Like it or not, Modi knows the knack of being in news 24x7. This art is being mastered to perfection. Again, like it or not, Modi will certainly be read in history.
Alas, isn't Hitler read in history? Isn’t Mein Kamph, the most visible book found in all railway stations and at footpath booksellers. Similarly, Modi is also assured of a place, not only in the news today but also of its reading tomorrow. Modi or Hitler aren't alone on this front. There are many such characters not only in history but also in mythology. The story of Rama is never complete without Ravana. So also Krishna's story is incomplete without Kamsa. So, Modi has an illustrious list of companions!
Modi is a man of the future. He is 'young', 'an icon of the youth'. And he knows that today's youth might not be aware of the 'great' deeds of his illustrious companions. (He must be regularly watching MTV roadies where a Gujarati youth was unable to tell the significance of Ayodhya and against whom Rama fought.) So, to dust up his image, and be on par with the times, he has hired an American PR agency with Israeli connections. The result is Rambo 2.0, a 'man on mission'. He flies down to disaster struck areas and in a whiff rescues 15,000 people. Lo and behold, 15,000 in a day! Spell bound, all of us take out our calculators and start doing mathematics. Number of Innovas x number of passengers x number of trips, number of jets, blah, blah... in the process, we essentially forget that he is Rambo. Rambo is not bound by logic or reason. He defies them. To brush-up memory, just watch a CD of Rambo and you will understand.
American Rambo kills enemies in the nth number. Indian Rambo, sorry, sorry, Gujarati Rambo doesn't kill. He only facilitates it. People say that even all the perfumes of Arabia (or Gujarat) can’t wash his bloodied hands clean. Nowadays, as an aside, he is into rescuing Gujaratis in the nth number. Here n can mean anything. But Gujarati means only one thing – Gujarati Hindus. One ingenious awestruck admirer (no, he is not a chamcha) just gave it a value of 15,000. Who knows, if the spin turned well, it would have been increased. Unfortunately as the pitch was not conducive, it didn’t spin. Poor chap; it was hit for a six. The emperor was caught with his new clothes on.
There is an important difference between the American Rambo and his Gujarati version. The former kills, grins and shows-off. The latter doesn't kill humans as, for him, only Hindu Gujaratis are human beings. The rest are not homo-sapiens. They might be dogs, puppies or whatever. Many a times, these dogs and puppies fall under the cars driven by Hindutvavadis. Mark it, puppies fall under the car. The car never runs over puppies. The fault is thus, not of the driver, but of the puppy. “ Poor puppy, I am so sad. Your doggy parents should have taught you how to behave. They are responsible for your death. Not me. RIP.” This is compassion!
Rambo is not a sissy and doesn’t hide. He is macho. He is proud to be a Hindu nationalist. (Read: Hindu chauvinist)
NaMo, 'radical' who it was reported had charmed the women entrepreneurs in a meet organised by FICCI is known for his radical views. Sample: “Young women are anaemic because they are beauty conscious.” No, poverty cannot be a reason because they are living in ... Gujarat? Suvarna Gujarat! Suvarna Gujarat is indeed a divine state. Here manual scavenging is not an 'inhuman chore'. It is done to attain divinity – moksha. Our little brains cannot comprehend why the rulers of the state led by the charismatic NaMo do not follow this path to attain moksha. Is it that all their time is lost in covering-up their bloodied tracks – Best Bakery, Narodiya Patiya....to Ishrat Jahan.
Suvarna Gujarat is meant to be a model for all the rest of India, or so we are told. If your discerning eye can only see the deep social divisions in the state (Blame it on Namo) then peep deeper. There you find a state with high income inequities, a society where human development indices have gone for a toss and of course, a state that is praised to the sky by our Ambanis, Tatas and their brethren. They are enamoured by his vision.
Yes, Modi has a vision. So did Hitler. His vision is to capture Delhi. He is not ashamed to be ruthless. Isn't Rambo ruthless? If you don’t believe, ask Advani. Expect no mercies from him. And we are not puppies. History has its own way of dealing with characters like Modi. Ask Hitler. Even mythology has its own way. (Vinasaya cha dushkritam, Dharma-samthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge.) People will always rise to teach evil a lesson. Ultimately it is truth and good that will triumph. Be prepared to show some compassion on a badly beaten and bruised Gujarati Rambo!
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