Our headline should have said “An unmitigated and inevitable disaster facing South Asia: A Modi victory in India”. We ran out of space, just like the Dalits, Schedules classes, Untouchables, Christians, and Muslims are running out of space in BJPs vision of “The Hindu republic of India”. Sounds far-fetched? Check it out at “HinduUnity.Org”.
The battle for the soul of Bhrat is one. In the recent opinion poll, there Modi is, apparently the hero of urban India, ahead of Mr. Gandhi. Sarwarker is the hero and Gandhi is the devil in the new Bharat. The Gujarat state Congress unit says that the BJP stalwart has “lost control over his mind and is suffering from “inferiority complex”. The polls in Gujarat will decide. Will Gujratis vote for economic growth or religious fervor. It is sacrilegious for the Gujus to violate their commitment to the Rupee and the Dollar. It is blasphemous for the rest of Bharat, not to vote for the party that promoses them relgious Nirvana.
Modi wants Gujarat free of the Indian National Congress–and Muslims, and Christians and Dalits.
Modi electrifies the Hindutva base, he antagonizes key allies and everyone else.The Bharati secular establishment is scared of Modi. The RSS (the BJP’s parent body is euphoric.
Weeks before Gujarati polls the BJP is set to launch its own TV channel called ‘Namo Gujarat’, (NA from Narinder, and MO from Modi) eponymously named after CM Narendra Modi. There is consternation that Modi will become the next Prime Minister of Bharat unleashing an unmitigated disaster for Dalits, Christians and Muslims in Bharat. The former GPP president Keshubhai Patel called the chief minister Narendra Modi a raging bull. ‘Nirmal Baba’ has now said he his like a ‘demon trapped in ballot boxes’.
The New York Times has the following analysis:
“The state has been dominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party since 1995 and governed by Narendra Modi for a decade. He won a decisive victory in 2007, but some analysts believe that the assembly elections, expected to be held in December, may not be an easy win for Mr. Modi and his party. The elections are being closely watched as an indication of Mr. Modi’s prospects if he becomes the party’s candidate for prime minister in 2014, as many political analysts expect.”
The BJP is the political arm of the rabidly militant RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) whose Godse murdered Mohandas Gandhi. A recently article wirtten by Sunil Sharan in Dawn says “Modi is prone to frequent rushes of blood. During the last decade or so, India-Pakistan relations have often gone to the brink, only to be pulled back by sane heads. In Modi though, Pakistan would be dealing with an Indian leader the likes of whom it has never seen. In case of a 26/11-like strike, he could ratchet up the rhetoric to an unbearable shrillness.” This is the understatement of the year.
As Pakistan bears for a possible Modi victory the BJP has asked him to play it cook and hide his communal stances. The BJP which rose on the wings of the Ram temple could garnish more than 150 seats in the 550-seater parliament. According to the electoral math, Muslims comprise over 20 per cent of the electorate in a 100 parliamentary constituencies. The Muslim vote may be divided. “Non-BJP parties would gang up to clean up their vote, scuppering the BJP. It is a sobering thought.”
The RSS expects the Hindutva brigade to neutralize the Muslims. What would emerge would be a Hindu ruled India at odds not only with Pakistan and Bangladesh but also much of the Muslim world. Democracy in Bharat could say goodbye to sanity. Bharat needs Middle East oil and Afghanistan. The Gujus being good businessmen know the consequences.
Modi is part of the BJPs sanctum sanctorum. He cannot play the Vajpayee peacemaker who paid homage to the Minar e Pakistan–acknowledging the basis of existence of Pakistan.
Sunil Sharan brilliantly summarizes the dangers: ” South Asia has enough problems as it is, without adding Armageddon to the mix.”