“This will surely put him in the dock. He will have a lot of explaining to do.” The glee in my friend’s voice, a professor was apparent while talking about the second wave of Covid19 facing us. She seemed high that the trouble for Modi has increased. She is not alone in this. There are many who today are less concerned with the spread of pandemic than how much trouble it will bring for Modi.
What is the cause and origin of this vitriolic hatred for one man? That too when he is trying to deal with crisis after crisis facing the nation and exhorting everyone to not give up, but rise and fight? The Covid19 pandemic that has shaken us to the core, threatening our existence pales in comparison to that hatred. It is puzzling that people like my friend express such opinions openly and feel no hesitation in expressing a pleasure that Modi is in trouble and discuss threadbare how it will increase his difficulties. It makes one wonder why a section of our society generates such gut level hostility when he has done nothing to them. Or, maybe he has?
When I was writing this article, a message began to make rounds after his speech. “The only take away from his speech is to take care of your own needs and don’t turn to the government. Imagine living under a government like that, God help us,” the message read. The satire was from an intellectual. And Pidis immediately started social media posts in the same line. (And, fear mongering with fake posts of deaths, and hospitals refusing patients.) When Modi did not say anything of that sort. Why do they lie? Same as when they lied that CAA is against the Indian Muslims when it had NOTHING to do with any Indian. It was only to help persecuted minorities, yes minorities whom Pidis love to love, in our neighborhood.
These Pidis fattened on decades of freebies stolen of the taxpayers money, just can’t understand a man who says, ‘The government is ready and will stop at nothing, our medical personnel are ready, society is ready. But you, the last man in the last row are also important, your role can be important too’. How can a lazy class of people who got it so easy without doing a stitch of work even begin to understand how important it is for the honest person when he is welcomed to contribute?
Modi said India, and the government is prepared now. Last year, we had no PPE capability, no ventilators. Today we are among the largest manufacturers of these. (He didn’t say this, but 70 years of loot had made sure we were crippled last year. If it had been the Supreme Dynasty or Maun Singh, we were certain goners. Thanks to Modi, we ramped up capability in no time. A miracle.) Last year doctors did not know how to handle this disease. Last year no one knew how bad it would be. Today we have the wisdom. We have treatment protocols. We have equipment. We have, not one but two Indian made vaccines. We have enough to vaccinate all our people. So we are in a much better position. So with your help, fellow citizens we can overcome this.
I predict we will in 2 months. And, Pidis again will have to lick their wounds.
Why does Modi’s message, which exhorts us to rise up and fight, invite such comments? Indian leaders, save Lal Bahadur, in the past have rarely spoken in this language to their people. For most of them their language was rarely arousing and passionate and failed to rise to the hour. We have no one whom we can call as a symbol of hope in our darkest times. They were nowhere near being crisis managers. Gandhi would withdraw into silence and start spinning his wheel looking for answers when faced with a crisis leaving people on their own. His bête noire Nehru withdrew by fantasizing during partition. During the Chinese invasion, I wonder if he ever said a word worth remembering to galvanize his people. Often he would sit with his head sunk between his hands, a picture of dejection. Most of our leaders failed us when we needed to rally around them and arise after coming out of centuries of slavery and colonialism. The irony is till today, we have never held them accountable for their inaction and passivity. We accepted passivity in our leaders as natural. When our history was actually one of continuous, yes it was relentless, fight against the invaders. Though our Leftist history books say we did nothing.
The period after that was no better. Indira Gandhi (whose best forgotten slogan was Garibi Hatao, which now seems straight out of Animal Farm) during the Bangladesh war rarely said something galvanizing. It was left to the Generals like Manekshaw. She declared emergency, imprisoning and torturing thousands and never owned up for it. Her son, Rajiv instead of taking charge after her assassination said that when a big tree falls, the earth shakes creating a fissure between the two communities that is yet to heal. Manmohan Singh after the terrorist attack in Bombay went so far as to allow the term ‘Hindu terror’ to be coined. The policy was to wait and do nothing, perpetuate the passivity till the last wisp of memory fades away.
Narendra Modi is the first leader who doesn’t speak in that language. Historians may one day describe him as the first leader of Independent India with a non-slave mindset. He is a crisis manager who takes problems head on, in detail, calmly and steadily to finish of the burdens of the past like abrogation of Article 370 or Ram temple. The world is not accustomed to see a Hindu leader from India who doesn’t beg and plead like Nehru or stand with folded hands like Manmohan Singh. He is someone who keeps a tab of every wound, every injury and answers back in the right way, gently but without remaining defensive. Many Hindu kings of the past also dealt with crisis or calamity like he does.
I remember an old saying about Hindus from the British, “In peacetime they are impossible to manage but in a crisis they become united and bury all differences.” This is what I believe, Modi’s speeches are doing to us. And, Pidis hate it. How can they remain being the elite, living off taxpayers money in such an atmosphere? How can they continue their rent seeking in such an environment? How can they demand free entitlements in such a setup? Today even a Padma Shri has to be earned. How can fellows who never earned a days honest wages keep themselves relevant, nay alive in such a situation?
I believe one reason for this hatred for Modi by every other liberal and intellectual educated in the colonial tradition is that is his leadership holds a mirror to their flaw. The flaw that creates Mir Kafirs. Pidis know it. They know others know it too. And they hate it. Modi is a convenient peg to deflect their self loathing.
How will his addresses to the nation be evaluated? I believe it may change our national character in a subliminal if not intellectual way. I also believe it may be a starting point which no other Indian leader has tried to do. If I visualize a Nehru, a Gandhi in the present scenarios, I visualize nothing but lack of direction, inefficiency and pleading helplessness.
Modi’s style of dealing with opposing forces is through containment and break up under weight of their own contradictions very unlike other leaders. His methods are not defensive but hit out at the enemy and therefore, termed as aggressive. I believe every detractor of his knows that and that is why he is such a threat.
Great leaders of history exhort and infuse their people to shake off their passivity and rise. They don’t promise freebies but ask for sacrifices from their people exhorting them to rise for the nation or a greater cause.
Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, Bismarck, Kennedy became great leaders during a crisis. During the second world war Churchill led the British and asked them to not complain about shortages after he told them the path to victory needs many sacrifices. Their speeches didn’t promise entitlement but asked for struggle, fortitude and courage. Kennedy said, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. Modi is doing even better. He says we will do all we can for you, even those never done before in this country, even that which was thought impossible. But, we will do it along with you. Join me! Maybe that is why, the desire to remove Modi has crossed all norms by his detractors. They even ask for help from Pakistan, China and USAs Biden and Haris forgetting India’s colonial history.
How will Narendra Modi be remembered in history? Will he be remembered as a leader who awakened his people from a slumber, something no leader before him tried in India? The mocking, the satire, the ridicule that he faces every time he tries to bring changes, how will it be seen by history? I believe he will be remembered as the saviour of a people who were crippled by invasions of a thousand years. A people whom he tried to liberate from chains of 70 wasted years of non governance and loot
- With apologies to Rajat Mitra