Why Modi is as bad as Trump

Published: November 15, 2016
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They generate fear regarding the wellbeing of the country, and at the same time, a universal hatred for the ruling elite.

We are living in extremely dangerous times. Many of you would imagine I am referring to the election of Donald Trump, a xenophobic, misogynist, white supremacist, “nasty” man as the US president. I am not.

I am referring to an even more terrifying phenomenon; which is our willing suspension of disbelief in election times. This is the very phenomenon which enables evident liars, of the ranks of Trump and back home, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and team, to work up crowds with promises that any sane man would know are hoax, and get elected to office. And still worse, defeat the right policies, the right persons, the right promises and most importantly, the right ideology and value system.

Chunaavi jumla”, a term the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders themselves shamelessly used to describe and own up to some of their false promises post-election, has landed as a nuclear weapon in the hands of Modis and Trumps and have made them seemingly unconquerable.

What else can otherwise describe the election of a man as the US president who wants to grab women by the “female part”, or for that matter, back home, the elevation of a man as a demi-god, who looked the other way while thousands were slaughtered in the state he headed.

We are living in a dog-eat-dog world. We are obsessed with our own financial security at a time where even hospitality comes for a price. And hence, we are desperate for policies and government flagship programmes that would help us become more financially sound.

Trump and Modi have well understood this. But alas they are the wrong men. Hence, what has come out is not kindness or sympathy, but inducement. They have understood that so grave is our desperation for economic progress, that even if they promised us the moon and the stars and the sky convincingly, we would fall for it.

Modi said he would bring back black money within 100 days of assuming office, and distribute Rs15 lakhs to each person in India.

Trump, on the other hand, says he would expel three million immigrants, thus forcing American companies on US soil to employ only Americans as labour.

Anybody would know you cannot destroy industries by stopping them from hiring cheap labour from poor nations. Even legally, you cannot expel immigrants. Anybody would again know that you cannot force a foreign government to reveal names of those who have stashed black money abroad. That procedure would require expansive treaties to be signed.

But here is when the “willing suspension of disbelief” factor takes its toll. These leaders are magicians. They have just become able to suspend people’s common sense. And make them believe what no sane person should fall for.

And there is a way they do this “black magic”. No, no, they do not use witchcraft items such as brooms or nimbu (lemon) tied in red cloth. Their instrument is perverted nationalism.

Have you noticed that before the Trumps and Modis actually put forth their bogus economic promises, they spend months together in a rigorous campaign injecting the notion that the country is falling, the country is being looted, and most importantly, that the ruling class is behind it all.

This way they generate fear regarding the well-being of the country, and at the same time, a universal hatred for the ruling elite.

And then they drop their “chunaavi jumlas” that are all but likely to work with a population so benumbed with fear and hatred. But this is not new. Hitler did just that.

He aroused people’s feelings by talking about their country’s glorious past, and then promised the sun and the sky and the moon. But this simple argument with a proven example will not convince anybody. Because whether it is Trump or Modi, they, as I mentioned, already ensure the mind has been benumbed.

And the results are everything from sad to horrifying to laughable. Sad because you just missed the chance to elect a Madame President after 240 years of independence. Horrifying because you are so conveniently forgetting to condemn bigotry and xenophobia. And laughable that despite given the chance to elect an erudite former secretary of state, you preferred somebody who would perhaps not even know whether Mosul is a city or a person or a food item.

But this sad, horrifying, laughable mind-set, which has emboldened the extreme right-wing like never before, seems impregnable. What else can explain that despite a leading US newspaper publishing two pages full with over 200 or so instances of lies told by or bad behaviour put up by Trump, on the eve of the US election, he still won.

Truth be told, we liberals are just at our wits end on how to deal with this. It is a grave problem calling for great deliberation.

There has to be a thorough campaign to counter this, and arouse people from this mass hypnosis that these thug leaders are trapping them in.

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Salman Nizami

Salman Nizami

Salman Nizami remained active in media for more than 10 years and later joined Politics and at present is associated with Indian National Congress. He tweets @SalmanNizami_

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  • FactCheck

    For Pkaistan Modi is bad.

    For India and ROW, Modi is great.Recommend

  • skpatil

    Hope Mr. Salman Nizami you can read your own article & check how wrong you r,Recommend

  • hp kumar

    Hey Salman Nizami! you r so called liberal? you indian muslims have big job coming in your hands.We have uniform civil code on our agenda just after demonetization is over.We expect you liberals read muslims to come on board to approve this great move of our democratically elected prime minister, sri modi ji.Recommend

  • Feroz

    The coming to power of PM Modi in India has made many beneficiaries of the old Establishment jobless. A man who works 18 hours a day, whose bank balance is pitiable has upended a ruling clique that squeezed India dry through scams. The frustration is spilling over because everyone wanted the man to fail, sadly for them he is putting India on a very strong footing. Lot of squealing and shrieking voices can be heard from those deprived of there perks and privileges.Recommend

  • Pure Ind

    Its very strange as to how Congress Ministers are desperate to find faults in all what Modi does, yes he may not be perfect but no one can deny his aggressive intent for the progress of India. No Indian PM till date has been so aggressively hardworking for India’s benefit.
    Congress has ruled India for almost 60Yrs but what have they achieved at what pace? They have made India into a slow moving elephant with all bureaucracy & scams. Look where China has reached in a span of 25yrs, Chinese were a tribe of poor people who were forced to eat rodents & insects & look where are they now.
    In the name of vote bank politics all that Congress did was risk national security by going slow on Terrorists & investigations.
    Congress have contributed to the nation but you cant expect people to vote for you on some past laurels.Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath

    Mr. Nizami, move to Pakistan, you will be living in the liberal, tolerant society you deserve. Modi is going to put an end to pet congress policies like Trible Talaq and Sharia which it uses to buy Muslim Mullah votes, making life unbearable for you. How do you feel about that Italian woman running your party while you put your own women behind Burqa? At least Modi gave back self respect to Indians which Congress cannot understand.Recommend

  • Jay

    Modi bashing is a money maker in Pakistan and India !Recommend

  • vinsin

    Talking about black money and throwing illegal migrants is now equal to Hitler, then you could have included Nawaz Shariff also as he is also sending Afghan backs and for that matter every nation on this planet. Almost all countries are bothers about black money. Partitioning country is not perverted nationalism.

    And what about you wanting to make rape legal for Muslims men on Muslim women that is OK?Recommend

  • Test Test

    This is another one of those congress! They are the worst, They call themselves liberal but will support triple talaq. They say they stand for equality but will ask for more privileges for minorities (even though technically muslims should not be called minorities as they are over 14% today in India). They say they stand for equality but will not support Uniform Civil Code. Its this congress that is the reason that India is not significantly better. They say they support democracy but congress itself is not democratic. Recommend

  • Critical

    Poor Salman got hit very hard because of the demonetization plan by Modi and now all his Rs.500 and Rs 1000 gotten through corruption is as useless as Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal…

    He cant rant in an Indian newspaper as people will only laugh at him so he came to a Pakistani newspaper

    Being member of Congress who had a a leader who scrapped democracy,imposed emergency,led to the genocide of 3000 SIkhs,he has no right to compare another leader to Hitler.Recommend

  • Avinash

    Cant believe a congressman wrote this article..that too in a pakistani news outlet..wow..
    Those with black money r full of hatred against modi because he made Black money null n void..m nt a bjp fan..but nxt election m voting for modiRecommend

  • auginpk

    Look who is talking.Recommend

  • Haramkamullah

    I think Muslims of India should be given a proud leader like sharif or zardari or Rahul Gandhi…They definitely deserve this…they dont want to come out of shell..still beleiving a messiah will come from 1400 years ago..to take them out of darkness into the light..without doing anything like education and all nonsense..the problem with them is universal all over…most of them anywhere in the world identigy themselves with their religion..while other people identify with their nationality..time is running out..either assimillate with others in multicultural society or keep living in gheettosim..and make your childrens life also hell hole..Recommend

  • cautious

    You have to be desperate when you bring in Hitler into your argument.Recommend

  • Parvez

    In my view, in both countries it was the peoples voice ( yes, encouraged by strong rightist rhetoric ) that shifted the balance from the so called liberals to the nationalist BJP in India and the Republicans in the US ( both right of center parties ). Obviously, the people were disenchanted with you ( Congress ) and the Democrats in the US and wanted change ….. now shifting the burden of your / democrats failure to understand and measure the peoples pulse by bad mouthing the victor, does not come across well.Recommend

  • Ajay

    Everyone in India knows Congress as a corrupt party, being run by a coterie of people close to Gandhi family. Under long Congress rule, India failed to achieve its potential. BJP under Modi seems to give India an honest leadership and that’s why got support of people. This is the true purpose of democracy so why the author is complaining? Instead of bogus comparison of Modi with Hitler, the author could have given alternatives to Modi’s proposals and actions, which he has miserably failed. Modi is a missionary who is committed to cleanse and give the right direction to India. Some people just want status quo and raise false alarms to suit their own vested interests or out of jealousy. The Author should do some genuine soul searching.Recommend

  • wb

    You see, Muslims for 1450 years have practiced xenophobia, racism, genocides, mass rapes, destruction of languages and cultures and religions.

    And you have the gall to talk about others. Why don’t you look at the actions of your own people?

    Modi may have overseen the riots of Gujarat, but the BLOOD of 2000 Hindus and Muslims who died in the riots is in the hands of all you Muslims of India who have ISIS mindset.

    You’re the prime example of ISIS mindset of Indian Muslims.Recommend

  • karunakarnarayan

    if articles like this come in the pakistani press , it means modi is good for indiaRecommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Whole article manufactured around single argument. Article has more adjectives than facts or statements. Amazing that author didnt include any anti Muslim statements by modi (if any). As per Pakistani experts claim, Modi won election by giving anti Muslim statements.
    Author couldnt dig and found negative statements from Modi’s speeches.Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn

    Modi has done more for India in 2 yrs what Congress could not do in 60 years of power. In a few more years, Modi will wipe out Congress from India.Recommend

  • Mail Me

    A senseless blog by a hopeless pseudo intellectual. Modi is doing well for India and we support him.Recommend

  • deepu

    The other day I ran over a comment from a Pakistani reader that Pakistan is cursed with not to have a leader like Modi! It is true that Modi is bad for India’s enemies including his political rivals back at home however he is such a blessing for general citizens. Modi has a clear vision and agenda that distinguish him with his predecessors.Recommend

  • Nishikant

    Dear Salman , there are 52 islamic country in the world and you are writing some thing about india on a pakistani newpaper which it self is a islamic country where their draconian parliament has passed blasphemy law… don’t you think they are the new age facist ….your writing does not really make any sense ..being a member of the grand old party of INC I thought you should take a tougher stand against the draconian law of pakistan where children are forced to read enmity against other religion .. instead you compare modi and trump ..what a shame ….Recommend

  • Pankaj Deshmukh

    Modi is not Hitler. He is democratically elected in Secular country, where minority religion are also living happily comparing to any other Islamic nation.
    Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    What do you expect from a member of the Congress? That too on a Pakistani blog?

    For 10 years, Congress tried its best to prosecute Modi, the SIT was formed by the Supreme Court, every evidence was examined, every person alive in Gujarat concerned with Post-Godhra riots was examined, the trial happened outside of Gujarat.. Nothing.

    They played negative politics, politics of defaming someone, when they were supposed to serve the nation. Modi did the opposite. He stopped giving interviews, he concentrated on governing Gujarat. When he contested for elections, people saw and heard the progress he made in Gujarat and voted for him.

    After 2 years, Modi has destroyed the black money economy. Congress AND BJP have lost their funding.

    This guy has the gall to say now Modi is giving false promises on black money.Recommend

  • Krishna Kumar

    democracy is the collective will of the people….like it or not ….Trump and Mr Modi are the results of the collective will…..why has this happened…..the primary reason is the Muslim world’s inability to control the radical and violent thought behavior of some elements within their world…..when other collectives of people get frustrated and find their way of life threatened and they are the dominant collective thought of a democracy….. such results are inevitable….at that point the collective thought abhors liberals and their sympathizers….
    Here again i must emphasize that other REASONS ALSO DO INFLUENCE THE COLLECTIVE THOUGHT…. but primary reason was the failure of liberals to catch the pulse of the collective thought….Recommend

  • abhi

    What an article. So promising to end black money is a false promise while Indira ji’s Garibi Hatao was a real promise which couldnot be fullfilled in 40 years? Today congress represents all corrupt people in India and they still don’t change their course.Recommend

  • Studebaker

    I do not wish to comment on an article such as this one, but all I will say is this: Many Pakistanis and some Muslims don’t like Modi. They don’t have to like him. But Pakistan would be lucky to have a leader like him. You can search high and you can search low in Pakistan – you will not find a leader like Modi, and no matter what those who are prejudiced against him may say, the fact that there is no one in Pakistan remotely like Modi is unfortunate for Pakistan.Recommend

  • ask

    Within 5 days of introduction of 2000 rupee notes, which is strictly rationed, PM’s home Gujarat became the first State where couple of government officers were caught taking bribe of 3 Lakhs in very same crisp new notes! How did the bribe giver lay his hands on such large amount in such a short time & how much more cash must be with him?

    In two years black economy already destroyed? The piper plays his merry tune and the naive are dancing.Recommend

  • ask

    Hitler was democratically elected by popular vote.
    However, comparison of Modi with him is not appropriate.Recommend

  • Allah Rakha

    Same way Arvind Kejriwal was also elected democratically.. and Indians have accepted that Joker as CM of Delhi.. so you cannot compare one person with another.. and Modi is doing good for India.. so people sitting in Congress are feeling ashamed, guilty and at the same time shivering.. “Khisiyani billi khamba noche”.Recommend

  • ask

    In a lighter vein: If India had gone the Chinese way you might not have been allowed even birth (assuming you are not an only child or the first-born), let alone criticise Mao or Deng on a foreign blog.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Looks like the hindus commenters are percolating in their hatred,
    Proves the fact that 1400 years of Muslim and British subjugation
    just produced a stunted hindu nation…..two billion of them.Recommend

  • wb

    Yes. Absolutely. That’s why the super-proud Muslims of the Pakistani nation are progressing so very beautifully. Only two years ago, Pakistani Muslims sent a satellite to moon! Pakistani Muslims are actually producing so many great companies and CEOs in Silicon Valley in USA. Pakistani Muslims are champions of democracy! How do you Muslims achieve democracy in Pakistan with 50 languages, 100s of castes and thousands of dialects?! You Muslims are a miracle…contrast to the Hindus of India who can’t form a decent democratic government in the last 70 years!!! Congrats Muslims for achieving consistent 7% growth, while we Hindus have only accomplished a stunted growth of 2 percent. Wah Wah Muslims! You’ve reached moon, while we HIndus are still struggling to launch our own satellites. Maybe because, you Muslims have superior brain, having eaten beef. We HIndus have stupid rotten brian having only eaten ghaas-poos.

    Hats off to the super-achieveing Muslims of subcontinent and damn us Hindus who are basically inferior, veggie munching, lungi wrapping, stunted growth, dark skinned hidious creatures on Earth.

    I urge Muslims to enslave us wretched Hindus further and teach us how to reach Mars and Moon and how to become IT superpower. Please dear Patwari!!!!Recommend

  • ask

    I didn’t realise that you were comparing Kejriwal and Modi. May be you think both are on same footing since both are accepted by people as CM/PM just as was Hitler the Chancellor. Are they jokers? May be not; but their respective followers sure are a joke Recommend

  • abhi

    People will try to circumvent evrry thing. You can see earlier we used to talk about 1000 crore rupee corruption now we are talking about 3 lakhs.Recommend

  • abhi

    Probably both are not as bad as you think.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav

    I think Modi should follow Erdogan , the pious leader of pious Muslims. Only difference would be that he would be the Erdogan of Hindus. I wonder where would Salman Nizami run then. And what if Kashmiris would be hunted like Kurds???Recommend

  • Sane

    At least Trump is not a terrorist himself. Recommend

  • Sane

    For region and the world also Modi is a threat to peace and progress.Recommend

  • Sane

    Since the rape in India is rampant, are you going to legislate the right of rapes as legal specially against women tourists? Recommend

  • Sane

    Modi is Gorbachev of India.Recommend

  • Sane

    It looks Indians are so impressed with Pakistani news and media that they are mostly on these pages.Recommend

  • Sane

    How? Mr. Brainy, would you explain?Recommend

  • Avinash

    well indians r there to see what the perspective is from the other sideRecommend

  • FactCheck

    Which region? For Pakistan?

    Not for India, growing at 7% GDP, Bangladesh, doing better than Pakistan. For Afghanistan, making investments and helping Afghanistan build its army and the police force.

    Sri Lanka? Nope, funding many projects. Nepal, nope again. Funding and building hydro electric plants and irrigation systems.

    All in all, only Pakistan is affected by Modi. Hope he becomes a nightmare to Pakistan. Recommend

  • Sane

    Fanatic Modi has made life of Indians miserable. The Chaiwala mentality is the mentality of PM. People are starving queuing to get their own cash from bank. This is today’s Indian life.Recommend

  • Sane

    A common man’s life in Pakistan is much much better than Indian common man’s life. Thanks to ALLAH almighty.Recommend

  • Uzair

    Modi’s stint as Gujarat’s CM was definitely controversial, but I don’t think he is as bad as Trump as the head of state. His attempts to unite the people under the banner of Hindu nationalism might pose problems in the future.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav

    That is so true. Pakistani common man is experiencing the same days as it’s prophet did in 700 AD when there was no electricity.Recommend

  • jesica wilde

    nice blogRecommend

  • gp65

    Yep- unlke India, Pakistan has more than 10 hours load shedding in major cities. The security situation is such that even higher than mountain friend China will only invest if the army will assure their security and of course no foreign first class team is willing to play cricket. Infant mortality rate is much higher than India as is maternal mortality rate and absolute number of out of school children. Pakistan lags behind in human development (human development index developed by World Bank), transparency (corruption perception index by transparency international).
    So basically Indians have better education, health, electricity, law and order, human development and lower corruption. If you think this constitutes a better standard of living – that is wonderful.Recommend

  • gp65

    Actually, this myth is propagated frequently. But the reality is that Hitler never won a democratic election. HE came second in election and joined a coalition government. When the leader died, Hitler took charge.
    Secondly, 6 million Jews were ordered to gas chamber by Hitler. While after the false accusations related to Gujarat riots in 2002 died down, Muslims in Gujarat started to vote for him.Recommend

  • vinsin

    India is among the lowest rape rate in the world.Recommend