Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was in Congress country, at Bodeli 65 kms from Vadodara, on
August 20 and his speech, as the Indian Express reported, "started off with words of
praise for ministers and officials who'd ensuring smooth water supply from the Narmada. He soon got to the
point. ''Nobody talks of Godhra as if nobody died. It's an insult to humanity. All this happened only
because of the Godhra carnage,'' he said, referring to the Godhra accused repeatedly as ''nar-pishach''
and ''nar-rakshas''. But the choicest bits were reserved for ''James Michael Lyngdoh'', his
''fatwa'' on the Gujarat elections and his ''bias'' towards the minorities. "
(translated) from a tape, courtesy, The Indian Express
For several months, the opposition has been after me to resign. When I did, they did not know what to do
and started running to Delhi to seek Madam's help. They realised that James Michael Lyngdoh, the Election
Commissioner of India, is their only saviour.
Some journalists asked me recently, ''Has James Michael Lyngdoh come from Italy?'' I said I don't
have his janam patri, I will have to ask Rajiv Gandhi. Then the journalists said, ''Do they meet in
church?''. I replied, ''Maybe they do.''
James Michael Lyngdoh came and visited Ahmedabad and Vadodara. And then he used asabhya basha
(indecent language) with the officials. Gujaratis can never use such language because our rich cultural
heritage does not permit it. Then he gave a fatwa ordering that the elections can't be held. I want
to ask him: he has come to this conclusion after meeting only members of the minority community. Are only
minority community members citizens of India? Are majority community members not citizens of this country? Is
the constitutional body meant only for the minority community? Did he ever bother to meet the relatives of
those killed in the Godhra carnage? Why didn't he meet them? Why didn't he ask them whether the situation
was conducive for polls? Why? James Michael Lyngdoh, the people of Gujarat are posing a question to you.
If the one lakh gathering here feels that the situation is conducive for elections, they should raise their
hands and say yes. If the one lakh gathering feels that a sinister plan is on to damage Gujarat, raise your
hand and say yes. See (pointing to the gathering), the answer is yes. Five crore Gujaratis will tell you that
there is peace.
The day James Michael Lyngdoh issued the fatwa, Congress celebrated it in their own style. Forty
shops were gutted and 15 persons were injured (referring to recent violence in Dhoraji). This is celebration
for a delay in the election. What will they do in the days ahead?
If this continues, there will be a time when supari will be given for delaying elections. Chhota
Shakeel, Dawood Ibrahim will be given five crore to foment communal disturbances in Rajasthan. And when
murders and loot will be engineered in Jodhpur, Udaipur and Bharatpur; there will be a hue and cry and then
James Michael Lyngdoh will come and give a 40-page report saying that Rajasthan is not safe for elections.
Which direction is democracy going in? Five crore Gujaratis need an opportunity to decide.
I am not saying I want to be in power. I am already chief minister. I want elections because allegations
have been hurled at me. It is for the five crore Gujaratis to decide whether I should stay or I should be
removed. No aalia, valia and jamalia from the Delhi footpath will decide and that is why we have
gone to the janata ki adalat.
Has the Congress party ever thought why adivasis have become violent? How long could they have tolerated
the exploitation. Poor adivasi girls working as maids were being exploited. As long as I am here, I will not
allow this exploitation.
This state is not meant for maut ke saudagars.
This is a border state and my priority has always been that maut ke saudagar do not get a place
here. If I am targeted by my opponents, I will not take out the sword, but if fingers are raised at five crore
Gujaratis, then the sword will come out.
[The Indian Express reported that Modi then spent the rest of his speech criticising the Congress.]
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.
Spoof? It is classic Modi!
Mr Vinod Mehta wrote in his Autobiography that under his Editorial Privilege he will not allow Modi to write an Article in Outlook .
This is a spook from Mehta.
>>This article is a spoof.
>>This article is a spoof.
Next you will claim Modiji is a spoof.
This article is a spoof.
@Bonita - "Another case of everyone trying to disown a gibe that backfired."
'Mauth ka Saudaghar' is orphaned.
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