Modi as Prime Minister?
If there is one politician who has the most dedicated and loyal fan base across the social media sphere, it has to be the Gujarat chief minister and a wannabe prime minister candidate of the BJP, Narendra Modi. One would hardly find anyone critical of his policies and personality on Facebook and Twitter. His speeches, his cartoons figures mocking the cartoons figures of other politicians are shared with pride by people. As he gears up for his campaign for Gujarat elections and I presume he will win, given there is no one as charismatic as him in the Congress Party at his state, his next logical step after winning the elections would likely be establishing his candidature for the Prime Minister.
But I do have certain reservations on Modi being India’s Prime Minister. Given a chance, I’d rather prefer an incompetent and corrupt government in this country than to see Modi leading this country. Strange you might feel on my point of view. But let me justify my statement. Corruption leads to loss of money, whereas spreading hatred leads to loss of lives. Modi is too good in spreading communal hatred and god forbid if he becomes PM of India, he’ll get a chance to impact on national level .The better option would be a non-corrupt and efficient party which is very unlikely in the present circumstances.
My perception has nothing much to do with Godhra (even the congress regime had 1984 anti-Sikh riots) or his ideology. But it is more about his personality, his chilling ambitions and his style of functioning. His personality is that of an authoritarian and he rarely entertains contradictory views. Is there any other BJP leader from Gujarat whom you are aware of? His style may work in a smaller state but when it comes to national politics and the coalition era we have now with so many small political parties bargaining for policies favoring, authoritarianism does not have any space.
Modi does not entertain dissent coming in from the party members as well as government officials. If there is one word on the way of functioning of Modi, it would be fear. Fear to acquire votes, and fear to get his policies cleared off without any objection. The opening up of various criminal cases against civil servants who have spoken against his policies during godhra times and elsewhere is another such example of his arrogance.
I guess all of you might throw upon the example of development works in Gujarat being Modi’s strongest point. But Gujarat has always been a developed state. Business deals and profit-making runs in the veins of the Gujarati people. So with or without Modi, Gujarat would have been a prosperous state. On the contrary, according to the third National Family Health Survey over 41 percent of Gujarati children less than three years of age are underweight, which is worse than the national average. Over 55 percent of Gujarati women in the 15-45 age group are anemic. Among the industrial states with a high per capita income in India, Gujarat ranks pretty low on health and nutrition.
There is this perception that the two faces of Narendra Modi, i.e being an able administrator and a religious chauvinist are orthogonal to each other. My perception is they both not only share a close relationship but are needed for his existences. Together they form the core of a programme in which one becomes a prerequisite for the other.
As for his tough image, I believe we do not actually need tough leaders but we need leaders with a heart and a brain. Modi has a brain, a poisoned one. Manmohan Singh has both but unfortunately he lets the high command of his party use it more than he does.
I don’t have many problems with Modi continuing as Gujarat CM for many more years to come. But his entry into national platform should be forbidden. This looks easier if we consider the present political structure of the National Democratic Alliance(NDA). A lot of allies of the BJP in the National Democratic Alliance(NDA) have certain reservations on Modi as PM candidate and BJP getting a full majority in the next general elections is very difficult.
I know I am in a minority blogger (all surveys indicate that urban Indians prefer Modi as PM, thanks to all the scams of the government we have in power today). People are fed up with United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA’s) corruption. Even I want them out of power. But, will the alternative be any different?