At the Kumbh Mela this week, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat took a holy dip at the Sangam and said that Narendra Modi was a “friend” and that “everyone is saying the same thing about who should be the prime minister”. But, he insisted, the decision was the prerogative of the BJP. This is seen, however, as Nagpur’s endorsement of the Gujarat chief minister, who is filled to bursting with the ambition of parachuting onto the national scene.
So when his Man Friday and hatchet man Amit Shah takes a national-level posting in the BJP, which could happen in a few weeks, he will also be reconnoitring for Modi as an advance scout. Shah was Modi’s minister of state for home. He had resigned after CBI investigators linked him to police officers who had carried out extra-judicial killings, outed through the infamous Sohrabuddin-Kausarbi “encounter” case. The minister allegedly machinated a shadowy network of trigger-happy special cell cops, informers, small-time crooks and gangsters, a veritable dirty-works department that carried out killings and, through media coverage, kept alive the piercing buzz of terror strikes in the public mind. He spent three months in jail and is now on bail. The Supreme Court had ordered him to stay out of Gujarat for fear he might influence the course of the case.
Recently, the Supreme Court allowed him back into Gujarat after the case was shifted to Maharashtra. And two months ago, he won the Naranpura seat of Ahmedabad city in the assembly elections. When Modi did not give him a ministerial appointment, it was bruited that he would be appointed a national general secretary of the party. Senior party leaders say the appointment of national-level functionaries could begin soon in a lead-up to the national executive and national council meetings, scheduled in Delhi from March 1. “By February-end, Shah could not just be appointed general secretary, but also be put in charge of a state,” says a source. Insiders confirm that such roles had been envisaged and cleared for Shah last October, when Nitin Gadkari was party president. But the party decided to wait till the Gujarat assembly elections and the party’s own election of a new chief were over.
Nevertheless, it looks like Shah will have to be accommodated. For Modi won’t brook his Delhi dreams being thwarted. Says a senior leader, “Once the office-bearers are appointed and a national executive is held, new faces will be inducted in the central parliamentary board. Modi is likely to be included in the board and Shah’s appointment will be just one step in that direction.” So Modi will be projected as the face of a national campaign even while he remains chief minister in Gujarat; Shah will mind Delhi for him.
As for the criminal charges he faces, the BJP’s legal luminaries don’t think they will damage Shah’s chances as he is backed by Modi. “Legally, there’s no problem at all for Shah,” says Mahesh Jethmalani, who had opposed Gadkari’s presidentship after some dubious details regarding his businesses had surfaced. “The charges are by the CBI, which has no credibility.” And Meenakshi Lekhi, lawyer and vice-president of the party’s women’s wing, says, “If he could contest elections and win, what stops him from being a party office-bearer?”
This refers to the story about Amit Shah and Narendra Modi (The National Herald, Feb 18). Going by the recent happenings in India, Modi has admitted that he played off the perils of Islamophobia against the opportunities offered by the Gujarat model and won recognition by EU countries.
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
So, blogs.outlookindia.com is gone. Italian mafia is hard at work it seems.
Savour, should we fall back to VM's orgasm of 2009?
or I have a better idea.
Should we pray and wish Modi comes to Delhi in 2014 (2013 may be) and clean this muck?
Ah Justice Katju the most hated one by the Secus' is now cited by them as Guru !
"People clamouring for Narendra Modi should realise the only policy which can take India on the path of progress is equal respect and treatment for all communities". - Justice Katju.'
In recent Panchyat Elections in Gujarat in Salaya all the seats were wone by the Muslims who were fielded by BJP .In the past BJP used to field Hindus and win from there .
In all other Panchayat too the BJP's record is similar .
In last Legislative Assembly elections in constituencies where Muslims were in majority all but one seat were won by BJP .
Salaya is the same small citiy where one Hindu was butchered by Bhat the Secu's' darling boy in custodial beatings to remove the evidence of Bhat's own crimes and brutualities towards Hindus .Incidentally this darling of secs' memory kick starts once in 11 years that too after proddings from Delhi Darbar ' Bhat age badho,ham tumharey saath hein ' But alas the noose of his dastardly crime is awaiting to be tightened .
Modi has proved in 2002 that Police under his control can kill 250 rioters but Secus' Police ? Latest Dhule ??
Ah Police did not spoil its Zero record of 67 yrs in India of killing Hindu rioters.
Mein na manoo ! Mein na Manoo !!
>> the only policy which can take India on the path of progress is equal respect and treatment for all communities
Yeah. No first claims on resources, or separate personal laws nonsense.
"People clamouring for Narendra Modi should realise the only policy which can take India on the path of progress is equal respect and treatment for all communities". - Justice Katju.
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