9 reasons why Modi is heading for a landslide in the 2019 general elections

zip-3351499_960_720In 2002, they said Narendra Modi would be sacked as Gujarat Chief Minister. Then they said he would lose the State elections that year. In 2007 they said he would lose the Gujarat elections yet again. In 2009 they predicted that his national career was finished.

In the run up to the 2014 general elections, first they said that the BJP would never make Modi as their Prime Ministerial candidate, then they said the allies would never accept him, after that they said that the people would never accept him, finally they said that the NDA would stand no chance of getting the half-way mark which was later revised to the BJP tally.

That’s a 100% failure record, so now if they are saying that Modi is facing a tough 2019 it actually means that he is heading for a landslide. Here are 8 reasons why…

1. Congress was the largest party whenever they made a comeback.

currency-1843349_960_720At the Centre, the Congress made a comeback in 1980, 1991 and 2004. So then why can’t it do it for the fourth time in 2019? The answer lies in the fact that at all those three times, the Congress was by far the largest party of the land.

In all those three occasions, Congress had the most manpower and most money. Congress has nearly always had the most MPs in the Rajya Sabha, most Chief Ministers and most MLAs. Historically they’ve just lost seats in the Lok Sabha but retained their power everywhere else. This is the first time it is not so. The BJP has emerged as the big daddy in Indian politics with no close second.

The BJP beats the Congress on all counts…
parliament-2028311_640(1) In the Lok Sabha it leads 271-48. (No competition)
(2) In the Rajya Sabha it leads 71-50 and if you add BJP allies, then it’s even further ahead.
(3) In the list of most populous states, the largest Congress has is Punjab at No. 20. Apart from that they have the smaller Mizoram and Union Territory Puducherry. In contrast there are 16 BJP Chief Ministers and more as allies. Scoring big in the Assemblies leads to scoring big in the Lok Sabha. Losing States means you’ll lose the Centre again.
(4) There are 1500+ BJP MLAs and the Congress has less than half of that.
(5) BJP is by far the richer party.
And finally an interesting point…
(6) In the 2014 elections, 10.7 crore people voted for the Congress. In the last four years, their support has drastically reduced. What about the BJP? Well their primary membership itself stands at 11 crore plus!

In the past Congress was an elephant that always returned due to its sheer size. Well now the Congress has shrunk to insignificance and the BJP is the elephant. It is a rising elephant in power to boot.

2. Modi has become the default operating system.

binary-65473_960_720Once, Pappu (Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi) said that the Congress was the default operating system of India. He was right. But only till 2014! As mentioned above, Modi has uninstalled the Congress and made the BJP the default operating system.

That didn’t happen in the previous occasions. In 1980, the Janata Party disintegrated. In 1998, the Janata Dal disintegrated. Even the BJP started weakening from 2002 onward thanks to Godhra (it didn’t dent Modi, but it depressed Vajpayee), Operation West End and the media’s relentless attacks on the BJP.

The President, Vice President and Governors are all BJP appointees for the first time and it is the Congress that is still reeling from scandals.

The Congress gave us Independence in 1947 and for decades people blindly voted due to that. However there’s hardly anyone left alive today who was old enough to see India getting that Independence. Today the mantra is development & governance and Modi & the BJP are more associated that.

3. Modi’s 2018 image is even better than his 2014 one.

Indira Gandhi’s 1975 Emergency sunk her and she called the elections in 1977 in an act of desperation and lost. The Janata Party fought itself to extinction by 1980. Rajiv Gandhi came as Mr Clean in 1984, but by 1989 he was disgraced thanks to Bofors, the HDW scam, the Shah Bano case, the anti-defamation bill etc.

The Janata Dal leaders fought themselves to oblivion by 1991. PV Narasmiha Rao started with a bang in 1991, but from 1992 afterwards, he saw one scandal after another: The stock market scam, the Babri Masjid demolition, the JMM bribery case, Lakhubhai Pathak, Hawala, St Kitts… it wasn’t really surprising that he lost. Nationally the Janata Dal itself disintegrated by 1998.

AB Vajpayee’s golden period was 1996-99 when he led the BJP to be the single largest party in three straight general elections (1996, 1998 & 1999), affected Pokhran thumbing his nose at America and winning the Kargil War. From 2001 he had Operation West End, Godhra and by 2004 was a pale shadow of himself and it was not surprising that he lost.

Even UPA’s 2009 victory was soured in 2010 itself with the unearthing of the Commonwealth Games scam after which we had August Kranti, 2G, Coalgate, Choppergate etc.

However well into 2018, it is the Congress of the back foot and its scams are still coming out with great regularity even though it lost power four years ago. Modi continues to be Mr Clean, Mr Governance and Mr Development. To recap, Rajiv, Rao, Vajpayee (1999) and UPA2 unraveled in the first couple of years whereas Modi is still going strong after four years and there’s hardly any time left to counter that.

4. Modi has a lot to show for his term.

train-1209291_960_720For the first time in Independent Indian history, India became a power surplus nation. LPG connections soared as the middle class subsidy was transferred to the poor. Bank accounts for the poor went up. GST unified India in the end. Demonetization mopped up tens of thousands of crores of black money and reduced counterfeiting.

When Latur faced severe water crisis, the Jaldoot Express (trains of water tankers) sorted out the problem. The Railways recently saw the lowest accident rate in 40 years. Road building has been speeded up. There is focus on real urgent pressing issues like building toilets.

Shastri reformed India but died early. Rao liberalized and transformed foreign policy but soon got bogged down by scams and inaction. In contrast, the Modi Express has been chugging along at full steam since 2014.

5. Pro-incumbency is the norm at the centre.

nehru-2361331_640Jawaharlal Nehru was not the popular choice for Prime Minister within his party and was foisted on the nation by Mahatma Gandhi. But still when he took over he won all the elections in his life. His daughter Indira also won all the elections save one where she had imposed the dreaded dictatorial Emergency.

The Janata Party and Janata Dal disintegrated and only the slew of scandals sunk Rajiv in 1989. Vajpayee in 2004 was not expected to complete his term had he been elected and he was scandal-ridden and overshadowed by LK Advani. Manmohan got re-elected in 2009 even though he was mediocre in UPA1.

At the Centre pro-incumbency is the norm and Modi is in his prime and young enough to complete two more terms so it is unlikely that India will vote against him in 2019.

6. The Opposition has made a total mess of itself.

Ram Manohar Lohia’s anti-Congressism unified the Opposition when they captured the States for the first time in 1967. Jayaprakash Narayan plotted Indira’s downfall and installed the Janata Party in 1977. VP Singh was the most popular leader in 1989 and he too united the Opposition.

Vajpayee was the tallest leader in the 1996, 1998 and 1999 elections and BJP was the single-largest leader in all three. (Manmohan) Singh was King in 2009. Similarly Modi is the emperor today and it is the the entire opposition that is disunited.

Pappu is a joke and no other regional leader is within a mile of Modi. Post-2014 law and order has been a disaster in non-BJP states like Akhilesh Yadav’s Uttar Pradesh, Lalu Yadav’s Bihar and Mamata Banerjee’s West Bengal.

In 2019, the Opposition is not in a position to challenge Modi.

7. BJP will make gains in the South, East and Northeast.

borders-2099205_640In 2014, the BJP stormed the North and West. There is no reason to believe that they will not improve their performance. But even if they do shed seats, they will gain them from the rest of the country. The BJP has already stormed the Northeast.

It is sure to pick up seats from the East (West Bengal & Orissa) and also from the South. It could open its account in Kerala and do better in states like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. It may increase its share in Karnataka where the Congress and JDS are fighting each other to the death.

8. Modi Haters are following the same stale 2002 strategy.

Maut ka saudagar. (Merchant of death). Nazi. Hitler. Fascist. Dictator. Muslims under siege. Christians under siege. Rising intolerance. Dalits under siege. Danger to the press. #Awardwapsi…

Modi haters and his political rivals used that strategy in 2002. And lost. They used that strategy in 2007. And lost. They used that strategy in 2014. And lost. So why are they still using this losing strategy for 2019? To lose again?

9. He’s is still India’s greatest campaign manager… ever.

narendra-modi-2112081_640It can be argued that without Modi the BJP may have won only 200-220 seats in the 2014 general elections. Then they won state after state due to Modi’s massive rallies and cunning campaigns. In Gujarat State elections the BJP would have surely lost had it not been for Modi. Recently in Karnataka most polls showed Congress ahead but after a Modi blitzkrieg, the BJP emerged as the single largest party.

Modi is still in top form. He is still the number one campaigner. He still has Amit Shah, who’s the best poll strategist. Modi will still be tough to beat in 2019.

Get it 100% wrong, keep predicting, keep preaching and keep getting paid big bucks forever

narendra-modi-2112081_640In 2002, They (most media houses plus most pollsters plus most political experts plus most intellectuals plus most TV news stars plus most everybody else who had a voice and allegedly mattered) said that Modi would lose elections in the face of polarization and end his political career.
Not only did Modi win, but he is the biggest political figure well into 2018.

In 2004, They said that Vajpayee and the NDA would make a return and Advani would make Prime Minister and Sonia’s political career was over.
The NDA lost, Vajpayee’s career ended, Advani’s career virtually ended, Sonia virtually became a dictator for 10 years and now They are desperately trying to prop up a failed Sonia for 2019.

In 2009, They said that since Modi couldn’t win most of his State Lok Sabha seats, his national ambitions had officially ended.
Not only did Modi make a comeback, but he is the biggest national political figure well into 2018.

parliament-2028311_640In 2009, They said that UPA would probably just about scrape through and would be heavily reliant on all the allies for many many years to come. It was a new era of collation politics.
Congress jumped from 145 Lok Sabha seats to 206 and gave a royal kick to all their allies and virtually ruled alone for 5 years and the BJP government that followed also had no need for allies.

In the 2012 UP Assembly polls, They predicted a hopelessly hung Assembly.
Unsurprisingly the SP stormed to a clear majority.

For Modi and 2014, They made umpteen predictions…
Forget BJP, even NDA won’t get 272!
The BJP will never make Modi their PM candidate.
The allies will never accept Modi.
The common man will never accept Modi.
He can never let go the ghost of Godhra.
After 2014…
The Modi wave is over.
He will never be able to function in New Delhi.
The way all these predictions, assertions and prophecies got smashed to smithereens is not funny, it’s farcical.

kashmir-boat-642167_640In 2014, They couldn’t even sniff a BJP landslide in Haryana or an NDA government in J&K.

In 2015, They were nowhere near predicting 67/70 seats for AAP in Delhi.

They made absolute fools of themselves in Bihar in 2015 and predicted both a BJP landslide and a Mahagatbandhan landslide. One poll gave such a wide margin that it predicted a win for BJP, a loss for BJP and a hung house!

Now they are telling us that the Modi wave is over and he will be beaten in 2019 and I guess we have no choice but to believe them!

Bonus: International edition…

donald-trump-1708433_640Brexit can’t happen.
Right parties can’t come to power in Europe.
Trump isn’t serious.
Trump will withdraw from the Presidential race.
Trump can’t win the Republican nomination.
Trump can’t beat Hillary.
After becoming President, Trump will either be impeached or resign.
Trump will start a nuclear war with North Korea.

© Sunil Rajguru

The political death of Narendra Modi is greatly exaggerated…

fake-2355686_12802002.
Gujarat goes to polls amidst the cloud of Godhra.
Forecast: Modi is finished!

2007.
Gujarat goes to the polls in the “absence of polarization”.
Forecast: Modi is finished!

2009.
Gujarat: Congress wins 15 MPs in Gujarat, BJP 11.
Forecast: Modi is finished!

2013.
Modi made campaign chief and decks cleared to become Prime Ministerial candidate.
Forecast: Modi is finished!

2015.
BJP royally plastered in Bihar and Delhi.
Forecast: Modi is finished!

2017.
BJP gets landslide in Himachal Pradesh but wins narrowly in Gujarat.
Forecast: Modi is finished!

india-get-166300_1280The reports of my political death are grossly exaggerated.
—Modi.
(Coming soon: How 2019 will end the Modi story)

© Sunil Rajguru

Modi’s electoral success set to surpass even Nehru and Indira

borders-2099205_1280Modi’s electoral performance in terms of size of electorate (population) where the BJP was in power or the opposition or at least had an outside chance to win…

1. Lok Sabha 2014 — Won.

2. Uttar Pradesh 2017 — Won.

3. Maharashtra 2014 — Won.

4. Bihar 2015 — Lost but converted to “Won” in 2017.

5. Madhya Pradesh 2013 — Won.

6. Rajasthan 2013 — Won.

7. Gujarat 2017 — Won.

8. Gujarat 2012 — Won.

9. Gujarat 2007 — Won.

10. Gujarat 2002 — Won.

11. Jharkhand 2014 — Won.

12. Assam 2016 — Won.

13. Chhattisgarh 2013 — Won.

14. Haryana 2014 — Won.

15. J&K 2014 — Won.

16. Uttarakhand 2017 — Won.

17. Himachal Pradesh 2017 — Won.

18. Manipur  2017 — Won by default.

19. Goa 2017 — Won by default.

20. The biggest defeat of his career and his absolute annihilation is Delhi. Kejriwal got a whopping 67/70 seats. But here’s the thing. Delhi is the 30th largest province of India by population and the Chief Minister there is a glorified mayor.

parliament-2028311_640Note: BJP has no presence in States like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Kerala and is a junior partner in States like Andhra Pradesh and Punjab. But even that is changing.

Curious for a man who has won almost all his biggest challenges and lost some of his smaller ones is always on test for the mainstream media for his abilities and he will still be attacked in 2019.

© Sunil Rajguru

The spectacular international Rajyog of Narendra Damodardas Modi

bright-1866986_640There is a concept in India called Rajyog, a period in which a king will reign and flourish, while all his enemies will perish. Those who ally with him will prosper and those oppose him will bite the dust.

Narendra Modi saw a spectacular rise from 2012–14 during which he won almost every State Assembly election he campaigned for and he made Prime Minister of India by reducing a party which had ruled much of India to a record low and abysmal 44/543 seats (8%) in Parliament while he led his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to 282 seats in the May 2014 general elections.

All his regional rivals perished one by one but when he looked at the international stage, the same thing started happening there too. Probably his biggest regional rival when he took over was Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. India first backed the dreaded LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and then fought them with disastrous results, losing a war and then former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Rajapaksa beat the LTTE and then warmed up to China, much to the chagrin of India who looked on helplessly. When Modi took over, Rajapaksa was at his peak and looked good to win in 2015 and rule till 2020. And then in January 2015, out of the blue, Rajapaksa lost. Absolutely nobody saw that coming. Rajapaksa tried to be Prime Minister the same year, but lost that too. The new Sri Lanka leadership is much more amenable to working with Modi and is not openly baiting Modi the way Rajapaksa was.

israel-2131247_640India was a rare non-Muslim country which opposed the creation of Israel in the United Nations and did nothing to mend ties with that country till 1991. Till 2014 the ties between the two countries got better and better but they didn’t create much fuss.

Then it all came out of the closet after Modi took over and he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a mutual admiration society and started praising each other and promising everyone their ties would be taken to the next level.

A few months after Rajapaksa was defeated, Netanyahu went to the polls and the consensus was that he would be defeated. In a surprise verdict he wasn’t. Against all odds, he emerged triumphant and now he and Modi are seriously cementing ties between India and Israel.

A few months after Netanyahu’s victory, there were elections in the United Kingdom. David Miliband is a good friend of Modi’s rival and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. When David visited Rahul, the two spent the night in a Dalit’s hut in an Uttar Pradesh village. Rahul also posted photos of the two on social media when they met in Aspen.

Prime Minister David Cameron on the other hand seemed more aligned with Modi. #AbKiBaarModiSarkaar (This time a Modi government) was a catchy slogan of the 2014 polls. When Cameron met an Indian journalist, he said #AbKiBaarCameronSarkaar! In the UK elections Cameron was either supposed to lose or a hung Parliament was to favour Labour led by David’s brother Ed Miliband.

In a shocker, Cameron thrashed Miliband 330–232 as the former did well even in Labour bastions and the latter was forced to retire. Another friend of Modi had won a surprising victory. Another Modi catchy slogan was #AccheDin (Good days). When Cameron stood with Modi in Wembley Stadium, he declared, “Acche din zaroor aayenge” (Good days will definitely come)

Then Theresa May replaced Cameron and surprisingly she started moving Left and away from both the ideologies of Modi and US President Donald Trump and she is quite on shaky ground.

Talking of Trump and the US Presidential elections. Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton could be classified as a Modi hater. As Secretary of State, she ensured that US President Barack Obama was lukewarm to India.

hillary-41775_640Hillary has been a known Modi baiter and if she became US President, their ties would be quite rocky. While Trump has made a few digs about outsourcing, he has by and large been appreciative of the India story under Modi and praised him publicly on many occasions.

Modi and Trump have many things in common. Both are from the Right, have been attacked by the media, liberals and intellectuals. Both have a keen business sense and are straight talkers.

Read: Eerie similarities between reactions to Modi and Trump…

There is no doubt that Modi would have rather done business with Trump rather than Hillary. And guess what? Before the campaign began in 2015, most analysts said that Trump would not even make it to the Top 5 in the Republican race and Hillary would clinch her nomination in no time. Well Trump officially secured his nomination before Hillary and then thrashed her in the polls.

donald-trump-2005343_640Today Trump will be regularly found rubbishing Pakistan and praising Modi. Trump is growing more powerful by the day no matter what his haters are trying to tell you. Most world leaders have already warmed up to Modi. Even Trump’s predecessor Obama is a fan and actually installed a White House hotline with India. At a meet long ago he ran up to Modi, got hold of his hands and declared, “You’re the man!”

The two got together and revived the almost dead Indo-US nuclear deal. Modi surprised everyone by inviting Obama to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade in 2015. Obama surprised everyone by accepting the decision almost immediately.

While Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have had good ties for decades, no Pakistani head of State got the highest civilian honour, but it was bestowed on Modi. With that he joined an elite group of international leaders who had won that award. While America-Israel-Saudi Arabia is forming a troika in West Asia and isolating everyone there, India needn’t worry because it has excellent relations with all three.

Modi then got Afghanistan’s top civilian honour too. And to think he was dismissed as anti-Muslim once upon a time! Underworld Dawood Ibrahim operated with impunity in Karachi, but after Modi came to power, he may have been shifted to the border (if he’s not already dead) and his assets have been neutralized in Dubai because even UAE is warming up to Modi!

When Russian President Vladimir Putin was facing problems with Turkey, he asked Modi whether he could pick up Turkey’s business in case of a crisis. While a Russia-Turkey patch-up is underway, Putin still wants a special relationship with Modi.

abe-shinzo-867817_1280Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe follows very few people on Twitter. The third person he followed was Modi. It is difficult to believe that Modi was an unknown quantity on the world stage till 2014. After Abe signed a Bullet Train with Modi, he also got a surprise victory at the hustings. He has completed 5 years in office, a rarity for Japan premiership wracked by non-stop resignations.

In a Rajyog your friends do well and your rivals don’t. In the 2014 elections the previous Congress low was 114 seats in 1999 but with 44 in 2014 they couldn’t even officially claim the Leader of the Opposition status in the Lok Sabha. The next largest party was the ADMK and its leader Jayalalithaa died unfortunately but her successor Sasikala was convicted. A post-Sasikala ADMK has warmed up to Modi. After that comes the TMC and its leader Mamata Baneerjee too is under a cloud in the Saradha scam case and a total law and order break-down in West Bengal.

JDU’s Nitish Kumar split with the BJP and actually won the Bihar elections in 2015, but he was also forced to return to the BJP despite being a Modi hater once upon a time. The Shiv Sena allied with the BJP in Maharashtra but keeps attacking Modi and is getting weaker in the State. In fact in the recent statewide rural elections, BJP came first and the Congress distant second. Sena was behind the Congress!

india-712575_1920Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrabau Naidu warmed up to Modi and saw a surprise victory in 2014. New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may have beaten Modi in Delhi, but he stands totally neutralized at the national level. From 1947-2013, the Congress had the most MLAs in India save for a brief period in 1977-1980 when the Janata Party went ahead, but they weren’t really single party but a coalition.

Modi took over as campaign chief in 2013 and for the first time ever the BJP overtook the Congress in 2015. It didn’t stop there. Today the Congress has around 800 MLAs while the BJP is in the region of 1400. It’s a no contest and that’s one factor hardly highlighted by the media. In fact in the Top 15 Indian States by population, Congress rules only 1, unprecedented for the Grand Old Party. If they lose Karnataka in 2018, it may be Game Over for them.

narendra-modi-2112081_640Modi is supreme in India and has no rival. On the world stage he stands tall too.

It is only the Indian mainstream media, Civil Society  and so called intellectuals who is trying to create a fake narrative that he is on shaky ground and faces tests every day and they are coming out with fake campaigns like the one related to intolerance.

Meanwhile, the spectacular Rajyog of Modi marches on!

(This is an updated version of an article that first appeared in June 2016)

Spectacular rise & rise of Pappu

profits-1953616_19202003: Armed with qualifications from Harvard and Cambridge he is a total no-one in politics.

2004: Enters politics and immediately becomes Lok Sabha MP in his very first attempt.

2007: Triple whammy! Promoted to Congress General Secretary, Chairperson of Indian Youth Congress and National Students Union of India!

2009: His magic leads to a whopping 42% growth of the Congress in the Lok Sabha: Great future hope for the media, intellectuals and Civil Society of India.

2013: Promoted to Congress Vice President by his sheer hard work and daring.

2017: Promoted to Congress President unanimously with no other option even remotely in sight.

2019: Presumptive official Prime Ministerial candidate of the Congress for the general elections and will still be the Great Hope for the anti-Modi brigade.

2024: Doesn’t matter what happens in 2019, for many he will still be the knight in shining armour if he should still happen to be around in this year or 2029 or 2034 or…

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Yes, Narendra Modi will be thrashed in the 2019 general elections…

fist-1561157_6402002: The grand strategy of Civil Society, liberals, intellectuals and Leftist media…
Hey! Let’s totally demonize Modi, attack him 24X7, plant fake stories round the clock, blame him for ALL the ills of Gujarat and abuse all his supporters!
Result: Modi wins Gujarat.

2007: The grand strategy of Civil Society, liberals, intellectuals and Leftist media…
Hey! Let’s totally demonize Modi, attack him 24X7, plant fake stories round the clock, blame him for ALL the ills of Gujarat and abuse all his supporters!
Result: Modi wins Gujarat again.

2013: The grand strategy of Civil Society, liberals, intellectuals and Leftist media…
Hey! Let’s totally demonize Modi, attack him 24X7, plant fake stories round the clock, blame him for ALL the ills of Gujarat and abuse all his supporters!
Result: Modi leads BJP to landslides in Assembly elections.

2014: The grand strategy of Civil Society, liberals, intellectuals and Leftist media…
Hey! Let’s totally demonize Modi, attack him 24X7, plant fake stories round the clock, blame him for ALL the ills of Gujarat and abuse all his supporters!
Result: Modi gets greatest BJP mandate in the history of Independent India.

2014-17: The grand strategy of the Opposition, Civil Society, liberals, intellectuals and Leftist media…
Hey! Let’s totally demonize Modi, attack him 24X7, plant fake stories round the clock, blame him for ALL the ills of India and abuse all his supporters!
Result: Modi wins most of the Assembly polls with a crushing victory in Uttar Pradesh being the icing on the cake.

2017-19: The grand strategy of the Opposition, Civil Society, liberals, intellectuals and Leftist media…
Hey! Let’s totally demonize Modi, attack him 24X7, plant fake stories round the clock, blame him for ALL the ills of India and abuse all his supporters!
Result: Hmmm!!! Now I wonder what the result of 2019 could be?!?

© Sunil Rajguru

But they say India is not secular…

india-2131238_640India was ruled for 17 years by a Hindu who hated being a Hindu. (Nehru)

Ruled for 15 years by a Hindu married to a Parsi with Muslim heritage. (Indira)

Ruled for 5 years by a Hindu with Parsi-Muslim heritage. (Rajiv)

Ruled for 10 years by a Sikh controlled by a Christian. (Manmohan-Sonia)

India is the most secular country in the world and yet many are bent on maligning it.

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Indian Presidential election musings…

ballot-1294935_640The President’s post is a formality.
Kovind’s election is a formality.
Yet we are wasting so much time discussing it.

1947: Jagjivan Ram is Labour Minister.
70 years later…
2017: Jagjivan Ram’s daughter is candidate for President.
Congress: Doomed to live in the past.

1. DynasT.
2. LoyalT (to the DynasT of course).
The only 2 Ts that work in the Congress party.

It would have been great if Advani became either Prime Minister or President.
But he is already 89.
He should be happy that he saw a BJP 272+ mandate and BJP President in his lifetime.
He laid the foundations.

2014, Advani looks at Modi and thinks…
Kaash main hota!
2017, Advani looks at Kovind and thinks…
Kaash kam se kam yahi mujhe milta!

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

When Modi surprised everyone with Kovind

questions-1922476_640Past.
The entire media and liberal ecosystem didn’t have the foggiest idea that Modi would win.
Present.
The entire media and liberal ecosystem doesn’t have the foggiest idea what Modi is doing.

If the common man hasn’t heard of Ram Nath Kovind, it’s OK.
But for a journalist or politician to boast he or she hasn’t heard of a 2-time Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson turned Bihar Governor is quite ridiculous.

Modi aage kya karne waala hain, isko samajhna mushkil hi nahin, naamumkin hai.
#SurgicalStrike #DeMo #UPYogi #RamNathKovind

From 1947-2017, every President of India has either been Congress, ex-Congress or Independent.
#RamNathKovind set to make history.

BJP Lok Sabha.
BJP President.
BJP Vice President and Rajya Sabha chief.
Majority BJP+ States.
Modi is just getting started.

BJP Lok Sabha.
BJP President.
BJP Vice President and Rajya Sabha chief.
Majority BJP+ States.
Modi is just getting started.

Who should be the next President of India?
Best thing would be to introduce amendment to abolish this useless ceremonial post and save money.

10 issues on which the Right wants more urgency from Modi…

narendra-modi-2112081_640A lot of people had great expectations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he took charge way back in 2014. For some he has already delivered in terms of streamlining the bureaucracy, lifting up foreign policy, implementing OROP, roadmaking and power augmentation.

Modi haters will never be satisfied with him though. But another unsatisfied group is the Right. The Left-wing media will tell you they are a hardline rabid group, but that is far from the truth. There is the Cultural Right. The Economic Right. The Political Right. The Hindu Right.

The Left in India has totally suppressed all voices from the Right for decades, but such groups are finally making their voices heard. Here are some issues which the Right wants more urgency from Modi…

brihadishvara-2358280_6401. Hindu temples autonomy: India is a strange country where the minorities have more rights than the majority. It’s difficult to see any other country with such an equation and still we have debates over intolerance and the demonization of the majority religion.
Churches and mosques have a much greater autonomy but not Hindu temples. In fact a combination of commissions and legislation has meant that governments are more and more taking over the running temples.

Why should the government take over temples in the first place? Specific legislation is required in Parliament to grant Hindu temples complete autonomy and that’s something only Modi can do via the relevant bills.

2. Greater support for Indic and Hindu studies: The British had a view of India and that reflected in our history books and textbooks. The British left but the view continued. The Communists perpetuated these myths. (In fact, paradoxically, Hindu culture itself is called mythology!)
When I passed out of school and started reading a lot more on history I always wondered why there was so much focus on Communism, the Mughals and the British worldview. Hindu empires and achievements for some reason were downplayed.

We need a complete revamp of our history textbooks, have more government funding into our history by academicians sharing an Indic worldview and not a Western one. While a move is on by the government, it’s already going to be two years since Modi took over.

school-298680_6403. Repeal of RTE: The Right To Education is a very fancy sounding word. It implies education to each and every child in India. That would actually mean revamping all our government schools and introducing thousands more. Nothing of the sort has happened. RTE should actually be renamed to “Reservation of Students in Private Hindu Schools” for that is what it is. The RTE is inadequate and riddled with contradictions.

Again minority institutions, which flourished thanks to the British legacy, have been kept out of the ambit.

4. Implementing a Uniform Civil Code: This would automatically cover things like temple autonomy and RTE. There is also a desperate need for boosting the rights of Muslim women in India. Maybe the UCC’s time has finally come, but curiously it is the Supreme Court which seems more active on the issue than Modi.

But the UCC seems to be totally off the table. Numbers in the Rajya Sabha may have a big deal to do with it. But there’s very little chance of the BJP getting 51% of the Upper House on its own till 2020 and that too if all things go well.

Interestingly Arun Shourie is a rare political leader who has written in detail about both Muslim and Hindu issues and people have failed to find holes in his arguments, but he finds himself a pariah in the new dispensation.

kashmir-boat-642167_6405. Abolishing Article 370: This grants special status to the State of Jammu & Kashmir and is quite controversial. Father of the Constitution Babasaheb Ambedkar fought against it and Bharatiya Jana Sangh (the precursor to the BJP) founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee died mysteriously in Kashmir opposing it.

AB Vajpayee as Prime Minister could do nothing and many thought Modi would be the first to do something here. But that’s unlikely. Apart from numbers in the Rajya Sabha, the PDP (a party which will never ever even discuss the scrapping of 370) is their partner in J&K. But forget any amendments; there doesn’t even seem to be a debate on it.

6. Pushing for Ram Mandir: Modi did make religious references in the 2002 Gujarat Assembly campaign, but from the 2007 one he has been toning himself down and talked only governance and development in 2014.

It is doubtful that he will upset the apple cart by touching this controversial topic. Moreover the case is now in the Supreme Court. In fact it is BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who has been the most vocal on this issue and not Modi.

blur-1853262_6407. Pace of economic reforms: Rajiv Gandhi looked to be Right leaning but India first turned Right economically under PV Narasimha Rao and his good work was carried forward by AB Vajpayee. However Congress President Sonia Gandhi did a U-turn and went full Left. While Modi has turned Right again, many are not satisfied with the pace of reforms. The industry and middle class would like to see more action on the economic front.

8. Being more tough on the Dynasty: Nehru was the first great Leftist. Sonia took that forward with a vengeance. Rahul looks to carry forward the Nehru-Sonia legacy. Thanks to the colossal amount of scams in UPA2, a lot of people thought Congress leaders would be in jail by now and the legacy would be finished.

However nothing of the sort has happened so far. Sonia is facing National Herald woes thanks to Swamy and not Modi. No concrete action has been taken against her son-in-law Robert Vadra who has many allegations against him.

The AugustaWestland scam names Sonia, her right hand Ahmed Patel and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It remains to be seen whether Modi finally nails all of them or lets them get away.

incense-2318953_6409. Promoting Hinduism directly: While Modi wears his religion on his sleeve and is undoubtedly pro-Hindu, he still has not brought in strong legislation related to protecting Hinduism. Even on things like the beef ban, Congress governments did the actual implantation in the past and courts today are more pro-active.

Vajpayee wore a mask and LK Advani praised Jinnah’s secularism. What Modi does remains to be seen but the RSS-VHP is getting impatient.

press-899477_64010. Taking on the mainstream media: Since Modi and the MSM have been such vicious adversaries; Modi was expected to take action against the alleged misdeeds of the media houses. The media leans firmly Left and social media space is free and independent and naturally leans Right. That could be because the Right has been suppressed now and most of the people in India lean Right and not Left.

Nothing of the sort has happened. Modi continues to ignore most of the media while other BJP leaders keep visiting the studios of the very news channels that abhor them and insult them so much. Raids on NDTV have begun, but it remains to be seen if anything concrete happens.

General political musings…

nehru-2361331_640Great great grandson of Motilal, great grandson of Nehru, grandson of Indira and son of Rajiv-Sonia blasts dynastic politics in Telangana.

With the way they are still being unearthed, if Modi wins in 2019, then I have a feeling that we will still be discussing UPA scams till 2024

Politics is the only place where education is irrelevant.
Delhi CM is an IITian.
Bihar Dy CM is 9th pass.
Both are equally useless.

1984: Rajiv takes charge.
1986: Bofors.
1999: Vajpayee re-elected.
2001: Operation West End.
2009: Manmohan re-elected.
2011: August Kranti.
Modi escapes 2-year itch.

In 1990 Lalu became Bihar Chief Minister and immediately brought in Jungle Raj and became the worst politician.
After 27 years he is still being “raided” and “charged” and ruling Bihar quite comfortably.

Tea Party kicked Angrez out of American politics.
Beef Party will kick out Congrez from Indian politics.

These versions by Sunil Rajguru