The NarendraModi cables,Who tells What ?Posted: March 27, 2011
Narendra Modi may be one of the few leaders who have benefitted out of wikileaks, following are some of the points, who thinks what about modi..
Interview between CONSUL GENERAL(mumbai) and Narendra Modi
CG : What is the Government of Gujarat’s view on the fact that that nobody has yet been held accountable for the horrific communal violence of 2002 ?
NM answer : (3 points)
- the events of 2002 were an internal Gujarati matter and the U.S. had no right to interfere;
- the U.S. is itself guilty of horrific human rights violations (he specified Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and attacks on Sikhs in the U.S. after September 11) and thus has no moral basis to speak on such matters, and;
- Muslims are demonstrably better off in Gujarat than in any other state in India, so what is everybody griping about?
CG: It is not only the U.S. that is concerned with this issue. The Indian National Human Rights Commission report itself cited “”a comprehensive failure on the part of the state Government”” to prevent the violence of 2002. ?
NM: the Indian National Human Rights Commission was biased and its reports wildly inaccurate. the U.S. relied far too much on “”a few fringe NGOs”” that don’t know the real picture and have an axe to grind. In any event, if officials are guilty of wrongdoing, then it is up to the courts to prosecute and punish them, and the Chief Minister could not interfere with the judicial process.
CG: it haS now been well over four years since the violence of early 2002 and nobody has been sanctioned; this gives little confidence that anyone would ultimately be held accountable. ?
NM: the culprits in the 1993 Mumbai bombings are only now being sentenced, so we should not have “”unrealistic expectations.””
CG : IS THERE in fact an active investigation of the Gujarat violence still underway ?
NM: The BJP had won big victories in recent local bodies elections in Muslim districts, and that a recent study had found literacy among Muslims was higher in Gujarat than in any other state. The 2002 violence had involved a “”few miscreants”” and had been blown out of proportion by “”fringe elements,”” he said. Communal relations in Gujarat are now excellent.
GUJARAT STATE CONGRESS VIEWS ABOUT NARENDRA MODI
Rajkot Congress party leader Manoharsinh Jadeja said ..
- Modi’s accomplishments are undeniable.
- the Congress would make little headway against the BJP in Gujarat anytime soon
- Modi is extremely popular, Jadeja said, and even Muslims are now supporting him to some extent
- As LONG as he is the CM in Gujarat, Congress would face a tough challenge.
Former Congress party MP and former Minister of Environment Yuraj Digvijay Sinhji said
- Modi “”lacks the polish and refinement”” to become a national leader.
- Modi’s reputation for being completely incorruptible is accurate
- if he were to become a national leader he would crack down on corruption throughout the BJP.
- BJP rank and file waiting to line their pockets once the BJP returns to power, and the prospect of Modi cracking the whip on corruption is entirely unappealing to this crowd.
- The BJP itself is a hurdle for Modi to rise as a national leader.
- He is one of the greatest protectors of communal harmony at this stage.
- GOG keeps a careful eye out to ensure there are no further provocations or violence.
BJP insider(S) thoughts on MODI
- MODI has successfully branded himself as an effective administrator and a pro-business, no-nonsense, law-and-order politician
- has reduced corruption in public life in Gujarat
The BJP national leadership, and particularly former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani, were convinced that only Modi could rejuvenate the party,
- Advani and former law minister Aroon Jaitley are the biggest Modi votaries in the central leadership, as no other clear successor to the party’s aging leadership is in sight,
- Piyush Goyal, General Secretary for the BJP many within the BJP believe that Modi has the potential to become Prime Minister
US embassy (mumbai) about MODI
- All our interlocutors acknowledge that Modi is a modest man who, unlike many elected officials in India, has not used his position to enrich himself or his family.
- Most contacts also say that he has purged the state administration of petty corruption at the mid- and lower levels of the bureaucracy.
- However, several people tell us that big ticket corruption is still common. Journalist Javed Rahmatullah claimed that Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) paid a large bribe for permission to expand its refinery in Jamnagar. The money went into the BJP’s party coffers, Rahmatullah claimed, and not to Modi or any other individual.
- His leadership style has created many enemies within the state party
- many Gujarati Hindus feel that Modi “”put Muslims into their place.””
- Modi continues to support a Hindutva agenda in the state, with the recent passage of amendments to the state’s anti-conversion law
- Modi attempts to portray himself as a leader of all Gujaratis.
Reference : Original cables