Rahul Gandhi needed people who could show him dreams to fool the people and that is why the Congress party found itself helpless throughout the entire election. A strong gust of wind caused their entire campaign to collapse. That gust of wind was so strong that Rahul Gandhi himself started to be seen tossed like a straw. He could not understand how to conduct a dialogue with the people. The gust of wind was that of Narendra Modi. This gust of wind was not that of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Narendra Modi has been presented with the most important opportunity in history by Ishwar, Allah, God, Waheguru or in other words, by time. Narendra Modi has before him successful and unsuccessful experiences of the last 64 years. He has a list of what which party or which Prime Minister did or did not do for the people, and today, this country is standing before Narendra Modi like an open book of opportunities. Behind this opportunity that Narendra Modi has got is the positive support of the people and when this positive support was building up in his favour, hardly any journalist, intellectual, or those who do surveys were able to understand even a part of it. Perhaps even Narendra Modi may not have been able to understand this build up of support. And somewhere or the other he too must be thanking Ishwar or time and must be greeting and saluting this unprecedented support.
The reasons and causes that resulted in this unprecedented support should be known by every individual sitting in Parliament and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should certainly know about them. Reason, anger and the support stemming from it is in fact a tiger, which Narendra Modi is riding today. When Manmohan Singh became the Prime Minister the country had before it a mountain of problems. Those problems had been created for two reasons. The first problem : after Independence major infrastructure development in the country did not get priority. Due to this people slowly began to move out of the development purview and the situation reached such an extent that a large section of the country began to think of itself as deprived from power, the result of which could even have been civil war.
In 2004 when Manmohan Singh became the Prime Minister, the country had lots of hopes. In fact we were passing through a period of problems and in 1991 when Manmohan Singh, as Finance Minister of the country, had raised a mountain of hopes before the country and without being prompted cast all responsibility for the problems on all the Prime Ministers from Jawahar Lal Nehru to Chandra Shekhar — Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi — people easily believed him. Manmohan Singh had given the hope that in the next 20 years because of open economic policies or a liberal economy there will be considerable changes in the lives of the common citizens of the country. Electricity, roads, water all these problems will be solved. To a great extent poverty will be removed and employment will increase. The ten year tenure of Manmohan Singh was a ten year tenure of handing over the country into the hands of foreign countries. In this period all our domestic trade was affected, so much so that even in the sector of vegetables and flowers, foreign companies arrived, but the basic condition of our infrastructure status remained the same. The entire investment that came from abroad was engaged in the consumer sector, not in the priority sector and Manmohan Singh never paid attention to this because the meaning of Manmohan Singh’s open economy was just this.
The situation today is such that the common man in the country is out of the purview of the market. What we call pro-market economy makes its plans keeping in view only those whose pockets have money to buy anything and for those in whose pockets there is money only to purchase food, there is no thought at all in this market system. That is why in 2004 when Manmohan Singh became the Prime Minister of the country, 60 districts were in the grip of Naxalites, today more than 272 districts are under the influence of Naxalites. This is at least a scale which shows that the economy did not benefit the people of this country. Only the upper-middle class benefited from the economy or the benefit went to traders or money from our country went to foreign countries.
The GDP that is talked about, that GDP is in a way is dependent on false figures and there is no debate in the country over how correct or how wrong are the figures for increase of the GDP and progress of the sensex based economy. And it is here that a background for mutual tensions and civil war can be seen in the country. These policies of Manmohan Singh first led to corruption in this country of 5 thousand crores. After that 10 thousand, 15 thousand, 20 thousand crores and as the Government was nearing the end of its tenure, 26 lakh crores of corruption came to light. In our country, before 1990 the Government was known as a ‘quota license permit’ Government, but in this Government attention was given to poor people. Public welfare schemes were formulated. How the poor can live, there was talk about it and the debates and discussions in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha of those days show how much concern there was in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha about the country’s problems. These policies were vigorously pursued by the Congress party and its allies and were also more or less supported by those parties which were standing by the Congress in forming the Government or to keep the Government alive.
I believe that Rahul Gandhi could not understand the problems of the country, nor the views of Nehru and Indira Gandhi, nor understand or think that the main problems of the common man in this country are inflation and unemployment. How to generate employment? The economy which was created by Manmohan Singh and nurtured by him, what was the harm and damage because of that economy? Because of it during the entire election they could not hold out any hope for the people of the country.
Rahul Gandhi could not understand either the signals of anger from the people of the country. After Rahul Gandhi’s coming to power, wherever elections were held — in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, the Congress was defeated badly. But in his palace of imagination Rahul Gandhi kept talking with his companions as a hobby, what dream he should show to the people of the country — that he never even thought about. Rahul Gandhi was not able to form any team of his own. For running this country a team of intelligent people is needed which can day and night apprise its leader about problems stemming from problems. Whatever experiments RAhul GAndhu used were somewhat amateurish experiments, which had no relation to the problems of the country. In Rahul Gandhi’s political activities, there was no place for a person who had spent their whole life in the form of workers, fighting problems, keeping the Congress alive. Rahul Gandhi needed people who could show him dreams to fool the people and that is why the Congress party found itself helpless throughout the entire election. A strong gust of wind caused their entire campaign to collapse. That gust of wind was so strong that Rahul Gandhi himself started to be seen tossed like a straw. He could not understand how to conduct a dialogue with the people.
The gust of wind was that of Narendra Modi. This gust of wind was not that of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The Bharatiya Janata Party – the way it handled the role of Opposition in the Lok Sabha in the last 10 years – had become suspect in the eyes of the people. People were not seeing in it any ray of hope for the future. Narendra Modi, from 2006, made a well planned enterprise on how he has to come to the throne of Delhi in the 2014 elections and in this the first step was to connect to himself Amitabh Bachchan who was once very close to the Gandhi family. In accordance with agreed conditions, he made Amitabh Bachchan the brand ambassador of Gujarat and Amitabh Bachchan began marketing Gujarat on every television channel in the country, about 600 of them.
This was not marketing of Gujarat, it was marketing of Narendra Modi. What is Gujarat like and how good it is, what is happening in Gujarat, in what manner Gujarat is the centre of attraction for people, inviting people to come to Gujarat, all this Amitabh Bachchan did for Narendra Modi, because Gujarat itself meant Narendra Modi and from there Narendra Modi first freed himself from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. All of the good Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in Gujarat and workers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were gradually sidelined by Narendra Modi, because all these people were coming in the way of running the development schemes of Narendra Modi. They had their own understanding, their own plans which they wanted implemented from Narendra Modi. Narendra Modi did not implement them and Narendra Modi successfully ran Gujarat with his own map.
He did not take political advice from anyone, he did not accept any political interference, not only not accepted but did not tolerate either. He created Gujarat as the most developed State in the country. He created an atmosphere in which nobody could go to Gujarat and have any doubts on the truth about such data. He marketed Gujarat so successfully that people did not go to Gujarat to see whether the model can be replicated elsewhere and it was this that was Narendra Modi’s success. No voice was raised in Gujarat, no voice was raised outside Gujarat and whatever Narendra Modi said was accepted literally.
Narendra Modi’s second step was to get the Bharatiya Janata Party into his fist. Narendra Modi gradually sidelined each side leader who had the strength to stand in front of him. He told the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh that he would make the Bharatiya Janata Party just what the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh wanted, and for the fulfillment of that wish there were people like Jaswant Singh, Lal Krishan Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi. These people were older in age, had greater experience and were bigger in personality than the present leadership of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Narendra Modi not just made the strategy to sideline all these people, but successfully implemented it too.
In the RSS, whoever could stand upto him — an example was Sanjay Joshi — he callously sidelined him. Now Narendra Modi was ready to go before the people in the country with issues and questions. Assisted by his trusted IAS officers, Narendra Modi made a new plan. That plan was of how many thousand crores, is not known. How that plan was operationalised is not known. But the result of the plan could be seen. Every television channel was seen engaged in a debate supporting or opposing Narendra Modi. Television channels not only made it a one sided debate, but also made Narendra Modi Ishwar or God and this was foolishness on the part of the Congress.
The first plan in the Congress was not to make corruption, inflation, unemployment an issue, but to make Narendra Modi an issue, so that by attacking him and presenting the example of Gujarat, they could take the country with them. Narendra Modi made this into a weapon. He understood the weaknesses of the Congress because Narendra Modi is a political person. Narendra Modi’s education-training was during Jai Prakash Narayan’s andolan or movement, and the Jan Sangh and the RSS of that time fully educated Narendra Modi. Narendra Modi made every weakness of the Congress into a weapon. We saw during the election that every foolish statement the Congress made, in which the chai wallah statement is also included, Narendra Modi and his colleagues turned everything into weapons and pushed back the Congress.
In Narendra Modi’s speeches, people in the country saw a new possibility. A possibility which was not understood by political parties and journalists, but the poor understood. They felt that for the first time everybody in the country would be able to taste the sweetness of development. Narendra Modi also gave the feeling to the poorer sections that Narendra Modi too comes from the poorer section, and therefore understands the problems of poor people. Narendra Modi also gave the assurance that in his plans the youth are there in a maximum number, whereas Rahul Gandhi being young himself had assumed that the youth in the country would come with him, people create a relationship seeing the age. Rahul Gandhi forgot that unemployment facing the youth is a major thing, not age. That is why every person in Rahul’s team lost in this election. Rahul Gandhi had taken into his team those who could speak well, those people whose faces and deportment were good, but who did not have an understanding of problems. Rahul Gandhi won by the mercy of the people of Amethi, but it was a moral defeat for him, because many times there were reports that in separate rounds of counting of votes Smriti Irani was ahead of him.
Narendra Modi addressed all sections in the country. He used television as a weapon for reaching out to people, but he went to every corner of the country and he gave speeches in every corner and by keeping the television in front made his words reach even those places where he was not going. No matter how many kilometers he may have travelled, he successfully explained that in this country at the moment there is an energetic person whose name is Narendra Modi and who is also apart from the Sangh, apart from the Bharatiya Janata Party as well. He took care that in his campaigning and publicity a glimpse of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Sangh should not be seen. Narendra Modi according to plan — what to say at what time — he did on the basis of advice given by a team focused on presenting his personality sharply. What his team said he did. The clothes they told him to wear he wore. The way the team asked him to speak, he spoke, but nowhere did Narendra Modi distance himself from political questions or issues.
He also attacked where the attack conveyed to the minds of the people their problems in a political way. He used the words ‘Ma-Bete ki sarkar’ (Government of the mother and son) after careful thought. The moment he said ‘Ma-Bete ki sarkar’, people would remember inflation, unemployment, corruption. Nowhere did Narendra Modi attack Manmohan Singh. He made Manmohan Singh someone to be pitied – a ‘bechara’. Perhaps the Congress party did not use Manmohan Singh in this election because they wanted to put all the responsibility on Manmohan Singh and wanted to present Rahul Gandhi to the country as a leader alighting from the sky like a phantom. The people rejected this strategy of the Congress party.
It was here that a challenge stood before Narendra Modi to convert opportunities into reality. Narendra Modi gives priority to what issues and questions the people of the country would want to know. At this time, he is riding the tiger of people’s unlimited support and aspirations and if he is seen solving the problems facing the country he will be hailed as a great hero, because today the same situation is before Narendra Modi which was there before Jawaharlal Nehru. Indira Gandhi in 1971 could do as she wanted. In 1977 Morarji Desai could do as he wanted, Vishwanath Pratap Singh could do as he wanted in 1989. People were with them. But all these people could not rise above the contradictions in their parties. Rajiv Gandhi in 1984 could do what he wanted because he too was riding on the tiger of hope and expectations. He had the unprecedented support of the people. But all these people became the victims of the tiger of hope and expectations on which they were riding.
History has given Narendra Modi a golden opportunity. Time has presented him as a great hero, but it remains to be decided whether this great hero is that of the cinema screen or a real life great hero. It is here that there is a challenge before Narendra Modi and also a challenge before the people of the country. It should be assumed that in the next two months Narendra Modi will be seen busy working. He will keep aside the Sangh, the Bharatiya Janata Party for the next three years, and if he can bring about change in the lives of poor people in the country, Dalits, backward classes, upper class poor, there are changes in the lives of the Muslims, then these issues which we call Babri Masjid, Ram Janambhoomi or Article 370 or the Common Civil Code do not have a relationship with life, but have a relationship with our minds. If Narendra Modi is successful in changing the lives of the people, he can easily be successful and can easily solve these issues. But if he engages himself first to these issues and changes do not come about in the lives of the people, there will a question mark on his great hero personality. It should be hoped that no question mark gets attached to Narendra Modi and the huge opportunity which has been given to him by the people, by history, will play a big role in changing this country for the better.