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Updated: October 27, 2012 00:57 IST

What’s in a NaMo? A troubling cult

Harish Khare
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Narendra Modi’s authoritarian model of leadership is a threat to the BJP, the RSS and India

In our puerile preoccupation with the antics of a self-anointed corruption-buster, not enough attention has been paid to a truly disturbing development in Gujarat. That blessed State now has a new television channel named NaMO, a favourite sobriquet for the “leader,” Narendra Modi. This is perhaps the first instance of a leader outside Tamil Nadu getting a channel named after him. But the difference is that while the AIADMK, the DMK and the DMDK — whose leaders have television channels named after them — are regional outfits, Mr. Modi belongs, at least putatively, to a national party.

It is not known whether the BJP’s central leadership was consulted in the Gujarat party channel’s naamsanskaran, but we do know that the saffron party has for over three decades taken a principled stand against all manifestations of “personality cult”, a weakness its leaders so damningly attributed to the Congress during the heyday of Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi. Now there is quiet acquiescence in Mr. Modi’s insistently personalised claims.

Tip of the iceberg

The new channel is only the tip of the iceberg. Disquietingly enough, the BJP and its apologists remain untroubled over the in-your-face authoritarian formulations and posturing by the Gujarat Chief Minister. Rather, the inclination is to concede his every single demand or fancy, because he is deemed to be an “achiever”, a man who has “transformed” Gujarat and a man who “delivers” electorally. And, we are now being tempted with the relevance-of-the-Gujarat-model-for-the-entire-country thesis.

Essentially Mr. Modi and his authoritarian model of leadership are first and foremost a threat to the BJP as well as the sangh parivar. The harsh reality is that the Chief Minister has garnered sufficient electoral, monetary, political and administrative clout to declare a kind of functional independence from the national leadership and its legitimate control; rather, important central leaders are dependent on him to get into the national legislature.

It is now a matter of historical record how, after the 2002 massacre, the Gujarat Chief Minister was able to mobilise sentiments in the BJP against the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his exhortation to Mr. Modi to observe the rites of rajdharma. Since then, the party has continuously found itself trapped in Mr. Modi’s communal leadership format. And though the Chief Minister has assiduously sought to suggest that he has moved on to a “development agenda”, there can be no confusion that at the very core Mr. Modi has wilfully marketed himself as a deeply divisive personality, unafraid to summon the instruments and rhetoric of violence. This subtle but essentially authoritarian promise of violence remains the defining feature of Mr. Modi’s so-called “Gujarat model.”

The BJP central leadership finds itself in a bind. It has for long fashioned itself as the embodiment of an alternative political culture and has denounced the Congress party’s stifling “high command” style; unlike the Congress, the BJP has talked itself into encouraging “strong” regional leaders but eventually found it necessary to tame State-level satraps who grew too big for their boots — be it a Kalyan Singh in Uttar Pradesh or Yeddyurappa in Karnataka. Mr. Modi now presents a new test. The uncertain and confused leaders holding court at 11, Ashoka Road, are confronted with Mr. Modi’s “my way or the high way” choice. These mealy-mouthed leaders have already subscribed to Mr. Modi’s “Gujarat asmita” mantra, as if the State enjoyed a special status like Nagaland or Jammu and Kashmir. However, if the BJP wants to be taken seriously as a national party, with a central leadership capable of arbitrating morals and manners among its country-wide rank and file, then it would be interesting to see how it resists a hostile takeover bid from the Modi corner.

Today, the Gujarat BJP is unquestionably Mr. Modi’s pocket-borough. He brooks no challenge to his leadership, his authoritative choices and preferences prevail down to the taluka level. No party leader or activist can prosper without the Chief Minister’s blessings. His Cabinet colleagues have been reduced to the status of glorified clerks. In the so-called “development model”, the Chief Minister relies on the district level administrative machinery to collect huge crowds, which helps in manufacturing the illusion of a mass following. A leader has emerged bigger than the organisation. And that cannot be very comforting to any democratic soul.

Mr. Modi’s supreme authority has prospered not just at the expense of the BJP; the sangh parivar too should have reason to worry. The RSS brass will ponder over the fact that today all its frontal organisations — the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad — have reason to feel marginalised and humiliated by an over-bearing Chief Minister.

But all this is between the CM and his party and the sangh parivar. What ought to be a cause for concern to democratic India is the effortless manner in which Mr. Modi has acquired a monopoly over political truth, a basic requisite in an incipient authoritarian show. Any individual or group that dares to question the Chief Minister and his ways has been rendered illegitimate and inimical to Gujarat. Dissent has been virtually shut out of Gujarat’s democratic marketplace.

Recently when that grand old man of the milk revolution in India, Verghese Kurien, died, newspapers recalled a January 2004 confrontation between the Amul Man and Mr. Modi. The two had shared a platform at Anand, Mr. Kurien’s karambhoomi. The Milk Man gathered the courage to tell the Chief Minister that the 2002 communal violence had brought a bad name to the State and narrated the adverse observations of a visiting Japanese dignitary. According to newspaper reports, Mr. Modi bluntly ticked Mr. Kurien off: “After years of suppression, we have got into the habit of taking certificates from foreigners. Should we be taking certificate from this lady in Japan who came here only for a few days?” It was vintage Modi, massaging Gujarati sub-nationalism. (Soon Mr. Kurien found himself at the receiving end of the Chief Minister’s anger.)

A few months ago, the same Mr. Modi was in Japan. Soon his propaganda machinery was flaunting certificates to his “visionary leadership” from obscure Japanese functionaries, just as a visit from a British envoy has been tom-tommed as a massive endorsement of the Chief Minister’s “accomplishments”.

Like an old fashioned authoritarian, Mr. Modi has seen to it that he alone has the licence to speak for Gujarat. Admittedly, he cannot be blamed for aggressively dominating the discourse in Gujarat. His political foes within and outside the BJP have failed to come up with a rival imagination, and other voices have become feeble and ineffective. And, the Chief Minister has demonstrated a remarkable capacity for politics as theatre, using government resources to stage massive spectacles like Vibrant Gujarat Investment Melas, Sadbhavana Uppvas, Vivekananada yatras, etc. Nonetheless, it remains to be seen whether under Mr. Modi’s supposedly dynamic leadership, the BJP can better the Congress record of winning more than 140 Assembly seats.

‘Strongman’ offer

Gujarat may have nicely got used to the miasma of soft authoritarianism but must the rest of India buy into this thinly disguised “strongman” offer? Mr. Modi’s handlers and apologists can be expected to merchandise him as the perfect practitioner of noble “will power”, a decisive and seemingly incorruptible leader who will shepherd the country out of the current spell of indecision and drift. The gullible middle classes and sections of the media have already shown a remarkable appetite for the vendors of unorthodox solutions, like the handing over of Gestapo-like powers to some kind of a Lok Pal. Mercifully, there is only small hurdle that Mr. Modi may face in hawking his brand of ‘maha adhinayakvaad’, or cult of the great leader: in these last eight years, India has come to cherish its pluralistic values and democratic habits too much to fall for offers of leadership from would be “strongmen”. L.K. Advani found this out in 2009.

(Harish Khare is a veteran commentator and political analyst.)

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The reader Sujith laments that the author peddle unsubstantiated allegations without any proof and then build is story based on these statements. From the state govts attempts in sabotaging the riot investigations to the official fake encounters? Are they not telling facts Sujith?

from:  Roopesh
Posted on: Oct 29, 2012 at 15:36 IST

My feeling is basically we indians don,t respect freedom. We love to workship people. You can see in all parties like congress, dmk , admk or any other successful party. People love to blindly follow or worship. But they refuse have a balanced view. So from all the comments from the readers it can be seen.

from:  ulaganathan
Posted on: Oct 29, 2012 at 12:31 IST

Authoritarian?. Considering the PM chair to be their birthright is what I call authoritarian.At least Modi is working is way to the top with shear hard work. People support him because he has delivered.I wish and hope that RSS/BJP could create few more leaders like Modi.

from:  arun nair
Posted on: Oct 29, 2012 at 12:29 IST

I agree with Harish Khare..
That is the reality of Mr. Modi Saheb

Narendra Modi’s authoritarian model of leadership is a threat to the BJP, the RSS and India

from:  Ramanpatkar
Posted on: Oct 29, 2012 at 11:11 IST

The author, while raising several valid points on how an authoritarian attitude of a leader is threat to India's future, has conveniently ignored that Narendra Modi, similar to Jayalalitha, is still a regional leader although belonging to a national party. Therefore, it is a mistake to magnify his way of work or thought process to deduce how it would turn out at national level. It is also interesting to note in the article that Modi is considered as threat to Sangh Parivar, which itself is not perceived as secular.
The fact that elections are won on relative superiority keeps Modi at the top of the list with others already drenched deep into corruption.

from:  Siddharth Pandit
Posted on: Oct 29, 2012 at 11:05 IST

A highly disappointing and one-sided article in one of the few publications I believe still has some semblance of objectivity and political impartiality. What is even worse is that both the newspaper and the author have not deemed it fit to disclose that Mr. Khare was a former Media Advisor to PM Dr. MM Singh. It is vital for readers to know the background of a person in order to understand such rants in the right context. Trying to pass off such articles as the work of a seemingly impartial "veteran commentator and political analyst" is a cheap trick not expected from this newspaper. But then again, since when has transparency been the strong suite of the Congress and its sympathizers?

from:  Vaibhav
Posted on: Oct 29, 2012 at 11:04 IST

The author (as many Indians) presupposes that authoritarium model is not viable and only free democracy is the answer to all ills. Whilst this may be true to a certain extent an authoritarium model has worked wonders in countries like Singapore and to some extent in China.
My company has a branch in China. Contrary to the assertions (mostly by western media) the Chinese upward moving middle class is extemely happy with their "authoritarian" leadership, since it delivers. I would be more than happy to live under a authoritarian (but capable) NaMo rather than the useless UPA fools, who have landed the country in the mess that it is.
Corruption exists in China, no doubt about it, but no brazenly as here. Also it is accompanied by real development - roads, bullet trains etc. Hope we don't miss the perspective while demonising anybody.

from:  Milind
Posted on: Oct 29, 2012 at 10:49 IST

I don't understand the moronic comments made here about the article
being biased... It's an Opinion piece... it's a no-brainer to
expect it to be 'objective'. Please.

(I don't sympathize with Modi or the UPA btw)

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 21:12 IST

Most of schemes which are introduced by Govt are not reaching the
privileged. This has been accepted by us and even across the political
Modi seems to be not part of this unsolved problem. He has tried to
rectify by creating huge awareness, being present and personally
delivering the benefits.
Let us applaud Narendra Modi, by launching a channel will keep the
citizens aware of every scheme. obviously we will find them self
centric message. But why sud we worry? every person has right to sell
himself. Awareness thru Vivekanand yatra and Sadbhavna are also
acclaimed to be for his gain. but why cant we think that he creating
lots of poitivity in the society ? why ? simply because he an able CM
? If an idividual had done it, he wud have been awarded.
I think the ultimate idea is to keep people aware.

from:  Shailesh Desai
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 17:18 IST

Strongly disagree with the article. Modi has a superb track record of governance, and the people have kept re-elected him, because they know this. Modi's so-called "authoritarian streak" is really just a resistance to the all-pervasive corruption in India, which unfortunately even affects the BJP. When corruption is everywhere, and you're fighting it, then it only seems like you're fighting everyone. But I like Modi's strong stand on principles and ethics, which the Congress couldn't care less about. Corruption is the #1 issue facing the country, and the fact that groups like Naxalites have taken up arms against the entire country shows how serious the problem of Congress kleptocracy is to this country.

from:  Sanjay
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 17:12 IST

Such a one sided article in the national daily is unfortunate. I am the follower of THE HINDU from past two years and what i have obseved that from past 6 months or so we see one article or another maligning development model of gujrat or NaMo.It is really appalling. Cant hindu publish one article showing other side of the story? if not then dont be surprised if people accuse this paper of having biased reporting. I know i am criticising this NP which i love quite a lot. but i have to after seeing so many articles against na Mo Please publish this comment if you are really impartial?
On the article.well people have only one point to criticize naMo and that is riot-2002. the maligning spirit is can be judged by the fact that these so called secularist have conviniently forgotten sikh riots of 84 which slaughtered 100s of sikhs done by the leaders of ruling party and under the same rule assam riot took such humngous proportion. but somehow they only remember 2002.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 17:04 IST

An apt article. For those who support Modi-Why Gujarat could produce one leader- Modi only? Why there was no other competitors? Is it because no body wants to do good to others other than Modi!!! Then what is the difference between king rule and democracy?

from:  marudah
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 17:00 IST

The author challenges the BJP to better the Congress record of winning
more than 140 Assembly seats in Gujarat. So, it is not enough to get
a clear majority (as BJP has done during the previous elections). And
what has been the record of the Congress party itself in the
parliament? It has got less than 200 seats and talks as if it enjoys
a countrywide mandate. One rule for the communalists and a different
rule for the secularists! Let the author first challenge the Congress
party to try to get absolute majority (in the parliament, as for
Gujarat looks like it has already lost hope).

from:  kvjayan
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 16:25 IST

The article by Harish Khare who is a known congress sympathizer is
highly biased and distorts reality.Everyone even harshest critics of
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi accept that he has brought all
round development to Gujarat.Moreover its funny to claim that Modi's
elevation in national politics will bring authoritarianism and dictatorship. Modi is a democratically elected leader and India is a
democracy not a Hitler era Germany.Moreover is it not a fact that
Cheif Minsiters like Jayalalitha and Maywati treat their cabinet colleagues even worse than Modi as if the ministers are their personals servants. Whether THE HINDU accepts it or not Narendra Modi is set to become india's Prime Minister in 2014

from:  chinmay
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 16:22 IST

Most of the people do not understand how a democracy works. Modi must have done good work but that does not mean he can use government programs as propaganda machines. This kind of false worship and blind following causes pogroms. Mass following without thinking is a danger. In democracy people have a right to dissent and free speech. The power of the popular leader should not be used to curb dissent. This is most dangerous thing for democracy and India. Hitler did the same thing. 2002 pogrom in Gujarat is a shame to the whole country. No God says to kill innocent people and Modi is no God.

from:  RAKESH
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 15:21 IST

I had imagined Mr.Harish Khare as a seasoned political analyst. I had also believed The Hindu as an orthodox newspaper reporting news unbiasedly. However, after reading this analysis (or imaginative story), I have no doubt in my mind that the press in this country have to share the blame for what this country is today. They seem to operate hand-in-gloves with the corrupt politicians. Instead of appreciating Mr.Modi for rising against all odds and turning Gujarat into a modern state, they are constructing imaginative stories. Since when has The Hindu turned pro-Congress?

from:  Manohar Krishna Gandhi
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 15:05 IST

The comments here are to be seen as a opinion poll and in that sense,Mr.
Narendra Modi has already become the nation's most preferred choice to
lead the country based not on lineage or position thrust upon him by
anyone above him, but solely on development development oriented
performance, undaunted by the unending flow of brickbats thrown from all
corners at him, by those who are unable to hide their sense of growing
insecurity, due the rise of Mr. Modi in the political ladder day by day.

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 14:45 IST

Have you ever been to Gujarat, Mr. Harish Khare? I lived there till I
passed class 11 which was about seven years ago. Every time I go
there, even now, I see a new wave of development in progress
somewhere. People actually feel safe there- my parents go to an
'evening walk' at 11pm everyday without any sort of fear. You talk
about an "authoritarian rule", but that rule has brought nothing but
peace and development to an entire state and if emulated in other
parts of the country, has the potential to change the face of the
nation. Modi doesn't compete an election simply by going to some rural
homes and sitting with the villagers there for a meal- he competes
just by shining illustrations of progress.
Moreover, your commentary, or as I should say, "analysis" is nothing
but a passionate attempt to censure a great leader- it has no basis in
facts or citations whatsoever. A rather lame attempt by a man of your

from:  Ketan Vijayvargiya
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 14:42 IST

Modi bashing has become a favorite past time for some columnists such
as Mr. Khare. Such a one sided article wasn't expected from The Hindu.
You think Gujarat shining is fake? I think you should go there and
stay for a month or so to decide. It takes guts for decision making
and Mr. Modi has it in him (in plenty) unlike Mr. Prime minister and
you call it authoritarian? Let me tell you my friend if Mr. Modi is
made the prime minister I am sure there will be some solutions for
problems I am mentioning below:

1) Terrorism
2) Illegal immigrations from neighboring countries
3) Maoists
4) Afzal Guru ( Congress' unofficial son in law)

If decision making (in favor of the people) is authoritarian then I
endorse it. JAI HIND

from:  Vivek Doijode
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 14:42 IST

During 1936 and the years following till 1942, the Germans hailed Hitler as one who transformed Germany into a major imperialist power from almost the ashes of the I world war, like phoenix.
Germany’s miraculous economic development and his military genius had been marvellous. All the other European countries lagged very much behind Germany in terms of economic development and war preparedness. Many European countries were subdued and humiliated to surrender. And thereafter what happened to Germany is known to all. His belief in racial supremacy of his own race, his hatred for other races and the violence he used to crush every form of dissent resulted in disaster on the entire human race hither to unknown in history; Chengizkhan and Timur were dwarfs in cruelty compared to Hitler. Modi is in no way different from Hitler. The RSS and BJP has a moral obligation to India; let them not empower this Modi and save India from the catastrophe of religious holocausts.

from:  natarajan kanagasabai
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 14:37 IST

mr.khaire seems to be more concerned with means than ends. unlike him,
people are more concerned with ends in india. i mean who is concerned
with what modi does with his ministers. ultimately if he is inefficient
u have the so called democratic means to oust him out of his seat
during next elections.u may say democratic means are being misuitilised
by the incumbents. if that is the case no incumbent will ever get
ousted. sometimes too many interests make the act of governance
immobile. in such situations it is good to have a leader who can remove
the inertia of rest. ps i am no way endorsing modi's communal agenda.

from:  lohit
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 14:01 IST

Reading the comments on this article it becomes obvious that the reading public of this
paper have not been fooled by this blatant attempt at Modi-baiting and indirectly pushing the
Congress' cause. The article is full of innuendos, unsubstantiated half-truths, and conjectures that are being offered as unalloyed truth. The author has tried to discredit all opposition to the Congress including even Anna Hazare and the IAC, by lumping them together as unworthy of leadership of the country. The threat to India that he perceives is in effect a threat to his pet Congress that has not even a semblance of democracy within its set-up. Mr. Khare gives the game away when he challenges the BJP to better the electoral record of the Congress. Well, 140 seats did not get Gujarat anywhere. Else the Congress would not be this desperate. I hope the author has been suitably compensated for his labours by the party of his choice. I am sorry The Hindu has space for such yellow press.

from:  Vijaya Dar
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 13:48 IST

The State sponsored communal carnage of 2002 will forever remain as the biggest blemish on Mr.Modi. The lives of the
innocent people who died and those who remain traumatised till date - cannot be traded off for Modi's perceived image of
giving efficient governance. It is highly insensitive and cruel to say that we need to "move on" , just because MNC's
are keen on investing in Gujarat. He may have attained meglomaniac stature in Gujarat and may have cult like following on
cyberspace - but the Nation will never forget his complicity in the Commnal violence of 2002 and his arrogant "action vs reaction"
speech. It is not enough for a leader to be just uncorrupt and efficient - what is even more important is the leader's willingness
to treat all people as equals and not to discriminate against her/his own people for narrow political gains - and this is
where Modi has failed big time.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 13:31 IST

I expected more out of The Hindu.
This is a glaringly one sided article, written by somebody who (by the
looks of it) seems hell bent against Narendra Modi. The common
consensus seems to be against Modi in all of India due to the VASTLY
PUBLICIZED COMMUNAL RIOT's in Gujrat in 2002. Has anybody stopped to
think of how these riots have NOT changed the opinion of people in
Gujrat? Is it that everybody else has a different opinion than the
people in Gujrat who happened to be at the epicenter of this incident?
If the common man in Gujrat thinks that Modi is a good leader, there
must be something behind that logic. Nobody is a fool to follow
someone unquestioningly! I would urge the author to think about this
again and I would also expect the Editorial staff at The Hindu to
P.S: Having said that, I would also like to mention that I am not a
resident of Gujrat, nor am I a blind follower of BJP.

from:  Shashidhar Sharma
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 13:24 IST

@Harish: If the Authoritarian model helps us to get smooth roads through out the country , we support it . I was in Gujarat for last 3 years .girls and ladies enjoy matinee show without any fear , unlike Delhi and Mumbai .If Modi's model helps to do so , then people of India will support them . If a desert state can produce over 8% growth in agriculture , I support this model . If Ground water level creases year by year in the country by this model , I would love it . If corruption remains at bay by this model , I would love to have this model . If remote areas and all villages of country get electricity , I would die to have this model .

We are common people of India and Modi knows what we want .


from:  anil
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 13:24 IST

Any time there is anything said remotely critical of Narendra Modi, there is this spirited (and by now, predictable) defense from a section of the Indian public and the NRIs that falls into a certain pattern: the criticism is deflected towards the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, the argument takes somewhat of a nationalistic tone or becomes a "so what, as long as there's economic progress?" question. Issues of economic and social equity and justice are nowhere in the picture and do not seem to be of concern. Nor is environmental sustainability. And I am yet to come across a single non-Hindu person offering these arguments, making me wonder if religious identity could be at least one of the factors at play here.
While the comments posted here are by and large civil in tone (probably due to moderation), they are not always so in other forums on this topic. I would like to suggest a Google search with the terms "14 defining characteristics of fascism" by Dr. "Lawrence Britt".

from:  Harish Kumar
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 13:22 IST

might be mr.NAMO is more towards one man show. but he is working , the
democratic way by winning all the election in gujarat by fielding new
candidates every time.people of gujarat knows the value of his work,
for development of gujarat and he does not require the certificae from
any one. it is the common man of gujarat who understands him ,then
such a knowledegable author mr .khare.yesterday`s opinion poll also
shows mr. NAMO(bjp) will be way ahead of other parties.i live in south
india and i travel a lot and know the opinion`s of south indian liking
mr. NAMO`S work and praising him for the development of gujarat

from:  minesh chalishazar
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 13:17 IST

I switched over from Times of India to The Hindu some 8 months bcak - I wanted to start my day with news and not entertaining stories - I was aware of the fact the The Hindu is Left oriented.
We talk so much about "unbiased" media and I have seen many times Mr. N Ram advocating the same - median should only tell facts without prejudice.
The above piece by Mr. Khare does not provide any facts but only issues judgement. The Hindu, by promoting such articles, will slowly erode its readership base - only die hard Leftist fanatics and so called "secularists" will stick to them - inspite of whatever growth rate The Hindu projects.

from:  Biplab Paul
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 13:16 IST

No one can be more authoritarian than Nehru and Indira Gandhi in Indian history; they were total authoritarians Author would have done some justice to Modi by comparing him with these two known authoritarians of past with current era one. It is now a matter of historical fact that 1984 Sikh riot massacre was three times bigger than 2002. Author suffers selective amnesia; in his calendar after 1983 was a year of 1985; that means Sikh riots did not happen. Talking of Namo channel, is it unconstitutional to have name of channel as Namo? Count the number of institutions named after feudal kings of India all the over country. The number will run into thousands.

from:  K Joshi
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 13:12 IST

I don't think that Gujrat has good governance . Someone should investigate the fact that at how many times Apex court has to intervene to get justice delivered to the hapless victims. I agree with the writer that ultimately Modi will be a problem for RSS and BJP . Indian democracy is now mature enough to elect it's leader who fit in it's national objectives and ideals. Modi is out of this frame.

from:  sunderlohia
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 13:05 IST

Whatever model or the type of leadership Mr. Modi has adopted. It has
brought progress to Gujarat. Our Country is considered the largest
functioning democracy in the world but at what cost, such a huge failure
and at so many levels. Whether he starts his channel, or his newspaper
or writes out his name at every corner of every street, the end result
is what that'll matter :Progress. And if bearing with his authoritarian
nature is the price that we need to pay, then please, its not that big
an issue.

from:  Gaurav
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 12:48 IST

Mr. Khare, I am giving an open invitation to come to my own in Gujarat. I will give you ( rather WE WILL show you ) answers of your all questions. I guarantee you that you will tell me " ohh.. this remote village looks like semi-towns of other states with all public amenities !!" Mr. Khare , Don't trust anyone, just trust your eyes by seeing core areas of Gujarat. All these people praising Mr. Modi are not mad.

from:  Ravi Bhadka
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 12:43 IST

Elaborate but unsuccessful in catching the facts that prevail. Modi is having to do many things because he has to carry his good work forward and on the national platform.If others have designs of different nature than he has to fight some forces from within the party and from out side. Its a one man crusade because the politics is now a plaything in hands of jokers.

from:  krsna
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 12:41 IST

Strong leadership is a necessity to strengthen democracy.Absence of
strong leadership will produce political instability as in the case of
Karnataka.People are more aware about their daily issues like bread and
butter.They are not concerned about rhetoric of secularism or democracy.

from:  Shinoj Sasidharan
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 12:23 IST

Media and particularly national news papers like TheHindu should make
it mandatory to post a disclosure for each article written by the
authors mentioning if they have any links to the people/subjects/topic
of concern.For example this author has clear affiliation to the UPA
government and its leaders and still is writing as though he is
neutral.By not putting a disclosure next readers will think twice
before trusting any article on TheHindu as this article from Mr. Khare
who was an adviser to Mr. Manmohan singh gives an impression of a paid
article or to appease some body rather than being neutral and giving a
fair opinion which newspapers like TheHindu are known to stand for

from:  Sri
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 12:22 IST

I used to believe that Hindu is not biased for Narendra Modi, but after
reading many articles about Narendra Modi, it seems like that Hindu is
bit biased towards Narendra Modi. Only for these kind of articles, it
gives good feeling that Hindu does not have wide readership in India
and limited to educated class as readers, so a voter opinion will not be
affected by these articles.
On interesting note, out of 26 or so comments, only 2-3 favor the author
... and rest wants NaMo.

from:  Vaibhav
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 12:12 IST

The fact is in national politics the national parties and the national
interests have lost relevance.For example in the case of Andhra
pradesh the national parties are ready to break the state into small
parts without bothering about the national ramifications and are
fanning the separatism culture.Similarly there are so many stories
from each state.Then comes reservation with all colors. Even central
ministers participating in this without bothering about national
fabric and setting a road map for future.There is no talk of
interlinking of rivers. Aadhar is being trumpeted as a one stop
solution for removing poverty.But the fact is to cover all India, it
will take another 15 years and till then what, and also in between
there will be 3 or 4 elections.Every thing the central govt is only
piece meal approach. All the efforts of every political party is only
to break the Indians to smaller segments in the name region, religion,
caste, creed, communities etc, so that they can wield power

from:  Sri
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 12:06 IST

What is wrong if Modi marginalises the RSS. Is the RSS a democratic body - has it ever contested elections whereas Modi has contested and won many times. RSS has a record of marginalising democratic leaders (Kalyan Singh - the result is BJP has lost any hopes of winning in UP) so that these back room manipulators can bring in people like Gadkari (what are his credentials) to head the BJP. If a nobody like Gadkari can head the BJP, Modi can certainly become the PM of this country.

Having said that, India deserves a person of great stature as PM (Modi can never wash away the stigma of Gujarat where innocents were killed when he was CM) and India (associated with Gandhi) needs a better human being as its PM (and BJP a better President)

from:  Ash
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 12:01 IST

I completely agree with Mr. Madhusudan Giri. I do not know what is
authoritarianism. Anything which simplifies and eases the life of
"common man" is more than welcome even if it is anarchy (We are
already in that).

from:  sudhir pandey
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 11:56 IST

What I see and probably you do not see:
- Culprits of 2002 riots are getting punishment, unlike 1984 and Mumbai the culprits are at large. There can be comment on judgement but justice is delivered.
- The roads are smooth
- Power is available in remote villages as well
- Tata went to Gujarat from Bengal (It should come to Maharashtra in ideal world)
It could have better to do some constructive criticism if some one can improve. I am from Maharashtra and see government doing nothing for the state - there is no IIT, IIS or AIIMS in Pune while it ISB went to Hyderabad. Able leaders make difference .... their styles can be argued upon but how can you deny achievements which other states are failing to do.

from:  Jayesh
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 11:53 IST

The Article is totally biased against MrModi, who has made a name for himself by
sheer hard work transforming Gujarat into a prosperous State -- a role model for
other States to follow. and he has thus come to stay for a long time to come. If the
writer calls Modi's rule as 'authoritarian, what about the UPAII Government. Is it not
authoritarian run under the dictates of one single person surrounded by sycophants
and a weak PM. It is a great pity that a veteran journalist like Hariish Khare should
have downgraded himself as an unofficial spokesman of the UPA forgetting his role as an impartial journalist.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 11:52 IST

Why only talk about Modi? Doesn't the Congress have a personality
cult? Please tell me one leader in Congress including PM who can defy
Congress president or Yuva Congress president. When her pet project
NAG tried to impose the anti-constitutional communal violence bill,
how many congressmen opposed it ?
Atleast Modi is a performer, gives interviews extempore, answers
questions etc.. Even after 8 years, the nation is waiting for an
extempore interview from the Congress President. The nation would like
to know what are her views about topics of importance, her knowledge
of history of India (given the fact that her quasi-government NAC came
up with a bizarre communal violence bill), her vision for the future,
directly in Q & A format, not through stage managed election speeches.

from:  Ganesho
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 11:50 IST

Indira Gandhi by humbling the Syndicate leaders extricated the
Congress party from the clutches of capitalists and initiated
progressive measures like nationalization of banks, abolition of privy
purses and the 20 point anti-poverty programme.She also facing the
wrath of both China and America liberated the people of Bangladesh
from the atrocities of West Pakistan military junta. Because of this
she was loved by the Indian people. It is wrong to say that her
popularity is the result of a personality cult created by her
followers in the party. The author says that the Saffron party has
been principled and consistent in its opposition to personality cult.
The truth is they do not have leaders of the stature of Indira Gandhi.
To have leaders like Indira Gandhi they must have constructive
policies. The saffron party has been consistent only in their ideology
of what they call as Hindutva which is nothing but minority bashing.
From the days in 70s when a democratically elected Congress government
was being de-stabilized by the anti-reservation stir Gujarath society
was being polarized which culminated in Modi era.BJP was able to come
to power at the centre not because of a people’s mandate. It was the
refusal of CPM leaders to make Jyothi Basu the prime minister combined
with opportunism of leaders like Mamatha Banerji, Chandrababu Naidu,
Mayavathi and others like them. Once again in the event of a fractured
verdict if leaders like them become prepared to break bread with
Narendra modi for sake of power no force on earth can prevent him
becoming the prime minister of India.

from:  Baikadi Suryanarayana Rao
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 11:33 IST

Beautifully written. liked the NaMo channel thing. it's okay to be bold and straight. modi has courage to stand to his ideals and vision. the monarchies (gandhi dynasty ) have looted India, it's time to go to the development agendas rather than putting new reservations every election for mere vote bank politics. in T.N.

from:  shukla
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 11:26 IST

To all the diehard supporters or the so called fans following just go through the rural development statistics of the rural gujrat and get a detailed picture of development. This article is well written because it only give the character of a deemed national leader. Now the question of our awareness comes to the test that wheather we wish to flourish our democarcy or to surrendered ourself to an authoritarian leader.

from:  sikander
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 11:12 IST

I would prefer anyday a clean authoritarian or even a corruption free
dictator who take country forward and make it developed rather corrupt
to the core sickular govt.

from:  B Kumar
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 11:12 IST

Dear Mr. Khare,
A google search on you revealed that you have been media adviser to Manmohan
Singh. Not sure if ABVP/VHP etc are feeling marginalized, but certainly you are feeling in that way after you lost that post. Please be clear if it's attempt to impress 10 Race course. You have used plenty of abominable words - one such example is "gullible middle class" which I always thought is educated and wise in decision making. Leave Gujrat development saga (as someone pointed out it's the only shining state in the dark), you pointed out "soft authoritarianism". I wish you could use similar words for the government which kept octogenarian Anna Hazare in prison for a peaceful anshan or what kind of governance was demonstrated in brazen night attack on Baba Ramdev gathering.
I would be happy to live under your so called "soft authoritarian" than a corrupt leadership which is taking India back everyday.

from:  Akhil
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 11:04 IST

Eloquent but hardly cogent.

from:  p. kumar
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 10:57 IST

Harish deserves kudos for pulling the standards of journalism down to the nadir. He equates criticism with biased vilification. True, Modi uses authoritarian model of administration to a certain extent, but certainly not a model as harmful as one great Congress leader used in the past (remember Emergency?). Also, who wants the leadership model where the leader has to be dictated by a non-entity outside Govt.? Leader without authority means Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi is better off not being him (people of Gujarat are repeatedly saying so). Talking about Narendra Modi becoming taller than the BJP as the institution smacks of mischievous designs. Leadership must transcend geographical barriers. Modi has become taller than all leaders - national or local - and is a well-deserving candidate for PM now. Let NaMo channel use national coverage. What is wrong?

from:  VMN Sharma
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 10:51 IST

Excellent article. The hysteria surrounding Modi is exactly that - a
cult. If people take a good hard look at his government, all he did was
take a perfectly good, economically successful state, and then claim
credit for years of development - when other states have risen from
worse conditions. If Modi becomes the leader of this country, we are
finished, because he is mainly a media machine. It will be the worst
thing for poor people, women, minorities.

from:  Varun
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 10:30 IST

As a citizen, I want a leader who makes my job easy. Modi is the kind of leader for whom victory is certain (its the margin of victory and how that victory was achieved is uncertain). And this certainty relaxes the burden on me to go vote and decide the election. Modi's election is already decided. And the fact that he is the kind of a politician who makes my job easy by freeing my time from not going to the polling booth is what is best about him.

When you don't know how to drive a car, just shut up and let the driver drive in whichever manner he can. And when you know how to drive, just drive.

from:  Vaalteru Somaraaju
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 10:26 IST

Modi bashing is nothing new to your columnist or your paper. Day in and day out you do it in your newspaper in the form of cartoons and news items. Every political outfit both National and regional has TV channels. Governments spend crores of Rupees on advertisements to news media which has the photos of people who have no connection with Governance. Mr. Narendra Modi has offered a clean administration and excellent governance and made Gujrat number one State in India in development. Nobody in our country can talk about secularism. Every political party uses this word to suit its convenience. But create caste and community vote-banks. Just using abusive words does not make an article worthy of reading.
People of Gujrat know who is the best leader for their State and the results in the elections will show this.

from:  Balasubramanian A
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 10:16 IST

In a democracy, we have to respect people's choice of their leaders,
whether we like it or not. Except Gujarat people, outsiders only are
opposing Modi. His contribution to his state is well known and his
state people held him with high esteem. In the all India level also,
he is a tall leader. Even in many Committees, and many political
parties decisions are taken in an authoritarian manner. To some extent
it is a require quality.With consensus, decisions cannot be taken all
the time. Freedom, democracy, people's rights , even now are limited -
it is not as free society as we think to be. Go to any government
office for a service and you will be reminded what small creature you
are. For the elites, it is different; with their many contacts or
money power, they can get anything done at their doorstep. Privileged
people may not know this. To remain in Politics,business propaganda is
a must.For a commercial product, film publicity only decides the
success.All have different scale for Modi

from:  Gopalan
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 10:16 IST

Congress the other national party has also regional leaders starting TV channels.For example Sakshi TV in Andhra pradesh and Vasanth TV in Tamilnadu.Why the hue and cry about NaMo TV?

from:  R.P.RAJAN
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 10:12 IST

Very disappointed with the article. I thought "The Hindu" reflects the
true spirit of journalism, but such type of articles reflect the poor,
biased & absolutely agitating stands which are not at all healthy. The
writer of this article looks like has a personal envy towards
development in Gujarat.

from:  Amit Thaker
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 10:07 IST

Upcoming election in Gujarat will decide the public opinion about
Chief Minister Namo. In my opinion Gujarat gave a good performance in
last 7-8 years as compare to other state in all cases.In politics
their in one whom we can compare with him in case of development, take
the counter part of him Bihar Chief Minister doing very well in Bihar
but stood far behind as compare to Gujarat.I think Namo become another
name of success.

from:  jaideep parashar
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 09:56 IST

Very true. Couldn't agree more. Congress might be corrupt, but what Modi represents is even worse. I will rather live in a slowly growing India than live in an India where "development" has been achieved on the blood of fellow Indians. I don't want an India which has lost its basic values , its plurality.

from:  K Kumar
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 09:51 IST

Nice try, Harish Khare, on another potshot at Modi. We all know that every party is run in a feudal manner, and every person in "power" is a law unto himself or herself in India. Why single out Modi? You can say the same about a whole lot of so-called leaders. India is perhaps the only democracy where terms like "ruling party", "in power" and "regime" (terms that should be used in the context of monarchies or dictatorships) are used routinely rather than terms referring to administering or governing (not to mention the unique concept of "plum" positions to refer to government jobs). Politicians at all levels - and those particularly at highest levels - behave like monarchs and expect everyone to treat them that way. At least Modi has brought tangible improvements to governance and economic progress to Gujarat. Let us be happy about that.

from:  Bala Raja
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 09:01 IST

Why this great worry on some regional leaders like MK and NM getting a wider recognition allround when the country has been under the control of as political dynasty for all these decades after independence? Have uniform standards.

from:  S. Subramanyan
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 08:48 IST

I really do not understand why i have never seen a good article about Mr. Modi in the past several years. He has achieved a lot of things which no other politician has, imagine there is not a single case of corruption against him. I have not seen an article stating that Mr. Manmohan Singh should be responsible.Is the role of media only about criticizing and not appreciating the efforts put by some one.This approach seems like we are no more interested in showing both sides of the story. Really the media should show both sides of the story , or else will loose its ground.

from:  Raghav
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 08:46 IST

(1) In the last assembly elections held in 2007, the BJP got less than
50 per cent of the total votes. (2) It is rather difficult to predict
whether Mr Narendra Modi can function at national level with same
freedom as he is able to do in his home state of Gujarat. (3) An
impartial study of the economic progress of Gujarat would reveal what
is the actual state of affairs. Further, Mr. Modi’s success in Gujarat
has more to do with the entrepreneurial acumen of Gujarat’s business
community and huge capital investment made by the community. .In this
connection we cannot overlook high levels of air and water pollution
in some areas of Gujarat. (4) Mr. Khare has rightly pointed out to
Mr. Modi’s authoritarian style. Mr. Modi generally does not tolerate
dissenting voice and that may be the big obstacle in his being
selected as NDA candidate for PM’s post, should NDA win a majority in
the next Lok Sabha election.

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 08:37 IST

Mr. Khare is wearing anti Modi and anti saffron glasses. People of India love Midiji because of the work he has done. Great persons make their following even without desiring for it. This is the case with Narendrabhai. Despite all the negative publicity by the English media and "sicular/congressi/corrupt" politicians, Mr. Modi is loved by the masses of Gujrat. Seems like persons like Mr, Khare either do not like democracy or only like it as a dear slogan of value only if suits them. Jai Bharat.

from:  Dr. sadhak Sen
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 08:24 IST

Let the people of Gujarat and the citizens of India decide at large as to whom they
want to see as their leader, meanwhile keep these critics aside...

from:  Mathan M
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 08:19 IST

Notes from the artilce:
"Essentially Mr. Modi and his authoritarian model of leadership are
first and foremost a threat to the BJP as well as the sangh parivar."
- Modi's growth is not Sangh Parivar's growth. Sangh Parivar is not
secular. Is Modi different from Sangh Parivar?

"Chief Minister has garnered sufficient electoral, monetary, political
and administrative clout to declare a kind of functional independence
from the national leadership and its legitimate control" - Modi is
local leader. There are leaders in BJP who are only National leaders.

"it remains to be seen whether under Mr. Modi’s supposedly dynamic
leadership, the BJP can better the Congress record of winning more
than 140 Assembly seats." - Though Congress may not win still Modi
will not win great.

"India has come to cherish its pluralistic values and democratic
habits too much to fall for offers of leadership from would be
“strongmen”. -Minorities in India are no more minorities. They are
slowly becoming majority.

from:  H. Prasad
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 08:15 IST

I am highly disappointed with this piece of intellectual presentation of what is not good / impending danger for BJP / Country. Firstly, the need of the hour is a strong leader with no lust for money, fair dealing of all and honest interests of the State, not self. A leader who has over the period of 8 years has won the masses and Industrialists, shown the world how to manage ( in particular, the Power Sector, from losses and deficient supply to Surplusses in finances and generation and supply.) is sure attract jealousy. The Media has over the years has beaten him with one and only one stick of Godhra Riots, passing judgment on their own, when the masses have given thumbs down repeatedly, for this orchestrated campaign. I consider it as a battle fought against the evil of Congress Politics, and a few soldiers died for the good cause of greater good. They all served their Mother Country and laid their lives heroically.
Stop any further references to this event.

from:  K S R Murthy
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 08:14 IST

I think calling the Modi government as authoritarian is not proper in perfect sense. One has to understand that his way may be authoritative but ultimately he derives all his powers from a perfect democratic electoral system. It is futile to say that Gujarat people have gotten used to the authoritative ways. Once cannot deny the development stats of the State, though it might be lacking way back in some factors. Ultimately we need leaders who can push through & get the development done. What good is a leader if he is been called with all the good adjectives but ends up doing nothing ? So, my view is, it's not proper to keep an utopian view about Gujarat. Ultimately, it's the peoples verdict .

from:  Ninad
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 07:32 IST

A professional analyst is expected to study both sides of the coin before jumping to conclusions.

from:  GVL.Narasimham.
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 06:29 IST

Narendra Modi's authority is based on performance, not inherited feudal power. He is no more authoritarian, in fact much less so than those heading the Congress. Also, he doesn't have family members and friends plundering the country.

The people of Gujarat can vote him out if they find him oppressive.

As for Dr. Kurien's gratuitous comment on the 1922 post-Godhra riots are concerned, Mr. Modi was absolutely right-- who was Kurien speaking for, some Japanese tourist? Also, the milk revolution that began in Anand was the brainchild of the late Tribhuvandas Patel who founded AMUL and invited Kurien to manage it. Kurien and his admirers like Khare never mention the seminal role played by Tribhuvandas.

If Modi brings in another Emergency, the people of India will teach him a lesson as the did Indira Gandhi.

from:  N.S. Rajaram
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 04:48 IST

May be, a benevolent authoritarian with a nationalistic spirit, transparency and accountability
in administration, could be the answer for a bipartisan corrupt political class who had been
looting the country mercilessly in the past. What ever said and done, the nature of politics
and people in it are not the people who can take the country forward and the people of India
needs a person to champion the aspirations of the majority. This may be at the cost of the
discomfort to the minority oligarchs,plutocrats and beurocrats who had benefitted immensly
from a corrupt system in existence. Time to move on and move away from the stench!

from:  Saratchandran
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 03:46 IST

There are too many errors and contradictions in this article and seems to have been written with a single goal of 'maligning the Modi'. The leadership of Modi is evident all over Gujrat and in fact, all over the world now. Whether you call it authoritative or something else, you have seen the developmental progress and improvements, unlike the authoritarian leaders in India in our time. Also the contradiction in the article pertains to BJP and if BJP encourages local leaders and shuns 'high command' style functioning, why then it is wrong what Modi is doing. One thing we should be clear, if the leadership is not providing enough development and comfort to people, if it is not providing enough progress and consolation, you can be sure it will be thrown
out one way or the other. It has proven all over the country and all the time. Please resist writing negative articles just for the sake of sensationalism by showing petty one sided views.

from:  Krishna Shetty
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 03:28 IST

This is a very objective article written about Mr.Modi.What made me to endorse this article is that Mr.Modi has not still expressed any remorse for 2002 massacre. THis itself tells how divisive and authoritarian he is who remains "unafraid to summon the instruments and rhetoric of violence."

from:  Martinsanthakumar
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 03:24 IST

The writer has put thought on Mr Modi but looks biased against him. Whatever way he's adopted, currently it's better than the situation predominant in central politics and the politics in some other states like Maharashtra. I think we need good administrator cum politicians like Mr Modi, to deliver results and that too without compromise on anything. We should instead make other government institutions (like Judiciary, Police, Planning, Implementation etc) more strong and independent. So that they can work effectively and efficiently.

from:  Shelendra
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 02:56 IST

Can the author name one other leader in the mainstream politics who has not been authoritarian? Since the time of Congress, India has had nothing but authoritative leaders who tend to push for their personal agenda (be it good or bad) rather than thinking about the nation and its aspirations. Case in point: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's magnanimity in ceding the UN Security Council seat to China can be the most wonderful of such examples. While he might have felt that China was like a big brother, it was his personal opinion and not something that Indians would have liked (at least me, personally). So I don't understand the fuss about an ambitious regional leader.

from:  ramesh
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 02:24 IST

Do you have a better leader than Narendra modi ? Show me a single performer in today's politics. When he says “After years of suppression, we have got into the habit of taking certificates from foreigners." What's wrong ? The US government who killed thousands of innocent Iraqis and Afghan people is teaching us to maintain Religious equlibream , why should we listen to them, you want the same US govt to teach us about Human Rights ? Very pathetic. Since 2002 it is a fashion to speak rubbish about Narendra modi and Gujarat. Who wants your certificates ! at least not Modi or Gujarat.

from:  Jignesh
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 02:17 IST

"And though the Chief Minister has assiduously sought to suggest that he has moved on to a “development agenda”, there can be no confusion that at the very core Mr. Modi has wilfully marketed himself as a deeply divisive personality, unafraid to summon the instruments and rhetoric of violence." How well the author peddle unsubstantiated allegations without any proof and then build his story based on these statements. The same pattern followed by the rather organized crowd of Modi baiters.

from:  Sujith
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 02:11 IST

Glaringly one sided account. What is the author lamenting about. If Modi has made
Gujarat his pocket-borough it is through his hard work of giving the State a clean
and efficient administration .The State is now a lone star in an otherwise dark

from:  Ganesan
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 01:58 IST

Well written commentary. There are also more facts/ factors that need to be taken into account. When a common man who has followed all the rules correctly and pays his dues finds himself at the receiving end of a 'babu' whose interpretation of a rule can make or break this common man, he has to bow down to the unwritten, unverifiable authority of the common clerk who becomes an all powerful demigod who will only do his 'duty' if a few currency notes are exchanged as a token. Everywhere you turn these situations confront you. You have to bribe your way out. When everything is electronic and all income earned is through 'legal' means and accounted where does the common man find 'enough' to satisfy the insatiable hunger for 'bribe'. I would prefer the NaMo variety of authoritarianism anyday to the daily bullying people have to suffer silently in this free country. Let's one day pretend to be the common man and understand his problems, before writing erudite pieces.

from:  Madhusudan Giri
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 01:58 IST

whatever written here is a half truth it was something else which
Kurien had said (search with modi's reply in google)which modi replied
that it is because of Government of past(Congress).You conviniently
forget krushi mahotsavs,shaala(school) praveshotsavs.Vibrant Gujarat
has helped gujarat bring in investments many of which goes unnoticed
from mainstream media.He has a huge fan following in Gujarat, I am
talking about my area only when Modi came for Vivekanand Yatra during
Ganesh Mahotsav to various places people gathered without any
incentive just to see him.

from:  Mehul
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 01:55 IST

Do you mean to say people of Gujarat are fools?

from:  Nirmal P.
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 01:12 IST
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