To the Outraging Fringe on Alwar Killing

To the outraging of fringe over alleged killing by a ‘gaurakshaks’ in Alwar I say:

1) Since police have arrested the ‘alleged suspects’ and investigating the episode wait for the police to complete their work and file charge sheet. You will know the truth – it may be nothing do with cows, personal rivalry or any such things. Even if it is, the accused will get punished.

2) If you argue that ‘oh police and courts take too long and don’t do a good job’, please protest and demand thorough reform of judiciary and legal profession and policing (surveillance, prevention, detection, and prosecution ). Almost every major crime -be it murder, rape, or rioting ) happens because of poor policing and a glacial and gamed judiciary. It takes decades to convict ( if at all) and then convicts like Lalu roam free. If you are not demanding this you are a hypocrite.

3) If you are unwilling to do 1 or 2 above, accept the above crime as an expression of anger of some elements of Hindus due to being at the receiving end of your communal politics which has caused restrictions on Hindu traditions, exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, killing of RSS and BJP workers, Islamization of parts of Bengal, Kerala, and UP, glorification of Muslim terrorists and stone pelters who help terrorists. All this has been coming on top of centuries of genocide of Hindus by Muslim rulers, destruction of thousands of temples, and forcible conversions and rapes of Hindu women by Muslim rulers. Since you justify terror and Muslim mob’s violence on the basis of some historical wrongs, you should have no problem in this 3 rd option. This perfectly fits in with your model of thinking.

Cow protection is here to stay. It is part of the ethos of this civilization. A huge majority reveres cows. That’s why it is one the directive principles of our Constitution and almost every state has laws for cow protection -enacted when even the Hindu hater Congress was in power. Learn to respect what the majority reveres whatever may be your individual opinion. It also respects Bhagwan Ram and Krisha. That’s the simple fact of life.

For records, I and ( I think almost every Hindu) do not support killings whatever may be the provocation. The crime must be investigated for its motives and culprits must be punished. But I am very keen to see the existing convicts to serve their sentences. There must be first cum first serve for this also. Right?

If you refuse to accept any of the above. keep shouting. Majority of of this country doesn’t read or watch your partisan outrages. They have a good measure of you. They don’t speak except through the ballot.

You will continue to lose elections and stay as a fringe of India.

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Have we lost the Punjab we know to Drugs?

This article written by me was first published here https://www.myind.net/have-we-lost-punjab-we-know-drugs

Punjab’s drug issue is real.  It is reported that four out of ten men are exposed to drug abuse and attendant crimes like drug peddling. About 50% of those are young farmers. Some are addicted to poppy husk and some others are addicted to synthetic drugs churned out by Pharma companies in Himachal Pradesh. Another study reports that there could be one drug addict each in 65% of families in the state.

Drug trafficking poses security risks. For example, here is a news item: “CHANDIGARH: At a time when the nexus between terrorists and drug smugglers in Pakistan has come under a harsh spotlight after the Pathankot airbase attack, a new study by AIIMS has found that opioids worth Rs 7,500 crore are consumed in Punjab every year. Of these, heroin’s share is a massive Rs 6,500 crore.” source

Is Punjab, we know of, vanishing?

An individual addicted to drugs suffers before succumbing to untimely death unless helped by systematic and specialist de-addiction and rehabilitation support. The society and the government care little for such people making it difficult for them to access such help. Dependence on drugs forces addicts deeper into peddling. The family of the addict and in time the society get pulled into this vortex.

A society hollowed out by drugs is a breeding ground for violence and exploitation. It is also an invitation for our enemies to come in to take positions for future assaults.

The Punjab we know of is a land of abundance and valor.  The Punjab we know of has provided a security shield to entire Bharat through centuries of invasions by Huns and Mughals. Our Punjab is a land of Guru Nanak and Guru Govind Sigh. It is a land of saints and warriors. It is a land of people who think big in whatever they do – be it work or leisure, love or patriotism, celebration or sacrifice.

 

As someone who is pained by the state of his state says,

” The ‘good fathers’ are busy minting money to keep up with the ‘showing off’, the ‘bad fathers’ are busy drinking alcohol to keep up the masculinity and the mothers are busy with their mid-age ailments or in their kitties, suits & shopping and meanwhile the child enjoys forbidden company

” Alcohol Taverns can be found in every nook and corner of every city & village. The no. of ‘Thekas’ are more than the no. of government schools in the state. The government doesn’t feel an iota of shame on this issue considering the alarming use of drugs in Punjab let alone the thought of closing them. The cash strapped government is poisoning its people to run the state through the revenue from alcohol business”  Source

It is tragic paradox that a land ruled by Akalis -who are very proud of the Panthic teaching -should fall prey to the drug menace.

Drivers of Drug Abuse

The most immediate reason for the growing drug abuse is economic. Punjab’s agriculture sector faces the hurdles which the sector faces all over India -too much government interference in pricing, distribution, and export controls making it dependent on Government sops. These can never be enough.  It meant that agriculture couldn’t support its population. Unlike neighboring Haryana, Punjab didn’t industrialize enough.  The joblessness of high aspiring Punjabi youth combined with lack of attention and not having good role models by their parents is surely the most immediate driver for pushing them into drugs.  Drugs offer an instant mental high and earnings through peddling – a heady, addictive, and dangerous cocktail.

Easy availability of drugs in Punjab is another driver.  A variety of drugs are available and consumed. There are synthetic drugs like heroin/smack/brown sugar, amphetamines/ice. Natural drugs like raw opium-based such as ‘bhukki’ (poppy husk), ‘doda’ (powdered poppy husk) and ‘afeem’ (a black tar-like opium are derivative) are available. A wide variety of prescription drugs such as alprazolam, diazepam (commonly known as xanax and valium, respectively), pethidine, buprenorphine, fortwin etc. too are easily available supplied by Pharmaceutical factories in neighboring Himachal. According to NCB data, in 2013, 41% (of 964 kg) of all opium seizures in India took place in Punjab, a sign of the drug’s popularity in the state.

A large number of drugs are subsequently sold to users by an extensive network of dealers. Besides dealers, one of the biggest sources of drugs in Punjab is local chemists, who sell over-the-counter prescription drugs.

A weak enforcement of drug and narcotics laws by Punjab police means the above drug supply chains operate unhindered.

Why weak enforcement?

Punjab’s unique geographical location confers on it the unsavory status of being a ‘drug gateway’ to India and the world.  Heroin produced in Afghanistan passes through Pakistan and is smuggled into Punjab through its 553 Km porous border. From Punjab the heroin is sent in other parts of India. It is also sold in International market.  A kilo of Heroin fetches Rs 1 Lakh in Afghanistan, Rs 30 Lakhs in Pakistan and Punjab, Rs 1 Crore when it lands in other parts of India and Rs 5 Crore in international markets.

This extremely lucrative drug business finances terror and criminal activities worldwide. There are powerful international and local syndicates behind it.  Politician-drug lords nexus is an inevitable outcome of this. In Punjab, political power is used to beat the competition in drug trade. Once the Politician-Drug mafia infiltrates the administration, it is very difficult take effective counter measures to destroy the drug chains.

The state government, facing criticism, has been taking some actions.

Set up in October 2015, the SSIT (special-cum-supervisory investigating team) was given until December 31 to enquire into 8 FIRs registered in 2013 against a set of more than 25 people who included a Punjab Police DSP and the alleged kingpin of the racket Jagdish Singh alias Bhola of Bathinda; a notable Amritsar leader of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal Maninder Singh alias Bittu Aulakh; an Amritsar-based industrialist Paramjeet Singh Chahal, a clutch of NRIs and others.

Fifteen people are behind bars and cases are going on against them and others released on bail in district courts at Patiala, Mohali and Fatehgarh Sahib.

These were the Punjab police’s most high-profile arrests in the State’s crackdown on drugs which otherwise netted thousands of small-time addicts and peddlers as The Indian Express investigation of over 6500 FIRs in one year has shown.” Source

To be sure, many conditions mentioned above are present in other border states like Gujarat. But Gujarat doesn’t have the issue of drug abuse like Punjab has. For long, Dawood Ibrahim syndicate used Gujarat coast for supplying drugs to half the world.  A good coordination between Police and Intelligence arms has ensured that the drug trade is heavily curtailed. Source

Clearly, the Akali-BJP government must do much better in rooting out the drug issue.

The Genesis

Drug syndicates exploit conditions on ground to build their trade and networks. In Punjab, they found such conditions.

As Punjab enjoyed fruits of green revolution of 1970’s it became the most prosperous state in India. The prosperity, increased per capita incomes, and better standards of living meant that the hard working Punjabis were reveling in good times amply reflected and continue to reflect in Hindi movies.

 

The Punjabi Pride, legitimate as it was, soon swelled into ego fed by Pakistan’s terror strategists. While we Indians remain busy with ourselves, enemies keep a hawk’s eye on our emerging fault lines. In Bhindranwale, they found a man who believed in an independent Khalistan and was willing to do anything for it. Invoking Sikhism, he found support of some people who believed that they will be better off in independent Khalistan than they were in India. He was amply supported from Pakistan and other Khalistani elements who operated from western countries. Bhindranwale also came handy for Indira Gandhi, the then PM, to break Akali’s hold in Punjab who had come in power in 1977’s Assembly elections in alliance with the Janata Party.  Her unrestrained ambition and desire for absolute power led to horrific consequences for herself and untold miseries in Punjab. (Read )

Though Khalistani terrorists initially didn’t encourage the drug trade, easy money and ISI pressure made them change their methods for obtaining arms and ammunition. They had now abandoned their Panth.

Punjab’s economy nosedived. From a land of abundance, it became a one riven by violence and unemployment. The pride remained but its rationale had all gone. Punjabi youth were now ready for drugs. Druglords exploited this.  Politicians, businessmen, and bureaucrats completed the drug apparatus.

The Khalistani terror was rooted out through a sustained police action headed by K P S Gill, but the problem of drugs is yet to be solved.

Lessons from Punjab

It is possible for a determined state government to bust drug syndicates and destroy mafia operations. Gujarat has shown that this can be done. Can Akali-BJP coalition inspire confidence in Punjab’s voters that they can do this? This will be an important election issue. If they can’t, Punjab will face a very difficult future because we know that Congress can’t, nor can AAP. Congress is too compromised right from top to bottom to be relied on for a massive cleanup, and AAP is not only inexperienced, but it also seems to have priorities other than governance, as seen in Delhi. It will also mean virtually handing over Punjab to druglords and their masters across the border. Punjab, like Jammu & Kashmir, will be a permanent security challenge -something that PM Modi’s Government will surely like to avoid.

Punjab tells us how important it is to overhaul intelligence, surveillance, policing, investigation, and enforcement arms of every state government.

It is necessary to secure our western border to stop smuggling of drugs as being planned by the central government.

A prosperous Punjab which falls into terror and a quagmire of drugs shows us that terror does not happen because of poverty or a sense of doing relatively poorly. It isn’t caused by lack of education as we see that many terrorists come from well educated backgrounds and from well paying jobs. It is a myth that any perceived historical wrong or poverty causes terror. Terror is caused by ideas of superiority, exclusivity, and arrogance that find legitimacy in religious doctrines.

Punjab’s drug issue highlights the role of responsible parents.

Punjab is a warning for rest of us that economic prosperity is not all. It must be attained, but without Bharatiya civilization’s cultural moorings which hold us together, prosperity won’t last. India has a resilient civilization. We should build on it.

Anthem of Aggrieved Community

I won’t say Bharat Mata ki Jai
And I will support Afzal n Ishrat

Wont do Surya Namaskar
But I want Yoga Teacher Job

Your Constitution is not above my Holy Book
I don’t care about your 5000 yr or whatever yr old culture. Only last 800 yrs since the Holy Book matter to us

Don’t tell me how many wives I should have
And why can’t I give an oral divorce to my wives

I hv right to teach my children 800 yr old scriptures and nothing else
But I want job reservations in proportion to our population share

I want minority rights, but we shall be a majority for sure. We are in some districts.

I am not a terrorist, I am only a believer.

You say that ‘My Religion is Religion of Peace’, I never said that.

We shall see then.

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You bigot, non-believer, you are profiling me!

Modi Sarkar: Areas of my concern

Part 4 of series on #modiplan

I will try to paint a plausible scenario of 2019 in my next post. I will follow it up with what might be PM Modi’s game plan.

Excerpts from article https://raverantreflect.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/pm-modis-game-planver1.pdf published on Oct 8, 2015 and some updates . The above article was written before the Bihar Elections and the stunning defeat of Modi.

Here are areas of serious concern

Tax policy

I will start with the tax policy and issue of recovery of black money. The tax policy continues to be ridden with discrimination , exemptions, and discretionary powers to tax men. The GST (Goods and Services Tax) design is faulty due to multiple rates and exemptions. The FM hasn’t used the compensation lever well to prevent the its birth defects. When we eventually get GST it will not be a neat solution to the tax tangle. Once embedded these defects will be difficult to get rid of because of new vested interests who will get entrenched. GST design compromise is an example of what I call as Congress Culture.

(update Nov 30: as you read this, there are signs of further compromises in the GST in order to obtain Congress’ support.)

There is no sign of a simple direct tax code (DTC).  The fiasco over the (Complicated) Saral form is one example of continuing wrong direction to tax administration. The retrospective taxation issue involving Vodafone etc. and the MAT issue involving Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) are other examples of the poor show by the finance ministry and the entrenched Congress culture.

Black money

638 declarations were made amounting to Rs. 3,770 crore by midnight of September 30. Recently, the SC monitored SIT said that the black money based on information received from foreign countries under information program adds up to Rs 6,400 crore. Assuming that all cases are pursued with 100% success, we can expect about 11,000 Crore black money and recovery of 7,000 to 8,000 Crore.  These are laughable figures.

And what are main sources of the black money? The SIT tells it is cricket betting! Come on guys, haven’t you heard of real estate cash transactions? Without identity linked property records it is impossible to plug black money flowing in and out of economy. You surely know about the round tripping of money through imports, exports and portfolio investments (‘rigged’ trade invoicing alone affects India’s GDP by around 3 % according to Global Financial Integrity estimates). Haven’t you heard of how participatory notes help money laundering? Absolutely nothing appears to have been done to check the generation and absorption of black money in the white economy.  (Update on Oct 5, 2015: FM is now talking about making PAN mandatory for cash transactions above some level. This is not going to be enough because PAN universe has fictitious duplicate numbers.  Nothing will stop benaami property transfers. This is an example of incremental, inconsequential working. Even this -The PAN compulsion -could have been done a year back)

The Finance Ministry is still in the clutches of Babus of Congress Government.

The Black Money recovery and tax policy areas are really a big black marks on Modi Sarkar’s record. It is ironic that Modi Sarkar, whose first decision on assuming power was to constitute a SC mandated SIT on Black Money, has failed in such a manner.

Police, regulatory bodies, and judiciary

The police, regulatory bodies, and judiciary constitute the second area of concern. There are no signs of overhaul of police and regulatory bodies. They routinely fail in surveillance and botch up investigations. Our courts take forever to deliver judgments. When they deliver judgments, they are so poor that they get overturned by higher courts and so on. While over 200,000  poor undertrials (they can’t get bails) languish or perish in jails, the convicts roam free or enjoy discretionary furloughs. The mighty accused are assured of life time of fruits of their crimes. PM Modi had started well by asking SC to expedite cases against sitting MPS and MLAs but seems to have given up after the SC rejected it. Trials by media substitute trials by courts.  The above bodies are vital for implementation of laws, prevention of crime, investigations, settling disputes, and punishing the guilty. Existence of a modern welfare state and civilization depend on these bodies. Even the economic progress depends on enforcement of commercial contracts. The above state of affairs is a big threat to India.

Modi Sarkar can’t act alone in the above areas, it has to influence the state governments and judiciary. But it has failed even to set a direction.

Media

The third area of concern is the media. Independent media are supposed to be the fourth pillar of democracy. Most of the main stream media are seriously compromised. They are owned by vested interests. Our media are already sold out to businesses, politicians and global forces of Islamisation and Proselytization (Church). When exposed, minor apologies are issued and forgotten. A vibrant social media acts as a counter weight but it is not enough when large sections of populations are still out of it.

It is ironic that the BJP and PM Modi, who have been subjected to slander and libel by our main stream media, haven’t moved to make Press Council or some such body vigilant and active. It is also necessary to probe financial deals, sources of funding and assets of media and journalists to unearth vested interests.A heavily compromised media sector is a serious threat to the free flow of accurate and unbiased information hence it a threat to democratic processes of information dissemination and opinion formation by citizens.  A big failure which may cost India and Modi Sarkar dearly.

Urban Transport sector

The fourth major area lacking a new paradigm is urban transport sector. This affects the quality of life of people in cities through accidents on roads and pollution. There are some starts in city Metro projects. The bus based public transport is crying for attention. We are missing a good policy and a road map here.

Agriculture

The fifth area which has missed Modi Sarkar’s attention is agriculture. The myth that farming can’t be profitable must be challenged. Right from farm inputs to farming technology to marketing of farm produce, value chains are in bad shape. The farmers and the consumers suffer and middlemen make merry. The government has talked about farm price fund, farm information network for farmers and e-marketing platform. Then there were some attempts to free the farm marketing from the monopoly clutches of APMCs.  Irrigation projects, water harvesting, drip irrigation, and better crop patterns are essential. For example, too much land and too much water is being used for sugar cane farming in regions which are drought prone.  We are missing a comprehensive plan for this sector.

Environment

The sixth area of concern is the environment -clean air, water, food, and ecological balance. Instead of isolated thinking in this area, there is a need for integrating the principles of ecological balance and conservation into policy making in all areas of economy. For example, the transport sector must focus on mass transport and the energy sector must give enough weightage to conservation.  Apex policy level targets like reducing carbon intensity by 35% by 2030 might satisfy the pressure groups but they will do nothing to improve the quality of life of citizens . See what happened in Delhi. It made a switch to the so called environment friendly CNG as a clean fuel mandated by SC. It is now one of the worst polluted cities. Mind you Delhi has received  adequate funding, it even has a good metro.  It has good buses, but not enough to encourage people to ditch there risky two wheelers and fuel guzzling (per capita) cars. Delhi’s  failure in curbing pollution should alert us to the dangers of focusing only on the so called clean fuels and pollution norms.

Social sector

Social areas: Swachha Bharat, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao movements, and crimes. This is the seventh area of concern.   We don’t have social reformers of the stature of Raja Rammohan Roy, Phule, Agarkar and Savarkar anymore. The government can provide infrastructure like toilets and law enforcement machinery but the rest is up to the society. PM Modi has done well to increase awareness of these issues but the state governments and local bodies  must get their act together.  It is really for citizens to demand and use these facilities well.

Many so called anti-minority incidents were either stage managed or just cooked up stories (e.g. the so called Church attacks). Some were personal rivalry issues colored as communal issues by the ever strident Congress and main stream media. State governments have failed to overhaul police (see the second area of concern above) for preventing these. Even the BJP ruled states like Maharashtra and Madhyapradesh haven’t done well in this regard.

Missing National identity and pride

Without a predominant and a preeminent Hindu* civilization there can not be strong and tolerant India.  Without it, India’s development will remain a pipe dream. See my post . PM Modi, a former RSS pracharak,  has failed to prevail upon state governments of UP, West Bengal, Assam, and Kerala to prevent murders of Hindus and kidnapping n rapes of Hindu girls. Anti-Hindu propaganda by the media gets a cover as freedom of expression, but defense by Hindus gets labeled as communal or bigoted. There is certainly a restiveness in people due to this. Without pride in what is good in our 7,000 to 8,000 years of known history and without being  aware of what went wrong during it we can’t have a strong national identity. A fractured geography (partition, Pakistan occupied Kashmir), foreign words like ‘secularism’ and a truncated partisan history written by foreigners and leftists can’t give us this identity.

New information coming to light and new development will need revisions in the above.

I will try to paint a plausible scenario of 2019 in my next post. I will follow it up with what might be PM Modi’s game plan. (He has said that his government is working to a plan)

PM Modi’s game plan

PM Modi

PM Modi

There is no doubt that PM Modi has captured imagination of Indians and the global citizens alike. His sworn critics can’t go to bed without having done their daily constitutional of ‘Hate Modi’ activities. His approval ratings continue to be very high despite their campaign.  However, what we read in media confuses us. Therefore, I decided to take a good look at what is happening and what we can expect from Modi Sarkar.

Before I start, I set down my expectations of directional shifts from Modi Sarkar:

My expectations of directional shifts by 2019

  1. Major increase in jobs or livelihood earning opportunities
  2. Country’s external and internal security on a very strong footing
  3. Rule of law felt by all. The mighty should be scared of taking law in their hands and the ordinary people should feel reassured by law
  4. Overhaul of agriculture sector for benefit of 50% of population and for reducing urbanization pressure
  5. Major improvements in mass transportation -intracity and intercity
  6. Cleaner air, water and a better ecological balance
  7. Right to information to be expanded to include right to fair and accurate coverage of news by media
  8. Congress Mukta Bharat: Elimination of Congress Culture** (divisive culture)

It is easier to read and print this  long form article as pdf  file than from a blog format. The full article ‘PM Modi’s game plan’ can be downloaded here:  pm-modis-game-planver1.pdf    (3786 words) Here is what you can expect.

Contents of the full article:

Signs of good progress and paradigm shifts

Things which haven’t progressed well

Likely scenario of 2019

What might be PM Modi’s game plan?

Hemant Karandikar

About the author:

Hemant is an IIT Bombay Alumnus. He is Leadership Coach, Strategy, UI\UX Design Consultant. Hemant is interested in economy, politics, culture, & technology. He has written ‘Lead to Regenerate’ – program book for learning regenerative leadership. He writes on these subjects on his blogs www.learning-leadership.com/blog and raverantreflect.wordpress.com.  He is a long distance runner. Follow him on twitter https://twitter.com/HKarandikar

PM Modiji at Madison: A great world leader has taken stage

By this time everyone knows what Modiji said at Madison Square. But let me concentrate on what he said and to what he alluded.

He said that India has been ruled by outsiders for over thousand years.

Modi at Madison

Modi at Madison

I think he alluded to the fact that we Indians have to make clean break from our such past and from our entrenched mindsets (of servitude) because it. While we must recognize some unsavory aspects of our past like our servitude to aggressors, caste system, and our isolationist attitude of middle ages, and our ignoring of science and technology we have been guilty of being apologetic of our great heritage of philosophy, spiritualism, Yoga, Ayurveda, and music to name a few. I think he is the first major Indian leader who recognizes our apologetic attitude and you find its echoes in many of his actions. Arun Shourie describes our apologetic attitude in his article “Macaulay’s Offspring”

He said that many great people sacrificed their lives for India in every era, but they were individual efforts. It was Mahatma Gandhi, who brought common people into the struggle for freedom, showing them ways to contribute through what they could do in their daily lives -for example, a teacher could teach well, a sweeper could do a good job and both could work for India’s freedom. Modiji’s method of development is the same. The PM said that if we could participate in India’s freedom struggle we can do the same for our development: which to him means that by 2022 no Indian family would be without a home.

Doing our jobs well is not a part of our national character, barring some honorable exceptions like the ISRO’s great success… But Modiji is telling us Indians to do our jobs well and contribute to India’s development. His actions as PM like http://mygov.nic.in and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, and the Jan Dhan Yojana of universal banking access all point in this direction: “participate” as his government does its part.Modi on stage

No Indian leader in recent times had courage to tell us to do our jobs well. A family line of leaders had nearly perfected the art of throwing crumbs at people and buying their votes and letting them rot in their poor lives. They used all of those sixty years in developing an eco-system of favors and disfavors and for sharing the loot. Modiji is making a clean break from this shameful past.

He spoke of Swachha Bharat Abhiyan and ‘Cleaning Ganga’ initiatives and brilliantly linked them to what was close to Mahatma Gandhi’s heart and to the revival of economic activity. Cleanliness brings in more tourists and a clean river which touches lives of over 40% Indians can boost economy. It is also a clean break from our ‘filthy’ past.

He assured the Americans and the Indian Americans that India is breaking away from its dismal immediate past. We will change, we will progress, come be a part of this, he said. Modiji is not asking for grants and doles or endowments or favors. He is offering big opportunities to the Americans and to the world to do invest in India and reap benefits through a combination of democracy, demographic dividend, demand supported by clean and efficient governance. This is another huge break from our Nehruvian past of going around with a begging bowl.

His vision goes beyond the economic revival: what Indian civilization can offer to the world Yoga and a way of living well. He shows this by a personal example of frugal living and working tirelessly and diligently (for others). His fasting for nine days of Navaratri while he is on a whirlwind tour and his energetic speech which brought thousands of wealthy Indian Americans to their feet and drew admiration of American law makers is but a dramatic example of what he said about India’s offerings.

In a short span of just over four months, he has captured world’s imagination starting with India’s neighbors, Japan, China and now America. He offered peace to Pakistan saying that we should fight poverty together and not fight with each other. Pakistan squandered it. Without saying much he had made world realize how different India and Pakistan are. Until very recently the Americans, the British, and much of the developed world were always bracketing India and Pakistan together. This has changed.

In India his government has got cracking on actions urgently needed for economic revival and for India’s security.

He shows us about what from our past we should be grateful and proud and about the things we must discard. There is neither an apology nor any arrogance. He is drawing attention, winning support to his vision wherever he goes.

There is a tremendous credibility to all his statements because he has a fantastic track record. modimadisonMuslimsIf you have read Madhu Kishwar’s ‘Modi, Muslims and Media’ you will find that his efforts in post earthquake reconstruction in Bhuj area and his other development efforts in Gujarat were done through participation of communities and people while his government provided support through transparent and fair administration. It did not exclude any community.

The Congress and its crony intellectuals and crony media are dumb struck and are trying to find faults with him where none exit. Not surprising. But I am surprised that some of Modiji’s supporters are saying that there are no ‘big enough reforms’. But let them say it.

We should applaud our new leader who is also new world leader. We should now get down to do what he has told us: to do our jobs well!