Narendra Modi insisted on jumping at the American invitation for sunset pictures on White House lawns and also to address the UNGA. It is my considered view that Modi gave away in four days to Americans what they never gave in four decades to India and will not give in the next four decades.
But they have always been generous with throwing down crumbs at us from their high table when we have clamoured for attention. Yesterday the entire brain-dead media was blathering ecstatically about america declaring pakistan a terrorist state. America did nothing of that sort and it wouldn't matter if it did because like the Taliban and the ISIS Pakistan is also of America's making and nurturing. But what causes me serious concern is Modi's unwillingness to antagonise America and his craving for American approval..
In the UN Modi made some noise about India's peacekeeping force and then concluded his generally insipid speech with no political content to it with a weak demand that countries sending peace keeping forces must have a say in the decision making process. Oh yes, the world is ducking for cover! And, just to send the signal that we must always cry loudly for crumbs, this year's UN International Peace Keeper Award (whatever that means) was given to a Indian woman police officer. That means Modi must know his place. India deserves only these crumbs.
Well if we look upon America as the great daddy, then we have to take what daddy gives us. Modi's America and "Gandhi moha" expose his blind spots - he will simply not see both as destructive forces. And I also wondered how can Modi embrace the poison tree and reject the poison fruit? So now Modi is going to repeatedly thrust the Gandhi-Nehru coffins on the Hindu nation:
1. Modi says the nation must celebrate hundred years of Gandhi's return to India from South Africa in 1915 as Pravasi Bharat Divas. B-ll S_it. Modi needs lessons on why Gandhi retuned to India in 1915 more than six months after he left the shores of South africa. He spent six months in London where he was given lessons on how to capture and keep the INC. Gandhi had to return in 1915 because Tilak was soon to return from Mandalay and the British Empire and Empire loyalists did not want the INC to go back to Tilak. This subversion is what Modi is celebrating. And oh yes, just to please overseas Indians he said Gandhi was also an NRI!
2. As if Gandhi and clean India drive (as tho' there was no cleanliness before Gandhi) were not eneough, and hundred years of Gandhi "the NRI's" return to India were also not enough, Modi now wants the Hindu nation to celebrate 150 years of Gandhi in 2019.
3. If Gandhi comes, can Nehru be far behind? Modi's logic seems to be: - All past is history and all history must not only be owned up to but also embraced. So, now is Modi asking Hindus to celebrate Nehru's 125 years?
Vivisection of the Hindu nation? That is also in the past, and it is history. Embrace it too?