Narendra Modi re-elected in Gujarat
Most of the NRIs love and admire
Modi for the development of Gujarat
The Gujarati NRIs around the world plays a very influential
role in Gujarat state politics as it also supports the economy.
Modi, chief minister has re-elected for a third term and his victory
make it a watershed in Indian politics.
Most of the NRIs love and admire Modi for the kind
of courage he has shown in leading Gujarat to the development path
whereas there are some who believe he has divided the state. The
state reportedly attracted more than 25 percent of India's total
foreign investment of $69 billion last year.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta wrote, Modi’s win calls for
a serious reflection on the so-called secular/ communal divide.
Why does secular politics carry less credibility than it ought to?
Why does secularism remain a mere slogan, a straw that bends in
Ram Puniyani said, BJP's performance has been best
where the carnage was maximum. Gujarat which began as a Hindu Rashtra
laboratory seems to be turning in to a factory of Hindu Rashtra.
One of the major success of RSS combine has been that it has been
able to propagate successfully that Hindu Rashra is for the benefit
of all the Hindus, there is a struggle between Hindu and Muslim
interests, RSS is on the side of Hindus, while others are against
the interests of Hindus. The real fact is that in the name of Hinduism,
RSS is merely playing with the identity of Hindus and enhancing
an agenda which is against the social transformation of caste and
gender, which is against the interests of majority of Hindus.
Modi has always got the backing from the Sangh in all adverse situations.
In 2002, when the Godhra riots created a humungous anti-Modi ripple,
the RSS stood by him. Sangh leaders have showered praise on Modi
for the "exemplary" leadership he has provided in Gujarat
and called for a similar leader at the national level.
Recently, when the Modi-RSS tussle was in the rounds, he came up
and clarified that RSS and Modi are inseparable. "RSS and I
are inseparable. No force on earth can do us apart," he was
quoted as saying. RSS, the patriarch of all Hindu right wing organizations,
began in 1925; it is from 1980s that is has been able to actualize
its political agenda in a serious way.
A tenure best known for the riots, which began after
a mysterious train fire killed 59 Hindu pilgrims. Many in India
say Modi stood idly by as Hindu mobs butchered Muslims, who were
blamed for the fire. The United States has refused to renew his
visa because of the riots.
Modi did very well in the elections , bringing his
victory tally after every communal-violence, the major player of
the violence, in this case, RSS affiliate, BJP, becomes stronger.
While 2002 elections were preceded by an unprecedented polarization
of the society, in the current one it appeared as if there are many
a factors which will go against Modi, the internal dissidents, the
incumbency factor, the efforts of secular groups and slightly better
efforts by Congress.
Modi said that an innocent Muslim man shot by the
police months earlier deserved to be killed because he was a terrorist.
That statement earned him a censure from India's election commission.