Posts Tagged ‘Victory’

‘Media responsible for Gujarat’s national impact’

28 December 2007

Swapan Dasgupta in The Telegraph, Calcutta:

“In Gujarat, the media were neither disinterested observers nor merely biased against Narendra Modi; they were an active participant. From disseminating ridiculous stories about lack of crowds in Modi’s meetings and overplaying the Patel revolt in Saurashtra to Yogendra Yadav’s self-confessed doctoring of the exit polls, the media took it upon themselves to ensure Modi’s defeat. The suggestion that the English-language media were the worst offender is not true; for purely collateral reasons the Gujarati print media led the charge.

“Media activism ensured that a large section of India switched on to their TV sets last Sunday morning fully expecting the downfall of the man who has been painted as a cross between Hitler and Attila the Hun. The results helped catapult Modi to the national stage as the man who could dare—and win. If it hadn’t been for the media becoming a prisoner of their own fabrications, the impact of Gujarat would have been strictly regional.”

Read the full article: Merchant of victory

Cartoon: courtesy E.P. Unny/ The Indian Express

Is the BJP still just a ‘Hindu nationalist party’?

24 December 2007

The phrase “Hindu nationalist” has almost always prefaced western media reports of the BJP, and it is no different despite Narendra Modi‘s sensational, conversation-stopping hat-trick. But it is not just fair-skinned whites who feel dutybound to slap the appellation.

# “Hindu Radical re-elected in India,” screams The New York Times. “On Sunday, voters re-elected the politician, Narendra Modi, arguably India’s most incendiary officeholder, as the chief minister of the western state of Gujarat, reports Somini Sengupta.

# “Hindu nationalists win key vote,” says The Washington Post. “Hindu nationalists won a solid victory Sunday in a closely watched election in Gujarat, one of India’s wealthiest and most restive states, further weakening the ruling Congress party ahead of national elections,” reports Emily Wax.

“Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist and chief minister of the western state of Gujarat has now staked his claim to leadership of his party—and perhaps his country,” reports Jeremy Page, in The Times, London.

#”The Hindu nationalist BJP has won a key election in the western Indian state of Gujarat, final results show,” says the BBC.

# “Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, admired by corporate India as a model politician and feared by Muslim and Christian minorities as a messianic Hindu icon not averse to violence, scored an emphatic victory on Sunday,” reports Jawed Naqvi in The Dawn, Karachi.

# “Controversial Hindu nationalist party leader Narendra Modi swept back to power in… in the Hindu nationalist bastion… in what was called a national victory over the rival Congress Party,” reports Ajay Jha in Gulf News, Dubai.

# “Controversial Hindu nationalist party leader Narendra Modi swept back to power by a wide margin in India’s religiously divided state of Gujarat yesterday,” reports Agence-France Press in The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong.


Should the BJP take offence at being straitjacketed as “Hindu nationalists” like “Islamic fundamentalists”? Should it just not care since this is just the outpouring of what it calls “a pseudo-secular, English media”? Should it be justly proud of the epithet?

Cross-posted on sans serif

Analyse this: How shrinks view the Modi win

24 December 2007

G.S. Mudur, the science correspondent of The Telegraph, Calcutta, has an interesting piece on the state of Narendra Modi‘s mind after his victory—“an emotional zenith, an elevated sense of self-image, a feeling beyond happiness, and a stronger-than-ever motivation towards his future goals”.

One psychologist, who has worked with children affected by the 2002 pogrom, says “a feeling of righteousness could in some cases push an election victor towards less tolerance for criticism and even less tolerance for differences of opinion.”

# “The win is likely to reinforce his belief in his own actions,” according to Alok Sinha, a behavioural psychologist and counsellor based in Lucknow. “For him, it’s likely to be seen as the people’s pronouncement on his actions.”

# “Winning is like an addiction. It can lead to a euphoric high, but it could also reinforce a belief that all that one did was correct,” according to Sandeep Vohra, a neuropsychiatrist at the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi.

# “In an election victory, the sense of elation occurs in different degrees in different people, but is likely to be higher among right-wing politicians,” according to Rajat Mitra, a clinical psychologist based in New Delhi

Read the full story: Victor’s high: More motivation, less tolerance