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Modi at Fatehpur: From qabristan to shamshan – old habits die hard
I do often wonder, why old habits are so enduring that even when we gain insight about their damaging effects, we refuse of surrender or get rid of them? How can we explain such behavior that goes against our own self-interest? For the moment we then ask: "what was the idea behind the silly outburst?" And sadly, the answer is: "not too much thinking was involved in that. It might have been a spontaneous nervous reaction propelled by fear".

The difference between a statesman and a politician is – A politician is taken away by the situation, his personal goals are supreme than any national interest. He is a nervous individual who is afraid of losing his clout, his present and of a darker road ahead; a statesman suffers no such handicap or fear. He is calm and his deliberative system guides him with slow rational thinking. 

Everyday snap judgments are made by the impulsive system without processing information. The impulsive system is relatively effortless and spontaneous – outcome of acquired habits. While a politician's speech is delivered on impulsive system, a statesman expresses his ideas on the basis of deliberative system. Self-control failure implies that these two systems come into conflict with each other. An impulsive politician is often the victim of depression, fear of loneliness, self-hate and anger. Often we can detect a pattern in the utterances of such leaders.

Those who are following the rise of Modi from a CM of a small state like Gujarat to the musical chairs of Delhi could easily recall the cascade of provocative speeches he had been delivering along the way. No one knows who would win on 11 March, 2017. However, if one could read the writing on the wall and body language, it looks that the Prime Minister is losing his poise and his arguments doesn't behoove the august office of the nation he occupies. He is personally hitting the small-timers like Prajapati and making the statements that are out of context and outdated also.

To put it mildly – an anachronistic one. Recently, while talking about ending discrimination between Hindus and Muslims and promoting his 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' cliche at Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur district, he said, "Gaon mein agar kabristan banta hai, to gaon mein shamshaan bhi banana chahiye. Agar Ramzan me bijli militi hai, to Diwali me bhi milni chahiye. Agar Holi me bijli milti hai, to Eid par bhi bijli milni chahiye. Bhedbhav nahin hona chahiye (If a village gets a graveyard, it should get a cremation ground too. If there is electricity during Ramzan, there should be electricity during Diwali too. If there is electricity during Holi, there should be electricity during Eid too. There should not be any discrimination)."

Everyone knows that the situation of electric supply, though not fully satisfactory, is far better than it was in past. Apart from technical genuine reasons, the power supply was never denied to any community. The dragging of qabristan and shamshan topics is nothing but a ploy, an attempt to polarise the voters at this critical juncture. The reality is the he is increasingly displaying nervousness as the successful tie-up between Congress and SP could prove to be the game changer and ultimate Waterloo for his 2019 dreams. Shri Narendra Modi is making all efforts to pull all Hindus towards the BJP.

On Twitter, the very first reaction came from Congress leader Salman Anees Soz who called the Prime Minister desperate, divisive and dangerous and went on to express surprise on his appointment as the top leader of the country.

"How did this man become PM of Gandhi's India? #desperate #divisive #dangerous #UPElection2017," tweeted Soz. He also advised the Prime Minister to build up a sports field where kids from any religion can play together. "B4 kabristan & shamshaan, we should have a khel maidaan where Hindu, Muslim, & kids of other faiths can play together. #AllianceRattledModi," he added.

It is too early to talk about election results but the nation expects a better and sober campaign from its Prime Minister. Winning and losing are part of the game of politics, but tearing apart the social fabric for ephemeral success is too a high a price that would take much longer to clear the pother.

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