By Rajiv Punj
As a nationalist, I tend to support the one who says “Nation First”, stands by our Constitution, and strives to treat everybody equal. However, will Narendra Modi be able to walk his talk?
I have always had my doubts – though I would for once like to be proved wrong -about Narendra Modi, but I do not see anyone anywhere close to him talking with conviction and confidence and showing some promise.
But still I am very cautious and apprehensive.
Sure, you all will remember that in one of my previous articles I had raised this concern about whether Modi’ own friends in the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will allow him to succeed? Why the VHP alone? In the BJP too, will he muster enough support for himself to move forward? Can he get enough capable individuals to form a good coterie? If answer is yes, then I think things will be different and he will get support from outside too. Otherwise, I am afraid his enthusiasm will wane sooner than expected.
As Shakespeare warned, “Wisely and slow, They stumble, who run fast”! Is Narendra Modi going too fast? Shouldn’t he work more to strength his position within his party? Shouldn’t he ensure that the leadership within his party moves along with him?
It is unfortunate that no national leader shared the dais with him in Delhi. Isn’t he fighting a lonely battle? And we all know that you don’t win a war alone. Hasn’t he once again missed an opportunity to prove that he is the guy who is being projected correctly by one and all in his party?
Well, everyone has their own opinions and decisions but let’s appreciate that no one ever tastes poison.
Today, Modi’s wave is because of two factors. One, there is a strong anti-Congress (scam and all) sentiment. Secondly, a large section of people who support him see a minority oppressor in Narendra Modi and idolize him as one who can get rid of this minority community or at least make them insignificant as he did in Gujarat.
There does not seem any other rational reason to explain this extreme hatred. India just cannot afford communal hatred at this level. No one wants any polarizing figure to represent our diverse country . India is not just a state, it is much more intricate and stakes are dangerously high.
The BJP will have to carefully project their agenda and not let Narendra Modi get projected as if he is the one pointing the middle finger to that particular minority. If it continues, people will keep their cards open about the Congress, knowing that it is alone which seeped in corruption.
Speaking about corruption, we all know that Laloo Yadav was the protege of Jaiprakash Narain (JPN), a socialist at core, and today look what he has done. Was this the reason why JPN waged his war against Indira Gandhi? We know what happened during the rule of Laloo, the so-called socialist, a staunch supporter of JPN, in Bihar. It was corruption raj. And corruption is deep-rooted in India and I am afraid there is no government has a magic wand to deal with it overnight.
Let’s make no mistake. Narendra Modi too is not untouched. He too was wooing Yedi and then Jagan. Isn’t it difficult for him to reason it out to one and all; How can he explain that?
In the past, the Congress has made too many compromises on the pretext of taking the minorities and backward classes along, giving them freebies and pleasing them. Has this resulted in any betterment of living standards of these aggrieved groups, other than a false feeling of being looked after better than the majority? I am quite doubtful.
It is certainly a tough call.Let’s wait for some more time and see how the things shape. Sure, the focus is going to be effective governance. For all those who visualize Narendra Modi at the helm, must also be foreseeing that this could be the right step for the country.
The heart says we should go for Narendra Modi, but the mind says WEIGH IT A BIT MORE And THEN DECIDE.
(Rajiv Punj is a senior MNC executive based in New Delhi)
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