The First Days
The breathless euphoria over Mr.Modi’s election has been in evidence since May 16. Mr.Modi has famously remarked that he was born post-independence and for the generation he has alluded to, his election, seems to have heralded a new Independence Day. India freed itself of a stereotypic mould, of a hesitant nation, submitting to rule by the privileged who looked Indian, but never felt the antiquity of its soil, never understood India’s ancient aristocracy in human history, and never honored the country as mother. Those who had the reins were quintessentially westerners masquerading as natives. The ruling elites lived in a cocoon, accrued immense privilege and wealth, visited villages in pre-election photo-ops, and sent their children abroad to their own alma mater to learn what they had learnt – how to look at India through European eyes. India’s ruling elite imbibed Western theoretical Constructs, used western liberalism and secularism as tools for their political ambition and as cover for their decadent moral core. They fashionably writhed in convulsions when they sniffed anything remotely Hindu, but were deeply comfortable with the idea of terrorism by Muslims or Maoists, as if these were inalienable rights of indulgence for minorities based on the thesis that minorities and majority must have differential gradients of rights and privileges within the same constitution of a republic. They preached a religion called Minorytism, separating the people of India into parts that could not claim a common heritage, develop a common set of aspirations or demand universally applicable public policy. Ancient Syncretism was destroyed, and the country’s ancient evolutionary progress was replaced by a Western Dark Age- Enlightenment- secularism- Liberalism construct, taking India back into dark ages. India had to be in dark ages to follow the birth pangs of European civilization. India could never skip these European developmental stages – the slave can at best aspire to the master’s model, it was not entitled to proclaim its own narrative or choose its own destiny. India’s ruling cabal never cared to know their India – to the ruling elites, the land was alien, the DNA of its culture, primitive, non-European refuse.
Mr. Modi embodies Indian-ness of an ancient, native kind. He was born, less than a commoner and reached the pinnacle of India’s body polity through self-belief, relentless hard work, nationalism steeped in India’s universal ancient tradition, unimpeachable integrity, selflessness, austerity and love of the common man toiling on India’s soil. He saw universalism as India’s indigenous tradition, felt the need to eradicate pain and poverty in the same way that Vivekananda did and entered politics to serve his nation. Just as the British had called Aurobindo the most dangerous man alive, the entrenched Indian elites in politics, academia and media pursued him as their most dangerous adversary. The masses understood this. Modi’s campaign was not a contrived or cultivated strategy. This was Modi the man as he is, the mass leader, a son of the masses. Who stopped his adversaries from traveling 300,000 kilometers and speaking to millions until the voice became hoarse and the sun darkened the skin. There are simply no other leaders in India that have his ethos, ability, skill, intent, integrity, courage, simplicity and selflessness. It is simply a delusion of the intelligentsia that sees Modi, just a master strategist – he is merely a son of India, born into freedom. He appears as he is – simply as his Svabhava permits. To be one’s own self, constitutes freedom. Modi is free. Therefore he understands the nature of freedom. He talks of education, security, and economic opportunity for all as the basis of freedom instead of the elitist platitude of minority rights and secularism, which to exist, mandates existence of inequality as a pre-requisite. Our leaders spoke the language of Indian neo-colonialism, which India’s masses discarded in their electoral verdict. The elites no longer occupy the public space or public discourse, the commoners have taken over their due space and now, shall dictate public policy – this is the essence of democracy.
In celebrating Mr.Modi’s victory, India proclaimed its freedom from the Indian colonists. The task of governing free India began on 26 th May 2014 as the sun set at the forecourt of the former Viceroy’s residence now fit to be called Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi, the elected leader, touched his mother’s feet, paid obeisance to Lord Vishwanath and through his Ganga Aarti reminded us of India’s timeless Sanskritic Civilization, nurtured on its banks. Mother smiled on her son and Bharat, crept out of India.
Modi the Prime-Minister, accomplished in his first day what none of his predecessors had done. He had no time for gratuitous self-elation. He set to work as Majdoor number 1, as he had promised us. This Majdoor’s court had six heads of state and one representative from the seventh, applauding his anointment. They recognized the royal majdoor and came to honor one, fit for his chair. The Prime Minister with his neighbors shared ceremony, bonhomie, meals, pageantry and celebrated the largest festival of democracy on earth. The occasion did not deter our Prime- Minster from telling his new friends, what his nation needed. Mr.Sharif, the seasoned Prime Minster of Pakistan had already faced the discomfiture of an uncomfortably long decision making that preceded his acceptance of Mr.Modi’s invitation. Mr.Karzai was candid enough to say on national Television that Lashkar had attacked the Indian consulate in Herat preceding Mr.Modi’s coronation – this revelation could not have been comfortable for fellow guest, the suave Mr.Sharif, walking the razor’s edge between terrorists at home and their sponsors, who hold Pakistan’s aspiration to democracy, at ransom. Mr. Karzai did not receive Mr. Obama who landed at Bagram to speak to his Afghan troops. Mr. Modi’s invitation to Mr. Karzai, and his acceptance of the same, in preference to hosting Mr. Obama, underscored the proud Afghan tradition of honoring invited guests and honoring invitations, in preference to appeasing arrogant imperial guests who impose themselves uninvited upon their “Friends”. There was a unique spectacle unfolding before the world, where a collective South- East Asian neighborhood hoped that a new leader had shoulders broad enough to carry not only his nation but a troubled neighborhood’s poor people and their aspirations to life, liberty and economic security in a future untainted by the past. They were at Delhi because it made so much more sense to solve issues related to their own neighborhood between themselves. Mr.Modi on his first day in office constituted the Special Investigations Team to bring back home, the people’s stolen wealth from the coffers of India’s neocolonial elites. He also declared his cabinet team to mixed emotions. Some are stars in their own right, some unknown, some even inviting skepticism but the nation seems willing to await with patience, the efflorescence of India’s golden age in history yet again, through the genius of an extraordinary visionary.
Author ; Subroto Gangopadhyay, is a member of Houston based IHAR (Indian History Awareness Research). He is a Houston, Texas, based Cardiologist and a keen student of India.