India's biggest misfortune is her 'secular' media and political parties. It is terrible to see how Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's interview to Reuters is being misinterpreted and an effort is underway to create an unnecessary public confrontation.
Never did Modi mean that he had done things absolutely right in 2002 by executing the minorities. He said he had made the best use of the situation and the resources he had at that point of time. Who are the secularists trying to fool? The common man is more educated than what they perceive them to be, one believes.
Next is the Samajwadi Party's bizarre charge that Modi compared Muslims with puppies is simply despicable. The BJP leader said that one feels bad even if a puppy comes under the wheel of a car even if he isn't driving. Where does comparing puppies with Muslims come here? The Muslim SP leader who made this observation should feel ashamed about his perception about his community. Who should apologise, let the people of the country decide.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>Kamal Farooqi (SP): What does Modi mean by saying 'if a puppy comes under a car?' Is he equating Muslims with puppies? Very disturbing</p>— Firstpost (@firstpostin) <a href="https://twitter.com/firstpostin/statuses/355644829197283329">July 12, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>It is despicable that people think Modi compared a certain community to a puppy: Nirmala Sitharaman</p>— ABP News (@abpnewstv) <a href="https://twitter.com/abpnewstv/statuses/355646799081508864">July 12, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>A complete misinterpretation of the interview. It is despicable: Nirmala Sitharaman. LIVE updates here <a href="http://t.co/RNR2sY2HFO">http://t.co/RNR2sY2HFO</a></p>— NDTV (@ndtv) <a href="https://twitter.com/ndtv/statuses/355646207093248000">July 12, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
If Modi says he is a Hindu nationalist, then why is the media so agitated about it? Does it lack a minimum knowledge about the right-wing politics in India and its emergence?
[Read: Modi speaks on Gujarat riots]
The BJP's cultural nationalism is well-known and why is the self-proclaimed moralists suddenly feeling a pinch? Had Atal Bihari Vajpayee told the same words, the media would not have shaken so much but only because the speaker was Modi, the reaction was sharp.
It is shocking to see that the media doesn't even understand the difference in political thoughts and orientations practised and pursued in this country and instead provoke people on communal lines.
It is surprising that Modi's comments like he doesn't want division on religious lines haven't found a mention anywhere. His admiration for Vajpayee, Sardar Patel and even the Mahatma wasn't taken into consideration.
His admission that polarisation is a key aspect of a democracy demands an acknowledgement. Did the media, which raises a storm claiming that Modi polarises the polity too much, got a lesson from that observation.
Modi's advice that the next government should try to instill confidence in people has not got highlighted anywhere. Why isn't his words that a leader must be decisive are getting a boost? Or why not his observation that India still doesn't have real-time data about malnutrition getting noted by other parties?
The only thing, which is getting highlighted, is a distortion of Modi's comment on the 2002 riots. It doesn't get worse than this.