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Aamir Khan, left, and Amitabh Bacchan, right, at a movie premier in Mumbai, India. — Courtesy Photo
Aamir Khan, left, and Amitabh Bacchan, right, at a movie premier in Mumbai, India. — Courtesy Photo

Popular playback singer Lata Mangeshkar recently voiced her endorsement for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi on Friday, but as the Times of India reported, she isn’t the only Bollywood bigshot to jump on the Modi bandwagon.

Narendra Modi has been appealing via Twitter to Bollywood's top stars, who among others, include Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan.

In a tweeted message Narendra M wrote: "Let’s encourage voter registration among 18-24-year-olds."

Although Aamir Khan has had vocal disagreements with Modi over the Narmada Dam, he also praised the "good work" being done in Gujarat, on a visit to Ahmedabad in the run-up to the release of 3 Idiots.

Modi has astutely realised the power of celebrity in India. Over the past few years, Modi, has had more than a few celebrities come on record in his praise or be more than willing to be counted on his side.

Mega star Amitab Bacchan, is today nationally recognised as the very visible brand ambassador for Modi's Gujarat.

His daughter-in-law and famed actor Aishwarya Rai has, at public functions in the state, made statements along the lines applauding the “success story” of Gujrat.

Ajay Devgan,a partner in a solar power project in Gujarat, has made no secret of how impressed he is with the CM and feels no pressure to couch his support for him.

"I don't really bother about that (fallouts of political proximity), because the fact is that I am not getting politically involved in anything,” he said. “My funda is clear. As far as business goes, he's a fabulous businessman, he's doing great for Gujarat.”

Anupam Kher, who set up his film school in Ahmedabad in 2009, has been another vocal proponent of Modi for some years.

"Let me tell you, media perceptions of Mr Modi are completely wrong,” he said. “He is misunderstood because he is outspoken. He is a politician destined for very big things."

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Nishant Nov 06, 2013 01:26pm


Gaurav Arya Nov 06, 2013 05:18pm

Modi goes against the very spirit of India. He is divisive in the way Adolf Hitler was. Gujarat was always prosperous and I am not denying that Modi has done his bit for the progress of the state. But he stood and fiddled as Gujarat burned. Yes, he was let off by the Supreme Court, but no one can deny that the riots happened under his watch. Modi watchers must understand that India draws its strength not from exclusivity but from its ability to assimilate and take people along. Muslims have buried their forefathers in India and they have as much right to this great country as any Hindu. Christians, Sikhs, Jews, Jains, Buddhists and atheists...all are as Indian and anyone else. You cannot deny is basic tenet of our faith i.e. Being Indian. You cannot compensate this by six-lane superhighways and a 9% growth rate. Mr. Narendra Modi, go to Godhra with folded hands and apologise to the mothers who lost their sons and daughters. Hang your head in shame...and then will be good enough for public office. And don't teach your brand of foul nationalism to Officers of the Indian Army. They own their loyalty to the constitution of India. They are committed to the idea of a United India in which Ram and Rahim are brothers. If you cannot or will not understand this simple fact, go back to selling tea.

JAI SINGH RAJPUT Nov 06, 2013 06:23pm

Modi Hi PM Banega

Asif Nov 06, 2013 06:43pm

@Gaurav Arya: very well said.

Uzair Nov 06, 2013 07:13pm

@Gaurav Arya: You have hit the nail in the head, Modi is a divisive figure, he was responsible for the well being of the people massacred in Gujarat, he is directly responsible for the genocide. If elected he will support the rise of extremism and you know what comes with extremism, illiteracy, stupidity, violence and poverty.

Well Wisher Nov 06, 2013 07:12pm

@Gaurav Arya:

Have been to Gujarat? Until 2002 there were constant communal riots and NONE since 2002. Everyone is busy building their life and their community. Gaurav your assessments are totally erroneous. Looks like you are Congress member who like to have corruption in the country continue for personal benefits. Shame on you.

M Naqvi Nov 06, 2013 07:22pm

@Nishant: Hitler also had plent of admirers. In fact at one satge amajority of Germans also followed him and approved his nice Aryan project.

Pavas Ambashta Nov 06, 2013 07:18pm

I fail to understand why this is even a news for Pakistan?? Please get over to your obsession for India and Mr. Modi..Mr. Modi is an Indian politician and the Bollywood actors are also Indian citizen..Mr. Modi is perhaps he most successful C.M. of any Indian state and is very popular among common Indian as evident from the huge crowd he attracts in his rallies..No need of poking nose in internal Indian politics..It only makes you look uncomfortable with the rise of Mr. Modi...

Sanjay Nov 06, 2013 07:35pm

Modi is perfect candidate for PM.....He is completely misunderstood by many peoples.....Media always shows him as an Anti muslim....but actually he his not.....if u don't believe....try to search for any of his hate speech against muslims.....and u won't get anything.....just try.... I support him....

Rahul Nov 06, 2013 07:49pm

@Gaurav Arya: Pseudo secularism by Congress has weakened the country. COngress, which I call as K-ANGREZ... is a pure extension of British Raj legacy of Divide and rule. Dynastic rule tactfully using democratic framework. 4th generation duffer wants seat of PM just because his Grandma was shot down!! I think India needs better PM and NM is definitely a more deserving candidate

Harish Kiran G S Nov 06, 2013 07:58pm

@Gaurav Arya: Pretty apparent, who is being divisive......

Indiang Nov 06, 2013 08:09pm

Please save us from Modi and Sangh Parivar!

bhola Nov 06, 2013 08:37pm

@Gaurav Arya:

Whether you or Modi sells tea after 2014, the world will see. In the mean time, let us all have a cup of tea till the price is affordable.

Komal S Nov 06, 2013 09:02pm

@Gaurav Arya The people of Gujarat have elected him thrice after 2002. Divisive politics does not keep you in power for that long. The paranoia against Modi is no different from what was spouted against Vajpayee in the 90s. Same is true about LK Advani. Now suddenly both Vajpayee and Advani are secular but Modi needs to be stopped. Indian secular credentials will be fine under Modi.

Avi Nov 06, 2013 09:11pm

@Gaurav Arya: All these media created bad image of Modi fact is totally different my bro. Truth is that Modi tried his best he even asked Maharastra gov(congress)to send police support but they didn't.After 2002 there hasn't been a single riot there man whereas there have been numerous riot in congress and other party ruled states accept the truth my friend.

Parmod Dogra Nov 06, 2013 09:44pm

@Gaurav Arya: I really do not know what is your agenda but you are utterly wrong. Modi stands for Nationalist Indians who are tired of being treated like 2nd class citizens. Minority appeasing policies has done such a damage to the Nationalist Indians. Modi is for all of us who are Indian first and see themselves as Indians before seeing themselves as Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christian etc. Now you come across as an intelligent person, so let me ask you? Before Godhra, there has been so many other riots where the state goverments just could not do anything. I am sure you remember Bombay, Sikh Killings of Delhi ETC. ETC. You are harping on Godhra because you do not like Modi. By the way riots were a reaction to burning of Hindus returning from Yatra. Do you hold Modi responsible for the train burning? So please crawl back to the place you came from and stop spreading lies. Mode will prevail!!!

vivek sehgal Nov 06, 2013 09:44pm

@Gaurav Arya: By all means burn Modi in the fire for his failure to act on roits. what is your take on people who burnt passengers in train in Godhra. Were Gujrat Roits not an outcome of passanger 's burnt in train. Can you tell the readers of Dawn who burnt the innocent passengers of train in Godhra. what punishment do you deem fit or demand for the victims of train burning.

Hassan Nov 06, 2013 10:06pm

I think most Indians want Modi to become PM and if that's the case then why not. They should vote and get him to become PM. We can predict what we want but it is for Indians to decide who they want. They could end up like US did after they elected Bush or Pakistanis did after electing PPP but the point is that it is their choice.

Imran Nov 06, 2013 09:59pm

It is interesting to read about how Modi has to go to stars to vouch for him. It simply states that his work, policies and ideology does conflict with the core values of Indian Constitution. Being an outsider, I applaud the integration of different religion in India. Yes, they do have history of religious riots but they are on a right track. I am not too sure now how India will shape after Modi takes over as PM if he ever wins back votes of people who value law and constitution higher than mere monetary progress.

Mustafa Nov 06, 2013 10:18pm

@Gaurav Arya:

"Modi goes against the very spirit of India."

God bless fair-minded people like you, but unfortunately Modi does reflect the spirit of India, I believe you are in for a rude awakening next spring.

I for one would be glad to see Modi India's PM. Confusion is the greatest friend of tyranny. With Modi as PM, there would be no confusion about where India stands, too many people are still fooled by "Aman ki Asha".

krishna prasad Nov 06, 2013 10:19pm

Mis-guided and selfish congress and self-serving politicians who has an agenda to continue doing their nefarious scams and loot the public tax funds via hawala channels are the real culprits and playing a divisive religion cards againist Modi. The hard truth is that for the last 10 years - No muslim-Hindu riot took place within Gujarat. I am an Indian and not a Gujarati. But, I wholeheartedly vote and endorse him for his nation and people first policy irrespective of religion.

IndianDude Nov 06, 2013 10:40pm

@Gaurav Arya: ...Muslims have buried their forefathers in India and they have as much right to this great country as any Hindu. Christians, Sikhs, Jews, Jains, Buddhists and atheists...

That's the whole point what people who support modi wants you to understand. The 'Indian' muslims should be 'Indians' foremost and muslims second. Stop crying/demanding for sharia laws/muslim personal laws and follow the 'Indian' laws and constitution, like fellow Hindu. Christians, Sikhs, Jews, Jains, Buddhists and atheists 'Indians'

Worry about betterment of all 'Indians' including muslims first and not the ummah or your coreligionists across the border, just like fellow Hindu. Christians, Sikhs, Jews, Jains, Buddhists and atheists 'Indians'. Shed a tear for your muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jews, Jains, Buddhists and atheists 'Indians' and not for your non-indian muslim brothers.

Shri Nov 06, 2013 11:46pm

@Gaurav Arya: A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. If you criticize Modi for riots, you should be wary of congress even more as much worse riots have happened under their rule. Modi is taking Indian poltical agenda away from communalism to development, while his opponents are pulling India back to communalism and politics of appeasement. INclusivity will not come through slogans but through rapid economic development. It is a pity that even after stating that Supreme Court supervised investigations did not find anything against Modi, you continue to point a finger at Modi. You have no case aginst Modi. You wait and watch even Muslims will vote for him as everyone is sick and tired of the current Govt. Thats is where Modi's strength lies. Your advice to MOdi to sell tea is just too thoughtless and insult to millions of Indian who work hard to make a living.

muhibbewatan Nov 07, 2013 12:02am

WHAT? Modi for PM? Who in his wits would even think of having him at the helm of affairs in a so-called SECULAR INDIA, which has Parliamentarians and Ministers from non-Hindu religions. His antagonistic attitude towards Muslims is hidden from nobody and has been tested in the not-too-distant-past. And the result is obvious for everyone to see. Someone who has been prohibited from being granted a U.S. Visa for a long time now, should be eyed with scepticism by all 'peace-loving' people of India because the country cannot afford more riots.

muhibbewatan Nov 06, 2013 11:54pm

WHAT? Modi for PM? Who in his wits would even think of having him at the helm of affairs in a so-called SECULAR INDIA, which has Parliamentarians and Ministers from non-Hindu religions. His antagonistic attitude towards Muslims is hidden from nobody and has been tested in the not-too-distant-past. And the result is obvious for everyone to see. Someone who has been prohibited from being granted a U.S. Visa for a long time now, should be eyed with scepticism by all 'peace-loving' people of India because the country cannot afford more riots.

Deb; India Nov 07, 2013 12:41am

@Gaurav Arya:

Couldn't agree more.

shash Nov 07, 2013 12:54am

Pakistani politicians and establishment who are fuming against the US need to think about this. BJP could come to power for next 10 years. Not much use for anti-Americanism in that scenario.

AbbasToronto Nov 07, 2013 01:31am

Fools Worship a rising sun. Thank goodness Pakistan did away from its film industry and turned to talk shows with real people and real problems and real solutions rather than sell fantasies.

Movie Stars and intelligence/charity are inversely related as the tale of two Salman Khans illustrates.

One is a big name in NFP

Arun Nov 07, 2013 01:47am

@Gaurav Arya: Who ll hang head for Godra train burning from ur side ?

Hari Singh Nov 07, 2013 02:09am

Modi is acting like a PM but it is not gonna happen indians will never elect him as a PM.

Ravi Nov 07, 2013 03:01am

@Gaurav Arya:

Before you blame Modiji for the Gujarat riots you should have also written in this blog how the riots started . For the Muslims and Pakistanis who do not have real knowledge of Gujarat riots should know the riots began when 59 people mostly Women and Children were burnt to death for singing religious hyms by some Muslim extremists . What followed next was a violent reaction by the Hindus. One cannot blame Modiji for the outrage of the Hindus as the situation was uncontrollable. If Modiji was an extremist then there would have been riots in Gujarat at regular intervals but after the 2002 incident there is complete religious harmony in the state. Today many Muslims including religious clerics are supporting Modji for his good governance and NO APPEASEMENT POLICY. His Philosophy is simple to understand " IF YOU ARE GOOD I WILL BE VERY GOOD .IF YOU ARE BAD THEN I WILL BE TERRIFIC" In today's political climate Modiji is the best person to lead India.

Gaurav, If you are a true secularist then you should have mentioned in this blog the plight of Kashmiri Pandits and the atrocities committed on Sikhs in 1984 . Being a Hindu and a secular person I believe freedom cannot be Unilateral but Multilateral

ROHIT PANDEY Nov 07, 2013 03:27am

I hope Modi wins with a MAJORITY.

The Congress is not only hobbled by a policy inertia and indecisiveness,but the coalition is tugging in a lot of different directions as well.

I really hope that Narendra Modi groundswell gathers strength and is backed by a good decisive majority and a team of decision makers and good plan executioners.

Faiz Nov 07, 2013 03:29am

@Gaurav Arya: You are awesome Faiz pakistani

Raj modi Nov 07, 2013 03:39am

Narendra Modi deserves to be PM of India.

BNS Nov 07, 2013 03:50am

Great comments Gaurav Arya. This is the kind of thinking that make India a great nation. I hope that we Pakistanis also develop this inclusive approach.

Fahim Ahmed Nov 07, 2013 04:21am

@Gaurav Arya: Well said Mr. Gaurav. My hats off to you. Your few lines tell a lot about what is right and what is wrong. We Pakistanis should learn a lot from your notes.

Qaiser Khan Nov 07, 2013 04:50am

@Gaurav Arya: Impressive read

Jag Nathan Nov 07, 2013 04:58am

The fact is Modi has wide popular support across India. The Congress with their pseudo secular and minority appeasing policies have driven enough Hindus into Modi's corner. The fact is you cannot earn the displeasure of the majority Indian population and hope to rule India. Congress at the end of the next election may still be able to form a coalition government. But, polices be it fiscal, foreign, defense or homeland will be made by Modi and BJP team and Congress will silently implement them. This is a a given fact.

Kamath Nov 07, 2013 05:40am

@Gaurav Arya: You are right Gaurav: I agree with you and my thoughts are no different . Modi is a mr deter of thousands of totally innocent men and women and responsible for the barbaric crime.

Karachi Wala Nov 07, 2013 05:55am

Bollywood has joined the Bandwagon of Mr. Modi. It is the turn now for Big stars from IPL- India. Big favors and money is the name of the game after all. Tendulkar had all the timing when playing cricket shots. It seems he also timed his retirement perfectly.

ivehadit Nov 07, 2013 07:02am

Quite remarkable given his history. Public memory is so short.

Anand` Nov 07, 2013 07:33am

Modi has proven it time and again. No matter what people and media give negative picture about Modi, I have travelled across India and I have seen Gujarat infrastructure being far ahead of many of its counterparts.

As a common man and a tax payer, I wish to have Good Roads, proper electric supply and Water supply to the location where I live and also to my fellow countrymen. Modi has successfully done the same. He is a visionary.

Gujarat Muslims are also openly supporting him now a days. It would be great to see him as PM of the country. India will develop beyond leaps and bounds.

S. A. M. Nov 07, 2013 07:53am

If Modi becomes the PM it will be a sad news for india indeed. The person who has no family of his no children how can he understand the feelings of the normal family person. No he is not rite for the secular india. This experiment may cost very dearly to india. it may drag them back square 1

munda Nov 07, 2013 08:24am

@Gaurav Arya:

You talk without facts. First go learn what actually happened in Godhra. Woman children were burnt alive in the train bogeys. Immature people like you make such bogus statements. Modi is a true leader in every sense.

CommonSense Nov 07, 2013 09:07am

@Gaurav Arya: well you know nothing @ Gujarat. read some history. Madhavsinh Solanki, Amersinh Chaudhary both were Congress CM. even Chiman Patel used Muslim sentiments as Vote bank. just go back and count how many communal riots happened under their watch in Gujarat?

Don't just repeat Congress talking points. There is not a single riot after that. I guess credit goes to Congress for that!

ss Nov 07, 2013 09:21am

In India, everyone salutes the rising sun and the celebrities are no exception. Tomorrow, if the tide turns, the same bunch of people will be cheering for Rahul Gandhi. Not too much should be read in such celebrity endorsements.

Akshay Nov 07, 2013 11:23am

@M Naqvi: Hitler may be bad for the rest of the world, but he never did wrong things with his people. It doesn't matter if Modi is not suiting to the rest of the world. He suits for us and our national interest.

harsh Nov 07, 2013 11:35am

@M Naqvi:

so as many muslim admire abdali, bin qasim, gauri,Pakistan even name there missile on them

siddharth Nov 07, 2013 01:05pm

Guys lets understand a very simple fact. All of us should cross our hearts and ask ourselves ....what is god. believe me most of us would agree that money is god. modi exaclty makes the territory he rules rich with this god. and its not bad that this happens to the whole country. Roits accur only when you have nothing to loose...but if u have a lot to loose makes a peaceful atmosphere as ppl would not,fight that much. money only comes with development...and thats the agenda what modi has.Just think if pakistan was a rich and prosperous country 99% of your problems are over. there would have been more stability in the world as paki ppl would not have got involved in many terrorist activities.

Nitin Nov 07, 2013 01:28pm

Mr. Modi has got amazing skill of making false claims about Gurjarat development and twisting history shamelessly.

Tan-theta Nov 07, 2013 01:32pm

Yes, Modi for PM and @ Gaurav Arya for opposition :) :) Enough of congress which is seed bearer of communalism in India, Of course our Pakistani friends will not like Modi, it is obvious. BJP takes a viewof giving back to miscreants through bunch of aggressive nationalists, and Congress gives in to miscreants through moral support in terms of appeasement. Both lead to violence, Congress has the machinery to project that they are secular through media, and BJP has the ability to expose congress through mass appeal of Namo. But without getting into technicals of religion and social conflict, any day Modi is much better a leader and honest man, whereas RG is dynasty ruller, with weak personality and surrounded by bunch of flattering persona, this is what people hate, no one comes to vote or not vote a party based on what is their treatment to minority, but congress has managed to anguish the majority. In next five years things may turn opposite, who knows. But both mania and phobia are bad for politics today there are two distinct groups of people mania and phobia. So voting will be interesting. A democratically elected leader cant be comapred to Hitler, this is the typical error many do and that leads more popularity of Modi. I personally know 1750 lawyers in Mumbai who have openly vouched to come forward and vote for Modi. Once I asked many why will you do that and why will you influence one more to do that? They had only one answer, this man will not be like Manmohan, he will speak up, he will have an opinion, he will call spde a spade, he will stand up to say things correctly, Its Godhra killing and not Gujarat riot, he will not hire a Setalvad kind of lawyer to talk nonsense in prime time, he will not keep his mouth shut if soldiers are killed, he will not keep debating if infrastructure flops but he will intervene and sit with top industrialists to create a road map...that's why they will vote Modi, because he is a doer, who cares what congress say about riots, people have seen worse riots then this....Mumbai's one criminal has managed to kill more people under Sharad Powar then Modi, so? who cares about riots?

Yeda Nov 07, 2013 02:34pm

@munda: Don't justify one crime with other :)

Yeda Nov 07, 2013 02:40pm

@Tan-theta: What led to Godhra Killing will anyone please answer through introspection. Why conveniently everyone forgets what episode vitiated the environment the modern India. There can't be a justification to any wrongdoings from either side. Wining an election is a means of validating the wrong done by someone. Has this great ever on ethical ground offered to resign on MORAL(if any) grounds ? No. ..why knowing that the law of the land would catch him too. Oue education and humanity doesn't allow us to validate any criminal even if it is from our side or family. :)

Suma Nov 07, 2013 05:39pm

@Gaurav Arya:

Dear Gaurav, philosophy is easy to teach but almost impossible to practice, I will give you one example. I accept that you are secular and i don't doubt it. I just throw challenge at you. Go to Pakistan and practice Secularism. I promise you that you will come back to India and kiss this land and will think that Indians are greatest Seculars for last 10000 years

snehal Nov 07, 2013 05:36pm

@S. A. M. : Curious to hear ur views on Hon. Pm. Mr. Vajpee ji and hon. President Dr. A PJ Kalam theh were ruling together for a just befor this cong party in center. There are many such examples but try to explain hw such public figures are honured till date by everyone even with no marriage and family of there own.

Arman Nov 07, 2013 08:21pm

@Gaurav Arya: You are might be right.. But u don't have any proof to prove ur point.. Then who give u the right to blame someone.. U r just like speaking parrot who hear from surrounding and the start speaking bla bla..

Mehtasaab Nov 07, 2013 08:33pm

@Yeda: Actually Congress is responsible for Godhara's killings. Congress is well known for their strategy (Policy) "Divide India and Rule India" which is adopted from British Raj. Actually Congress wants Muslim's votes. Politician from Congress party first burn train with the help of few muslim mobs. Congress wanted to destroy Modi. Why media does not talk about killing of thousands of Sikhs in Punjab. Now Muslim in Gujarat are more happier than any where else. Take a survey in Gujarat, you will know what is right.

Mehtasaab Nov 07, 2013 08:34pm

@Akshay: Why do care about the rest of world. We should think about India only. What is the best for her (India).

Mehtasaab Nov 07, 2013 08:46pm

@Hari Singh: Are you purchased by Congress party? Sonia put Sardar as PM for political reason. He has no power at all. He does what Sonia wants him to do.

Vinod Dhar Nov 07, 2013 09:58pm

@Nitin: First visit Gujarat and then talk.

Anand Nov 07, 2013 10:03pm

@Well Wisher: He (Gaurav) is commenting form somewhere. Had he travelled to Gujarat, his perception would have been different. Frog in the well is always blind towards larger ocean.

Naren Nov 08, 2013 04:36am

@Mustafa: It will be rude awakening for people like you. Wait and see how well Modi will lead India.

Arun Nov 08, 2013 05:34am

@Gaurav Arya: You have an image of Modi in your head, of one who hates Muslims, of one who would like to send them all to Pakistan, one who doesn't see Muslims as part of India. You can take comfort in that many in India share your vision of Modi. But look at the facts. In 2002, Modi didn't kill Muslims. He did not recognize the route religious anger would take and did not take adequate measures to prevent riots. This has happened in India to the British, considered the best administrators. Now go beyond 2002. Modi has had many opportunities to hurt Muslims more. Not only has he not taken them, Muslims in Gujarat say they have prospered. But communal Muslims don't want that truth to come out. To illustrate, when a Muslim cleric named Vastanvi said Gujarati Muslims have prospered under Modi, communal Muslims, in charge of a university demoted him. The demoters are the real communalists. To them, Abdul Kalam is not a real Muslim because he does not take up their causes. I believe Modi has not apologized to the victims of the 2002 riots because it only hands political victory to the real communalists, the ones who demoted Vastanvi. Instead he has done one better: ensured the riots don't repeat and ensured that the state got good governance.

Sanjay Nov 08, 2013 12:52pm

@Suma: Dil ki baat keh di yaar tumne to...

SAP Nov 08, 2013 04:42pm

@Gaurav Arya: I agree with you that Modi may have developed the infrastructure in Gujarat; however, what about the Muslims and also Hindus who lost there lives during the riots.

One more point will strengthen your argument is . . . few months ago why Modi was not allowed to visit USA? May be the connection with the Gujarat riots.

dr vimal raina Nov 08, 2013 08:19pm

In Gujarat during the hey days of Congress every muslim behaved like an Azam Khan. Now there are just hard working Muslims in Gujarat.

Zimbo_Indians Nov 08, 2013 09:49pm

@muhibbewatan: Riots under Modi? Well, there is little doubt that Modi did not take action to stop Gujrat riots that followed the burning alive of 59 Hindu pilgrims in Godhra. but also remember that just a few months after the Gujrat riots, Muslim terrorists slaughtered 42 Hindu devotees in Ahmedabad's Akshardham temple. There was absolute peace and quiet after the Akshardham attack. This was also under Modi's Chief Ministership. So I can bet that Muslims will be quite safe with Modi as PM.

Sandeep Singh Nov 08, 2013 10:06pm

Dekho Dekho Kaun Aaya. Gujrat Ka Sher Aaya ;-)

Murali Nov 09, 2013 07:41am

@AbbasToronto: That explains why people like you worship the Talibans and the osamas.

Roger Nov 09, 2013 08:38am

@Gaurav Arya - There is something about the Indian secular ethos that endorses the entire spirit of your arguments. There is nothing new here. Modi has been endorsed by the like of KPS Gill - a great enforcement official - who has categorically stated that Modi could not have prevented the after math of Godra. Modi was also new in his job at the time. In addition, V.S. Mani a great humanitarian and an internationally reputed Legal authority, who was among the first to write an article in The Hindu against Modi regarding the riots, subsequently endorsed him completely. There have been many others of equal repute who have endorsed him. After the Gujerat riots of 2002, I spent hours on end for more than a year defending the Indian ethos (I don't even say 'the Hindu ethos") and our obligation to the ideals of secularism and humanitarianism. A lot of my wrath was against Modi. I have come around to understand things a lot better now. Of course, the riots happened in his watch - and has a moral responsibility. But a 'criminal' angle to his watch is completely false. I admire your pitch for secularism, but maturity is the ability to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Nagesh Nov 09, 2013 09:21am

@Hassan: fantastic reply.. I will tell you, majority Hindus silently taking Modi's side due to congress policies and their administration. India needs strong leadership and as rightly said by one of the muslim cleric that congress adn other parties scarring people on Modi and try to be in power.. One thing Muslim should understand Modi's India is far more secure and prosperous for them.. by the by, whether I like it or not, if most of the people wants Modi to become PM so be it, it is their choice and India is a democratic country..

Moodi Nov 09, 2013 07:05pm

@Suma: Have you been to Pakistan Ms. Lofty Claims? Why you Indian have to drag Pakistan in every debate? We understand that hostilities with Pakistan is sole uniting thread of extremely disintegrated India. Pakistan may be polarized country but there are more secular minded people in Pak than India. You want to elect Modi based on his Hindu extremist believes. Pakistanis have never elected an extremist. How many innocent Muslim of India in Gujrat, Behar and UP have to lose heir lives due to BJP before you will admit that there is something wrong with the shiny propaganda. When a superstar like Imran Hashmi and Javed Akthar can not rent or buy a house in Hindu dominated areas how can you assure that after same Hindus take over they will not run havoc on minorities. After all the blood of Muslim and Sikhs has not dried yet. As a foreigner I really wish you elect him because this will be the greatest downfall of your country. Good luck Modi.

Moodi Nov 09, 2013 07:08pm

@Ravi: Have you read the independent inquiry by Indian courts and francis analysis that showed that fire was caused by accidental cooking inside the car. Muslims were blamed by BJP to take advantage in election. Shame on you for false propaganda. Read BBC....

Moodi Nov 09, 2013 07:09pm

@Ravi: "Being a Hindu and a secular person I believe freedom cannot be Unilateral but Multilateral"

Very funny.. you cannot be Hindu and secular in same breath. Make your choice.

Moodi Nov 09, 2013 07:20pm

@Gaurav Arya: Beautifully describe. People like you make me believe that India still has a spirit. Bless you! BTW the I am not a Muslim either.