This is what Nitish Kumar had to say about Narendra Modi in 2004 after the Lok Sabha elections.
Modi is a dynamic man. Meet him once and you will become his admirer. He comes from a very poor family. He is extremely simple and very diligent. I have become his fan.
And today Nitish Kumar refers the same Modi with all things antonymous to what he said and meant in 2004. Today according to his party JDU,
“BJP without Modi is secular.”
“Well, he is secular too.”
“But what about his role in Babri Masjid demolition?”
“Not an issue, its been a long time since then, Advani is secular now.”
“Really, so can we expect a secular tag to Modi by 2023 when some other younger leader comes up in BJP?”
It is scenarios like these which have made “secularism” a joke in this country. And whether you prefix it with the “pseudo” tag or not, it is one and the same. Not surprising, its another popular synonym is sickularism.
Muslims do not benefit from Nitish Kumar wearing or not wearing a skull cap. They benefit only when there is an efficient administration which addresses the problems they face in their everyday lives. They benefit automatically if there is a leadership which creates more jobs, strengthens the economy, removes corruption in public life, etc. This is the true inclusive growth which benefits all the citizens in the country. Not wearing skull cap or eating Biriyani.
Are we a secular country or not? If yes, are most Indians secular or not? If yes, then what India needs is not a secular leadership, but a leadership with statesmanship and vision which will develop the country, take us forward, strengthen our economy, fix our broken infrastructure, provide a decisive leadership and a corruption free administration.
And all these have been delivered in Gujarat for the past 10 years under the rule of Narendra Modi. Before we turn to Nitish Kumar again for his opinion, watch the video below. This was in 2003 when Nitish Kumar visited Gujarat, gave a speech on a dias he shared with Modi, and in which he praised Modi so much that he even went on to say that the nation needs a leader like him!
Our secular Kumar had said in 2003 that
One day, Narendra Modi’s services will be needed outside Gujarat & the entire country will benefit from it.
And 2003 comes after 2002 isn’t it?
What has changed in the past 10 years that Nitish today says the contrary of what he said in 2003? What caused JDU to break away from NDA? If he talking about the communal riots that took place in Gujarat, well, that was before 2003. What happened between 2003 and 2013 is that there has not been a single riot in Gujarat, while there have been many across the country, including in Bihar.
If Nitish Kumar wants us to ignore what he said about Modi in 2003, and stick to what he is saying in 2013, ok, so why dislike Modi today?
Nitish Kumar says, nation needs a secular leader.
And why is Modi communal? He points to the Post Godhra riots of 2002.
Why is Modi responsible for the Post-Godhra riots?
Because he was the chief minister of Gujarat then.
Caught you. Nitish Kumar was the central railway minister when the preceding event, the Godhra train tragedy took place. Isn’t Nitish being the railways minister equally responsible for the Godhra train tragedy? Did he ever take up that responsibility as the railway minister? Forget resigning taking moral responsibility, he did not even visit Godhra!
Forget then, even today, after breaking the alliance with NDA, should not Nitish Kumar be resigning because they came to power promising to the people a BJP-JDU alliance? What about all those who voted them to power because the alliance had BJP in it?
Then comes another question. Would JDU have walked out of NDA today if they did not have the required numbers in the Bihar assembly without the support of BJP? Will Nitish Kumar answer this please?
And if the answer is yes, then it only means seeking a fresh mandate from the voter. Then why not do it now?