Good friend Offstumped is otherwise a fine classical liberal, but he sure is a blind fan of Narendra Modi!
Offstumped forgets that there are SERIOUS questions that Modi has not yet addressed. I'm maintaining a public dossier on him based on public information. It is also almost certain that he has destroyed incriminating records, making it harder to prove the criminal cases against him. Yes, I'm happy for the law to take its course on such a matter but as Amanda Hodge has noted, his current attempt to seek legitimacy is hollow and won't ring a bell with anyone. Truth and character can't be altered by cosmetic surgery.
As Indian columnist Shyem Parekh wrote this week, had Mr Modie fasted – in true Gandhian style – on February 27, 2002, "when anarchy and insanity ruled the streets of Gujarat", many lives could have been saved and his state might not now be a by-word for communal intolerance.
It all leaves a very bad taste. [Source]
The point with Modi is simple. True, he is a tolerably good administrator (which is not a great achievement, given that Gujarat has ALWAYS been India's best administered state. True, he does make flashy statements like "minimum government maximum governance". Such statements are enough to attract gullibles like Offstumped. But Modi is a GENUINE, proven, enemy of liberty. And he has not appointed the Lokayukta and shielded corrupt ministers.
Even if it is found in the end that he did not kill (or get killed) hundreds of innocent Muslims, he is a mediocre leader. I've not come across any sensible proposal from his mouth that will actually reform India. And he is a member of the BJP which is a 100% CORRUPT socialist entity. I believe that BJP is branch of Congress and have challenged anyone to prove otherwise.
I do hope that Offstumped (and others like him) will finally admit one day that India deserves MUCH better.
Yes, I agree that Modi might actually be a LITTLE bit better for India than members of the super-corrupt Gandhi family like Rahul Gandhi (assuming Modi is found not to be guilty of mass murder). But the difference in quality between the Modi and Rahul Gandhi is very small, insignificant. Both are incapable of leading India to its destiny.
Even a junior leader of FTI will be far better for India than Modi. Let that be kept in mind as people start preparing for the 2014 elections in India.
And when you start considering people like Shantanu Bhagwat - and many other senior leaders on FTI – then you start getting people who are 100 times better for India in every way than mediocre corrupt people like Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi.
India has THOUSANDS of leaders better than mediocre corrupt politicians of the Modi-Gandhi type. But these good leaders are reluctant to enter politics because of the culture we have created in India against politics over the past 60 years. Good people become doctors and engineers, or join IAS or IFS. The rascals become Chief Ministers and Prime Ministers.
It is time to change this deplorable culture of having our worst people lead us. I invite good leaders to rise and join FTI.
The more you stay out of politics, the more these highly questionable characters will get to rule India.
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