A lot of people are scared that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi may one day become Prime Minister of India.
There are many reasons for that…
1. Challenges the Congress hegemony: Let’s face it, national politics is a Congress monopoly. All the institutions of India accept this and know it to be the only reality around. The Janata Party and Janata Dal both went kaput at the national level in the 1980s and 1990s.
In 2009, the NDA seemed finished too. That’s why most of India’s institutions will back the Congress no matter what and are comfortable with them.
The language of Modi's followers
But in 2011, the scams hit the nation and in 2013, Modi’s popularity has soared beyond expectations.
From looking at the BJP grave in 2009 to seeing the possibility of NDA2 from 2014-19, we may be finally entering a much-needed two-party system. Modi is responsible for this revival. And that seriously scares the established old guard.
2. Development and Governance: Politicians hate talking of development and governance. While there may be exceptions, a majority of Indian leaders are quite uncomfortable with these concepts.
They secretly cheered the exit of AB Vajpayee (BJP), Chandrababu Naidu (TDP) and SM Krishna (Congress) in 2004. By 2009, these vague concepts seemed dead in Indian polity. But Modi has brought them back with a bang in 2013.
3. May rock the system: Everyone loves status quo. India has been doing certain things since 1947 and doesn’t want to change. Vajpayee was an old man who didn’t rock the boat too much.
Three men and a nation: Modi
No-one took Manmohan Singh seriously when he took charge in 2004. (They still don’t, actually.)
But Modi is an aggressive leader at the very top of his game right now. The system of New Delhi doesn’t want to dance to his tunes and is scared of changing the very way it functions.
Image: Narendra Modi looks on before a meeting with Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission of India Montek Singh Ahluwalia in New Delhi on June 18, 2013.