Guha says Modi third most successful PM after Nehru, Indira
Narendra Modi is the most successful Prime Minister of India after Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, historian Ramachandra Guha said. He said that Modi's appeal and charisma transcends the boundaries of caste and language. He made the statement during an ongoing London School of Economics India Summit 2017 in New Delhi.
"We live in a time when Narendra Modi is poised to become, and perhaps already is, the third most successful Prime Minister in Indian history. He is the only one you would place on par with Nehru and Indira in terms of authority that he exudes and the Pan-Indian vision he commands," Guha also said.
There has been no PM since Nehru and Indira who have had that authority, sense of control, charisma, cross caste, cross linguistic and cross regional appeal in India, he also said.
Deliberating on Indian political history, Guha noted that caste system and discrimination against women were two of its "indisputable facts. He alleged that both Islam and Hinduism, the two major religions of the sub continent, grievously discriminate against women. Caste system is the most rigorous, most diabolical system of social stratification ever invented by humans and we Hindus invented it.