This is my short blog.
Indian pride was on display yesterday when we became the first nation to successfully orbit a spacecraft into the Martian orbit in their maiden attempt. No other country has managed this before.
India also becomes the first Asian power to achieve this feat with China and Japan’s attempt failing.
Today, every Indian felt a sense of great pride - it was not Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists or Jains who owned that pride; it was every Indian and all India.
Nobody stopped or cared to find out about the scientists religious or political affiliations – because it does not matter.
We are a greater nation when we are Indians first and foremost and our potential is limitless when we are united.
Modi knew that the only way to quell the RSS and their Hindutva agenda was to give them the reigns and a free hand in the bypolls; only to let them fail. It was a calculated risk. History has shown that a party that sweeps power in a national election tends to receive a set-back by the electorate in the very next local one - as a way of ensuring balance.
In Uttar Pradesh, despite the fact that the BJP was roundly criticized for selecting a controversial MP Yogi Adityanath as their star campaigner, Modi chose him carefully. Adityanath is also a priest and founder of the ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’, a right wing Hindu nationalist group (source: Wikipedia).
Modi knew that this defeat would be small in the grand scheme of things and would not affect his national agenda but it would be enough to send the Hindu right wing and communal forces a strong message to stay silent; while strengthening Modi’s hand over them.
Well played Prime Minister…
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
(by Walt Whitman)