March 24 – 30, 2014

Team GS

Minorities in India including in Goa have been very anxious about the possibility of Narendra Modi becoming the next Prime Minister because they cannot forget the horrific images of 2002 when there was genocide of Muslims in Gujarat under Modi’s watch. And last week’s meeting in Margao of Ahmedabad-based Jesuit priest, Fr Cedric Prakash, a known opponent of Modi, bore out this trepidation. Election officials and

The BJP’s dirty tricks

Modi’s and of course, his groupie, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s dirty tricks department at work, would’nt you say?

Baba Ramdev and Narendra ModiCut to the Sunday meeting of Modi and yoga Guru Baba Ramdev at the Pragati Maidan in Delhi – the second time in two months that the two have come together – where the yoga guru’s supporters were such fans of Modi that they paid scant attention to their guru! So there’s no complaint from an anonymous source about Baba Ramdev’s supporters at an election meeting, although one could say this was a meeting where yoga was being showcased by a self-acknowledged yoga proponent. No police, except to bring enthusiastic supporters to heel.

No police when Baba Ramdev told a press conference in Ahmedabad early last month: “Starting from March 1, all my supporters will fan out in the country and go from door-to-door to reach at least 50,00,00,000 voters.” His quest is “Dharmayuddha 2014”, so blatant is his imagery steeped in Hindu mythology, so that “Modi wins with a clear majority of 300 seats.” So what is sauce for the goose is certainly not sauce for the gander.

Poetic Justice

It was left to religious leader Swaroopanand Saraswati of Dwarka, who spoke to the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mohan Bhagwat, to express his displeasure over the use of religious slogans to promote Modi. He was referring to the slogan “Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi”. One might quibble that all he was objecting to was that God was getting hijacked by the Modi camp, but he was not put off by a political party appropriating religion.

Anyway his complaint had Modi, in a rare feat of humility, posting on Twitter “Some enthusiastic supporters are using slogan Har Har Modi. I respect their enthusiasm but request (them) not to use this slogan in the future.”