Dear Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi,
Respect Pradhan Mantri-Ji of India
Let me congratulate you for the staggering victory of your party, Bharatiya Janta Party and your huge victory in the 16th Lok Sabha election which saw India, the biggest democracy in the world and its people give a thumping majority so that you form the next Government as elected Prime Minister of India. At the outset, let me say: I have always opposed your politics from an ideological perspective and will continue to do so on high moral ground, owing to the failure of your state Government to protect minorities during the Gujarat Pogrom as well as the role your party and the BJP offshoots, likes of RSS, Bajrang Dal and VHP played in the demolition of Babri Mosque, riots against Muslims in Mumbai cum profane acts in destroying Christian Churches in India.
However, the truth is that the people of India has booted the Congress out of power that gave you and your party a landslide, expressing a desire to usher for change. As an Indian, I respect you as the Prime Minister of India and, hearing your victory speech in the political hinterland, expressing your desire, to take India to the pinnacle of Growth, favoring an all- inclusive approach where no community will be left behind, makes me hopeful that our plurality as a nation will not be made redundant.
As an Indian, I hope that you will take an all-inclusive approach where no thin voices will be trampled upon and you, as Prime Minister, will ensure that the voice of religious minorities and their rights will not only be respected but protected. Our constitution has a strong foundation and it is your duty to ensure that the very basis of plurality and religious secularism, is upheld.
Why just minorities? History will recall that Kashmiri Pundits were driven out of their homeland and wishful thinking, that you will act in a way so that justice and dignity of the ones chased is restored. What a tragedy it would be that the Kashmiri Pundits are denied their rights and it will be a great humane act on your part to give back their rights in a dignified manner.
The minority community has been ostracized where women and innocent children were raped and brutally murdered as well as fears expressed on the simple fact that innocent people were picked up and labelled as terrorists. This time, you had an image make over where Brand Modi was sold on the social media in an efficient way.
As you re-assured the people of India, I wish you will take a distance from BJP offshoots such as RSS as well as the likes of Giriraj Singh as well as your followers who not only made hate speech and indulge in character assassination against journos such as Nidhi Razdan, social activists of the likes Nandita Das as well as sick attacks against concerned citizens on Twitter and FB by BJP trolls.
Now, that you have a clear majority in parliament, let’s hope that there will be no excuse that the opposition plays havoc and prevent the passing of bills in parliament. One hope for real change where you will bring economic reforms in the country which is the need of the hour. Ab ki baar acche din ani chahiye! One of the reasons, the UPA led Government suffered a drubbing is weak leadership, corruption and trickling down of our Growth Rate. There was a time where India was touted to be a super power in 2020. You will agree that our country is not poor but poverty is trouncing our hopes. A country rich in resources cannot be called poor. It’s a sad fact that with we are endowed with natural assets such iron and mine yet we failed to emerge as a developed nation as a result of bad governance and corruption where we see farmers’ suicide and associated woes where the common people, peasants and village folks don’t earn a decent living.
As an Indian, I would also want your Government to ensure human rights are respected and rights of homosexual, gays and LGBT are protected as well as the fact that you, as PM, ensure that people in live-in relationships are not persecuted. It is the rights of Indian citizens to live in peace and we believe in celebrating our differences not as second class citizens but as Indians.
It is high time for you, respected Prime Minister, to punish corrupt Babus and steer legislations to make our country a global model. I also hope that you will talk tough with Pakistan and China, ensuring the Line of Control is not violated with the result of killing and beheading of our Army Jawans, preventing the infiltration of China in our land. One wish that your Government will come up with the Women Reservation Bill, to ensure that we have adequate women representation in parliament and bring in strong laws as well as seeing to it that there is implementation to ensure the security of women in our cities and villages. No dignified country can sit as mute spectators where every day women are assaulted, raped and doused in fire cum acid attacks in broad daylight.
As Prime Minister of the greatest democracy in the world, I hope that you will not only break free from the shatters of extremist ideologists such as RSS but also films and books and artists’ creative works will not be censored or bend to portray the mirror image of ugly patriarchy and the great ‘India Culture’ eschewed by RSS and its like.
Finally, Pradhan Mantri-ji, the Lok Sabha battle got murkier with mudslinging flying high in social media sites where trolls loomed large and friends carped at each other, on account of political ideologies. There were ugly barbs and potshots, jibes traded at each other where we stood on the verge of losing friends. Wedge were driven between people and friends on twitter and one can exude relief that the battle is history now.
Pradhan-Mantri-ji, India is no ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and one can only hope that with your clear majority that real change will happen and ache din ani hi chahiye to fulfill the people’s aspiration and if you tread the path of inclusiveness, fostering respect, tolerance and protecting the rights of all Indians, irrespective of religion, caste, creed or sex, half the battle is won.
Long Live the Republic of India.
Proud to be Indian