Who is more dangerous for India – Arvind Kejriwal or Narendra Modi? By Pran Kurup

This is a question that India needs to answer. But a recent article titled ‘Arvind Kejriwal: The most dangerous man in India’ has ventured to supply a one-sided answer to this question. The title is as catchy as it is misleading if not subversive. The ensuing ‘analysis’ is sadly not borne out by facts but relies on obfuscation and rhetoric. The tragic outcome is that many pertinent facts have been buried beneath the rubble of unsubstantiated allegations and sinister accusations. On the whole the article is an anti-Kejriwal diatribe disguised as an intellectual treatise.

While conferring on Modi the respectable halo of a “firebrand Hindu nationalist”, the writer goes on to indulge in pure speculation and sweeping generalizations about Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.

Here are some samples:

“Kejriwal spent his time in office preening for the cameras.”

“The last thing the country needs is a charismatic populist who portrays foreign investors as exploiters and Indian businessmen as crooks.”

“Journalists who question this shooting-from-the-hip style are immediately dismissed as being on the take.”

“India is better off with Citizen Kejriwal as a maverick on the sidelines rather than as a serious contender for power.”

Every cloud has a silver lining, though. The writer rightly observes that AAP has changed the grammar of Indian politics. However, while conceding that Kejriwal, unlike Modi and Rahul Gandhi, is not a career politician, and describing him as a man of merit, perseverance and raw courage, the writer goes on to add that Kejriwal’s “economic ideas are a blueprint for disaster.” This criticism is prompted by the fact that Kejriwal halved the power tariffs in Delhi and supplied subsidized water to residents. He adds, “He had claimed, without evidence, that private power companies were cooking the books to gouge consumers.” Perhaps, the author should rely on more authentic research before arriving at such conclusions. The AAP government had demanded an audit of the power companies and got it approved within five days, something the BJP and Congress governments could not accomplish in years.

The writer mentions that Kejriwal had passed two tough national level competitive examinations – for entrance to the prestigious IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and later for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) job. He agrees that the Jan Lokpal and Swaraj are two “big ideas” for which Kerjiwal deserves credit. Yet he pulls the carpet from beneath the feet of the fledgling AAP by adding a loose observation that ‘India’s gargantuan democracy…..doesn’t usually favor newcomers.” Again, he is completely off the mark. The truth is that Indian democracy has a history of making dramatic choices. It would do well to remember how the DMK came to power in Tamilnadu in 1967 simultaneously winning all the 25 Parliament seats the party had contested, how MGR led the newly formed AIADMK to power in the seventies, and how NTR burst upon the Andhra scene in March 1982 and swept the polls in January 1983.The most recent instance of the AAP’s spectacular success in the Delhi Assembly election is only a case of history repeating itself.

AAP candidates have filed their nominations from over 400 seats (a record in Indian politics) without “the organization, rural name recognition and grassroots support outside Delhi.” Therein lies the beauty of Indian democracy. It echoes what Arvind Kejriwal has been admitting all along, “If the people want it, the candidates will rise from among the people irrespective of organizational structure and resources”.

The writer says, “Despite frequently attacking Modi for using private jets, Kejriwal hopped onto one himself in early March to return to Delhi in time for a speech at a high-profile media conclave.” conveniently ignoring the critical fact that Kejriwal disclosed who arranged for his flight while the source of funds for Modi’s incessant jet setting campaign trips on corporate sponsored jets remains a mystery.

The writer opines “Countries became rich before they became clean…” implying that we should focus on getting rich and corruption will automatically fade away – a variation of the failed US Republican theory of trickledown economics perhaps? Please, thank you, but no thank you. Nowhere has the AAP argued that we should stop growing the economy while fixing corruption. In fact, a survey conducted by TOI showed a noticeable decrease in corruption even during the brief AAP rule in Delhi.

The writer seems to be particularly irked by Kerjiwal’s decision to run against Modi in Varansai. If the so-called Modi wave is in the ascendant, why should anybody worry about a puny challenger like Kejriwal? Besides, why should Modi contest from two constituencies?

Most importantly, the writer has little to say about Modi completely avoiding the media. If Modi has such a stellar record why won’t he speak to the media? Why won’t he take up Kejriwal’s offer for an open debate? In this day and age when communication technologies are revolutionizing the world does India need a leader who won’t speak to them, a leader who has nothing to say on the critical issues du jour – article 377 , oil and gas price, jobs, farmer suicides, FDI in retail, to name a few.

The AAP leadership has articulated that India’s number one enemy is corruption, followed by dynasty politics, communal elements and criminals in parliament – none of which seems to have caught the writer’s attention. If this makes Arvind Kejriwal dangerous for India, most Indians would say, “so be it”.

Who is more dangerous – a down to earth, outspoken, fearless leader or one who gallavants on corporate sponsored jets from one snazzy campaign venue to another with a carefully crafted public image fueled by unaccounted PR expenses?

This is a decision that the people of India will soon have to make. Let’s wait and see. more  

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I'm Modi supporter and hence want to dedicate a few wise lines for an understanding youth on this forum dedicated to support AAP, Congress Etc.

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long
Each in his own opinion stiff and strong
Though each was partly in the right
And all were in the wrong!

You know why I said so? Because Each AAP, Congress supporter has his right and opinion but thinking that he is always right is like living in a fools heaven.
The AAP is ignoring the fact of ground reality. A leader is a generation of the masses, As like AK, Modi and Sonia. As I've said India's Public mentality is not on par with mentality of Switzerland, US, UK citizens. Hence the fact that Kejriwal is the wisest of all the world leaders can be outrightly be denied!
As previously said that a leader is an image of the society mindset. So half baked practical democracy without considering the security implications, independence in the name of corruption is also outrightly be denied.
First AAP needs to point out are they really for the non-corrupt, then how does Kejriwal said that "Main Delhi ka fakir hoon is waqt meri jeb mein sirf 500 Rs. hai with the affidavit projecting the value of movable and immovable assets to 2.07 crores" Speaking lies is also corruption.
Taken that for a greater good he speaks of a small lie, in the interest of the nation. Then the whole question arises that why a leader needs to lie. The answer is simple, As previously said that Indian society is not the Swiss, European or US mentality.
It is an established fact that everyone is corrupt "hamam mein sab nange hai" more  
Dear Editor,
Aaj TakTV .
SUB : MEDIA FALSEHOOD - AAJ TAK TV DEBATE 5pm ON 23/04/2014.

Media is deliberately twisting facts to help their old friends "THE CONGRESS ". Media very well knows that SHAHI IMAM or any others Muslim cleric for that matter has never supported and will ever support BJP come what may . But media is not tired of balancing debates of Muslim tactical voteing calls by contriving wrong theories and notions . It is only in India and no where else in the world that Media spreads falsehood for the viewers. Point in question is as under .

Again and again , the question is raised by Media Anchors that in 2004 SHAHI IMAM supported BJP . The factual position is that SHAHI IMAM never supported BJP . HIS WORDS WERE " BJP IS NOT UNTOUCHABLE". Can any right thinking person term it as support . NOT AT ALL . At the most it can mean vote for any body .

The only reason behind is timid media anchor's Hindu psyche who is afraid of being seen standing against Muslim schools of thought and perceived to be communal . MAY GOD bless these pseudo secular anchors . more  
Dear Editor,
Aaj TakTV .
SUB : MEDIA FALSEHOOD - AAJ TAK TV DEBATE 5pm ON 23/04/2014.

Media is deliberately twisting facts to help their old friends "THE CONGRESS ". Media very well knows that SHAHI IMAM or any others Muslim cleric for that matter has never supported and will ever support BJP come what may . But media is not tired of balancing debates of Muslim tactical voteing calls by contriving wrong theories and notions . It is only in India and no where else in the world that Media spreads falsehood for the viewers. Point in question is as under .

Again and again , the question is raised by Media Anchors that in 2004 SHAHI IMAM supported BJP . The factual position is that SHAHI IMAM never supported BJP . HIS WORDS WERE " BJP IS NOT UNTOUCHABLE". Can any right thinking person term it as support . NOT AT ALL . At the most it can mean vote for any body .

The only reason behind is timid media anchor's Hindu psyche who is afraid of being seen standing against Muslim schools of thought and perceived to be communal . MAY GOD bless these pseudo secular anchors . more  
SUB : COUNTRY IN DANGER OF ANTI INDIA FORCES.

So long as the graph of BJP was down and SONIA's Congress was in ascendance , the Christian community of the country maintained a secular image . As soon as the position reversed , these Christians came into their true colours . Two examples are being quoted here to prove the point .

1. Till a year ago Mr N. RAM of The Hindu group was strong critic of UPA Govt for its various scams , corruption , price rise and black money . I heard him articulating very strong anti UPA views on TV debates . Now , seeing the possibility of NDA forming Govt , N. Ram has reversed its stated position and has become strong critic of Narendra Modi's development plank . It is difficult for him to see a Christian family losing power .

2. The same is the case with Father FRAZER , the Principal of St Xavier's college Mumbai who has suddenly woken up a day before elections to go viral with email criticising NaMo to prevent formation of NDA Govt.

3. Hindu in its own land is not at all communal , it is the minorities of this country who are communanal . They remain secular only when they are benefited through an communal outfit of their liking at the center like UPA in power .No sooner , they perceive a majority community Govt coming to power , they reveal their true colours . Minority's goal in INDIA is a destabilized shaky INDIA. It serves their purpose if poor of this country remain poor , illiterate , hungry, begging , fighting amongst themselves . They do not wish to see a progressive ,surging , strong INDIA in worlds centre stage . This dents their conversions plank in poor INDIA .

4. Since independence , minorities have been anti Hindu . But after 2002 , they got an anti Hindu platform funded by foreign inimical powers , foreign funded NGOs , Christian missions abroad , left leaning historians and parties , minority religious institutions within the country. All of them started an ANTI MODI industry in the country to brow beat BJP . Post independence , a thousand riots may have taken place .

BUT.

Does anyone remember
who the chief minister of Maharashtra was during the Mumbai riots
which were no less deadly than the Gujarat riots of 2002?

Does anyone recall the name of the chief minister of UP during
Malliana and Meerut riots or that of the Bihar CM when the Bhagalpur
or Jamshedpur riots under Congress regimes took place?

Do we hear names of earlier chief ministers of Gujarat under whose
charge, hundreds of riots took place in post-Independence India?

Does anyone remember who was in-charge of Delhi's security when
the 1984 massacre of Sikhs took place in the capital of India?

How come Narendra Modi has been singled out as the Devil Incarnate as
if he personally carried out all the killings during the
riots of 2002?"

It therefore proves that it is anti modi industry'S virtual platform which they have created and are continuing to foster to achieve ANTI BJP anti india anti hindu AGENDA . more  
SUB : COUNTRY IN DANGER OF ANTI INDIA FORCES.

So long as the graph of BJP was down and SONIA's Congress was in ascendance , the Christian community of the country maintained a secular image . As soon as the position reversed , these Christians came into their true colours . Two examples are being quoted here to prove the point .

1. Till a year ago Mr N. RAM of The Hindu group was strong critic of UPA Govt for its various scams , corruption , price rise and black money . I heard him articulating very strong anti UPA views on TV debates . Now , seeing the possibility of NDA forming Govt , N. Ram has reversed its stated position and has become strong critic of Narendra Modi's development plank . It is difficult for him to see a Christian family losing power .

2. The same is the case with Father FRAZER , the Principal of St Xavier's college Mumbai who has suddenly woken up a day before elections to go viral with email criticising NaMo to prevent formation of NDA Govt.

3. Hindu in its own land is not at all communal , it is the minorities of this country who are communanal . They remain secular only when they are benefited through an communal outfit of their liking at the center like UPA in power .No sooner , they perceive a majority community Govt coming to power , they reveal their true colours . Minority's goal in INDIA is a destabilized shaky INDIA. It serves their purpose if poor of this country remain poor , illiterate , hungry, begging , fighting amongst themselves . They do not wish to see a progressive ,surging , strong INDIA in worlds centre stage . This dents their conversions plank in poor INDIA .

4. Since independence , minorities have been anti Hindu . But after 2002 , they got an anti Hindu platform funded by foreign inimical powers , foreign funded NGOs , Christian missions abroad , left leaning historians and parties , minority religious institutions within the country. All of them started an ANTI MODI industry in the country to brow beat BJP . Post independence , a thousand riots may have taken place .

BUT.

Does anyone remember
who the chief minister of Maharashtra was during the Mumbai riots
which were no less deadly than the Gujarat riots of 2002?

Does anyone recall the name of the chief minister of UP during
Malliana and Meerut riots or that of the Bihar CM when the Bhagalpur
or Jamshedpur riots under Congress regimes took place?

Do we hear names of earlier chief ministers of Gujarat under whose
charge, hundreds of riots took place in post-Independence India?

Does anyone remember who was in-charge of Delhi's security when
the 1984 massacre of Sikhs took place in the capital of India?

How come Narendra Modi has been singled out as the Devil Incarnate as
if he personally carried out all the killings during the
riots of 2002?"

It therefore proves that it is anti modi industry'S virtual platform which they have created and are continuing to foster to achieve ANTI BJP anti india anti hindu AGENDA . more  
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