December 23, 2007

Narendra Modi's Biography

Narendra Modi's biography, the official one has been written for three years now but not being published because among others it has inadequacies.Modi has been a much loathed Indian Politician from the Indian state of Gujarat.He has been in power since the year 2001.He was re-elected as the Chief Minister in 2007 riding on the wave of a campaign where he justified the fake encounter of a presuned Muslim gangster by his state police.Sohrabuddin, the man killed in the fake encounter was taken out of a bus along with his wife and butchered by the Gujarat police.His wife was also killed and her body burnt without the remains being found.A Hindu friend and eyewitness to the episode was also killed a few years later.

Personal Details:
Narendra Dāmodardās Modī was born on September 17, 1950, Gujarat, India.He was born in Vadnagar, a town in the northern Mehsana district of Gujarat.Narendra Modi completed his schooling in Vadnagar and did his masters degree in Political Science from Gujarat University.
Modi started as a Tea-Seller on Ahmedabad Bus Station and by utilising his adversity to his benefits a trait that has become a hallmark of his political career too, achieved something many Indians at his social level could not.While it is claimed in the official biography that he is bachelor, a woman called Jashodaben has been referred to as his wife. Recently, an interview was published on Youtube from her.The video says, “I Jashodaben Modi, am the wife of Narendra Kumar Modi the son of Damodar Mulchanddas Modi, a resident of Kalavasudev Chachar, Vadnagar.
I am working in Rajosana primary school. We were married in 1968. I am still keeping the book gifted by him, Sangharsh Ma Gujarat, and also have a picture of his.
He was 22 to 25 years old when that picture was taken. By possessing that book I feel that my husband is still with me even if he is far away. He tore away all the pictures of our marriage because he never wanted even a single photo to remain with me.”

It is speculated that Modi was married as a Child and walked off one fine day.

For this man from north Gujarat, life began from running a tea canteen at Ahmedabad''s teeming bus terminus.

Once he joined the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), Modi worked as a ''pracharak'' in the Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh where people remember him as a docile and humble man, an image contrary to his present one.

During Modi''s tenure in New Delhi as the BJP''s national spokesman in the late 1990s, he went to the US for a three-month course on public relations and image management. This apparently now helps him to get the publicity he desires.

Narendra Modi's abilities and leadership qualities were seen in the early days of his student life when he became the student leader of Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (All India Students Council). He played a prominent role in the anticorruption movement in 1974 in Gujarat.
He entered politics in 1987 by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party. Within a year, he was elevated to the level of General Secretary of the Gujarat unit of the party. In 1995 he was made the National Secretary of the party in-charge of five major states in India – a rare distinction. He traveled extensively through out the world, which helped him to develop a global perspective.

After carving a niche for himself in the national politics as a master strategist, he took over as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on 7th October 2001.

Narendra Modi, who is ever capable of turning an adversity into an opportunity made use of his inexperience to start afresh, on a clean slate without the burden of the past. His beginner mind was a blessing in disguise for him to learn things without any bias and without the need to unlearn the dead past. Though he was a wandering type of Sangh Pracharak he had a wealth of national and international exposure with him. Immediately after the swearing in ceremony he swung into action. His administrative acumen, clear vision and integrity brought him a landslide victory in the general elections held in December 2002 and he was sworn in as the Chief Minister for the second term on 22nd December 2002.

Presiding over the killing of Muslims
In 2002, Narendra Modi's party, the BJP, which has been on the forefront of a fundamentalist Hindu mobilisation for the construction of a temple dedicated to Mythical God Rama at a site held by the Muslims in a small town of India called Ayodhya, organised one of the many mobilisations of its cadres and interested masses to the city.The event was called "Chetavani Yatra" or "Rally for Warning", a warning that was meant for the Central government to expedite the handover of the muslim site so that a fitting monument to the hindu god could be constructed.There is a court case still pending since the 1949's to decide the title deed of the land and whether the claim that the mosque was constructed in the 1500's by the general of the then Mughal ruler Babar over a Hindu shrine.
The Hindu extremists, otherwise, also known as Kar Sevaks engaged in Anti Muslim sloganeering and rowdiness over the entire stretch of the Rail Network that led to retaliatory attacks on a train in the town of Godhra in Gujarat.A fire resulted in the carriages of the train and some 56 people were killed burnt most likely due to fire from stoves carried in the train by some of the extremist activists than due to the arson from outside from a group of Muslims living in the vicinity of the station who had come to protest the manhandling of a Muslim girl vendor by the Kar Sevaks in the train who also sloganeered Anti-Muslim slogans.

Cancellation of US Tourist Visa
Modi masterminded the communal violence in Gujarat that killed over 2000 Muslims in February-March 2002 besides destroying millions of dollars worth of properties and personal belongings of the minority community and rendering thousands of them homeless. Ignoring the criticism made by human rights organizations and individuals, groups and parties representing secular opinions and sentiments in the country, Modi provocatively allowed in the first week of July 2002 a traditional Hindu procession to take place through the streets of Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Gujarat State including some of the city’s Muslim neighbourhoods. This was in keeping with the usual practice of the Hindu bigots to exploit the chariot procession to incite anti-Muslim pogroms. Modi used the occasion as the pretext for a massive police operation involving 30,000 police officers and other security personnel, including members of the Rapid Action Force, the Border Security Force and the Central Reserve Police Force. Police lined the streets along the 14km route, while marksmen were placed on neighbouring rooftops and hundreds of plainclothes police mingled with onlookers. The heavy police presence did not reassure the local Muslim population, many of whom fled to relief camps set up at Ahmedabad.

Narendra Modi signs Apco Worldwide as Lobbying Firm
Narendra Modi was invited to take part in the WEF Davos deliberations and an invitation accorded by its Chairman as a part of the campaign by the American Lobbying firm Apco Worldwide.An international outcry followed with protests from Indophile academics which an Indian Scholar summed as:
"For months, the WEF did not bother to respond to the academics and activists’ demand. It neither confirmed the invitation nor denied it. Finally in late November, Mark Adams, communications officer at World Economic Forum, bowing to the international outcry, told me that Modi is not invited to the summit, and the Gujarat officials making such claims were wrong. Those officials were simply, if recklessly, cooking up stories to whiten their boss’ black record. Their doings are part of the move Modi made to hire a Washington-based firm, Apco Worldwide, an American firm for public relations purposes."

Narendra Modi walks out of Interview
Showing a common trend evident in the right wing Hindu party - the BJP, Modi showed a complete disregard to an eminent interviewer Karan Thapar by walking out of the Interview in just five minutes.

Relevant Items:
Video: Gujarat Riots at Modi's instigation - NDTV

Modi's Biography according to the UK Newspaper "The Guardian"

Anti-Muslim and Anti-Christian Election propaganda
The Bharatiya Janata Party and its associated organisations create Muslim and Christian phobia among the gullible masses and talk of how to show the Muslims and Christians their right place in India.

Recent Sworning Ceremonies of BJP governments
Weapons and Religion are omnipresent in the sworning in ceremonies.The image below shows Himachal BJP chief minister after taking oath.

Quotes from Narendra Modi
At a function promoting rural sanitation, Mr. Modi is reported to have said, "There is one community which insists on `burqa' for their women in public. But to respond to nature's call, the same women are forced to go to jungles in the absence of sanitary facilities at home ..."

This level of bigotry from a politician who has distinguished himself by remaining completely unremorseful, despite universal condemnation for the horrific events that took place in Gujarat in 2002 and thereafter is hardly surprising. But instead of taking cheap swipes at Muslims, the Gujarat Chief Minister should hang his head in shame that despite all his talk of Gujarat Gaurav (Gujarat Pride), millions of poor women in the State — not just Muslim but Hindu, Adivasi, of every caste and creed — are deprived of basic facilities like water and sanitation.

Narendra Modi and BJP role in Gujarat Riots 2002: The BJP and the Sangh Parivar family would like us to forget the crimes against humanity committed in full world view under a democratic garb and there is no dearth of literature flooded on the worldwideweb that speaks lies and tries to project the violence as a reciprocal one when it was entirely one sided post Godhra train burning incident - even for which the rowdy Sangh Parivar activists were responsible for inciting the Muslim railway station vendors.

The Gujarat Riots reports on preventgenocide international website are sourced from the established Indian and International media and gives a day by day account of the riots.