There was a much touted and hyped interview of Prime Minister Modi to M/S Timesnow. A channel famous for yelling and screaming, used #arnabspeakstomodi
Prime Minister Modi is a seasoned Politician, not known to make casual or off the cuff remarks. However a very telling and important comment “I am apolitical Prime Minister” made by Prime Minister Modi has gone unnoticed or as some say under the radar range, has this been a deliberate act on part of opposition including the Main Stream English Media, which normally chews on every word spoken by PM Modi . Media as we know has transformed from cultivated to compulsive now to pathological hate for Prime Minister Modi.Baffling it did not latch on to this claim instead focused on hard/soft Questions.
This is not a casual or a frivolous claim for an erudite and sharp Political personality who is aware we practice westminster style democracy . Which mandates leader of the majority Party in the peoples House (Lok Sabha) in our case becomes the Prime minister.
What did PM modi mean when he made this statement?, was he conveying something larger to the public, A Non partisan PM we can understand even in a Polarised environment. Now that a claim has been made ,we should delve a little deeper to try and understand why it was said and what could be the possible,implications/motives.
/this word ‘apolitical’ infact strikes a chord and takes me back to13sept 2011 to an event which we had organised in Mumbai which had :” Being “Apolitical” is it the best way forward for India??
Those were the heady days of India Against Corruption. Apolitical was a fashion statement.
This is how I had introduced the topic to the Audience and the Panel that evening.
“Please don’t politicize the issue is a common refrain to any inconvenient question raised by the protagonists in political sphere and also by the media. This per se instills a sense of revulsion & disgust towards politics & politicians with the other oft repeated Aam Aadmi.
We have been witness to an event the like of which has not been on display previously. Yes protests against corruption.
The latest addition to our vocabulary is “Apolitical” there have been other words also bandied about like “Unelectable” and “Unelected” which have not found as wide an acceptance or usage by the public in the regular discourse.
We really need to understand this ‘Apolitical’. Is it a word, a term, an ideology, an ism, a statement or an expression?
Is this an accessory or a new product? What is its true meaning? Does it have a definite meaning as do other words if it is a word? What are the implications if we do accept this in any of the above forms?
How does this measure up; when we compare with words such ‘Amoral’ & ‘Atheist’? Is Apolitical the opposite of Political and politics or is it devoid of politics.
Do we need this? If yes why?
Does this pit one against the other? Is this an oversimplification or an overkill given the current state of affairs in India!
Would this involve Indians increasing in the political process or will it make Indians more cynical about our political process and hence our democracy.
There is an urgent need to deconstruct & place this in its true perspective lest we cause any long term damage to our Democracy.
Much harder work is required, more effort than participating in candle vigils or wearing Gandhi caps. Politicians thumping desks and civil society thumping chests don’t make a revolution. Waiting for a hero is not the way. When Andrea lamented to Galileo in Brecht’s play that there were no heroes, Galileo said: pity the nation in need of a hero. And pity, too, the nation that can’t tell apart a real hero from a false one.”
Now once again, we must ask of Prime Minister Modi What did he mean by claiming to be an Apolitical Prime Minister.? How can a person in Politics be ‘Apolitical’
Has Mr. Modi decided to renounce Politics or is he in the process of building an image of a sage/ascetic in the Political field of India. If yes then it is not a very happy situation for Indians who reposed their faith in him. Modi a Political sage? A political ascetic? Has the system destroyed his spirit
In conclusion,even a mundane decision of which bread to buy White or Brown is political. How can a Prime Minister claim to be Apolitical?
Original post: http://ioretradingindia.blogspot.in/2011/09/being-apolitical-is-it-best-way-forward.html
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