I fully endorse the opinion of the authors of the article, “What India expects from Modi” (May 3), that Narendra Modi should neutralise his critics by bringing in development. Right now, there is no leader worth a mention other than Mr. Modi. A majority of the people have reposed confidence in him and strongly believe he will perform better than his predecessors. However, the expectations are high, especially because of the ineffective performance of the UPA government. These expectations could cause disappointment as Mr. Modi will be blamed even for small failures if he comes to power.
Kshirasagara Balaji Rao,
Mr. Modi cannot prove his secular credentials through socio-economic development as he is sectarian and divisive by nature. His concept of development is exclusive to the affluent, who oppose every ameliorative state subsidy given to the needy. Mr. Modi’s seeming push to develop big cities may further improve the prospects of the rich and the middle class, but rural India will find itself in abject conditions of deprivation. As for Mr. Modi’s karam yogi officers, the entire State machinery was hibernating while the 2002 pogrom was in full swing. The claim in the article that Mr. Modi has been campaigning in poetry is spurious; instead, his speeches have been loaded with taunts, vilification and plain ignorance. One hopes that his prose will be a saving grace.
The writers seem quite confident that Mr. Modi is set to become the next Prime Minister. But they fail to realise that he and his party were the first ones to criticise the Union government on many issues that were addressed in the article, whether it was the subsidy cap on LPG to 12 cylinders for a household in a year, or the deregulation of petroleum and diesel pricing. All these measures were introduced to lower the subsidy burden, but Mr. Modi never supported them. How then can the people of India trust him?