Monthly Archives: December 2012

Gujarat election

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I am always fascinated by Mr. Narendra Modi’s personality.

Here is a man who is fighting his political opponents, hostile media coverage, bunch of so-called social activist, numerous court cases and if media is to believe senior BJP leaders too.

So I wonder, how does he keeps on delivering continuously for 10 years despite so many obstacles? Few things came to my mind.

First and foremost, he knows who and what matters. He knows the simple fact that he is in office because of the Gujarati voters. So, what Gujarati voters think about him matters, not what people like Barkha Dutt or Teesta Setalvad think. So he delivered on his promises to his voters, so that Congress don’t get any issue in election. This strategy worked brilliantly. Its brilliance can be measured with the fact that Congress accepted it’s defeat even before the poll dates were announced by EC.

I recently read a management funda, which basically says that to be successful you should try to work on your strength than trying to improve your weak areas. Modi seems to understand this fact perfectly.

His development record, clean image are his strengths while 2002 riots continues to be his weak point. So he focused his entire energy in selling  “vibrant Gujarat” to his voters and his voters were willing to buy it. Because it’s something they can see, they can feel.Thus there was record turn around in favor of Modi in this election.

Although someone suggested that BJP should give some tickets to Muslims, sot that Modi can appear to be the messiah of secularism, but Modi did the right thing by rejecting it and giving tickets to only those candidates that are likely to win from a particular constituency.

Modi always opposed the idea that only Muslim can work for the betterment of Muslims. The same is true for any community. A true leader will work for the all communities of his state/nation. Why should someone be from your caste only to work for you?

For me, this is true secularism against the so called secularism pioneered by Congress and practiced  by almost all the political parties in India today. A party like MIM is a secular party, a leader like Mamta Banerjee, who wanted to build a hospital only for Muslims is secular, parties like AIUDF are secular even if they openly support Bangladeshi infiltration in India, but Modi is communal, because there was a riot in 2002 under his reign, although his involvement is never proved in any court of law.

His 3rd strength is his believe in himself. This believe is the secret which keeps him all charged up even in the face of all these obstacles. At this moment, he is the most discussed, observed and undoubtedly criticized political leader in India. His every moved is analysed in details and the media houses hostile to him try their best to give it a negative spin. That’s the reason, you will see a “Blow to Modi” news almost everyday in some of the news channels.

But despite all this his believe in himself and his goals keep him going. The biggest trail of a leader is his appetite to face challenges. Take up all the blows given my media in his stride and then move on.

He is doing just that.

Thank You Rahul Gandhi

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Like most of the people of my age, I was never interested in politics. Coild not care less about whether Modi wins in Gujarat or not.

But thanks to Rahul Gandhi, now I look forward to the political rallies, specially those addressed by Rahul Gandhi himself.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not a Congress supporter by any stretch of imagination. On the contrary, being an Assamese, I can never forgive Congress for what they have done to my state and my community.

But, my interest in Rahul Gandhi is for a completely different reason. This guy is funny. Don’t believe me, listen to any of his lectures, and then follow its reactions in Twitter. Nothing can be funnier than this.

Rahul Gandhi, projected by Congress, as the solutions to all the problems India is facing today, could not even analyze some basic data before speaking on them. Some examples would be his now famous, “70% of Punjabi youths are drug addicts” comment in Punjab recently. The actual study mentioned that 70% of the drug addicts in Punjab are youths. How can a leader, who aspire to be PM of this country can’t even differentiate between these 2 piece of data? Even a 5th grader would tell you the difference between these data.

Coming to the peoples reaction of his speech in Twitter, trust me, that is the funniest thing happening in India right now. On top of that, Rahul’s defense by people like Sanjay Jha nd GSurya make it even more interesting. But this is a totally different topic and will be covered in another blog post.