Vikas wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:16 pm
Primus wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:40 am
The most fierce opponents of Modi who are Hindu but not politically aligned against him are those who lost a lot of money during DeMo. Or, they were into business practices that were downright shady and cannot now continue with the status quo. For them it has been a big loss and I can understand why they are so bitterly opposed to the BJP or Modi. Of course they live in a fool's paradise if they believe the Congoons will do anything for the Hindus. And yet, for them, monetary gains are more important than any faith or religion. This too is understandable and I've known a few people like this myself. They will build temples and are key members of local committees that ostensibly are for the betterment of the Hindu masses. Their Gods are money and societal status, which are more important than spiritual satisfaction. It is no wonder then that they are bitter critics of Modi and his policies.
Primus ji, I think it is a bad line to follow and say that Hindus opposed to Modi Ji lost money in DeMo.
There are people who are dissatisfied with NM's govt for whatever reasons. Some thought that all corruption problems will disappear overnight, while others expected to see whole of last Govt including Italian mafia in Tihar.
Vikas Ji, I agree that not every Modi-hater or anti-BJP person lost money in DeMo. If you read my post carefully, it is just ONE of the reasons, especially for somebody who previously was a pro-BJP person (as some say on this board itself).
Those who expected corruption to disappear or the Congoon Mafia to be in Jail overnight are again either incredibly naive or do not know human psychology or behavior. The average Babu, contractor, business-man, policeman, lawyer, heck all of us at some point have been part of the same corrupt system and unless there is a paradigm shift in behavior there will be no lasting change in the Indian society. Laws can only work if enforced and the enforcers can easily look the other way for monetary or other gains, which is what was happening in the past. I am sure it is still happening to some extent. Change of this magnitude takes a long time. The same applies to 'punishing' the guilty. Their cronies and supporters are so deeply entrenched in the halls of justice that it is not going to be a cakewalk. To this you add a highly hostile media environment and you realize how difficult, almost Sisyphean a task it is for Modi.
One can't just brush everyone aside and yet expect to win elections. It is job of the leader to energise its supporters and fence sitters, to say and expect that all Hindus must somehow fall in love NM and start hating every other political party is recipe for disaster.
I doubt Modi has 'brushed everyone aside'. His slogan, which he has adhered to more than any other politician in Indian history, is 'sabka saath, sabka vikas' and I believe he has done an admirable job. Now, we can all differ in our opinion on this, and I am happy to debate this with anyone, but to say that he has done nothing is at best being disingenuous and at worst truly mendacious.
As far as energizing his supporters, again, I don't know of any other PM of India who spends so much time in speaking to the people and attracts so large a following everywhere he goes. Especially when the media has been hounding him for over a decade.
Nobody expects all Hindus to fall in love with Modi, but one would hope that at least rational and educated Hindus would be able to see that the opposition has never done much for them and that Modi, either directly or through his proxies (Yogi in UP for example) is working to change the status quo.
If you ask a common man, what he wants from Govt as a follower of Sanatan dharma, I don't think you will hear anything except for some mumbo-jumbo.
I tend to agree with you here. Most Hindus have no clue what it means to be a Hindu, even well educated ones. Hard to define Sanatan Dharma even more. However, I am not so sure the average Hindu is unaware of the ethos of the faith he and his ancestors have followed - even if marginally - for centuries. He knows and remembers the atrocities committed against his people - the partition of India is still a living memory for a large number of people either directly or from stories heard from their parents/grandparents. There is also an atavistic or herd memory that I believe we all carry within us somewhere which reminds us in our unguarded moments of events in the distant past.
Having said that, I concur that the majority of Hindus would not know what exactly to ask for, they know they want something, perhaps locally each community want something done, but on a national level, other than RJB for North Indians, I am not sure everyone has a single, specific demand of the BJP government.