I am a relatively new convert to your fan club, and like most new converts to a cause, I am a staunch supporter. Let me begin by narrating how I got to this point.
In 2008, I had moved back to Delhi with my family, after living abroad for many years. I had heard about you in general terms and gathered that you were a good administrator, ran a prosperous state and were a popular but controversial leader. Beyond that, I was indifferent since Indian politics and its players did not really interest me. However, once in India, I started following the news and began noticing a pattern of reporting that seemed rather strange. And that piqued my interest. For example, instead of impartial reportage, the media and its key spokespeople now seemed to have definite views and an agenda, which they promoted consistently.
Many of the intellectual elite, who were partners of this new media, seemed to have a common codeword: “Secular”. This appeared to be an exalted title, which was bestowed selectively on a chosen few, by a chosen few (using criteria that I have yet to understand).
I also noticed that the media had favourite poster children, (who could do no wrong), and favourite whipping boys (who could do no right). You were, for some reason, at the top of the second list.
Curious, I started going through Internet archives: Interviews, speeches and reports, and realized that there was a systematic and relentless attack! The tools used included selective reporting, obfuscation and suppression of any inconvenient facts. But you know all of this, having been at the receiving end for a decade now.
The reason I recount the history is to show how this game had unexpected results. The same people who vilified you inadvertently became responsible for making you a larger- than- life, wronged hero for many.
Today, I am writing to affirm support. I am also writing to request you to play a bigger role at the centre, so that our country can benefit. India is going through a very bleak phase. Our mighty institutions are being systematically devalued and there is a complete lack of governance in many places. As a consequence, there is rampant corruption, abuse of power, a criminal waste of resources and no respect for the law. People are getting infected by the “chalta hai” and “kuch nahi ho sakta” virus, or worse, coping by wearing blinkers. I see so many of my friends coping thus, and while it saddens me, I understand that fighting an entrenched system is a daunting task.
Our people desperately need hope Mr Modi. They need to believe that things can change and that there is someone who is capable of driving that change. To me, (and many others) you represent hope. The fact that you’re still standing, still fighting, and delivering, is a huge inspiration. I want to believe that the vision for a new and resurgent India, which you outlined in your recent SRCC speech, will prevail.
Here are some of the ideas that resonated with me the most: (i) A country with less government and more governance. (ii) A confident India that could think about creating its own multinationals rather than whining about foreign multinationals (iii) An India that could see beyond narrow vote bank politics. If this vision were to be implemented, I believe that our nation will be unstoppable!
I would like to end with a gentle word of caution. With great support come great expectations. I, like millions of other supporters, will hold you to each of these promises.