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Cracking The Namo Puzzle

Updated: October 8, 2011 11:37 am

In the land of Gandhi, resorting to fast is not an unusual event. Narendra Modi, one of the most successful Chief Ministers of Indian states, staged a three-day fast to strengthen the spirit of communal harmony in the country in general, and in Gujarat in particular. But there too, the ‘secular’ brigade and a section of media burnt mid-night oil in their desperation to connect this fast with a motive, so as to tarnish Modi’s image. But they had to pull a face as Modi received awe-inspiring response not only in Gujarat but in other states also, including that from the minority. This substantiates one thing that after the recent Supreme Court’s verdict in favour of Modi and now this overwhelming response, the unhealthy environment fostered by the unfounded and false allegations made against Modi and his government, after 2002 riots, has come to an end. For the past ten years, it has become a trend to defame Modi and the Gujarat government for one reason or the other. These elements who could not tolerate any positive development of Gujarat have applied all guerrilla tactics to vilify him. These people talk tall, but have nothing to show as their achievements. Had they been so, they would have done half of the good work Modi has done for this nation. How did they, ‘paragons of justice’, come to the conclusion when the courts have yet not pronounced the verdict? If at all, the courts are struggling to pass a verdict against him. They claim to belong to the ‘tolerant’ breed of Indians, so why such intolerance and haste in jumping for conclusions? In fact, they and their ilk have been shifting the goalposts. First, they said that Modi would be defeated by the people. That didn’t happen, then they said that he would be punished by the courts, that possibility is looking bleak now (sure, let’s wait) now. Frustrated, they think they can sully a man with their poison pen without a shred of evidence to back their assertions. It is difficult to say whether this campaign of calumny will stop even after the judgment of the Supreme Court and the tremendous response Modi received during the fast. But one thing is certain that the credibility of those who have been spreading lies and slandering Modi and his government has reached its nadir. The people of this country will no longer trust such elements.

Further, after the barbaric act of anti-Sikh 1984 riots in the country under the Congress regime, the same section of media did not question the Congress. Why this selectiveness? Is the majority of the media at the highest level on Congress payroll? Isn’t it is very obvious with the various TV channels, especial the way many of them went after Anna Hazare? Isn’t that how the so-called top journalists land up with Padmashris, by going after Modi? People who distort evidence and who should be in jail for perjury still get invited on TV shows! Do they still have any credibility left? Or could it also be that most journalists don’t have the courage to sound different as that would appear to be politically incorrect in the highly biased (purchased) media? For ‘secular’ brigade and a section of media, Modi may be autocratic and needs to loosen up and take himself less seriously. But he is still the best bet we have. He is the need of the hour and he understands that and he is playing his cards well. Modi is more admired with fierce intensity than despised. No wonder, during Modi’s fast, his peers in BJP put up with him to force the leadership issue in his favour. Furthermore, a series of leaked diplomatic cables and analysis of a Congressional think tank imply that there is a growing opinion in the US diplomatic and strategic circles that Modi is emerging as the BJP’s likely prime ministerial candidate. The reason being: the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy—and this applies aptly to Modi. Modi is a man who loves challenges, and right from day one, he has charted a definite course for the state’s development. Under his leadership, Gujarat has made excellent progress on all fronts—and these efforts have not gone unnoticed. It was under his leadership that the ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ theme was conceived, snowball effect of which is now being witnessed. What is more significant is the fact that a mechanism was set in place to monitor these projects for expeditious implementation and has yielded good results–84 per cent of these proposals have either been implemented or are in the active implementation process. Besides several sector specific awards, Gujarat ranks No. 1 in The Economic Freedom Index as per the research conducted by The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. However the icing on the cake is the recognition of Modi as No.1 Chief Minister by the people, thrice consecutively in India Today-ORG MARG Survey, a unique recognition ever achieved by any CM in the country. Yet Modi gets scrutinised every single passing moment by so-called ‘secular’ journalists and varied interests. It is high time the ‘secular’ brigade and media started celebrating his positives rather than just criticised him. Just because Modi sells, don’t write anything to gain cheap publicity.

Deepak Kumar Rath

Deepak Kumar Rath

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