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04 November 2013

Narendra Modi's Sadbhavna Upvas camouflaged as a 'New Service' in official documents

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By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani

Ahmedabad: Believe it or not the high drama of Sadhbhavna Upvas was camouflaged as a ‘New Service’ in official documents .The question is was it Modi’s ‘New Service’ to buy skull caps with government money to create stereotyped Muslims appear in his meetings or is it much deeper. Such details will be released periodically under the heading of Kachcha Chittha (details of misdeeds) about Modi and his government in Gujarat.

ANHAD and other other civil society groups have joined hands together to ‘expose’ misleading facts about Modi.

A joint press statement said, We, Anhad and other secular organizations, strongly believe that our democracy and secularism is directly under threat. The spectre of the country’s descent into fascism stares at us. The long reign of the UPA has not halted or arrested the march of the communal fascist forces; indeed there seems today to be a greater acceptance of ideas that we would call fascist. The strident demands for death penalty , the impatience with rule of law; the acceptability among the young urban people of a man as a potential Prime Minister, under whose watch minorities were systematically targeted, this desire for a strong authoritarian leader, all again point to the circulation and reception of fascist ideas.

There have been several riots at least since last year across the country. On the one hand, one sees local-level riots engineering machinery gearing up, and on the other the cleansing and anointing of Modi as the development man.

The rise in the power of the middle class via a corporate media, which aggressively pushes the agenda of ‘corruption-free efficiency’ – whose poster boy is Narendra Modi – at the cost of issues of social justice, secularism and democracy movements, is further pushing the Indian polity towards the Right.

Modi is being projected nationally as a leader who is clean, charismatic and a visionary. An image of a new leader is being created by hired PR agencies and event management companies. The new leader is going to change the face of India and solve all problems. The facts show otherwise.

[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at lakhani63@yahoo.com or on his cell 09228746770]

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