Narendra Modi is “King of Biggest Democracy”


“It’s time to live for India, not die for India.”

Narendra Modi’s words after his thumping victory will remain till the end of time. NaMo will be India’s only Prime Minister to be born after independence, hence the perception to live for the nation. Frankly stating, no one, not even Modi, must have imagined the real “congress” of Indians in this historic election.

Narendra Modi’s Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) clinched 282 seats to achieve a clinical majority against the required 272 (out of 543) in the 16th Lok Sabha. Its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) further breezed on to 336 seats. The Congress could only salvage a meagre 44 and the Union Progressive Alliance (UPA) could tally just 58 seats. The BJP clean swept Gujarat (26), Rajasthan (25) and Delhi (7).

A year ago, the Congress and BJP both faced leadership crises. BJP was rescued by NaMo, but the Congress failed (and may still) to find a leader. NaMo steered through his opponents after being declared as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate. His speeches were targeted to the family-centred politics of the Gandhis, the mammoth corruption expositions of 2G, coal, CWG, Adarsh and a lot more. But he didn’t limit himself to just that. He boasted of what the Congress did not have-an example of development, Modi’s Gujarat model. He used this model in every speech to spark hope in the people. After all, he could not win banking solely on pessimistic statements. NaMo never lost control in any speech or interview, driving the nation where he wanted.

India is famed for its unity in diversity. But only Indians know that this unity is seldom visible in elections. Majority of Indian political parties were established on the name of religion, caste and region. The mere colors of the party flags will tell you the chronicles of their vote bank. It is for the first instance in Indian history that dalits (considered as the lowest caste in India who hence gave up Hinduism) and Muslims have unanimously given their mandate to the BJP (a party devoted to Hinduism). Kudos to the state of Uttar Pradesh, always taken for granted to vote their caste and religion, for having given a stupendous 71 seats out of 80 to Modi’s BJP. Modi himself had fountain-headed UP by contesting from Varanasi.

An elated Narendra Modi now carries the aspirations of over a billion people. Jobs, economy, security, water, electricity, infrastructure are still the words we utter. Will one step by every Indian indeed take India a billion steps ahead? It’s the season of hope!


Arvind Kejriwal is Delhi’s “Baazigar”


The Delhi Police escorted the man who they had tyrannically beaten up last year. Arvind Kejriwal swore to become the youngest Chief Minister New Delhi had ever witnessed, and the most historic CM India had ever seen. He took power only to transfer it immediately to the people. It was the maiden oath taken in a public domain. The Ramlila Maidaan rose to a tumultuous acknowledgement to the man who looked no different from themselves, dressed in simple old clothes and sweater just like that public servant we see outside but don’t care about.

Kejriwal, 45, addressed the 80,000 crowd after taking a 30 minute metro to the venue. He shunned the VIP culture and within hours the red lights on the Ambassadors vanished. He took office for six hours on the first day, a Saturday, and transferred nine IAS officers. He requested the people to grant him 10 days to show a significant change. The other ministers Manish Sisodiya, Somnath Bharti, Satyender Jain, Rakhi Birla, Girish Soni and Sourabh Bharadhwaj have formed an anti-corruption retaliation force with their CM.

Kejriwal’s  Aam Aadmi Party won 28 seats in the 70 seat constituency and formed a minority government with the external support of the deplorable Congress’ 8 seats to get the exact majority figure of 36. Lashed in all directions by the BJP, the majority party with 32 seats, AAP took their final decision by another historic connection with the people. 257 out of 280 public meetings signaled an affirmation to the party to form the government with the Congress. Social activist Anna Hazare is rumored to have an ego clash with Kejriwal right from the day of the surprising results, inspite of their earlier ideological differences in the path towards a corruption-free nation. A few people on the internet are now comparing Anna to Vinod Kambli for his missed opportunity to super-stardom.

AAP’s jubilation has been controlled by the 3rd January deadline on which they have to prove their majority with the Congress. The Congress has shown ambiguous intentions but their best play will be to pass the majority. Such is the nature of momentum of this century old party that it never fails to find itself in a win-win situation. Withdrawing support will make their already anticipated huge loss in the Lok Sabha polls even for embarrassing. The BJP has become a very sensible party right from ascendance of Narendra Modi.

Mumbai is the city of personal dreams in India. Delhi has just become the city of national dreams, apart from being the city of power, now people’s power. Politics in India has transformed into a revolution. Arvind Kejriwal’s Twiiter followers are increasing exponentially now. His rise has the recurring recipe to rise higher. He reminds us of Shahrukh Khan saying that the real player (baazigar) is the one who wins after losing.

Indian Politics: Game of Thrones premieres December 8

Semi-finals! The forthcoming state elections have been declared and the people are already calling it the semi-finals to final Lok Sabha elections of 2014. Some say semi-final is an exaggeration. Actually it’s mitigation. The truth is that these state elections are the first innings of the final itself. Score as much as you can because a good start is half the work done.  The people of Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will cast their votes within about three weeks, hence the rising political tension. The notion of a change in power has gripped the nation since the Karnataka results earlier this year.

Delhi is anticipated to be the most enigmatic territory. The Congress is rigid on maintaining its momentum but this firmness has not one but two super strong oppositions, the Bhartiya Janata Party and the Aam Aadmi Party. The BJP has seen a charismatic fountainhead in Narendra Modi, whose recent speech in Delhi was received grandly. The novice AAP has been diligent and industrious from a year. Their transparency has made their run elementary. Arvind Kejriwal’s challenge to take Sheela Dikshit head on is worth waiting.

Big states have big victories and big defeats. What Madhya Pradesh is to BJP is exactly what Rajasthan is to Congress. The BJP looks super confident on a hat trick in MP and Chhattisgarh. Retaining Rajasthan is going to be emphatic for Congress.

The party which has the best overall success in these elections will be a front runner in the Lok Sabha elections next year. Although the AAP is fighting in only Delhi, it can use this to its own advantage. A win in Delhi for AAP will officially render them as trustworthy. They can wield this victory to show immediate development by the arrival of the Lok Sabha polls in May 2014. The BJP has displayed a turnaround uprising. Narendra Modi’s nomination as the Prime Ministerial candidate has propelled them to the zenith. The party has become a talking point nationwide overnight. The Congress will ride on its unfathomed success in the Centre which is every party’s dream. The uplifting of Rahul Gandhi will be an interesting watch.

This first innings is all set to show us a thousand hues of Indian politics. With just six months for the Lok Sabha polls after the results of all these states on December 8, it is imperative for each party to win against all odds. The people from the remaining states of India will definitely consider these results highly to decide on pressing the worthy button next year. The inception of the real game of thrones will be after these results when the frontrunners and aspiring comeback makers will be unveiled.

Is Narendra Modi our Batman?

What would you do to rule the biggest democracy in the world? How far will you go? The Bhartiya Janta Party is the only party which has truly, conspicuously answered these questions in the best way, by actually making their intentions clear with…. actions. Be it paving the path for a junior who has been constrained to his state or politely derailing the unfathomed senior most, the BJP set the chord straight by nominating Narendra Modi as their Prime Ministerial candidate. Although it did take a long drama for the inception of the official political war for the 2014 elections, the BJP has had its best start; at least it has got a start.

NaMo has become a household topic but not entirely a jubilatory one. The string of victories coupled with the inescapable progress (victory and progress are two different aspects) in Gujarat purport him to be tailor-made for the PM. His wise demeanour of bhaiyoon aur behenoon contradictory to the cliché ranting BHAIYOON AUR BEHENOON makes him compassionate and understanding with the masses. Besides, he is the only speaker whose commentary is more of hope, peace and extravagant dreams and less but not limited to the failures of others. Modi not only regrets the system’s failure but also explains its dynamics, thus showing his calibre for governance. This cultivates his uniqueness as a persona who has larger things to do. He includes the people in his missions instead of singly glorifying them with himself. In this volatile system, it is his unbroken consistency that lures the people towards him.

The unfortunate riots of 2002 have always been appalling for Modi’s career.  His inability to satisfactory answers on this has led to the opposition taming him on a regular basis. Technically speaking, every party has seen riots in their rule across India. But a blot is a blot, and this one is big. The alleged fake encounters have further sullied his image. Despite Gujarat’s progress, poverty and unemployment are still significant in the state. The biggest dilemma today in the minds of the people is the issue of Mulsims. This wavering issue is undying and will be the deciding catalyst in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The development of Gujarat, which not all states’ CMs can boast of, is used in an attempt to cut some slack for him.

India is in a deplorable state attributed to corruption, inflation, terrorism, women security and much more. There is no national leader today who can match up to Modi. Not having any significant competition is Modi’s biggest indirect gain. NaMo has become bigger than BJP for the nation. Despite his positives Modi has his flaws which cannot be ignored. The magical, rather lustful figure of 272 has eluded the NDA for a decade. Every seat counts. The recent ordinance allowing convicts to run proves that since there is only one convicted member. The other ministers have their cases in process, hence not convicted yet. The NDA will lose ground after its fallout with Nitish Kumar’s JDU. But don’t be surprised if Raj Thakray covers some of it with a wild card support for his likeable Narendra Modi in spite of his open dislike towards BJP.

India is the largest democracy in the world. It deserves someone charismatic, dynamic, flawless, and most importantly honest. The truth is that India deserves more than Narendra Modi. Also the truth is that India needs him right now. Does this ironically make NaMo Batman? A hero we don’t deserve, but the one we need right now!