. This contributed to my vision for the state and has translated into the progress of the state in all sectors. The other thing is my temperament to write, and to think out of the box is my innate nature,” stakes Modi.

Pro Hindutva

Branded as the messiah and ambassador of Hindutva, Modi has had much at stake due to the image. However, he vindicates his core philosophy in his inimitable rhetoric. With a stern voice, he says, “The government’s work is to function in accordance to the constitution. I am committed to the constitution of India. Being a Chief Minister, I have to follow the word and spirit of what the constitution states. If I say violence is bad, what is wrong in it? If I believe that we must love nature, what is wrong? If I say, serve the poor, what is wrong in it? If I say, sarva pantha samabhav-no discrimination of religion-what is wrong in it? And, if this philosophy is called Hindutva then why should one feel shy?”

The Bachchan Factor

Even as Modi’s Hindutva has triggered controversy, there was a hullaballoo over the choice of the Big B as the brand ambassador of Gujarat. Unflustered, Modi simplifies the entire saga, “I was taking up the promotion of tourism in the state. Gujaratis are the best tourists but Gujarat was never a tourist destination. I wanted to change this because all the elements needed for exotic tourism are inherent here. So, someone had to do something. Around the time I picked up this campaign seriously, Amitabh Bachchan came to me as he wanted me to watch his film Paa. I liked the film. Then, we got chatting and he said I could count on him if at all there was anything he could do for me. I have no personal needs, but it occurred to me that if he could do something for Gujarat, I would be happy. He said he had only his voice and his face as his fortune. I immediately asked him if he would promote our tourism. He willingly agreed to do so and what’s more, he does not charge us a single rupee and has always given as much time as we required for the shoots without even once shifting or cancelling a schedule. This is sheer service to the state. What more can I ask for when someone gives so much love to my state? I repeatedly express my thanks to him.”

Genesis of Controversy

The ghost of the 2002 riots haunts Modi as a convenient silencer and a political weapon. To Modi, it is a dream to find a benign press that would put the past behind and pat him for his good deeds. So, being the blue eyed boy of the media is indeed on Modi’s wish list. The media, Modi feels, keeps scratching the wounds of the riots, not allowing them to heal despite the dramatic amendments he has made. “It would be good if I were liked by the media world,” he rues.

Personal and Political Philosophy

Political commentators feel that the veteran politician has all the exposure and experience it takes to shoulder the responsibility at the helm of the country with ease, if given a chance. Does he not see himself playing a bigger role in national politics? “For me, any remote villager from Hindustan, even if he is repairing shoes, is doing national work. Even if a small individual averts an impending accident, it is a service to the nation. I don’t believe that it’s only by holding certain posts that you can serve the nation. Even now, whatever, I am doing is service to the nation. It does not matter from where and how you do it. It is a media created trend that if any Chief Minister does good work, he has to be spoken about being fit to be the next PM. We have seen this happen in the case of Chandrababu Naidu, Karunanidhi, Sharad Pawar, ND Tiwari, and others. It is a very big club but I don’t want to become a member of that club. To me, as Raja Ranthidev said, ‘Neither do I desire to rule nor do I desire liberation or rebirth. If I do have any desire, it is to wipe the tears of the poor.’ That was the philosophy of our country. What better inspiration can we have than this? Whatever work is entrusted to us, the benefit must reach the last person in the periphery,” he says crystal clear in his thoughts.

National Politics

While the media is going hammer and tongs about the suitability of Rahul Gandhi to take over the leadership of the nation and Rahul himself making inroads at the grassroot levels to entrench his presence, Modi’s take on the situation is of everyone’s interest. “Well, I don’t want to discuss this. One has to first explore where the grassroot is. As for Rahul Gandhi having the makings of a national leader, analyse the ingredients needed for that first. It is not my job to analyse anyone. Everyone works in his own way. The country is watching the centre’s performance. The Prime Minister himself stated that he has problems and that he is constrained. After this, there is no need for any editorial debates about their performance. He has confessed he has his limitations,” he sums up.

Keeping Terror At Bay

One of the major achievements of the Modi government is its success at keeping terror at bay even though the state shares a boundary with Pakistan. Even as the Al Qaeda has administered a threat letter to Modi, he refuses to lend terrorism any religious association. He explains, “It is not in good taste to associate terrorism with any religion. Terrorism has no religion and you cannot associate it with humanity. Someone who is human can’t be a terrorist. Only the one who ceases to be a human being becomes a terrorist.”

Success Mantra

“Success is a relative term. By and large, success is measured in comparison with someone else’s. I feel success is something that satisfies your inner conscience and tells you that you have done the right thing. Success should not be measured on a scale. If I can please a person by some gesture then I have found success,” Modi believes.

Personal Style

Modi has authored his own style statement that is now world renowned. “Well, when I was travelling extensively, I used to take a small bag and keep all my stuff in it. I used to then wash my own clothes. So, just as a space-saving and soap economising measure, I used to chop away the long sleeves of my kurtas. That’s how the half sleeve kurta became my style statement. You can find the Modi kurta even in London and New York and also in our own Khadi Bhandar,” says he blushing.

Network

Twitter and Facebook are now public forums and no surprise that Modi is present there. How net savvy is the Gujarat Chief Minister? “The communication revolution has set in and there is nothing wrong in using these mediums. I am an avid user of Twitter, I use Facebook, I send emails, I keenly keep track of how this medium is developing. In this age, information is power and through social networking, you can get and disseminate information fast. I believe in keeping communication with people alive. There are rarely any calls I don’t return or mails I don’t respond to. I surf the net and read the newspaper early morning over a cup of beverage, listening to my morning ragas,” he says.

Leaving FootPrints

All those who have achieved prominent public presence nurture the desire to be immortalised for their deeds. Modi has made service his axiom. How would he like to be remembered in posterity? “I should be able to serve the poor even more. Why should I be remembered? Why should I have such a dream? I am not an idealist. You behold the Ajantha Ellora caves. They are immortal. Does anyone know who created them? So, my philosophy is, we have been given a mission, we need to finish it before we quit. As far as the work is remembered, it’s still acceptable, but what is the need to remember the person behind it? I don’t even have the stature to give a message to anyone. I am a very small person. I don’t have the right. But, I love this country and its people and I give them the assurance that whatever task I am entrusted with, I will never spare any effort to fulfill it. I will work as hard as I can.”

Men of steel are rare to find and here is one, self made. It’s time we saw Modi in a new light-as a catalyst of change and growth. Though he insists he doesn’t harbour great political ambitions, only time will tell if this iron man of Gujarat gets the opportunity to rule the Delhi darbar. 

You are probably aware that in India whoever does or says anything positive about Gujarat and specially Narendra Modi is hounded by the ‘secular’ Media, the Congress and Communist Parties, the politicians of Laloo and Mulayam types and off course the bogus activist bunch represented by Teesta Setalvad, Mahesh Bhatt, Swami Agnivesh, Mallika Sarabhai et al.

A developing Gujarat as endorsed by  international delegates of Japan and Canada and  President of the US India Business Council, Mr Ron Somers,  that could be credited to the ‘Hindu Poster Boy’ Narendra Modi, is an eye -sore to a lot of Indians who love to shed crocodile tears for the poors and never fail to denounce corruption at the drop of a hat.

After industrialists like Tatas, Birlas, Mittals and Ambanis,  filmstars like Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan, Muslim leaders like Deoband Chief Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, activists like Anna Hazare have earned the wrath of this  self-proclaimed ‘Secular’ brigade, whose lifetime efforts are concentrated on trouncing Modi, it would be interesting to see what advices and reprimands, subtle or overt, does the cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar receive for his ‘communal act’ of helping Gujarat and its Chief Minister. 

Sachin gifts 2003 World Cup t-shirt to Narendra Modi for fund-raising

AHMEDABAD: Cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar has donated his 2003 Cricket World Cup t-shirt to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, which would be auctioned to raise funds for the state’s ‘Save Girl Child’ programme.

The blue t-shirt, with Tendulkar’s name and number ’10’ written on it, was handed over to Modi on Thursday by Atul Bedade, former cricket player and Sachin’s close friend.

“Sachin has given his t-shirt from the 2003 World Cup to be used for charity,” Bedade said.

Sources in the chief minister’s office said that funds raised by auctioning the t-shirt would be used for the ‘Save The Girl Child’ programme.

 Did Modi get a clean chit from the SIT team?  The answer is both YES and NO.

It depends on which side of the secular fence you belong, who do you want to believe and whose half-truth you trust more. 

In India, the ‘seculars’ even judge the court’s verdict and unfortunately the court often responds to their demand shamefully.

And in India, you can be guilty just because the ‘seculars’ say so.

 

A witness for the persecution

Ravi Shankar Etteth

In the early 14th century, Bertrand de Goth, the archbishop of Bordeaux informed Pope Clement V that the Knights Templars — a religious order of warriors formed in 1119 AD to protect Christian pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem from Muslim marauders — were guilty of blasphemy and sacrilege. Though no proof existed to support the charges apart from confessions obtained through torture — including that of grand master Jacques de Molay — the Templars were found guilty and hundreds of knights were burned at the stake. Narendra Modi has, perhaps, become the modern de Molay. The 600-page SIT report indicts Modi for complicity in the Gujarat riots. But in a bizarre denouement, the SIT also confessed it had no proof to prosecute him.

In democratic India, the partition riots of 1947 baptised the ancient rivalry between Hindus and Muslims with blood; an enmity that began in the decade starting 1010, when Ghazni massacred thousands of non-Muslims.

Post-1947 communal obituaries tell their own story — more than 8,000 recorded deaths between 1953 and 1990 of which 964 occurred in Gujarat alone, according to an Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies report. The majority of these happened during Congress rule: 183 in Ranchi in 1967; 512 in Ahmedabad in 1969; 2,000 in Moradabad in 1980; 146 in Maharashtra in 1984. The biggest ever pogrom in India after 1947 was during 1984 when 2,733 Sikhs were killed by Congress-led mobs. Rajiv Gandhi reportedly explained, “When a big tree falls, the earth shakes.”  

According to a Citizens for Democracy document, “On October 31, Congress party officials provided assailants with voter lists, school registration forms, and ration lists.” So, in retrospect, does this make Rajiv the Modi of 1984? And the Congress, the VHP of the Nineteen Fifties to the Eighties? In the end, it is all politics, stupid. And politics is economics. After Nano found sanctuary in Gujarat, a beaming Ratan Tata embraced Modi in public. Anil Ambani has pledged Rs 50,000 crore as investment in Gujarat. Vibrant Gujarat netted Rs 20.83 lakh crore in MoUs.

It is Gujarat’s economic power that prompted Darul Uloom vice-chancellor, Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, to declare that “all communities” are prospering in Modi’s Gujarat and there was “no discrimination against the minorities in the state as far as development was concerned.”

In a trial by TV, pop-secularist Javed Akhtar yelled that “everyone” knows what a religious fanatic Modi is. By this yardstick, is corporate India non-secular?

Narendra Modi is the man everyone loves to hate. He is also the man everyone hates to love.

The Hindutva of Development is the Rupee-yatra of late 2000 — Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal follow Gujarat — and aids the development of modern Hindutva. Modinomics threatens Manmohanomics; in this age of scams, spiralling prices and coalition pressures, the Congress party is returning to minority politics as its survival strategy for the next decade.

Analyse this — the minority vote is the heart of India’s secularism; Marxist historian Bipan Chandra, in his book Communalism in Modern India, writes; “Communal tension and riots… did not occur in India on any significant scale till 1946 (472). A clear relationship between communal riots and politics was established for the first time in 1946, when the Muslim League gave its direct action call on August 16, 1946.”

In 2011, the SIT has not been able to establish a clear relationship between Modi and the genocide of 2002, though he has been declared guilty. But Narendra Modi is indeed responsible for the deaths of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus—morally — because they happened on his watch. The responsibility for 58 deaths of Hindu karsevaks in Godhra also lies with him. The morality of secularism is being put to a macabre test by the politics of opportunism. Meanwhile, the ghosts of Godhra haunt the political subconscious, unpartisan and unavenged.

The author is Executive Editor of this newspaper.

Those who have seen through the design of the India pseudo secular media, know that Narendra Modi does not need any further certification. From sportsmen to filmstars, industrialist to foreign dignitaries,  famous names from many walks of life had already endorsed the Gujarat CM for taking the state to a never before stage of development.

Only people who despise Modi because of his stance that not only is he incorruptible himself but he also does not allow others to indulge in corruption (unlike our esteemed PrimeMinister, trying to hold his head amidst scams all around him) and those who feel insecure by his brand of honest, transparent and focused development, keep on dragging the bogey of the controversial ‘Gujarat Riot’ to try tarnish his image and instigate people against him.

Secularism for me means ”India First”, claims Modi. But that is not enough for the Modi-bashers, including the UPA government.

Totally dumbfounded by the staggering success of the recently concluded Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit, where 7,936 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for Rs.20,83,000 crore (about $462 billion) worth of projects have been signed in the two-days, it is reported that the finance ministry is asking the nationalised banks not to get involved in the process and better if they keep off.

It is nice to see that educated Muslim leaders are also tired of vote-bank based appeasement policies of the UPA and are giving a call to their community to participate in honest, developmental politics.

 

New Deoband chief lauds Modi’s Gujarat

Yagnesh Mehta, TNN, Jan 19, 2011, 01.31am IST

SURAT: The new Darul Uloom vice-chancellor, Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, said “all communities” are prospering in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat and there was “no discrimination against the minorities in the state as far as development was concerned.” He was talking to TOI here on Tuesday.India and the fount of the Deobandi thought, which has adherants well beyond the country’s borders, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan.Darul Uloom chief is seen as a possible change catalyst in this conservative seminary.Deoband chiefhas obviously been impressed by the economic progress of Gujarat. He said, “Development has undoubtedly taken place in Gujarat and we hope it will continue. I ask Muslims to study well. The government is ready to offer jobs (to them), but for that, they need good education.”

This is arguably the most significant endorsement of Modi. Darul Uloom, based in Deoband in Uttar Pradesh, is a leading Islamic seminary in Vastanvi, himself a Gujarati from Surat, is an MBA graduate and has been instrumental in introducing modern subjects in institutions run by Darul Uloom in Gujarat and Maharashtra, including medicine, engineering and allied subjects. His recent election as the

It’s not easy for the man holding this chair to be charitable towards Modi, the person who has been accused of persecuting Muslims during and after the 2002 Gujarat riots. Asked about the riots, Vastanvi didn’t give Modi a clean chit, but stressed that it was now time to move on.

“The issue is almost eight years old now and we should move forward,” Vastanvi told TOI on Tuesday. “Rioting anywhere — in Gujarat or in any other part of the world — is bad for humanity and it should never happen. Gujarat riots were a blemish for India and all culprits should be punished.”

Vastanvi said “there are not as many problems in Gujarat as has been projected.” Asked about justice for the Gujarat riot victims, he said the riots had worsened “because the police did not act due to political pressure during those days”.

But he differed with what many activists working among the riot victims or the UPA government at the Centre claim about continuing discrimination against Muslims in Gujarat. He said, “As far as relief work riot is concerned, it has been carried out very well by government and people of Gujarat.”

The Vastanvi hails from Vastan village near Surat and his initiation into Islamic studies began at a seminary here.

Recently the Gujarat government’s statewide Attention on Grievances with Application of Technology (SWAGAT) programme has won United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA). The SWAGAT initiative of the state government has been awarded second place in the category ‘Improving Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in Public Service’ by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs which facilitates the search for innovations in governance and public administration.

Modi and his government gets its biggest reward from the people of Gujarat.

People of Gujarat win. Rest of india misses. And the biased Indian Media sulks. Hardly any coverage. Imagine if Congress won in Gujarat. There would be glories of Sonia Mai(no) and Raul Baba literally oozing out of news media and our TV anchors would have been out with their fangs and nails exposed, frothing to present the latest edition of vivisection of the ‘demonic Narendra Modi’ and his ‘Gujarat pogrom’.

Alas Indians have missed the fun this time.

But the bigger fun is Congress whining against EVM fraud, literally endorsing the suspicion that the 2004 and 2009 Loksabha elections were won by managing and manipulating EVMs with the help of Election Commission and its puppet Commissioners, and the Congress lost repeatedly in Gujarat and in other recent elections because the same things could not be repeated.

  

Modi’s panchayat poll victory shocks Cong

 Ahmedabad, October 23, DHNS:’
Establishing his complete supremacy over Gujarat’s political spectrum, Chief Minister Narendra Modi swept the state panchayat elections, the counting of which was concluded on Saturday.

The win comes after Modi’s BJP tasted victory a fortnight back in the state’s civic polls, where, too, the Congress got a drubbing. The party asserted its dominance by winning 22 of the 24 district panchayats in the state.

Worse for the Congress,  Modi managed to wrest control over the Anand district panchayat, which has been under Congress control for years. The party even lost the tribal-dominated Dahod panchayat in the Central Gujarat region, another Congress bastion.

Significantly, a good number of 60-odd Muslim candidates put up by Modi won the elections and the chief minister stressed this fact during his victory rally in Ahmedabad.

During the rally, Modi attributed the party’s success to the development  mantra of his government. “It has been an inclusive victory. Even Muslims have voted for the party. Be it Muslims, poor, tribals. All have reposed their faith in our developmental politics,” he said. The opposition Congress, which found itself in an embarrassing position following its allegations of tampered EVMs, faced more trouble following the debacle.

Taking moral responsibility for the defeat, Gujarat Congress president Siddarth Patel resigned from the post.  “I have resigned taking moral responsibility but I still believe its not Modi magic but EVM magic,” said Patel reiterating his allegation that EVMs had been tampered during the polls.

CLP leader Shakti Sinh Gohil has also tendered his resignation. But Modi refuted the charges saying the Congress was acting as a poor looser.

 

Congress U-turn: finds fault with EVMs in Gujarat

 New Delhi : The Congress, which had 15 months ago scoffed at L K Advani’s apprehensions about electronic voting machines (EVMs) saying it hoped the BJP leader’s fears “do not betray a lack of grace over the loss of elections”, today complained to the Gujarat State Election Commission that the BJP is “tampering” with EVMs to “manipulate” results of panchayat polls.

“It is learnt from some reliable sources that… BJP is trying to manipulate the results once again in taluka/district panchayat election to be held today. To manipulate the result there by tampering electronic voting machine by usage of laptop, some technocrats along with laptops have been sent by the BJP,” Gujarat Congress general secretary Girish Parmar said in a memorandum to the CEC of the Gujarat Election Commission.

Parmar said that since “EPROM (erasable programmable read-only memory) can be easily intercepted through bluetooth or RS-232 port serial data cable…, no laptop or computer should be permitted… within 100-metre radius” of polling booths.

In July 2009, Advani had told The Sunday Express that India should revert to ballot papers for Assembly elections later that year unless the Election Commission could ensure that EVMs were foolproof. Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi had then said, “I hope and trust that (Advani’s comments) do not betray a lack of grace over the loss of elections. We hope that Advani will not take the country back to the dark ages.”

The Congress had also cited (the then) Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi’s statement that an expert committee had looked into whether EVMs could be rigged, and concluded that they could not.

Today, Congress spokesman Mohan Prakash defended his party’s U-turn on EVMs saying that the BJP allegation was “negative without evidence”, whereas the Congress has “evidence”. According to Prakash, at one polling booth the EVM registered 111 votes for BJP, whereas only 44 people had voted. At another booth, when a voter pressed a button to vote, the light in front of the other candidate’s name came on, he said.

The BJP swept the municipal corporation polls in Gujarat earlier this month. Elections for panchayats and municipalities were held today.