The Next Prime Minister

 “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”

Mark Twain

With the state elections coming up and the central elections not so far, I thought of making a sincere attempt to enlighten the youth of India who has shown much more concern about their country rather than the ones who were supposed to take India to a prosperous path but ended up in drenching our mother land in corruption. Through my blog I have tried to make it easy for the people who have somewhat less idea about the current political scenario but are willing to participate with full zeal by giving vote during the coming elections.

Unlike the previous election, this time we are expected to see a new face apart from the old iconic figures. Yes! You guessed it right! I am talking about the IAC (India against corruption) supremo Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. He is mesmerizing the “gareeb” with his tactics of accusing every politician without any substantial proof. Doing this might be giving him cheap publicity but Indian “democracy” demands proof which he has constantly failed to provide. Speaking very frankly and practically, he stands no chance to win against the giants like the BJP. All he has been    doing till now is just raising hopes among the Indians but nowhere near to live up to their expectations. He has been leading the “morchas” which have shown no result. He has been very aggressive with his mouth; I wish he would have shown the same aggression for passing the Jan -Lokpal Bill which is lost somewhere in the shelves of ever-increasing government files. It’s   a long way ahead of him to prove his loyalty for his countrymen and to establish himself as a politician. Even if the people of India don’t vote for congress they will prefer voting BJP rather than him. So as of now I keep him aside for the contenders to hold the PMO. Another figure who was quite a sensation few days back is the Trinamool Congress President Ms. Mamta Banerjee. Well, most of her decisions are taken with respect to the growth of West Bengal alone. While serving as the railway minister her love for West Bengal was very much evident when every plan coming from her state was passed but much-needed rail development plans in states like Rajasthan were held for undefined period of time. Moreover the recent steps she took clearly showed her immaturity and her confused state (as quoted my Mulayam Singh Yadav). My verdict for her is same as I said for the IAC leader. She alone stands nowhere (except for West Bengal’s CM Post), so she is also out of the PM race.

Now let’s move a level up and talk about some serious contenders. From congress it could be either of the trio (Manmohan-Rahul-Sonia) and from BJP, I see again a love triangle between Mr.Lal Krishna Advani, Mr.Narendra Modi and Mrs.Sushma Swaraj (all desperately waiting to hold the PMO). From congress I pick DR.Manmohan Singh to be the most capable contender. There is no doubt that his present cabinet is filled up with corrupt ministers but he still represents India globally. He has been the icon for millions of Indians (who would now deny agreeing). If I say BJP is free from corruption I would be talking foolish. Corruption happens because WE (the people of INDIA) allow it to happen. We are the part of the system, remember?? Now that we have raised our voice and we are fully active, no minister (BJP or CONGRESS) will dare to put his hand into corruption (biggest fear of a politician is the “aam admi”). If we vote BJP and sit quietly thinking that now corruption won’t happen then I think we are fools. PM of a country is its representative throughout the world. A lot of factors are also to be looked upon apart from his loyalty towards his nation. It would be hilarious to watch Anna Hazaare dealing with the British over nuclear arms..!!! I hope I have conveyed the message successfully.

 Now coming back to BJP I have some serious confusion. The party is already dangling with its much criticized “hindutva” image. Sushma Swaraj poses the advantage of being the first lady Prime Minister after Indira Gandhi, but we did that mistake already once when Mrs.Pratibha Patil was made the President. No offence against female contenders but I feel she isn’t the right person for the post which requires high expertise and the strengths to bear the hopes of 1 billion Indians.  Another man from the BJP is the most senior leader after former Indian Prime Minister Mr.Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Yes, we are talking about Mr.L.k.Advani. His dream of sitting on the most powerful chair was deeply shattered in the previous elections where he hailed to win from a big margin but it proved just the opposite.  It seems that now he has lost his charm of being a hot favorite contender. Moreover he faces a real strong challenge from his own party member Mr. Modi who has been rallying around every possible corner to mark his presence as the strongest contender for the upcoming elections. Modi posses all the qualities which is expected out of a PM. No doubt he is courageous and won’t hesitate in taking harsh decisions (a quality he shares with Dr. Manmohan Singh).  But unlike Dr. Singh he has a dark past, thanks to the Gujarat Riots which has ruined his image in the rest of the India. Overall, in my view if BJP comes to power its Mr.Modi who will take the command.

So finally we are now left with two strongest game players in the current political environment. One side we have rock solid and silent attacker from the congress, Dr Manmohan Singh (who’s economic decisions have projected India globally as the strongest and most promising market to invest) faced by his bitter rival from BJP Mr. Narendra Modi who is the heart of Gujarat, the state which is the investor favorite and has the highest percentage of growth and development in past 10 years (according to the latest yahoo report).  Here is the small comparo:

Mr. Narendra Modi Dr. Manmohan Singh
A controversial figure both within India and internationally. Honors’ degree in Economics, University of Cambridge – St John’s College (1957)DPhil in Economics, University of Oxford –Nuffield College (1962)
Longest serving CM in Gujarat’s history. Singh held several key posts in the Government of India, such as Chief Economic Advisor (1972–76), Reserve Bank Governor (1982–85) and Planning Commission head (1985–87).
Credited with the high economic growth in Gujarat under his government. In 1991 as the finance minister, Singh carried out several structural reforms that liberalized India’s economy.
Administration received heated criticism surrounding the 2002 Gujarat Violence. In 2007, India achieved its highest GDP growth rate of 9% and became the second fastest growing major economy in the world.
Ordered the demolition of many Hindu Temples that were built without proper government sanction. Although India’s economy grew rapidly under UPA I, its security was threatened by several terrorist incidents (culminating in the 2008 Mumbai Attacks) and a growing Maoist insurgency.
February 2011, the Times Of India reported that an alleged confidential report from the SIT indicted Modi on several counts of alleged complicity in the Gujarat riots of 2002. Singh has always been perceived as a man of clean background.
In April 2012, Raju Ramachandran (Supreme Court Lawyer) observed that Modi can be prosecuted under sections 153 A (1) (a) & (b), 153 B (1), 166 and 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code for promoting enmity among different groups during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Criticized for not being able to reduce the Naxal terrorism.

I have tried to show the best possible comparison amongst various leaders. Now it’s up to you to decide and vote wisely. Your vote will reflect back to you in terms of development of India. Vote to the party who doesn’t just offers you worldly things but also has the zeal to take back India to the path of success and glory.

Jai Hind

Murtaza Alamshah