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Narendra Modi and Adolf Hitler

Those who compare Narendra Modi to Adolf Hitler are unfair to Hitler for two reasons. First, Hitler was a friend of India. He helped Subhash Chandra Bose to fight against the British. Second, Hitler was a very capable man and a great leader. He died at 56. Modi is 63. If Modi had been half as capable of Hitler, he would have become Prime Minister of India long back and within five years annexed Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma, Sri Lanka and Maldives to India.
It took a long time for Modi to become BJP’s PM candidate. Overcoming opposition of Lal Krishna Advani and other leaders was not easy for him. Hitler took over Nazi Party within two years.
Many have spoken against Modi. We have to wait and see whether he will become PM in May. In 2009 Arun Shourie said Modi will be the next PM after Advani. Advani did not become PM. Not many thought Modi will be PM candidate in 2014. Ratan Tata shifting Nano plant from Singur to Sanand was a turning point for Modi. CNN-IBN poll shows BJP is likely to get around 200 seats and NDA up to 231 seats. Journalists like Barkha Dutt, Nidhi Razdan, Rajdeep Sardesai and channels like NDTV 24×7, representatives of NGOs who fought cases against Modi and who signed a petition for investigation in snooping on a woman, will be in trouble if Modi becomes PM. BJP leaders who opposed Modi will be out of favour.
In 1923 Hitler had tried Beer Hall Putsch. It failed. Hitler spent about a year in prison. Modi has not done anything like that. From 1925 Nazi Party grew in strength. When Hitler became Chancellor Paul von Hindenburg was President. Once Hindenburg died there was no President. Modi has not been able to tackle Governor Kamla Beniwal, a Congress appointee.
There are people who hope Modi will not become PM. They hope BJP will not get enough seats and coalition partners will oppose Modi and agree to some other leader of BJP as PM. Some hope AAP will cut BJP vote and win enough seats to keep Modi out of power.
Hitler was a vegetarian. Modi seems to be a vegetarian. He spoke against Pink Revolution and export of beef. He spoke of putting beef-eaters in jails. That may cost him votes. If he speaks against eating pork, chicken, mutton, fish and eggs he will lose more votes.
Hitler had Eva Braun as mistress. Modi is not known to have a mistress. There was a report that he was married and sent away his wife.

AAP under attack

AAP is under attack from different sides for different reasons. Some of it is political. Rival parties attack each other. Some attacks are for things that happened before the formation of AAP.
Kumar Vishwas is attacked for videos of his jokes and statements he made long before he joined the fight against corruption. One was for a joke about Moharram. Another was about praising Narendra Modi. Third one was about a joke about Kerala nurses. Muslims protested about the joke about Moharram. Kumar Vishwas apologised. Mallika Sarabhai spoke against his praising Narendra Modi. Kumar Vishwas asked who is Mallika Sarabhai? The joke about Kerala nurses led to protests. AAP office in Kerala was damaged by Congress members. Kerala CM Oomen Chandy wrote to Arvind Kejriwal demanding Kumar Vishwas’ apology. Kumar Vishwas replied his joke was poetic licence. He asked will Congress ask Raj Babbar to apologise for rapes in Insaf ka Tarazoo. He said Oomen Chandy should apologise for damage to AAP office. Votaries of freedom of speech and humour are missing.
Somnath Bharti is attacked for ordering police to raid a house at night and treatment of some Ugandan women who were taken for medical tests at night and also the words he used against Arun Jaitley and Harish Salve. Some have demanded his sacking. Most people of Malviya Nagar have supported him and called him a hero. Somnath Bharti said he is acting against prostitution and drug trafficking. Police are not doing their job.
Arvind Kejriwal is attacked for leading protests on 20-21 January. He wanted to sit-in in front of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s house as Shinde had not agreed to suspend or transfer some police officers. UPA government went overboard to block the sit-in. Four Metro stations were shut. Section 144 was imposed. Arvind Kejriwal sat near Rail Bhavan. There was traffic disruption. The protests lasted around 36 hours. Some said Arvind Kejriwal is an anarchist. While there was vehement criticism against Arvind Kejriwal on TV channels, there were many supporters. On a survey on Headlines Today 78% supported Arvind Kejriwal. AAP should have said UPA is responsible for shut down of Metro stations. AAP wants Delhi police under Delhi government. UPA is not willing. Former Home Secretary Raj Kumar Singh had accused Shinde of corruption and making SHO appointments for money.
Kiran Bedi is with BJP. So her criticism of AAP does not carry conviction. BJP and Congress members who blame AAP for blocking traffic have not opposed such actions by Jats and Gujjars and bandhs by themselves and other parties. When governments call bandhs there is no demand to dismiss those governments.
Some claim they were supporters of AAP but now they oppose AAP methods. Chetan Bhagat said AAP is like item girls who want to attract attention to themselves. Failed actresses become item girls. He was wrong. Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, and Priyanka Chopra have done item numbers and they are not failed actresses.
Some members of AAP may leave. Vinod Kumar Binny is unhappy. He makes statements against party members. His statements resemble BJP statements. It seems he wants AAP to expel him. G. R. Gopinath had joined AAP without going through Vision Document. He is against AAP FDI policy. He wants action against Somnath Bharti. People joining and leaving parties happens. AAP is no exception.

Saifai controversy

Saifai Festival is a regular event since some years. It is about two weeks. It begins at the end of December and extends into January. There is entertainment and film stars perform.
This time some questioned the holding of festival since Muzaffarnagar riot victims were suffering. Many were living in tents. Children had died due to cold. Some journalists questioned the propriety of film stars performing at the festival. Some compared Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav to Nero who was said to be fiddling when Rome was burning the historicity of which is questioned or denied by many. Film stars were questioned by journalists and they said they did not know about Muzaffarnagar. Salman Khan said he had donated 25 lakh rupees for patients.
Shivpal Yadav appeared on CNN-IBN. He accused Rajdeep Sardesai of conspiracy and left. Mahesh Bhatt and Sharmila Tagore appeared on NDTV 24X7 and criticised film stars performing at Saifai Festival. Nidhi Razdan was wrong to say they were not Congress members. Mahesh Bhatt is a member of Congress. Sharmila Tagore is associated with Congress. Her husband was a MP candidate from Bhopal. Congress had appointed her CBFC chairperson. About Alia Bhatt performing at the festival, Mahesh Bhatt replied he failed as a father. He came to know one hour before Alia Bhatt was to depart and could not stop her as the invitation had come from chief minister.
It was wrong to target film stars for performing at the festival. They are generally not aware of many events. Even if they knew and went it was their choice.
On 10/1/2014 Akhilesh Yadav hit back at his detractors. He said “Why were film stars asked about Muzaffarnagar? I am the CM. I should have been asked.” He then talked about a TV journalist who had a ride with him a whole day in a helicopter and had promised half an hour programme at a particular time. When the programme did not appear Akhilesh Yadav asked the journalist who replied their marketing department did not allow it. He said the amount spent on the festival is less than ten crore and it was wrong for Dainik Jagaran to say 300 crore rupees were spent. The newspaper should apologise and punish the reporter. Dedh Ishkiya is about Lucknow and its culture. Tax exemption is given to promote film shooting in UP as it will promote tourism and give employment. He gave the example of Switzerland which had honoured Yash Chopra. People who oppose tax exemption to Dedh Ishkiya are opposed to Urdu, Lucknow and its culture. People came from Delhi to see Saifai Festival. Journalists wanted passes. When one pass was given 10 people came. Some sat on ground. He justified MLAs going on a tour to foreign countries saying it was cleared by central government. The tour known as Commonwealth Tour had visits to two Commonwealth countries; UAE and UK, and four non-Commonwealth countries; Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Belgium. Akhilesh Yadav told the journalist who questioned about Commonwealth Tour he was an ignorant journalist and journalist of a big channel. He said one journalist who was a member of SP and of Rajya Sabha and could not be elected to Rajya Sabha again due to constraints had written against the festival. It meant Shahid Siddiqui.
Shah Rukh Khan defended film stars. He said Bollywood is targeted because it can be done.

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