- Posted December 15, 2013 by
BJP using Congress Leader Sardar Patel's Legacy to get votes
Narendra Modi in this election year is trying to project himself as the gen-next Sardar Patel by infusing patriotic fervor in people by using the name of this great freedom fighter.He plans to build "Statue of Unity",a 182-metre statue of Sardar Patel which is tipped to be the world's tallest and is coming up in the middle of the Narmada river.
Narendra Modi's latest Speeches were broadcast live by main stream News Channels and keenly watched.And as Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar State and other colleagues of Narendra Modi pointed out how historically inaccurate and factually incorrect his speeches are.Narendra Modi on other hand is one of those politicians who actually have done post-graduation in Political Science.
Its laudable that Sardar Patel is being remembered today but are we citizens so naive as to not see through it that its just being used as a election ploy.B.J.P. owes its meteoric rise to power to L.K. Advani's Rath-Yatra which promised to build a God Ram Temple at his birth place in Ayodhya.Though the Rath-Yatra failed to build a Temple but it did demolished a medieval Mosque build by Emperor Babar and which in turn resulted in Nation wide Hindu-Muslim riots.This phenomenon of Mass-hysteria where people's religious belief are used to mobilize a political base to gain power can only be compared with Orson Welles radio drama "The War of the Worlds" which spread panic of an alien invasion in 1938.
Narendra Modi though never convicted of inflaming Gujarat riots is accused of doing so by political opponents.More than 800 Muslims and 250 Hindus died in Gujarat riots.2002 Post-Godhra riots were a major factor in B.J.P. loosing Parliamentary election in 2004,though Modi has been winning consecutive State Assembly Elections.
B.J.P. thinks Narendra Modi could win them 2014 Parliamentary elections that's why they are projecting him as Prime Minister candidate.Which obviously makes Indian citizens apprehensive.Now Modi is deftly using and manipulating Social media in his favor as well as trying to project himself as the next Iron Man of India.Though his political rivals indulge in name calling using "Fascism" and "Hitler" to describe him.
"You (Modi) are telling people 'chun chun ke saaf karo' (wipe them out one by one). You can win by getting votes, not by wiping them out... It is not just dictatorship, it is fascism, and those who believe in fascism, their icon is Hitler. They will do what Hitler did... The language of fascism will not work in a democracy," said Nitish Kumar Bihar Chief Minister, addressing the Janta Dal (U) Party state convention in Rajgir.