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Letters | Jun 09, 2014


Now Installing Win 2014

Jun 09, 2014

I’ve been firm in my opposition to Brand Narendra Modi for some years now (Supremodi, May 26). I’ve held him personally culpable for the 2002 killings and still do. I’ve been consistent in my belief that there was no way the electoral math would add up to give the BJP the requisite numbers in the Lok Sabha. All said and done, Modi has pulled off a stunner. He has deci­mated a party more than 100 years old. One man has proved—for once—that coalition governments are not necessarily a default option. The mom­ent of opposing him as PM candidate has passed. He is our PM now.

Santosh John Samuel, Kochi

My social, economic and lingui­­stic/ethnic background makes me more likely to benefit from the kind of society and econ­omy envisaged by Modi. But I wonder if they’d be right for the man at the bottom of the pyramid, and this country is full of such men. My wishlist, for whatever it is worth, is as follows: a) Permit members of minority communities to contest from seats reserved in the Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and local bodies; b) ensure reservations for the more socially and economically backward; c) refrain from interfering with personal laws or ensure that if a uniform civil code has to come, it is a genuinely secular code which res­pects traditio­nal customs and is not a means of imposing the personal laws of the majority community on the minorities.

Mike Desai, New Delhi

It’s simplistic to attribute the BJP’s impressive performance who­lly to the widespread disillusionment with the Congress despite its entitlement progra­mmes, the corporate backing for Modi or his promises of ‘good governance’ and ‘econo­mic progress’ without acknowledging the groundswell of wholehearted support for Modi as a symbol of Hindu nat­ionalism. It will be a devastating blow to the country and its unity if a triumphant BJP interprets the electoral verdict as a popular vindication of the ideo­logy it subscribes to and the goals it sets itself and leverages its thumping majority in the Lok Sabha to push through its Hindutva agenda.

G. David Milton, Maruthancode

His swashbuckling victory has ensured that Modi will have no worthwhile opposition to keep his trigger-happiness in check. It will be incumbent on him alone to do all the right things.

George Jacob, Kochi

Had Advani been the BJP’s PM candidate, he’d have got the party more than 282 seats with less effort and no aarti-pujas.

Anil Kumar, Hyderabad

Modi could prove to be Ind­ia’s Shinzo Abe. Like his Japanese counterpart, he would oversee higher asset prices and revive growth, but struggle with structural reforms.

C.K. Subramaniam, Mumbai

People have finally enabled Modi to give us a stable government. In gratitude, he sho­uld ensure that India is rid of ter­ror and economic bleakness.

Jayanthi Subramaniam, Mumbai

From Kashmir to Kanyakumari to the faraway Andamans, from Anand to Assam, what a sweep! The BJP would have hoped that the lotus would bloom in Ker­ala too. But O. Rajagopal’s valiant fight agai­nst Shashi Tharoor was in vain.

K.P. Rajan, Mumbai

The Modi tsunami has routed not just his political rivals but also the intelligentsia, academia, activists and media.These groups have executed a vigorous and vicious campaign against Modi in India and abroad for the last 12 years. The politics of Mandal, minorities, and even secularism, has met its Waterloo and big players like Mulayam and Mayawati, Nitish and Laloo, have been left licking their wounds. No, He Can’t? Sorry! Today, Modi is the man who can.

M.C. Joshi, Lucknow

The 16th Lok Sabha, said a recent report in The Hindu newspaper, will have the highest number of MPs—34 per cent, going by the election affidavits—with criminal cases against them. This includes 35 per cent or about a 100 BJP MPs. Welcome to Modi sarkar!

Alastair Murray, Panchkula

Not the corporates, it’s the poor who have delivered this judgement, proving once again that democracy has deep roots in India. Modi does know his poll math, but his real victory will come only if he can understand the chemistry of the people. Hope he does not fail in this effort.

V.N.K. Murti, Pattambi

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