24 October, 2014 / 28 Zilhaj, 1435
Narendra Modi. — File photo
Narendra Modi. — File photo

AYODHYA: Some recoil at his name, while others still refuse to acknowledge his popularity. India’s Muslims have watched the rise of election front-runner Narendra Modi anxiously and are now united in their wariness.

Many of the worshippers at the Jama Masjid Terhi Bazaar mosque in Ayodhya, a kilometre from India’s most notorious religious flashpoint, were too young to remember the 1992 riots which left more than 2,000 people dead.

Not Mohammad Sagheer, a teenager at the time of India’s worst post-independence violence. "What could be worse than seeing Muslims being beaten up, cut up and burned to death?" he said.

The dispute in Ayodhya, which boiled over when zealots tore down a mosque believed to have been built over the birthplace of the Hindu god Ram, left deep scars but vaulted Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to national prominence.

The enduring sensitivity can be judged by the police presence today. Each visitor negotiates five layers of security as they proceed under caged walkways topped by razor wire to the shrine at the centre.

From watchtowers and gathered in groups, paramilitary police keep guard, automatic weapons at the ready.

It is a potent reminder of the consequences when religious tensions in one of the world’s most diverse countries, bound together by a secular and liberal constitution, are given vent.Now wrapped up in India’s famously inert legal system, the once-explosive dispute over ownership of the site has cooled in litigation.

"But if the BJP comes to power with a full-fledged majority, then the atmosphere will become a bit tense here," warned Sagheer, now aged 36.

For long a central plank of its agenda, the BJP manifesto still contains a pledge to construct a Ram temple on the site of the old Babri Masjid mosque.

Although largely overlooked due to his association with a more recent religious conflagration — riots in his home state of Gujarat in 2002 — Modi has links to this struggle too.

The 63-year-old, tipped to become prime minister after elections starting April 7, was an organiser in Gujarat for BJP leader L.K. Advani who began a nationwide march to demand a temple for Ram in 1990.

"The Muslim community is anxious about Modi," said Mujibur Rehman of the Centre for Minority Studies at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia university.

"What scares Muslims is essentially that they are convinced that this is a person who doesn’t have much respect for them, for their lives and for their future." Modi’s background, and his lack of outreach to religious minorities even during campaigning, gives them reasons for concern, Rehman said.

The strict vegetarian joined a grassroots Hindu nationalist group as a boy, entered the BJP at a time of deteriorating inter-religious ties, and is tainted by the 2002 riots. In that spasm of violence, more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died.

Modi had just become chief minister of Gujarat at the time and has been repeatedly investigated — and never found guilty — over suspicions he did too little to prevent the bloodshed.

When his aide Amit Shah called for a Ram temple in Ayodhya while visiting last July, some worried that the dispute’s embers could be reignited.

"Not Modi. I wouldn’t want to see someone like Modi in my lifetime," says Haji Mahboob Ahmad, head of the group defending the right of Muslims to worship at the contested site in Ayodhya. "Anyone but him."

During campaigning, Modi has presented himself as a moderate nationalist focused on economic development and good governance.

"For me my religion is ‘nation first, India first’," he has told rallies, adding that the constitution was his "only holy book" and that toilets should come first, "temple later".

He also came as close as ever to apologising for the 2002 riots, saying he felt "grief" and "misery".

But his decision to contest a seat from the Hindu holy city of Varanasi was a reminder to supporters that he had not forgotten his roots. And he has also spoken about how "75 per cent of people" in India — meaning Hindus — have been ignored by the Congress party, in power for the last decade. Muslims account for around 13 per cent of India’s population.

Any Hindutva (Hindu nationalist) agenda he might seek to project in power would likely be limited by the compulsions of coalition politics. A BJP parliamentary majority is highly unlikely, although some supporters still dream of what it could lead to.

"If a Hindu party wins a majority of votes then we will ask that a law be passed by parliament to free Ram’s birthplace and it be given to the Hindu community," Sharad Sharma from the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP, World Hindu Council) told AFP in Ayodhya.

Around him, stone carvers chiselled away at pieces of an under-construction Ram temple overseen by the VHP which many hope will one day take form on the site of the former mosque.


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Goga Nalaik
Apr 01, 2014 12:34pm

I think this man will tarnish the reputation of the world's biggest democracy ...

Interesting to see how things evolve in India and perceived by the international community.

Komal S
Apr 01, 2014 12:49pm

Wow, he has been Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat since 2002. Not sure how many anti-muslim riots have taken place since then. The fact is Indian constitution does/will not let support intolerant views. We are a secular democratic institution. Kind of surprising that Dawn has chosen to talk to a few muslims and make it a general perception. The fact is Indian Muslims more care about their education/job then holding on to some freebies doled out by the so called secular parties. The real story is the muslims who used to vote en masse now are more open to vote for somebody who will give them better life. The traditional secular politics of creating fear perception is being challenged. Finally all Indians believe in the individual freedom to practice their faith with no fear, every place of worship is protected and everybody is equal in the eyes of the law. Yes, more %age of Hindus will vote for Modi compared to Muslims, but nobody(almost) is doing this to support communal politics.

Desi surfie
Apr 01, 2014 01:20pm

Muslims are India's second largest majority.when real minorities like Christians ,Sikhs,Jains ,parsis,Budhists are not concerned about future "PM".Why Mslims should be...Rest assured ,They are treated much better than minorities in Muslim World..

vijaysalem
Apr 01, 2014 01:21pm

What is the meaning of "he has not forgot his roots"? Why should he be ashamed of known as Hindu while every leader in the world call themselves as Muslim or Christian!!!

Indian, Delhi
Apr 01, 2014 01:23pm

I think before saying something about India and Indian society first you need to look at what is happening in Pakistan. Look at the situation of minorities in Pakistan? Even Muslims feels better to be in India as compared to Pakistan.

Arvind
Apr 01, 2014 01:32pm

Fear only creating by so call secular ppls , otherwise nothing is like that

Arjob Mukherjee
Apr 01, 2014 01:45pm

The title should be, 'many Pakistanis fear the worse'

Ganga Din
Apr 01, 2014 02:29pm

Pakistan needs some one like Mr. Modi.

Abdul
Apr 01, 2014 02:54pm

@Goga Nalaik: What about Hindus in Pakistan?

Jeeves
Apr 01, 2014 02:54pm

Modi is totally right. Congress and the other parties have shamelessly pampered the Muslims. If Congress comes to power once again - it will push India faster towards a second partition.

rs
Apr 01, 2014 03:05pm

Even if BJP wins the election, Modi becomes the PM, there is no possibility of the temple being built in Ayodhya. Modi will be mainly looking for bringing about economic development, creation of new jobs, etc. He will be the last person to think of building a temple. He has clear vision that if India has to grow it will be with all communities - Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, etc, together being part of the development process. He has shown it in Gujarat, when it comes to governance, all are treated equally. He means it when he says he will work for 100 crore Indians. The fears of some people referred in the article are unfounded.

Indian, Delhi
Apr 01, 2014 03:18pm

India is the second largest country with Muslim population after Indonesia. How you can say that 200 million people in India are in minority? The real minority groups are Sikhs, Jain, Buddhist, Christine, etc.

vineet
Apr 01, 2014 03:28pm

@Komal S: In rural Gujarat for instance, the number of Muslims below poverty line (BPL) fell from 31% (about one-third of their population) in 2004-05 to a measly 7% in 2011-12. Comparison of the same period reveals that those in the BPL population in urban areas also declined from 42% to 14.6%.

Meanwhile, the maximum per capita expenditure (MPCE

Indian
Apr 01, 2014 03:35pm

Oh.. Great editor of DAWN, remember onething very clearly. Indian Muslim population is much more larger than the whole population of pakistan. India is the only country where Muslim live relatively peaceful compared to any other nation in the world. What is going on in Syria ? What is going on Iraq, Iran, Saudhi and your own pakistan. How many bomb blast happens in your country. Are they all planted by India ? It all your own useless mullahs who killl your own brothers. Don't blame

Asad
Apr 01, 2014 03:57pm

@Arjob Mukherjee: No we expect good out of this development just wait and see ;)

zoro
Apr 01, 2014 04:01pm

Yes Pakistani's should be worried and not Indian Muslims ... As after godhra riots which were actually instigated because the Hindu sadhus were burnt alive in the train by the muslims, which sadly is never mentioned. The author has selectively not mentioned that there was not a single riot after that in Gujrat... where as there were more than 30 riots in UP and Bihar where there is Muslim majority... Anyway muslims in India will feel more secure if Pakistan does not play games with Indian muslims ... which was amply shown by a Mufti on a television show to Musharraf... Hope good sense prevails ...

haris
Apr 01, 2014 04:03pm

@Indian, Delhi: Instead of reading Pakistani newspaper why don't you just read your own with incredible praises for Indian next PM.

Divakar
Apr 01, 2014 04:19pm

@Komal S: Only anti nationals and sympathizers of terrorists are scared of NaMo.

Divakar
Apr 01, 2014 04:20pm

@vijaysalem: He is a proud Hindu.

Vishwajeet Kumar
Apr 01, 2014 04:24pm

Its not that muslims in India fears Modi but muslims in pakistan fears Modi....!

Sami Ullah Swati
Apr 01, 2014 04:28pm

Modi is the Mula Umar of India. Period.

Mahen
Apr 01, 2014 04:37pm

Goga Naliak-How will he tarnish the reputation of India? By developing India and cutting out corruption is tarnishing ? See a doctor -u need help

hrang
Apr 01, 2014 04:41pm

being a Hindu we felt worse then Indian Muslims while we were in Pakistan and still today Hindu is a 2nd class citizen in Pakistan.

indiajohn
Apr 01, 2014 04:44pm

Peace is rest assured all over india if Modi comes to power.it is a fact , roits occur in non BJP ruled states due to vote bank plitics as they r started by anti national muslims as no cases booked for the sake of votes

hrang
Apr 01, 2014 04:45pm

Being a Ex-Pakistani Hindu I felt the same way and even worse then the Indian muslim while in I was in Pakistan that the reason I left and settled in USA I suggest the same to in Indian Muslims if they don't like being in India then leave

hrang
Apr 01, 2014 05:05pm

Being a Ex-Pakistani Hindu I felt the same way and even worse then the Indian muslim while in I was in Pakistan that the reason I left and settled in USA I suggest the same to in Indian Muslims if they don't like being in India then leave

Youth
Apr 01, 2014 05:47pm

Modi may not prove that bad for Indian Muslims as otherwise thought, besides Indian Muslims have on a number of occasion claimed to be strong enough to fight for their rights. So why all this fuss, if Modi misbehaves with the Muslim minority he will be taken to task by the Muslims, this will also be a test for the Muslims position in India. Wait & see.

Jayant Oswal
Apr 01, 2014 06:30pm

@Goga Nalaik: Modi is being wrongly blamed by his political opponents. There have been riots in India before Modi had arrived on the political scene and there have been riots after 2002 in the states where so called "seculars" ruled. A deliberate attempt is being made to single out Modi. Yes there were riots in 2002 but since then there hasn't been any. All Gujratis, including muslims have prospered in the state. Many countries, after Indira Gandhi, don't want any strong leader in India. Muslims too shouldn't allow themselves to be misled by the falsehood and canards being spread about Modi. I suggest they like other minorities in India, for once, invest in the Modi for the betterment of their future and see the results. I am sure they won't repent

SBB
Apr 01, 2014 07:01pm

This is all bogus paranoia meant to scare people into voting for the Congress. Fact is, Godra is something that Modi has offered regrets for. It was initiated by folks who killed train passengers who have yet to express any regrets. Modi's platform is that the resources of India are for all Indians, of all religions whereas Congress claims that Muslims have the first right (for whatever reason). All Gujratis have prospered more than any other state in India since 2002... while UP is left with candidates who talk about chopping PM Candidates into small pieces.

a
Apr 01, 2014 07:11pm

A person who's hands are painted with innocent muslim blood, is about to be elected as the prime minister. It can only happen in india. Shame on the people that support Modi.

a
Apr 01, 2014 07:14pm

Modi is bad for india AND Pakistan. This guy should not be elected. His track record of working for muslim minority in india is very VERY poor.

Kamal Gupta
Apr 01, 2014 07:40pm

He has become bigger than his party. The posters say "This time, Modi sarkar", not BJP sarkar.

In any case, I don't think that BJP will get a majority on its own. If they have to form alliances, the fanatics within the party will be softened, as had happened during the previous BJP-led alliance govt in 1998-2003.

The alliance partners, as well as people within the BJP, will never allow him to become a super-hero.

Shyam
Apr 01, 2014 08:01pm

Not many articles are written about how the 13% feels about the current govt , current and the ever budding prime ministerial candidate of Congress.

Nothing said over many years about how fantastic life has been for the 13% over the last decade under secular and minority caring govt.

I wonder what the 13% would be thinking seeing such articles.

imran
Apr 01, 2014 08:02pm

should that matter us pakistanis what modi does to them? its all their internal matter. let us first get our house in order rather commenting and worrying about what is happening to muslims in india. should be our least concern. peace!

Chanpeer
Apr 01, 2014 08:47pm

Modi is nothing more than "a copy-cat of Musharraf". Chanting slogans like "India First" and showing fists like Musharraf to attract population to gain popularity. Only the difference is Musharraf was from Pakistan Army and he is representing the Hinduists (Hindu nationalists) in India. Let the Muslim-Pakistan and Hindu-India nationalists not win over the people who want peace and harmony amongst humans of Pakistan and India.

Vishwajeet Kumar
Apr 01, 2014 09:12pm

Worry about muslims of pakistan,not India!

Masoud
Apr 01, 2014 09:35pm

@a: Modi may be bad for India but for Pakistan he is just another man, no worries at all.

Salma
Apr 01, 2014 09:43pm

@Vishwajeet Kumar: We are already pushed to the stone age. So why should we worry about ourselves. Besides worrying about India gives us a kick.

Asma
Apr 01, 2014 09:46pm

i don't mean to discriminate...but strange how so many hindus are allowed to defend their religion and beliefs but we muslims cant do so without getting so many people yelling and degrading our beliefs...

Tilikum
Apr 01, 2014 10:12pm

Communal disharmony in India is a positive thing for Pakistan. This may sound harsh but we have to be selfish: any change in India that can stop its economic and social progress gives more breathing space to India's neighbors.I hope India gets a PM which has a negative impact on economy and social cohesion.

The world is not a nice place and as Pakistani's we have to realize that initiatives like "Amman Ke Ashaa" are a farce. We are in a race and lagging behind, it is time to work hard and be very very ruthless.

pathanoo
Apr 01, 2014 10:32pm

There is a justifiable fear and suspicion of Narendra Modi. That said, should he become Prime Minister he would find that it is very different ruling India than ruling Gujrat. He would NOT be able to pass his anti-Muslim agenda if he has one during his Prime Ministership. He will be a failure if he pursued it. He knows that. Now, look at the good side. He is absolutely incorruptible, an able administrator, business friendly and will advance progress much faster than ever. So, how can you do worse than him. Give him a chance. He will either do good for ALL including Muslims and succeed or fail miserably and be gone by the next election. But, India can NOT go on like this......that is worse.

pathanoo
Apr 01, 2014 10:33pm

@Goga Nalaik: No sound basis for your observation. I would not deny the possibility but it is insignificant given the Indian politics if you know much about it.

Advaitya
Apr 01, 2014 10:47pm

@Tilikum: You are right..but do you know, by mere speculation of Modi coming to power, Sensex has gone up..Modi is first choice of India inc bcs of his development oriented mindset...

Allaisa
Apr 01, 2014 10:57pm

Best bet for Indian Muslims is Modi. Considering that the whole world will be watching him Mr Modi will be on best behavior. He may even throw some sops in their way just to prove that he cares for them.

Mujtaba
Apr 01, 2014 11:37pm

my dear Indian friends, for your kind information, minorities are treated well in Pakistan as compared to India. There are minorities in our parliament, Military and in other places as well. Your information is incorrect and it not the fault of the people. Your media is highly responsible for exaggerating and spreading misinformation regarding Pakistan. That Fanatic journalist, Arnab Goswami is the best example and I think he holds a personal grudge concerning Pakistan.

Nasir
Apr 01, 2014 11:37pm

@hrang: Indian Muslims are not cowards like you, we will fight to get our rights. India is home to 20 million Muslims. Can he kill 20 million Muslims of India? Is it possible in today's world with so much of media coverage and technological awareness.

Muslims fear only Almighty Allah, Modi like personalities may come and go, no muslim in India is scared of him. Its just that Muslims and Secular Hindus don't want a tainted politician like Modi to become their PM an also for the fact that the communal organizations like RSS, Bajrangdal and VHP which are affiliated to right wing hindutva groups get a free hand to disturb the communal harmony of the country if BJP which is a political outfit of these organizations comes to power.

muhibbewatan
Apr 01, 2014 11:41pm

@Komal S: I would dare to say that this misperception of Muslims generally voting for somebody who will give them a better life must only be a hope and a wish for someone like you. The reality still remains that most minorities (especially Muslims) are more concerned about their life and property as well as liberty than anything else. This is so because better life can only be achieved if there is peace and harmony within the communities (both majority and minorities) and then comes the factor of economic opportunities.

saleem
Apr 01, 2014 11:50pm

focus on your own country, kashmir ka masla, bangladesh ka masla , palestine ka masla, iraq ka masla, now pakistan is the biggest masla..... kindly work on that

Shahryar Shirazi
Apr 02, 2014 12:15am

For all those who are bashing Dawn, please note the authors of this article are: ADAM PLOWRIGHT and ANNIE BANERJI - This piece may also be published in other news papers across the globe.

Venu
Apr 02, 2014 12:17am

There is no person in India more scrutinized and investigated than Mr. Modi. If there was any slightest wrong doing on his part he would have been crucified. He is still alive and kicking because there was no evidence against him. In a country where political corruption is rampant, his worst enemies & political opponents even dare to accuse him of being corrupt. That in itself is a big achievement. Every business man, Industrialist in the country wants to invest in Gujrat and praising his administration. Can you show one leader with such caliber in India or for that matter in South Asia?

Pakistan should be happy if Modi wins.. Good governance is contagious, if Mr. Modi can provide better administration in India, it will spread to other countries in South Asia.

Ajit
Apr 02, 2014 12:45am

I know a solution to end animosities between India and Pakistan. Active match making and mass marriages between Indians and Pakistanis. I am sure there are enough young people on either side who will like and love each other and when the amalgam reaches an inflection point, there will be peace and together we can root out the true jerks who are not allowing peace a chance.

Dinesh
Apr 02, 2014 12:46am

For once, lets stop obsessing over what muslims want or do not want. There are over a billion non-muslims who would greatly benefit from Mr Modi's leadership. We have seen the result of muslim leadership (two countries, varied results) in the subcontinent. It is time to try something different.

Dipak
Apr 02, 2014 12:47am

Modi will win Congress Mukt India. Nobody can ever beat Modibecause he is progressive, secular, development oriented politicians.

Ashish
Apr 02, 2014 12:50am

Now in this day and age of internet, it would not be difficult to remind people after next few years what they previously thought about this man. Would be an interesting conversation, in case he wins.

John
Apr 02, 2014 01:10am

I think Pakistan should start formulating a strategy of dealing with Modi. If all indications are true, Modi as India's PM would be a reality. We should think again about our Jihadi approach to solving issues with India because Modi is capable of ordering surgical strikes against Pakistan, like US ordered for extraction of OBL. Hafiz Sayed better not be seen in public.

Shah
Apr 02, 2014 01:22am

@hrang: Stop spreading lies. There are millions of Pakistani Christians and Hindus walking around doing their business like the rest of us. Just because you did not make it in Pakistan and had to settle in USA gives you no right to bad mouth your mother land. Period.

Venu
Apr 02, 2014 02:15am

There is no person in India more scrutinized and investigated than Mr. Modi. If there was any slightest wrong doing on his part he would have been crucified. He is still alive and kicking because there was no evidence against him. In a country where political corruption is rampant, his worst enemies & political opponents even dare to accuse him of being corrupt. That in itself is a big achievement. Every business man, Industrialist in the country wants to invest in Gujrat and praising his administration. Can you show one leader with such caliber in India or for that matter in South Asia?

Pakistan should be happy if Modi wins.. Good governance is contagious, if Mr. Modi can provide better administration in India, it will spread to other countries in South Asia.

MJK
Apr 02, 2014 02:19am

If he quits adhering to Hindutva , he might dislodge Congress & the dynastic rule of Nehru's family. If he fails,the blame certainly will fall on Muslims.

george
Apr 02, 2014 02:20am

@rs:

Hindus and others in India do not need temples, they need universities and jobs. They need hospitals and roads. Muslims need mosques and more mosques. They need Zakir Naik.

Gautam
Apr 02, 2014 02:26am

Pakistan should worry about millions of Hindus they have killed since 1947, today raping looting killing of the Hindus goes on while the muslims turn blind eye.

Look at your stupid face in the mirror before commenting on others.

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Wasif
Apr 02, 2014 02:42am

@Indian, Delhi: correct yourself, India is at number three, Indonesia and Pakistan are the first and second largest Muslim countries respectively.

Wasif
Apr 02, 2014 02:43am

@Indian, Delhi: and btw who say that India has 200 millions muslim? poor stats man!

Amit
Apr 02, 2014 03:44am

Accept it or not, Modi is all set to be the next PM of India. Everyone from a common man to the biggest industrialist are with him.

Indian
Apr 02, 2014 04:08am

@hrang: Indian Muslims seem to be happy in india. They would have left India and ran to Pakistan and Bangladesh if they were persecuted but it is the opposite. Muslim Bangladeshis are coming to India instead. Everyone knows muslims are better off in India than in Pakistan or Bangladesh

Sandeep
Apr 02, 2014 04:35am

@Ajit: No one is buying your fairytales

arshy
Apr 02, 2014 05:01am

@Desi surfie: lets clarify this comment that muslims will be treated better than minorities in the muslim world : this absurd and wrongs don't make things right in any sense of leadership ... I believe that people need to look at this mans political history and judge him based on the fact that he stood around and did nothing to assist the victims of racial/religious riots and further went onto instruct the police to turn a blind eye to the violent acts committed by the hindu right wing .. any deliberate action to kill someone based on their faith should never be accepted in any society and if I am reading some thoughts on here by neighboring indian muslims or hindus that feel that dawn chose this topic with a biased angle than they are dead wrong because dawn has always welcomed articles/blogs/and columns written by very liberal Pakistani journalists bloggers columnists who many of times criticize Pakistan and its issues more than anything else ..

arshy
Apr 02, 2014 05:01am

... I believe that people need to look at this mans political history and judge him based on the fact that he stood around and did nothing to assist the victims of racial/religious riots and further went onto instruct the police to turn a blind eye to the violent acts committed by the hindu right wing .. any deliberate action to kill someone based on their faith should never be accepted in any society and if I am reading some thoughts on here by neighboring indian muslims or hindus that feel that dawn chose this topic with a biased angle than they are dead wrong because dawn has always welcomed articles/blogs/and columns written by very liberal Pakistani journalists bloggers columnists who many of times criticize Pakistan and its issues more than anything else ..

Venu
Apr 02, 2014 06:40am

There is no person in India more scrutinized and investigated than Mr. Modi. If there was any slightest evidence of wrong doing on his part he would have been crucified. He is still alive and kicking because there was no evidence against him. In a country where political corruption is rampant, his worst enemies & political opponents do not even dare to accuse him of being corrupt. That in itself is a big achievement. Every business man, Industrialist in the country wants to invest in Gujrat and praising his administration. Can you show one leader with such caliber in India or for that matter in South Asia?

Pakistan should be happy if Modi wins.. Good governance is contagious, if Mr. Modi can provide better administration in India, it will spread to other countries in South Asia.

mihir
Apr 02, 2014 07:09am

the co writer of this article is an indian bengali hindu not pakistani.

Danny A.
Apr 02, 2014 07:35am

@Desi surfie: I always find it odd when people use this argument. Hey we might treat you badly in our country but other countries treats others even worse. NO! IT'S NOT OK TO TREAT SOMEONE WORSE THAN YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT COUNTRY YOU LIVE IN AND NO MATTER YOUR FAITH.

Humayun Khan
Apr 02, 2014 07:36am

After reviewing some comments here I feel sad to observe that most commentators have divulged into India versus Pakistan debate. I am a Pakistani and with a very heavy heart I confess that the treatment of minorities is at its worst since the birth of Pakistan. I don't have any if and or buts about it and I am ashamed of it. However, my concern is that India being the biggest democracy of the world may deteriorate into a similar condition (like Pakistan) if they do not show prudence and due diligence in electing their next leader. I guess that is the main issue to consider if India elects Mr. Modi.

Danny A.
Apr 02, 2014 07:39am

@hrang: So rather than fixing the problem by accepting there is a problem, leave your country? Sure if you can afford it. What if the Republicans like Ted Cruz wins and gets rid of all civil rights acts and discrimination against hindus is rampant, will you again leave? What if the next country you move to does the same thing?

My point is that the problem isn't with the hindus in Pakistan, muslims in India or minorities in US. The problem is within a state that tolerates discrimination. Down with discrimination no matter where you are!

Whistle
Apr 02, 2014 07:52am

@haris Change your attitude, things will be better off in Pakistan. Come out of the well!

zakir ali
Apr 02, 2014 07:58am

@Mujtaba: hehe...that's a nice sarcasm. dawn is known for its sarcastic bloggers. now it's reader has taken up it. no wonder...

Mehdi
Apr 02, 2014 08:35am

Modi is a hardliner Hindu belonging to a political /religious party with extreme views about Muslims within and outside of India. No candidate in Pakistan's history with ties to any religious party has been elected for a major federal post forget being the prime minister.

Vinutha
Apr 02, 2014 09:23am

@Mehdi: Only because every political party is already religious

Ahmed Sultan
Apr 02, 2014 09:37am

Being an India Muslim, I can say that its not us who need to worry but it is Pakistan who needs to worry because Modi will give a tit for tat reply for every action of Pakistan. It was AB Vajpayee from BJP who was very near to solving the Kashmir issue but Pakistan army had some other plans. Modi also from BJP will try to solve Kashmir issue unless Pakistan has some other things in mind. And no court has found any evidence against Modi its the so called secular people who are behind him.

Wilmerdon
Apr 02, 2014 09:52am

@vineet: I live in Gujarat in Bharuch where we have a very large Muslim population. Our family doctor is a Gujarati Hindu, the pharmacy is owned by a Bohra Muslim and we are Christians!

And, I don't like Modi at all But, I am going to vote for him! Why? Economy, economy & economy!

Does it not matter at all about the infamous Gujarat riots and his complicity? Yes, it matters. But the alternative is Congress which oversaw the massacre of thousands of Sikhs under the able leadership of its "secular" leader Rajiv Gandhi!

Omer
Apr 02, 2014 10:51am

"Despotism is more particularly to be feared in democratic ages." Tocqueville.

Ravi Dallas Tx
Apr 02, 2014 11:19am

While I like Modi for his development achievements and in the current lot, I think he is better candidate for PM than others, but I believe he could have done better to stop or recede the riots and he chose not to. I don't buy that he is completely clean. If he looses this election which is almost certain won't happen, that would be the only reason he would loose.

However I don't think Modi or BJP will be threat to Muslims any more. India has evolved quite a bit since Babri masjid demolition days, Hinduvata ideology is a pass

Parvez
Apr 02, 2014 11:40am

A somewhat one sided article. India is predominantly a Hindu country but it has a secular flavor as displayed in its constitution. The BJP / Modi is playing the ' Hindu ' card as an election strategy simply because it works. In reality it seems Modi represents big business and the theory that if the rich get richer the poor will benefit automatically......the old trickle down theory.

Saeed
Apr 02, 2014 02:32pm

@Indian, Delhi: It Is Far Better Than It Will Ever Be In India

george
Apr 02, 2014 04:21pm

@zoro:

Muslims never start riots, these are only told by sanghis.

george
Apr 02, 2014 04:23pm

@Salma:

I appreciate your sense of humour.

VA
Apr 02, 2014 04:26pm

Under Modi, Indian Muslims will become so rich that Pak will start getting gifts and donations.

WorryAboutYourself
Apr 02, 2014 04:42pm

begani shadi mein abdulla deewana

siddharth
Apr 02, 2014 07:27pm

@a: Mr a...why are you so scared of even writing your name. And talking about innocent people....what wrong did Pakistanis soldiers who fought kargil war do that even their dead bodies were refused by Pakistan. Were you guys all out blaming Sharif sahib. Look at your history....most of your leaders were not good for both india and Pakistan. If modi just returns the favor....whats wrong in that. But just to answer you in the right scheme of things.....modi is not a fool that he would spoil his relations with Pakistan or china. He is much more intelligent than you think. May be you would find yourself as one of his followers. More than worrying about modi...think about what your leaders are doing. They have just become a part of another proxy war between soudi and iran.

ROHIT PANDEY
Apr 03, 2014 01:21am

@Salma: Try playing cricket Salma,away from eyes of conservative parents,mullahs,Taliban and the neighborhood goon...and,please stop worrying about India.:)

Life is short,have fun!!!:):):)

Injunjoe
Apr 03, 2014 04:07am

@Mujtaba: Lol!! Are you kidding!!??!! I am amazed at how reality escapes your perception.

Injunjoe
Apr 03, 2014 04:08am

@Tilikum: Fantastic attitude!!! Please note sarcasm.

John
Apr 03, 2014 04:09am

Despite the opinions - He is the man South Asia needs.

ujval pandey
Apr 03, 2014 06:04am

Modi is business minded person...he will take India above US n CHINA in 1 year...he is the greatest icon of India

ali
Apr 03, 2014 10:00am

thanks to all Indians who read Pakistani news, let me say one thing, these politicians are not friend or enemy of anyone, it does not matter if they are from Pakistan or India. and other thing those days are gone when you get support from your community because you had killed Muslims or Hindus in the past

Mohammed A. Sukhera(USA)
Apr 03, 2014 10:28am

@Indian, Delhi: Never in the history of Pakistan, any government supported or encouraged killing of minorities in Pakistan. Never any minority member killed in the presence of police. I am not talking about individual acts of random violence against minorities. Actually Pakistani constitution has set aside certain seats in the provincial and national assemblies and job quotas for minorities in government offices. Has there been a communal riots in Pakistan against minorities? None. Communal riots are a common occurrence in India every year and the Muslims are always the victims.

gokul
Apr 03, 2014 12:34pm

@Mohammed A. Sukhera(USA):

But minorities thought Pakistan is not fit to live for any peace loving people.

satish
Apr 03, 2014 02:08pm

Modi will end Vote bank politics for sure.. Muslims will be on path of real development towards mainstream India ... Modi is never anti Muslim..

True Indian
Apr 03, 2014 03:07pm

@a: man what u know about modi? You just know about 2002 riots because everybody, media or Paid Media only talks about that. Do you even know whay that riot got started? Do u know reason behind that? First Search that and Then comment. In India Muslims are more secure than in any country in world. And Modi is visionary leader of india. Even Muslims from Gujrat also supports him. He only supports Development and Economic growth. Congress is Most communal Party of India who kept Muslim Community Illiterate since independance because of vote bank Policy.

K
Apr 03, 2014 04:26pm

@Desi surfie: SO true....they always cry.....for some people in India saying bad about Modi is the only work...

K
Apr 03, 2014 04:33pm

@Mujtaba: Joke of the century....

K
Apr 03, 2014 04:35pm

@Ahmed Sultan: Excellent answer......

K
Apr 03, 2014 06:11pm

@True Indian: 100% correct.....so pseudo secular are very dangerous...

K
Apr 03, 2014 06:13pm

As if there were no riots in India except 2002...

K
Apr 03, 2014 06:13pm

@Goga Nalaik: You better think of ur image....looser...

sidharth
Apr 03, 2014 06:26pm

I don't know why Narendra Modi is blamed for anti muslim violence though the congress party is responsible for all the anti-muslim riots since independence except perhaps 2002 there have been

Ghani K
Apr 03, 2014 07:28pm

We know he is follower of Hindutva, we know under his watch hundreds of Muslims were massacred. If you want to put him on high pedestal, do it in India. You don't have to convince us.

Zafar
Apr 03, 2014 09:36pm

@Komal S: Wow! so one anti-muslim riot was not enough for you?

Indieboy
Apr 03, 2014 10:48pm

Disappointed to see this article in prestigious place like Dawn. Needless to say, all will be treated equally. At least that is what everyone is voting him for. Even pakistan should support Modi. In poll rhetoric, pak bashing is unavoidable. But he would not be a war monger. To fund his promises, he needs to spend on infrastructure. To save budget, he has to ensure no escalations on borders. Real disappointment would be to the west. Subcontinet will no longer be their puppet. Journos at Dawn, please see the ground realities.

Indieboy
Apr 03, 2014 10:59pm

@Asma: This is news to me, at least in India. Trouble is only if you talk about international brotherhood kind of concepts. Otherwise, ramzan fasting is good, namaz posture etc. are more compatible with ayurveda than western ways. We enjoy listening to allah ke bandhe. I shop from shop which happens to be muslim's. when my team member goes to namaz on friday during work break, I accomodate. If there is someone abusing islam irrationally, please defend with right arguments. No one should oppose. Even if somebody does, gradually they will fall in line.

Indieboy
Apr 03, 2014 11:07pm

@Mohammed A. Sukhera(USA): So what is the reason for the Hindus came to current numbers? For such large number of Hindus to be persecuted, there was no policing at all ? Hard to believe somehow. I understand, ordinary pakistani muslims are good people. But hard to comprehend how so few Hindus are left in pakistan.

Mohammed A. Sukhera
Apr 04, 2014 03:30am

@Indieboy: The answer to your question is that grass always looks greener on the otherside of the fence. People who migrate from Pakistan or India to other countries are economic migrants looking for greener pastures. Pakistan has been going through some rough time due to mismamangent by politicians (corruption), cost of fuel in the international market, power shortages and not spending enough funds on education. This a tough time for everyone living in Pakistan including minorities. There are millions of Indians living in western countries. Now I ask you why people are leaving inida and moving to western countries including USA? There no persecution of Hindus in India. the reason deep down is economic. If USA or other western countries remove the visa restrictions on Pakistan/ India, you will not find anyone living in these countries except the people too old to migrate.

ls
Apr 04, 2014 03:52am

@rs: I urge you to visit Gujarat and try getting a job or place in an educational institution or a flat as a Muslim. Try getting permission for a procession as a Christian. You will face 1000 hurdles compared to none. Modi is someone who spies on women and yet Gujarat is supposedly very safe for women? Common, the people of India. Do you really want a leader who sows seeds of distrust and hatred and rules over it? Choose wisely. Choose our Constitution.

Israr Khan IsmailZai
Apr 04, 2014 09:34pm

Getting sick and tired of all these Indians coming here and starting fights, "Don't you guys have quality newspapers in your country"?

Asma
Apr 04, 2014 11:20pm

@Indieboy: My prayers go out for you and all those who are like that keep a positive perspective on every religion! If only there were more people like that...