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Why Narendra Modi will fall short nationally as Atal Bihari Vajpayee's clone

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  1. Eddie

    Eddie Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Narendra Modi is being fervently advised to model his public persona on Atal Bihari Vajpayee rather than Lal Krishna Advani if he wishes to realise his prime ministerial ambition.

    India's plural society and increasingly coalitionist politics demand that he fashion himself after the conciliatory former Prime Minister rather than the original poster boy of Hindutva, the Gujarat chief minister is being counselled. For all its earnestness, though, the suggestion betrays a misconception about both the limits of mutation and the essence of Modi's appeal.

    Modi can neither hope to project himself as a Vajpayee clone nor gain from such posturing. It can be argued, in fact, that he holds out hope for his supporters precisely because he is Modi, and not Vajpayee or Advani. To misread this is to stubbornly disregard the verdict of the 2004 Lok Sabha elections and to misinterpret the popular disaffection with the current Congress-led regime.

    It is instructive to recall the turn of events that led India to repose its faith in the Congress party nine years ago. To be sure, the electorate quietly but firmly voted out the Vajpayee government more than it flocked to the Congress at the time.

    Vajpayee, the gifted orator and the most charismatic of Opposition leaders, did not manage as Prime Minister to live up to the aspirations of his supporters who yearned for a real change after long years of misrule. The statesmanlike leader was found wanting particularly during the crises perpetrated by the hostile forces across the border.

    But there was much more to disillusionment with Vajpayee than his hollow promise of "aar-paar ki ladaai (decisive battle)". Vajpayee, the much-touted touchstone of liberalism, who invoked Rajdharma, or principles of conduct for rulers, to reprimand Modi in the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots, did not see fit to apply these rules to himself and take responsibility for the massacre of Muslims under his watch.
    Worse, he even allowed himself to be browbeaten by the farcical defence mounted by Modi's supporters at the BJP meet where he wanted the chief minister to step down. Just as he had chosen to dissociate himself from the demolition of the Babri Masjid earlier, he sought to distance himself from the post-Godhra riots.

    The stark difference between the two situations was, of course, that in the second instance, he was Prime Minister of the country and, therefore, inescapably accountable. Advani, the deputy prime minister and the so-called hardliner, cut an equally sorry figure in office as he promised "hot pursuit" against Pakistan-trained terrorists without a credible plan in place.

    As home minister, the parliamentarian who had done much to raise the level of political discourse in the country did not do enough to elevate India's counterterrorism mechanism. Later, in the run-up to the 2009 polls, he even demeaned his earlier office.

    His claim that he was not party to the decision to send then-foreign minister Jaswant Singh to Kandahar along with the three terrorists who were to be swapped with the passengers of the hijacked IC-814 Indian Airlines plane cut no ice with the voters. Neither did his attempts to reposition himself in the Vajpayee mould, partly because Vajpayee himself no longer symbolised hope.

    Except to the first-time voters, who may be too young to remember, both Vajpayee and Advani have come to represent tried and failed leaders. Else, the 2004 elections would have resulted in more awe than shock for the BJP and for those who were betting on its return to office.

    It is a measure of the discontent with the Congress-led government that, for better or worse, a section of the electorate is willing to give Modi a chance because it sees in him the most promising alternative available to the scam-ridden and inept government at the Centre.

    This section seeks governance, not rhetoric; it desperately seeks a leader who can deliver, not a Vajpayee redux. Much to the chagrin of his trenchant critics, to root for Modi ahead of the next polls is not necessarily to condone the 2002 riots, just as to vote for the Congress in 2004 was not to mandate a repeat of the 1984 pogrom against Sikhs.

    Why Narendra Modi will fall short nationally as Atal Bihari Vajpayee's clone
     
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    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Damn right!! Agree :tup:
     
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    rcscwc Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    No PM has so far come anywhere near ABV, and given our polity none will ever come.
     
  4. arun.id

    arun.id Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    No. It's Indira Gandhi. Not including the Sikh part.
     
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    rcscwc Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    And that fomentation of Sikh extremism is what we are still paying for. She ushered in the worst pauperisation of India.
     
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    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    you cannot compare ABV and NaMo ... Modi is walking to the same goal as ABV ... as they are diff. individuals they are bound to take different paths to achieve same goal .
     
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    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    I think she made a really bold decision with Operation Blue Star when Sikh extremists sought shelter in the Golden Temple, it was a necessary step to finish off those extremists & she showed us Indians that she has the guts, but she erred in retaining her Sikh bodyguards. Indira was a strong PM, the kind I like.
     
  8. smestarz

    smestarz Lt. Colonel REGISTERED

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    They are different types of leaders, further Modi has experience of ruling the state of Gujarat and making it prosperous, ABV did not have any past experience like Modi, but ABV was elected because India needed a change and now the need for change is more than EVER,

    People in different states are talking about Modi because of how he has marketed his achievements and his state, it is considered the best state for foreign investment with excellent transparency. He has developed model (at least he has spoken about it) for most scenarios, where as our PM (the excellent FM from the past) seems to be groping in the dark.
     
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    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Disagree, all he did during his tenure as FM was to implement IMF instructions, IMF deserves the credit!!
     
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    Narendra Modi is not (and should never be) trying to be ABV clone. His style of working is totally different. He is a true "TASK MASTER."

    Vajpayee is too moderate to deal with the mess the nation is in today. Mr. Vajpayee has a typical "DHEER, GAMBHIR, AND SHANT" kind of personality. On the contrary, Modi brandishes a more "TATPAR, CHATUR, AND CHANAKSH" kind of personality.

    Secondly, in his last days in power, Vajpayee got influenced by "vested interests" around him. Modi is known for his rigidity and "tamper proof" decision making ability.
     
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    rcscwc Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    First she encouraged those extremists and then sought to finish them with Op BS, which was un-necessay, as was shown by Op Black Thunder a few months later. Ans she the paid the price. The monster she helped create gobbled her up.
     
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    What, she helped create it?? Why??

    The part were I differ with Indira Gandhi is in the day she chose. She chose the day where alot of innocents gathered.
    I'll always hate anyone who attacks any innocents in Sikh.
    They contributed alot to India.
     
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    rcscwc Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Seems that you too young to know emergency, defeat of Cong and Indira herself, and hers and Zail Singh's machinations in Punjab which spawned terrorism, just to discredit Akali-Jan sangh Govt. Blue star was not needed. A few months later Gill managed to flush out terrorists without entering the GT complex. OP Black Thunder. But you are not old enough to know all that.
     
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    arun.id Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    No I' was born in 1991.
     
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    rcscwc Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    So get some history under your belt before offering comments.

    Have you completed your studies? Do that, get into a productive, stable job, then come to such groups.
     
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