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Against the apparent wishes of the Western left-leaning media, Narendra Modi won the 2014 elections. The Indian Electorate has spoken.
The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is considered a nationalist party since it champions the Hindutva concept.
"Hindutva is not a word but a history. Not only the spiritual or religious history of our people as at times it is mistaken to be ... but a history in full ... Hindutva embraces all the departments of thought and activity of the whole Being of our Hindu race" -- Veer Savarkar
Certain strata of western society proposed themselves to attack Mr Modi simply because his party is patriotic. However, I would like to ask: what justified such an attack on Mr Modi?
The first thing I heard people mentioning was the 2002 Gujarat Riots and how Narendra Modi allowed the Hindus to kill Muslims. Now I ask: how about the Gujarat Riots of 1969 (under the administration of Hitendra Desai, from the leftist Indian National Congress)?
The Gujarat riots were unfortunate, however we must not overlook their cause just because it is now convenient to do so. The riots occurred mainly due to a constant problem that persists still today (i.e appeasement policies, not only in Indian but in most of the world).
I realise this may sound too clinical, however it must be said: when a group decides to build an edifice on top of previous sacred constructions, that group must not expect to see that building erected forever. History, tradition and identity are never forgotten by a people - no matter how hard some may try to dilute those concepts in secularism and appeasement.
So, no. The 2002 Gujarat riots (of which Mr Modi has been totally exonerated) should not have been a reason for the Western Media (probably sponsored by Petro-dollars) to attempt to practise such a blatant interference in India's internal affairs - anyhow, it didn't work because the western media, in its arrogance, over-estimated its influence in that particular part of the world.
Now, on to business.
I am truly looking forward to seeing how PM Modi's foreign policy will play out:
- Will he stretch his hand to Pakistan while being firm with the Pakistani?
- Will he take a firmer position regarding China while protecting mutual trade agreements?
- Will he be able to surpass the appeasing Indian establishment and deepen the relationship with Israel?
- Will he be able to face the pressure from countries like Iran, Pakistan (proxy of Saudi Arabia) and the Gulf nations (who employ a lot of Indian labour force) to prevent him from changing India's political stance towards Israel, in the international system?
- Will he be able to liberalise the Indian market and finally solve the EU-India trade dispute?
- Will he build up from the existing foundations and turn India into what it should be: a Super Power?
The BJP's electoral victory revealed two things: the leftist appeasement argument and tactics consume a lot of attention, thus deviating any government from its original goal (which is the people's & country's welfare: education, health, infrastructures, liberal economic policies, technological development etc); the young vote matters - the Indian ten Big States with the highest proportion of young voters witnessed huge swings towards the BJP (according to The Hindu). The youth had been detached from politics for quite a while, but this time it avidly participated in the biggest democratic process in the world. Informed young people change things and they make them vibrant (we have seen it in the US and now in India).
We congratulate Narendra Modi for his victory. I wish him the best and I will follow his work closely.