Is Modi really BJP?
This is a question that Prof Shiv Vishvanathan raises in today’s Hindu. Vajpayee could come to power in India and hold it with respectability because he was a genuine Hindu, a genuine human being. Any genuine religious person is necessarily a genuine human being. Vajpayee could not have killed human beings for the sake of votes. Vajpayee was a poet, you see. And Modi is a chaiwala.
The difference matters.
What kind of a nation are we building up? Is it the nation of the mafia or is it a nation of a people who can think freely?
For the third time in two days I received phone calls from Tata Life Insurance Co. I am one of the unfortunate clients who deposited a fairly large sum of money in their insurance business (Business, yes) a few years ago in my wife’s name. When I deposited the amount my wife didn’t have a private phone number. So I had given my own mobile phone number. Now they call me up asking if I am Margaret and why I am not renewing the policy. Each time they called me I said the same thing. “You are a bunch of cheats. You take money from us people and give it to people like Modi for his election campaigns and get some business contract in Gujarat. You flourish with our money. Tell me what you can give in return for the two lakh rupees that we have already invested with Tata Insurance. The worth of our investment comes down to one lakh. Half of what we gave you four years ago. I have become a fool before my wife. She told me to invest the money in bank and I invested it with Tata thinking that Tata was genuine. I lost one lakh and stand to lose much more in financial terms if Modi comes to power. All our investments will go to making masks or posters for Modi….”
The women who call up in the name of Tata hang up much before I can speak all that. And only women call, interestingly, in their singsong way!
I have given up Reliance too. I have changed my mobile connection from Reliance to another private player who has not yet stooped to Modi. The number remains the same, thanks to the portability facility. I know that the portability facility is available in electing our PM too. Indian democracy is so strong that no fool will last as a leader unless he delivers what the people of India want. Gujarat is not India.