By Promod Puri
It is Narendra Modi of Bharatiya Janata Party vs the rest.
Vote for the BJP is not a vote for the party but for Modi himself as he prefers it that way during the current India election campaigns.
Even the party he belongs to BJP, including its veteran leaders and founders, and the party's motherboard RSS, are ducked under his fortifying stronghold.
So Modi is the BJP and the BJP is Modi. All in one.
And among the rest of the political outfits, though there are opposing candidates, their individual target has been Modi.
This is the Modi cult. If he becomes prime minister it can be alarming and even terrifying for the following reasons:
1. Modi carries an indelible tattoo of being anti minorities particularly Muslims, and to some extent being anti Dalits and Schedule Caste. He is silent on the issue of violence against women and their rights.
2. His model of development is based on crony capitalism whereby dirt cheap loans and agricultural lands are given away to industrial houses in the name of economic development (benefisheries Tatas, Ambanis and Adanis; losers poor and helpless farmers and farm workers).
3. His claims of economic headway in Gujarat are logically and reasonably challenged; and his record of human development as chief minister is dismissal.
Despite all that Modi is projected as the next prime minister mainly because the ruling Congress Party under the twin leadership of Sonia Gandhi and prime minister Manmohan Singh is furiously despised for the following reasons:
1. The two continuing terms leaves the Congress with a legacy of mega scandals and corruption.
2. The dynastic control of power from Nehru down to Rahul
3. Indecisiveness to tackle issues.
4. Frequent breakdown of law and order resulting in miseries and deaths. The latest being in Assam.
5. Environmental degradation and persistently stinky garbage and sanitation problem.
And the list goes on.
In this tainted scenario the BJP and the Congress are the only two national parties dominating the Indian political space. The Communists seem to have migrated to Cuba.
An average Indian voter is in dilemma. The choice is limited either to select stigmatic Modi led BJP or the dynastic run and scandal-wrapped Congress.
But still there is the Aam Aadmi Party factor, and the vehement role being played by the influential regional parties.The latter can emerge to undertake the role of a king maker, either from its own ranks or from any of the two national parties.
And if that happens, despite its hotchpotch outlook, the democracy in India will be more rooted with better regional representation and autonomy. Moreover, this coalition beside boosting secularism in democracy can curb the racist emergence in the Indian political formations.
In the next several days we will see if India will sit in Modi's godi (lap) or opt for the so-called third front. Keep fingers crossed till May 16.