Narendra Modi’s grand rally in Jammu & Kashmir was as usual overcrowded; he addressed three rallies in one day. Addressing a rally at Hiranagar near Jammu, Modi attacked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) opponent for “spawning” a party which has already handed over Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan. In Varanasi on Tuesday, Arvind Kejriwal declared himself as a challenger to Narendra Modi’s quest to enter the Lok Sabha from the holy city. For the sake of change, this time Modi has not attacked Sonia Gandhi or her family but Arvind Kejriwal. The ‘so called’ Modi wave is always challenged by Kejriwal. Kejriwal also shifted his ‘bow and arrow’ from Congress’ side and aiming now towards Modi.
Modi grouped Kejriwal among the “3 AKs” in Pakistan’s possession, the other two being AK-47 and Defence Minister AK Antony. Modi attacked former CM of Delhi by saying, “The third AK is AK 49 – he has just spawned a party and on his party’s official website – he had given away Jammu & Kashmir to Pakistan. And one of his associates says, there should be a referendum in Kashmir. They are speaking Pakistan’s language. This is the first time Modi openly attacked Aam Aadmi Party chief. In November last year, in a public meeting held in Seemapuri, Modi had launched an oblique criticism of Kejriwal, cautioning the voters against those who had “backstabbed” Anna Hazare. I am not agreeing with Narendra Modi because he alleges Kejriwal of backstabbing Anna Hazare. After seeing the condition, and the way Anna brought embarrassment to Mamata Banerjee, one should realise how Hazare and his credential is? He is an opportunist and a very unpredictable old man. Rather, it is good to see that AK has come out from the clutches of those people. Kejriwal’s party has, since then, come a long way. It stunned everyone by pulling off a spectacular performance in Delhi, where it emerged as the second largest party and formed a short-lived government. It has now scaled-up its ambition, and has decided to put up 400-450 candidates for next month’s Lok Sabha polls. Speaking in Hiranagar, Modi invoked the legacy of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for improving the situation in the northern state.
Modi’s speech was very well researched and well written too. One must appreciate the way he connected the gathering on their local issues with national importance which shows that his oratory skills and preparedness before delivering it. Everyone thinks Modi will do magic the way his camp sidelined party antiques and only fielded winnable candidates. It shows his authoritarianism and surely it will impact his growth oriented governance if he becomes PM. End of the day, every common citizen wants growth oriented government with controlled inflation and guaranteed generation of employment along with ensured security to the nation through solid leadership. It is better if you give people a road map for progress then denouncing others. We have diversity in everything. No single man offers a solution for India’s developmental issues. What we need is a vision driven; tolerant and wise leader who can accommodate all cultures and views.
At this moment, politics has become negative publicity and propaganda; there are no merits or ethics. Let it be Modi, Rahul Gandhi or Kejriwal, they are blown big by media or promotions. Amongst three, one is highly experienced, one has seen politics in his family since he was born and third one has just barged into monotonous way of politics, and proved his mettle in just 13 months, single handedly on his own. Now India needs leadership. This country has always gone through leadership crises. Manmohan Singh was a very good economist but failed to be good prime minister of this country.
Now, the biggest threat to democracy is political propagators, they don’t believe in any faith, caste and creed. A Sangh is against all minorities irrespective of their religion. It’s their anxiety to get back in power to hold the supreme office of a country which makes them to pat everyone’s back. But nevertheless, everyone has to taste their own medicine just like Advani is going through these days. Even after 67 years of Independence, caste system is still prevailing in India. This trend is a result of divisive politics played by colonialists as well as secular parties having leaders with colonial mentality. Rigidity of the caste system got amplified and reached barbaric levels under Islamic and British rule. One reason could be the introduction of the zamindari system and the culture of sycophancy propagated by the Islamic kings and later the British. There have been continuous attempts to break the Hindu society by creating imaginary faultiness and Hindu revivalist and reformist movements have rightly identified these fissiparous forces and come up with innovative solutions to deal with them. Muslims are willing to concede even to support BJP, if their basic needs are met. Muslims want what they owe like Indian citizens’ access to schools, jobs, housing and fair & equal opportunities, freedom from discrimination, due investigative and unbiased legal process. Muslim grievances and welfare reduces it to a mere political talking point for political parties as election approaches. Nothing has been done concrete for all these years for education upliftment & welfare of them. Muslims ask for educational boost, that’s all they require. However, most of the parties shower mere tokenism and stereotyped gestures to win the Muslim votes and not do their actual betterment. Some Muslims still hate Modi and they are yet not in a mood to accept him as a Prime Minister of this country. Some like MG Akbar joined BJP brigade to show their support to Modi. At this moment, BJP equally needs Muslim support as Congress. Aam Aadmi Party is sending a little different message. So far, they have not taken any appeasement methods, but everyone is likely to support them. People say Congress is weak this time but there is strong chance of it to emerge again to power by any means.
From Modi to Gandhi and Kejriwal, all are busy in attacking each other. Let’s see who remains till last.