I wanted to share some of my thoughts and the thoughts of a ‘rival’ called Indian. We shared these thoughts on a comment forum related to an article involving Congress and BJP PM candidates. It may not seem apparent right now that this discussion is of much importance, but I believe looking at AAP’s momentum, asking the question that “given a choice, would it be in the country’s interest to vote for AAP or to vote for Modi (if Modi is made the BJP’s PM candidate)?” is an apt question.
Modi vs Kejriwal
Indian: Its very simple. We need a strong leader like Narendra Modi to lead vast country like India. Its but obvious that Narendra Modi cant keep everyone happy. His larger interest is making tough decision for good governance to make People of India happy. Advani wants a humble person who listens whtever he says. Modi is not like that and so Modi becomes egoistic. Not fair. Also its not advani but his age speaking may be in the hope of being PM himself? We want Narendra Modi. Jai Hind !!
Me: It is this infighting that is going to be the downfall of BJP. Urge you to support a honest citizen’s lead movement like the AAP, where you will find clean leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, whose purpose is to bring a revolution in politics by passing down power to India’s citizens. Kejriwal has been in social work for many years and its because of his work that we now have the RTI act. Look in to the AAP’s policies, they are among the best in the world…they are a mark of a party who wants the best democracy any country could have. All AAP wants is a better life for Indian citizens unlike parties like Congress and BJP, who have proved that they do not want is to keep the political system of India the way it is, which is to be the masters and rule India’s citizens.
India’s 2nd fight for independence has started. The 1st was from British, who looted our country and its resources, same way our 2nd independence is from corrupt politicians, who are doing the same and think they are the masters of India! The days of sitting on the sidelines are over my friend, join the fight, join the AAP movement.
Indian: Let AAP first fight elections in Delhi and win and perform for at least 5 years. Then I will surely support AAP all over India. Let him prove that he can perform while being in the government cause its always easy to find faults of the goverment. In today’s time, Narendra Modi has proved himself as able leader of Gujarat for more than 10 years and Gujarat is one of the best states in the world recognised by international agencies. So supporing Modi makes more sense in current time. Please vote for AAP in delhi polls and please vote for BJP when it comes to Lok Sabha polls. Jai Hind !!
Me: Yes, I agree to certain extent that Modi has proved himself in Gujarat. 3 months ago I thought the same thing; let us support AAP in Delhi and Modi at the centre. Not any more, looking at AAP’s momentum it’s likely that AAP movement is gathering steam in your area/city and it may seem impossible but if we are lucky we may be able to vote for AAP even at the Lok Shabha polls in 2014! I urge all to participate in the movement, understand it and support it to the fullest.
I little bit of my understanding and thoughts on the current state of things. The reality of Indian voting population is such that a leader like Modi is seen by many as an authoritarian, arrogant, communal(even if its 1%) and person who is more egocentric. I hear his speech with much interest and they are 10 times better than Rahul’s, but I cannot help but notice that he credits himself (I have done this…) more often than a leader in my opinion would. Is it that he is the only one coming up with all the good ideas? Is there no one else in Gujarat that intelligent? I am not sure whether he does this on his own volition or whether his advisors have asked him to say this (that I have done this and that) to raise his credibility in public minds. I admit that there was a time, I used to listen to Modi’s speech and felt pride that we have a leader like him for Gujarat…but deep down I knew there was something about Modi, that seemed like authoritarian. In contrast, it’s a joy at a whole new level to hear Arvind Kejriwal speak. He is so simple in his words and expresses his thoughts so clearly and in such a down to earth manner that one cannot help but feel from the heart that all Arvind wants is the good of India. Nothing can beat that in a leader for India.
Also, India needs a leader who can lead India with other regional leaders hand in hand. All these years Congress and BJP are like the same type of party and people, not willing to take the steps that really fight corruption! Both are parties have corrupt politicians in their midst who even have criminal background. If there is a biggest act by Modi which has hit me on my head and made my support sour for Modi, then it is when Modi allowed the gun totting gunda like Vitthal Radadiya in his party. This tells me there is no difference between BJP and Congress and Modi seems to be party to the status quo.
Nobody would have thought 6 months ago that AAP will be able to win Delhi election, and look the momentum and ground level public support AAP movement has. To a pleasant surprise AAP is also going to contest Maharastra and so could it not be possible that more states will see AAP movement taking strong hold? This momentum is only possible because AAP gives power in the hands of normal citizens like you and me and more over this is what AAP stands for, decentralization of power! Everyone has to understand it to believe it. I am sorry to go on for this long. Vande Mataram!
Indian: Joshi Sir, firstly I do not have anything against Arvind kejariwal. I was and am emotionally part of the corruption movement and consider AAP may bring revolution in politics. I am a person who admires others efforts for making India better and keep doing my own little efforts. I find it unfair to find faults be it leading a movement or a party for betterment of India.
The actions/decisions/performing styles/strategies can be debatable but I am fine with all these although I may not completely agree as long as it is working for betterment of people of India. I follow Narendra Modi’s speeches very closely and I see a vision to build India. Imagine how much efforts/brain it requires to unite people to think about development. He is a leader who believes in performance. His leadership is what made others around him motivated and collectively build Gujarat. Leadership is all important and he has shown that. His style of working is effective and producing results and that’s what counts.
People may think he credits himself or is arrogant but people fail to understand that an arrogant/self centered person can not be a most popular leader in India not only in Gujarat. Also he always credits it to team of Gujarat and first of all success is of the people of Gujarat who elected him for the forth term as they live the life there under his leadership. One thing you must understand is to differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable while evaluating ones performance.
Narendra Modi never claims that he is making everyone happy. I like that he is eager to go to people and ask them where he is lagging and take corrective actions accordingly. He is also learning. CM is also a job just like any other job where he is growing by experience. And there is nothing wrong in boasting for our achievements. Why people has problem with that? AAP is in the beginning stage. Be practical; Arvind kejariwal needs experience in this field.
So far he is succeessful in finding out faults with the government. Let us first see how he performs in Delhi if he wins. He does lot of talking like any other leader perhaps also because he didnt get a chance yet to be in Power. There all lots of hopes but I am more a person who is result-driven. Narendra Modi is result oriented person and has proven this. For top job we need an experienced person who can lead from the front. Currently its only Narendra Modi in India. So support him for our betterment. Jai Hind !!
Me: Dear Indian, I appreciate and respect your thoughts for supporting Modi. Though, I would like to emphasize and reiterate that my message in its limited capacity to all is this. If at all in your area there is an AAP movement taking shape please join and support it. If fortunately, AAP is running for Lok Sabha election from your area, be it Delhi, Maharashtra or Gujarat, your vote to AAP will mean that you stand for Swaraj, you stand for transparency, you stand for total anti-corruption and you stand against the gunda raj that exists in politics today! I say this because, even if I agree to you that Modi has played his role in Gujarat’s development, I am certain that, what will take the country forward to benefit every citizen are the policies and change which AAP is fighting for.
At the end of the day, Modi and the BJP govt. will still be the same party, where there is not much transparency be it their donor lists or candidate selections, few top end politicians will be happily making decisions which rather than do real good, may only do superficial good, unlike AAP movement where the decisions are more decentralized and there are higher chances that this type of governance will help India prosper in the real sense in the end.
So, each vote to AAP tells these politicians that their old ways of politics of top down approach are over. I would support Modi if he was in favor of these real changes which now, an Indian like me dreams of; these changes are the path to India’s true prosperity. If possible, do let me know why would Modi welcome a gunda like Vitthal Radadiya in his party? I tried to search for an answer from Modi in the media, I could not find one. How is it that people who have done criminal offences allowed to be a part of a party? Why is it that AAP took this important step to curb this menace and all these years BJP or Congress have not?
I would also like to point out that to run a state, experience may help to some extent but what is required is a good administrator who is honest and who has support of its party and the people. If experience is what was needed don’t you think Manmohan would be good at it by now after being the PM for almost 9 years now?
So, contrary to what we may think that a person or a leader is more important than the party that person is from, is not correct. As important is the leader, so is the party and its policies. Every vote which is cast in support of the leader is cast in support of these parties and its policies. Thus, given a chance I would vote for a party which is fighting for change, a change which will in the end bring real prosperity for each and every citizen of India.
Indian: Joshi Sir, its clear that we share similar views about Congress (hopeless) and AAP (hopeful). I would like you to think again about your views about BJP. Its the party where a son of a teacher can become PM. It it the party whose chief ministers perform without interference/pressure from BJP top brass. Look at Narendra Modi, Dr. Raman Singh, Shivaraj Chauhan. There performances in the states brought the states to prosporous days who never had imagined in such a short time. This can happen only in BJP that such people with vision have full freedom to work for the people without indulging in corruption to raise money from Party. BJP is the party which made Yediruppa to resign on the basis of corruption allegations without even waiting to prove it.
I don’t know about this vittal radadiya that you are talking about. And you said you are looking information in the media. You know how media is hugely biased these days so it may be difficult to find the answer. But not finding an answer could not be a reason to directly blame Narendra Modi or BJP for that matter. As I said before, its atmost difficult to find a party which comprises all great people only. Its not impossible but very difficult. So we have to keep tolerance. You can not have a single thing which fulfills all your expectations but then you go for the one which fulfills most of it. Believe me running a country like India is not a simple task. I would urge you to study how huge effoerts Atal Bihari Bajpayee did during his tenure as PM. Also in todays scenario, I said a experienced able leader is the requirement. Experienced in providing good governance.
So Manmohan clearly fails. Narendra Modi is clear winner with his 12 years of good governance as CM. And Kejariwal, cant evaluate as he doesnt have ny experience at all. I think in India we have a tendency to make heros overnight and in an overnight we throw them from above on the ground. We should be very calculative. I see Arvind kejariwal as a hope but that doesnt mean that after he forms AAP suddenly all other parties become terrible. We should give him a chance to become CM. And evaluate him based on his actual performance rather than based on his lot of talking. I don’t want to make him hero immediately after the movement. Narendra Modi has successfully made Gujarat with his good governance and vision. He deserves a chance to be PM. And Narendra Modi is incorruptible and if you have a leader on the top, automatically the party members fall in line.
If we vote for AAP then we will help congress to gain power because that will be like fight between AAP and BJP as congress vote share will be intact through its vote bank politics. Dont underestimate congress as it has huge experience in winning elections by hook or crook. Delhi elections will make things more clear for us. I am sure we have to think a lot after Delhi elections. The most important thing is youth has started thinking. Thanx to Narendra Modi and anti-corruption movement.
Me: Dear Indian, I agree that BJP is much better than Congress. But, the fact remains that BJP is not good enough. The age of superficial changes, development and policies are over. What we in India need is change in politics at the very core level. AAP movement has opened my eyes to that. AAP movement apart from being a hope for many is a reality now, it gives us strength to ask and expect more from our politicians and rightly so. The age of transparency and accountability is here and the credit goes to AAP movement.
As you very rightly point out, BJP kicked out Yediruppa, citing corruption as the reason. If that is the case why is BJP allowing criminals in the party? From what you tell me about Modi, its hard to believe you did not hear about the Vitthal Radadiya case. I did some searching and easily found a lot of data. As I cannot paste the direct links here, I ask that you do a google search for “deshgujarat Vitthal Radadiya criminal cases” and most likely the first search result is the article which will give you a good idea about this person ‘Vitthal Radadiya’. What I find interesting and disgusting, is how deshgujarat’s article very nicely gives you the negative data for Radadiya as at the time he was a Congress supporter.
Now do a search in google ‘‘deshgujarat modi on Vitthal Radadiya” and click the first search result link. Notice now, deshgujarat article does not mention a single thing about the fact that this Radadiya is the same person which was cited as a criminal to the highest degree just a few months ago by deshgujarat and now that he is welcomed in to BJP by Modi, no mention of it! As I have heard and personally do feel, that Modi/BJP employ a huge PR team to show only the positive side of them and negatives are pushed under the carpet, and media is party to that, case in point ‘deshgujarat’.
This is what we are fighting against, vested interests and no transparency or accountability and no ethical policies. No matter how much we disagree, BJP and Modi are part of that type of political governance. So I urge voters, if given a chance, vote for an ethical and honest party like AAP and support AAP movement to the fullest as they are the ones who are willing and already are transparent and ethical.
Awaiting any further reply from Indian.