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Narendra Modi tipped as India's next prime minister ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Dean Nelson

Posted on 12/20/2012 3:18:01 PM PST by Jyotishi

Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist chief minister reviled for failing to stop the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, was hailed as a candidate for India's next prime minister after a landslide victory in the state elections.


Britain announced it would end its boycott in October and sent its High Commissioner to meet Mr Modi as part of its drive to increase trade with India, while the United States said he would be eligible to apply for another visa. Both decisions were driven in part by the possibility that Mr Modi could be India's next prime minister.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: godhra; gujarat; hindu; india; modi; muslim; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 12/20/2012 3:18:11 PM PST by Jyotishi
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To: Jyotishi

Hopefully he’s changed since 2002.

2 posted on 12/20/2012 4:05:03 PM PST by CondorFlight (I)
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To: CondorFlight

His support has become stronger it seems, and that’s probably because Hindus see him as an opponent of Muslim terrorism.

3 posted on 12/20/2012 4:10:24 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Jyotishi

This type of “western liberal” smear campaign against a democratically elected leader of the largest democracies is quite annoying actually.

The issues of religious tensions in India are a lot more complex, and I wish liberals in the West stop passing judgment to please their own sense of false morality.

4 posted on 12/20/2012 4:30:11 PM PST by indianrightwinger
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To: indianrightwinger

Blame the mainstream media, both in the U.S. and India. Most of the time they write about the Hindu reaction to Muslim terrorism without mentioning the inciting incident: the massacre of Hindus by Muslims who set the train on fire. Of course the State Department appeases Muslims too.

5 posted on 12/20/2012 4:38:33 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: indianrightwinger

US and UK are two countries without any moral backbone. US just recently granted immunity to Mumbai 26/11 mass murderers. And while Modi was treating as the “bad guy” all along, it’s funny to see how US quickly changed her stand on Modi for the prospect of trade with India.

6 posted on 12/20/2012 4:50:36 PM PST by ravager (I)
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To: Jyotishi
Most MSM start their articles on Modi or the BJP with the words "Hindu Nationalist" as if it is a crime to be a Hindu and a crime to be nationalist.

Modi has been taking a lot of pot-shots at the liberal journalists who attempt to take him down, inventing "facts" on their way. His take-down of Rajdeep Sardesai was telling - he accused Sardesai of being a shameless liar, using the word "liar" and also of getting awarded a "Padma Shri" ( civilian award from the Gov't for Public Service") for being anti-Modi.

Yesterdays acceptance speech also poked fun at the "crowd" of anti-Modi hacks.

7 posted on 12/20/2012 5:15:08 PM PST by IndianChief
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To: CondorFlight; Jyotishi
The Supreme Court of India has found no evidence of his complicity or even acts of omission in his handling of the riots of 2002. Your comments reflect the influence of the liberal media on popular thinking.

The Special Investigation, directly monitored by the Supreme Court has found that he asked for the Army assistance within 6-8 hours after the burning of the train in Godhra and till then deployed the Police with "Shoot" orders to control mobs. Police bullets felled about 170 rioters in the first 2 days. And remember, only about 5% of the cops are armed. The rest only have a bamboo stick. This is something that the media, paid off by the Congress Party, will never report.

Modi wins on development, utter lack of personal corruption, swift decision making and his agricultural growth record. Not on any anti-Muslim sentiments as the MSM would have you believe.

And if the rest of the Country does not want him as PM, we in Gujarat will be absolutely delighted to keep him here.

Foreign diplomats have flocked to Gujarat not only for economic reasons, but also because the SIT report has exonerated him. Of course, the Japanese, Chinese and the Singaporeans had distrusted the NGOs and realised the truth long before the SIT report.

8 posted on 12/20/2012 5:29:15 PM PST by IndianChief
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To: IndianChief

Well Modi had better be anti-Muslim because Muslims cause problems not only in India but throughout the world.

9 posted on 12/20/2012 5:40:22 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: IndianChief

> Most MSM start their articles on Modi or the BJP with the
> words “Hindu Nationalist” as if it is a crime to be a Hindu > and a crime to be nationalist.

Hindus can take pride in being Hindu and being nationalists. This is the conservative approach after all.

10 posted on 12/20/2012 5:51:14 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: ravager

> ...funny to see how US quickly changed her stand on Modi for the prospect of trade with India.

The U.S. tries to live by self-interest, as every country must, while also helping others when appropriate.

11 posted on 12/20/2012 5:54:56 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: IndianChief; indianrightwinger; ravager

Modi magic once more

The Pioneer
Friday, December 21, 2012

Gujarat backs politics of development, not hate

The resounding victory of the BJP in the Gujarat Assembly election is an endorsement by the people of the politics of development and a rejection of the politics of hate. Chief Minister Narendra Modi has led the party to a third convincing win in as many consecutive State polls, and he fought this election purely on the plank of the development work that his Government has done for the people of the State.

On the other hand, the Congress campaign, weak and insipid as it was, kept taking potshots at the Chief Minister without offering its own model of development. The voters of Gujarat, unfortunately for the Congress, have already seen and tasted the fruits of progress during the decade of Mr Modi’s rule, and it was difficult to mislead them with the shallow criticism that the Chief Minister’s rivals kept levelling against him. This is not to say that every segment of the population in every part of the State has benefitted; there are many that have been sadly left out in the wave of development. But even they seem to have realised that their situation is not a deliberate creation of the Modi-led regime, but rather one of an administrative failure at some level — which, they believe, the BJP will address in the coming months. For weeks in the run-up to the election, detractors of Mr Modi, and that included the Congress and so-called civil rights activists who have created a career of sorts out of demonising the Chief Minister, had been spreading the message that Mr Modi was a polarising figure and that he was absolutely reviled by the Muslims in the State. Although the Congress, scared as it was after the 2007 experience, did not once raise the issue of the 2002 violence or the ‘persecution’ of the minorities by the Modi-led Government, the fact remains that its workers had continued to spread venom against the Chief Minister throughout the election campaign at the grassroots level. But the results seem to suggest that even that strategy of the Congress has failed. The BJP has managed to make significant inroads into the minority votes as well, and which clearly indicates that the Muslims of the State are by and large disgusted by the hate propaganda unleashed by the Chief Minister’s critics. They are willing to leave the past behind and move forward. Additionally, neither the dreaded anti-incumbency factor nor the Keshubhai factor has worked to the advantage of the Congress. The BJP has held on to its support base in Saurashtra region which has a significant Patel community presence that was supposed to shift to the Chief Minister’s arch rival Keshubhai Patel, and the party has performed no less better than it did in 2007, as the number of seats and the share of votes plainly indicate.

True to form, the Congress refuses to see the writing on the wall and, much less, refuses to acknowledge the fact that neither Ms Sonia Gandhi nor Mr Rahul Gandhi has been able to make much difference to the party’s fate in the State. As it had happened in the case of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election and earlier of the Bihar Assembly poll, the two tallest leaders of the Congress have led their party to an emphatic defeat in Gujarat as well. The party’s senior leaders must stop giving pathetic explanations and accept defeat gracefully.

But, even as the BJP celebrates its triumph in Gujarat, it must introspect on its debacle in Himachal Pradesh, where it has ceded control to the Congress. There appear to be a slew of reasons ranging from internal rebellion to a perception that the BJP Government had been less than clean in its governance. There can be a dispute over whether those perceptions have a basis, but the fact is that the people have voted out the party in the hill State. The BJP must not go the Congress way by trying to explain away its defeat in silly terms.

12 posted on 12/20/2012 6:11:13 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Jyotishi

Actually sounds like one of the good guys. Anyone who is anti-Islamic terrorist is fine by me.

13 posted on 12/20/2012 6:41:14 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: Jyotishi

And how exactly was granting immunity to Mumbai attackers “appropriate” or self interest? As I said there is no morality or spine left in the US?

14 posted on 12/20/2012 8:17:36 PM PST by ravager (I)
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To: ravager

It appears that the Obama administration wants to give a free pass to as many Muslim terrorists as possible. The administration seems to be under the impression that doing so is somehow in the US interest.

15 posted on 12/20/2012 9:05:35 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet; IndianChief; indianrightwinger; ravager

Note that the Islam-loving Obama administration is refraining from congratulating Modi or even commenting (second paragraph) on his victory:

Gujarat remains an important state for investment: US

Friday, December 21, 2012

Washington, DC - Observing that Gujarat remains an important state for its investment, the United States today said it would continue to engage with the Indian state across a broad range of issues including trade, investment, university linkages and people-to-people exchanges.

However, it refrained from making any comment on the just concluded Assembly elections in the state, terming it as a domestic Indian politics, and also on the issue of visa to Narendra Modi, the Gujarat chief minister, saying there has been no change on its policy in this regard.

“Gujarat remains an important state for American investment, and has shown itself to be a very welcoming environment where American businesses flourish,” a US state department spokesperson told PTI.

“We continue to promote and encourage investment there, and we continue to engage with Gujarat across a broad range of issues: trade, investment, energy, university linkages, and people-to-people exchanges,” the spokesperson said.

Describing it as a matter of “domestic Indian politics” the spokesperson refused to entertain any question on the just concluded Assembly elections in Gujarat. Next month a large American delegation led by US India Business Council (USIBC) is travelling to Ahmedabad to attend the “Vibrant Gujarat” summit. The delegation is likely to meet Gujarat chief minister Modi.

Meanwhile, prominent American newspapers reported the results of the Gujarat Assembly elections – which is rarely done by US dailies. “Modi wins third term as state leader, setting stage for prime ministerial bid” headlined The Washington Post article.

The paper said that by this win Modi has bolstered his chances of leading the country’s main opposition party into national elections scheduled for 2014.

“Hailed for his pro-business image and for successfully inviting global corporations such as General Motors and Ford to set up large factories in Gujarat, in western India, Modi has delivered impressive economic growth in the state, averaging about 10 per cent a year. He has never faced allegations of corruption, a rarity among Indian politicians,” the daily reported.

“Resounding Victory in Indian Vote Nudges Polarizing Figure Closer to a Larger Race,” said the headline of the article in The New York Times.

“The polarising leader of the state, Narendra Modi, inched closer to becoming the leading political challenger to India’s dominant Gandhi family by winning a resounding re-election as chief minister,” it said.

16 posted on 12/21/2012 10:34:30 AM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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