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Indian politics, Narendra Modi and change process: Non Resident Indians speak out
The largest democratic country in the world, with the highest number of political parties and variety of political issues is India. But due to the depressing political scenario in the country, many people are least bothered about the political scenario in the country. But it is not same with the Non Resident Indians. Though not residing in the country, many of them continue to keep a track of active Indian politics and feel strongly about the various issues.

One of our Citizen Journalist talked to few NRIs to get their views on Indian politics. Does the country's political and economic situation, despite huge unearthed potential, puts them to shame when they introduce themselves as Indians?

 When asked to Doolooa Atma, a former Chairman- State Trading Corporation of Mauritius shares his view on this topic, he straightly blames our culture. “It is simply disgusting to see the state of things in the present condition. I presume that large segments of the population do not themselves know that they are suffering and this factor helps the political leadership and the owners of capital to further exploit the naivete and fatalistic attitude of the people. The roots of the problems are in our culture.”

 Whereas, Vidya Kamate, a phD student from Kellogg school of managment, Evanston Illinois, says that she is neither ashamed nor angry with the corruption and poverty in India, as these are the problems which are existing since independence. She gives a positive picture and sees a ray of hope towards development of our country, “There has been increasing awareness and coverage in mainstream press about these issues in recent years, which is partly because of the Right to Information Act. Increased attention to these issues actually makes me hopeful that public pressure on these issues is mounting so as to force the government to take positive action.”

For many Non Resident Indians, Narendra Modi is a brand resembling to the revival hope. Tungala Suresh, a phD student in Germany and Srinivas Allamsetty, a software engineer at Canada are upbeat about seeing Modi represent India as Prime Minister of the country.  Tungala says, “I have read that Gujarat is quite happening these days because of Narendra Modi and I foresee him as PM. Surely he might bring changes in national level.”  Srinivas echoes the same line of thought and also adds that most of his Indian friend circle will root for Modi in the coming election.  

But then there are exceptions too. Srikanth Karuparthy been staying out of country for 12 years now and feels that despite the positives, Modi may not be a suitable representation to India's secular image. “I personally believe Narendra Modi has the potential to bring at least some change. But his non-secular views will not make Muslims feel secure in the country.”

In the same lines, Nisath Nazar, a journalist from Muscat says, “I would think that Modi is a very capable statesman, but one incident has tarnished his image beyond repair. If not for his sullen reaction to the 2002 Gujarat riots, I think he would have been prime minister even last election. His chances are there, provided people consider him not responsible for any action or inaction during the riots.”

But majority of the Indians residing outside the country, when asked about Modi raises a potent counter thought - why look up to a single person to save us out of the misery? Why cannot the citizens take ownership of the change process? Why do we not see a social revolution like Egypt or Syria happening in this country? The answer probably lies in Atma Dooloa's analysis. “The character and the gene of the Indian has been shaped by thousands of years of living in servitude and cultural tyranny. The feudal society has taught him to accept things as Karma. I do not think that the Indian should go the Arab way either. There is a civilization revolt, a revolt against the new Puritanism. Islam is a new recent religion, it is attempting to stabilize. India should not import everything from abroad. India must find home grown solutions to its problems,” he says. 

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