Gujarat can be called a peninsula, just like Italy. And Gujarat is going to retain it’s Il Duce for another five years (at least). We know that India is more than half a century behind Europe in many things, so it quite fits in.
Well, I for one don’t think much of this latest news. The simple reason being that irrespective of the results of these elections in Gujarat, India’s Mussolini is definitely not going down for some time to come. It doesn’t matter that India is a secular socialist democratic republic. It doesn’t matter that the Narendra Modi Party (NMP) is unabashedly fascist. It doesn’t matter that the Indian People’s Party (of course that means the Bharatiya Janata Party) is only abashedly fascist till now: Till it gets completely taken over by the NMP. It doesn’t matter that India is currently ruled by the secular grand old party of the Independence Movement fame. It also doesn’t matter that India is what is being called ‘an emerging economy’.
Neither does the fact that India is an IT super power (whatever that means). Nor does the fact that India is supposedly going to become a developed country by 2020.
And, of course, it doesn’t matter that the NMP (along with the BJP) had presided over the state sponsored killings of more than two thousand people and much else.
It does matter though, in a very post-modern absurdist way, that the gory details of the killings et al. were very recently ‘exposed‘ (the very fact that an expose was still needed tells you a lot about our country and about the world in general). Many are saying (not incorrectly) that part of the credit for the Indian Il Duce’s victory goes to this ‘expose’. Don’t get me wrong: I believe the expose may be a positive thing in the long run. And, no, I don’t really think the expose was meant to benefit the Gandhi quoting Fascist Hero.
Since I don’t think the current results matter much, as the NMP would have continued on its path of glory regardless of victory or defeat in these elections, I don’t have much to say about the results. I do, however, have a lot to say about the rise of fascism in India.
I won’t say all that right now. I will just keep saying something regularly (as before), as should be done I think.
Still, there are some interesting things which one can note:
- More people are now acknowledging that Modi has national ambitions and those ambitions are not quite misplaced.
- The BJP lawyer leader Arun Jaitley made this interesting comment:
The Gujarat results have given a fresh breath of life for UPA government as Left parties will now think twice before withdrawing support fearing the resurgence of BJP.
- The most well known Indian left-leaning (formerly leftist) newspaper The Hindu reported that “Modi’s stunning victory wins him accolades from one and all“.
- ‘Having failed to oust Modi, a stunned Congress congratulated him for a “great, remarkable victory”… BJP leader L K Advani described the Gujarat election results a “turning point” for national politics with his party signalling a “comeback”. The party talked about the possibility of a bigger role for Modi at the national level.’
- ‘As soon as it was clear that the 57-year-old leader would retain chief ministership, Modi received congratulations from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who called him.’
The gentle Manmohan Singh. The acclaimed economist Manmohan Singh. The neat and clean Manmohan Singh. The liberal Manmohan Singh. The apolitical Manmohan Singh.
He won’t offend a fascist on the rise.
- ‘AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Sunday said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s victory in the Assembly elections had brought hope to people that “India could still be saved from the clutches of unscrupulous power mongers.” … “Your spectacular victory has brought hope and cheer to the vast majority of people in this nation who now believe that all is not lost and that India can still be saved from the clutches of unscrupulous power mongers,” she added.’
- ‘Modi referred to the huge electoral success as a victory for the 5.5 crore people of Gujarat and a “positive mandate” that defeated the campaign of negativism.’
That should clear your doubts about what is positive and what is negative.
- Arun Jaitley also had this to say:
The BJP’s victory in Gujarat, I believe, is based on three things. First is the organization and ideology of the BJP which continues to be vibrant and relevant in the state, secondly, the leadership which is there in the state, gave confidence to the people that it was honest and development oriented and thirdly a good government which delivered on its promises.
- BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad made these comments:
its resounding victory in Gujarat was a reply to “pseudo-secular forces”, who it alleged kept attacking Chief Minister Narendra Modi at the drop of the hat.
… the combination of BJP’s ideology, cadre support, Modi’s image as a strong leader who can deliver and his all-inclusive development agenda were the reasons for the party’s good showing in the polls.
- Some of India’s IT savvy public had these comments to make.
- There is seemingly a widely held opinion that ‘For the Congress it seems, the ‘Maut Ke Sauadagar’ comment clearly backfired’. So now you know that if you call the person who supervised the killing of thousands of people and is proud of the fact (not counting the fake encounter killings of criminals) a merchant of death, you are going to be backfired upon.
Note the modifier ‘all-inclusive’ (emphasis added). I wonder what ‘all’ means.
Just remembered this: India is also peninsular. And an ancient civilization. With an ancient city for the capital. Is the originator of multiple religions and philosophies and arts and movements.
Quite like Italy.
Liberalism is gay.
Right wing nationalism is cool.
Leftism is super gay.
Fascism kicks a**.
It’s a Desi Cartman’s day.