– V.N. Balakrishna | April 21, 2014
Ahmedabad | There is certainly “Calm Before the Wave” and the question is how strong the Modi wave can get before it turns into a political tsunami. Ever since Narendra Modi was named BJP’s prime ministerial candidate last September, his rallies have seen a gathering wave of human interest never seen before. Candidate Modi, who is set to address a whopping 185 public rallies covering 295 Lok Sabha constituencies before the curtains are drawn, has been crisscrossing vast reaches of Indian soil attracting ever increasing crowds.
Opponents of Modi have steadily refused to admit to a Modi wave and look at his increasing audiences as some sort of excited storm surge that rarely makes a landfall. Despite pronouncements to the contrary, Modi wave is “The wave of the future.” Like a tsunami, ‘Modi wave’ too is a set of angry waves rising against the Congress for its gross incompetence and humongous corruption.
“Modi ka koi lahar nahi hai, Modi ka zehar hai (There is no Modi wave. There is Modi poison),” said Union minister Jairam Ramesh while Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal called Modi wave “just the badmaashi of these television channels.” Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah described ‘Modi wave’ as a “hoax” and Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said it was “more an illusion than reality.”
Congress knows that before the war is lost its future lies in winning a few battles that could help it stitch a coalition to keep “communal forces at bay.” Like a frog puffing itself to scare away a predator, Congress leaders in Goebbelsian fashion have been scaring the voters by a vicious smear campaign that began long before Modi had given proof of being a potential prime minister. In 2007 the war cry Maut ka Saudagar by Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calling Modi as one who “presided over the massacre of citizens in the streets of Ahmedabad” are clearly part of larger secular strategy of giving a dog bad name and shooting it, a strategy that seems withering away as Modi marches towards the Delhi throne.
The rise of Modi, largely due to Congress losing its fig leaf of credibility, has given its Goebbelsian managers sleepless nights. Upholders of secularism are painting Modi as some sort of neo-Nazi intent on ethnic cleansing. If the Congress and Sonia Gandhi’s anti-Modi vitriolic is to be believed, Modi could be planning Muslim concentration camps no sooner he becomes the PM.
Yet, whether Congress admits to a Modi wave or not, people of Pakistan certainly want Narendra Modi to become the prime minister of India. Yes! But not the Pakistan across the border which sends Jihadis into India but a village in Bihar’s Purnea district called “Pakistan” which has more than 250 residents, including 100 odd voters. All of them are set to vote for the BJP to help Modi fulfill his dream, if a media report is to be believed.
“We want Narendra Modi to become PM,” say the villagers who live in abject poverty and without basic amenities. With economy in doldrums and the nation at crossroads people have to take a tough decision between electing purveyors of lies and those who want some semblance of truth to prevail. And India has made its choice.