POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 15, 2011 AT 03:38 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 15, 2011 03:38 IST

Pratap Bhanu Mehta in the Indian Express on the challenges before the BJP:

...too strong a projection of Modi complicates issues for the BJP. The BJP’s hardcore supporters tend to be an oddly apolitical bunch. Their own sense of certainty makes them tone deaf to the circumstances of politics. Politics at a national level requires a capacity to be able to negotiate diverse constituencies. Hazariprasad Dwivedi’s sage observation that “Bharat ka lok nayak wohi ho sakta hai jo samanvaye kar sake” remains as true now as ever. Semi-presidential politics can work at the state level. But it does not automatically translate into the capacity to inspire confidence of a wide range of political sensibilities and allies. This is generally a challenge in a large parliamentary system. This is why state leaders are unable to transcend their states. And the BJP should not descend into the self-defeating narcissism of thinking that it does not need a strong NDA. Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave the BJP an unparalleled advantage in part because his persona, for all its failings, could project a credible liberality. Machiavelli warned that we should esteem those who are liberal, not those who decide to become one. This warning still hovers over any assessment of Modi. But he will be more acceptable if he is ensconced in a structure that is more reassuringly liberal than he is....

But the truth is that there was fairly widespread tacit, if not explicit, ideological approval of the riots. The issue is not whether Modi apologises, but whether Gujarat can have a genuinely candid conversation about that horrendous episode.

Read on at the Indian Express: Making Haste Slowly

In the same paper, Tridip Suhrud points out

The assumption is that Narendra Modi is incapable of performing a spiritual act such as upvas. But this is an untenable and somewhat dangerous proposition. Any person, however vile, is capable of an interior life, a life that is known only to that person. To deny the very possibility of this interior life is to deny the humanity of that person. To deny Modi his interiority is to demonise him. It is not possible to open any moral or ethical dialogue with a person who is so demonised.

A more sustainable response would be to accept that Modi is undertaking this upvas for the purpose that he stated, and take that as a starting point to engage with him in a moral and ethical dialogue of what constitutes sadbhavana in a state like Gujarat.

Read on at the Indian Express: Private compact or political act?

POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 15, 2011 AT 03:38 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 15, 2011 03:38 IST
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27/D-95
Sep 21, 2011
03:35 PM

Now that Modi seems to have received near complete backing (at least on this forum) to be elevated to the post of PM, we should begin the process of getting to know the man. Readers might find http://www.india-seminar.com/2002/513/513%20ashis%20nandy.htm worth the read. It's a fairly old article, yet chilling even now. 
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Santosh John Samuel
Kochi, India
26/D-41
Sep 20, 2011
12:56 PM

Modi has to struggle so hard and show results to be even considered as a candidate for the PM's post.On the otherhand we have a dullard,play boy Rahul Gandhi who is pitchforked as a PM candidate just because he from the European stock.

S.S.Nagaraj
Bangalore, India
25/D-4
Sep 20, 2011
02:03 AM

>> the number of IPS officers of gujarat cadre inside jails is more than those serving outside.

This sounds right!

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
24/D-104
Sep 19, 2011
06:00 PM

"there where encounters every month of terrorists coming to kill modi till they where out but after they where put behind bars the terrorists have stopped sending anyone as modi is defenceless without his pet police person" - Munusamy Ganapathy

Lolz....

 

Lopamudra
Mumbai, India
23/D-87
Sep 19, 2011
04:33 PM

  the gujarat story is getting repeated to boring levels

the story of gujarat is of marketing.they have the worst healthcare.tamilnadu started 7 govt medical colleges in the last 10 years and an equal number of pvt and gujarat none.the specialist shortage in gujarat hospitals in close to 90%.the same with other professional colleges and educational institutions.gujarat is open for people from other states to join their state services as they are acutely short of professionals.the poorly managed southern states have them in plenty
the male female sex ratio was 883 during last census and 886 now .modi should be very proud of this acheivement.
the number of IPS officers of gujarat cadre inside jails is more than those serving outside.there where encounters every month of terrorists coming to kill modi till they where out but after they where put behind bars the terrorists have stopped sending anyone as modi is defenceless without his pet police personn

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chennai, India
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