Modi Mantra: Inclusive Development as Panacea for all ills
by Radha Rajan on 21 Sep 2011 28 Comments

Narendra Modi’s development formula has replaced grandmother’s fresh ginger juice and honey as sarva rog nivarani. Ginger juice and honey took care of everything from tummy ache and running nose to loss of appetite and too much green mango; but Inclusive Development, Narendra Modi told us when he began his three day fast on 17th September, could take care of not only childhood ailments but also ensure that Hindus were kept in a state of pacifism even in the face of Jihad and predatory Christian evangelism.


Inclusive Development was guaranteed to neutralise Hindu anger and render all Hindus impotent, especially Gujarati Hindus with a cultivated taste for sabka saath sabka vikaas seasoned with Gujarati Asmita. And as if to prove the efficacy of his patented menu, Modi pointed to how even after jihadis attacked the Akshardham Temple Hindus felt no anger and Gujarat remained an idyll of peace, harmony and universal brotherhood (shanti, sadbhavna and bhaichaara).


Several ingredients went into Modi’s melting-pot three days’ fast –


-        Celebration over the SC verdict to return the Gulbarga Society case back to the Trial Court and to stop all future SC monitoring of Gujarat riots cases


-        Using the very media which was baying for his blood to send the signal that Modi had steadfastly refused in the last ten years to turn over and play dead; the fast was intended to create the context he needed to hoist media vultures by their own petard


-        An occasion for the BJP to stand proudly with Narendra Modi without fear of log kya kahenge


-        An opportunity to test the loyalty of old NDA allies and to identify possible new allies for 2014


-        An occasion for the BJP central leadership and for Modi himself to test the waters before Modi was moved to Delhi for a possible national role in the near future


-        A platform to showcase Muslim endorsement of Narendra Modi


-        A well-publicised event to showcase Gujarat’s undoubted prosperity and all-round development


-        Above all, this was the long-awaited opportunity for Narendra Modi’s real constituency, Gujarati PIOs and NRIs in America, to point to Muslim presence at Modi’s upvaas and redeem him in the eyes of the US State Department; and get the State Department to give Modi an American visa while they were at it


The last casts a shadow over Modi’s reputation for being a shrewd politician. The fast for communal harmony was badly timed for two reasons – it came in the immediate wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to return the Gujarat riot cases back to the home state; and it came in the immediate wake of some American document titled India: Domestic Issues, Strategic Dynamics and US relations prepared by America’s Congressional Research Service on India, dated 1st September, 2011.


This document allegedly makes mention of Narendra Modi having successfully transformed Gujarat into the most developed state in the country and doing it without a trace of corruption and cutting all bureaucratic red-tape in the process.


Narendra Modi erred and erred disastrously for his image with the timing of the fast. It betrayed his propensity to be swayed by overseas Gujarati concerns and sentiments and worse, his weakness for American endorsement.


Modi also failed to see that the Supreme Court decision was less about his guilt or innocence but more about correcting the impression that the Supreme Court, by allowing the riot cases to be transferred out of Gujarat, had in fact belittled its own institution because that was tantamount to expressing lack of faith in the judges of the Gujarat High Court.


This was also the Supreme Court’s way of putting Teesta Setalvad in her place; the judiciary covered itself with ignominy when it allowed the lady to think she could get every court in the land to dance to her tunes by playing the communal card. The Bombay High Court had in fact allowed Setalvad to choose the Public Prosecutor who would try the riot cases.


Now that the lady had been exposed by her one-time colleague Rais Khan for using foreign funds to set the stage in a manner intended to find Modi guilty of all sins, which included falsifying affidavits and coercing witnesses, the Supreme Court had to begin to redeem itself in its own eyes. The timing of Modi’s fast was therefore all wrong.


The fast itself was a smart, strategic political move that was long overdue; it knocked Sonia Gandhi, her remote-controlled Congress Party, the obnoxious Teesta Setalvad and Mallika Sarabhai, the grandiose National Advisory Council, Anna Hazare and Co., and the anti-Modi media in the solar plexus and it may be truly said, every proud Hindu felt immensely delighted that Modi’s fast left this well-connected anti-Hindu mob speechless and rendered them hors d’combat; at least for three full days.


Narendra Modi’s three day upvaas transformed itself into a powerful political statement against the Congress brand of vendetta politics and Modi detractors. Hindus who still see the BJP as a Hindu party and who see in Modi the Hindu face of Indian polity rejoiced when Modi undertook his three-day fast.


Had Narendra Modi confined himself to the first statement he made when the Supreme Court returned the case to the trial court in Gujarat, “God is great”, and had he declared that he was undertaking a three day upvaas as a sacred act of expressing his gratitude to God, it would still have been a powerful political statement; it would still have been a sucker punch.


But Modi chose to make it an occasion to hard-sell the prescription that Inclusive Development as he had crafted it was the surest way to ensure “unity, harmony and brotherhood among all.” This is not and this cannot be the view of a politician who understands geopolitics, politics of religion, and as one who realizes the dangers of the end objective of the Abrahamic cults. And because Narendra Modi cannot be accused of ignorance, Hindu nationalists are compelled to view his three day fast with concern, if indeed it was a fast only for Sadbhavana or communal harmony.


If on the one hand Narendra Modi is offering Inclusive Development as panacea for communal harmony, mindless Hindus on the other hand are hard-selling Modi as panacea for all India’s ills.


Not once, but several times in the last two days, in his letter to the nation and in the course of several television interviews, Modi reiterated the infallibility of Inclusive Development for “peace, harmony and brotherhood”. And as if to prove his point, the media showed us all footage of at least one Muslim gentleman greeting Modi with a shawl and several others sitting prominently in the front rows of the venue of the fast.


On September 17, 2011 (on his birthday as his bhaktas told us), Narendra Modi, after ten long years presented himself at last to the nation; and his apparition had the same impact on Modi bhaktas as Sonia Gandhi’s fleeting appearances have on Congress loyalists when the lady condescends to come out to wave grandly to lesser mortals gathered at10 Janpath on her birthday to seek her darshan.


The most striking impression was the total absence of Hinduness in the ambience. True, there were some Hindu sanyasis on the dais, but even the tilak that one of them applied to Modi’s forehead soon after he began his fast on the 17th had disappeared without a trace within minutes. Modi should have rightly called this intentionally de-Hinduised act, a secular fast; upvaas was a gross misnomer.   


Considering the fact if not in 2014 then later, Narendra Modi will almost certainly be projected by the BJP as its Prime Ministerial candidate, a few critical questions emerging from his fast deserve scrutiny and answers –


-        Does Narendra Modi have a sense of this nation being Hindu bhumi?


-        Does Narendra Modi desire to establish a Hindu rajya to protect the Hindu rashtra?


-        Will Modi accept responsibility to describe/define this nation for the people who believe he is the panacea for all ills bedevilling the country; and then proceed to describe/define himself and his role in the nation’s polity?


-        Does Narendra Modi think that he (and all Hindu political leaders) must consciously de-Hinduise their appearance and the ambience in which they work to be acceptable to the Abrahamic cults and to achieve what he calls sadbhavna?


-        What in Modi’s considered view are the threats to Hindu bhumi?


-        How does he propose to deal with these threats both as Chief Minister of Gujarat and as possible future Prime Minister of the country?


-        If Modi is really as intelligent as this writer knows him to be and a shrewd politician, does he really believe that whatever he means by Inclusive Development can deter and deal with threats to the Hindu nation?


-        Does Modi think Inclusive Development can deter Christian missionary activities spreading like cancer in the four southern states, or international jihad?


-        What really is communal harmony and will Narendra Modi describe that which even Gandhi did not dare to describe when he fasted for it and pushed the Hindu bhumi farther and farther towards vivisection?


-        What does Modi mean by Inclusive Development?


-        Will Modi, as Prime Minister, include the hundreds of thousands of illegal Bangladeshi Muslims (possible jihadis) in his magic Inclusive Development formula?


-        Is good governance the only and ultimate objective of the BJP; the only objective of Narendra Modi as he sets out to worship and serve Ma Bharati as he put it?


These questions trouble the mind because Modi made communal harmony through Inclusive Development the theme of his fast; and he did little to disabuse popular perception that communal harmony or his sadbhavna mission was just his name for the all-out effort he was making to reach out to the Muslim community. Modi baiters, including the vultures in the media saw this as a great success of their Modi-sorry-bol relentless campaign; but grieving Hindus and angry Hindu nationalists realized that Narendra Modi had chosen to ignore the families of Hindu victims of the Sabarmati jihadi carnage.


The gruesome death of 58 Hindu pilgrims – 20 children, 15 women and 23 men who were burnt alive by jihadis at the Godhra station did not count and found no place or mention in all the natter that accompanied Modi’s three-day fast. It was Gandhi all over again.


Gandhi, let the nation know, never fasted for communal harmony when Hindus were butchered by the Moplah jihadis on August 20, 1921; Gandhi did not fast for communal harmony when jihadis let loose their reign of terror in Ahmedabad on the day of ashad sud or the rath yatra day on July1st, 1946. Instead Gandhi faulted Morarji Desai the then Minister for Home and Revenue in the Government of Bombay for calling in the military to quell the riots. In language that sounds like Teesta Setalvad, Gandhi wrote to Moraji Desai –


-        Why call the military for such tasks? The people ought to have been forewarned that they would not get the help of the military. The state too may not rule with the help of the military. This could not be. Now realize your mistake and start afresh. Withdraw the military if you can. If you find it risky to withdraw the military immediately let them do policing. They may not carry rifles, and if they carry bayonets these should be used sparingly. Don’t mind if a few have to die. (Gandhi meant if a few military persons had to die). They have been trained to act like monkeys. Under your administration they should cease to be monkeys and become human beings. (Letter to Morarji Desai, Poona July 1, 1946 CWMG, Vol.91, pp222-23)


Gandhi upbraided Morarji Desai and the Bombay government for calling in the military to deal with the rioters and ordered Desai to withdraw the military because Muslims were the perpetrators of the riots while Gandhian-Nehruvian polity is upbraiding Narendra Modi for calling in the military too late (or so they maintain) during the Gujarat riots because Muslims are the victims.


Gandhi did not fast to protest the Calcutta carnage when more than 4000 Hindus were massacred in one day alone starting August 16, 1946 following Jinnah’s call for Direct Action followed by the horrific genocide of Hindus by Islamic jihadis in Noakhali, Bengal. Gandhi did not rush to Bengal the very next day after the Calcutta carnage; he did not even rush to Bengal during the Noakhali genocide of Hindus. Gandhi went to Bengal allegedly to establish communal harmony a good two and a half months after August 16 1946. Gandhi went to Bengal only in the beginning of November when Jihad had burned itself out and Hindus had already been killed or converted to Islam.


The least said about Gandhi and his fasts for communal harmony the better.


Gandhi did not describe communal harmony or sadbhavna and neither did Ramachandra Guha, Gandhian scholar, when, in the context of Anna Hazare’s fast-unto-death, some of Gandhi’s fasts were explained away by Guha as fasts for communal harmony. The failure to describe communal harmony is a dead give-away about what Gandhi, Nehru, Gandhian-Nehruvian secularists, Narendra Modi and other anti-Hindu & idiot Hindu intellectuals mean when they speak about communal harmony.


Gandhi however explained what Hindus had to do (and he ensured they did it by fasting and threatening to fast every time he sensed rising Hindu anger after every instance of jihad) to bring about communal harmony.


-        Hindu-Muslim unity can come only by selfless service of Muslims untainted by political motives. They (Muslims) are just like us and we must be friends with them. (Speech to Congress workers, Rampurhat, December 20, 1945, CWMG, Vol.89, pp 71-72)


Q. What would Congressmen do to draw Muslims to the Congress?


A. Gandhiji said in the presence of the prevailing distrust there should be no attempt to enlist the Muslims or any other group or individuals. What however every Hindu could do was to mutely serve his Muslim or for that matter every non-Hindu neighbour (including the evangelising Christian padri) as his blood brother. Such selfless service was bound to tell in the end. That was the way of non-violence, otherwise called love. (Discussion with political workers, Sodepur, December 23, 1945, CWMG Vol.89, pp 89-91)


Nitin Gadkari who aspires for 20% of Muslim votes and Narendra Modi who is fasting for communal harmony must be locked up in a room and left there until they finish reading every volume of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi from a Hindu perspective.


The Sachar Committee recommendations, Modi’s Inclusive Development and Jayalalithaa withdrawing the anti-conversion law are all shades of the Gandhian exhortation to Hindus to mutely serve all non-Hindus.


And how does all this pandering, this appeasement, this solicitous attention to minority welfare impress the Muslims and Christians? Tamil Nadu, even without Modi’s Inclusive Development magic potion has impressive social indices with regard to literacy, population control and standard of living. Under Tamil Nadu’s peculiar reservation policy, Christian tribals corner the bulk of reservation benefits under Scheduled Tribes Act while 95% of Muslims benefit from Tamil Nadu’s reservation quota for Backward Classes.


This has not stopped but has only accelerated the spread of the cancer called Christian evangelism and religious conversion and the increase in numbers of local jihadi sleeper cells. If Gandhi’s fasts for communal harmony could not prevent separatism and secessionism in Muslim J&K, separatism and secessionism in the Christian North-east, if Gandhi’s insistence on communal harmony was seen by the Abrahamic cults as a call to Hindus to suffer mutely the ascendance of the minorities, does Modi really believe that his fast for sadbhavna and his Inclusive Development will get Muslims to give up jihad and Christians to give up religious conversion?


Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, a Wahabi, Sunni Muslim cleric, was summarily dismissed from his post as Vice Chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband, the leading Islamic seminary in the country, for having praised Modi’s good governance and Gujarat’s development. The same Vastanvi has now termed Modi’s fast a political gimmick for the oncoming state legislative assembly elections in 2012.


If it turns out that the Muslims who were seen at Modi’s fast were Bohras or Ahmadiyas, or even Shias, then the whole sadbhavna euphoria would turn out to be as substantive as a soap bubble.


There is no such thing as communal harmony. Stability in our societies can be maintained only when Muslims are compelled to give up jihad, when Christians are forced to stop preying upon vulnerable Hindus and tribal communities either by state power which is committed to protecting the Hindu nation, or by Hindus who will be forced to protect their religion and their way of life in a manner they deem fit.


Narendra Modi and the BJP should now explain to Hindu nationalists what is meant by communal harmony and Inclusive Development.


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