Political activism has increased over the years because of which no one major party has been able to form a government after 1984 (“The BJP’s ‘akla chalo’ challenge,” September 21). Entire India voting for the Hinduvta credentials of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which Mr. Modi represents, seems not only far-fetched but also too optimistic. A strict adherence to its ideology and lack of allies will cost the BJP more than it can anticipate.
Supanpreet K. Ramana,
If the BJP wins the election under Mr. Modi in 2014, it will not be due to any electoral alliance but his leadership qualities, development in Gujarat and people’s faith in him. Those who want a corruption free India will surely think of him.
The growing acceptance of Mr. Modi among many is the result of the UPA’s misrule and anarchy. Indians are fed up with the numerous scams that have taken place under the UPA government and have lost faith in the effectiveness of checks and balances. They are, therefore, exploring the idea of a leader with an authoritarian style — a superman-like protagonist who can “rescue” them. This may prove dangerous.
By anointing Mr. Modi as is its prime ministerial candidate under RSS pressure, the BJP has deviated from the basic principles of parliamentary democracy. In the existing political scenario, no single party appears likely to touch the magical figure of 272. Only a leader who is acceptable to the allies of the party that emerges the single largest can become Prime Minister.
The game deciders will be regional leaders such as Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee, Mulayam Singh and Jayalalithaa. Mr. Modi’s future is still very uncertain.
Param Dev Sharma,
The major criticism against Mr. Modi is that he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat when the 2002 communal riots took place. But it is also true that the spark for the riots was the burning of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra. Those who set the S6 coach on fire are also to blame for the riots that followed.