How to win neighbours and influence people

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    How to win neighbours and influence people

    Jyoti Malhotra.

    In the ensuing vacuum of power, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is having a field day tapping into the anger of the people fed up with the prime minister's inability to get even the basics right.

    I found power lying on the streets of St Petersburg, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin famously said in 1917, and all I did was pick it up.

    That somewhat simple formulation may not fully explain the end of the Tsarist autocracy or the drama of the October revolution led by Lenin's Bolshevik party, but it captures the sense of complete chaos that existed at the time. As he strategized the takeover of power in 1917, Lenin's success was as much due to his ability to fill the vacuum of power created by the Tsar's abdication earlier that year and the uncertainties that followed.

    Something of the kind is taking place in India today, with the Manmohan Singh government wringing its hands and behaving like an outsider in its own home. In the ensuing vacuum of power, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is having a field day tapping into the anger of the people fed up with the prime minister's inability to get even the basics right.

    Contrast Singh's rumoured disinterest in receiving an honorary doctorate at the ranking Russian institute of foreign affairs, MGIMO, during his recent visit to Moscow - with the fact that Modi has been thrice to Russia in the last decade or so. In fact, Modi has forged a protocol between the relatively unknown city of Astrakhan in southern Russia and Ahmedabad, in honour of a few hundred Gujarati families who dropped roots there some 200 years ago.

    Much closer home, Modi is reaching out to several countries in India's neighbourhood - or rather, they are reaching out to him, in the hope that someone with the ambition of ruling Delhi will understand how important it is to protect the periphery. Bangladesh high commissioner to India Tariq Karim met the Gujarat CM a few months ago, to press him (and therefore his party) to see reason over ratifying the Land Boundary Agreement in Parliament. The message is believed to have borne fruit. The BJP is said to have told the Congress that it will not stand in the way of introducing the Bill. By refusing to call Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee's bluff over the signature of the Teesta waters agreement, the PM virtually abdicated the Centre's role in the making of foreign policy.

    This weakness is now coming to haunt him as he decides whether or not he should ignore the demand of the Tamil Nadu parties not to travel to Colombo for the Commonwealth summit in mid-November.

    What if the PM invoked long-forgotten creative energy to change the rules of the game? What if he landed in Jaffna/Palaly airport, visited Sri Lanka's Northern Council's just elected chief minister Wigneshwaran (elected after more than 25 years), and only then flew to Colombo? All those in Tamil Nadu who want to yell blue murder may still do so, but at least he would have asserted his - India's - interest in the fate of Sri Lanka's Tamil community and sent a clear message to president Mahinda Rajapaksa that he cannot get away by refusing to implement the recommendations of his own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

    In recent history, it was none other than former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee who understood that diplomacy, like politics, was the art of the possible. So Vajpayee, after the failure of the Agra summit with Pakistan in 2001 as well as after the failure of mobilising the army against Pakistan under 'Operation Parakram' in 2002, went to Kashmir in 2003 and announced that he was offering to talk to the Kashmiris under the aegis of "insaniyat", or humanity. The RSS was horrified, the rest of the country was stunned but Vajpayee held firm.

    Now mark Modi's taunting in 2006 of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf as "Mian Musharraf ", imperceptibly conflating Musharraf 's negative reputation with the larger Muslim community across the sub-continent. To hear Modi in 2013 criticize Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's ill-timed remarks on Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, making contact with the Muzaffarnagar riot victims, is to wonder if the wheel is turning full circle.

    Modi has already said that if he came to power he will reorient the ministry of external affairs to place more emphasis on India's neighbourhood. A few weeks ago, he told a pro-royalist leader from Nepal, Kamal Thapa that he would help his party restore the recently minted republic to its former status as a Hindu state.

    Nepal, which goes to the polls on November 19, is wondering what to make of Modi's comments. In Bangladesh, which goes to the polls soon after, victory and defeat will be a key outcome of Delhi's decisions on the LBA and the Teesta. In the rest of the sub-continent, the citizenry wonders if the Congress has the will to fight back in the run up to 2014.

    Clearly, power is lying on the streets of Delhi. Question is, who has the burning gall to pick it up.

    How to win neighbours and influence people by IST : Jyoti Malhotra's blog-The Times Of India



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    The author is trying to state that Modi is being like Lenin since Vladimir Ilyich Lenin famously said in 1917 - I found power lying on the streets of St Petersburg and all I did was pick it up.

    The author is not too far out when she compare the situation in Tsarist Russia of those days and the political scenario of today's India when she writes - As he (Lenin) strategized the takeover of power in 1917, Lenin's success was as much due to his ability to fill the vacuum of power created by the Tsar's abdication earlier that year and the uncertainties that followed.

    India today is riding a void in all its facets and In the ensuing vacuum of power, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is having a field day tapping into the anger of the people fed up with the prime minister's inability to get even the basics right!

    Her examples of impact on the international arena by Modi appears a trifle biased, but then it is understandable.

    She harbours the hope that the Congress will achieve a turnaround, if the PM en route to CHOGM drops by for a fireside chat with the Tamil CM of the Northern Province.

    And she also wonders that it is odd to hear Modi in 2013 criticize Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's ill-timed remarks on Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, making contact with the Muzaffarnagar riot victims, is to wonder if the wheel is turning full circle.
     
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    The news people who are not fond of Modi do have a clout.

    Will they be able to influence the opinion of the people?

    What is the trend in the vernacular media?
     
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    I feel Indeed India is in a situation of Post WW1 Germany than that of a Post Tsarist Russia. There is a Chaos in this country or a illusionary chaos being choreographed.

    The Economy is reeling under pressure, the industrial output is faltering, CAD is at its worst, The Army is being in the recieving end (because of the weakness in the Civil leadership), reports on Army planning a coup, the increasing rift in the communal lines, increasing educated young population and a corresponding Increase in unemployment, no end in sight to the Inflation, weakening of the Rupee, Scandals after scandals that are destroying the faith the common man has in the system, Public outrage and common anger in the general public, weakness in the foreign policy that is resulting in bullying neighbours, weakness in handling the Chinese threat and the general belief that the ruling elite are just bystanding a Chinese Aggression etc etc are making the nation look in part like the post WW1 Germany.

    Modi has his ways in kindling the anti incumbancy in the public. He is able to induce a feel that chaos has taken up tthe society for wanted and he gives them a enemy, on whom he squarely puts the blame on. He portrays the Ruling elite In the same lines of Hitler as he portrayed the Jews as the enemies or back stabbers who brought down the German might. He is restless in his pursuit and wherever he stops by, he is able to induce a restlessness in the public by showing them the ailments of the nation and asks them to realize their enemy.

    Also some invisible power play that shows up in the scene, communal riots, well timed bombings, stepped up agression by the Neighbours... there is a invisible force in act. there is a induced chaos in the nation and the power is indeed lying without a projector.
     
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    and you feel Modi is doing it i.e. inducing chaos?

    Kapil Sibal said Modi is responsible for the onion price rise.

    Would he also be responsible for the various scams. I wonder when Kapil Sibal will also blame him for that?
     
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    I may have sounded different than what I was about to say. There is a Chaos in the Nation (induced or not) and Modi is doing the right job of blowing the pipe to feed the fire.

    I feel this chaos is induced because the Govt is ineffective and the prevailing power vacuum is allowing everybody to stir up the common man. Like the Patna blast, the Muzzafar Nagar riots. these prove that the Govt is not functioning and this allows groups with vested interest (includes congress) to induce a chaos. Even RaGa's bluff on ISI and the Telangana wrong timing are also inducing a chaos.

    All Modi is doing is to project to the common man that the country is in chaos and he is giving them a common enemy. the common man see's Modi as the sevak to put the house back in order. Modi is projecting the Chaos to the people, a chaos induced by the malfunctioning or dead administration and big mouths.
     
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    I asked around,everyone online and Real life says they want a change from UPA!
    karunanidhi gave perks for last election, what did the people do? take the money and vote for other party!
    Money works only at illiterate level and in those villages where one can't read a letter!
     

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