This has to be one of my most favorite days ever. Who can forget what happened exactly 2 years ago? A twelve year long campaign of calumny involving strike forces all the way from Lutyens Delhi to the New York Times all the way on America’s east coast was crash landed by a sweeping democratic mandate…
The story began on February 27, 2002 near Signal Falia in Godhra in S-6 bogey of Sabarmati Express. The innocent human beings who were burned to death that day were spat upon by the keepers of India’s so called liberal conscience. They said that some guy on that train may have refused to pay a peaceful tea-seller…which of course meant that they had brought it all upon themselves. The cost of 59 Hindu lives? Just Rs. 2… It’s the same common theme of wanton disregard for the value of Hindu lives that continues till this day when top Lutyens reporters tell us why Prashant Poojary’s murder deserves no outrage. The life of a Hindu doesn’t matter and even more so if the Hindu is politically active. Ha! And we expect them to worry about the 8 years that Sadhvi Pragya lost in jail….
Thus began the greatest campaign of calumny ever in human history. The intelligentsia in India even tapped their contacts abroad and lobbied foreign governments. With most of the Indian diaspora engaged in gainful employment, the control of the narrative about India was left in the hands of literature professors with nothing to do. These were the people who lobbied governments across North America and Europe to impose travel bans on Narendra Modi.
But Modi kept moving forward, crushing the opposition with aplomb in election after election. In Dec 2007, when Modi was ready to sweep Gujarat for the second time, a desperate Karan Thapar told us that only the “sudden removal” of Modi could stop him from becoming the future of the BJP.
By Dec 2012, Modi had swept his third election and was knocking on the doors of Delhi. No one in Delhi wanted him and the heavily compromised old guard of the BJP led by Advani couldn’t care less for him. My favorite thing about the 2014 election is the process that led up to it. Modi didn’t just upstage the Dynasty, he also upstaged the BJP leadership itself. In Indian politics where almost all parties operate like personal fiefdoms, this was like a breath of fresh air. The common BJP worker, the common BJP supporter showed his strength. The party does not belong to anyone, not even Advani.
I must mention here that I consider Advani to be the greatest electoral champion of independent India. He is the only man who built a truly national party since 1950. So many have tried and failed miserably. I know political pundits are huge admirers of Kanshi Ram’s political genius, but I can only laugh at them. Yes, UP is massive. Building a party in Uttar Pradesh is no mean feat. But … ROFL… Advani built a party that spanned UP+Uttarakhand+Himachal+MP+Chhattisgarh+Bihar+Jharkhand+Delhi+Rajasthan+Gujarat+Maharashtra! You will rarely see a political pundit talk about how great Advani’s achievement was… this is because the Commie pundits cannot bring themselves to admit the truth.
But 2014 was not about Advani. His time had passed. He might have built the party but that does not mean he owned the party. The fact that a groundswell of support from common BJP workers brutally sidelined Advani showed a side to the BJP that made it truly remarkable. This ability to pick competence over entitlement gave the party a competitive edge others are struggling to achieve.
No discussion on May 16 can be complete without talking about the historic innings of Amit Shah in Uttar Pradesh. Shah arrived in the state about nine months before the election and walked away with 73/80. For comparison, Mayawati has spent her entire life campaigning in Uttar Pradesh and her career best is 19/80. The next time you see a Yogendra Yadav style jholawallah “analyst” going ga-ga over the great strategies of the BSP, throw this fact in their face.
Speaking of faces, who can forget this expression?
This was not just Rahul Gandhi’s face, this was the face of every compromised crook in academia and journalism and intelligentsia who thought the Hindus would never speak up…
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