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World's Largest Election Result - India's New PM Narendra Modi - His Views/Policies

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World's Largest Election was held in India from 7th April to 12th May 2014 in 9 Phases and Result was declared on 16th May 2014.

The middle-Right Leaning Party BJP Won the election along with their allies (Known together as NDA - National Democratic Alliance).

The Current Ruling Party which is middle-Left Leaning INC lost the election due to massive corruption/scam charges against the govt and also due to dynasty image of the party (currently 4th generation family dynasty in the party).

Total Seats - 543
Majority - 272


BJP got 282 Seats.
NDA (allaince of BJP + other regional parties) - 336 Seats

INC got 44 Seats
UPA (alliance of INC + other regional parties) - 61 Seats


Vote Share - NDA - 40% , BJP - 31.3% , INC - 19%

Muslim Vote Share - 10% voted for BJP and 43% Voted for INC






Now Let's Talk About Issues

History Of Narendra Modi and Alternative Party INC



Narendra Modi will become the Prime Minister of India (same as US President). He is famous for being the Chief Minister (same as governor of any US state) of Gujarat when 2002 riots happened. A train was burned (or accidentally fired) which carried all hindu travellers coming back from their holy place in a muslim majority/dominated area of gujarat. In retaliation , muslims were attacked in that area and soon hindu-muslims started fighting. As Hindus were more in numbers in the state of Gujarat, about 750 muslims and about 250 hindus were killed in the riots. Critics of Narendra Modi tell that he did nothing to stop the communal riots. However, he has been given clean chit by the Supreme Court of India last year.

If we look at the alternative party, INC - Indian National Congress, the situation is not much better. While they are middle-left leaning party, there has been more communal riots in the rule of INC for example : Mah 1993 riots, Delhi 1984 riots and so on...

INC is usually consider secular party still after many riots in their ruling time.

Also , there is a peculiar case of a Muslim girl who accused of Local INC leaders in Gujarat of bias in pressuring local policemen for arresting more minority (read muslim youth) during the 2002 riots. Due to that pressure, her brother was also arrested and illegally detailed.

After riots were over, Narendra Modi rallied in different parts of Gujarat to regain confidence of people. In one of his rallies, asma started speaking in between ..although crowd tried to stop her..Narendra Modi allowed her to tell her story...after hearing he said he will see what he can do and with in 3 days, her brother was released. After that he joined BJP and he is now actively promoting BJP in muslim dominated areas.

Narendra Modi is mainly seen as an anti-muslim leader instead of anti-minority leader as other minority religion excluding muslims are voting for modi.

BJP has won all the seats with Buddhist religion dominated area..and surprisingly Ladakh (seat) too which has about 95% minority (48% muslims and 47% Buddhist). BJP also is currently ruling in Goa, the most liberal state of India which also has about 30% christian population (Christianity is a minorty religion in India).

But still, BJP has lot to prove themselves as secular due to their past and few sections of their supporter being communal.

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Modi's Policies


1) Renewable Energy - Modi is a big supporter of renewable energy. His govt has made asia's largest solar plant in Gujarat (state of india) and many other projects are under-way. His govt has also approved many projects for Wind energy and tidal energy as gujarat has a long coastline. His party is even planning to introduce solar powered homes in delhi to reduce power bill of many households if they come to power.

Thus, a liberal/left approach by a right-wing party.



2) Gay Sex/ Couples - BJP party president said that he do not approve Gay couples but he also added that this is his personal view. Other senoir BJP leader Arun Jailey said that his personal view is pro-gay sex and said that party do not have any stand currently on this issue

Source : http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/i-am-for-decriminalising-gay-sex-arun-jaitley-to-ndtv/311104

Thus, party is currently divided over the issue and has decided not to take any stand till required. Looks more like a conservative stand but party will be in immense pressure to fully oppose gay sex/couples as youth of india has voted in majority for BJP and as youth are pro-gay they won't like youth to go away from them.

3) Environment :

BJP supports full purification of major indian rivers/lakes and that process also includes preventing factories and other business from dumping toxic and harmful chemical in rivers/lakes..but the sad part is that it is due to religious faith..Hindu religion considers Rivers as Goddess and that's why they have said that it will be one of their biggest priorities to do if they come to power (which they have now)..

Thus, liberal view but still not exactly good basis...but anyways, end result is important.


4) Defence :

Previous BJP Govt implemented NO FIRST USE POLICY of nuclear weapons and they are keen to carry on that policy. They have very tough stand on terrorism and have given warnings to Pak. that trade talks cannot continue if they keep sending terrorists to India. Other than Pak, Mr modi has said that cold war era is over and we should now concentrate on trade relations between countries and forgot about past. He also said in inviting foreign companies to build MADE IN INDIA defence equipments and not to engage in large defence weapons buying spree.

Thus, middle view and not intense like republicans..

5) Privatization

Modi views that everything except few essential commodities like water, sewer, in-city roads..etc..He is also big supporter of bringing private professionalism in govt owned companies. He did make few govt owned companies profitable which were in loss before his rule. He is very pro-business and always give more incentives to set-up industries.

Thus, a full on conservative view..

6) Public Transportation

He is pro-public transportation and implement a UN Medal winning BRTS (Bus Rapid Transport System) in Gujarat. He also plans to expand railways.

Thus, overall a liberal view...

7) Women Rights :

He supports death sentence for rapist/gang-rapist which has become a big problem in India. He also supports implementation of fast track courts for speedy and effective justice. His party is supporting 33% reservation for women in various govt jobs/positions etc and but he is keen for 50% reservation for women. He is personally involved in girl child education programme and encourages for 100% women literacy. However, a small party section also opposes pre-marital sex.

Thus, liberal view but also somewhat conservative element mixed.



8) Drug Usage

Every party is india is against drug usage. However, every party is pro-bhaang (a drink of milk, opium and marijuana) during holi festival.


Conservative view but same stand by all parties in india.


9) Farmers

Thousands of farmers suicide in india every year due to various reasons. One of the biggest reason is low MSP - Minimum Support Price. Govt usually buys the farm grains directly from the farmer. Now MSP of Wheat/Rice is currently at $25-30 per 220 pounds.
Due to price rise of seeds, fertilizers etc..the input cost is now greater than $25-30..which is causing loss to many farmers and they do suicide due to depression and debt.

BJP/Modi govt has promised to introduced a new mechanism which will decide MSP..the formula is Total Input Cost of Farmer + 50% profit = MSP...This is a great step to stop suicides and help millions of farmers to get out of poverty..

However, the irony is that INC (left leaning party) which was ruling for last 10 years..did nothing on this front and their party manifesto (promises for the next 5 years if they make govt) also mentions nothing specific for this...

Thus, a liberal stand..

10) Uniform Civil Code

They are supporting it as Muslim Men can marry multiple times without divorce and even if they take divorce they are not obliged to pay alimony to Muslim women. Thus, it is also a women rights movement

Read Here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shah_Bano_case

The left-leaning party thinks that this uniform civil code will make minority muslim rights taken away (their right of marrying multiple times without marriage and not paying alimony to women) and thus, they oppose it..

I am totally confused in this matter...as why is left leaning party opposing ucc...


11) Climate Change

Narendra Modi thinks that Climate Change is real. His govt was the first in india to form a dedicated ministry for climate change to study the effects and find the possible solutions.

Thus, a liberal view on climate change.


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Reply World's Largest Election Result - India's New PM Narendra Modi - His Views/Policies (Original post)
Joel thakkar May 2014 OP
pinto May 2014 #1
Joel thakkar May 2014 #2
Donald Ian Rankin May 2014 #3
Joel thakkar May 2014 #4
Recursion May 2014 #6
Joel thakkar May 2014 #10
Recursion May 2014 #12
Joel thakkar May 2014 #14
Recursion May 2014 #5
Donald Ian Rankin May 2014 #7
Recursion May 2014 #9
KamaAina May 2014 #8
Joel thakkar May 2014 #11
Joel thakkar May 2014 #13

Response to Joel thakkar (Original post)

Sun May 18, 2014, 01:18 PM

1. Thanks for the background.

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Response to pinto (Reply #1)

Mon May 19, 2014, 02:34 AM

2. thanks

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Response to Joel thakkar (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 03:23 AM

3. You left out minority rights. My understanding is he's a hardline Hindu nationalist.

His role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, and since, was appalling, I believe (although I can't claim to be an expert).

He's also made controversial, to say the least, remarks about dalits.

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Response to Donald Ian Rankin (Reply #3)

Mon May 19, 2014, 03:56 AM

4. well

i included 2002 riots in the history of narendra modi...yes his critics say that his role was anti-muslim...but there is no criminal case against him. While, i agree that he may not be exactly secular due to his in-action in 2002 or after.

I don't think he has made any comment on dalits. He, himself is from Ganchi Caste, which is lower caste same as dalits.

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Response to Joel thakkar (Reply #4)

Mon May 19, 2014, 06:00 AM

6. It's a fair point; look at the Sikhs and Sonia

Congress is not remotely free of communal violence either.

That said: Modi actively courted Shiv Sena. I can't find a justification for that. Can you? Can any decent person defend Shiv Sena?

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Response to Recursion (Reply #6)

Mon May 19, 2014, 01:15 PM

10. shiv sena

shiv sena is not secular...and they always have a marathi card playing...but i think as BJP has got majority on its own..shiv sena won't have a big role now...

same is with congress..they have aligned with All India Muslim League in kerala...a party name which includes a religious name cannot be secular in my opinion...(also shiv is name of a hindu god..thus shiv sena is also communal)

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Response to Joel thakkar (Reply #10)

Mon May 19, 2014, 01:25 PM

12. Of course SS is not secular

I mean, I live in a Marathi neighborhood in Mumbai that these guys run.

Yes, Congress's allies in Kerala are unfortunate. What I'm saying is that Modi allied himself with the Thackeries and Shiv Sena, and that there's no excuse for that. Do you agree?

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Response to Recursion (Reply #12)

Mon May 19, 2014, 01:34 PM

14. Yes

There is no excuse for that...that party is wrong on many things...

Unfortunate part is also that they won 18 seats and it is mainly due to modi wave...otherwise their organization was getting weak..which was seen in the 2009 elections...


I am not understanding exactly this : "Modi allied himself with the Thackeries and Shiv Sena"

The alliance was started in 1995 between BJP and Shivsena when modi was nowhere seen in BJP..However i agree that when he got power in the party last year...he should have broken the alliance..and he did not...and there is no excuse for that...

Hope these Shiv Sena loonies don't get much power or word in the govt as BJP is getting majority on its own and are not dependent on SS to run the govt...

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Response to Joel thakkar (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 04:01 AM

5. The best comparison to the US is probably Huey P. Long

That's the closest I can come to translating Modi into US politics...

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Response to Recursion (Reply #5)

Mon May 19, 2014, 12:15 PM

7. Would Enoch Powell be a useful UK reference point? N.T.

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Response to Donald Ian Rankin (Reply #7)

Mon May 19, 2014, 12:23 PM

9. Yes, in fact, though probably less well known in the US

Good call.

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Response to Joel thakkar (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 12:21 PM

8. "Middle-right leaning"?

 

Would you describe our teabaggers as "middle-right leaning"? That's what the BJP is, if you substitute Muslims for African Americans.

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Muslim Vote Share - 10% voted for BJP
Of course, that's about the same percentage of African Americans who vote repuke.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #8)

Mon May 19, 2014, 01:19 PM

11. well

i gave with examples of policies why they are middle-right leaning..

Tea-Baggers are not pro-environment, pro-public transportation , pro-women rights, pro-climate change etc..etc...also they have decided to continue all the populist schemes of Congress govt (middle-left leaning) for poor people..like NREGA and Food Security..

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Response to Joel thakkar (Original post)

Mon May 19, 2014, 01:28 PM

13. Another Thing To Note :

BJP/Modi Govt has given indications that they will likely continue pro-poor schemes which were implemented by INC govt (middle-left leaning) during last 10 years


1) NREGA - This is a national Job guarantee scheme for 100 days per year for people living in villages / rural areas.

BJP Stand : They have said that they will continue this scheme and try to reduce corruption in it as many middle-men are taking cut from wages of the poor (as govt has given authority at local level to distribute wages). They have also said to link it to nation building / infrastructure like building roads, bridges, railways , highways etc..so that poor people build a good product and get job wages in exchange..current scheme has no proper direction/plan of using the workers.

2) Food Security Plan Scheme - This scheme entitles poor families to food at 90% subsidy rate for mainly items like wheat, rice, corn floor etc..

BJP Stand : They plan to continue the same as usual and plan to implement it (as this scheme was introduced by INC govt just last year in hope of getting more votes in the election this year..but proper implementation is not started)..


Fun Fact : The food security plan was started by a BJP govt (middle-right leaning) in one of their states "Chattisgarh" few years back...Imagine...a right wing state govt introducing a Right To Food bill and providing 90% subsidies to all poor people on essential food items.

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