Friday, April 11, 2014

How truth catches up



Satyameva jayate” is India’s national motto.   That may be one of the many ironies in a county steeped in corruption of all sorts.  Truth and falsehood go hand in hand in India.  That’s why we, Indians, never had the concept of the devil in our mythology.  We never polarised the good and the evil into watertight compartments.  Our gods were a queer mixture of both good and evil.  That’s one of the best things about our civilisation.

Neither truth nor falsehood is absolute except in the pure sciences.  In actual life, they mingle obscenely.  Narendra Modi’s admission that he has a wife is a recent glaring manifestation of that mingling.  Why did he admit it now in the nomination papers submitted by him at Vadodara? 

Is it any indication that the truth is catching up with Modi?  I don’t think so.  Modi is more shrewd than Chanakya, Goebbels, or Machiavelli.  Modi must be having some trick up his sleeve by disclosing his marital status at this point of time, the cynic in me says.

Modi’s brother, Somabhai, has explained that the marriage was a mere ritual carried out in Narendra’s boyhood and the couple never lived together.  Fine.  That’s understandable.  Modi belonged to the kind of background in which children, ignorant and innocent, were subjected to the bond/bondage of marriage by parents who thought they were doing the right thing.  When Narendra grew mature and realised the absurdity of that marriage, he might have chosen to ignore it.  That he did not marry again goes in his favour. 

But Narendra Modi had denied his marriage up to now.  Why does he declare it publicly now?

What could be the political motive?  This is the first question that will rise in the mind of any politically aware citizen, as it did in mine.  But I’m not a Modi or a Machiavelli to figure out the answer.

In my own foolish way, I think truth is catching up with Modi.  It’s not the polarised truth I mentioned above.  It’s not any absolute truth.  There are no absolute truths, I reiterate, except in the pure sciences.  It’s the personal truth.  The skeletons in the personal cupboard have to spill out some time or the other before we bid goodbye to the planet.  Is that happening with Mr Modi?  Is this the beginning of a series of admissions that he will have to make eventually? 

Peace of mind lies in keeping the cupboard empty of skeletons.  Cupboards are not meant for keeping skeletons, in fact.  Truth has a way of penetrating the locks of the personal cupboard.  Has it started doing the job with Mr Modi?  I’ll be happy if it has.  I’ll begin to support Mr Modi if he dares to go a few steps ahead in this regard.


Mr Narendra Modi becoming transparent will be the best miracle of the century. 


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19 comments:

  1. Sir as you know that i am also firm opposer of modi but one of his supporter had asked a question fromn me : he said that what about rahul gandhi who raped sukanya devi.. no one opposed him and modi's marrige is his personal life.. it is no way related to public... so that's not a criteria to judge his potential and he is accounable to public about public affairs not his personal affairs... modi is the cm of gujrat and he has boost up the economy of gurjat in every aspect which shows he is a good leader.... no matter he was a chaiwala as we should not judge people from his past... he was a chaiwala out of pain and not choice.... we all have harped on the string of gujrat riots... but have ignored other factors which he potrayed.... in his motto 'ab ki baar modi sarkar' dont show his arogance .... he wanted people to judge on his individual personality and not caste vote in the name of just party... ( these question were very critical and intresting so i decided to put them in front of you ) :p

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    1. What's this, Manish? Are we really going to reduce this space to Modi Chai Shop? Come on...

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    2. Witty answer sir.... but that was not the answer i want... many people has a dark past where we we aresomtimes forced to do somthing.... but the real power is to come up from our past.... we can judge him on the basis of development he did in gujrat..... congress has ruled for 10 years... i agree that lots of development took place but lots of corruption followed.... kejriwal first said that he has prove agaist sheila dixit of 70 page document and when he became the cm he asked dr. harshvardhan to prove any avidance against sheila dixit... isnt it rediculous... before election he said that rapes are ibcreasing in delhi because of congress but when his sarkar took position and rape in cp took place then he blamed police for not doing anything ..... kejriwal has always done drama but no work ... he ran away and want to just prove his presence... if a chaiwala can function better than iitian then lets all of us give him a chance ( i am not at all supporter of modi but i am enjoying in opposing you.. :p just wanted your fantastic and logical answers )

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    3. Come on, Manish, don't be childish. There's no development in Gujarat except what happened there in the 1980s before Modi came to power. See today's Hindu, for example:
      http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/the-gujarat-muddle/article5898792.ece

      Gujarat model is a myth. Modi is going to be the next myth. And the rest, do try to understand what I've written from the right perspective. It's not about the past of Mr Modi. It's about his future. It's about what game he is planning.

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    4. Matheikal sir, the problem is the literate middle class is greedy. Everybody wants that growth rate he promises and a fat bank balance, so all these facts will fall on stone deaf ears. Sukanya Devi joke has gone too far without a shred of evidence being provided. Gujarat Development is not as rosy as it is painted but when a population chooses to be seduced, it is difficult to convince them otherwise. Let them bear the brunt and get it.

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    5. Ok sir but we dont have choice.. can we support a rapiest like rahul gandhi or a fake promise maker : arvind kejriwal who can only do hungama but no work ...:p. we have to choose someone.. its a choice between bad and worst...

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    6. Pls dont take me as suppoter of modi :p i am just expressing views which i m facing through my friends and relatives

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    7. Dear IS, I'm sorry that a student of mine dragged this to this level. I know Sukanya Devi is a political joke, I know what Rahul Gandhi is though I don't support him. I also know that it's difficult to convince people of the truth, since no one is interested in truths.

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    8. Manish, you have no right to bring here the arguments provided by your friends and relatives. I'm no proxy fighter. And I wouldn't like you to be one either. For me, my writing space is sacred, more sacred than my teaching space.

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  2. Good read Tomichan. It is not which party is going to win. The real question is after the elections are over will the Citizen find himself to be the winner for having given his trust or will he be a loser for another term?

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    1. Amen to that, Fayaz. Will the citizen have the power? That's the question. That's what democracy is all about. And that's all I want, give power to the citizen. Empower, in current parlance.

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  3. Now if he can come up with the truth on Godhra incident!

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    1. Wow! Indrani, you said exactly what I wanted to say. You said it in just a few words while I used too many words. Do you think that skeleton will fall out of the Modi cupboard too? I'm interested.

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  4. I think someone must have found out that he is married, so he came out with the truth. He is now trying to cover up about hiding his marriage by coming up with all sorts of excuses. And he would be shamefaced after his comments on how a marriage is a hindrance in politics.

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    1. Is it as simple as that? I wonder. Modi is not so simple.

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  5. Maybe a "prevention is better than cure" approach, now that he is at the doorstep of the PMO. As someone mentioned above, he doesn't want anyone else to dig it up and ruin his chances.
    Or possibly, as you said, some unravelling is happening and this is the first of it. We can only wait and see.

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  6. Ok. I admit I'm pro Modi. I have led life under Congress and under BJP. I don't see anything else but my security as a woman who can be free as a bird even at night without fearing rape. During Congress rule, every few days we would get holiday from school due to communal riots in the old city. In BJP rule, only one riot - 2002. Peace after that. It's now 12 years since I've witnessed any communal riot. During Congress rule, I used to witness communal riots every 6 months. These figures don't come up in media and I don't know why. If anyone wants to know why NaMo was selected as CM by Gujarat 3 times in a row, it's because he was able to protect women and stop frequent communal riots. While talking about 2002 Gujarat riots, I don't know why people forget Emergency and 1984 riots! Not to forget many other small riots that we have witnessed in the history of our country.

    As far as Kejriwal is concerned, he's nothing but drama. These are my views and so mentioning them.

    Sorry for such a long comment. Couldn't stop myself :)

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    1. Don't be sorry, Pankti. I love your comments because they are genuine. I respect genuine views irrespective of how they stand against mine.

      I'm a potential biographer of Modi. Once I wrote a novella based on the 2002 riots and published it in an anonymous blog. I'm still retaining the anonymity for technical reasons. I may expand it into a proper novel once Modi becomes more powerful. Your input is valuable for that. I may contact you for more input! And thank you in advance.

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