Other mainstream English-language publications in the UK, US and elsewhere are likewise expressing serious apprehensions about a Modi-run India in a series of editorials and news analysis.
The Economist’s lead article, for instance, went on to say, “it would be wrong for a man who has thrived on division to become prime minister of a country as fissile as India.”
Several other publications, such as the Financial Times, The New York Times and The Guardian, have all come out with articles that ask questions ranging from the security and safety of religious minorities in India to gender equality under a possible Modi rule.
To say that the string of articles has proved to be a major embarrassment for the Modi team is perhaps an understatement. For the past two years, the Gujarat CM and his core group have been trying to spruce up his image as a man of development to appeal to both middle-class Indians as well as potential investors in the West. Banking on their disappointment with the slowdown of the economy under Congress rule, the managers in Modi’s group had gone on a publicity overdrive to offer him as a viable alternative for India. But the strong anti-Modi commentaries in the western media clearly show that there are large sections not only in India but even outside who do not wish to see him as the country’s next prime minister.
These apprehensions and reservations are expressed by many in Delhi’s diplomatic circles, especially those from western countries. And this despite the European Union breaking its decade-long moratorium against him two years back and the regular stream of foreign delegations since to meet him, especially after the BJP nominated him as their prime ministerial candidate. But this does not mean they are not bothered about dealing with an India when Modi is prime minister.
“It will be foolish on our part not to engage with Modi. But our engagement should not be seen as an endorsement for him,” says a senior western diplomat.
However, irrespective of whether it is Modi or someone else who becomes the PM come May 16, many commentators in the West feel that the real challenge for the Indian leadership will be its ability to deliver change. “The revolution of expectations among India’s aspiring masses means the hardest task confronting India’s politicians will not be winning power. It will be meeting the surging demand for change,” writes Daniel Twining, the celebrated American commentator. Now, who’s up to that task?
How desperate can you guys get, quoting some Pakistani journalists and “the West” to bash Modi (The West: A New Scepticism, Apr 21). Who’ve you lined up next to counsel India? Mullah Omar?
Radhanath Varadan, Hanoi
White or Black, in this global economic arena, every other country would be eagerly waiting for the results of the Indian elections.
R.V. Subramanian, Gurgaon
The ‘anglosphere’ always wants the Gandhi family to rule India. Perhaps they feel comfortable with “one of them” holding the reins. India is finally growing up and they don’t like it.
M.K. Saini, Delhi
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.
Saba,Uttam Sen Gupta and Pranaya Sharma,Cogress and bunch of Lefties predicted doom of Economy when Modi won .
Let us now what they and other critics of Modi say ?
But first the reality check ::
'' India, China to fight for top two positions this century: Masayoshi Son, SoftBank Group
NEW DELHI: India's economy is on the cusp of the "hockey stick" curve before takeoff, and has the potential to overtake the United States within 25 years, the billionaire chairman of Japan's SoftBank Group said, promising to back his conviction with money to make such an outcome a reality.
Masayoshi Son, 57, who has pledged to invest a total of $30 billion (Rs 1.9 lakh crore) in India so far, told ET in an interview on Monday that it will be India and China fighting for the number one and two positions this century after overtaking the United States.
"I would like to participate in this exciting moment, as we participated in China's hockey stick moment," he said, referring to the shape of the growth curve of the Middle Kingdom's economy.
"That's why I am not just saying these beautiful words, but I am saying it with the money. I am really interested in participating in India's hockey stick moment," said Son.
Son added that the country today had the right leader that "you should be proud of."
The SoftBank founder is on his second visit to India in less than a year and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha and Power Minister Piyush Goyal. He is due to meet Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
On Monday, SoftBank along with India's Bharti Group and China's Foxconn announced plans to invest $20 billion into India's renewable energy sector. Last October, Son committed to invest $10 billion in Indian startups over the next few years and has already pumped in nearly $1 billion in three startups - Snapdeal, Ola and Housing.com - so far. Some investors backing Indian startups feel SoftBank's entry has led to a gold rush, and helped foster unrealistic ecommerce valuations.
Son said he was happy with the progress the Indian investments were making, and was always open to "continuous support, including new investments" in these firms. Asked if he agreed with the assessment of many experts that there was a valuation bubble building up, Son said in some cases, valuations were rising "little too fast and too big".
If the western media will only accept European, christian, corrupt, women as our leaders, it is high time we dont respect its dangerous wishes.
modi has spent so much money on lobby groups(Read bribed senators, congressmen and UK MPs) via apco, still has not been able whitewash his true image.
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