We all are familiar with the famous “'Tryst with Destiny” speech made by then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on the midnight of 14th & 15th August, 1947 (at India’s independence). It was eloquent and stood out as amongst the finest by a world leader. But the acceptance speech (to be serve as PM again) made by Shri Narendra Modi to thousands of BJP workers on the evening of May 27 was also brilliant and articulate filled with oratory and steeped in profound wisdom and statesmanship. Every word that Modi-ji spoke reflects volumes of his humble and positive personality and his total dedication to the cause of the Indian nation. Every Indian, who wants to learn and grow along the path of excellence in erudition, can pick up many pearls of wisdom from his wonderful rhetorical repertoire.
We have analysed this speech not as a Modi fan nor as a person steeped in BJP ideology; but we have done so as student of ‘oratorial’ brilliance and as political analysts. We would like to highlight a few points that have struck me.
In his entire speech, Prime Minister Modi didn't even once mention that ‘he’ won or that ‘he’ defeated his (BJP) rivals. There was no trace of arrogance or bitterness in his speech.
He said that elections are fought on votes and majority (बहुमत), and nation can march forward only on consensus (सम्मति).
He described himself as a ‘फकीर’, a word which describes him as the one, selfless and detached, living only for the country, or say, for the world.
He didn't say he is a Hindu sanyasi but said `fakir`, which endears him to all people irrespective of religion.
- 'सब का साथ सबका विकास -
This is a very powerful slogan.
Do you think that this kind of stupendous victory would have been possible for him only with Hindu votes? No. Lakhs of Muslims (especially Muslim women) extended their silent but determined support to Modi and BJP as he became their messiah and liberated them and their daughters from the sword of triple talaq (divorce by word from husband) eternally hanging on their heads.
Now observe this fantastic piece of oratorial brilliance, as he said that, “from now on there will be only two castes in the country, one the poor ...”.
... saying this, he took a calculated pause, giving listeners time to draw their own conclusions whether he would say the other caste is *'the rich'*, because we are habituated to use antonyms like the poor and the rich, the haves and the have-nots, the high and the low, the good and the bad etc.
However, Modiji astounded everyone by saying that the second caste is “those who will try to remove poverty and pull the poor out of their misery”.
Nobody would ever imagine that he would be putting it this way. All the leftist intellectuals, who believe in class conflict, would play one against the other by saying that the two castes are the poor and the rich. But, by stipulating that the second caste is of people who will try to put an end to poverty, Modi has clearly shown a way to the Nation, that a great responsibility lies on the shoulders of every middle and upper class citizen, -- To care and show concern for their poor brethren and to be proactive in doing their best to eradicate poverty and build a 'समृद्ध भारत'.
That is the way of achieving National unity, not enforced by law, but natural and spontaneous, bound by moral principle and as a moral duty, born out of love and responsibility.
Don't you think that this is an indication of the much awaited “Uniform Civil Code” in the offing?
The aim of achieving a "समृद्ध भारत" is an appropriate and powerful goal. There are many statesmen in the world capable of thinking of such noble causes. Such words are not read out of a pre-scripted speech. Such words come only from a sincere individual, who can see 'जनता' as' जनार्दन'.
Such words attain their real meaning and touch our heart only when Shri Narendra Modi speaks, because whenever he speaks, he feels the words from every cell of his body and mind, and words flow straight from his heart and directly touch our hearts.
“Why are we perplexed?”
It is difficult to understand why critics, the left in particular, are so acrimonious ... about Modi. Why the attempt at exclusion and denial of a verdict (that he won convincingly and that the voters love him)? Earlier on too, verdicts were there giving power to political class. But then usually it was acceptance with grace of the will of the people. But ever since Modi in 2014, the political class through EVM (electronic voting machine) bogey, secularism or on delivery, has been singularly trying to falsify peoples mandate.
What is even more perplexing is the exclusivity being practiced by the 'committed' intellectual class almost saying “anyone but Modi”. There are explanations floating around like drying up of privileges, inability to 'lead' opinion in a new aspirational India etc. But the deep frustration being expressed at times crudely and at others subtly. All in all, “the non acceptance is there – and emphatically so”.
The sub conscious moorings of the collective psyche of 'the so called liberals' and 'the others' has to have a logical explanation. The animosity is almost religious in its fervor. For each the other is a 'kafir' to be 'executed/banished' how come such deep distrust/hatred/exclusion.
Answers are yet not satisfactory. Apart from my own partisanship, I am really still groping for the answers. It can't come from the motivated public posturing in articles galore. It needs honest raking of our own minds with the संचित अनुभवजन्य ज्ञान within each.
As to articles mushrooming in public space, each a defence of a position are not really alibis to the truth. A deeper transformation is on in India that reflected in the insistence of the ordinary folk to *'have'* their share in public discourse/decisions. It was reflected in the Anna Movement and later in the landslide victory of the AAP in 2015. It was also reflected in the rejection of Congress in 2014 and now the decimation of regional parties in 2019.
A deep process of flux is on in Indian political/social space that is altering the values that energize political participation and action. One cannot simply stand in partisanship this way or that to understand this subterranean churning. For once, forget your posturing and value systems and ‘listen’ to what is being ‘said’.
Modi or no Modi is immaterial. Aspirations are the key. Maybe in supporting Modi, people are clutching at the proverbial straw. Quotes and articles do not really hold the key to this understanding. It's a profession these guys write for a living and space in discourse (relevance maybe?). Thoughts less motivated? From the ground, a native sense hold the key!
·Prof Ram Shankar is head, Department of Political Science Jabalpur Univ (RDVU), Madhya Pradesh, India