The political discourse in India is so vitiated by Modi phobia that even if youexpress happiness at the quality of roads in rural Gujarat or 24x7 power
supply in the villages and towns of Gujarat, you are branded a ―supporter of fascism.‖ It is politically fashionable to defend Kashmiri secessionists, press for
peaceful engagement with the Pakistani establishment which sends terrorbrigades to India and project murderous Maoists as saviours of the poor. Butto say a word in appreciation of governance reforms in Gujarat is to commitpolitical hara-kiri
you are forever tainted and tarred with the colours of fascism. This intellectual terror created by the anti Modi Brigade pushed me to find out
for myself why this obsessive anxiety about Modi? Why do ―secularists‖ notwant to be reminded that Gujarat has been riot free since 2002? Why don‘t
they want to document what made Gujarat
a state that witnessed hundredsof riots post-Independence leading to deep mutual estrangement betweenHindus and Muslims
experience its first riot free decade after Independence
under Modi‘s rule? What do Gujarat Muslims have to say
about it? Why theyare not allowed to speak for themselves?
The demonization of Modi is based on the following charges:
Modi is Anti-Muslim and anti-Christian;
Modi allowed Muslims to be massacred in order to consolidate the Hinduvote bank.
us minorities live under terror under Modi‘s regime as second or
third class citizens;
Muslims are being ghettoized and impoverished through discriminatorystate action;
They have begun voting for Modi because of fear of reprisals by Hindutvaforces.
I began my study of Gujarat riots driven by the following questions:
What is unique about Gujarat riots?
What was Modi‘s personal role during those riots?
What do Muslims of Gujarat have to say about those riots?
If Modi critics are right about Gujarat being a deeply communalizedsociety with Muslims living as a terrorized minority, how come the statehas witnessed no riots since 2002?
Why is the percentage of Muslims voting for Modi increasing with everyelection? Is it out of terror?
How come hundreds of Muslims have won panchayat, zilla parishad andmunicipal elections on BJP tickets?
My study of Gujarat will also cover an analysis of Modi‘s Development Model
which would include studying the nature of governance reforms, including