(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 25, 2011
MODI’S FAST & BJP’S INTERNAL BICKERINGS
Irony and Farce
MAKING a complete mockery
lofty values associated with a fast, the
However, the irony and the farce of this stage-managed show are inescapable. Fasting as a means of atonement is a universal value recognised by most of the religions and cultures. Jews fast on Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. Christians observe Lent. For Muslims, it is the month of Ramzan. Quran says: “to fast is to do good unto yourselves, if you but knew it”. Likewise, Hinduism, Jainism are replete with fasts observed for cleansing and repentance. Gandhiji elevated this to a spiritual instrument of struggle affectively used during our freedom struggle, though unfortunately, at times, to dampen the spirit of the rising public upsurge against the British rule, like after the Chauri Chaura incident.
Modi’s fast, however, makes a mockery of all these lofty values. He termed this fast as a Sadbhavana mission that will end `vote bank politics’. This comes from a person who practiced the worst `vote bank politics’ and who ensured his chief ministership and the victory of the BJP in the state with hands dripping of the blood of thousands of victims of the communal genocide that he presided over, indeed, puts to shame all previously known acts of perfidy and deceit.
He has claimed that under
As far as the claim of the so-called Gujarat model of governance benefiting all sections of the people, consider the fact that even after nearly a decade, there are 21,448 internally displaced people in Gujarat living in 45 camps over eleven districts today. Without expressing any remorse, Mr Modi says that he gave “the mantra of development, so that wounds could be healed”.
Much is being made about
this sort of
model of governance. This reminds us of
the fact that after all, it was Hitler who built the autobahns, the
to the modern miracle of civil engineering of highways and expressways. Hitler had built these roads for the speedy
transportation of his army in order to govern the world post-Second
War. In the process, he committed the
worst crimes against humanity recorded in modern history.
Likewise, the fascist dictatorship of
Mussolini prided that trains were running on time, an unprecedented
The so-called model of
been hailed by the leaders of the RSS and the BJP to claim that
For the sake of
authority, let us quote from a letter written by the Planning
chairman to the
With regards to the claim
Notwithstanding all this rhetoric, the real objective for undertaking this fast, as noted in these columns last week, was essentially to divert attention from the decision of the Supreme Court which has directed the trial court to proceed with the trial against Mr Modi basing itself on the charges contained in the reports of the Amicus Curae and the special investigating team. Yet another reason, as reflected in the panic at the appointment of the Lokayukta by the governor, is to divert attention fearing exposure of large-scale alleged corruption.
This fast is also aimed to politically position Mr Modi in the RSS/BJP’s pantheon as a potential candidate for the future prime ministership. Mr Modi seems to seek to use this fast to try and win the forthcoming assembly election in 2012 as the spring board for his 2014 candidature. All this is happening when such a possibility for the BJP is not visible even beyond the political horizon.
Whatever be the result of all such orchestrations and manifestations, the reality is clear that the RSS/BJP in its desperation to regain political power at the centre will stoop to all possible levels to inflame communal passions and try and reap benefit from the worst type of vote bank politics. A grim reminder of this has already come in the ongoing communal riots in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
(September 21, 2011)