The problem is this, S. The reasons why we don’t support Modi have been listed out a hundred times above. As others have mentioned, your scary blind devotion to the man is disappointing and frightening.
What we will get into is this: A lot of Muslims were horribly tortured, and died, under his reign. When you vote someone like that into power, you are giving the wrong message to the minorities. That even if you are raped and murdered, no one shall care. It isn’t about how guilty Modi was; it’s about how enabled you make his fanatics feel.
>> When Modi came to colleges in Delhi, do you know about the saffron brigade that followed him everywhere? Do you know they told women protesters to “watch it” or “what happened to the (Muslim) women of Gujarat would happen” to them? Open threats of rape and carnage, that’s what his followers gleefully participated in. People we know were present at these talks. Are you saying that the Orange brigade following him was actually the congress? Or, are you saying that as Minister, Modi is not responsible for what his underling/fan-following does?
Ah, but he so IS, S. Or at least, he should be. Especially when you intend to become the Prime Minister. It’s important to be able to pick up a mic and say, “please don’t threaten/kill/rape/murder each other, because we are all Indians” – something he did *not* do in 2002, and something he does not do today.
Yes, Modi is lovely when you are on his side. And, as a Hindu girl, it might seem at the outset that you have nothing to worry about. But, some of us here are very uncomfortable about making a decision based on our religion (hence you have earned the title Hindu Nazi), inherently knowing that if we belonged to any other community, i.e. if we were part of the minority, even thinking of a man like Modi at the helm would give us nightmares. And, people *will* call you a Hindu Nazi, because you believe that “riots toh hoti rehti hain”, not realizing that talk like that actually really hurts the minority communities that have suffered greatly not just in 2002, but also in the aftermath.
Also, three-four things that you seem to have somehow missed
1. The statistic of 31% Gujarati Muslim vote is an estimate at best, because voting is done by Secret Ballot. You think a Muslim leader is going to tell the men of the man who killed half his entire village that his people didn’t vote for him? Please think logically.
2. All the “Gujarat is awesome” stories are put out there by APCO, a PR firm hired by Modi that is being paid to rebrand Gujarat as well as Modi. If you want unbiased statistics, no one is asking you to go by the supposedly biased reports of the Congress; read the reports of dozens of national and international HR agencies, which all clearly show how capable of lying Modi’s govt. really is.
3. It is easy for you to sit in your room and scream that Ishrat was a terrorist. It doesn’t matter to you that she was given no fair trial, despite evidence clearly showing that she was picked up 4 days before the shooting. They picked up a nineteen year old girl, S. Kept her prisoner for four days, and then shot her dead. Tell her mother to move on. It’s easy enough for you. I’m sure you’ll be cool when your maid dies too.
4. Yes, the Muslims have moved on from 2002, and you know what? I think that’s to India’s shame. We should hang our heads in shame that *our* people have to bow down their heads, and accept that a number of them can be brutalized and killed, but nothing can be done about it.
5. Please read about a few problems of the integration of Muslims into mainstream society. How impossible it is for them to find jobs, rental accommodations, etc. This is what keeps them poor. Poverty is what keeps them susceptible to fanaticism.
If after all of this, you still think Shri Modi is going to take our country in any direction but towards hell, I pity you. However, if your idea of development is limited to a Hindu regime, then, yes, maybe it’ll be good for the Hindus. It always is to not have to be responsible for your own actions.
^ And this is where your age comes in, because you are too young right now to know what it means to accept the consequences of one’s acts. It’s still all a game to you,, with you on team Modi, and we on team not-Modi.
The only team you’re on, my friend, is the Hindutva team of death.
But, enjoy it. Just, please, learn to form your own opinions. Don’t repeat endlessly what paid media is being paid to tell you. That way, when your Muslim friend who is always there disappears, and is framed for being a terrorist simply because they want to ante up the popularity of their government, at least you’ll know that he died not because you were too stupid to think things through, but because you couldn’t give less of a fuck.
Actually, I don’t know which scenario is better. hmm.
“But, just like everyone thinks if Afzal Guru is a terrorist then all muslims are, same way for you assuming that I am a Hindu Nazi or Hindutva or I am in the team of HIndutva team of death is a stereotype and is not correct. It is wrong on your side to assume that. It just shows how narrow your mind is. Cause if you really believe in Secularism why make me a Hindu Nazi or Hindutva. And I think rather than blaming Modi or saying I am like that, I think you should rather blame the patriarchal mindset for it.”
But, but, but, if you follow Hitler, you’re going to automatically be Nazi. You can’t say you followed Hitler because of his good economic policies! I mean, you can, but you can’t ignore the shit he does by burying your head in the sand.
ALSO, I am not stereotyping you as Hindutva simply because you support Modi. It is your *blind* devotion to him, in light of concrete evidence of his callousness towards the Muslims that has earned you that right.
Also, conveniently you skip through what his supporters did at that college. It’s not enough for me when you say that, “Oh, don’t worry, when Modi is in power, not all his supporters are going to be Hindutva-potential-rapists — just some.”
Also, woah woah woah, bro. I am not making you a Hindu Nazi. I am calling you out on what I see. If you really can’t stand it, try and read up on Hitler to see why people are comparing Modi to him.
[P.S. But, for the sake of debate, good comeback, S. Points for not mentioning the Congress, or using bitmapped images. Maybe one day, when you’re a lot older, and have seen some of the things that go one in this country, well, I’ve always been foolish like that, but I think you would understand us. Good luck with everything. I’m done with this futile verbal war.]
Oh no, I can’t start all over again with why the Congress, nor media, has nothing to do with this. D:
*runs away into Orange-less land*
Also, younger F, you can’t be an anti-Modi supporter. That’s totally paradoxical.
I hate the values Modi stands for. I hate how intolerant and opposed to fundamental freedoms he is. [Evidence: All the art galleries and literary events he has heavy-handed in Gujarat]. I hate how the people he alleviated to the highest posts are now all being convicted as leaders of those riots. I hate how his administration has not even tried to tackle serious issues like Manual Scavenging even in the prosperous city of Ahmedabad, and instead only encouraged the practice (after all, doesn’t Hinduism say someone’s gotta clean up the upper classes shite?). And I absolutely loathe how he seems to propagate this aura about himself as being some holy warrior of Hinduism, come to cleanse our land from all these evil non-Hindu elements, even if it isn’t true. He lets people believe it, because it will get him votes, and this is the sort of attitude that led to people in his State feeling safe enough to commit the horrific crimes they did.
I am a hardcore supporter of the truth, and I DETEST organized religion for all the filth it breeds. So, I find it very amusing when people who support the BJP or the RSS come up and accuse people of being swayed by the media, when the Media has long been bought out by Modi and his like politicians (like ToI is for Congress, but who even reads ToI, ri-
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh. You guys read ToI. That’s why you think all of Media is ant-Modi. haha. No, no. Rest assured, it’s only the Times of India that is so unabashedly Congressian. Your Precious Shri Modi is in safe hands.)
Anyhow, the point is there are news sources you can rely on. Eyewitnesses reports and documentaries, both of the riots, as well as recorded stuff that Mod has said. These are as primary and unbiased as sources get, and they ARE available.
If you choose to ignore them, then you don’t have the right to accuse other people of being swayed by the media. Because that is exactly what has happened to you.
Lastly, don’t tell me what I dare to do or don’t, girl. I am tired of repeating this to you. ALL OF GUJARAT’S STATISTICS IN THE MEDIA ARE EXAGGERATED LIES PUT OUT BY THE GUJARAT STATE GOVERNMENT. IF YOU WANT UNBIASED REPORTS, PLEASE FEEL FREE NOT TO RELY ON THE CONGRESS’, BUT AT LEAST LOOK AT INDEPENDENT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE CONDUCTED FIELD RESEARCH IN GUJARAT AND COME UP WITH REAL REPORTS REGARDING ABYSMAL
– INFANT MORTALITY RATES
– WOMEN’S LITERACY RATES
– LIVING CONDITIONS
Sorry about the Capslock, but this is the 14th time I am telling you the same thing.