Although the real reason for Modi’s visit to Russia is not known, there is a probability that he will seek Russia’s help to win elections in India.
By Rakesh Raman
“Greetings to the friendly people of Russia. I look forward to my visit to Sochi and my meeting with President Putin. It is always a pleasure to meet him,” Modi said in his departure statement. Naturally.
Although the real reason for Modi’s visit to Russia is not known, there is a probability that he will seek Russia’s help to win elections in India – particularly the Lok Sabha election scheduled to happen in 2019.
Russia is known for stealing elections for rogue political leaders. The American intelligence agencies, for example, are investigating if Russia helped Donald Trump win 2016 presidential race.
Now special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has entered the White House and he is soon expected to interrogate Trump. Many of Trump’s associates are already in Mueller’s dragnet. In all probability, Trump will soon be indicted.
Reports suggests that Putin himself won the election fraudulently. It is largely believed that Russia is a democracy so long as you vote for Putin.
In India, it appears that Modi wants to emulate Russian model with Russia’s help so that he could stay as PM forever.
It is largely believed that Modi and his party BJP have been winning elections in India by tampering with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). But since almost all opposition parties have raised doubts about the vulnerability of EVMs and demanded voting on traditional ballot papers, Modi must be worried. Now, he may be looking for other surreptitious tricks to win elections.
In the recent past, Modi has been experimenting with various options to somehow keep the technology element in elections because it will be very difficult for politicians – most of whom do not have tech knowledge – to detect tech-based frauds in voting.
Take, for instance, Narendra Modi App. A French security researcher suggests that if you install Modi’s Android application on your phone, Modi is collecting a lot of your device information without your consent. Obviously, this personal information will be used in elections.
Similarly, Modi has been aggressively promoting Aadhaar. It is possible to hack the Aadhaar databases, link the individual records with the EVMs, and change the vote count in favor of a particular candidate of a particular party.
This article is part of our exclusive editorial section that focuses on Lok Sabha Election 2019 in India.
In order to deceptively use technology in elections, Modi has falsely positioned himself as a tech-savvy man, although he is almost illiterate. His push for Digi-dhan (digital money), BHIM Aadhaar – a cashless payment mode based on biometric identification – or the entire Digital India program is a cover to keep digital technology in elections in order to steal the elections.
It is likely that Modi will succeed in his maneuvers because there is no professional intelligence agency in India to detect tech frauds in elections, opposition parties are ignorant, media is controlled by Modi, and Election Commission works under Modi’s directions.
So, it will not be possible to discover if Modi won the Lok Sabha election with Russian help. This could be one of the reasons that Modi is visiting Russia. It is expected that Putin with his team will also visit India to meet Modi before the Lok Sabha election.
God bless Indian democracy!
By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.
Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau
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