Narendra Modi Rocks Bangalore

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He came, he saw, he spoke, and he wowed. He’d already conquered Bangalore years ago. In his 28 April election speech on the eve of the Karnataka Assembly polls 2013, Narendra Modi simply notched up yet another triumph in a long series of triumphs that began with his third consecutive, definitive victory in the Gujarat Assembly polls. Nobody expected anything less. Just as Narendra Modi the Chief Minister delivers every single time, Narendra Modi, the committed BJP party worker (as he describes himself) too delivers every single time. Consistency in victory has been demonstrated by a handful of leaders in history. Narendra Modi’s name already stands in line with those leaders even as he continues to make history.

If this sounds like an exaggeration, consider just five lessons that his speech provides us:

1. The Art of Political Rallies

The last time anybody witnessed a crowd of a lakh-plus in Bangalore was in the days of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and team. This was during the BJP’s period of ascendancy in the political firmament, more than 15 years ago. And now, just one man managed to draw over a lakh Bangaloreans out of their homes on a Sunday evening, majority of whom were ordinary people like you and me, fed up with the rot perpetuated by the Congress, who want a decisive leader. If done honestly, political rallies and speeches are an art form, as D.V. Gundappa writes in his Rajya Shastra. But thanks to Mrs. Gandhi and her brand of bus-biryani brand of “supporters,” political rallies have become synonymous with cynicism and betrayal of trust. Narendra Modi has demonstrated that these rallies can be done well and honestly, and this is what continues to draw massive crowds to his speeches. This has been proved time and again, be it at SRCC, speeches in the Gujarat polls, the India Today Conclave, the FICCI, and now, Bangalore.

2. The Fine Art of Oratory

As I’ve mentioned numerous times in the past, Narendra Modi is perhaps the only politician in India today who practices the fine art of oratory. Every single speech of his is delivered impromptu. No notes, no fumbling, no “I lost it again,” no window dressing, and no empty promises. No leader since Independence barring Vajpayee has demonstrated the kind of clear articulation of ideas that Modi has. Nehru was an orator all right but his oratory was full of his “dreams” which translated into stifling socialism, the Kashmir problem, and the utter economic ruin of this nation. Dreams don’t help a country progress, ideas, and their implementation does. We need no better proof of this than the stellar work that the NDA did, and what Gujarat has achieved under Modi.

A lakh-plus people, and the moment Modi got on stage, there was pin drop silence. It was almost on autopilot—the pin drop silence would resume after the audience went berserk with applause as Modi delivered one verbal punch after another, and then waited as he wove his magic again, hanging on to every word. It really isn’t an exaggeration to say that Modi had literally mesmerized the crowd.

3. Credibility is its own Proof

Some sections of the BJP central leadership have never quite recovered from the double-drubbing the party received in 2004 and 2009 respectively. These sections have since remained content in their tiny islands of power localized almost entirely in Delhi. It is also moot exactly how many of these eminences have done any party work. Worse, they have also consistently displayed gross negligence in displaying a solid, united Opposition in Parliament. Each time the Congress handed scam after mammoth scam on the platter, they have simply made the right noises but have gone back into their stupor. And while they were in stupor, the Gujarat Chief Minister was busy fighting battles on all fronts by a determined and mounted opposition apart from delivering consistently good governance and development. This is how credibility is earned, and it is this credibility that draws those enormous crowds, and it is this credibility that has made Narendra Modi a darling in small towns in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, and Bihar. What this also means is that Modi has emerged as the glue that holds together the numerous ugly divisions that the Congress and others have created.

This reminds me of the 7th Century poet-philosopher, Neelakanta Dikshita’s verse:

yaaneva shabdaan vayamaalapaamah yaaneva charthaan vayamullikhamaha
taireva vinyasa vishesha bhavyaih ullsayantah kavayo jayanti

Here is a rough translation: The poet uses the same words which have the same meanings but the way he mixes and matches them produces delight to the mind. Let victory be to such poets!

Nothing illustrated the truth of this verse better than Narendra Modi’s speech today. He said the same things, he picked the same issues, and delivered the same criticism that other BJP leaders did. However, he possessed what they lacked: credibility. In his voice, the very same words were endowed with an authority that drove the crowd wild with rapture. Indeed, he had to intervene and request the audience to allow a certain BJP MP to complete his turn of delivering the election speech! The MP in question represents the locality in which the rally was held. Like a lion which takes over any forest it steps into, Modi completely dominated this MP’s turf. Indeed, he’s managed to dominate the Congress turf of Delhi not once, but twice, and the Congress was left stunned, scared into silence.

4. Comprehensive Dynastic Demolition

Again, perhaps no leader since Independence has taken apart the Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty effectively, so comprehensively, so methodically, and so fearlessly. In this, Narendra Modi’s approach too is shorn of rhetoric and based on facts. Instead of attacking Sonia Gandhi on her foreign origins, Modi has simply shown her for what she represents: every evil that the Congress has inflicted on this nation for more than five decades. And by refusing to even recognize Rahul Gandhi as someone of any consequence, Modi has altered the way the Congress needs to be looked at. And it’s not just Sonia and her son. Modi hasn’t spared that greatest makeup artist of all time, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. And none of Modi’s criticisms were personal—he simply showed the world the record of the horrors that the Nehru and his dynasty has inflicted on India. Even at the height of the anti-Indira, anti-Congress wave—i.e., during the Emergency years—the worst criticism leveled against the Dynasty was purely on personal grounds. And even when the NDA was in power, it showed no interest in making the Congress pay for its past sins. Modi however, has showed that there is an alternate, and a more effective way of doing it.

5. The Power of Social Media

Today’s speech was in many ways a reflection of the increasing power, reach, and influence of social media on almost all spheres of human activity. The collective applause, cheering, and other on-the-spot commentary emanating from the crowd was akin to Twitter hashtags: #paidmedia #pappu #namoforPM #namorocks and so on. I speak as an eyewitness: people were actually yelling these terms aloud at various points during Narendra Modi’s speech. Equally, the Congress party has completely lost the social media plot. Hired party foot soldiers watching Twitter trends and trying to get in the game is actually proof of the fact that the Congress’ social media strategy has bombed before it began. The support for Narendra Modi on social media isn’t today’s or yesterday’s development. It is an expression of disgust at how the Congress has wrecked the nation, and equally an expression of the yearning of millions of Indians for a strong, decisive, no-nonsense leader.

It might sound harsh but the fact is that today’s BJP election speech at Bangalore was more about Narendra Modi than about the BJP. Which should give reason for the party to take pride in: pride in the fact that it has produced a leader like Modi who has in the space of less than 3 years, rejuvenated the party, has taken the Delhi Sultanate head-on, knows the pulse of the people, and has emerged as perhaps the only hope for India.

57 comments for “Narendra Modi Rocks Bangalore

  1. Hari Rao R C
    May 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Kudos to Sandeep for this report on Mr. Modi’s visit to Karnataka. It goes beyond Mr. Modi’s words alone, but exposes his total and sincere efforts to build a new India based on its true and inherent strength. While other parties have relentlessly tried to divide the Indian and India, Mr. Modi is visualizing the Level India could reach if the billion people of India converged on building a new India with good governance, sans sickening corruption!

  2. nash
    August 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Will this be Considered ?

    As i read a few comments here and there ,the hyderabad meeting too has succeeded with expectations and beyond.
    it is noted with appreciation the organizing and methodical way the meeting was conducted by the bjp.
    Since there was broad spectrum of people there, the bjp could have done a survey to get a better feel.
    The bjp could have gone with simple questions and use the information to engage all strata of society.
    Assumptions help when data is available.

  3. nash
    August 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    A CASE FOR TWO

    I am fascinated by all numbers and a two in politics seems to be
    a common factor amongst parties.
    We had shri vajpayee and shri advani,and have now shri soniag and shri manmohan.
    Will shri modi go for a complement to go with this election.who would this
    person be?I think it has a few advantages having someone as your trusted
    equal or a notch below to go with.The complement could make additions
    subtractions to the main speech of the leader as the campaign progresses.
    It also indicates a team signifying strength.just my thinking,observing the past and present.

  4. nitha
    July 19, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    The word “India” came from Indus GREEK as Indos, whence ultimately English India.
    The PERSIAN term was further loaned into Arabic as al-Hind referring to the land of the people who live across river Indus. By the 13th century, “Hindust?n” emerged as a popular alternative name of India, meaning the “land of Hindus”.

    AS IF WE SAID THAT GREEK ARE GOOD PEOPLE ,GREEK (OR ENGLISH ) HAD BEEN GIVEN US GOOD NAME LIKE “INDIA” OR “INDIAN” IS GOOD FOR US AND PERSIAN ARE BAD PEOPLE ,SO THEY GIVEN US BAD NAME LIKE “HINDU” OR “HINDUSTANI”,
    THEN WE ARE REAL HYPOCRITE.

    And about “BHARAT” or “BHARATIYA” it is relaed to Bharata .
    Bharata was a legendary emperor of India, and is referred to in Hindu and Jain theology. He was son of King Dushyanta of Hastinapura and Queen ?akuntal? and thus a descendant of the Lunar Dynasty of the Kshatriya Varna. Bharata had conquered all of Greater India, uniting it into a single political entity which was named after him as “Bh?ratavar?a”.

    According to ancient Indian epic legend of the Mahabharata as well as the numerous puranas and diverse Indian history, Bharat Empire included the whole territory of the Indian subcontinent, including parts of present day Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, North-west Tibet, Nepal and Bangladesh.

    This represented as the ideal sample of great empires, which was dominated by harmony, wealth and prosperity.

    There are many references to “Bharata Chakravarti” in the sacred Jain texts. He conquered all of the earth and the worlds above and reached the top of “Meru” or “Sumeru” mountain (the center of the world and tallest mountain) and placed a flag. But upon reaching the top he saw numerous such flags of world conquerors before him. This made him feel very insignificant and he took the diksha and attained nirvana.

    Bh?rat (along with India) is the official English name of Republic of India and Bh?rata Ga?ar?jyam is the official Sanskrit name of the country, while Bh?rat Ganar?jya is the official Hindi name.

  5. raj
    July 19, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    What is harm to say Hindu Nationalist?
    THE MEANING OF THE TERM HINDU:
    IT IS NOT INSULTING LIKE” MLECHCHA.
    “Mleccha (from Vedic Sanskrit mleccha, meaning “non-Vedic”, “barbarian”), also spelt as Mlechchha, referred to people of foreign extraction in ancient India. Mleccha was used by the ancient Indians as much as the ancient Greeks used barbaros, originally to indicate the uncouth and incomprehensible speech of foreigners and then extended to their unfamiliar behaviour.

    In the Vedic age the land of India was called Sapta Sindhu, the land of the seven rivers. The same name appears in the Zend Avesta, the holy book of the ancient Persians, as Hapta Hindu, with the Sanskrit ‘s’ replaced with an ‘h’, a sound shift that occurs in various Indian dialects as well. The Greeks called the land India or Indika, which also derives from the term Sindhu, removing the initial sound altogether. So clearly Sindhu or Hindu was a name for India going back to very ancient times. India was Sindhu Sthana, the land of the rivers or Sapta Sindhu Sthana, the land of the seven rivers.

  6. nash
    July 18, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    No disrespect it is “Hello”

  7. nash
    July 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Hell all

    watch this “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXahv3tjoXE …”and we got talent and a Leader.

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