The Revelation of Narendra Modi's Victory

Narendra Modi (Source: Google Images, Edited)

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.

Namaste


Comments

  1. Max, for the audience here who are not very familiar with some of our terms, Hindu does not refer to a religion. That is a title given to the people who lived in the land where the Indus flowed. The people followed a way of life that is unique in that there is no religion that is a central authority. Each individual is free to follow his own path or not and there are no rules and regulations. In other words it is strictly an individual matter between him and his god of which he can choose one or more from thousands. It is totally anarchic but with a central ethical value system which is what is meant by the Hindutva description. And that value system gave refuge to the Zoarastrians, Jews, St Thomas the apostle, Arab traders who brought in Islam and so on and allowed all those religions to proselytise if they so chose and flourish. Subsequently, after the partition of the country Muslims became a vote bank and Hindutva became a political whipping boy. In this election, the Indian or if you insist the Hindu said enough is enough and let us have some sanity in our politics. The results are there to see now.

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    1. Thanks for the explanation, Mr Rummuser but for identification sake I think Hindu helps the world better identify the non-muslim, polytheistic, people of India. What better term should we use in your opinion?

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    2. So the Indian decided to be racist this time?

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    3. Celia, I don't see how electing PM Modi may have been an indication of racism. Would you be ever so kind to explain yourself?

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    4. Rummuser, if Hindu is a wrong term how should we call you guys? Indian includes all Indians, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists etc! So how should we call you?
      I totally get your explanation cause we Jews we are more than a religion. Being a Jew is our identity, it is our way of life, our way of thinking and of conducting ourselves, it is much more than what people think! But we are called Jews, Israelites whatever!

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    5. For convenience sake the Hindu word is fine. But the problem is using the word to sweep the entire country into one monolith is what is galling. I personally prefer Indian for myself as within its fold, though what I am can be called Hindu, I am a Vedantin. And that is the problem. Most Indians, leave alone foreigners, don't understand that term, nor will they understand Advaitin, Dvaitin, Vedica, etc all of which are terms that define particular streams of philosophies which, I reiterate, are philosophies, not religion. Let us take here the issue of Hindutva which is what Celia is objecting to thinking that Modi is dangerous. He is not anti Muslim. After the famous 2002 riots, there has not been even one single instance of communal strife in Gujarat. All that Modi says and he has said this repeatedly, for him every Indian is simply Indian. He is against, as I and many others are too, special treatments being given to Muslims because they vote enbloc as dictated by the Mullahs who are in turn bought by politicians. The Muslims have suffered because of this and in this election they have realised that the politician / mullah / criminal nexus has kept them backward compared to the other minority religions like Christians, Buddhists and Jains. Here is an instance of the kind of nonsense that the Indian tax payer has been asked to pay for but will no longer - http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/not-possible-for-govt-to-build-haj-houses-baig/article6045550.ece

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    6. I understand your "pain", Rummuser. But unfortunately us humans are like that, we need labels that we can accept and understand. So we understand Hindu but we wouldn't probably understand Advaitin, Dvaintin or Vedica, we simplify and if it is offensive, I'm sure I speak in the name of most westerners when I apologise for it. What is religion to you, Rummuser? I am trying to understand this in the light of your insistence that the streams you mentioned are philosophies, which I am sure they are but in that case aren't other philosphies, that are viewed as religions, philosophies too?

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    7. Religion as I understand it is the ritualistic aspects of one's attempts at finding the Truth. It is organised around a dogma and rituals. In India, there is no central organising authority and if I so desire and can generate enough followers, I can start my own form of religion like the many gurus that you read about. If I don't join a group like that, I will not be excommunicated and I can find my own path to find the Truth. It is totally anarchic and every individual can follow what he wants. Within one family, you can find many different ways and practices and that is across the country. There is no heresy and if one wants to be an atheist, he is most welcome to be one.

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    8. Rummuser, I think Judaism is more a philosophy than a religion. We have several paths to get to the Truth, each path has its own characteristics and the rituals vary as well according to the different paths. Our only rule is: One God. But Rabbi Hillel summed up our philosophy very well:
      "That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow, this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary, go and learn it."
      Excommunicated? I think only Catholics do that! Very interesting how Indian philosophies work: totally pro-freedom, right?

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  2. I congratulate PM Modi and I wish him luck in his endeavour. Not an easy one if we think of the geopolitical reality he will rule in! Israel is always a contentious topic and though India buys weapons to that small country I am not sure it will be able to ignore his reality to give more support in political stage of the world. But a surprise would be good!
    I'm the same anonymous that responded to Mr Rummuser.

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  3. I think Modi is dangerous and he will create more tension in the region. He is anti-Muslims proven by the Gujarat Riots where he sat and did nothing to protect those poor people! It would be foolish of the media not to see right through him!

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    1. You don't even read the posts, do you Celia? You just look at the title, at some words and then vomit your stupidity. Ok, I get you!

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    2. Celia, this is a German lady who has chosen to live in India. Please read what she has to say carefully. I could not have put it better than this. http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/indian-religions/hinduism/hindus-dangerous/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sanskritimagazine%2FkrKO+%28Sanskriti+-+Culture+of+India%29

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    3. Rummuser, I carefully read she says there is no claim to superiority in Hinduism but then she implicitly claims superiority by accusing non-Hindus of being inferior for having what she considers less divine behaviors. So much for the divinity in her! Thanks for proving that all religions and spiritual philosophies are all the same!

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    4. Ana, there's not point in discussing with a person who does nothing but fight others.

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  4. As much as I appreciate change in India, I am not sure Narendra Modi will change most of the status quo cause we have BRICS for starters! Are we to expect India to stop siding with China on environmental and energy issues for example? No! Are we to expect India to stop siding with Russia when Putin decides to occupy other people's land? Not when Russia is India's main arms supplier! Are we to expect to India to leave the anti-West bloc and therefore anti-Israel bloc? No! Perhaps he will liberate the market and allow more direct foreign investment but that's about it when it comes to my faith in India. Love them though!

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    1. Ana, What India will do is to protect its self interest first. If the world expects India to reduce carbon emissions, it says, sure, you guys started it, show us what you are doing first! But, that little wordplay apart, just watch the speed with which change will take place. It may not be to the liking of every one, but I can assure you that it will provide employment for the unemployed in India, and divert the very substantial domestic savings sitting idly to investment in industry, infrastructure etc. There are some very smart brains working there behind the scenes. And BJP knows that they will get only these five years to show what they can do as otherwise they will bite the dust like the INC did this time.

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    2. Rummuser, India does well cause that's what every country does. I have a problem with the carbon emissions example cause Indian and China have the biggest populations in the world and now after everything the world has put the planet through we can't accept the argument that Indian and China do not want to learn from past experiences and have the right to wreck the planet up in the name of business and economic justice? I want to understand China's reluctance, but India from what I have been told produces technology so why not create a form to emit less carbon, like the rest of us is doing? Such production could also create jobs for the unemployed. Brazil is also a big populated country and it is willing to reduce carbon emissions, so why not India?
      Don't get me wrong, Rummuser, I am a huge fan of India and I never underestimate the brains behind it although the Indian press is unforgiving, but these are natural questions!

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    3. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/02/obama-rules-coal-climate-change

      India will announce its own policy in due course.

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    4. http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/jaswant-singh-runs-down-the-many-external-challenges-facing-india-s-new-government-after-a-decade-of-neglect#LJJijc9SDpUvhSYF.99

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  5. Max, you have started some debate here! Anyway, India has the potentila to be a super power as I have mentioned it here before, in previous articles, but I am not sure it can turn it into reality as long as it is attached to BRICS. BRICS is used by Russia as a anti-West instrument and a self promotion instrument, so to that end it will play with the countries involved just enough to boost herself but not enough to allow the other members to surpass her! How ironic is that? So, India may be convinced that by joining BRICS it is actually defending her interests but in fact its interests are being stalled by Russia who like the most of the West fears the success of India: more population, real democracy, freedom, IT development, technological ingenuity etc.

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  6. Hello, my dear Honorary Dissectors :D!

    Thank you for the amazing debate you guys are having here. Keep it up *bowing*.
    I apologise for not replying to your comments but this week and the next are hectic; therefore I will reply as soon as possible.

    You guys are the life of this blog.
    Keep dissecting!

    Cheers

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    1. No problem, Max. Take your time and we will just take over the place here hehehe :-)

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  7. I'm more interested in PM Modi's foreign policy: how is he going to deal with Pakistan, will he normalize the relations between the two countries? How will he address China's aggressive stance, and let's recall that China is proud of her non-aggressive stance as opposed to the US (ha! What a joke)?
    Pietr brought up a very interesting thought: will India continue to allow Russia to use it as a tool against the West while at the same time creating obstacles for further Indian development?
    These are all questions that I would like to see answered, but let's see. As for the other issues: distractions. The left is trying to distract us from the their fears and the truth, i.e. the left is discredited and exposed for what it really is, a pack of lies.

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    1. Celeste, Modi's foreign policy will be based on what is best for India. Nothing more nothing less. There will be no clandestine toing and froing, politicking and funding that has gone on long enough to cause much harm to our interests.

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  8. Hey guys,

    Thank you ever so much for having sparked this debate: we all learned a lot, I believe.
    Special thanks to Rummuser (for the links he shared and for enlightening our readers about India and the Indian identity) and to Ana (for joining Rummy in keeping this conversation alive) :D.

    Cheers

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