The Saga of Narendra Damodardas Modi
Journey from Chaiwala to 7 RCR
Is Hindutva BJP’s Agenda??
By: Himadrish Suwan
‘’Mein Desh Nahi Jhukne Doonga,Mein Desh Nahi Tootne Dunga’’ –Narendra Modi
Narendra Damodardas Modi Born in September, 1950 at Vadnagar, a small town in Mehsana district of Gujarat, Modi grew up in a culture that instilled in him the values of generosity, benevolence and social service. During the India-Pakistan war even as a young boy, he volunteered to serve the soldiers in at railway stations. It was his commitment which enabled him to complete his post graduation in political science. He started with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a socio cultural organization & is described as a Hindu nationalist by media, scholars and even himself. He sold tea at Vadnagar railway station when as a teenager for which he is proud of being called a ‘’Chai Wala’’. He completed his schooling in Vadnagar, where a teacher described him as being an average student, but a keen debater who had an interest in theatre. That interest has influenced how he now projects himself in politics and is top contender for the 7RCR.
Narendra Modi is a great dreamer follower of Sardar Patel,Vivekanand,etc who has the remarkable ability to transform his dreams into reality. His supreme dream is the regeneration and transformation of Gujarat, and eventually his motherland emerging as a developed and powerful nation. His dream for India encompasses an extensive range making it a super power.
Under his leadership, Gujarat state witnessed massive transformation in several sectors including education, agriculture, healthcare and several othersHis intentions and capacity were noticed within the first 100 days of his coming to power. No Wonder Modi’s, clear vision and integrity of character translated into a landslide victory in the December 2002 general elections and the Modi led government was voted back to power with a massive majority of 128 seats in a house of 182. The spectacular performance continued in 2007 when in yet another election Shri Modi led the BJP to a record win. None the less,Modi is labelled as a controversial figure both within India and internationally as his administration has been criticised for the incidents surrounding the 2002 Gujarat violence. But,He has been praised for his economic policies, which are credited with creating an environment for a high rate of economic growth in Gujarat.
In September 2013, BJP announced Modi as their prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Narendra Modi is contesting the election from two constituencies: Varanasi,Uttar Pradesh and the Vadodara,Gujarat. His candidacy is supported by spiritual leaders Ramdev and Morari Bapu,and by nobel economists Jagdish Bhagwati and Panagariya who favours Modi’s economic policies.
Modi & the BJP is often criticised of being communal & anti – minorities. I say what is wrong if one respects his religion??When Sonia Gandhi gets support of Imam Bukhari that is SECULARISM , but when MODI gets support of Sri Sri,Ramdev that is COMMUNALISM!! The Indian National Congress vows Muslims by providing them 4.5% as reservation. So it is clear who is Communal & till what extent one get shrink to gain votes…People who talk about just Secularism & Communalism must first know the meaning of the same. It is often criticised that BJP follows Hindutva & has backing of organisation such a Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP),Bajrang Dal,RSS or even political organisation Shiv Sena who lights the principle of Hindutva. But one must rise from the debate of Communalism & Secularism Development & Growth for any government must be the top issue & concern for any government in the central.Here I must quote the lines “I was born as a Hindu, but I will not die as a Hindu” -Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar .The future of Hinduism is very block. But will hinduism survive? The answer is no because Hindus want to convert to other religions but no other individual want to adopt Hinduism as the religion & the present government has done nothing for Hindu’s in last decades. Hindutva or Cultural Nationalism presents the BJP’s conception of Indian nationhood. It must be noted that Hindutva is a nationalist, and not a religious or theocratic, concept(Clarifies BJP’s Website).
The blatant misuse of the words “secularism” and “communalism” that the Congress party, since decades has indulged in luring minority communities, creating chasms between the majority community and the minority communities, particularly the Muslim community, and then proclaiming sole guardianship of their welfare through promoting religion based vote bank politics of the most anti-secular kind.
Hindutva is not hostility to any organised religion nor does it proclaim its superiority of any religion to another. It is the shield of security and freedom for all religious minorities. I request the Muslims of India in particular to respect and adopt its true meaning, for its core is Sadeva Kutambhekam: We are all one family.(Excerpts from Sunday Guardian). From core issue to footnote: Ram Mandir’s journey in BJP manifesto of 2014 has again been reiterated.
What’s wrong if a leader focuses on development & growth of each & maintains sense of unity , by even following his principle’s. One cannot keep his religion aside as one has a relation same as he has with his mother.Modi & Skull Cap has always been a matter of discussion. His slogan of “India First” with communally loaded slogans by his guards of “Apman ka badla”, “Pink revolution” and the age-old “Ram Mandir” gives a stint of Hindutva wherever possible. Ironically, his re-iteration in TV interviews, of the fact that he views the wearing of a Muslim cap to be a symbol of “minority appeasement”, betrays an eagerness on his part, to appease the strong Hindutva-RSS lobby, of which he is a product. That it ends up revealing his blatant hypocrisy on this subject is a mere co-incidence.
Modi says that he wouldn’t wear the Muslim headgear for a mere photo-op. Skull-cap itself was first offered to him in Sadbhavana where he refused to wear. Rival often accuses that Modi continues to indulge in such photo-ops, donning headgears, from the religious turban of Sikhs whilst sharing stage with the Akalis in Punjab to the tribal Dumluk in Arunachal Pradesh. So in poll season, you can get a Sikh Modi, a Tamilian Modi, a Tribal Modi, surely a saffronised Modi but a Skullcap-clad Modi would be a bit of a stretch, politically and symbolically. Modi says that he wouldn’t wear the Muslim headgear for a mere photo-op.I agree strongly with Shri.Modi one must respect all religion at the same time must not lose one’s culture & values. BJP has Hindutva as an agenda but Development of each & all is its top most priority.
Behind the robust growth of Gujarat is Shri Narendra Modi’s Mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and his emphasis on Pro-people, pro-active good governance where he has made the people of Gujarat active partners in the state’s progress. His immense respect for spiritual leaders has helped build bridges across religions. A wide cross-section of the people of Gujarat, cutting across income groups, religions and even political affiliations, continue to adore Shri Narendra Modi as an able and visionary leader who is transparently and convincingly uplifting the quality of their lives. A skilled orator ,a negotiator Modi has earned the love of people . His state has been registering double digit growth rates for the past several years.
Modi’s message to minorities is’’ I understand only one language that they are my countrymen, they are my brothers’’.Hence we should must rise from such issues & follow principle of ‘’Sabka Vikas Sabka Saath’’ but one must not lose its identity. We have have seen an efficient CM now would see an efficient PM. This is the right time to save INDIA which has been shaved by every means by our politicians. At last it’s easy to admit Modi Wave & Hard to stop!!
Shri NarendraBhai Modi always say & I quote:
“A government runs according to the Constitution. I believe that a government has only one religion India first. A government has only one holy book our Constitution. A government has only one kind of devotion towards nation. A government has only one style of functioning : ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’’ —————————————————————————————————-