Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The overdog wins…

It’s at times like this when one lets the thought cross the mind over that maybe democracy isn’t such a bad thing after all. The nation’s ‘secular’ media sits stunned despite their best efforts to the contrary. A conveniently-timed sting operation and supposedly earth-shattering revelations lie in tatters. The central government machinery’s best efforts didn’t amount to much. Neither did the full weight of the Power behind the power. Petty activists, publicity-hungry crusaders, international opinion, double standards. Bah humbug! The people of Gujarat have spoken. Speak up now and be spoken of as one who is a creature of conveniently contextual morals.

Here’s to Narendrabhai Modi.


Anjali Bhardwaj said...

Well, I don't like Modi much. I don't think he's a good man.

But regarding the riots he is massively criticized for, I think its not his fault. His victory as well as the riots are the equal and opposite reaction to what the so-called secularists have been doing for the past 50 yrs.

If not him, somebody else would come up and become a Modi, because the current situation in India is hungry for a Modi like person. There is a need, so there will be a provider.

shenoy said...

Well put Anjali. Well put.

A few stray thoughts though…in passing

Yes, I agree completely with you that the riots were purely reactionary and would have happened sooner or later. It’s not Modi’s fault they started in the first place. If you ask me, Modi is no less ‘secular’ than the other ‘secularists’ doing the rounds. The question we should then ask ourselves is his continued support ‘in spite of the attacks and the criticism?’ or ‘because of it?’.

But his and his party’s and his ideology’s victory is yet another story. In the sense that it too would have happened sooner or later, but thanks to a proactive and a vociferous Modi it (victory and re-victory) happened sooner and oftener than anyone expected, rather than later. Hastened the process so to speak and that matters a lot. I think there the credit should go to Narendra Modi the person, and thusly we should not dismiss him as just somebody who happened to be in the right place at the right time. Doing that would be tantamount to calling him an ‘opportunist’ which he clearly is not.

Lest we forget, we should also take into consideration all the economic and social and administrative reforms and changes which he hath wrought and personally spearheading these initiatives. The results are there for all to see. It is also this that played no small role in his victory. And thusly, all things considered, due credit should be given to Modi.

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