'If BJP works against its own interests, we may see a UPA III'

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Bangalore, Aug 25: Academic and activist Madhu Kishwar on Sunday held an engaging session on Gujarat Chief Minister and the BJP's face for the 2014 elections Narendra Modi, Muslims and the media. Kishwar believes that only Narendra Modi is a leader who takes Mahatma Gandhi's message seriously.

Kishwar's changing stance on Modi

"There was once a time when I actually wrote bad on Modi and how he should be fired and hanged to death for the 2002 riots. But that was before I researched on him." Kishwar started off the seminar with with this sentence saying she did not do her homework before writing that.

But then, after putting in a lot of thoughts like why were people going to former president George Bush, who himself was not a great admirer of Muslim community, to not grant US visa to Modi, she finally decided to find out for herself, the truth about all the controversies.

Several examples about how Muslim communities made progress after Modi came into power were exchanged like, Salim Khan, the father of Bollywood actor Salman Khan once asked why nobody remembered the chief ministers of other states where riots have happened and only Gujarat riots are singled out?

After the SIT and Nanavati Commission reports were also not considered, Kishwar was puzzled and wanted to find out things by herself. The large question mark on why nobody wants to hear good about the development of Gujarat and the development model of Modi still remains.

Talking about the riots of 2002, Kishwar showed slides of letters sent by Modi on the same day as the riots occurred, asking neighbouring states to provide police forces to tackle the mob. But all of them turned their backs. And about the media, it has been hostile towards Modi since day one, thanks to Congress keeping this part of the profession in their pockets. And since then, Congress has been making "sincere efforts" to keep this case dragging.

The Congress critises the Vibrant Gujarat model every time. But they do not concentrate on the actual social elements of the concept like focus on agriculture, solar and wind energy, education, etc and concentrate only on the corporate drama.

The development model of Modi has brought a make-over to several places of Gujarat. She cited examples of the Rann of Kutch. Once believed to be a dry and barren land which people thought they will soon have to abandon and go, is now turned into a beautiful international tourism site in form of the Rann Utsav, which attracts tourists from all over. Not to forget the employment opportunities it brought along. A witness to this change said, "This land was with us always. We don't know what Modiji saw here and now this place is a heaven."

And to contradict the fact that Congress plays as the Modi v/s Muslim factor, she interviewed several Muslims of the state who believe that their community has only developed after Modi came into power and not anything negative. So everyone who thinks that Modi hates Muslims should go talk to them in Gujarat in person.

Madhu Kishwar in Bangalore

Academic-activist Madhu Kishwar spoke on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Bangalore on Sunday.

Madhu Kishwar in Bangalore

Academic-activist Madhu Kishwar in Bangalore on Sunday. To her left is Dr P V Krishna Bhat, Member of Legislative Council and president of Centre for Educational and Social Studies.

 

 

Madhu Kishwar in Bangalore

Academic-activist Madhu Kishwar makes her presentation in Bangalore on Sunday.

Madhu Kishwar in Bangalore

Academic-activist Madhu Kishwar speaks on Narendra Modi, Muslims and the media at a session in Bangalore on Sunday.

Madhu Kishwar in Bangalore

Academic-activist Madhu Kishwar makes her presentation in Bangalore on Sunday.

Madhu Kishwar in Bangalore

The audience at a session in Bangalore on Sunday where academic-activist Madhu Kishwar spoke on Narendra Modi.

Madhu Kishwar in Bangalore

Academic-activist Madhu Kishwar makes her presentation in Bangalore on Sunday.

Madhu Kishwar in Bangalore

The audience lends an ear to academic-activist Madhu Kishwar makes her presentation in Bangalore on Sunday.

The Question-Answer round

As the session got more and more interesting, the audience could not resist but to bombard her with several questions. And she smilingly obliged.

OneIndia asked her: "We understand the marriage between Modi and Gujarat Muslim Community (M Class) is one happy Marriage. It's a direct result of Modi's well conceived - Love and Labour for six crore Gujarati citizens. But, please let us know, by when the marriage between Modi and Rest of the Muslims will be accomplished outside of Gujarat?

Kishwar said: "It is left to the BJP. It all depends upon how BJP jells with Modi's perspectives. It depends, on the 'Types of Candidates' BJP selects for the Lok Sabha elections 2014. If BJP pulls Modi's legs, rub the wrong shoulders, I never know. Can't say anything."

She concluded: "If the BJP works against it's own interests, then we have to prepare ourselves to welcome UPA III." And the crowd acknowledged this statement with a thunderous applause.

It was well attended session held at the Rashtrotthana Shareerika Shikshana Kendra auditorium, Jayanagar Bangalore.

Among the crowd, 4 BJP legislators, 1 MLA and 3 MLCs from Karnataka were also present at the event. Dr P V Krishna Bhat, Member of Legislative Council and president of the Centre for Educational and Social Studies, Bangalore, was present as a guest.

Ashwathnarayan - MLC, Bangalore and B N Vijaya Kumar - MLA, Jayanagar, G. Madhusudan - MLC, were some of the few in the VIP guest list.

About Madhu Kishwar

Madhu Purnima Kishwar is an Indian academic, and writer. She is the Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi, and the Director of the Indic Studies Project based at CSDS which aims to promote the study of Religions and Cultures in the Indic Civilization.

In 2013, Madhu Kishwar wrote Modinama (Chronicles of Modi) in which she has been critical of the media for their false propaganda about Narendra Modi's role during Gujarat violence 2002 and in its aftermath, Kishwar had earlier been critical of Modi, in the context of the violence.

Kishwar is founder editor of Manushi - a Journal about Women published since 1979. She is the founder president of Manushi Sangathan, registered under the Societies Registration Act, is a forum for research based activist interventions.

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