Why Kejri is good for Modi and India

A week is a long time in politics. And a lot of water has flown down the Yamuna this past week. There is now a new 'chhote sarkar' in Delhi and that's making the bade sarkaar a whole lot better. Here's a glimpse of what's happened in the last seven days
1) The Modi government has restarted talks with Pakistan.
2) The PM has made his first, direct outreach to the Christian community
3) The government has now reached out to the opposition, even called an all-party meeting before the Budget session for the smooth passage of bills. There was no such meeting before the previous winter session.
4) The RSS has now reacted unequivocally against the fringe elements asking them not to embarrass the government and the Prime Minister.
5) There will soon be a new government in Jammu and Kashmir between the PDP and BJP.
6) The PM's chosen man Dattatreya Hosabale will soon replace Bhaiyyaji Joshi as the pointsman between the government and the mother ship.
All of this has happened after Arvind Kejriwal's remarkable victory in the Delhi polls. The Prime Minister has realised his promise of achche din now needs to be met with action. All it took for the honeymoon to get over and the halo to slip was eight months. And that is forcing the Prime minister to up his game.
The theory of relativity plays a lot in politics. In 2014, Modi was squared against 10 years of an extremely unpopular Manmohan Singh government. He also had to merely contend with the pedestrian political skills of a Rahul Gandhi.
Mr. Modi promised India a dream and a large majority of Indians bought into that dream. Eight months on, Mr. Modi is the new Manmohan Singh. Or atleast that was the impression until the Delhi elections. He was seen as particularly quiet on the fringe elements of the Sangh, on ghar wapsi and on the attacks on Christians.
But he didn't find a compelling enough reason to make the phone call to Jhandewalan and ask the Sangh's shenanigans to rein the fringe in. The 10th of February gave him that excuse.
One of the reasons why Modi was such a successful Chief Minister was because he was able to keep the VHP, Bajrang Dal and other fringe Sangh outfits at arm's length. It's part of folklore now how little love is lost between Modi and VHP leader Pravin Togadia. For more than a decade under Modi, Togadia was virtually banned from entering Gujarat. The Prime Minister now realises he needs to do the same at the all-India level. Hence we have seen messages from the RSS top brass to the cadres not to do anything that will embarrass the Prime Minister or the government.
This verdict will do another good. It will shake up Mr. Modi from walking in the clouds and bring him down to earth. An auto driver explained the Delhi verdict to me so succinctly, "Modiji achche hain. Lekin who international level pe chalte hain, Obama ke saath. Lekin hamare kaam karne keliye koi local banda chahiye. Woh Kejriwal hain." (Modiji is a nice man. But he is at the international level with Obama. For solving our problems we need someone at the local level. That person is Kejriwal.) more  

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If both become catalysts for each other, have a healthy competetion as to who delivers more and faster, Delhi can change for better in no time. more  
Modi and Kejrival have got the clear mandate for their respective governments in Centre and Delhi. Both can deliver good things if they are honest and sincere about the Country. Both say Bharat Mata ki jai. But they should not befool Bharatvasis (the children of Bharat). They both can deliver good results as their minds are clear and thinkiong of the present era. more  
I hope and wish your hope comes true. My generation has seen one V P Singh who mesmerised us in late 80s - India had to suffer for those actions for nearly 2 decades. India needs a leader who can think above parochial considerations like religion and caste. We do require honestly shrewd politician who can take up the challenges and deliver unlike Mr. Modi who has spent 8 months doing nothing except changing names of Govt Departments, commissions and Schemes. more  
Sir, How can Modi & AK deliver together? To Modi AK is AK49/Naxalite in jungle/badnaseeb/BJP minister(Sitaraman-AK is "chor"/Nupur Sharma-AK is Bandar.
The whole country witnessed these shameful acts of Modi/BJP
But Modi is succumbing to AK's(strong bond of Delhities-67/70) pressure.
Modi has 2 release Delhi's share whatsoever timely.
Modi will nt 4get the thrashing defeat at Delhi, in spite of putting all his ministers/200MPs/all BJP-CMs AGAINST ONE MAN- AK"SACHHAII ME BARA TAGHAT HOTA HAI".
Modi will nt dare to take risk(confronting AK) at least next 5yrs.
Subrata Guha more  
True reflections, nice to see these reflections in against of Indian Politics. We are expecting the same since long time. more  
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