And Now It's U.R. Ananthamurthy V/s BJP

Jnanpith awardee and acclaimed Kannada writer Dr U.R. Ananthamurthy has said he will not live in a country where Modi is the Prime Minister, triggering angry reactions from BJP which said he was free to leave India.

As a controversy broke out over his strident anti-Modi remark, Ananthamurthy today stood his ground and said the Gujarat Chief Minister would create fear among people if he becomes Prime Minister.

"I would not want to live in a country where Modi is the Prime Minister," he had said at an event here recently.

Against the backdrop of vitriolic attacks against him from the BJP and its sympathisers for his remarks, Ananthamurthy said, "He (Modi) will create fear and if a fearsome man is sitting there, people will just bow down to him because a bully creates cowards."

The country needs to build a citizenry who are not afraid and a governance where people do not follow a leader slavishly, he told reporters.

Furious at Ananthamurthy's remarks, BJP and supporters of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate dubbed him "parasite like" alleging he swayed according to political climate, having supported Congress and JDS in the past and "currying" favours with the government of the day.

BJP MP Ananthkumar Hegde and several local party leaders said he was free to leave the country.

 

Criticising Ananathamuthy's comments against Modi, former Karnataka Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council D V Sadananda Gowda said, "It shows how much respect Murthy, a Jnanpith awardee has towards his country...In a democracy it is left for people to decide, his words are against the sentiment of the people and Murthy should introspect on this."

"We respect Jnanpith awardees, but one who is bestowed with such prestigious award should have ability to protect the dignity and sanctity of the award given to him. Does Murthy have that ability?" he questioned.

Earlier, the BJP Karnataka (The 'Official Twitter Account of BJP Karnataka') even tweeted:

The BJP Karnataka twitter handle also posted links to stories showing that Mr Ananthamurthy is close to the Karnataka Chief Minister:

Several writers, including Baragur Ramachandrappa and K Marulasiddappa, have come out in support of Ananthamurthy while some others such as noted scholar Dr. Chidananda Murthy flayed him.

Ananthamurthy said there was dignity attached to Prime Minister's post when Pandit Nehru and Narasimha Rao assumed the charge, but this will wane away if Modi becomes PM.

"We had people like Nehru who could write a book in jail -- Discovery of India, a great book even today. Rao was a great scholar too. There was some dignity for the Prime Minister's post, but that dignity will go (if Modi becomes PM), he said.

On BJP leaders' attacks on him, Ananthamurthy said he had been critical of Indira Gandhi and Nehru in the past but was never abused as much as the saffron party did. "If I say something and I am abused so much by a gang of people, imagine when they are in power what will happen," he said.

Ananthamurthy said the BJP has always criticised him because he did not buy the RSS Hindu philosophy. "They are a fascist party and don't understand Hinduism. It is a great religion," he said.

On UPA government, he said it is not anti-people but was corrupt and should be punished. "But the way out is not choosing a man like Modi," he said.

Television channel CNN-IBN had yesterday quoted him as saying: 

"I won't live in a country ruled by Narendra Modi. When I was young, I used to criticise Prime Minister Nehru. But, his supporters never attacked us. They always respected our views. Modi supporters are now behaving like Fascists. They are behaving like the Fascists in Germany during Hitler. I don't want to see a man like Modi in the chair, where once a man like Nehru sat and ruled. I am too old and unwell. If Modi becomes the PM, it will be a big shock to me. I won't live."

In a separate interview to NDTV, the noted author said that Narendra Modi would indeed offer good governance. "But remember what we said when Indira Gandhi imposed emergency? That the trains ran on time. The trains would run on time, under Mr Modi too," he said, adding, "But he [Modi] belongs to the RSS -- the Sangh parivar which is fascist in nature."

Talking about Rahul Gandhi, he said that he considered the Congress Vice President like a younger brother who could still improve for the better and change, but there was no hope for Mr Modi to change: he would always remain a fascist.


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213/D-228
Sep 26, 2013
08:55 PM

205 DLN Sir

I did enjoy reading your post. You are clesr headed
and know the ground reality in our vast and diverse
country, where many intrests clash. 
 

So we there is no option apart from coilation of 
parties which are now either in UPA or NDA. 
or the other parties supporting the UPA or NDA
 

The failure of grabbing the oppurtunity of 'corruption'
and 'scams' by the NDA, instead of focussing and 
creating propoganda wars 'in and around an individual"
was a disastrous step. The Delhi rape, corruption agitation.
was all a god send oppurtinity. People automatically came out
against with a civil movement. But ........
We are again to back square one. 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi, PATTAMBI
212/D-222
Sep 26, 2013
08:03 PM

#211

My position is that "what is good for the goose is good for the gander" not necessarily hold in all cases. Caste and religion based discrimination are a reality in South Asia.

Regardless, we have chosen to work with a document that people took pains to write over many years of acrimonious battles, let's try and follow it in letter and spirit as best we can.

It's not so much about "who should be allowed to vote" but rather "how/where one should be allowed to lead".

hitesh brahmbhatt, san diego
211/D-218
Sep 26, 2013
07:45 PM

HB,

Your post #209 has left me confused as i can't understand your position.

>>The concept of vote-banks (basically appealing to people) on the basis of their caste or religion is anathema to westminister style democracy.

Remember original democracy in Europe was a trickle-down phenomenon. First the nobles, then the land-owning class and then the plebian, women and blacks and so on.

This has nothing to do with "vote-banks" based on religion and/or caste nut deals with restricting the right to vote. Are you advocating that since we are still in the early stages of democracy the right to vote should be restricted? if so, would this be on the basis of education, financial status or what?

We are such a great civilization made up of such law-abiding enlightened citizens that we sent Ambedkar shopping for best constitution he can gather from British, French and American ones.

But, we just end up cooking what we know, damn the recipe.

What changes would you advocate?

>>Well our constitution allows for universal adult franchise and doesn't prescribe any educational qualifications or knowledge of the constitution

It is a sensible thing in a hugely illiterate country at the time but just that one should know the rules of the game in order to play the game. That way referee doesn't have to step in yelling foul everytime.

Same question as before - Who should be allowed to vote?

Bonita, Chennai
210/D-215
Sep 26, 2013
07:31 PM

#205

>>The economic policies of the Communists will be far different from those of other parties. Likewise with foreign policies too. They will be disastrous for the country, notwithstanding their integrity because they believe in a discredited political ideology.

So, they may resist FDI in retail or banking or insurance. They may be more circumspect about nuclear deal or any other US arm-twisting. Not exactly, disastrous and they will still have to work with many supporters from different parties. 

They may worship Marx and Engles but they still have to win the elections.

>>The Congress and BJP more or less have similar positios on most issues

You mean stuffing their pockets?

>>they will show more decisiveness on economic issues and will show more guts in standing up to international pressures.

BJP has often proven more hot air than anything else in past but until we have a significant party with real substantial difference.

>>Any coalition in which the Communists call the shots will be disastrous.

they might prevent Indians banks and insurance companys from being anchored to Lehman Brothers, Citibanks and AIGs of the world. I guess you find Rupee quite expensive too.

hitesh brahmbhatt, san diego
209/D-211
Sep 26, 2013
07:10 PM

#203

>>The concept of vote-banks (basically appealing to people) on the basis of their caste or religion is anathema to westminister style democracy.

Remember original democracy in Europe was a trickle-down phenomenon. First the nobles, then the land-owning class and then the plebian, women and blacks and so on.

We are such a great civilization made up of such law-abiding enlightened citizens that we sent Ambedkar shopping for best constitution he can gather from British, French and American ones.

But, we just end up cooking what we know, damn the recipe.

>>Well our constitution allows for universal adult franchise and doesn't prescribe any educational qualifications or knowledge of the constitution

It is a sensible thing in a hugely illiterate country at the time but just that one should know the rules of the game in order to play the game. That way referee doesn't have to step in yelling foul everytime.

hitesh brahmbhatt, san diego
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