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May 19, 2014
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Isn’t it an irony that a fiercely independent weekly like Outlook chose to publish an interview with Amit Shah (‘The kurta-pyjama Modi wears...’, May 5), the amalgam of all the vices of Indian politics. He’s extremely arrogant, a merchant of hatred, a sophisticated goon. He’s also responsible for the downfall of many police officers whom he used.

Parul Parikh, Baroda

Instead of imputing motives to Modi, why don’t you admire the guts of this remarkable man who has ventured into Varanasi when Imran Masood threatens to chop him to pie­ces, Beni Prasad Varma wants to guard the country and democracy from dogs, Priyanka Vadra derides him and the party as scrambling rats, Mulayam Singh calls him a goonda and Rahul Gandhi calls him a crony capitalist.

Col C.V. Venugopalan, Palakkad

The Congress has made a total mess of the country and a massive clean-up must take place, else this great nation will end up fighting a civil war 10 years from now. Modi can accomplish the clean-up and if he is supported, all sections of society will experience security and safety.

R. Rommel, Jalandhar

I don’t care if Muslim politicians like Qadir Rana and the Owaisis carry on their ‘hate India, hate Hindus’ campaign in any other country. But when they do so in India, they must be resisted.

Rajiv Shorey, on e-mail

If Modi must wear a Muslim skullcap, why not demand that every Muslim leader chant Vande Mataram?

Kiran K., Pune

It’s only in India that despite the highest courts not finding any evidence of state-sponsored rioting in Gujarat, journalists continue to rake it up, citing public perception.

Alakshyendra, Hyderabad

What a crass way you have adopted to ask questions in the interview with Amit Shah!

Kashyap M.D., New York

Shah comes across as reasonable and articulate in your interview in contrast to the impression that he’s a shadowy operator.

Ravi Jain, Hyderabad

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1/D-148
Apr 26, 2014
04:33 PM

Wow, Shah comes across as the voice of reasonable moderation, while the interviewer Pradhan comes across as a deranged lunatic flled with blind hatred. Pradhan does not quote any facts and figures to back up his accusations, he just parrots the congressi talking points. For a group claiming to be "intellectual" and "journalistic," I would have expected them to be more professional in interrogating their bete noire than just hurling "insults."

Ravi Jain
Hyderabad, India
2/D-169
Apr 26, 2014
05:48 PM
#1 agreed, he comes across as a competent person. I suspect all Modi's "lieutenants" will be like this - this is what you get when people rise on merit
MK Saini
Delhi, India
3/D-177
Apr 26, 2014
06:24 PM

Incase Modi loves Mughal attaire let him wear skull cap too!!!

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
4/D-181
Apr 26, 2014
06:34 PM

Actually, this interview does a big favor to Shah. He comes across as a reasonable and articulate politician, in contrast to the prevailing impression of a sinister shadowy operator. He must be thanking the Outlook. 

Ravi Jain
Hyderabad, India
5/D-193
Apr 26, 2014
07:24 PM

The questions are extremely biased but no issues................AMit Shah whacks the interviewer all the same. Could not trip him up on one issue. 

Did Outlook pay for the bandages or did the interview paid for it from his own pocket?

Akash Verma
Chennai, India
6/D-205
Apr 26, 2014
07:52 PM
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provethiswrong
FactGarh, India
7/D-214
Apr 26, 2014
08:12 PM

"In case Modi loves Mughal attaire let him wear skull cap too!!!" VNK Murti

Do Muslim politicians go to Hindu temples and take prasad as a gesture of goodwill to their Hindu constituents?

Ram Lala
Kavutaram, India
8/D-215
Apr 26, 2014
08:13 PM

sharat pradhan should give up journalism and take up goat herding or some job more appropriate for his IQ. Which part of the "supreme court has found Modi not guilty" can he not understand that he repeats the same question over and over again? Effing cretin.

Krupakar Kolbatla
Mumbai/Pittsburgh, India
9/D-244
Apr 26, 2014
10:06 PM
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SaachBolo
SaachGarh, India
10/D-250
Apr 26, 2014
11:07 PM

What a crass way of asking questions! Even if you are filled with pre-conceieved notions nad bias, at least don't let it out for the readers to notice.

Kashyap
New York, United States
11/D-251
Apr 26, 2014
11:10 PM

.. and now standing from temple city of Varanasi is communal? Sad state of affairs of the media where such people pass off as journalists. Days are not far when we will be told going to temple itself is communal.

 
Kashyap
New York, United States
12/D-252
Apr 26, 2014
11:45 PM

Were  the sickuars really expecting to impose jizya on Modi in the form of wearing skull cap ?

KSJ
Bengaluru, India
13/D-11
Apr 27, 2014
12:49 AM
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SaachBolo
SaachGarh, India
14/D-48
Apr 27, 2014
04:47 AM

> "I have never talked about the BJP building a temple (at Ayodhya). I have simply said that millions of people in India are keen a grand temple be built there."

Modiwadis have no shame about fudging words!

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
15/D-56
Apr 27, 2014
06:08 AM
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provethiswrong
FactGarh, India
16/D-136
Apr 27, 2014
01:04 PM

Under Mahatma Gandhi, Congress party was the party of all Indians. Under Nehru it became the party of the Western educated Hindus and the minorities. Under Indira it became the party of the brutalisers, with emergency as its peak. Under Rajiv it became the party of the Western MNCs and under Sonia it became the party of the minorities. Under Rahul it may become the party of the Italians.Congress party is no more the party of the Indian people. Prove? A son of the soil, PM Manmohan, is not allowed to implement his policies, but a foreign lady illegally sets the agenda without taking any responsability for thye failures but bragging about some small successes. Meanwhile she has created the most massive corruption in India's history. It is even considered a crime and is punishable if a historian will say the truth that the Mughals were invaders who came to loot the country, to take it in posession and to wipe out the Hindus, though they have clearly stated this in their chronicles. But to Congress party, such truths are communalism and divisive. How long will Congress suppress the truth? How long will Indians tolerate being lied upon? How long will Indians accept different social sets for Hindus, Muslims, Christians? My Muslim neighbour can marry 4 wives, but if I want that same right then I'm forced to convert to Islam first. What bullshit is this? How can the state tolerate such unequality? How long will the people tolerate this? Policies based on religion. Why? Is religion the most important or is the individual Indian more important? Coingress has made a vtotal mess of India and a big cleaning must happen, else this great nation will enter civil war in 10 years from now. Mark my words!!! Modi can accomplish the cleansing and if supported, all sections of society will experience security and safety.

Randy
Jalandhar, India
17/D-151
Apr 27, 2014
01:52 PM

getting power over dead bodies,politics over dead bodies,these iron men have no humanity

sujith nair
pune, India
18/D-206
Apr 27, 2014
06:35 PM
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provethiswrong
FactGarh, India
19/D-75
Apr 28, 2014
10:35 AM

It is only in India that despite the highest courts not finding any evidence of a state-sponsored riot, "journalists" continue to rake it up citing public perception. Had this been any other country, people would have spat upon their faces.

Ganwaar
Ganwaarpur, India
20/D-76
Apr 28, 2014
10:40 AM

And how is 1984 not an example of state-sponsored genocide? The army was called after 3 full days, by which time nearly 4000 Sikhs had been massacred by blood-thirsty Congressmen giving vent to their fury. To this date, not a single major Congress leader has been convicted despite the fact that there are witness testimonies against Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler, Kamal Nath, HKL Bhagat, and Lalit Maken. All of them (except HKL Bhagat and Lalit Makes) hold important positions in the party.

Ganwaar
Ganwaarpur, India
21/D-1
Apr 29, 2014
12:00 AM
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provethiswrong
FactGarh, India
22/D-6
Apr 29, 2014
12:08 AM

Provethiswrong,

>> If Gandhi and Nehru were communal for over-whelming majority ( 85% of Indian muslims ) in the 1946 provincial elections....

You have to press the "reset" button in 1947! Sanghis seem to be still fighting Ghori and Ghaznavi! Now Gandhi and Nehru are enemies for the Hindutva brigade, but friends for both seculars and Muslims.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
23/D-16
Apr 29, 2014
12:25 AM

"You have to press the "reset" button in 1947"...Anwaar

How does one determine where in time the reset button is to be positioned?

The Pakistanis prefer to reset it on 712 AD and prefer to call all history prior to as as a period of darkness (Jaahiliyat). You want to position it in 1947 to avoid any discussion of Jinnah, Kasim Razvi, Ali Musaliar,Suhrawardy and others. The Sikhs have been magnanimous in resetting the events of 1984. Capt. Amrinder Singh, who left the Congress in a huff after operation Bluestar, returned to the Congress and even became it chief minister.

However, in the case of the Gujarat riots of 2002, you are unwilling to press the reset button. Talk of double standards! 

There is no need for a reset button nor is there any requirement to whitewash history either. Let us face up to the facts,no matter how unpleasant. However, we should not carry the baggage of the past which will only hinder our progress into the future.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
24/D-19
Apr 29, 2014
12:30 AM

D.L.Narayan,

>> How does one determine where in time the reset button is to be positioned?

If you claim not  to know the significance of August 15, 1947, there is nothing I have to say to you.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
25/D-25
Apr 29, 2014
12:47 AM

"If you claim not to know the significance of August 15, 1947, there is nothing I have to say to you"

What about the significance of AD 712, 1192, 1526, 1565, 1707 and 1857? All of them are important dates in our hostory. How are they less significant than 1947?

For me 26th January 1950 is of greater importance than 15 August 1947 because I will always associate that date (15-08-1947) with the vivisection of my motherland and with the madness of the communal frenzy of the post-partition riots.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
26/D-48
Apr 29, 2014
01:39 AM

D.L.Narayan,

>>>> "If you claim not to know the significance of August 15, 1947, there is nothing I have to say to you"

>> What about the significance of AD 712, 1192, 1526, 1565, 1707 and 1857....
 

Not relevant to this argument. Do you ever see the context, or just come up with anything that suits your hate agenda?

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
27/D-54
Apr 29, 2014
02:41 AM
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provethiswrong
FactGarh, India
28/D-55
Apr 29, 2014
02:45 AM
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provethiswrong
FactGarh, India
29/D-65
Apr 29, 2014
05:52 AM

If Modi is supposed to wear a muslim cap then I want every Muslim Leader to say "Vande Mataram". We should be sic of the Kangi secular mentality at the same time Pinko Communists from West Bengal and last but not the least, Secular Pinki Media and its Lefty reporters...

Smartopinion
Pune, India
30/D-123
Apr 29, 2014
12:35 PM

Provemewrong,

>> Well the genocide of non-muslims in muslim majority and ruled  areas of Indian subcontinent , happened after the reset-button was pressed in 1947.

True, but the election of 1946 happened before the 1947 reset button was pressed. Since your repeated use of the "genocides" in the subcontinent is obviously designed to cause hatred and alienation of 160 million Indian citizens, you must be called a deshdrohi. If you have a compulsion to exacerbate hate and division, do it in an enemy country, not in your own county.

 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
31/D-155
Apr 29, 2014
02:32 PM
Ganwaar,

[[Since your repeated use of the "genocides" in the subcontinent is obviously designed to cause hatred and alienation of 160 million Indian citizens, you must be called a deshdrohi.]]

What about your own self? You've been referring to the 2002 riots as a genocide of Muslims?

Ganwaar
Ganwaarpur, India
32/D-196
Apr 29, 2014
07:30 PM

The interviewer seems to be one of the most biased people in the media. There is not even a facade of journalistic objectivity. Truly it is sickening.  Congratulations for Amit Shah for trying his best to explain what he and the BJP stand for. 

FreeSpeech
New York, United States
33/D-233
Apr 29, 2014
11:05 PM

delusions of grandeur

kishoredasmunshi
Kolkatta, India
34/D-239
Apr 29, 2014
11:28 PM
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provethiswrong
FactGarh, India
35/D-240
Apr 29, 2014
11:31 PM
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provethiswrong
FactGarh, India
36/D-63
Apr 30, 2014
11:34 AM

"Let me tell you that the kurta pyjama that Modi wears is originally a Mughal outfit."

The dress is an aspirational expression of Modi!

R V Subramanian
Gurgaon, India
37/D-71
Apr 30, 2014
12:14 PM

continuation of 36/D:

But Hunuz Dilli dur ast!

R V Subramanian
Gurgaon, India
38/D-72
Apr 30, 2014
12:24 PM

"The dress is an aspirational expression of Modi!"

Pink trousers are an aspirational expression of a Real Estate Mogul?

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
39/D-94
Apr 30, 2014
02:05 PM

RVS,

>>>> "Let me tell you that the kurta pyjama that Modi wears is originally a Mughal outfit."

>> The dress is an aspirational expression of Modi!
 

LOL!

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
40/D-108
Apr 30, 2014
03:41 PM

71  R V Subramanian Sir                                                                   " Hanoz Dilli Dur Ast" or, "Delhi is still far."--meaning that Tugaluk had to be in Delhi to exercise his powers. Tughaluk headed back to Delhi while riding on a war elephant and had started to set plans in action to kill Nizamuddin. However, when he was only a day's ride outside the city his elephant was crossing over a bridge which gave way under the animal's weight. Both Tugaluk and the elephant perished and Nizamuddin was safe.
Brilliant!! 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
41/D-114
Apr 30, 2014
03:47 PM

allegedly bringing mafia raj to delhi

all the builders should allegedly consult gujrati builders for the going rate and be allegedly ready with protection money

: ))))

kishoredasmunshi
Kolkatta, India
42/D-120
Apr 30, 2014
03:51 PM

Pink trousers??

Shoudn't it be 'Khaaki'?
 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
43/D-129
Apr 30, 2014
04:05 PM

@ VNKM - "Pink trousers?? Shoudn't it be 'Khaaki'?"

Here's a picture of the Real Estate Mogul in pink trousers. Surprising that you weren't aware of the "fashion" statement which hogged the headlines recently.

http://im.rediff.com/news/2014/apr/10sld1.jpg

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
44/D-93
May 01, 2014
01:56 PM

Anwaar >> LOL!

Creating a Pakistan Style Islamic Theocracy in all of world is the aspiration of Saheb Anwaar and his CAIR brotherhood.

Ramki_Uncensored
Delhi, India
45/D-94
May 01, 2014
01:58 PM

VNK Murti >> Incase Modi loves Mughal attaire let him wear skull cap too!!!

Does it mean that to prove one's secularism, one should also do the "Circumcision"?

 
Ramki_Uncensored
Delhi, India
46/D-95
May 01, 2014
02:02 PM

To all Muslims and Self Styled Secular Talibanis who want Modi to prove his secularism by wearing a Skull Cap - Two questions:

* Can You prove that Revered Prophet Mohammed was wearing skull cap during his life time? I mean solid proof by some text in Quran or some painting?

* One of the founding  beliefs of Islam as preached by Prophet Mohammed is that those who lend money should not take interest. So can we implement that part straightaway in secular India by  enacting a law to prohibit payment of interest of any kind in all banks under the control of RBI?

Awaiting answers ....

Ramki_Uncensored
Delhi, India
47/D-103
May 01, 2014
02:50 PM

@ Ramki - post 46

1. The prophet used to wear a turban and he insisted on covering the head but did not specify what the headgear should be.

2. The skull cap is actually Jewish in origin and Jews wear it to this day during their prayers and religious ceremonies.

3. There are no paintings in existence since graphical representation is a capital offence. We have to depend on contemporary accounts in the sunnahs and the hadiths for that informations. 

4. In Islamic banking, the concept of interest is replaced by the concept of profit-sharing. If a bank makes a profit, it shares it with the depositors. If it makes a loss, nothing is paid. I am not sure if the borrowers are lent money on interest free basis and they are exempted from repaying the principal if they make losses. While the spirit of Islamic banking is commendable, whether those ideas can be implemented in a modern economy is doubtful.

5. It is interesting to note that Christianity too proscribes payment of interest. Only Judaism permits it among the semitic religions. In medieval Europe, Christians never lent money and moneylending was the preserve of the Jews. The anti-semitic feeling in Europe has its roots in the hatred a borrower has for a lender because everyone needs money but hate the lender when it is time to repay. Shylock was a typical Jewish moneylender and Shaespeare's depiction is an accurate representation of the popular stereotype.

(Western) Europe advanced when it became truly secular, which does not mean pampering the minorities as we are told by our politicians but limiting its domain to the spiritual sphere only. The advancement in sciences, industry, economy and education after the influence of the Church was restricted, has made Western Europe what it is today - a truly secular comity of nations.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
48/D-108
May 01, 2014
03:02 PM

94 Ramki sir
Does it mean that Modi wears the mughal outfit only
to show he is secular?
In case.......

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
49/D-115
May 01, 2014
03:51 PM

@ VNKM - "Does it mean that Modi wears the mughal outfit only to show he is secular? In case......."

Secularism is a state of mind. Other than tokenism, attire means nothing.

1. Does wearing western clothes like jeans and t-shirts make anyone westernised?

2. Priyanka Vadra wears western clothes at home. However, during her electoral campaigning, she wears only saris. This is for reminding voters that she looks like and dresses like her famous grandmother. 

3. A kurta-pyjama is standard male attire in North India. It has no religious connotations.

4. I have seen Mamata Bannerjee covering her hair, Islamic style and praying in a massive hoarding at the Kolkata airport wishing Haj pilgrims a safe pilgrimage. I cannot recollect a similar hoarding of JJ nor do I recall ever seeing M Karunanidhi wearing a skull cap. Does that make JJ and MK less secular than the Didi?

Modi seeks votes on the basis of development. He does not need to indulge in the politics of tokenism for seeking votes. It is only our "secular" politicians who do such things.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
50/D-33
May 02, 2014
03:22 AM

Ramki,

>> Creating a Pakistan Style Islamic Theocracy in all of world is the aspiration of Saheb Anwaar and his CAIR brotherhood.

Besides being a despicable liar you are also an idiot.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
51/D-35
May 02, 2014
03:32 AM

D.L.Narayan,

Such boring and irrelevant posts to answer pea-brained Ramki! have you lost your mind?

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
52/D-73
May 02, 2014
10:14 AM

VNK Murti Sir,

You still have not answered my point.. Skull cap is not insisted anywhere in Koran but Circumcision is recommended strongly for all Muslim men. So all those leaders who want to prove secularism , first do that by adopting circumcision. 

And yes all Muslims who want others to wear skull cap, dont have bank accounts or have bank accounts but return the interest paid by the bank to PM's relief fund.

Any takers for this challenge of real secularism and respect for Islam's teachings? I bet none would even respond...

Ramki_Uncensored
Delhi, India
53/D-135
May 02, 2014
02:59 PM

Thus spake the henchman, the enforcer, the blackshirt, the street arm of mafia

kishoredasmunshi
Kolkatta, India
54/D-186
May 02, 2014
05:52 PM

49 D L Narayan sir
Your post is appreciatable. the point third is excellant and True.
Mr. Shah unnecesserily put a colour for it.|
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I do agree with you Sir, Thanks






 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
55/D-193
May 02, 2014
06:13 PM

@DLN - Post 47,
1, 2- So HeadGear/skull cap is of ZIONIST ORIGIN.. If wearing this is secularism then we could also argue that you can set your house on fire to keep it warm !!
3 - People of Islamic faiths keep photographs of their revered place of worship these days in their homes/shops and per some interpretation this is also unislamic. But photography did not exist in times of Prophet. Moral of story is people should move on with times and even Prophet would have advised the same to the idiots who get worked around when someone is not comfortable wearing a skull cap.
4 - Interest is basically paid on money lent because - the lender is denied the pleasure of using money as per his or her wish for a period and the lender bears a risk of money not being repaid. Yes, you are right, christianity and islam are harsh on this. But like many others, the objection to paying interest really does not make any sense in present keynesian era where interest income on borrowed money is more of a compensation for devaluation of money's purchasing power.

In a free nation like India, anyone who is really following the islamic principles on money can follow it by 1) Having only current accounts 2) Investing in gold or shares or real estate . My question is how many who raise a voice for skull cap are doing that? BTW rich islamic nations , theocracies like Saudi Arabia, do they offer interest free loans to poorer muslim nations (include India which has 10 times more muslims than Saudi Arabia and most of them poor) ? They dont, but instead they own part shares in banking companies (Citibank, USA is part owned by saudi prince). Then why do they call themselves as Islamic nations? And why do our domestic islamic activists utter nothing about these nations?

Ramki_Uncensored
Delhi, India
56/D-195
May 02, 2014
06:16 PM

VNK Murti >> Mr. Shah unnecesserily put a colour for it

Yes kurta Pyjama was influenced by Turko/Persian Mughals. And skull cap is gifted to world by Jews. Modi is not comfortable with skull cap. And I do not even like it. And muslims who swear by skull cap and follow likes of Abu Azmi in every respect want higher interest on the bank deposits and wont lend a paisa of their money to poorer muslims free. What is the big deal, everyone is exercising their own free will and you want a nation of robots where everyone thinks as per a template that is approved by some politically correct secular royals in OUTLOOK and TEHELKA?

 
Ramki_Uncensored
Delhi, India
57/D-15
May 03, 2014
12:54 AM
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provethiswrong
FactGarh, India
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