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Narendra Damodardas Modi: The man who gets “famous” for EVERYTHING he does …

Filed under: Politics — Jimy Shah @ 10:47 am

“People are not upset when any other player is out with a low score, but if Sachin Tendulkar is out even at 90, he is criticized because people judge him on a different scale. I’m glad that I, too, have been judged on a scale of expectations and not on a scale of credit and discredit. ”

— Narendra Modi comparing his situation with that of Sachin’s / May 26, 2009

Image source: http://narendramodi.com/

Let me start with a confession: I am strongly biased in my views FOR Narendra Modi.

Modi, the name for which everyone has a clear opinion on. Either you are a big fan of Modi’s entrepreneur skills or you simply hate him for Gujarat Riots in 2002. I have very rarely come across people who have mixed opinion on this politician. I belong to the prior group and I have my own reasons and biases for it. I always wanted to write something about this great architect after the recent news about Supreme Court’s summon. Thanks to a friend, after reading whose article, I felt the moral duty to share my views on this Man with capital “M”. May be because it’s MY state and hence MY chief minister that I feel so obliged to share what I think about this whole debate on “Who is Modi, a great leader or a murderer?”.

For many people, when thinking about Modi, the first thing that comes to their mind is 2002 Gujarat Riots. On the contrary, I see the skyline of Gujarat that seems to have changed overnight. Every time I go to Gujarat I see so many changes in transportation, industries and incentives for young entrepreneurs that it’s hard to comprehend. Probably this is the Gujarat which the prior generation might have just dreamed of.

This does not mean that my memories of 2002 are diminished. I can never forget that ringing sound of lamp post which was used as an indication that a mob is approaching our area and we need to get ready. Those sleepless nights, wild thoughts and insecurity of tomorrow lasted for months. I can still visualize that night when I saw a mob of 100s of people, 20 meters away from me, shouting and screaming with metals in their hand. Sound of gunshots was so common that even a firecracker burnt in marriage would throttle our heartbeats. People were talking about leaving their home and going to a more *safer* place. That mere thought of having to leave the place was just dreadful. There were fewer days without curfew than with curfew. Shops, businesses, offices and schools remained closed for days. After being on the ground myself, I believe, its not just 1 or 2 individuals who suffered during that time but it is each and every individual living in Gujarat who had to suffer in one way or another. I don’t know when our impotent judicial system will uncover the culprits, but for me “it was a wave of emotion which took over every Hindu and Muslim and caused brutal damage”. The good news is that it has passed and its time now to move on. I don’t know what the facts are and truly, I don’t want to know them. It’s just going to open up the wounds which took long time to heal. This being said, if it’s Narendra Modi who was responsible for this massacre, he should be given his due punishment for sure. But I think until he is proven guilty, we need to blame our nonfunctioning system and not him or his government.

Leaving 2002 behind, I think Modi has tapped into the inborn skill of Gujaratis, that of being successful entrepreneurs. In 2001 he was sworn in as the CM, when Gujarat was trying to fight repercussions of earthquake. Now is 2010, 10 years from then, Gujarat has achieved what seemed impossible in 2001. Be it the Vibrant Gujarat initiative or Jyotigram-Yojana, Gujarat has grown at unimaginable pace. From a common man’s perspective he is getting more and better opportunities to work, better road and transportation facilities, access to drinking water and cheaper utilities due to increasing competition. As a common man from Gujarat, I am enthralled to see these changes in front of my eyes. It makes me feel good when Modi says “There is no red-tapism in my state, only red carpet”. This is a statement which is backed by big business tycoons and their investments in Gujarat. It is also evident from the fact that Gujarat is one of the fastest growing states in India.

Talking about the debates and furor in media, I feel Modi is getting political mileage out of it instead of damaging his image. I know that outside of Gujarat people have equally strong and opposite views for him. I doubt he will ever be a national leader with the stain of 2002 riots on him. I know he is often talked about being denied US visa, but never saw people appreciating his efforts in bringing global companies to Gujarat. What I like about this man is his vision. People compare him to personalities like Hitler, but I see him more similar to someone like Steve Jobs. Just as triumphantly Steve Jobs came back to Apple after being written off, Modi has repeatedly won the elections and people of Gujarat after being written off.

For me he is THE visionary who changed, transformed and enhanced the lives of my friends and family back there in Gujarat. I know this is highly one sided view, but this is what comes to my mind when I think about this divisive figure. Are you a fan or a critic of this controversial personality?

Do share the experience of reading this blog by leaving a comment to this post. It is the only way for me to improve.


-Jimy Shah

Live 2 Eat, don’t Eat 2 Live!



  1. I like what he does if I look at it as an entropy, but I have doubts in the way he does it. Sometimes we know something is unethical but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

    Comment by Brijesh Chauhan — 03/18/2010 @ 11:17 am | Reply

    • I agree, “a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do!” 🙂

      Comment by Jimy Shah — 03/19/2010 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  2. Great post on Modi. I am also Gujarati and proud of our chief minister.
    Keep writing!

    Comment by Indian — 03/18/2010 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  3. Hey Jimmy,

    nice article!! I liked the part where you said “impotent judicial system”.. That is so true. People (politicians, not the normal people) can bend it and use it in a way they want. Some of them are so shameless that they know they can get away from it anytime.

    I am a big fan of Modi as well for what he did for Gujarat. I agree that with this stain on his collar its hard for him to be a national leader, because we being Gujarati know what he has done for Gujarat, but people from other states have a bad image of him portrayed by the media. Having said that, people from other state have also noticed that Gujarat has done wonderfully well in past 10 years.

    I agree that moving on from what had happened in 2002 is hard for people who have lost their loved ones, and he should be punished if he is guilty. But he should also be praised and appreciated for what he did for Gujarat in these years, because he deserves it, for sure !!

    Comment by Harshal — 03/18/2010 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  4. Gujarat is the safest place in India. Since last 7 years nothing happened in Gujarat.

    one third of india is under naxalites that covers some southern states, maharastra and east indian states, and there is Pakistan supported terrorists in Kashmir. This covers almost all the states in India except Gujarat and some other small states.

    I want to give all the credits to N.Modi.

    Comment by Malav — 03/18/2010 @ 12:44 pm | Reply

    • Malavsaheb.. all I can say is “Garvi Gujarat” 🙂

      Comment by Jimy Shah — 03/19/2010 @ 10:42 am | Reply

  5. Hey Jimy,

    Was a pleasure reading the blog and thanks for tagging me. I just realized that I take the opposite stance of the person in front of me regarding Modi. Sometimes I defend him from bashers and sometimes I bash him when I see his supporters. So, I was so tempted to do the latter.

    You, citizens of Gujarat are the best people to judge the right mood of Gujarat. I think now tat watever he touches is gold, why doesn’t he put some little efforts on better PR?


    Comment by Sandipan — 03/18/2010 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sandipan for the comments and the inspiration for writing this post. It was a long time since I wrote one and just needed some boost to get me going again.

      Regarding Modi putting more effort on better PR, I think this is what he likes. Half of his vote bank comes from people who vote for him only because he portrays himself as anti-muslim. So I doubt he will change this in near future. But on this one I am with you, he should surely put more efforts on being more secular and better PR.

      Comment by Jimy Shah — 03/19/2010 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  6. You are right – One either adores / loves / is a fan of him {for his entrepreneurial or simply hates him for 2002 riots. I belong to the latter category. I have tried and want to move towards the first one, so often but alas have always realized that they category is a fake one. If you think of it by the way of results, there have been really few. I request all of us who can analyse, to analyse by taking results into consideration. So many of the claims are misguiding as they are hypes of things which look like achievements. The truth is that achievements are not so many; the hype is abundant. As for the safety thing, Gujarat was a safe state always (suggestion to check the records once again over here).
    Now, I absolutely adore him for his governance – his ability to take quick & strong decisions and stand by them. But that alone doesn’t help especially when one is so autocratic and centered on himself. I see in him a Mussoulini or Hitler when I look for a people’s leader in a democracy. Hope Gujarat doesn’t fall into the same future as the countries of these dictators did.

    Comment by Rational Gujarati — 03/19/2010 @ 2:31 am | Reply

    • Thanks for your comments. I appreciate your views. As I said I am biased FOR Modi and I have my views based on whatever I have seen on the ground and not from media. If I was to believe media I would have been anti-modi. I personally believe that his pro-growth approach is often interpreted as a dictatorial approach.

      Comment by Jimy Shah — 03/19/2010 @ 10:48 am | Reply

  7. People like karan thaper open their mouth with lies to defame Modi. It doesn’t matter. I’m sure he is the best.

    Comment by Das — 03/26/2010 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  8. I wish he becomes next PM to save India from next slavery Manmohan is leading us to by the help of Italian Mafia agent hidden her real name ( So.ni.)

    Comment by subs Mal — 09/23/2012 @ 2:39 am | Reply

  9. We cant keep still discussing about what bad happened in 2002…In the last 10 years a lot of good has happened and thats what we need to look at move ahead and support the man who has been driving the progress. Hats off to Mr. Narendra Modi

    Comment by Vikram — 12/19/2012 @ 8:43 am | Reply

  10. now,i m afraid of that no one likes meticulous personality like Mr.modi in politics!!!!

    Comment by khyati patel — 12/27/2012 @ 11:19 am | Reply

    • Liked the article.acc. To me the gujrat riots of 2002 can’t be blamed on one man.the seeds of hatred had already been sown during the partition,and a small incident can trigger off a war.any other neta in modi position also wld have been as helpless as him.it is very easy for people to point fingers at modi, I wld ask them to put themselves in his shoes and ask how much
      better they wld have done.it is disgusting how politicians rush to critize him,he has done a lot of good work,we can’t ignore that. price rise,corruption,rapes and scams is also causing distress which is not visible to the human eye.so can the present ruling party answer to the people of the country what went wrong in kedarnath?if there was good governance a lot of people wld have been saved.it is very easy to point fingers at others,but the congress needs to know that that four fingers are pointing back at them.

      Comment by Anita — 07/08/2013 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

    • If some is doing good,even then we critize.

      Comment by Anita — 07/08/2013 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  11. too gud

    Comment by Nandini — 05/19/2014 @ 2:01 am | Reply

  12. sir I really pleased to see you an strong firm always. all the best.

    Comment by manjunath patil — 12/02/2016 @ 3:42 am | Reply

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