Is India on the Cusp of a Conservative Spring?

From Richard L. Benkin at American Thinker:

192299_5_Few Americans are aware of the potentially earth-shaking events currently unfolding in India. The left-center Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, which has ruled India for all but eight of its 67 years of national existence, is about to be voted out of power in favor of the conservative opposition under the leadership of Narendra Modi. As Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi turned his state into a pro-business economic miracle that accounts for 72 percent of India’s new jobs and has its lowest unemployment rate.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that we might be shooting ourselves in the foot.

Modi is a free-market capitalist and unapologetic opponent of radical Islam in both its open and surreptitious variants. He gave a speech recently in the Northeast Indian state of Assam promising immediate and strong action to stop the large scale infiltration of illegal migrants and Bangladesh’s anti-Hindu violence. “Assam lies next to Bangladesh, and Gujarat lies next to Pakistan,” he said. “People of Assam are troubled because of Bangladesh, and Pakistan is worried because of me.”

With 815 million potential voters, India’s voting began on April 7 and will run through May 12. … Continue reading at American Thinker.

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27 Responses to Is India on the Cusp of a Conservative Spring?

  1. Very interesting. Thanks for posting Grunt. Hmmmm…

  2. ZurichMike says:

    Shalini will have to confirm, but I believe this guy is also anti-Christian (i.e., against anything that is not Hindu) and vowed to pass an anti-conversion bill, which would in effect shut down missionary work.

    Also, he likes to wear hats:

    http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0LEVzxVEGNTnFwAnAhXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw–?_adv_prop=image&fr=moz35&va=narendra+modi+and+hats

    • Knight4GFC says:

      Not surprising. They haven’t gotten over St. Francis Xavier yet.

    • You may be right. Shal mentioned before she voted that she didn’t like the choices.

    • Shalini says:

      Yes. He is. All the article about there being no credible proof about him being complicit in anti-Muslim riots or him being anti-Christian is wishful thinking. Even if he himself may not have said he is said anti-Christian, the people who helped him come to power, the RSS, have often have and there is no way he would try to stop them. He has passed anti-conversion bill in Gujarat and basically all BJP run states have anti-conversion bills. They tried that in my state and lost all 40 lower parliament seats as result so they quickly backtracked and banned the bill. There is little chance that I may suffer anti-Christian policies in my state, at least in the near future, but I have to keep in mind the plight of my Christian brethren in North India who have suffered immensely under the vitriol of RSS and VHP. So, no, no amount of economic progress is going to change my opinion on him unless he acquits himself with his actions.

      Another thing; I am not particularly pro-congress but the article is misleading. The Congress hasn’t been pro-socialist or left of centre in economic policies for at least some 25 years now. Manmohan Singh is probably the most capitalist PM in India and when he was India’s finance minister, he introduced many capitalist policies which helped India survive a total economic collapse because of years of quasi socialism.

      • Wow. Good info, Shal. Does your Father differ with you on any of this, or does he essentially share your views?

        • Shalini says:

          My father and I agree on this: BJP will be good for Indian economy but as I said Congress wasn’t bad either. Both of them have similar economic policies and either of them would be quite okay. The problem isn’t with the policies it self but crony capitalism. Congress is corrupt to the core but there are very few Indian politicians, if any, who aren’t corrupt. Either they are corrupt themselves or abet those who are to remain power.

          BJP, under Modi, will definitely be better for our foreign policy. Congress has always been weak on that front. I am BJP is strongly pro-Israel, which is good.

          They have to prove they won’t target minorities like they have in the past. I am just cautiously waiting to see how it all unravels. If you think I am overreacting, you should see any comment section under articles about Modi. One word of disagreement about Modi, they call you a traitor and ask you to leave country because you are a non-Hindu. I have seen even my own dearest Brahmin friends turn against my faith so easily in support of BJP. They are normally very friendly people but when conversations go into politics, they get so heated up that they ask me to get of the country! 😐 Sigh! They think being non-Hindu makes us un patriotic.

          Having said that, I can’t stand Congress’s Muslim appeasement either in the name (pseudo )secularism. We Christians are nobody’s concern, I suppose.

          • Knight4GFC says:

            “We Christians are nobody’s concern, I suppose.” Isn’t that the Truth.

            • Shalini says:

              You know, I’ve heard many people keep saying that we get paid by western countries so we could convert India. I wonder why I never got my paycheck?! 😉

              • Knight4GFC says:

                Really?! Jeez… perhaps we should be paid to re-convert our own US of A, because Christian values is losing it’s supporting pillar of the American Dream. Because of this, we are spiraling out of control as a nation.

                “If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” – Ronald Reagan

      • Knight4GFC says:

        ZMike was right! Just leave it to Shalini to clarify. 🙂 Isn’t it great to have a member halfway around the world to rely on for proper info? 😀

        • Shalini says:

          Ya know what, Knight? I don’t mind having a counter argument here about my opinions on Modi or BJP. I am not rigid or un persuadable, given proper facts. I don’t doubt they may be good for economy or foreign policy. But they haven’t been good to minorities. And nobody has argued with me convincingly on that point. All they have is, “So what? The other side does it too!!”. What other side? Muslims? Sure. Congress? Again, sure. Christians? “You are trying to convert lower caste people by giving them education, you evil western country spies!!!”. Sigh!

          • Knight4GFC says:

            Wow… We have a similar situation here except its backwards. The minorities have a louder voice than us upright, God-fearing American Patriots.

            • Knight4GFC says:

              Shalini, I will say though, that this is partially our fault. We get lazy, wishy-washy, abuse our freedoms, and the Christian leadership, as a whole, has lost it’s own way. The rest is because of the same reason you posted above: “Congress is corrupt to the core.”

              • Shalini says:

                That’s true all around the world, Knight. That’s why I want to insist upon this fact: merely because I am a minority in my country I have no wish or desire for special treatment. I have an intense dislike for minority appeasement. But I just don’t want Christians murdered or raped simply for professing their faith, which is what happens in northern part of India. I don’t get offended when Hindus or Muslims publicly celebrate their faith. I don’t believe it but I am not so weak in faith that they practicing their faith offends my sensibilities. Sure, I do often proclaim to my Hindu and Muslim friends that there’s salvation only through Christ, but I understand my words aren’t enough for the conversion of their souls. It’s between them and Christ.

              • Knight4GFC says:

                “I understand my words aren’t enough for the conversion of their souls. It’s between them and Christ.” Amen. What you say is true. I share your thoughts. There is no greater way to point to Our Lord than to live His Truth out in action… be an example to others, even if it means to give up your life for Truth. The Christian martyrs that are happening at the hands of mostly Islam in this world, although heart-wrenching and infuriating, is very inspiring to me. They are for the greater glory of God. I could only pray that if in a situation like that, I would not deny my Lord.

                “But I just don’t want Christians murdered or raped simply for professing their faith, which is what happens in northern part of India.” Excuse me ma’am but, I don’t know how to put this. Uhmm… If God gave me the means to do so (or should I say, if “God wills it”), I WOULD RAISE ANOTHER CRUSADE TO RESCUE AND PROTECT MY FELLOW BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST!!! I am fine with our country’s original founding policies of each person having the right to practice his/her religion as they please (as long as it does not go against the basic natural law). JUST REMEMBER THAT IT IS BECAUSE OF OUR JUDEO-CHRISTIAN FOUNDING THAT YOU GET TO PRACTISE WHAT YOU BELIEVE. Don’t try changing that!

                Unfortunately… it is indeed being fundamentally changed here.

  3. Shalini says:

    Okay, I’ll just mention this and then stop talking.

    When Pope John Paul II visited India for the second time, the BJP led NDA was the ruling party. Then PM Vajpayee asked the pope to denounce religious conversion. The pope basically told him,”No, can’t do!”. 😀 What he really said was, evangelization is a core part of Christianity, a right to which cannot and should be denied.

    He said,

    no “State, no group has the right to control either directly or indirectly a person’s religious convictions, nor can it justifiably claim that right to impose or impede the public profession and practice of religion, or the respectful appeal of a particular religion to people’s free conscience.”

  4. zmalfoy says:

    Just wanted to say I loved reading all this. great conversation, and I learned a lot!

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