‘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
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
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
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
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
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.