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The lowest depth of politics
“The demonic do things they should avoid and avoid the things they should do… Hypocritical, proud, and arrogant, living in delusion and clinging to their deluded ideas, insatiable in their desires, they pursue unclean ends… Bound on all sides by scheming and anxiety, driven by anger and greed, they amass by any means they can a hoard of money for the satisfaction of their cravings… Self-important, obstinate, swept away by the pride of wealth, they ostentatiously perform sacrifices without any regard for their purpose. Egotistical, violent, arrogant, lustful, angry, envious of everyone, they abuse my presence within their own bodies and in the bodies of others” - The Bhagwat Gita.

An Urdu Poet has said - “Likhte rahe Junoon ki hikayat-e-khoon chakan, har chand is men haath hamare qalam hue.” We continued to write the stories of fanatics soaked in blood - undeterred even if the hands were to be chopped.” Here ‘qalam’ has double meaning – Pen, as a noun and chopping as verb. The story of NaMo is cluttered with mayhem, confusion, shocks and surprise.

The other day, coming out the polling booth at Ranip, Ahmedabad, Modi took a selfie, holding his party's symbol - a metal lotus - with his inked finger, he continued to display for considerable time the symbol as he addressed the press. No one knows if NaMo was aware of Section 126 of Representation of People Act 1951 and Section 188 of IPC while flouting his recalcitrance.

Of course, nothing much is expected in this clouded atmosphere. However, somewhere in this dark situation this action of EC reminded that the law of the land still exists. The EC called for action in its communication to the Gujarat Chief Secretary and Director General of Police. Stating that it had “seen the video recording of the address by Modi. From the substance, tone and tenor of the address and the manner in which the symbol, lotus, of the BJP was being displayed by him…. thereby displaying to the public election matter by means of television in areas going to polls today, it is evident that it was in the nature of political speech intended and calculated to influence and affect the result of elections in the constituencies going to polls today, not only in Ahmedabad but also in all other constituencies in Gujarat and elsewhere in the country”. The poll panel said it was “of the view that by holding that meeting… when the polling is going on in the entire state of Gujarat and in different parts of the country, Modi has violated the provisions of Sections 126 (1) (a) and 126 (l) (b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.”

It further directed that “complaints/ FIRs as the case may be” should be filed against Modi and “all others who were involved in the convening and holding of the said meeting”. It said “if any restrictions have been imposed by the competent authority in Ahmedabad under Section 144 of CrPC, then complaints/ FlR should also be made under Section 188 of IPC”. Only the time will tell how far the sincere and consistent efforts of EC would be effective.

A dispassionate future historian, irrespective of the results of 2014 election, would never fail to chronicle the salient features of this election. From Iron Man of India – Sardar Patel to martyr for Mother India – Vikram Batra, Modi has used anybody and everybody to capture the votes. He never called his real heroes Guru Golwalkar or Deen Dayal. It raises many eyebrows when I say these are dark times. Indian Media that could have been the backbone against communalism, fascism and pseudo-capitalism has surrendered its responsibilities the whole hog. They are bereft of will power and some of them brazenly colluding with Modi and RSS.

They never ask uneasy questions about the criminality of Gujarat; they never grill Modi about Snoopgate and fake encounters. Even a child could descry these ‘fixed and foxed interviews’ and the laced praises creamed to put a rosy picture of Gujarat and Modi. Every answer of Modi is greeted and accepted with a benign smile. The spineless media has willy nilly almost put all its eggs in Modi basket. Gujarat riots are simply forgotten if not forgiven by the victims. Narendra Modi's PR machinery has successfully implanted the new dreams to droop the memories and conscience of the nation. Let us wait for 16 th May.

These so-called brave guardians of free press never tell Modi that one of his key state minister had reported to have taken over a police control room in 2002, in Ahmedabad on the first day of the carnage, issuing directions not to rescue Muslims in danger of being killed.
“Voter lists were also reportedly used to identify and target Muslim community members”
Source: Report of Human Rights Watch, April 2002, Vol. 14, No. 3(C).

Did they ever ask Modi about the following comments of various courts?

“The modern day ‘Neros’ were looking elsewhere when Best Bakery and innocent children and helpless women were burning, and were probably deliberating how the perpetrators of the crime can be saved or protected.”

“Law and justice become flies in the hands of these “wanton boys”. When fences start to swallow the crops, no scope will be left for survival of law and order or truth and justice. Public order as well as public interest become martyrs and monuments.”

“From the facts stated above, it appears that accused wants to frustrate the prosecution by unjustified means and it appears that by one way or the other the Addl. Session Judge as well as the APP (Shri Raghuvir Pandya, the public prosecutor in this case at the time was a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and contested elections from Ward 20, Vadodara in the 1996 Corporation Elections on a BJP ticket!) have not taken any interest in discharge of their duties.”
Source: Supreme Court in Zahira Habibulla H Sheikh And Anr vs State Of Gujarat And Ors on 12 April, 2004 CASE NO.: Appeal (crl.) 446-449 of 2004.

These brave heart paper tigers and TV anchors never referred Narendra Modi’s famous reported speech before him:

“For several months, the opposition has been after me to resign. When I did, they did not know what to do and started running to Delhi to seek Madam’s help. They realised that James Michael Lyngdoh, the Election Commissioner of India, is their only saviour. Some journalists asked me recently, “Has James Michael Lyngdoh come from Italy?” I said I don’t have his janam patri, I will have to ask Rajiv Gandhi. Then the journalists said, “Do they meet in church?”. I replied, “Maybe they do.”

James Michael Lyngdoh came and visited Ahmedabad and Vadodara. And then he used asabhya basha (indecent language) with the officials. Gujaratis can never use such language because our rich cultural heritage does not permit it. Then he gave a fatwa ordering that the elections can’t be held. I want to ask him: he has come to this conclusion after meeting only members of the minority community. Are only minority community members citizens of India? Are majority community members not citizens of this country? Is the constitutional body meant only for the minority community? Did he ever bother to meet the relatives of those killed in the Godhra carnage? Why didn’t he meet them? Why didn’t he ask them whether the situation was conducive for polls? Why? James Michael Lyngdoh ( says it slowly with emphasis on Michael), the people of Gujarat are posing a question to you.” - Source: Reported speech of Narendra Modi, September 30, 2002.

Not long ago, in his campaign, addressing the All Traders Gathering at Capital on 27th Feb 2014, NaMo had said: “We don't have to fear global challenges. We can, in fact, convert this into an opportunity and out-run our global rivals. More than our soldiers, it is our traders who are known for their risk-taking capacity."

So no one is surprised when campaigning in Palampur, the Himachal Pradesh hometown of Kargil martyr Vikram Batra, Narendra Modi borrowed his famous catch-phrase to ask for votes: "Yeh Dil Maange More!" It is incidental that Kamal Kanta Batra, the mother of Captain Batra is an AAP candidate from neighboring Hamirpur. She responded with a tart remark - "Modi was in charge of the BJP in Himachal during the Kargil war. He was in Palampur when Vikram died. Why didn't he visit us or any martyrs family then. Why remember us after 15 years?
Vikram Batra's father said, "The BJP must not drag his name into politics." The Batra family also challenged Mr Modi to withdraw the BJP's candidate against the hero's mother "if he feels so indebted to martyrs." They have accused the BJP's prime ministerial candidate of being a "pseudo patriot" and has challenged him to a debate on the welfare of soldiers.

I’m not sure if this article would see the light of the day !

“His eyes blaze and sparkle, his whole face is crimson with blood that surges from the lowest depths of the heart, his lips quiver, his teeth are clenched, his hair bristles and stands on end, his breathing is forced and harsh, his joints crack from writhing, he groans and bellows, bursts out into speech with scarcely intelligible words, strikes his hands together continually, and stamps the ground with his feet; his whole body is excited and performs great angry threats; it is an ugly and horrible picture of distorted and swollen frenzy - you cannot tell if this vice is more execrable or more hideous.” - Seneca

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