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Updated: January 13, 2013 01:17 IST

Congress reminds corporate biggies of Nazi Germany

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Manish Tewari
Manish Tewari

A day after corporate bigwigs visited the sixth edition of “Vibrant Gujarat” summit, the Congress reminded them of Nazi Germany, where the corporate world found a ‘similar fascination’ for another ‘gentleman’ in the 1940s.

“The industrialists should not forget history. In the 1940s, the business community in Germany had a similar fascination for another gentleman. But we all know what happened after that,” said Manish Tewari, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting and party spokesperson at a press conference here.

“We have seen the dangerous implications of flirting with right-wing forces. The corporate world should keep that in mind,” he warned.

Mr. Tewari was referring to the merciless killings of Jews at the hands of Adolf Hitler and the subsequent World War II that devastated Germany. Hitler, in his early days as the head of the nation, received tremendous support from the business community for the measures he took to promote industrialisation.

Mr. Tewari, who targeted Chief Minister Narendra Modi, without naming him, said there were several Congress governments, including the one in Maharashtra, which have won three straight elections.

Top industrialists from the country, including Ratan Tata, Ambani brothers and Ruias of Essar, to name a few, on Friday participated in the summit, showering praise on Mr. Modi. The companies have committed an investment of Rs 1.49 lakh crore in the State.

Mr. Tewari said the figures thrown by Gujarat were more of a fantasy than facts. “Maharashtra [ruled by the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party] is way ahead of Gujarat in inviting foreign investment, if you calculate figures from last 12 years. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are also ahead of Gujarat. The fictitious figures should not close our eyes.” Gujarat stood much lower in the social sectors than any other State.

Gujarat no doubt going much ahead of any other state whether one is ready to digest or willing to accept. It is a matter of pride for every Indian that if some state and in this case Gujarat is going ahead in every aspect there is always a chance to learn from that state to learn the ways and means of attracting industrialists to invest monies in their state as well. I am being from Gujarat indeed seen the significant changes all over Gujarat and people across every community all marching towards progress forgetting the past incidence that had happened in Gujarat. Let all Indians hope and give much support that is needed to elect Shri Narendrabhai Modi is our next Prime Minister of India.

from:  Govinda
Posted on: Jan 13, 2013 at 10:00 IST

This is a timely warning which the nation has been itching for in the recent years. The observation, “We have seen the dangerous implications of flirting with right-wing forces. The corporate world should keep that in mind” is equally applicable to UPA-II which has been aggressive during the last decade in obliging right-wing forces.
If Congress is serious about the statement made by Manish Tiwari, the party should review its own track record in the context of the following factors:
• Centre has gone ahead with implementation of Direct Cash Transfer system without ensuring basic linkages like ensuring 100 per cent coverage by UID or availability of facilities for opening bank accounts by the beneficiaries.
• New Pension System has been ‘introduced’ without legislative backing.
The list can go on. Suffice to say, undercurrents of ‘flirting with right-wing’ forces are more evident in Centre’s policy initiatives and there is urgency for policy corrections at the top.

from:  M G WARRIER
Posted on: Jan 13, 2013 at 09:13 IST

SC should take suo motu cognizance of this inflammatory speech. India and Israeli / German / holocaust affected countries should censure this irresponsible statement.

from:  Arun Madhav
Posted on: Jan 13, 2013 at 03:48 IST

Manish Tewari is a Goebbels himself, and he should remember that Nazi stands for "NazionaleSocialistArbeiterPartie" (National Socialist Workers Party), and was a left-wing socialist movement. I think we only have to look at the Personality Cult that Congress has always built itself around, and events like the 1984 Riots to know what the Congress Party is about.

from:  Sanjay
Posted on: Jan 13, 2013 at 00:43 IST

The Hindu has always been anti development, anti modi. Grow up above biassed
reporting. Appreciate positivity growth and development. Think positive and act
positive. Behave like a responsible citizen.child

from:  sreedharan
Posted on: Jan 13, 2013 at 00:06 IST

The churlish tone of Manish Tiwari's statement underlines the crass depths to which the Congress will stoop to besmirch its bete noire and nemesis in the making. To compare, even obliquely, Modi to Hitler is below contempt and to attempt to educate or caution the likes of Ratan Tata about Modi and Gujurat makes for a case of monumental idiocy.

Narendra Modi, for certain, is no saint, but the Congress too, very definitely, is not a confederacy of the righteous. And the single and outstanding difference being that Narendra Modi for all his flaws, for all his acts of omission and commission; a few and quite serious too, has yet made Gujurat a far better state than any other led by the Congress.

from:  Sridhar S
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 23:44 IST

I was happy about one thing after the latest cabinet reshuffle - that Manish Tiwari
got a berth and the nation will be saved from his views when appearing on prime
time TV debates as madam's mouthpiece. Looks like he cannot kiss good bye to his
old job despite a promotion. Joy shortlived.

from:  Chandu
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 23:33 IST

Manish Tiwari sounds like a sore loser.

Congress party is the reason for pathetic state of Indian economy, Caste & Relegion based politics. This is the party that gave the country its only black eye - emergency! This is the party that gave the worst corruption scandal. This is the party that panders to populist sentiments without leadership. This is the party that needs a ruling family. This is the party that promotes Tax and spend policies.

If the business leaders are courting Gujarat, it is because of the environment that supports business. One can overlook all the other short commings of the party if they can get their act together and set India on a growth path. These other issues will fall to the way side when the country does well economically.

from:  V. Iyengar
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 23:25 IST

Looks like Congress is becoming desperate. Name calling is the last step
for those about to fall.

from:  Mohan
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 23:21 IST

Manish Tewari should be ashamed of himself for making stupid statments.
Is the Congress afraid of something?

from:  Victor
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 22:49 IST

It is absolutely ridiculous that the Congress should compare Gujarat with Nazi Germany and even more ridiculous that there is anyone comparable to Hitler. Congress has grown senile and has lost its balance and focus.

from:  jagan
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 22:43 IST

That's exactly what Congress is. They can not develop and reform India into a progressed country. But surely, they divert people by actually stopping the progress oriented development, perhaps they feel jealous about the development and progress done by their opponents.

from:  Shrihari Kulkarni
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 22:40 IST

The congress government is really ashamed of the fact that in a nation
of Corruption how there exist a state free from corruption and that is
haunting them.So, Mr. Narendra Modi is the prime target for
comments.But, he has proved himself as the only tiger of nation that
does what he says.A salute to him Mr. Narendra Modi.

from:  sidharth
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 22:39 IST

The Congress Media and publicity machine is in full swing. They will do anything and
everything to denigrate Gujaratis and Narendra Modi. Is the media and Congress
party and Tewari trying to imply that Muslims are being massacred like the Jews? Are
the Congress implying that Gujaratis are a bunch of Nazis? This is atrocious. Gujarat
is a part of India and a democracy. Definitely not Hitler's Germany. SHAME ON YOU

from:  Hitesh Kothari
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 22:34 IST

Although i'm always hesitant to agree with any Congress spokespersons, it must be said that the compliments meted out to Narendra Modi by the Corporate Sector during 'Vibrant Gujarat' were utterly nauseating, nay, completely sickening. The comparison with the businessmen of the Wiemar Republic by Tewari is completely accurate.

from:  Shourav
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 22:11 IST

Praising Modi by few corporate is due to that their business is in
Gujarat.Mukesh Ambani refinery is in jam nagar he has announced that
he will invest 10000 crores. Obliviously he has to do it.Anil Ambani
is prasing Modi and he has started telling about mahatma Ghandhi,Patel
and Dhirubhai Ambani and Modi.It is really unfortunate to India.Adani
is having thier thermal power plant 4650MW and Port in gujarat.Tata is
having their 4000MW thermal Power Plant and also Nano car factory.Who
is the new person.Similarly Essar is having their refinery and Power
Project.No new entrepreneur. How they praise Modi. He is unfit to be a
national Leader.

from:  M Rajendran
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 22:08 IST

India is a mature democracy and the Federal(Union) Govt has enough
powers .
Mr Maneesh Tiwati seems to have forgotten the Emergency Years of
seventies under the same Congress party and the killing of thousands of
Sikhs by the Congress men .

from:  P N V Krishnan
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 22:08 IST

Never has India seen in her post-independence history such an
incompetent government! and now a minister from the same govt. is
talking in a hackneyed fashion about a CM who has at least visibly
ushered in some growth in his state.It would be better if the union
govt. does its duty perfectly first, then talk.

from:  Akshay Bhatt
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 21:47 IST

Surely the learned Mr Manish Tiwari is not suggesting that the Indian National Congress has
similarities with the (failed) Weimar Republic of Germany, infamous for its poor governance,
totally ineffective leadership and hyperinflation - which led to a longing for a strong leader
and alas, produced Hitler.

from:  Bharat Kumar
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 21:33 IST

Now the congress after its defeat in the recently held elections in Gujrat is trying insult & demean a democratically elected government in that state. Where is the comparison between Hitler & Modi.Hitler was never elected in a free election.

from:  Somu
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 21:25 IST

Eh ? What about the Sikh genocide in 1984 ? WHat does the Congress have to say for its own misdeeds ?

from:  Abhishek
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 21:20 IST
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