Sunday, 5 January 2014

Why Modi should and shouldn't be the PM of India.....?

Why Modi should and shouldn't be the PM of India.....?

This is one of the hottest topic's ever to attack the Indian Media and Population. First things first, lets talk about Modi's early life and his rise to prominence.

Early Life:

 Narendra Damodardas Modi was born on 17th September, 1950 at Vadnagar, Meshana district in Gujarat to a family of grocers. He was the third of six children. Modi had a very normal childhood and his teacher describes him as being an average student but a very keen and brilliant debator. He ran a tea stall with his brother around a bus terminus and later worked at a staff canteen in Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation. He later left his family and tried to fulfill his lifelong wish to become a sanyasi(saint). He wandered in the Himalayas along with yogic sadhu's. With no money left and only 2 pairs of clothes he returned back to Gujarat.
Still in his teen's Modi join's the famous Hindutva group RSS(Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). The RSS finds an extreme talent in Modi for being a phenomenal orator. He became even more engrossed in the party after organising the Ekta Yatra(Journey for Unity). That yatra made him a prominent figure in the BJP.

Political Life: 


 1987- Modi is seeded to the BJP(Bharatiya Janata Party) by RSS where he successfully organizes the Ekta Yatra under Murali Manohar Joshi(then a prominent figure in BJP).
1995 to 2001- Modi becomes the General Secretary of BJP. He was told to look after the Party's work in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. He played a central role in the BJP victory of state elections. Shankarsingh Vaghela became the CM(Chief Minister) of Gujarat in 1996 but defected to the Indian National Congress when he lost the Lok Sabha election's in the same year. Modi stepped in during re-elections and supported Keshubai Patel(BJP) and side-lined all the supporters of Shankarsingh Vaghela. Keshubai Patel won the re-elections and became the CM with Modi's help. But due to his failing health, allegations of power abuse, corruption he was severely criticized by the opposition party. The earthquake that struck Gujarat that year was a heavy blow to the Government and finally he stepped down in 2001.

Political Life as the Chief Minister of Gujarat:

First term (2001-2002)

Modi is appointed as the replacement for Keshubai Patel by the BJP. But L.K. Advani, a senior leader in BJP opposed this citing Modi's lack of experience in Governance and tried to anoint him as the Deputy Chief Minister. Modi gave a fitting reply to him saying  "going to be fully responsible for Gujarat or not at all." On October 7th, 2001 Modi became the 14th CM of Gujarat. But it all came to an abrupt end in 2002 Godhara riots, when Muslims burnt dowm a pilgrim train carrying Hindu's on Febrauary 27, 2002 that killed 58 people returning after a pilgrimage to the Holy Lord Rama's Sanctum in Ayodhya. The riots that followed killed a thousand people, injured many and left the Government crippled. Around 800 muslims perished in three days of violence but the official count is not known( some say it is around 2000). The rumour mill started and some say that police handed over the information on Muslim property to be attacked. The allies of BJP- DMK(Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), TDP(Telegu Desam Party) and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha severely condemned Modi publically for not controlling the situation and asked for his resignation. Modi resigned the same year due to heavy criticism from the Opposition for not controlling the violence.

Second term(2002-2007)

The same year, Modi contested in the re-elections for the Maninagar constituency. BJP won a whopping 126 out of 182 seats and formed the Government with Modi being elected for the second term. Modi was said to have used extremely anti-muslim rhetoricals in his Election Campaign.
His second term was focused on Anti-Corruption that had plagued the State for many years. His stringent action's and measures made Gujarat one of least corrupted states in India(It would be a blasphemy to say Gujarat is a corruption free state, pun intended).

Third term(2007-2012)

The third term became one of the best times in Gujarat's history. It was a golden era in Modi's political career. It is this 5 years of his term that would push him in the ongoing race to become the Prime Minister(PM) of India. Gujarat is not actually a lush agricultural state. The state economy was till then propelled by Diamond trading from Surat and other fineries. With that lack of Agrarian dynamism in the state Gujarat was way behind in the Agriculture Development Index. This was all to change in this period. Gujarat is a semi-arid state owing to the presence of Thar desert along it's Northern border. Due to semi aridity, Gujarat had a very less ground water level that did not allow prosperous Agriculture. By 2008, 120,000(1.2 lakh) check dams were constructed that helped storage of water during Monsoon, thus allowing it to seep into the ground. The mixture of this project and the implementation of Micro-irrigation methods sent Gujarat into a period of Agriculture revolution.
Modi describes his term as one of the most vibrant ones and called Gujarat as "Vibrant Gujarat."
Modi later explains his commitment to do the right thing was due to the difficulties he faced in his childhood.

Fourth term(2012-ongoing)

Modi once again won the fourth term as the CM of Gujarat. Modi led BJP won 119 seats out of 182. He became the only leader in India to win four consecutive elections for the State Legislative Assembly. For his efforts to re-wire the electrical supply by creating a separate Agri supply was praised by the farmers of the state as it provided subsidised power for agri purposes only. The Uttarkhand flood crippled the Uttarkhand state by killing many pilgrims and trapping many of pilgrims. Modi stepped in and took serious efforts to bring back the pilgrims. He is also known for his Sadbhavana Fasts where he fasted for about 40 times to promote unity among Muslim's and Hindu's.

Entering the world of Central Politics:

Modi entered the Central Politics when by-elections for the Lok sabha was announced by the election comission to be conducted in 2014. Modi was announced as the fore-runner for the candidacy by the BJP. Many of the senior leaders including L.K. Advani opposed this as Modi was considered an infant in Central Politics. But Modi's role in developing Gujarat spoke for Modi and he was made the Prime Ministerial candidate by the BJP. 

Why Modi should become the Prime Minister..?

Modi's rally to become PM was awe-inspiring. He had the oratorical skill's of great orators like Obama, the Fuhrer, etc., He stressed on the corruption scandal's that plagued the Congress led UPA(United Party Alliance). Modi formed the NDA(National Democratic Alliance) to rally against the corruption ripe UPA government. 
  • The 2 lakh crore 2G spectrum allocation scandal was the core of the issue in which many central ministers were implicated, especially the then Telecommunication Minister A. Raja. 
  • Then the 3000 crore Augusta Westland VVIP Chopper deal that was cancelled due to bribe accusations by the company on many Defense ministers. The Company claimed that it had bribed around 300 crore rupee to the ministers to get the deal.
  •  The S band scam - the alleged gifting of the scarce S-band to a Bangalore based private company. The space portfolio was held by Dr. Manmohan Singh.
  • Common Wealth Games Scam- This scam tarnished the image of the nation in front of the world. Suresh Kalmadi, who was also serving as the Congress Parliamentary Party's secretary, was shown the door by the party following startling revelations of fraud. It was alleged that money was siphoned away by reporting more money was spent than the actual cost.
  • Adarsh Housing scam- Flats in the Adarsh cooperative Housing Society were meant for war widows. But it was found that flats were alloted to kin of top armymen and politicians and their cronies. Then Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan as also caught in the controversy when flats were found to have been alloted to his relatives. The CM had to resign following the revelations.
    These scandals tarnished the UPA's image. It created a sense of unity among Indian's to bring down corruption. They searched for an able leader to do it and found one in Modi. 

Modi is an able leader. He command's peoples respect and is known for his fearless speeches. He has the experience of briniging down corruption to an almost negligible levels. The main theme of this election is Anti-Corruption and so Modi is the obvious choice. Modi has vowed to bring down corruption and arrest and jail any Ministers is his or the previous Government. He has also vowed to try and bring the black money kept by Indian Politicians- around 500 billion $ of Mother India and her fine people's money.

Why shouldn't Modi become the PM...?

It is a well known fact that Modi's career started from the RSS Hindutva group that despises the minority Muslim community. And if given a chance they would wipe off the Muslims from India leading to a genocide on unprecedented levels. So, BJP's strong linkage with the RSS is a huge concern for many minority communities.
Destruction of Babri Masjid(Mosque)- In 1992, the Hindutva groups conducted a massive rally in Ayodhya. Though they promised a peaceful rally to claim the temple that is thought to be buried under the Mosque, later protesters started to climb on the mosque and demolish it. It created a wave of massacres that killed 3000 people all around India.
The most concerning factor is not all ministers in the Modi regime are as pure as Himalayan waters.

I'm not a supporter of the BJP or the Congress or the newly risen AAP. I'm a perfectly neutral person and I have given you the facts. It's upto you the People of India to select and elect a Corruption free, Secular Government.

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