Friday, 5 August 2016

If Modi is a threat to India, what are the options?

If Modi is a threat to India, what are the options?*

The bad thing about the fatwas is that even the courts cannot stop them. The Supreme Court has already expressed its inability to do anything. The good thing is that those who issue fatwas cannot enforce them. Even Islamic countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh have been ruled by women leaders. Whether the Indian voters share concerns expressed by their self-proclaimed well-wishers would be known only by the evening of May 16 but their (intellectuals’) views raise many serious and have dangerous implications.

Assuming, Indian voters’ opt for Narendra Modi as PM, what would be the reaction of these intellectuals? Would they say that even 67 years after independence, Indians are not fit for self-rule and democracy because they are not capable of electing a good person as their PM? Would the learned British professors say that it was a mistake on the part of their country to grant India independence in 1947? Would these worthies declare India a dangerous country and advise the world community to shun India? Or, would they advise the UN to administer India as its protectorate?

The people elect a government out of the options available. The so-called well-wishers of India have not suggested a viable alternative to Narendra Modi-led NDA government but their Indian political supporters – almost all non-NDA politicians, from Manmohan Singh to Mayawati, have declared Modi a disaster – there is no dearth of alternatives. Manmohan Singh has discovered excellent credentials in Rahul Gandhi to be PM. Unfortunately, to Rahul’s detractors, only visible credential is his birth in the dynasty. Sonia Gandhi nominated Manmohan Singh to the post of PM when Rahul Gandhi was not considered mature enough. She expected that a decade of grooming would make her son suitable for the post and Manmohan Singh would ensure smooth transition. Unfortunately, their combined mistakes and lack of any quality in Rahul killed all the chances.

Then we are left with scores of regional parties, each headed by someone who claims to be the best candidate. It is another matter that their vision is restricted to their region and no regional political party is capable of getting even 30 seats in the Lok Sabha. Then of course there is a novice called Arvind Kejriwal who thinks that his bureaucratic background, Magsaysay Award, his campaigns for Jan Lokpal and his brief stint as Delhi CM have qualified him for the post. He does not realise that many of his utterances and actions are childish and the best option for him is to start afresh his political career at the local government level.

Today, the obvious alternative to a powerful government led by Modi is political instability. Perhaps, this is what would gladden the heart of not just Indian regional leaders but also the secularist intellectuals in India and abroad. A quick succession of weak governments, each headed by a political lightweight, is what they think could be in the best interest of India and the world.

Devendra Narain

*Written under a pen name and published by news portal on May 13, 2014. It was written in continuation of 
Intellectuals’ fatwa against Narendra Modi

published on May 13, 2014 but the issue is still valid.