Chacha Nehru’s foreign policies led to some major failures. His Panchsheel with China collapsed. It led to an invasion in which the Indian Army paid a heavy price. Loss of land to China. Gifting UNSC seat to China. Kashmir issue kept hanging and taken to the UN. His NAM now lies in shambles and meaningless. This kind of generosity still burdens us when PM Modi daringly states “Self interest is not in India’s culture” while addressing a foreign-affairs conference.
Selfishness need not drive us but why should “self-interest” be a bad term in foreign policy? Foreign relations or policy is not an outcome of culture - it is definitely a matter of political self-interest. Nevertheless, unlike Nehru, Modi has been fairly successful in foreign relations and it’s one of the successes of his govt. Thought it must be pointed out that while Modi goes around begging the world to isolate Pakistan, his own govt does not support a Bill to declare Pak a terrorist-state. And then this false belief that development is the solution to all problems is also a delusion. If that were true, then developed countries like US, UK or Germany wouldn’t be facing so much strife. There are still racial problems in the US. Problems of immigrants swamping their culture. Riots were triggered after the recent US elections.
It’s also worth remembering that the ABV govt created more jobs than the UPA of 2004-14. There are many firsts to ABV like the Golden Quadrilateral or the PM Gram Sadak Yojana. The level of satisfaction among people was also higher than previous govts. Notably, ABV didn’t go around begging the world after a near international boycott and sanctions following the nuclear tests of 1998. Yet, BJP lost the election and it certainly wasn’t because of failure on the development front. Part of the reason for loss is sheer arrogance and ignoring their own key constituents.
Chanting the development mantra deludes BJP and the PM and results in glossing over or ignoring social strife. Even the cleansing of politics from criminals promised by Modi has taken a back seat. The BJP is also borrowing politicians who are least aligned with the ideology of the party – if at all there is any ideology left. Here’s what a researcher writes (excerpts):
The common defence by politicians that such cases are politically motivated does not hold water if one is serious about clean politics. And what exactly has Modi done to deal with criminals in politics or corrupt politicians? NOTHING! The BJP guys are very fond of writing books. They released a book on Congress scams. After this book LK Advani expressed regret to SoniaG for naming her. Then the great writers of the BJP again brought out a booklet and CD during the 2014 campaign on Robert Vadra calling it “Damadji”. Well, Damadji is now a happy “expert political commentator” in the media and waltzes around with no action against him. And on the unending Kerala killings of Hindus – the BJP again grandly brings out a book:
The killings of Hindus and even destruction of temples and festivals continue unabated in Kerala, Kashmir and Bengal. And the ModiSlaves keep barking he cannot do anything because he doesn’t have majority in Rajya Sabha or that Law & Order is a State matter. This nonsense of idiotic slaves is the worst crime they deliver to Modi himself. Here are some things that Modi does without RS or the State limits:
The woman who hates the BJP genetically being an Islamic-Terror apologist is in their election war-room in UP. Time and again BJP guys cuddle up to her and the rotten NDTV against whom Modi supporters have waged a long battle against their lies and anti-Hindu, anti-BJP propaganda. Worse, corrupt NDTV which should have been banned or shut down gets 15 crores in govt doles as ads and campaigns. Does this take RS majority to stop? Even if some amounts were pending from the UPA era the whole 15 crores cannot be outstanding to be paid till 2016. And this anti-India channel also filed petitions to stop national projects like Sagarmala. What is the message Modi is sending his staunch supporters? Then you have ministers like Venkiah Naidu who trash Rajputs without investigation against their actions against some Bollywood jerk. You have another minister Menaka Gandhi who calls Makara Sankranti a day of massacre. Are these problems created by lack of majority in RS or State limits? Bengal assaults on Hindus and Hindu traditions get worse every single day:
Nothing stops PM Modi from visiting these states and those affected and making strong statements against the killings and violence. What majority in RS does he need for this? I cannot be sure but I can estimate the reasons for such cowardice. If Modi does visit and condemn such violence he will be tarred with his baggage of Gujarat 2002. That is his real fear. There is more. The violent incidents in Kerala and Bengal are not accidental. They are carefully calibrated actions to PROVOKE Modi into doing something and then the Sickulars can play victim and cry “Fedaralism under attack”. But I expect my PM to rise above such fears and do the right thing.
Being a Chacha and letting Hindus die or release stupid books is not the answer. Just as he deployed CRPF in Kolkata to protect BJP offices and officials, he can do the same with Kerala and Bengal. Maybe he can even invoke AFSPA in certain areas where ordinary Hindus live their lives under daily threats. It is the PMs job to attend to these social issues and no amount of development can compensate for lives being lost and traditions being lost. I don’t buy that. ABV, President Kalam and even SoniaG visit Gujarat after the 2002 riots. What stops our PM from Bengal and Kerala? He has shown guts to slam “Gaurakshaks” but Hindus being killed means nothing? Even Christian Missionary fraudulent-conversions merrily continue with no action.
Let’s come to Demonetisation. It heaped misery on millions of Indians with the cash-crunch. We still supported that move as a daring move. Is that the only way to fight black money? No! That would have been great if he had not allowed political parties to escape with their black money. I explained this in “Noteban Blackhole”. Still, instead of only demonetization had a few corrupt politicians and black money hoarders been prosecuted severely that would have sent a larger message. As it stands, not a single corrupt politician fears ModiSarkar and roams around free. Modi is the one who said he will “punish the corrupt”. But what does ModiSarkar do? Sharad Pawar, perceived as one of the most corrupt politicians, is honoured with a Padma award. Go to hell people – I care two hoots about what you think; politics first for me! That’s the message Modi is giving you.
Let’s take another social issue – Jallikattu. The BJP had supported it. Nirmala Sitharaman spoke in its favour in early 2016 too. Yet the deep slumber of ModiSarkar led to agitations in TN. Is your development mantra going to assuage sentiments of people? BJP was made the villain of the whole piece. The true anti-Jallikattu villain, the Congress, on the contrary was mouthing nonsense in support of it. It took 7 days for Venkiah Naidu to even state that it was Congress in 2011 that initiated the Jallikattu-ban. Modi was sleeping and so also his TV-hugging spokies. Such disasters fueled more by the media against BJP are lost on Modi, but he funds NDTV for their anti-Hindu, anti-India, pro-terrorist nonsense.
Last year, a Muslim school principal in Kolkata, Kazi Akhtar was attacked and thrown out for teaching his children the national anthem. Are we to be ashamed of our own national anthem? What stops Modi condemning such actions and demanding that this principal be re-instated in his school? NOTHING! No majority in RS is required. In contrast, when the bogus “attack on Christians” fraud was perpetrated by the media he quickly established a helpline for Christians. Why is there no such helpline for Hindus in Kerala or Bengal? Are they to die like goats? Hindutva has nothing to do with all of this. This is just demanding that all citizens be treated equally and fairly. Oh! But “Development” is the solution to all problems. YES! Enjoy that development when your family head or member is DEAD.
When BJP MP Hukum Singh reported over 300 families from Kairana (UP) were forced to leave their homes and town by Muslim goons not one BJP member, MP or MLA stood by him. The media trashed it as lies. The Opposition claimed it was communal fear-mongering. Now, during UP elections, Rajnath Singh tells us such exodus will never happen again. Just as Ram Mandir crap before UP elections such bogus promises are held out. Why didn’t the HM go to Kairana and resolve issues? That Hindus will be safe ONLY if BJP is in govt? Is that the stupid logic? We have seen that Hindus suffer even when the BJP-Centre is voted with great majority. And no less than the SC has ruled that it’s the job of the State and the Centre where communal conflicts happen:
As a PM, Modi needs to assert himself and send out a clear message that such nonsense will not be tolerated. But he has no words for such issues. That development will solve these problems. No they will not. Year after year in his “Mann ki baat” Modi sermonizes students to stay free of exam-pressure. Never mind that. But what stops him from dramatically changing the education system that creates such pressures in the first place? NOTHING! Instead he has ribbon-cutting ministers on education. There is more endorsement for the anti-Hindu RTE Act and no effort to modify it at all. There are reports that many schools have closed down due to the RTE discrimination. But worse are reports of falling standards of education due to RTE which cannot be denied. It will take only ONE STROKE to dramatically reduce the pressure of exams on students. It can be done. There is no need for a million sermons or psychologists who are in this business.
World over, countries like US, UK and others in Europe are waking up to Islamic Expansionist plans while our GOI slumbers over it. Kairana is only one small town. The plans to resettle KPs in Kashmir are being constantly thwarted. But Muslim refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh are swamping some of our major towns to create a demographic imbalance, including in J&K:
Modi calls our Constitution a “Holy Book. Even Americans don’t call their Constitution that. A Constitution that has been savaged by the Congis over the years through hundreds of amendments. If indeed it is, why are Mullahs issuing Fatwas so frequently? Why are some Muslims claiming their Sharia or Quran is above our Constitution? Make a law that warrants a punishment for any Mullah issuing a Fatwa or anyone abusing the Constitution. It cannot be holy unless ALL Indians are taught to respect it.
During his term, ABV too tried to be a Chacha and win accolades from his worst enemies – the Commie media and Sickulars. I see the danger of this happening all over again. We voted Modi to ensure Nehruvian concept of Sickularism and sluggish economic conditions disappear. The Chacha slaves even labeled his economic failures as “Hindu rate of growth”. When criticism is offered, the ModiSlaves rant “Oh, so you want Congress back”? No! The criticism is more to seek ModiSarkar to face realities so that Congress doesn’t return as it did in 2004. That’s the danger of Chacha returning again. And Hindus are not seeking special privileges but that they are treated at par with all others.