Some think he is the solution to the politics of appeasement, others see him as the ‘mass murderer’ of 2002 eyeing the land of Awadh; Narendra Modi looms larger than any other leader of his party in Uttar Pradesh. In Muzaffarnagar town, his is the most visible face on streetlight poles; his visage stares back at you from roadside hoardings and big banners; he is more ubiquitous than even SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. Photos of A.B. Vajpayee, L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi and Ashok Singhal—one of the leaders of the BJP’s Ram mandir movement in the ’90s—are reduced to thumbnails on posters displaying Modi and Amit Shah. From slogans like ‘Nayi Soch, Nayi Disha’ to greetings of the festival season, NaMo is plastered all over Muzaffarnagar and its surrounding rural areas. Other posters put up by Hindu hardliners and with themes like ‘Bharat Jago Daud’ and ‘Hindu Sansad’, with slogans like ‘Hinduon socho kal kya hoga’ and ‘Deoband Chalo’, also hint at the generally zealous political and social mood.
Modi, of course, isn’t confined to posters; he’s a living entity both for his supporters and detractors. Every Muslim—whether riot victim or shaken by the violence—blames the SP for being unable to protect them from the ideology peddled by Modi and Amit Shah. Conversely, many Hindus are assured in the knowledge that the BJP is there to “save them, and their religious and cultural values in the times of Muslim appeasement at both the Centre and the state”. Undoubtedly, all political gain from the riots is reaped by the BJP. “This time round, Jats, Thakurs, even scheduled castes would vote for Modi, because Hindu hopes rest in Modi,” says the priest of the Durga Mata Mandir in Muzaffarnagar town. From cemeteries, tea shops and small hamlets to the Civil Lines area of Muzaffarnagar, NaMo has snaffled more space in political debates, discussions and arguments than anyone else. His is a pervasive presence.
Gayatri >> In fact, Modi and Amit Shah should take tips in communal harmony, education, empowerment etc from the people of this area.
A better piece of sarcasm here : Congress represents true republican values of India. This is demonstrated by the way the young, unmarried, good looking , hyperintelligent Rahul Gandhi has allowed a great economist and an ordinary resident of the distant state of assam to rule us for 9+ years.
RC Ghosh >> It would be wonderful if this happens.
Jats as a caste group are extremely strong numerically and also have traditionally been (apart from yadavs) one of the few big non SC communities who have preferred to vote Non BJP parties (Congress mostly and in the past Lok Dal/Janata Party etc).
They make such big numbers not only in West UP, also in Haryana and rajastan. In Rajastan, they are the default CONGRESS party voters.
Now all this is going to change. The secular Media aka paid news peddlers of CON party can do all their distorted and twisted reporting to show BJP as evil but the truth on ground is different. Unlike what intellectuals say, West UP will go back to peace and Jats and Muslims on ground know that these JNU educated trash reporters wont help them on their mundane lives. So harmony will come back. Muslims are in general never voting for BJP so no change there. But Jats will stop voting for CONGRESS and the UPA frauds this time. And SCs in UP (Jatavs mainly) were never voting CON party after 1984.
Net on Net, CON Party through its paid ally (SP) is got its colours exposed. Let the CON Scums face the music - in 2013 ( state elections) and 2014 (Lok sabha polls).
UPites are so clean and have excellent civic sense. They are educated and cultured especially from Muzaffarnagar. In fact, Modi and Amit Shah should take tips in communal harmony, education, empowerment etc from the people of this area.
"“This time round, Jats, Thakurs, even scheduled castes would vote for Modi, because Hindu hopes rest in Modi,” says the priest of the Durga Mata Mandir in Muzaffarnagar town"
It would be wonderful if this happens.
The article shows us only one poster and says "....are reduced to thumbnails on posters displaying Modi and Amit Shah." This is how they lie with a straight face to construct the narrative of Modi and his right hand man Amit Shah communalising UP! The picture clearly shows Amit Shah is also reduced to a thumbnail.
Next to further his BJP's communal agenda story, the article states "Other posters put up by Hindu hardliners and with themes like ‘Bharat Jago Daud’ and ‘Hindu Sansad’, with slogans like ‘Hinduon socho kal kya hoga’ and ‘Deoband Chalo’,". Yet they do not find it necessary to give us the picture of such posters. Knowing Outlook's quality, these posters could have been seen by Krishna Prasad in his dreams.
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