Narendra Modi is not Afzal Khan, Uddhav is no Shivaji

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    just a few months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was everybody’s darling, including Uddhav Thackeray. Now suddenly Modi has become Afzal Khan to him.

    Whether the BJP deciding to go alone in Maharashtra is a calculation or a miscalculation, only time will tell, Uddhav Thackeray’s attempt at drawing a parallel between the infamous Afzal Khan who tried to stab Chhatrapati Shivaji (and ended up losing his own life in the process) while pretending to embrace him, and Narendra Modi, once again underlines the fact that the PM is gradually trying to sideline the divisive, regional parties and no matter how much time it takes, strengthen BJP’s hold from the ground up, in various States, especially where the BJP is not ruling at the moment.

    Just a few months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was everybody’s darling, including Uddhav Thackeray. Now suddenly Modi has become Afzal Khan to him. Someone should ask Uddhav: If Narendra Modi is Afzal Khan, who is he then, Shivaji?

    Just because the party is called the Shiv Sena, doesn’t mean its leaders are infused with the values of the great Maratha. In fact, Uddhav has never been able to step into the shoes of his intrepid father even after easily inheriting the organisation. During the recent general elections, even Raj Thackeray, who likes to pretend that he is the sole protector of the Marathi Manoos, was shown his right place — not a single arrogant utterance has come out of him since. These brothers are nothing but an opportunistic duo fumbling through a political heritage handed down to them by Bal Thackeray.

    There was a time when the Shiv Sena was an anodyne to the menace of the underworld and the communist-controlled labour unions in Mumbai. It was a counterforce that effectively suppressed the mafia, mostly breeding in Muslim slums. It was a force for justice for people who couldn’t get justice and protection from the successive Congress Governments (and its various alliances). Big industrialists and Bollywood personalities sought protection from Bal Thackeray whenever they were threatened by the underworld.

    There is this famous incident when Islamic terrorists had threatened to disrupt the Amarnath Yatra. Bal Thackeray had issued a counter-threat saying that the Shiv Sena won’t allow the Haj pilgrims to use any port in Mumbai (the ports are an integral part of the Haj journey). Not a whimper was raised by Islamic terrorists and the Amarnath Yatra went smoothly. So yes, in the absence of a suitable safeguard, the Shiv Sena was a necessary for people who were at the receiving end of the communal, minority-centric politics being constantly played by the Congress and its various ideological offshoots. To counter opportunistic secularism, Bal Thackeray bumped up the monster of opportunistic regionalism.

    Narendra Modi is a strong supporter of federalism but the problem is, whether it’s Bihar, UP, Maharashtra or any of the southern States, local satraps don’t want to engage with that vision because of their myopic political ambitions, differentiate between regionalism and federalism. Federalism means working for the benefit of your state in conjunction with the larger good of the country. Regionalism, according to the definition of these politicians, is just thinking of your own political interests giving two hoots to not just the welfare of the country, but also to your own state.

    Uddhav Thackeray warned his audience not to get swayed by the development plank being brandished by Narendra Modi. Of course, he will talk like that. These politicians are least bothered about developing their States. All they want is for their writ to run large so they are able to control commerce, and law & order without actually being responsible for these wheels of the country’s engine. They are not even interested in governance and even if they were interested, the sole purpose of getting involved with governance process is to be able to control the flow of political power and money.

    How many business summits have people like Uddhav Thackeray and Raj Thackeray organised to attract investments in their State? When was the last time they put pressure upon the incumbent Government for more colleges, schools, hospitals and roads in their own constituencies? Aside from inciting communal tensions and letting their goons lose upon hapless citizens, what constructive work do they actually do? Do they have a policy vision for their State? Do they have a vision aside from their Marathi Manoos balderdash? Nothing. Hopefully, the voters will see that.

    Modi’s detractors will gleefully say he was first instrumental in the severing of the BJP-JD (U) alliance in Bihar and now, directly or indirectly, has played a major role in the recent BJP-Shiv Sena breakup in politically crucial Maharashtra. They will hope that the two brothers come together and form a force against the BJP that, in turn, will help some manner of motley Congress-style alliance to come back to power. It may happen, or it may not. That is not the issue.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for thinking long term. He knows that aggressive regional parties who are “regional” for the sake of it will be a liability and not an asset. He knows that these parties, including the Shiv Senna and the JD (U) are only interested in maintaining and perpetuating their political citadels and they have little or no interest in developing their States. This is a good time to part ways with them. As long as Narendra Modi sticks to his vision, it doesn’t really matter what Uddhav or Raj think of him. Modi knows that eventually people can see through lies. He has a strong belief in democracy and he knows that people can work political wonders provided they are empowered and kept informed.

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