Should Narendra Modi Address the US Congress?
Narendra Modi with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in Herat, Afghanistan on June 04, 2016
The U.S. administration had denied visa to Narendra Modi in view of the allegations of human rights violations against him in the 2002 incidents of riots and carnage.
By Rakesh Raman
The jet-setting Prime Minister (PM) of India, Narendra Modi, is flying again. Now, he will be visiting Afghanistan, State of Qatar, Switzerland, United States of America, and Mexico from June 4 – June 8, 2016.
In the past two years since he became the PM, Modi has aimlessly visited nearly three dozen countries. Although Modi has kept a Sushma Swaraj as External Affairs (Foreign) Minister, she has been relegated to a mere figurehead role while Modi himself keeps traveling in the name of managing external affairs.
He said that he will be reaching Washington DC on a bilateral visit in the evening of 6th June at the invitation of President Barack Obama.
On 8th June, according to a government statement, Modi will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. “I thank Speaker Paul Ryan for inviting me to speak to Congressmen and Senators,” Modi said.
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But is Modi a suitable person to speak in front of a formal gathering of high-profile U.S. politicians? No; because Modi is perhaps the most naïve and illiterate PM that India has ever seen. He can’t utter even a single word about any modern subject. His level of knowledge is not more than that of a bumpkin.
Currently, there is a huge controversy in India about the educational qualifications of Modi. A political outfit Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) headed by Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal says that the academic degrees being shown by Modi to prove his literacy level are fake. AAP’s allegations against Modi carry weight.
Picture this: Even when Modi reads the speeches written for him by others, it’s difficult to make heads or tails of his meaningless utterances as he is uneducated and speaks in broken English language.
In fact, Modi should never be sent on any foreign trip because with his naivety he is giving a bad name to India. And no wise person would attend his events in India or abroad.
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If foreign corporate leaders or politicians are making a beeline for Modi, they see a foolish buyer in him. As the PM of India, he is squandering public money worth billions of dollars to buy foreign products and services which are not required at all in India. He is doing so just to gain cheap publicity on foreign lands because as an illiterate, Modi is suffering from inferiority complex.
If Modi is so bad in his conduct, how did he become the PM? Actually, he won the election by exploiting the religious sentiment of Hindu voters (almost 80% of people in India are Hindus).
Modi, who was an accused in the Gujarat riots of 2002 in which nearly 2,000 Muslims were murdered, won the Lok Sabha election on the promise that he will make India a Hindu Rashtra (a nation only for Hindus).
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Most Hindu voters bit the bait and voted for Modi as a religious demagogue rather than a wise leader. The dilemma began for Indian people as soon as Modi became the Prime Minister in 2014 because he is not trained to manage any field that requires professional competence.
In the 2002 Gujarat riots, while about 2,000 Muslims were killed, there were incidents of rape, robbery, and widespread destruction of property affecting Muslims.
It was alleged that the killings were executed at the behest of Modi who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Although Indian courts have almost exonerated Modi in this case, most Muslims in India still believe that Modi was responsible for Gujarat massacre. Less said about the Indian courts, the better.
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According to Human Rights Watch, the attacks against Muslims in Gujarat were actively supported by state government officials and by the police. Police told Muslims, “We don’t have any orders to save you.”
As a result, the U.S. administration denied visa to Modi in view of the allegations of human rights violations against him in the 2002 incidents of riots and carnage. But now as he has become the PM of India, Modi is visting the U.S. frequently because now he enjoys political immunity.
During the past two years of Modi’s rule in India, the country has gone back by almost 20 years. While the religious persecution against minority communities is rampant, unrestrained inflation, dwindling economy, and political corruption have become pain in the neck for commoners in India.
Under Modi government, the already deformed democracy in the country has become a plutocracy or perhaps kleptocracy (the rule by thieves) controlled by the corporate bigwigs who hobnob with Modi.
The democracy in its current form is promoting only incompetence and incompetent people like Modi become the rulers of highly competent and educated people who are treated like slaves by these politicians. This is the main reason that India continues to be an underdeveloped country.
While people of India have been suffering for the past seven decades under the rules of all political parties, there is an immediate need for a countrywide civil rights movement aimed to usher in a new political model in the country.
By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company
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