Sunday, 23 December 2007
Modi’s huge win in Gujarat is a very scary development for this nation. Because it endorses that a vast majority of Gujaratis are delighted with his brand of politics and governance. And inspired, the beleaguered BJP and its allies will now take this winning model forward with great vengeance across the nation, since development and progress are concepts that don’t seem to find many takers. And that can only be a very dangerous and regressive trend. As a nation, we have already paid a very heavy price on account of communal politics, and clearly, a lot more needs to be paid.
No, one isn’t questioning Modi’s financial success in his State, maybe he does know what it takes to pave the path to prosperity. (Though I have always believed our very enterprising Gujarati folks need little help from their netas to get ahead.)
But there can never be lasting peace and happiness if one segment of the citizenry is left out and alienated. It will only help breed contempt and hatred.
Notice that not even once in all these years has Modi apologised or taken responsibility for the riots, rather, he continues to behave as a hero. Which means, divisional politics will now move into the fifth gear in Gujarat, and that is very frightful.
Well, looks like India is still many, many years away from the next stage of evolution.