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  • Narendra Modi: Will He Be The Next PM? By Tarun Surya
  • From invisible to invincible!• Elections  in  India  are  always  a  very  active  period  in  the  political calendar. • The  upcoming  national  elections  are,  thus,  no  different  and  have  political  analysts  working  overtime  as  to  pool  all  the  data  together  and  present  a  clear  enough  picture  as  to  the  chances  of  the  various  permutations  and  combinations  possible at the Centre. • There  was  once  a  time  when  272  was  a  magic  number  the  Congress could pull off in an instant, a point of time when the  BJP was just another stone on the road to Rajpath. • But  with  the  entrance  of  collation  politics,  that  stone  began  to  grow  steadily  to  become  the  boulder  the  public  sees  today.
  • The Modi era• 2014  happens  to  be  the  year  when  the  Congress  has  finally  got around to placing Rahul Gandhi in a substantial position  of power, hyping him up to be the unofficial candidate for the  PM post. • But to get there, he must face the most potent weapon the  BJP has rising through its ranks: Narendra Modi. • Fresh from winning a third term in Gujarat, Modi looked to be  following  a  path  of  unchallenged  state  dominance  that  had  never been seen in the post-Jyothi Basu era. • While it seems unlikely that the record set by one of Bengal’s  most iconic CPM cadres will ever be remotely challenged, the  support  Modi  commands  from  the  population  in  Gujarat  despite his alleged involvement in the Godhra riots throws up  many similarities to Basu’s rule. 
  • “Vibrant Gujarat” indeed…• While  some  have  said  the  rise  of  Modi  has  been  due  to  the  apparent  lack  of  an  alternative  leader  in  Gujarat  politics,  it  does  nothing  to  dent  the  fact  that  large  progress  has  been  seen in the erstwhile languishing state. • His  most  recent  victory,  however,  has  given  us  a  glimpse  of  his  evolution  as  a  politician,  playing  to  the  masses  and  skillfully  diverting  attention  away  from  the  subtlety  of  his  communal campaigns. • For  the  first  time,  Modi  was  elected  into  the  assembly  without  having  to  play  the  communal  card,  going  to  the  extent  of  trivialising  the  Muslim  representation  in  the  state  by not even bothering to reach out for their support. 
  • Much more than just satisfaction• Modi’s success in Gujarat has solidified his image as the BJP’s  new-age campaigner. • Tech-savvy,  educated  and  shrewd,  Modi  represents  a  new  brand  of  politicians  raring  to  take  over  the  reins  of  the  BJP  and revamp its image. • With  the  ability  to  communicate  to ‘young India’,  as  the  Congress  has  stressed  on  many  times,  the  BJP  now  has  a  fighting chance to actually come to power at the Centre after  a  long  hiatus,  courtesy  the  scam-racked  UPA-II  shamble  at  present. • But  within  this  race  to  occupy  the  Parliament,  the  BJP’s  internal competitions are ready to ignite. 
  • The forerunner• Modi in particular is a strong forerunner for the post of PM. • In  his  path  to  10  Janpath,  however,  lie  many  large  impediments;  foremost  among  them  being  Sushma  Swaraj,  LK Advani and Modi’s own baggage. • As a politician with a hard-core Moditva (Modi’s own brand of  the BJP’s agenda of Hindutva) image, it is difficult to imagine  him  having  a  significantly  large  appeal  amongst  the  largely  secular Indian population. 
  • Everyone has his own baggage• His indifference towards Muslims in the microcosm of Gujarat only seeks to illustrate how he might perform in the larger context of India.• Bias towards Gujarat remains a major worry in the mind of the Indian voter, supplemented by the fact that Modi has had no verifiable success on the rare occasions that he has stepped out of his state to campaign for the BJP.• Above all, his indictments in the Godhra riot cases have not yet been resolved, striking another blow to his reputation and image as a rising BJP star.• Also, Modi does not enjoy much support from his fellow members with the BJP as well as the RSS, its parent body.
  • India Shining• Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the BJP’s most successful prime- ministerial candidate, remains an inspiration and a role model for all those within the BJP to aspire to.• Analysis of Modi’s actions indicates that he aims to be the next such role model.• But Modi lacks the acumen to compromise when the situation demands it and look at the bigger picture in terms of the good of the country over state, a quality that made Vajpayee indispensable to the BJP administration.• Only time will tell if the country will really back Modi to be its flag bearer as the BJP seeks to live up to its own long coined slogan ‘India Shining’…
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