Good article for those who find Joe Walsh’s support to invite Narendra Modi a bit of pandering to Islamophobia among the 8th’s Hindu community.
Of all the politicians, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is emerging as the popular leader of Muslims in a the state which saw a Muslim massacre in 2002.
Modi has grown apologetic and is trying to woo the minorities after the 2002 programme. His efforts are bearing fruit and the ground situation bares the fact he would return to power with comfortable majority in the 2012 Legislative Assembly elections.
First Muslim support was seen in Gujarat in 2010 during civic polls in which the BJP swept all the six municipal corporations on account of 30 per cent Muslims voted for it.
The party gained two-third majority in the municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and Bhavnagar. This huge political change came about after eight years of the Gujarat massacre. It would have seemed a little funny some years ago if someone had predicted that Muslims would give a massive vote for the BJP.
The situation is tilting in Modi’s favour, partly due to his development programmes and 4000 days of good governance, and partly due to panic in the Congress party.