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“It is not right in God’s sight to obey men rather than God.”

‘God’s gift’ is not so unique

By Samuel Mathai

Many veteran BJP leaders holding high positions in these days are trying their level best to deify Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cult of Modi keeps on growing. After being portrayed as one of the strongest-ever prime ministers of India, Modi is now projected as "god's gift" to the country.

In fact, flattery has a unique and peculiar tradition in Indian politics, but it is widespread among the BJP leaders, though such kind of laudatory is contradictory to the Rashtriya Sayamsevak Sangh's philosophy of rejecting "Vyakti Puja" (personality cult).

Senior BJP leader and Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, while moving a political resolution at the party National Executive on March 20 last, described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “God’s gift for India” and a “messiah of poor”. He saw godly attributes in his leader Modi.

Interestingly, before Modi became the object of his innovative metaphor - gift of god to India, Naidu had reserved somewhat similar epithets for his earlier bosses LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee and had showered effusive praises on them also.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is not far behind to what Venkaiah Naid in eulogizing his leader. Addressing a convention of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Chouhan claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is God’s gift to India. “He is the God’s divine gift to India. He will make India ‘Vishwa Guru’ by 2022,” Chouhan said amid cheers from the audience

Going a step further, some days ago, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju claimed that Frenchman Nostradamus had predicted in the year 1555 that Modi would rule India from 2014 to 2026.

On his Facebook page Rijiju posted that Nostradamus had predicted that "from 2014 to 2026, a man will lead India, whom initially, people will hate but after that people will love him so much that he will be engaged in changing the country’s plight and direction. This was predicted in the year 1555". Yet, mysteriously the BJP Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal West took down the post after a few hours.

However, the original text of Nostradamus, a French astrologer who lived 400 year ago in France, neither mentioned the name of Modi nor the period of time mentioned by the BJP leader.

The truth is that most of the predictions of Nostradamus have been misinterpreted by some wise people who can hardly understand the 16th Century French in which those predictions were made.

Dev Kanta Barooah, the Congress president in 1975, had made an infamous statement - "Indira is India and India is Indira". It seems the BJP is now going through the same phase.

Though the BJP, its leaders and supporters may deify Modi, the people of the country at large know his past and how he has become the prime minister by making false promises and by whipping up communal passions.

In fact, telling lies has become a passion for the BJP leader and his followers.

Moreover, our honourable Prime Minister Modi, while delivering public speeches, has often seen using sarcastic language against his opponents, especially the opposition leaders and parties.

Prime Minister of a country like India, having about 130 crore population, should at least maintain the dignity of the nation, its people and the position he has been holding, while using such cheap language. He should remember that now he is the Prime Minister of the Country.

Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee who was also parliamentarian since the era of Jawaharlal Nehru never said that the nation did not progress after independence. Rather, he would say, “Much has been done; more needs to be done.”

Obviously, those who are deifying Modi are doing so for their personal gains.