|Courtesy The Hindu|
Narendra Modi, India’s possible future Prime Minister, was in Kerala yesterday. According to a front page report in today’s Malayala Manorama (the widest circulated paper among all the regional languages in India – leaving out a Hindi paper), Modi proclaimed in Kerala that his family meant the Dalits, the oppressed, the Adivasis and the backward communities in India. He didn’t mention Muslims, of course. Please understand his constraints.
Vote for Modi so that all the backward communities in India will be liberated.
Don’t ask which backward community of Gujarat he liberated so far in spite of being the Chief Minister of that state for three consecutive terms.
He brought development to the state. At what cost? And what kind of development?
According to the Raghuram Rajan panel conclusions, Gujarat does not even figure in the list of developed states. The hunger rates in Modi’s Gujarat are higher than those in the Yadavs’ UP. The Shiv Sena’s Maharashtra is preferred by Amreeka for FDI. There are more malnourished children in Modi’s Gujarat than in most states of India... What has Modi done? Except play politics for the sake of becoming the Prime Minister? Rags to riches ambition?
I loved Modi’s joining hands with the failing politicians of Kerala. Because it has made me understand Indian politics better. Modi teaches me that politics is the best refuge for the most useless scoundrels on the earth.
Modi spoke the most divisive politics in Kerala. He made it appear the most uniting. Such people can never be trusted. Should not be trusted. They can change their stance at any time. They can join hands with the businesspeople when that suits them. They can join hands with the lowest castes when it suits them. [The person raising hands with Modi on the left is Vellapally Natesan, a man who has been trying to promote caste politics of a different kind in Kerala, the same kind that Modi succeeded with against Muslims in Gujarat].
Modi and Natesan can be a good team. Both belong to the same category by their roots.