How Nehru betrayed Patel after his death?


 

 

These anecdotes are from Verghese Kurien’s memoirs I Too Had A Dream
Maniben Patel,Sardar Patel’s daughter, was a woman of tremendous honesty and loyalty.She told me that when Sardar Patel passed way, she picked up a book and a bag that belonged to him and went to meet Jawaharlal Nehru in Delhi.She handed them to Nehru, telling him hat her father had instructed her that when she died she should give these items to Nehru and no one else.The bag contained Rs 35 Lakh that belonged to the Congress Party and the book was the party’s book of accounts.Nehru took them and thanked her.Maniben waited expectantly, hoping he would say something more,but he did not, so she got up and left.
I asked her what she had expected Nehru to say to her. ‘I thought he might ask me how I would manage now, or atleast ask if there was anything he could do to help me.But he never asked.’ she explained.She was extremely disheartened and in a way the incident revealed the strain in the Nehru-Sardar Patel relationship.It was quite distressing to see that neither Nehru nor any of the other national leaders of the Congress ever bothered to find out what happened to Maniben after her father died.”
“After all the sacrifices that Sardar Patel made for the nation, it was very sad that the nation did nothing for his daughter.In her later years,when her eyesight weakened,she would walk unaided down the streets of Ahmedabad,often stumble and fall until some passerby helped her up.When she was dying, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Chimanbhai Patel,came to her bedside with a photographer.He stood behind her bed and instructed him to take a picture.The photograph was published in  all the newspapers the next day.With a little effort,they could so easily have made her last years  comfortable”
What an amazing contrast in fortunes of Nehru’s family and Sardar Patel’s family !!!

 

Battle of Masses Vs Classy Elite


THE ELITIST VERSUS THE CHAIWALA – BY VIJAY DUTT

The gaddi of the prime minister seems somewhat hedged for the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, because everyone the status quoists, the media, leaders of all “secular” parties, leftists, “secularists”, the elites and a powerful lobby within his party are all arraigned against him. Its Modi vs. The Rest. The only positive factor in his favour is the unprecedented wave blowing across the country in his favour. His other advantage is that he belongs to the lowest class of OBCs.

All the biases, prejudices, caste and religious considerations are swept away by the wave. In that case the way to the gaddi would be cleared for Modi. The other factor in his favour is the unprecedented desire especially among over 65 per cent youth to see an authoritative leader presiding over the country’s affairs rather than a muddled leader who is indecisive leading to a policy paralysis. This youth, a large number of whom flock his rallies, do not care about 2002. The India Today survey found that 86 per cent wanted a decisive and dominant leader.

But what if the wave abates by the time of the election next year? Modi would have to contend with many hurdles, including the tough resistance from the elite, who are although in minimal percentage, ensconced firmly in power. Tavleen Singh did write about the Lutyen Club that jealously guards its membership and occupation of the best part of Delhi. Only elite are eligible to its membership. How can a Chaiwala dare challenge the elite’s monopoly?

The Modi’s unprecedented wave has, ironically, caused much loathing, fear and heartburn. But the basic question is, will this wave sweep Narendra Modi to the “Gaddi” of the Prime Minister or give him a roller coaster ride to nowhere.

One can see the reflection of the resistance of the elite in the TV English Channels and the comments of panellists during discussions. The attitude of a nominated MP in the Rajya Sabha, who studied at St. Stephens and abroad shows what they think of the non-St. Stephenians and those who have studied in schools with Hindi medium. He smirks as others speak and if enraged calls others stupid. This typifies the arrogance of an elite.

The left-wingers, another intellectual class because of their high education and Karl Marx indoctrination, form a more virulent opposition to Modi. Their outbursts and pen, both are vitriolic. Modi is rabidly communal, he mass massacred nearly 1000 members of the minority community, they keep reminding.

The memory of such intellectuals is selective. They do not or rather do not want to recall the massacre – several times of 1000–of members of another minority community in 1984 when Rajiv Gandhi was Prime Minister. He had been sworn-in within hours of the assassination of his mother. There were no lathi charge, no curfew and no prosecutions so far unlike in Gujarat. Rajiv Gandhi just said when a bunyan tree falls, earth shakes.

Why this discrimination? Because Modi is no elite, no comrade and most probably not read the codes of Karl Marx, or because he is not a jholawala but a tough-looking smartly dressed  person with skills of oratory which is unmatched? How dare a tea-vendor shouting  chaiwala, chaiwala as he passed from one compartment to another  create a wave which has swept away many of his own weaknesses

The 2002 riots were so far been the weapon of the so-called secularists to beat Modi. But then in the State of one avid champion of secularism Mulayam Singh Yadav had a nasty dose of his own medicine. Both Jats and Muslims accuse the UP Government of failing to protect them. Jats complain that years of favouritism shown to Muslims—in the name of secularism- built up resentment which released to cause riots. Muslims allege that the orgy of riots was not suppressed to create panic amongst them and then make them feel that Samajwadi Party was their only saviour.

The kind of secularism of SP in Muzaffarnagar is practised by all “secular” political parties, starting with the Congress. And this is the weapon which is being used to demolish Modi. But this weapon has got blunted now. These parties are being re-educated—that secularism means separation between religion and the State and that State must treat all faiths on equal footing. But the secularism as practised by the “secular” parties means exploiting religion for a captive vote bank and for that favouring one faith against another.

These secularists call Modi a fundamentalist, a bigoted Hindu. But what did he say when asked what are you doing for minorities (in Gujarat)—I do not do anything, I do everything for all the Gujaratis in the State. Who is more secular, the questioner or Modi?

Anyway it would be impossible for Modi to wipe out the taint immediately. The perverted form of secularism has given rise to the adulteration of the word ‘communal’ and the secularism as practised by the “secular” parties has led to deep—rooted communalism. India is thus buttressed between the covert communalism of so-called secularists and overt communalism of the RSS. Modi is in betwixt the two. He cannot convince Muslims easily that he is above all forms of communalism.

He would go into the election without the support of majority of members of the minority community. He would have to prove his sincerity in following secularism before expecting support of Muslim voters.

The wave he has created would not sweep over this taint, but yes the elite would come to know how wave sweeps away all, including them, when its in tide. The other hurdles like, the sabotage from within which would be attempted despite the RSS efforts for reconciliation, would not hurt Modi if the wave continues.

The other obstacle, a more serious one, comes from the Congress and its Dirty Tricks cell. And since the Government is led by it, all the hurdles it would create could require tough efforts to  overcome them. The wave could help a bit but as Modi said that CBI would contest, which means the agency could entangle Modi in say Ishrat Jahan’s or some other case which would bog down Modi, and hamper campaigning and cut deeply into BJP’s tally in the general election.

The only saving grace for Modi is that now its getting a bit too late to entangle him in cases. With the General Election hardly six month away, any charges if framed against Modi would be interpreted by the voter as an attempt to bind him. This could lead to polarisation, more severe than Modi could create.

The question now is whether the Modi wave would continue for another six months or abate?  It seems, it would not recede, simply because rather shrewdly Modi has been addressing every meeting according to the area and the audience. He has enthused voters in the areas he has gone so far and he is thus likely to further captivate and win voters in other places he goes to.

Modi has succeeded in building a “ class revolution” from the ground. Everyone is becoming aspiration-al. The elite and the beneficiaries of the system feel threatened. As Praveen Patil wrote, “A Ramchandra Guha who sells a few hundred copies of his muddled history books but had almost exclusive control over intellectual opinion in the past has to now compete with a Chetan Bhagat who sells millions of his books to ordinary Indians.

“This is what is disconcerting to the ruling class, for their writ no longer runs large. India is now a riot of colours and no longer can the left control carefully cultivated canvas of opinions.”

Modi is to be credited for this amazing transition. And this is why he is becoming more and more man of the masses. How does one meet such a formidable challenger of change?

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Narendra Modi speech at Trichy


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திரு. நரேந்திர மோதி திருச்சியில் உரையாற்றி முடித்து விட்டார். சம்பிரதாயமாக தமிழில் ஆரம்பித்து, பிறகு ஹிந்தியில் மிக உணர்ச்சிகரமாக பேசினார். நடுவில் சில பகுதிகள் மட்டும் ஆங்கிலத்தில் இருந்தன. இயல்பாகவே மிகச் சிறந்த பேச்சாளர் மோதி. இந்த உரையும் அதற்கு விதிவிலக்கல்ல. தமிழக பாஜக தலைவர் ஹெச்.ராஜா நன்றாகவே மொழியாக்கம் செய்தார். ஆனால் மோதியின் குரலில் இருந்த உணர்ச்சிகள், ஏற்ற இறக்கங்கள் ஆகியவை ராஜாவின் மென்குரல் பேச்சில் கொஞ்சம் நீர்த்து விட்டன என்று தான் சொல்ல வேண்டும்.
 
தொடக்கத்தில் இன்று பாகிஸ்தான் பயங்கரவாதிகளின் தாக்குதலுக்குப் பலியான நமது ராணுவ வீரர்களுக்கு அஞ்சலி செலுத்தும் வகையில் இரண்டு நிமிடம் உட்கார்ந்த இடத்தில் உட்கார்ந்த படியே மௌனம் அனுஷ்டிக்கக் கோரினார் மோதி.  பேச்சை ஆரம்பிப்பதற்கு முன்,  அலைபாயும், கூச்சல் போடும் கூட்டத்தை அமைதிப் படுத்தி தன் நிலைக்குக் கொண்டு வந்து பேச்சில் கவனம் குவிக்கவும் இது உதவியது. பேசப் போகிற விஷயம் கைதட்டலுக்கானது மட்டுமல்ல, கவனத்திற்கானது என்று அறிவிப்பது போலிருந்தது இது.
 
modi_trichy”கம்பனும் வள்ளுவனும் பாரதியும் பிறந்த தமிழ் மண்ணிற்கு வருகை தருவதை மதிப்புக்குரிய விஷயமாகக் கருதுகிறேன். தமிழ் மக்களிடம் மூன்று நல்ல குணங்கள் உண்டு – கடும் உழைப்பு, சிரத்தை, ராஜகம்பீரம் & விசுவாசம் (royal & loyal). தமிழகத்தின் பொருட்கள் தேசிய, உலக சந்தைகளில் தரம் வாய்ந்தவையாக உள்ளன. தமிழ் மக்களின் உழைப்பினால் தமிழ்நாடு இந்தியாவின் சிறந்த மாநிலங்களில் ஒன்றாகத் திகழ்கிறது, தமிழ் மிகவும் பழமையும் பெருமையும் வாய்ந்த மொழி” – இவ்வாறு தமிழ்ப் பண்பாட்டுக்கும் மக்களுக்கும் புகழாரம் சூட்டித் தனது உரையைத் தொடங்கினார்.
 
அடுத்து, குஜராத்துக்கும் தமிழகத்துக்கும் இடையே உள்ள உறவுகளை, ஒற்றுமைகளைப் பட்டியலிட்டார். ”இரண்டும் கடற்கரைகள் கொண்ட மாநிலங்கள். பருத்தியை அதிகமாக விளைவிக்கிறது குஜராத், அதைப் பெருமளவு நுகர்ந்து ஆடையாக நெய்கிறது தமிழகம். குஜராத்தி காந்தியின் மனசாட்சியாக தமிழகத்தின் ராஜாஜி இருந்தார்.  தமிழ் மக்கள் குஜராத்திற்குப் புலம்பெயர்ந்து அதன் வளர்ச்சிக்கு உதவுவது போலவே, சௌராஷ்டிரர்களான குஜராத்திகள் தமிழ்நாட்டில் பல காலமாக இருக்கிறார்கள்.  பாலில் சர்க்கரை கலந்தது போன்ற இனிய உறவு அது. இங்கு சென்னையில் குஜராத்திகள் அதிகமாக வசிக்கும் சௌகார்பேட்டை போல  குஜராத்தில் தமிழர்கள் அதிகமாக வசிக்கும் மணிநகர். எனது சட்டசபைத் தொகுதி அது. அங்குள்ள தமிழர்கள் தான் தொடர்ந்து வாக்களித்து என்னைத் தேர்ந்தெடுத்து வருகிறார்கள்” என்று  நெகிழ்ச்சியுடன் குறிப்பிட்டார்.
 
இது ஒரு சாதாரண அரசியல்வாதி பேசும் பேச்சல்ல. இந்த தேசத்தின் மீது, மண்ணின் மீது, காலகாலமாக இருந்து வரும் அதன் சமூக, கலாசார பந்தங்களின் மீது ஆழமான பிடிப்பும், அன்பும் கொண்ட ஒருவரின் பேச்சு. எண்ணமும், செயலும் எல்லாம் இந்த தேசத்தை ஒற்றுமைப் படுத்துவதற்காகவே, இந்த தேசமக்களின் நல்வாழ்விற்காகவே இயங்கும் ஒரு தேசபக்தனின் பேச்சு. எத்தனை உரை எழுத்தாளர்களை வைத்துக் கொண்டாலும் காங்கிரசின் முட்டாள் இளவரனிடம் இருந்தோ, அல்லது மற்ற  சுயநல அரசியல்வியாதிகளின் வாயிலிருந்தோ இப்படி ஒரு பேச்சு சுட்டுப் போட்டாலும் வராது.
 
குஜராத்தின் மீனவர்களை பாகிஸ்தான் பிடித்துச் சென்று சித்ரவதை செய்வதையும், தமிழக மீனவர்களை இலங்கை அதே போன்று செய்வதையும் குறித்து அடுத்துப் பேசினார்.. இந்த நாடுகள் இப்படித் துளிர்த்துப் போய் விட்டதற்கு இடையே உள்ள கடல் நீர் காரணமல்ல,  தில்லியில் உள்ள பலவீனமான அரசும் அதன் கொள்கைகளுமே காரணம்.  இலங்கை அரசு தமிழக மீனவர்களைக் கொல்கிறது. பாகிஸ்தானிய ராணுவம் நமது ராணுவ வீரர்களைக் கொல்கிறது.. பயங்கரவாதம் அபபவியான பொதுமக்களைக் கொல்கிறது, பூடான், இலங்கை, நேபாளம் போன்ற சிறிய நாடுகள் கூட இந்தியாவை மதிப்பதில்லை. இதற்கெல்லாம் காரணமான அந்த பலவீனமான அரசை அகற்ற வேண்டும் – என்று முழங்கினார்.
 
அமெரிக்கா தனது மண்ணில் அநியாயமாக உளவறிந்து வருவதை அறிந்து, அந்த நாட்டுடனான ராஜரீக தொடர்புகள் அனைத்தையும் பிரேசில் துண்டிக்கிறது. தனது நாட்டின் தேசதுரோகியான ஸ்னோடன் என்பவருக்கு ரஷ்யா அடைக்கலம் கொடுத்ததால், தனது ரஷ்யப் பயணத்தையே அமெரிக்க அதிபர் ஒபாமா ரத்து செய்தார். இதிலிருந்து நாம் என்ன பாடம் கற்றோம்? நமது பிரதமரோ பயங்கரச் செயல்கள் நடந்து கொண்டிருக்கும் போதும் கூட தொடர்ந்து பாகிஸ்தானிய அரசுடன் பேச்சுவார்த்தை நடத்திக் கொண்டிருக்கிறார், அதன் அரசியல் தலைவர்களூடன் உட்கார்ந்து சிக்கன் பிரியாணி சாப்பிட்டுக் கொண்டிருக்கிறார்..  இந்த செயலை நீங்கள் அங்கீகரிக்கிறீர்களா? என்று கூட்டத்தைப் பார்த்து கேட்டார்.  இல்லை என்று பெரும் எதிரொலி வந்தது.
 
அடுத்து, காங்கிரஸ் அரசு ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ள பொருளாதார சீரழிவு குறித்து பேசினார்.
 
narendra-modi-trichy-295“இதே நிலை நீடித்தால் இன்னும் 5 ஆண்டுகள் நீடித்தால் இப்போது நல்ல வேலையில் இருக்கும் இளைஞர்கள் சாலையோரங்களில் பிச்சை எடுக்கும் நிலைக்குத் தள்ளப் படுவார்கள் என்று பொருளாதார நிபுணர்கள் கூறுவதை சுட்டிக்  காட்டினார். ”அரசின் தவறான கொள்கைகளால் தொழில்கள் அழிகின்றன.  பெரும் வணிக முதலைகளுக்கு உதவும் அரசு, சிறிய தொழில் முனைவர்கள் வாங்கிய கடனைத் திருப்பித் தர முடியாமல் போனால் அவர்களது பெயர்களை செய்தித் தாளில் விள்ம்பரப் படுத்தி அவர்களை அவமதித்து தற்கொலை வரை கொண்டு தள்ளுகிறது.  இந்தக் கொள்கைகள் மாற்றப்பட்டு  லட்சக்கணக்கான கோடிக்கணக்கான சிறீய தொழில்கள் வளர்க்கப் பட்டு அதன் மூலம் நமது இளைஞர்கள் மதிப்புக்குரிய வேலைவாய்ப்புகளைப் பெற்று வாழ்க்கையில் முன்னேற்றம் அடையும் வகையில் எங்களது அரசின் திட்டங்கள் இருக்கும்.
 
ஊழல் நமது பொதுவாழ்வை அழிக்கிறது. ஏழை மக்களைச் சென்று சேர வேண்டிய பணம் ஊழலில் வீணாகிறது. ஆதார் அட்டை என்ற திட்டம் குறித்த ஐயங்களை மூன்று வருடம் முன்பே நான் தெரிவித்தேன், அதே விஷயங்களை இப்போது உச்ச நீதிமன்றம் மத்திய அரசிடம் கேட்கிறது.  பண விரயம் மட்டுமல்ல, நாட்டின் பாதுகாப்பையே கேள்விக் குறியாக்கும் வகையில் இந்த ஆதார் அட்டை முறைகேடுகள் உள்ளன.
 
காங்கிரசின் அரசியல் எப்போதும் மக்களைப் பிளப்பதாக, பிரிப்பதாக இருக்கீறது. சாதி, மதம், கிராம – நகர வேறுபாடு என்று பல முனைகளில் தொடர்ந்து மக்களைப் பிரித்தாளும் கொள்கைகளை காங்கிரஸ் செயல்படுத்தி வருகீறது.  காங்கிரசைக் கலைக்க வேண்டும் என்று அன்று காந்தி சொன்னதை உண்மையாக்கும் வகையில் நாம் தேசத்திற்கு காங்கிரசிடமிருந்து விடுதலை அளிக்க வேண்டும்” என்றார்.
 
”இந்த மைதானம் நிறைந்து, அதற்குப் பின்னுள்ள பாலத்தைத் தாண்டியுள்ள மைதானமும் நிறையும் அளவுக்கு இளைஞர்களின் கூட்டம் இங்கு கூடியுள்ளது. அந்த இளைஞர்களை என்னால் பார்க்க முடியவில்லை.. மைதானம் சிறியது, அதில் இடமில்லாமல் போகலாம்., ஆனால் என் இதயத்தில் எப்போதும் உங்கள் அனைவருக்கும் இடம் உண்டு.
 
தமிழக அரசியலையும் தேசிய அரசியலையும் அறிந்தவர்கள் இளைஞர்களின் இந்தக் கூட்டத்தைப் பார்த்தே இங்கு எவ்வளவு பெரிய மாற்றம் நிகழ்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கீறது என்பதைக் காண முடியும், பல முறை தமிழ் நாட்டுக்கு வந்திருக்கிறேன்,. இது போன்ற ஒரு இளைஞர் பெருந்திரளை இது வரை கண்டதில்லை, இங்கு வந்த அனைவருக்கும், ஏற்பாடு செய்த இளைஞர் அணியினருக்கும் மிக மிக நன்றி.
 
நீங்கள் எங்கள் மீது நம்பிக்கை வைத்திருக்கிறீர்கள், அந்த நம்பிக்கையை ஒருபோதும் உடைக்க மாட்டோம் என்று உறுதியளிக்கிறேன். எங்களது சக்தி அனைத்தையும் உங்களது முன்னேற்றத்திற்காக, நாட்டின் வளர்ச்சிக்காக பயன்படுத்துவோம். நீங்கள் எனக்கும் பாஜகவுக்கும் புதிய நம்பிக்கையையும் வலிமை உணர்வையும் ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளீர்கள். வந்தே மாதரம்” என்று கூறி உரையை நிறைவு செய்தார்.
 
இறுதியில் அனைவரும் முஷ்டிகளை உயர்த்தி வந்தே மாதரம் என்று முழங்கச் செய்தது சிலிர்ப்பூட்டுவதாக இருந்தது.
 
சிறப்பான நிகழ்ச்சி.  அருமையான உரை. தனிப்பட்ட அளவில், மோதி இன்னும் சில விஷயங்களையும் பேசியிருக்கலாம் என்று எனக்குத் தோன்றியது. சேலம் ஆடிட்டர் ரமேஷ் உள்ளிட்ட தமிழக பாஜக தலைவர்கள் பயங்கரவாதிகளால் படுகொலை செய்யப் பட்டது குறித்து கட்டாயம் பேசப்பட்டிருக்க வேண்டும். பொன். ராதாகிருஷ்ணன் இலேசாக தன் பேச்சில் இதைச் சுட்டிக் காட்டினார்,  தமிழகத்தின் மின்சாரத் தட்டுப்பாடு,   இலங்கையில் தேர்தல் முடிந்த நிலையில் தமிழர்கள் மறுவாழ்வு குறித்த எதிர்பார்ப்புகள் ஆகிய விஷயங்கள் குறித்து ராஜ்நாத் சிங் பேசினார். அது போதாது. மோதியும் இந்த விஷயங்களைப் பேசியிருக்க வேண்டும்.
 
மொத்தத்தில் இது ஒரு மிக வெற்றிகரமான நிகழ்வு. மோதியின் திருச்சி விஜயம் கட்டாயம் தமிழக அரசியலில் ஒரு மாற்றத்தைக் கொண்டு வரும் என்றும், மோதி பிரதமராகப் போகும் வரலாற்றுத் தருணத்தில் தமிழகமும் தனக்குரிய பங்களிப்பை நல்கும் என்றும் நம்புவோம்.
 
நிகழ்ச்சியின் ஒளிப்பதிவை இந்த இணைப்புகளில் காணலாம்.

 

JUSTICE V R KRISHNA IYER ENDORSES NARENDRA MODI FOR PM


I consider it my over-riding solemn public duty to forward to my friends and other citizens committed to the sacred cause of upholding the honour and dignity of Bharat Mata, the following appropriate and timely Statement issued by Justice V.R Krishna Iyer, who is probably the oldest living Judge in India. Secular seer, venerable and profound, Justice V.R Krishna Iyer has truly become the Bhishma Pitamah in India’s public life. As a public spirited person totally committed to the cause of upholding the glory and grandeur of Bharat Mata, Justice V.R Krishna Iyer has become a living legend in his life time. My reverential salutations to him!
Our great and ancient nation has been brought to the verge of total collapse and irretrievable ruin by the manoeuvres, machinations and manipulations of theFirangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi and her Congress Party of marauders, looters and carpetbaggers. We have a shameless and spineless Prime Minister, a corrupt, shameless and spineless Finance Minister. We have a listless and lifeless Home Minister. The rest of the Union Council of Ministers are in the abject thraldom of the Firangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi who controls the purse strings of the Sonia Congress Party — a Party which functions on a 24*7 basis for the survival of Pakistan and the total extinction of Bharat Varsha. In this desperate situation the only hope for our Country lies in throwing out the Sonia Congress Gang in the forthcoming 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. All of us should work together for ensuring the magnificent victory of BJP and its allies in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.
The Era of National Resurgence and National Renaissance would get inaugurated next year with Shri Narendra Modi becoming the Prime Minister of India and Dr Subramanian Swamy the Finance Minister.  Just as Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) fought the Nazi hordes, the Italian Fascists and their Jihadi(Turkestan/Albanian Muslim) Allies, Shri Narendra Modi is fighting a coalition of anti-Indian forces led by the Firangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi.
In this context, the following Vision of Resurgent India proclaimed by Mahadev Gobind Ranade (1842-1901) in 1898 comes to my mind:
“With buoyant hope, with liberated Manhood, with a faith that never shirks duty, with a sense of justice that deals fairly to all, with unclouded intellect and all her powers fully cultivated, and lastly, a love that overleaps all bounds, Renovated India will take her proper rank among the nations of the world, and be the Master of the Situation and of her own Destiny. This is the cherished home, this is the Promised Land. Happy are they who see it in distant vision; happier those who are permitted to work and clear the way onto it; and happiest those who live to see it with their own eyes and tread upon the holy soil once more.”
 
 
NARENDRA MODI—A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PRIME MINISTERSHIP OF INDIA
 
          I gather from the media that Shri. Narendra Modi, presently Chief Minister of Gujarat is declared to be a candidate of BJP for Prime Ministership of India. Without reference to his politics and as an independent myself, I wish him success since I am of the view that he has positive qualities of nationalism and comity of cosmic dimension.  I take the view that we should not have nuclear power in India.  ‘Nuclear never and Solar ever’ is my policy.  Japan, the victim of Tsunami of nuclear danger and earthquake has close down its last nuclear project according to the media report.  Narendra Modi stands for solar power.  No other State in India has developed solar power on a grand scale as Narendri Modi’s Gujarat has done.  Mahatma Gandhi and the Constitution of India are against alcoholism which is a multiple evil and ruinous for the Indian people.  The only State which insists on prohibition and has put it into practice is Narendra Modi’s Gujarat.  So far as I can gather corruption in public life has been eliminated in Gujarat.  As a man his integrity deserves great praise.  On the whole his administration deserves national support and so I wish him the rare opportunity to be the Prime Minister of India who will implement the great principle of swaraj and eradicate poverty.  I am a socialist by conviction and support Modi on the assumption that he too is a socialist and an advocate of human rights and Indian fraternity, justice, social, economic and political of the Gandhian ethos.
September 24, 2013                                    V.R. KRISHNA IYER


S. Kalyanaraman

 

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Why MODIfied India will give jitters to alienated Bharatwasis?


Subject: Why MODIfied India will give jitters to alienated Bharatwasis?
Modi: Enemy at the Gates

Modi has arrived and arrived in style, notwithstanding the bombastic resistance from the Congress and their paid agents in the BJP and Media. Delhi is finally on NaMo’s radar and his troops can see the domes of South Block, which he will hopefully occupy by May 2014, if not earlier.

The political career of the senior BJP leadership is over. They did not see the writing on the wall and have now been removed by their cadres. The BJP President, Rajnath Singh, handled it well, but in hindsight, his efforts were completely unnecessary. The lesson for the future is to let the leadership come out through open internal elections where the village, district and the state level leaders vote. Had there been a contest to choose the PM candidate, it is evident that Modi would have easily vanquished the rest. Unanimity is not required. This is true democracy.

The Congress is notably jittery. During Modi’s recent visit to Jaipur, the Rajasthan CM had the electric supplies shut so that the village folk did not see the live telecast. Their impending doom will now translate into incoherent actions. Where in the world has anyone ever heard of an opposition leader, who is only a state CM, being discussed thoroughly be it TV, print media, cocktail circuits, vegetable vendors, taxi drivers etc. NaMo is taking away 80% of their time. Nobody wastes time on the ruling dispensation. Does anybody even discuss MMS, PC, SG, RG etc? The discussions on them are generally negative and the junta only wants to know if they are likely to go to jail.

From the Aam Admi’s point of view, NaMo had made an important statement on a Zee TV program “Kahiye Janab”. He stated: “*Na mein kahta hoon, na kisi ko kahne deta hoon*”. No wonder, the levels of corruption in Gujarat is comparable to that of Singapore.

Modi at the gates of Delhi augurs well for the Indian State.
a) Sycophancy and nepotism will soon be an era of the past.
b) Good bye to vote bank politics.
c) Bureaucrats will fall in line.
d) NGOs who operate from garages of Lutyens Delhi will have to move to safe havens in Congress ruled states.
e) Many newspapers will die. The advertising budget in Gujarat was reduced by 80%.
Expect the same by the Modi Government.
f) The Armed Forces will get their much cherished “Political Control”. Issues will be solved pronto before
any soldier can say “Jack Robinson”.
g) Along with Swamy and Jethmalani, most of the black money stowed abroad will be brought back. The Rupee will challenge the Dollar.
h) NO Income Tax as per Swamy’s statement.
i) Terrorists will now have a “maut ka saudagar”. The Congress has made India the most dangerous country after Iraq and Afghanistan.
j) The Pakis and Chinese may have already gone into a huddle.
k) Modi has a good memory. The Americans had better watch out.
l) J&K will finally be Indian Territory. Enough of Article 70.

An eminent General recently wrote an article “Death of Politics”. I disagree. Modi will bring in clean politics. He has no dependents or damaad to speak of. A bright future awaits a *Modi*fied India.

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Lets us work and make our…
Government – Proactive
Media – Reactive
Political Parties – Elective
Voters – Selective
Crowds – Constructive
Youth – Creative

MMS, the closet spiritualist
The widely respected economist and scholar has been credited with heralding a new era of economic liberalisation in India with his laissez-faire policy. Yet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been at the receiving end of late. Criticisms include use of adjectives like “ineffective”, “pusillanimous” and “understated” to “spineless” and “puppet PM.”

“It astonishes me that Manmohan Singh should talk so little and be so barely visible that we might be forgiven for thinking thatIndia has an imaginary Prime Minister,” wrote a celebrity-journalist in his blog a few months ago.

It is difficult to believe that the architect of India’s laissez-faire could be all that vulnerable, naive or “imaginary”. The non-committal, non-controversial and understated disposition that characterises the gentleman could be a veneer that conceals a far more evolved and enlightened approach towards his duties and responsibilities – in the current situation, as prime minister – that enables him to navigate life without much ado.

In a speech he gave at a public conclave held in the Capital, Manmohan Singh said: “I do not want India to be a super power; I just want India to stand in the comity of nations.” So he doesn’t seem to display any signs of being power-needy.

Perhaps he has no dark side, then. Manmohan Singh could, in all likelihood, be an advanced spiritualist who perceives himself as having absolutely no stake – neither in the country, in the species nor in the planet! He also shows great resilience in adverse situations, whether in a political, social or economic exigency. To be detached like a yogi even while living among fellow beings in the rough and tumble of politics and economics is no easy task. Guru Nanak described such a one as ‘raj mein jog’ – that is, the one who can achieve enlightenment in civic life. He also said: “The lotus in the water is not wet / Nor the water-fowl in the stream. / If a man would live, but by the world untouched, / Meditate and repeat the name of the Lord Supreme.”

Extolling the attributes of the one who has cultivated studied non-attachment to highs and lows, Guru Tegh Bahadur sang thus: “…He who has neither gluttony in his heart / Nor vanity nor attachment with worldly things, / He whom nothing moves, / Neither good fortune nor ill, / Who cares not for the world’s applause, / Nor its censure, / Who ignores every wishful fantasy / And accepts what comes his way as it comes… / He knows the righteous path…”

Some might conclude that Manmohan Singh’s proclivity for remaining a ‘Nirlep Narayan’ makes him out to be one without a stake and therefore he has nothing to win or lose. If he makes promises, they’re bound to be ones that concern issues that would get resolved if not now, later and if not later, even later, perhaps… or not.

It might not be in order to compare Manmohan Singh with King Janaka, who is the only one Krishna praises in the Bhagwad Gita for having transcended everything even while administering a kingdom. However, there are tantalizing similarities between the PM’s studied ‘indifference’ and the non-attachment and transcendence of someone like Janaka, that leads one to conclude that Manmohan Singh is laissez-faire by nature, in the spiritual sense.

How will all this pan out if Manmohan Singh and his party lose the next round of elections? He might just quote from the Ashtavakra Gita: “From one lifetime to another, kingdoms, sons, wives, appearances and pleasures to which you were attached have been lost… For innumerable births have you undertaken work, painful and exacting, with your body, mind and speech. Hence find rest at least now.”

 
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Narayani Ganesh is a senior editor with The Times of India. She writes on issues concerning the environment, science and technology, travel and tourism, heritage, philosophy, and health. She edits The Speaking Tree Sunday newspaper and daily column of that name, and is a leader writer with the Times of India opinion pages.

 

WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT NARENDRA MODI AS PM IN 2014 ? PL. READ


 

Whatever your political inclination , this article is worth a read ..
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>>TODAY as we are poised to look ahead, and forward, with HOPE to a better INDIA …
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>>Why I shall Support Modi in 2014…
>>By Avay Shukla – Retired IAS officer
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>>I have been getting more and more worried over the last year or so at the direction( or lack of it) in which our country is headed. It is
>> like a runaway plane falling from the skies and we are plummeting past one alarming indicator after another– inflation,economic slowdown, falling rupee,complete break-down of law and order, ever emboldened Naxalites, total internalization of corruption, an administration that answers to no one,complete lack of governance, cronyism on a scale never seen before, a brazen lack of accountability, public  intimi-dation of constitutional authorities, a judicial system that has all but collapsed, environmental disasters that no one knows how to cope with, complete paraplegia of decision-making at all levels in government, appeasement of †minorities†and Other sections that are reachingridiculous and dangerous levels, dynastic politics at the Centre and the states reminiscent of the Mughal era…….
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>>I could go on and on but after some time the mind becomes numb and registers only one emotion – IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE. Another five years of this and we would be well on our way to becoming a failed state and joining the ranks of Pakistan, Haiti and Somalia.
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>>The general elections of 2014 offers us one last chance to redeem ourselves. I have been on this mortal coil for 62 years and have never voted for the BJP but have, after much thought, decided to support MODI in 2014. This is considered a heresy in most neo-liberal circles in India today but we have to go beyond mere labelling and stereotypingto understand my decision.
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>>But before I go on to Mr. Modi himself, let us review the context in which this decision has been taken. The state of the country is self evident in para one above.
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>>The next question then
is: What are the alternatives or choices that we as voters have?
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>>The Congress will only perpetuate the present mess-even more worrying and dangerous is the fact that, were the Congress to return to power, it would consider it to have a renewed mandate to carry on as before.
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>>In any case, who in the country would lead the Congress- a reluctant dynastic or an ageing economist who has discovered his true skills lie in politics, or a backroom puppeteer? Or, God forbid, all three? ( Seriously, this is a possibility- after all not one of these three want to shoulder sole accountability, and they may reason that if a dual power center can ensure two terms, a triple may be good for even more!) No, to my mind the Congress is not an option.
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>>Who else, then?
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>>Well, if we scrape the bottom of the barrel assiduously we will come up with Mamta Banerjee[ TMC], Mulayam Yadav[ SP], Nitish Kumar[JDU], Naveen Patnaik[ BJD], Jayalalitha[ AIADMK], Sharad Pawar[ NCP] and Mayawati(BSP). There is no need to discuss their achievements or ideologies at a national level (incidentally, not even one of them has a remotely national outlook or ideology since they cannot see beyond pandering shamelessly to the vote banks in their respective states) because they are state (not even regional) leaders and none of them can hope to be Prime Minister on the strength of their own Parties.
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>>They all realize this, of course, hence the idea which periodically emerges like a skin rash, of a Third or Federal Front. This didn’t work even when a Third Front could agree on a leader (as in the case of I.K. Gujral or Deve Gowda). How on earth will it work when every one of the state leaders mentioned above feels that he or she has been reincarnated precisely to become the Prime Minister of India?
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>>The negotiations for choosing a PM (if the Front comes up with the numbers, that is) will resemble one of those WWF fights where about six hunks are put into the ring to beat the daylights out of each other till one of them is left standing to claim the crown. I cannot see all of them agreeing on even one policy issue, whether it is reservations, industrial stimulus, foreign policy, dis-investtment, environmental protection, center-state relations etc. If they come to power at the Center, the paraplegia of today will become quadriplegia tomorrow.
>>Fortunately, in any case, they can never muster the 274 seats required-it will be difficult for them to reach even hundred even if they do very well in their states.
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>>So a Third Front is a
non-starter, and voting for any of these parties will only help the Congress by dividing the anti-congress vote. [You will have noticed that I have not mentioned Mr. Karat of the CPM. That’s because he’s become like a flat bottle of Coca-Cola – earlier he was all fizz and no substance: now even the fizz has gone].
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>>That leaves only the BJP, with its historical baggage of the RSS, Hindutva, Ramjanmbhoomi (by the way, this baggage also includes five years of exemplary governance under Vajpayee from 1999 to 2004) – perhaps enough baggage to dissuade me from voting for the party. Except that this time the BJP has an add-on: Narendra Modi. And that, to my mind, adds value to the party and makes the crucial difference.
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>>Modi has been reviled ad-nausea m by the “secular†parties and sections of the elite media for many years for the 2002 riots in Gujarat, by the former not because of any love for the Muslims (as I hope to show later) but simply in order to appropriate the Muslim vote, and by the latter because they have to keep whipping somebody in order to get their TRPs – in India only extremes succeed. Modi has been tried and condemned by them not on the basis of facts but by an opportunistic mixture of innuendo, presumption, speculation, half-truths, hear say. Look at the facts. There was a horrendous orgy of killing of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 where about 2000 of them were massacred. Some of Modi’s ministers and many BJP/ VHP workers were involved: quite a few of them have also been convicted, the trials of many still go on.
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>>The Supreme Court set up at least three SITs and is itself monitoring the investigations. Many PILs have been filed in the SC and the High Court accusing Modi of master-minding these massacres. In not a single case has either the Supreme Court, the High Court or the SITs found any evidence of Modi’s personal complicity.
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>>Yes, they have held that he could have controlled the situation better- but nothing beyond that in-spite of ten years of frenetic drum beating and sustained vilification.
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>>Now look at the other set
of facts. Under Modi’s current watch, perhaps for the first time in India, people have been actually convicted for communal rioting and murder- more than 200 convictions, with about 130 of them sentenced to life imprison-ment. All the communal massacres in India since Independence have not
resulted in even one tenth of these convictions.
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>>Modi’s government has to be given some credit for this: yes, the investigations were carried out by the SIT and not by Modi’s police; yet Modi could, if he was so inclined, have interfered covertly in the whole process by asking his officials not to cooperate, by intimidating witnesses, influencing judges, conveying hints to prosecutors- something which, as we all know too well, governments of all political hues in India have mastered.
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>>Modi could have done what the Congress has done so successfully in Delhi in three other high-profile cases being monitored by the Supreme Court- the Commonwealth Games Scam, the 2G case, and Coalgate ( not to mention also the Sikh massacres of 1984): have these cases made any headway? has wrong-doing been proved in a single instance? has anyone been convicted?
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>>No, Sir, these investigations will drag on and on till they are lost in the mists of time. Supreme Court monitoring cannot ensure justice unless the govt. of the day allows its agencies to function – it is to Modi’s credit that he did so allow them.
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>>Compare this with the manner in which the police in Delhi have been emas- culated to protect some senior Congress leaders in the 1984 Sikh carnage – everyone in Delhi knows, even after 27 long years, that their hands are dipped in blood, but the evidence will never reach the courts; the recent acquittal of Sajjan Kumar only confirms this.
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>>The biggest stigmata on Modi is the charge that he is †communal†and not  secular†.
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>>All (non-NDA) political parties never tire of tom-tomming this from the roof-tops and consider this their trump card to ensure that he will never achieve his Grand-slam at the centre. But after eleven years this is beginning to wear thin and people are beginning to question the assumptions behind this charge and even the definition of what constitutes †communal†and “secular.â€
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>>Nirad Choudhry had long ago given his opinion that India is the Continent of Circe where humans are turned into beasts-it is also the graveyard of the Oxford Dictionary where the meanings of words are turned on their heads to suit political exigencies! So †communal† today means a Hindu who is not ashamed of saying he is a Hindu, and † secular†means a Hindu who panders to other religions in order to get their votes at the next elections!
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>>By this inverse definition Modi is considered communal- notwithstanding that not a single Hindu- Muslim riot has taken place in Gujarat under his watch since 2002, notwithstanding that the BJP got 17% of the Muslim vote in the Assembly elections in the state earlier this year, notwithstanding that the party won five of the eight seats which had a dominant Muslim voter base, notwith-standing that the average Muslim in Gujarat is much better off economically  than his counterpart in Assam, UP or Bihar (headed by †secular† parties).
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>>Compare this with the record of the Samajwadi party in UP where more than a hundred communal riots have taken place in less than two years, with the Congress in Assam where hundreds of Muslims were butchered last year and at least three hundred thousand of them are still languishing in relief camps with no hope of ever returning to their villages, with the Congress ruled Maharashtra where hundreds of Muslims were killed with the active help of the police after the Bombay blasts. ( Needless to say there do not appear to have been any convictions in any of these pogroms). And MODI is communal?
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>>I am a Hindu but I stopped going into any temple twenty years ago because I was sickened by the rapacious behavior of their pundits. I am no longer a practicing Hindu in a public, ritualistic sense and frankly I don’t know how many of the religious beliefs I retain, but I still consider myself a Hindu because Hinduism is more than just a religion- it is a culture, a civilisation, a way of life.
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>>But in the Kafkaesque India of today if you were to proclaim that you are a Hindu ( even though you have equal respect and regard for all other religions) you would be branded †communal†– this is what political discourse has been reduced to by our politicians. And being †secular†no longer means treating all religions equally: it means splintering society into a myriad †minorities†( another perversion of the Oxford Dictionary) and then pandering to such of them as suit you in your naked pursuit of power.
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>>In the process India has been converted into a complex jigsaw of minorities, castes, tribes, classes, sections and what have you. The British could have learnt plenty from us about Divide and Rule! But more and more right thinking people are beginning to question this recipe for disaster, and I am one of them.
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>>India is 80% Hindu- why should one then have to be apologetic about proclaiming that one is a Hindu ? We have been ruled and exploited and vandalized for eight hundred years by Muslims and for another two hundred years by Christians, and yet we have accorded these two religions a special status as †minorities†with privileges that the Hindus don’t have. Has any other country in the world ever displayed such a spirit of accommodation and egalitarianism? Is there a more secular civilisation in the world? And yet, a Hindu who says he is a Hindu is considered communal!
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>>Does a Hindu have to prove his secular credentials time and again by greater levels( or depths) of appeasement of other religions simply so that they can continue to be vote bank fodder for political parties? Modi has had the courage to raise these questions and is therefore being reviled by those political parties whose apple carts he is threatening to upset. But people are beginning to pay attention. Modi is not considered secular because he is proud to be a Hindu and refuses to give doles or concessions to any religious group( including Hindus, but that is conveniently glossed over) beyond what is provided in the constitution and the laws of the land. He believes this weakens the social fabric of the country and that even handed development is the best guarantee for equitable prosperity for all. He is not considered secular ( and instead is branded as communal) because he says publicly that he is proud to be a Hindu. And
has he done anything blatantly or provocatively pro-Hindu in the last ten years? There is not a single instance of this and yet he is vilified as communal and anti-minorities by the same party that presided over more than two hundred anti-Muslim riots in the seventies and eighties in Gujarat, that massacred 6000 Sikhs in 1984, that lit the fuse in Ayodhya by installing an icon of Ram in the mosque there, that failed to take any action when the Babri masjid was being razed to the ground! Modi has carefully distanced himself from any public support of Hindutva, has kept the VHP and the Bajrang Dal on a tight leash in Gujarat ever since he came to power there, and has even incurred the wrath of the RSS for not toeing the line on their purely religious agenda. It takes time, and some mistakes, to attain maturity; the Modi of today is not the Modi of 2002: then he was still in the pracharak mould of the RSS, inexperienced in
the exercise of power, lacking administrative experience. He has now developed into a politician with a vision, an administrator who has delivered to his people and caught the fancy of the entire corporate world in India and abroad. Rahul Gandhi has been around in politics for almost the same length of time but has still not progressed beyond his epiphanic perception that India is a bee-hive.
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>>Pause a while to honestly compare Modi’s qualities with his peers in the political firmament. His integrity is impeccable, both personal and vicarious. Even Mr. Manish Tewari has not been able to charge him on this score, and that’s saying something! I am not aware of a single major scam unearthed during his term( compare this with the Congress either in Maharashtra or at the Centre: the Congress has more skeletons in its cupboard than a graveyard does).
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>>Modi has no family to promote or to insure against inflation for the next hundred years( compare this with any other party leader, all of whom have given an entirely new meaning to the term †joint family†– brothers, uncles, wives, sons, sons-in-law, nephews-all happily and jointly looting the nation’s resources). Modi has a vision and a road map for the future and he has demonstrated in Gujarat that he can implement his vision.
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>>No other major leader of
the parties that are vilifying him comes even close to comparing with him in this respect – Manmohan Singh once had a vision but his unique concept of †coalition dharma†has ensured that he now cannot see, or hear, or talk; Rahul Gandhi cannot see beyond bee-hives and boats that rise with the tide, Sharad Pawar cannot see the woods for the sugar-cane stalks, Mulayam Singh has been fixated on the Prime Minister’s chair for so long that he has now started hallucinating; Nitish Kumar’s vision is a peculiar bi-focal  which  enables him to see only Muslims and OBCs; Navin Patnaik, being erudite and sophisticated must be having a vision but he has not deigned to share it with anyone yet; Mayawati cannot see beyond statues of herself and of elephants; and as for Mamta Banerjee, she is colour blind – she can only see red. Modi’s track record as an administrator inspires confidence in his ability to play a role at the
national level.
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>>He sets specific goals, provides the resources and then gives his bureaucrats a free hand to operate. He has ensured water availability to towns and to greater number of farmers, Gujarat now has 24X7 power and has even offered to sell power to other states.
>>Modi has realised long before his peers that future growth can only come from the manu-facturing sector since the past stimulus provided by the service sector is now bottoming out, and has prepared his state to attract capital: perennial road-blocks which have bedevilled other states – land acquisition, labour issues, law and order, lack of decision making, cronyism – have all been sorted out. It is no surprise then that Gujarat has been receiving the second highest amount of investment funds after Maharashtra.
>>His opponents, looking for anything to denigrate his achievements, cavil that Gujarat has always been a progressive state and no credit goes to Modi for all this. True, Gujarat (and Gujaratis) have always been entrepreneurial and progressive, but any economist can tell them that the higher you are on the performance scale, the more difficult it is to make incremental gains – and these gains Modi has been making year after year.
>>Gujarat has consistently been among the top five states in just about all economic, social and human development indicators, and far above the national figures.
>>Here are some figures I picked up in the Hindustan Times of June 12, 2013:
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>>[a] Infant Mortality Rate
>>                                     2005        2010
>>     Gujarat                      54              44
>>     Haryana                    60              48
>>     Orissa                         5               60
>>     INDIA                        58               47
>>
>>[b]  Access to Safe Drinking Water( in %)
>>                                      2002           2011
>>      Gujarat                    84.1            90.3
>>      Maharashtra           79.8             83.4
>>      Andhra                    80.1             90.5
>>      INDIA                      77.9             85.5
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>>[c]  Poverty Reduction ( in %)
>>                                     2004-5         2009-10
>>     Gujarat                    31.6               23
>>     Karnataka               33.3               23.6
>>     MP                          48.6               36.7
>>     Orissa                     57.2               37
>>     INDIA                      37.2               29.8
>>
>>[d]  Annual GDP increase( in %) from 2005-6 to 2012-13
>>     Gujarat                       10.3
>>     Uttarakhand               12.36
>>     MP                               8.82
>>     Maharashtra                9.97
>>     Delhi                          11.39
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>>Modi is no paragon of virtue. He is arrogant, does not allow a second rung of leadership to emerge, brooks no opposition, is impatient and authoritative, is not a consensus builder. But then we are not seeking to canonize a saint but looking for a political leader who can get this country out of the morass that its present stock of politicians has got us into. We are looking for someone who can be decisive rather than justify inaction under the garb of seeking an elusive † consensus†. We are looking for someone who has the courage to have a vision and the skills to translate it into reality. We are looking for someone who will work for the country and not for his †joint family†.
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>>We are looking for someone who can restore our identities as INDIANS and not merely as Brahmins or Scheduled castes or Muslims or Backward castes.
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>>We are looking for someone who will not pander to religions and be truly secular.
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>>And we are looking for someone who will not be ashamed to say that he is a Hindu in the land that gave birth to the most tolerant and enlightened religion this world has seen.
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>>Modi may fail- in fact, there are good chances that he will. But he at least promises change, whereas the others promise only more of the same.
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>>He offers us Hope. Shouldn’t he be given a chance?
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>>** The author retired from the Indian Administrative Service in December 2010. He is a keen environmentalist and loves the mountains – he has made them his home._
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>>  ZINDAGI DA KEE BHAROSA, KADDON PATAKA BOL JAYEE, so let us ENJOY
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>>”To fight the darkness do not draw your sword, light a candle”
>”You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets”
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>Note:
>If you  would like to forward this request to others, please do     Thank you.

 

Palak Thepla and Chhundo


 

Sheetla Saatam is one of the festivals I came to know only after marriage. Those who observe this festival, eat stale food or food cooked previous day. Generally, my mom-in-law prepares theplas a day before, especially for this festival. Theplas taste good even next day and they don’t get rotten. I tasted this Palak Thepla during one such Sheetla Saatam celebrations.

Palak Thepla
Spinach Flatbread
Ingredients
1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup bajra flour
2 cups shredded, fresh spianch/palak
1/2 tsp ajmo/owa/ajwain
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ginger-green chili paste (optional)
1 tsp mild chili powder
1 tsp coriander-cumin powder
1 tsp jaggery grated or sugar (optional)
salt to taste
water as needed
1 tsp oil

Rice flour for dredging
Oil for roasting

Suggested Accompaniment
Chhundo

Method
1. Mix flours with all the dry ingredients and spinach. Knead to a soft dough, adding water as needed.
2. Smear spoonful of oil and knead again. Set aside for 1/2 hr.
3. Heat a pan or tawa. Make 12 uniform balls.
4. Dredge each ball in rice flour and roll into a disc, one at a time.
5. Roast on a hot tawa or cast iron griddle, so brown spots appear on both the sides. Use oil as needed for roasting.
6. Place in an aluminum foil or a clean cotton napkin till ready to use.
7. Serve with chhundo/sweet & spicy grated mango pickle.

Note –
1. Sometimes, I use Ragi flour or a combination of ragi and bajra flour instead of just bajra flour.