He pitched himself against non-existent contestants Mian Musharaf, Itali ki beti in elections. Should you be asking then if the people were choosing the Premier of India, Amrika-style? Siriman Narendra Modi does not contest election, he seeks referendum. Also, there is hardly any remarkable opposition leader in Gujarat Congress, which remains the main and weakened opposition party against the mean and powerful ruling BJP. BJP’s intra-party dissidents, loyalist to the former BJP CM are sternly dealt with. Reelected twice in a row and gaining support from unexpected (or most expected as you ‘ll see in a jiffy) quarters, the three-time chief minister has his prop-roots anchored deep in Gujarat politics. Remember that SMS, “I was CM, I am CM, I will be CM forever”. That was not the confidence of an elected representative, it the chutzpah of an authoritarian. When he spelt out CM meant common man, he probably meant, “that does not mean I wont be PM”.
“A single irremovable party is a dictatorship”-Rosa Luxemberg had said. If not dictatorship, it is a dysfunctional democracy. Or simply Majoritarianism. Secularists of India are turning in their graves. No, I am not saying secularism is dead yet, but the secularist are put into their little boxes with their armchair and laptops, and are buried. Six feet under. How else can you explain months-long violence, rape and arson in Khandamal, Orissa, and year after year around Christmas. Like most Hindu festivals, Christmas will soon be appropriated by Hindus in Orissa, may be as ‘Nun Vijay Divas”. Like their festival of “lights” and of “colors”, it will be festival of blood. Warm blood, with a smell of cast iron. The secularists are perplexed. On what feet Modi stands?
The answer is simple two-pronged. Hindutva and Corporatism. Hindutva is all-so-known, what needs explanation is corporatism.
Corporatism, or “corporativism,” originally referred to Mussolini’s model of a police state run as an alliance of the three major power sources in society—government, businesses and trade unions—all collaborating to guarantee order in the name of nationalism. What Chile pioneered under Pinochet was an evolution of corporatism: a mutually supporting alliance between a police state and large corporations, joining forces to wage all-out war on the third power sector— the workers—thereby drastically increasing the alliance’s share of the national wealth.
Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism- Noami Klein
Corporatism effectively provides a free-run for the corporate and business houses. In the process the state swells up in foreign investment, debt and economic inequality. Gujurat is witnessing all of that. The social cost is colossal; Gujarat ranks 14 out of 17 major states in India state hunger Index (only above Bihar, Jharkhand, and MP). Compared with the Nutrition Index of 1994, Tamilnadu, Assam, Maharastra which were ranking below Gujarat have moved way up. The only states that lagged behind Gujurat, then and now, are undivided Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. There are indications that schemes for the poor are not implemented. Much more needs to be dug out, and said. Poverty has declined in Gujarat, so has everywhere else. The argument is how much redistributed is the fruits of development that you are bragging about in your state.
The state facilitated the strengthening of the upper castes through, for example, land reforms and the distribution of political goods. However, as the state became the source of the upper castes’ domination, their dependency upon it for their well-being and legitimacy increased, and this, in turn, impaired their authority over the backward castes. In the past, their domination had functioned as a surrogate for a state. They had been able to gain command over the rest of the society through various mechanisms of patronage. Now, with the growing penetration of the state, when traditional modes of mobilization and control were changing, the upper castes began losing that form of The crisis evolved as political parties began to recognise the electoral importance of backward groups.
Communalism, Caste and Hindu Nationalism: Violence in Gujarat- Ornit Sahani
Strengthened as they were by then, they sought to undermine the welfare state by shifting the opportunities of economic well being to private institutions, owned by them financed by the state, drawing unrestricted resources from the state. Because that is how their would dominate and function as a ‘surrogate for the state’. No, they didn’t come up with this conspiracy, but when it was presented to them by the investors and industrialists they readily bought it. Unhindered free-market economy requires someone at the helm of affairs who not only ignores dissidents but suppresses them if be needed. This is exemplified from the Southern Cone of Latin America to the Asian Giants in East. Modi has that autocratic timber, no doubt, but the process was set in motion long back.
The pogrom of 2002 against Muslim is not just a religious extermination. They meticulously planned and targeted all Muslim business houses also. Earlier riots were directed against backward castes, Dalits. Despite the incriminating evidences against the BJP/VHP/RSS, the political combine remained heavily financed, by individuals and corporates. Without financial backing Hindutva could not penetrate that deep since it thrives on unpopular themes like conflict and orthodoxy, and financial backing would not come from corporate houses if Hindutva was not profitable. Modi is just another facilitator.
Be warned all development-freaks. Atal Bihari Vajpayee played ‘the dove’ prank with you. As the prime minister of India, he allowed thousands of Indians to be butchered, burned and raped, or whatever sequence the perpetrators’ perversion allowed, and he condoned it. His nuclear brinkmanship cost heavily to India, and the south-asian subcontinent. Modi is playing the ‘development’ prank now. When the same businesses houses which argued state withdrawal from market are lining up for bail out around the world, India needs to rethink its development policy well-ahead of time.
In Dec 2002, wiping blood off their hands, BJP Govt. signed a pact with Bush administration ‘not to send each other’s national’ to International Criminal Court. India must ratify ICC and scrap the above pact so that in future such massacres are prevented and people like Narendra Modi are persecuted for genocide, not touted for the CEO of the country, as if the Indian state is only for their insatiable profit.