Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Narendra Modi: RSS taught me 'India first'

oct 10th, 2006

interesting interview. modi makes the usual suspects ('secular' 'progressives) pee in their pants, doesn't he?

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From: India Chat


RSS taught me 'India first'

By Suman K. Jha  

Are you the new saviour the BJP is scouting for?  
I'm busy looking after the interests of five crore Gujaratis. I've neither the time nor energy to think about anything else.

What about reports that you plan to move out of the state after the Assembly elections in 2007?  
I'm not even thinking of the Vijaya Dashmi next year. I'm only concerned about the present.

Are you ready to take up any responsibility at the Centre if your party so desires?  
This is a loaded question. Neither has my party asked me anything, nor have I said anything. And, I won't use the media to communicate with the party.

You've been hailed as a good administrator. Has your stint in the government forced you to revisit some of your ideas, in the light of your RSS background?  
My experience as a swayamsevak comes in handy as a chief minister. My job here is to marshal all human resources at my command; this is what I essentially did while working for the sangathan. My RSS years taught me the 'India First' philosophy; as a chief minister I've made it into 'Gujarat First'. 'Empower Gujarat to Empower India' is my mantra now. Whatever I have achieved today is due to my training in the RSS.

Why then did you have problems with various RSS offshoots? First, it was the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, then the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.  
I'm not aware of any such discontent. Love and affection is all I have got from the Sangh.

Many consider you a fascist. Bodies like the National Human Rights Commission have passed strictures against you. The Supreme Court has made similar observations....
  If you have any document, please quote it. And, while doing so, do also quote adverse observations it has made about various state and central governments at various points of time.

Can you justify the anti-Muslim riots in the wake of the 2002 Godhra carnage? Your government's complicity will remain a blot for times to come....
  I would urge you to wait till the commission, headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, completes the probe in the matter.

What is the solution to the Hindu-Muslim issue?  
Coexistence. In the west, they call it tolerance. Here, we're a step ahead, and we call it acceptance. But no one should say that 'my path alone leads to God'. As they say, Ekam sat, vipra bahuda vadanti [There is but one Truth though the wise speak of it in many ways] . Mutual respect [betweenvariouscommunities] is the only way out for coexistence. The way the Parsis have been accepted here best exemplifies this philosophy.

Do you think the riots could have been avoided?  
You may be living in the past but I think about the future. I'm amazed that even in 2006, you continue to live in 2002. For me the five crore Gujaratis are aradhya [worthyofworshipping], and I'm only concerned about their well-being.
Your partymen are asking if 100 crore Indians will next become your aradhya.

[Laughsuproariously.] I've already answered the question.


KapiDhwaja said...

'Empower Gujarat to Empower India' is my mantra now

Great interview by Modi. Yup, Narendra Modi for Prime Ministership!!

Considering Gujarat is the number one industrialized state in the Nation, it is time to consider rewritting our National Anthem in Gujarati from Bengali. (No, I am not Gujarati).

KapiDhwaja said...

Gautam Sen tears apart the current moronic ruling establishment in Delhi...

Rough guide to bad policy
Gautam Sen
India has become a society in which the notion of shame in public life has died and is expiring rapidly in the private sphere too

The scandalously misguided support of India's political masters for Mr Shashi Tharoor's farcical candidature to head the UN is symptomatic of their whimsical impulsiveness. By rejecting counsel from their own professionals to desist they ended up looking like overwrought juveniles. But such is the paucity of political wisdom in India today that all it takes for its billion people to suffer public humiliation is an inconsequential carpetbagger with political connections in high places.

Are these same august individuals competent to protect India against jihadi violence, an infinitely more intractable problem? US pressure compelled India to behave like a catamite with Mr Musharraf in Havana, describing the fount of terror as its victim and instigating joint endeavours to supposedly combat it. It was as if the remnants of European Jewry sat down after the war with Nazi war criminals to discuss how both were victims of genocide!

Such Indian folly is being pursued while Pakistan brazenly commits mass murder in its commercial capital and plans the hijack of its airliners. And India's leaders still wish to test the scheming Mr Musharraf's good faith!

The Pakistani calamity for India may be the product of circumstance, but it has been made infinitely worse by self-indulgent imbecility, masquerading as high-minded moral rectitude. The idea of extinguishing terror at its geographical source may be problematic, but cumulative policy errors have made it intractable by undermining the credibility of Indian threats of potential action against it. Yet it is the fear of credible threats that will, eventually, constitute a significant factor in the resolution of terror.

The US will not pull these chestnuts out of the fire for India, however much it ingratiates itself, though even here consistency is not a virtue of India's political class. They alternately serenade the US and then inexplicably turn belligerently coy, behaviour guaranteed to elicit disgust and mistrust. In any case, the US is unlikely to endanger its historic intimacy with Pakis-tan and its very own creatures, the ISI and Pakistan's armed forces, to save a few hundred Indian lives.

The US merely wishes to insulate itself from terror and advance a multiplicity of national interests. The global war on terror is a transparent ploy to ensnare others in the project and share its costs. The use of terror to achieve political goals has always been widespread internationally, but being at the receiving end is another matter.

Thus, India's burgeoning relationship with the US needs cynical reflection. Quite clearly, geopolitics suggests convergent interests, but historical experience should remind that successful cooperation need not arise immutably from them. Caution and an open-mind are imperative. To cut straight to the heart of the emerging Indo-US interaction, the China factor is undoubtedly its principal raison d'etre. A strong India is apparently in the interest of the US because China is competing with it for influence in Asia. A robust India is expected to affect the context in which this rivalry occurs.

However, unfolding Sino-US geopolitical competition does not automatically mean unbounded manna from heaven for India. India may reach a position of eminence to make it an attractive partner of sorts though Japan will remain the more important option for the US in the foreseeable future. The very fact of a significant India could lead China to renew the rapprochement with the US that began almost 40 years ago.

The result could be Sino-US condominium over Asia, partly at India's expense! Pakistan would remain a useful ally for both the US and China, by virtue of geography and history, much as it is now. And China will surely sustain it financially, if necessary, and find the burden affordable, as it grows richer rapidly. The encirclement of India will intensify as well since the region offers a rich menu of choice. And Chinese primacy would make India's existing vale of tears intolerable.

India's legion social, ethnic and religious divisions offer immense opportunities for decisive intervention by foreign enemies. Its Communists all but publicly proclaim their adherence to Chinese interests while simultaneously remaining mesmerised by militant Islam at home. Incidentally, these two foes of India share many international political aspirations despite some local difficulties that Indian commentators insist on exaggerating.

Ultimately, an acceptable degree of Indian economic prosperity, which ought to mean no hungry people, leave alone malnourished children, and political stability can be attained. Its prospects are in the hands of Indians themselves.

Economic success alone would provide the opportunity for India to configure its armed forces and equip them in a way that signals meaningful deterrence. An admixture of conventional and nuclear deterrence, underpinned by unambiguous political will, could contribute much towards significantly diminishing India's worsening security environment. And it can be done without going from pillar to post begging for solace and retaining circumspect relations with all the world's major players

KapiDhwaja said...

More of Left perfidy & double-standards for you. It chooses to remain silent on the North Korean nuke test. From Pioneer..

Left faces acid tests, keeps mum on N Korea

Santanu Banerjee | New Delhi

Strange as it might seem that the CPI(M) despite its professed ideology of universal nuclear disarmament, hasn't come up with any official reaction on North Korea's nuclear test.

Though the Left, as a whole wants universal nuclear disarmament, the Left refusal to react to North Korea's tests have raised the eyebrows of the political observers here.

Incidentally, the Left leaders in both CPI(M) and CPI had opposed the second Pokran nuclear tests in 1998 saying it would put Pakistan on nuclear path and signaled a clear deviation from New Delhi's Non-Aligned Movement ideology.

Speaking to this reporter, CPI(M) leader and party's Central Committee member Nilotpal Basu said: "We have decided not give any official reaction on the issue."

Earlier, speaking to The Pioneer, CPI's national secretary D Raja said: "When we did not support India's nuclear experiments in Pokhran, you don't expect us to support North Korea's tests because they are a communist state, but we have not made any official reaction on the issue."

However, Raja blamed US for infusing the weaker states to go nuclear as it helped any nuclear powered states to enjoy protection from Washington's aggression and aggressive foreign policy.

"You need to go to the roots and know why and how the American administration wants to divide the world into nuclear haves and have-not States," Raja said.

However, what seems to have pushed the Left big brothers to share the blame of being soft on this issue is that their eloquent silence would be seen as their soft attitude towards a Communist state given the track record of Left always taking up international events as national issues.

Whether it was Israel's bombing of Lebanon or US-UK misdemeanour in Iraq or Iran's right to nuclear power development, the Left not only took up these issues but also forced the UPA to take a stance.

Kaunteya said...

We need atleast 10 more Modis in the BJP. That guy is awesome.
I rank him higher than Vajpayee or Advani.