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High cost of Modi’s elevation
RSS is convinced that the price is ‘affordable’ and the ‘objective’ is within its reach
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By now it is abundantly clear that the RSS has ensured that the entire Hindutva brigade falls in line behind Narendra Modi. Whether and when the Gujarat chief minister is formally declared as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 parliamentary elections in the country is no longer a material point. Modi is there—right there. More importantly, he has taken almost no time in letting it be known as to what he actually stands for and what his public persona stands for.

Although the media, especially the electronic media, has opened floodgates to inundate viewers/listeners with the ‘thoughts and philosophy’ of Narendra Modi a couple of crucial points have either been overlooked or deliberately ignored. They relate directly to his past conduct and present attitude and offer vital access to the man’s mindset. In his famous interview to the Reuters news agency, Modi claimed that ‘I have done the right thing’ when questioned on his own and his government’s role in the 2002 Gujarat communal massacre. Considering that Modi appeared to have carefully chosen his words he did not opt for the usual ‘I-did-not-do- anything-wrong’ expression to defend the role of the Gujarat administration under his direct command in controlling mass murder of Muslims. Evidently, he was not on the defensive on this account.

One needs only to recall what the then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had spontaneously said on the conduct of Modi and his government. Vajpayee, in his typical style, had observed that the chief minister had ‘failed to adhere to Raj dharma’. It is a well known fact that Vajpayee had made up his mind to sack Modi but his move was thwarted by the RSS lobby as the BJP went into its Goa conclave to discuss Gujarat situation shortly after the 2002 anti-Muslim carnage. Now Modi has the audacity to stand up and assert that ‘I did the right thing’ in 2002.

It needs no extraordinary intelligence to realise that (god forbid) if Modi actually succeeds in fulfilling his tall ambition he can be depended upon to again ‘do the right thing’, if and when called to face the type of 2002 situation. Legal niceties apart, widespread public perception is loud and clear that Modi was directly responsible for the brazen partisan conduct of his administration in Gujarat. His hair-splitting tactics to defend his position is neither convincing nor plausible, irrespective of whether there was sufficient evidence for his (‘I did the right thing’) which shows his utter contempt for public morality and reveals his mindset even as he seeks to step on to a higher pedestal. It is indeed frightening to imagine how it would be if Modi ever got a chance to ‘do the right thing’ again as the prime minister of India.

It is his unchanged body language that feeds such fears. A couple of years back as Modi embarked on his Ahmadabad-to-Delhi journey and sought to project himself as contender for a bigger role beyond Gujarat some of his gestures reflected his innate character. At one function he was seen contemptuously refusing to wear the cap offered to him by a Muslim group even while donning other non-Gujarati headgear. That his mindset remains unchanged became clear with his recent ‘puppy’ analogy and, soon after, his vocabulary to attack the Congress party. Modi, once again, opted for the word ‘burqa’ to rundown the Congress party. His malicious consistency reflected in his vocabulary reveals the deep rooted contempt for Muslims and all that is identified with them.

RSS has literally flattened whatever little resistance there was within the Saffron Parivar to Modi’s elevation. An on his own part, Modi is doing his worst to sharpen his anti-Muslim public image. Obviously, a carefully chosen weapon to polarise the Indian polity. Modi’s tactics are more vicious than those of LK Advani in 1990s when he embarked upon his ‘Rathyatra’ across India which culminated in Babri Masjid demolition in December 1992 and resulted in mass killing of Muslims particularly in the Maharashtra.

It is an ‘affordable cost’ for the RSS so long as it catapults its political swordarm, the BJP, to power in New Delhi. Advani’s blood-stained Rathyatra had seen the BJP’s strength in the Lok Sabha jump from just about a dozen to well over one hundred. The same formula is being adopted once again, of course with the difference that today Modi represents the BJP’s public face along with his ideology as well as his persona. Whether India can afford the price of letting this dreadful dream come true only the time can tell. RSS is convinced that the price is ‘affordable’ and Modi is their best bet.


News Updated at : Thursday, July 18, 2013
 
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