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138. Why Narendra should never be India’s Prime Minister! The idea of Modi as Prime Minister is a pipe dream…

April 14, 2012

I am an admirer of Sonia Gandhi. I would not have been an admirer of hers if she were India’s Prime Minister. Whether she failed or succeeded would not matter but the fact that someone not born in the country running the government as Prime Minister would be upsetting.

I am a fan of hers because she did not grab power when she could have on two occasions. In 1991 when her husband died and in 2004 when her party won the general Election under her leadership. I am also a fan of hers because she, as a rank outsider has respected the sensitivities of several million Indians who would not have liked her to be Prime Minister.

I am also a fan of Manmohan Singh because of what he did to India between 1991 and 1996 and for his impeccable credentials. I am not a big fan of the Congress party though. There is a difference between being a fan or admirer and being a sycophant.

I write this blog as someone who grew up in the 80s and 90s witnessing more holidays at school because of national closures due to politically backed violence rather than because it was summer vacation. I write this blog because I believe that India deserves better than members of dynasties to lead it – be it the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty or the Sangh Parivar dynasty. I write this blog because I love my country more than anything else in the world and want to see it as the real superpower it ought to be by 2030.

Let me come to the point after some beating around the bush. The Indian Prime Minister in the 21st century should have a few attributes and according to me they are:

a)      A good education

b)      A world view

c)       A reliable character whose intentions are widely known

d)      A national-level political experience of having been elected and been part of a central government and

e)      A great understanding of communication since this is an age of connecting

The incumbent (PM Singh) has most of the above qualities. He lacks to some extent the 5th and has faced several brickbats for not communicating with the nation especially during the several scams that has rocked the government. But he belongs to a different school of thought and has mended his ways in recent times embracing social media, meeting members of the press among other things. His personal integrity remains blemish less and his pedigree in unmatchable – which has been criticized but despite all the hue and cry he brings dignity to the office and is recognized for his wisdom by world leaders.

There has been a lot of talk about Rahul Gandhi being a future Prime Minister. But in most interviews he has clearly voiced that he is not interested in the job. Whether he takes up the job or not in the future is another topic but right now there is no vacancy and he has to earn it rather than get it on a platter.

This brings me to the core purpose of this blog. Narendra Modi has been portrayed as the potential Prime Minister candidate by is supporters and by sections of the BJP. Nothing wrong with that but the hurdles are one too many and I can list out 5 reasons why he will not be the Prime Minister of a great nation. After I do that I will list out 5 reasons why he should not be the leader of a country whose fabric is made up of threads that will never let a fallacy happen.

BJP is no different from the Congress except for ideology. They are both full of people who are communal and corrupt. The degrees may differ but the bottom-line is they both practice the two Cs in different ways. The third evil C of Crime is also prevalent in these two large national and semi-national parties. I say semi-national because BJP has a zero presence in some of India’s important states in the form of elected legislators.

Having said that here are the 5 reasons Modi will not be able to be Prime Minister:

a)      In the event of BJP along with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Shiv Sena (SS) get a clear majority. These are the only 2 allies who will not be opposed to Modi as Prime Minsiter. Even Jayalalitha who shows friendly gestures to the BJP and Modi will show her true colours when it comes to a situation of having Modi chosen as Prime Minister. Even if SS and SAD win every Lok Sabha seat in the two states they are based in (61 in total) the BJP will have to get 200 seats on its own in the Rest of India which seems an impossibility given their recent performance in UP where an SP wave will prevail in 2014. Remember UP sends 80 Lok Sabha members.

b)      Let us imagine a scenario were NDA has a comfortable majority, it is highly unlikely it’s currently largest ally the Janata Dal (united) co-led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will allow Narendra Modi to be the choice. The compromise candidate could be Arun Jaitley in that scenario

c)       Let’s imagine a scenario the UPA is routed and NDA has the numbers (in the range of 275) thanks largely to a large chunk from Bihar (around 30) which sends 40 members to the lower house and AIADMK joins the coalition by then and wins another 30 of the 39 seats. And SAD continues its roll in Punjab picking up 10 of the 13 seats. That will mean the BJP has about 200 seats considering their other allies TRS and AGP win 5-6 between them. This will be an unlikely scenario. But if this scenario emerge Nitish and Jayalalitha will both throw in their hat for the top job.

d)      Let’s imagine the miracle of miracle takes place and BJP on its own wins 273 seats, it is highly unlikely that Sushma Swaraj or Arun Jaitley will want to give Modi a chance. In 2014, Advani maybe 85 and will also want his last chance which will obviously not given to him. Then there are Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha and Murli Manohar Joshi who are not pro-Modi who will spoil his party.

e)      Lastly, chances of NDA and BJP coming to power without projecting a PM candidate are bleak. Modi is a double edged sword. If they do not project him he will not find takers later. If they do it is sure shot target to doom with the allies, leave alone at the hustings.

If all these reasons sound shoddy and the moment for Modi to become Prime Minister emerge (super-hypothetical) he SHOULD NOT be for the following reasons:

a)      LACK OF NATIONAL EXPERIENCE: We have seen how a Rajiv Gandhi bungled with inexperience. Managing Gujarat and managing India is not the same. Gujarat is what it is because of the enterprising Gujaratis and the dynamic IAS officers mostly from Tamilnadu and other parts of India who run the show (I have had some of them as clients and seen how superb they are at the job). Narendra Modi was planted in Gujarat the same way some say Manmohan Singh was planted at the centre. But the difference is, one allowed mass murders to take place by inaction in the first 6 months of being sent to Gujarat, while the other is an architect of India in the 21st century. If BJP is serious about Modi why did they not invite him to campaign in UP 2 months ago.

b)      LACK OF CREDENTIALS: What are his qualifications for the job? How much of international diplomacy does he understand or economics does he comprehend. He belongs to an organization that is known for its violent activism which he has shunned for the moment in order to clean up the mess of 2002.

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c)      INABILITY TO MANAGE LAW AND ORDER: India’s best Prime Ministers in the last 2 decades have all come with a fairly clean record. Narasimha Rao, Atal Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh never had fingers pointing at them before they got into power for murder. But their tenure did have the worst incidents of violence in modern times. Babri Masjid demolition during Narasimha Rao’s time. Attack on Parliament, Kargil War and Godhra massacre during Vajpayee’s rule and the Mumbai terror attack during Manmohan Singh’s rule. Corruption and Communalism are both bad. But communalism that kills human beings is any day worse than corruption that kills the economy. People can argue that there has been not a single riot after Godhra in 2002. My response to that is there cannot be. Because riots are a creation of the political class and when they realize that it can prevent them from rising up the hierarchy they ensure it is prevented.

d)      CORRUPTION: While there has always been lack of evidence on how after Pramod Mahajan’s death Modi is the man the BJP depends on for its party finances and that he is the money bags for the party there was no evidence until now. However the recent CAG report proves that theory right.

e)      CRIME: Let’s forget Godhra for a moment. The encounter killings and the fake terror threats are bluffs that have been called. Modi’s right hand man who was his deputy minister for Home is not permitted by the courts to live in his own state because he is capable of tampering evidence. All crimes committed by some of the people in uniform had the tacit blessings of Modi. What is the guarantee he will not repeat such acts if he is given a national role. At best Modi can become the I&B minister in an NDA government at the center.

One must also read these 5 links to get a better insight into the Modus Operandi called Modi




For all those pseudo-Modi fans who feel he has done a great job in Gujarat and he will do the same for India my advice is stop dreaming. Just as I believe a naturalized citizen of foreign origin should not be the Prime Minister of India, a man who allowed innocent lives to be destroyed under his watch should never be the leader of a country that won its freedom from 65 years ago.

We do not need a dynasty person. As much as Sonia and Rahul are form the dynasty, Modi is from the Sangh Dynasty. The difference is that they are not blood relatives in the Sangh but they bay for innocent blood. I’m sure a country of over a billion people will be destined to be ruled by someone we deserve and that someone will emerge from the ranks of people like Nitish Kumar, Arun Jaitley or Pranab Mukherjee.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Bernie Tellis permalink
    April 14, 2012 5:25 am

    I think Narendra Modi would make a good PM – tough,no nonsense & interested in developmental works.If we were to blame everyone who had crimes committed under their watch,,Manmohan Singh should have resigned or been made to,months ago.Corruption ,,scams & crimes of every kind under his watch,plus he has shielded the Guilty.Not to mention the Nehru- Gandhis.Modi was investigated & cross-examined for hours & declared innocent.Get yr. facts ,right !

    • April 16, 2012 10:10 pm

      No innocence has been declared yet. I’m not getting into the discussion on whether he will or not be a good PM. My point is why he should not be the PM and also even if he hast to how the BJP and NDA won’t let him get there.

  2. JGN permalink
    April 15, 2012 7:42 am

    Greatness was thrust upon Ms.Sonia Gandhi by the spineless and shameless Congressmen who could not find just one Indian worth leading them from a billion-plus population. What is the qualification of Ms.Sonia to head the so-called grand old party except the virtue of marrying into the Nehru-Gandhi family?

    • April 16, 2012 10:08 pm

      Nothing stops you from joining the Congress with a group of supporters and challengingher authority.

      • JGN permalink
        April 17, 2012 7:59 am

        LMAO!!!! Is that an answer to my question???

      • April 20, 2012 10:44 pm

        The question you ask is invalid as the point is about Modi being put in his chair by the RSS. If Godhra did not happen he would have never won an election. We will have an answer in Karnataka next year. If a riot does not happen BJP will never come back to power. Having said that I think the Congress is a bunch of losers for electing Sonia as the President.

  3. JGN permalink
    April 23, 2012 9:38 am

    1) My question was in response to the first sentence of your article “I am an admirer of Sonia Gandhi”………………….then how is that invalid?

    2) If Godhra did not happen he would have never won an election……………… the Muslims very generously helped Mr. Narendra Modi to come to power!! What an Idea Sirji!!

    3) We will have an answer in Karnataka next year. If a riot does not happen BJP will never come back to power………………………..why BJP came to power in Karnataka for the first time? Was that also due to some “riots” engineered by them??

    • April 24, 2012 10:56 pm

      Fair enough – so my point to that is that I admire her for not grabbing the PM’s job when she could have done it legally, constitutionally and maybe rightfully (as Party President).

      On your second point let me make it clear the government in power has made it unofficial policy to hate the minority community and the passive majority who is definitely not communal by nature has taken the bait of voting in large numbers, the minority does not even find their names in voters list – so there goes

      BJP came to power for the first time through horse trading and operation lotus which the former CM is paying a price for

      I am moving on from this to my latest blog on 30 Presidential hopefuls…

      • JGN permalink
        April 25, 2012 5:48 am

        1) She had tried to become the PM and miserably failed!!! She had ran to the them Presidnet APJ once and on another occassion she listened to her “inner voice”!!!! Either you do not remember that or you are too ashamed to admit that!!

        2) Your second reply is not even worth commenting.

        3) Which other part has not indulged in horse-trading? I think a better term would be donkey-trading!

      • April 25, 2012 2:48 pm

        Disagree. There is no proof she staked power for herself. The only time she staked power for herself she handed over the baton to PM Singh.

        On the second point you don’t want to admit 😉

        On the third point I do not disagree with parties across being corrupt across the board but BJP promised to be different and has not lived up to it. That’s why Sadanand Gowda is not giving up the chair for Yedyurappa.

  4. JGN permalink
    April 25, 2012 5:35 pm

    1) It seems you are too young to remember Ms.Sonia Gandhi running to the then President, APJ Abdul Kalam, after Vajpayee Govt resigned for want of just one MP thinking that all those who opposed BJP govt would support her!! Some uncomfortable questions from the then President only stopped her from becoming the PM at that time. Do you remember the drama over her “inner voice”???

    2) I do not hold any brief to defend Narendra Modi or any other politician but the hate-modi cottage industry has corssed all limits. Whether Modi or XYZ was the CM at that time, the Gujarat riots might have taken place in the wake of burning alive one compartment full of passengers. Pl see this article:

    3) As per your own admission, every other political party is corrupt. Then why do expect only the BJP to be an all-saints party? Are they not made of the same genetic stock?

    • April 27, 2012 9:02 pm

      While young I am and I am happy to discuss/debate with you I see you are hell bent on creating fiction from fact. Sonia did not run to claim PM for herself but for the party like she did in 2004. In the first instance had she got the chance the mantle to run the government would have fallen on Dr Singh. She proved it in 2004. I’m not pro Congress but I may be anti Advani and Modi for breeding hatred in a peaceful country. I do not love or hate anyone but BJP claimed to be a party with a difference. Today is proof of how they are not different. Both the Congress and BJP need to shut down and restart.

  5. Bishwajeet Parichha permalink
    April 26, 2012 8:04 am

    I do personally feel that the next Prime Minister of India should be highly esteemed lady, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi or her beloved son, Shri. Rahul Gandhi. May God bless our Nation.

  6. July 12, 2012 11:19 pm

    After a long time I saw a sensible post from someone abut Indian politics. Indians love “miracle” people. Right now majority of the ill informed and easily impressed online folks are hardcore Modi supporters believing he is some kind of elixir to our problems. But he is not and will not come to power also. I see many scary parallels to the support modi has today compared to the support Hitler had..In both cases, people were sick and tired of the ruling elite…and gave power to him and later they all paid the consequences.
    What kind of PM will we have who cannot even get a visa to go abroad…He will have to attend UN meetings via videophone. Even Ahmadinejad gets a visa to the US!!!

    • July 13, 2012 3:28 pm

      Thanks for reading the blog and commenting. I have nothing personal against Modi but I know he will never be allowed by his own party to be Prime Minister.

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