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This Is Why It’s Time We End The Clichéd Modi vs. Rahul Debates

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By Priyanka Chakrabarty:

If you thought small talk was awkward, then the Rahul vs. Modi debate seems to be the best way to avoid that. Even the introverts seem opinionated regarding who should be the next Prime Minister. The nation is absolutely obsessed, but now we need to ask a question. Who does India need? India needs a dynamic leader, who will uphold the values of secularism and democracy, and drive the country towards positive change by involving the youth. Do Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi, fit into this definition? The answer is no. Why not?

Rahul Gandhi, while he talks about problems of the political and the bureaucratic system, is often considered to be a philosopher. While he philosophises the issues of the downtrodden and the necessity of the youth, he is often considered as an individual lacking initiative. He campaigned during the 2012 Assembly Elections, and the results were far from satisfactory. Congress won only 2 out of 15 seats from the Amethi constituency, in Uttar Pradesh.

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Narendra Modi is one man who avoids all questions relating to the 2002 Godhra Riots because he has already answered “enough”. But is never tired of answering about the growth and development in Gujarat. The four times Chief Minister in Gujarat has a lot of controversies surrounding him. Known for his Hindu Nationalism, and Anti-Muslim ideologies, he does not seem to be an ideal choice for a country whose founding father dreamt of establishing a secular country.

But have we not had enough of these debates and arguments? As citizens of this country and agents of change do we really need to deliberate, to the extent of obsession, that who out of two not so fit people would be fit enough to be the next Prime Minister? This seems extremely prevalent even in the youth circles. More that 50% of the India’s population is below the age of 25. Instead of trying to figure out who is “more fit” to govern the country, why do we not step into politics?

Most of the youth in our country shy away from giving their votes. It is not because they do not want to; it is because they are not aware of the political structure of the country. Politics is one such field and topic which is avoided, or only limited to superficial discussions. We really need to be politically educated, if we wish to bring about any development or change. No, politics is not the only way we can go about changing, but it is a very influential institution. So it is high time that we stop having the clichéd Rahul vs. Modi debates and think along the lines of what could our individual contribution be, for the development of our nation.

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  1. Peen

    Narendra modi will be next primemanister

  2. Ishan Tiwari

    I disagree with you. Leaders cannot be created in a instant. Modi and Rahul gandhi(i.e congress or bjp) are our obvious choices . Secondly I don’t know why people are so obssesd with secularism? I know i might sway towards the idea of secularism in peace time but when push will come to shove in times of dissent and chaos I will stick by my culture and people. It’s basic human instinct to run towards what he knows and understands even if its wrong. The church was not ready to accept that earth revolved around sun because no one understood the dynamics of astrology then but now even a wayward kid knows it . So my opinion about secularism is that given a little time and a long period of peace along with development might help us achieve something really close to it. Modi might or might not be secular that is something that is questionable but not really something we can get to a definite answer on. I believe India needs leader like him. He’s not the the right man for the post but he is the best choice at least in current scenario. Third front no matter how tempting it might look for some can never be a reality in national election and even if it by some god forsaken miracle comes to power can never aptly run the nation because it would be to divided on ideologies and personal gain to run a stable government. All that remains is BJP and Congress and while congress promotes secularism that no one really gives shit about except a learned few who are too high and mighty on humanitarian level that they would stop all work to save a poor man’s life. I believe humanitarianism should not be the clog rather it should be the oil that helps the machinery of society function better because when the society’s machinery comes to a stand still chaos and destruction follow. Modi has shown in gujrat that he is not some dictator he always was and has been talking about India’s development the only flaw I consider is that he has a image that can be effectively used to divide the country but only if we do not have the stomach to keep that secularism we are so loudly talking about to put to good use and maintain a cool head even in case he wins or maybe formulates some troubling policy cause this is DEMOCRACY and people need to understand that Modi alone cannot be the decision maker, even if he comes to power, on major policy of religious restraint freedom and equality in this country. The debate therefore should not be about whether modi will divide the country or not but rather whether he can move the country ahead or not.

    1. sg02

      i agree with you ishan tiwari,
      its not like there are no well-off muslims in gujrat! i am from UP. and when i visited Gujrat, i was really impressed!
      what he has done in Gujrat is worth appreciation, and we must give him a chance at the centre.
      i have been wondering: why is 2014 revolving only around Modi? i wrote an article/blog about it.

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