Saturday, February 26, 2011

Modi- Why we love to hate him !!

Let the man who has never done anything wrong throw the first stone.  Can anyone of us claim to be perfect?! Can anyone of us claim that we have never harmed anyone?!  But if someone does one mistake, then we all make it a point to pile on him and in some cases pile on him for life.
Narendra Modi – The man who has single-handedly managed to create the most efficient and prosperous state in Asia, 'Gujarat'.
Today, Gujarat has a growth rate of over 12%: that’s 50% higher than our nation’s growth rate of 8%. The state contributes 27% to India’s tax collection, 42% of India’s pharmaceutical turnover and 22 % of India’s exports. In 2010, Forbes' list of world's fastest growing cities included Ahmadabad at number 3 after Chengdu and Chongqing from China.
 On 1 June 2007, Narendra Modi became the longest serving Chief Minister of Gujarat. Subsequently, on 23 December 2007, the BJP won the state elections in Gujarat and Narendra Modi became the chief minister for the third time in a row. In the recent civic elections in 2010, even Muslims and Christians voted whole-heartedly for Mr. Modi and his development initiatives, resulting in the BJP getting 80% victories.
So why is the media still Anti-Modi?
What this country needs is a politician who delivers on his promises, who encourages growth, creates jobs. We don’t need people who just give speeches that Modi was involved in the Gujarat riots and he does not have the moral right to lead. And who are these people who talk about moral rights? They are the same bunch of jokers who were silent spectators when this country was being divided; they were silently watching when 1000s of Sikhs were being killed in Delhi in 1984. These politicians have ruled this country for almost 60 years and created nothing but corruption and internal divide in the country.  
Gujarat riots of 2002 were absolutely nothing as compared to Gujarat’s past riots of 1969 and 1985 . They were still nothing as compared to Gujarat’s riots of 1980, 1982, 1990, and 1992. Much worse riots took place in New Delhi in 1984 under the Congress Party’s rule. Ranganath Mishra Commission gave a report that 3874 people were killed in the 1984 riots. Sikh sources often say that it was 2733 in Delhi and 4733 in all. I am in no way justifying the 2002 riots, but only trying to make a point that riots are not new to India. But for the biased media of this country 1000 lives lost in Gujarat riots are more valuable than all the other lives lost in all the other riots in the past 60 years.
I agree that Modi may have mismanaged the situation in 2002 but hasn’t he done enough for the people of Gujarat for us to let go of that one incident? Every 5 years we forgive our politicians for all the corruption/mismanagement/non-development and re-elect them and here is a man who is the most efficient, diligent and non corrupt politician ever and we don’t want to let go of his past and just love to hate him.
On 11th Jan 2011- The new Darul Uloom vice-chancellor, Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, said "all communities" are prospering in Narendra Modi's Gujarat and there was "no discrimination against the minorities in the state as far as development was concerned."

This is arguably the most significant endorsement of Modi. Darul Uloom, based in Deoband in Uttar Pradesh, is a leading Islamic seminary in
India and the founder of the Deobandi thought, which has adherents well beyond the country's borders, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Before the Muslim community could react to this statement, the Media reacted saying how can a senior member of the Muslim community say this !
According to me, one of the most corrupt parts of our society is the Media. They talk favorably about the Gandhi family, Sharad Pawar, Karunanidhi, YSR Reddy, Kamal Nath, Farooq Abdullah, Murli Deora, etc, etc. But don’t we know the kind of wealth that these people have amassed in the last 50 years, don’t we know that no criminal or don worth his name can function without the blessing of his political bosses? Yet the media doesn’t talk about their inefficiencies, because that’s their nature-to protect the so called secularists.
Please think: What our country needs now and for years to come is good governance. I believe that one of our basic rights as a human being is the right to reach our true potential and we need a government that will help us achieve this. Today’s Gujarat, thanks to its leadership gives its people this opportunity. Good leaders and good governments are rare in India and we should encourage it and not look for every occasion to kill it.  
Modi may have done all the right things for his state, the people of Gujarat may have democratically elected him 3 times in a row, the people of Gujarat may love him but the media doesn’t care- they don’t like him and that’s it. They clearly believe that the people are foolish and they being the superior creatures of our society have the divine right to educate us. For the media if a politician can bash Modi by his words not by his deeds then he/she becomes their favorite guest. This is also true the other way around, the more a media house does Modi bashing on their network the more favors they receive from the politicians. Media has convinced us that by hating Modi we are contributing to the development of our society. Media has learnt well from our history - tell the same lie a 1000 times and people will start believing that that’s the truth.
We are all supposed to be educated people but can’t we see through this, do we still need a blog like this to awaken us? All that our other politicians have ever done is make false promises and as far as I have learnt its deeds that matter and not words. Modi talks less to the media but clearly delivers great governance.  
We should prevent the media from completely controlling our thoughts. We should evaluate for ourselves the pros and cons of every situation and learn to take our own decisions. Let’s not be lazy and go with the general consensus, let’s try to be the master of our own thoughts.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Egypt-The real crisis is after democracy.

Have we stopped even for a minute to think about the real effect of democracy in the Middle East or as usual are we getting carried away by the media? On want basis do we think that Egypt will be a better place with democracy? Democracy has not been successful and will not be successful in managing fundamentalism or terrorism. Democracy basically means free for all. In the name of democracy you will have chaos and complete lack of governance. I am a firm believer that every country in the Middle East needs a very strong single party/family/king/dictator governing them. It is easier for the rest of the world to deal with one strong head of a state than talk to 10 groups all of whom will claim to represent the people.

Why this crazy rush to have democracy in Egypt? And what’s the alternative to President Mubarak -the Muslim brotherhood? To quote Wikipedia, "the Society of the Muslim Brothers (often simply الإخوان Al-Ikhwān, The Brotherhood or MB) is an Islamist transnational movement and the largest political opposition organization in many Arab states. The group is the world's oldest and largest Islamic political group, and the "world's most influential Islamist movement."The Brotherhood has as its slogan "Islam is the solution"".

Is this what we want? Another country in the Middle East which will be run by fundamentalists? You already have countries which are on the edge-  Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and now we want to gift them Egypt. It is my view that the Muslim fundamentalists have played this round very well. They have used the biggest weapon that the U.S had against them- FREEDOM. U.S always used this and continues to use the phrase freedom for all as a weapon to interfere and invade other countries and now the fundamentalists are using the same slogan of FREEDOM to get to power. Imagine what will happen if the world’s largest oil producer Saudi Arabia losses its king who is a friend of the western world? Saudi will be controlled my people who hate all other religions except theirs, they believe that Israel has no right to exist, believe that women have no rights at all and not to forget their support for Pakistan when it fights with India.

I actually want to applaud this wonderful strategy that the fundamentalists have adopted.  Along with Al-Jazeera’s support these fundamentalists have created a situation, a make believe situation, where we feel that what they are asking for is correct but we are failing to understand the real motive which is behind all this and that is to create a region which will be governed by Muslim fundamentalists and which will control almost 50% of global oil. It is only a matter of time before Iran –a NUCLEAR IRAN becomes the head of the region. Is this what we want? Think about it – what after Egypt?

Let’s grow up and start thinking on our own and looking at the bigger picture. Let’s not become pawns in the hands of these new generation, smart thinking so called fighters for democracy. They have their own goals to achieve and we all know that they will most certainly not make the world a better place.