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The Rise and Rise of Narendra Modi – Early History

Rajiv Lochan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Indian troops, during his visit to Nimu in Ladakh on July 03, 2020.

Riots had happened in Gujarat. Narendra Modi had been appointed Chief Minister just a few months ago. He had been parachuted into the State of which he had no experience because the local party machinery was rift with feuds and corruption, much like their opponents in the Indian National Congress.

The first challenge before Modi was to contain the riots, ensure that justice was done and provide people with the necessary moral support so that they may overcome the trauma of the riot.

Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee arrived in Gujarat to counsel Modi. ‘Stick to Raj Dharma’ Shri Vajpayee said. Modi of course did whatever he thought was needed to be done. He was no mass leader. Yet, he reached out to people. Talked to them. Convinced them that no injustice would be allowed to go unpunished. And of course he put extraordinary pressure on the government machinery to ensure that justice was done to everyone, that government help reached to all in a fair and just manner.

The big test for Modi came when elections were declared a few months later. At the advise of Modi the BJP decided to launch the election campaign from a far-off tribal village, especially one that had never ever voted for the BJP before. Mr. Vajpayee and Mr. Advani had to be convinced that this was a good idea. For both of them the most important thing was that going to a distant village would be traumatic. The living conditions in these far off tribal villages were really not up to the high standards of comfort that both the ageing leaders had come to expect. Moreover, these forest villages had extreme weather conditions. That was one of the reasons why only a small number of tribals lived here and everyone else migrated to the towns.

At Modi’s insistence, the start of the election campaign from this remote tribal village was tom-tomed as a great event. Not too many journalists, though, bothered to come here to cover what they imagined to be a non-event. One who did come was a strong Congress supporting journalist who ended up in Chandigarh later on. His report in the Times of India gave a glimpse of things to come. After giving a thick description of the gathering in the tribal village, Harish Khare reported that Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat got up to speak. The crowd listened to him in rapt attention. Then they walked off. Very few waited to hear the Prime Minister of India or the most powerful man in the BJP.

Harish Khare effectively noted, and I think this is the first such note, that maybe Vajpayee and Advani have had their day. The next big leader on the national stage in India is going to be Narendra Modi.

The only ones to take note of Khare’s observations were the top leaders of the Congress party. They began to target Modi. Much to their dislike, despite their best efforts, once Modi did declare his intention to take on national level responsibilities, the people of India, in large masses, came forward to help him become the Prime Minister of India.


Rajiv Lochan is a renowned scholar, historian and columnist

COVID Pandemic: Ruling BJP and Congress locked in bitter fight over alleged toolkit

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New Delhi: BJP’s latest allegation that a Congress toolkit was being used to malign the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP led NDA Government over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has blown a big political storm with the Congress going on the offensive and accusing the BJP of fabricating documents by using the Congress letter head to spread lies and misinformation.The Congress party has even lodged a police complaint against top BJP leaders, including party President JP Nadda in this matter.

The issue was flagged initially by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra who on Tuesday 18 May tweeted: “Friends look at the Congress ToolKit in extending help to the needy during the Pandemic! More of a PR exercise with the help of “Friendly Journalists” & “Influencers” than a soulful endeavour. Read for yourselves the agenda of the Congress.

Congress acted quickly and lodged a police complaint against few top BJP leaders. Using the official party handle, the Congress tweeted “AICC Research Department Chairman Rajeev Gowda and INC SM Chairman Rohan Gupta have filed an FIR against BJP President JP Nadda, BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra and others for forgery & fabricated content.

Assembly Polls: Victory for Mamata in West Bengal, BJP in Assam and Puducherry, LDF in Kerala and DMK-Congress alliance in Tamil Nadu

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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party at the Centre, has been beaten squarely by the All India Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee in the general election to the West Bengal Assembly.

This is AITC’s third consecutive victory in Bengal Assembly election.

Till 7 pm on Sunday 2 May 2021, AITC was leading in 192 and had 21 of the 292 seats when the counting of votes was still in progress

The Bharatiya Janata Party was way begind, leading in 75 seats and winning three seats (73).
The Left parties and Indian National Congress failed to open their account.

In Tamil Nadu, Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), in alliance with Congress, will replace the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) ruling the State for 10 years. DMK alliance was ahead in 112 constituencies while ally Congress was leading in 16 seats.

The AIADMK was leading in 75 seats and had won two seats while the BJP was leading in three of the total 234 seats.

The Left Democratic Front in Kerala created history by retaining power in the state where goverments change every five years. The LDF won 44 seats and was ahead in 49 while the opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front bagged 17 seats and was leading in 25 seats of 140 seats. The BJP failed to open its account.

In Assam BJP was on its way to form the Government. The ruling BJP alliance with AGP and UPPL has given a drubbing to the Congress party’s grand alliance in Assam.

Fascists endangering democracy in India and USA

Lalit Shastri

The entire Opposition in India has ganged up against the duly elected BJP led NDA Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

At every step the Opposition leaders are abdicating their role in Parliament and challenging the government and the ruling party on the road, on the streets and on the highways. 

We have had this prolonged Shaheen Bagh protest in Delhi against the Citizenship Amendment Act that ended with bloody violence. The main opposition Congress party was leading from the front when it came to opposing the CAA and supporting the anti-CAA protest.

After the anti-CAA protestors were thoroughly exposed, there has been a bigger protest on the borders of Delhi. This time it is the farmers’ agitation that has drawn maximum strength and support from Punjab where the Congress is in power and the Akali Dal constitutes the main Opposition. Everyone knows how the petty satraps of these political parties acting as “adhatias” or middlemen were making their moolah from the subsidy meant to go to the farmers under the minimum support price system which gets operationalised through the agri-markets. The new farm laws that among other things aim to eliminate these very middle men and ensure maximum profit goes to the farmers both through the already functioning mandis and the free market and also freedom to the farmers to sell their produce anywhere and to anyone. This is what is being opposed by all opposition parties.

The opposition parties have demonstrated time and again that they have no respect for the parliamentary system. The worst chapter of the farmers’ agitation is the breach of Red Fort and the violence that was perpetuated on Republic Day targeting the police.

On Tuesday, 2 February 2021, I came across a post on facebook by my friend Mr Ramkumar, who had started his career with State Bank of India in Ujjain , Central India in the early 80s and is now settled in the US. As I fully agree with what he has stated, I felt like sharing it with every body.

Ramkumar wrote: 
Trump maintains he won the election by a landslide, but it was stolen. Trump Offers no proof.

Ramkumar has underscored how there was an attempt to overturn poll results by violent takeover of the Capitol and falsehood was spread every day. Equating this with the situation in India, he has focused attention on the Indian opposition, which says EVMs (electronic voting machines) were used to tamper results and put Modi in power without offering any proof. They too are trying to overturn poll results by violent street protests in Delhi, the Indian capital, and by spreading falsehoods every day.

Trumpers are the fascists endangering American democracy.

The Indian opposition are the fascists endangering Indian democracy, my friend asserts and goes on to ask – How come many Modi supporters are rooting for Trump and his fascist hordes? How come the fascist Indian opposition is rooting for Biden?

Neither India nor the USA deserves an indolent ignoramus heading its government. Especially an ignoramus who is also a compulsive liar and cheat. Who Ramkumar is pointing to gets amply revealed by the photo attached to the FB post.