When I got this invite it made me think. Why would I want to unwelcome an Indian PM? And the answer was in something I cannot get off my mind… That he was the CM of Gujarat when many were massacred in cold blood in 2002. That as the CM of the state he did not do enough, fast enough to stop the damage and death toll. The words that ring in my mind is his address to the people where he said “we will give them a lesson that they will never forget” and he left that ‘them’ very generic. We also know that his own minister Maya Kodnani’s involvement in instigating and overseeing the riot. She was arrested and sentenced but gets bail whenever needed….
I also do not welcome him because even if he is a PM of the Nation he is a follower of the militant nationalistic organization RSS (Rashtriya swayamsevak sangh) and after his rise to power in india we have seen so many cases of moral policing by RSS and other unknown fundamentalist organizations that act as they are the authority for bringing in law. If Modi could not stop the massacre in Gujarat while being the CM, I am sure he will be incompetent if something like that happen again.
Coupled with this I am also not welcoming him because I have heard over and over by the so called Modi Bhakts tell me “See Gujarat happened and so now we do not have riots” and I am baffled by how these people justify such an action. I don’t really care if Modi was involved and what i care is he being in power gives an unrestricted free hand to fundamentalist Nationalist forces that will tear up the secular fabric of the nation.
For those who do not know what RSS is, RSS is the organization a member of which (they say former member, but the fact is their ideology was same) killed the father of nation ‘Mahatma Gandhi…. It was also banned twice in the history of Independent India..
I am not unwelcoming the Prime minister of India… But I unwelcome Narendra Modi the individual and the former CM of Gujarat where the 2002 Gujarat Pogrom happened. Also I want to tell people I know that unwelcoming Narendra Modi is not being unpatriotic though that is what his marketing media wishes to portray.
I know that when I post this I will get booed by many of my friends here, some of them all excited to welcome him… But to them I wish to say; just like your right to welcome him forgetting the communal angle of him and his organization I have a right to unwelcome him as a secular person. What needs to be said should be said… It is called freedom of speech…
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