Is PM Narendra Modi really communal?

Media has always been clever in manipulating public emotion and painting public image of a person, as per their wish.

All India is aware of 2002 riots but can anyone guess the 'starting point' of the said riots? It started because of the 'The Godhra Train Burning Incident, The Godhra Train Burning was an incident that occurred on the morning of 27 February 2002, in which 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya, were killed in a fire inside the Sabarmati Express train near the Godhra railway station, incident was carried out by a Muslim mob. When we talk about the 2002 riots, all we talk about is, 'who did it?', 'when did the riots happen?' etc. Media easily criticized Modi because he was the CM. Should CM be held for riots in a state?, is a topic of debate for another day. But for instance let's say if he was involved in that, then why have those who are criticizing him today by terming him as 'communal', failed to produce evidences of his involvement? If Mr.Modi really orchestrated the genocide of Muslims in Gujarat, in the year 2002, then why did he ask for police support from neighboring states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh? (The request was eventually turned down by the Congress led government of the respective states).

Here are some key points from an article, “Empowerment, not tokenism”:

1) The Sarkhej Roza in Ahmedabad witnessed massive rejuvenation and restoration works under Modi as the CM. Modi visited the Sarkhej Roza on a few occasions, including once with former President APJ Abdul Kalam.

2) The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque also got a facelift. As PM, Modi also took the then prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe to the mosque. Kutch is home to the Hajipir Dargah. Like all parts of Kutch, it faced massive infrastructure-related problems. Modi improved local road networks, enabling devotees to visit the Dargah.

3) At the core of his leadership is respect for human dignity. PM Modi’s single step of abolishing the triple talaq has ensured that generations of Muslim women lead a better life.

4) The decision to allow women to proceed on Haj without mehram has been hailed a major step towards their empowerment.

5) PM Modi has also developed a close bond with the Dargah Ajmer Sharif. The 188 toilets constructed there have helped devotees, particularly women. There has been an extensive beautification process at the Dargah, which includes the construction of “Silver Katahra” at Astana Sharif, a new fountain and renovation of the Nizam Gate and Akbari Masjid. Cleaning machines have been placed at the “jhalra” at the iconic palace and a water tank with a capacity of three lakh litres has been constructed.

6) PM Modi has been offering “chadar” at the dargah of the Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer Sharif for the last six years. This is a clear reflection of his respect and obeisance to all deities and Sufi saints.

This article first appeared in the print edition on October 6, 2020. The writer is president, Dargah Committee, Dargah Khwaja Sahab, Ajmer.

As part of the outreach, the Modi government announced a special scholarship scheme that would cover 50 million Muslim students. The scholarships are for pre-matric, post-matric and professional and technical course studies. The scheme, spread over the next five years, is meant to teach students modern subjects like mathematics, science and geography. Another scheme is meant to train and appoint professional teachers in the madrasas. Interestingly, 50 per cent of the scholarships will be reserved for Muslim girls as the PM feels women should play a major role in any social or community reform.

As many as 20 lakh more minority students received education scholarships under the Narendra Modi government’s first term than during the tenure of the second Congress-led UPA administration.

While 3.14 crore minority students secured government scholarships between 2014 and 2019, the number stood at 2.94 crore for the second Manmohan Singh dispensation, which was in office from 2009-2014. This translates to a rise of 7 per cent in beneficiaries under the Modi government. Among Muslims, who constitute the largest minority group in the country, 2.37 crore students got a government scholarship under the first Modi government. Under UPA-II, the figure stood at ₹2.33 crore. According to annual ministry, the central government spent ₹ 8,715.4 crore on education scholarships between 2014 and 2019, against ₹5,360.4 crore from 2009-2014.

PM Modi always said that the fight against terrorism and radicalization was not against any religion.

It is also a fact that Mr. Modi has been awarded the highest civilian award from various Muslim Majority countries like Bahrain, UAE, Palestine, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Maldives.

The 2020 Delhi Violence, it was AAP leader Tahir Hussain who orchestrated it but blamed it on Modi government (Tahir Hussain later accepted in court that he was the mastermind of Delhi Riots).Is it a plan by the AAP to defame the Modi government? So who is being communal now, one who is orchestrating communal riots or the one who is working for the betterment for the minorities?

"When the whole world has started accepting the importance of India, we need to shed our shortcomings," the Prime Minister told the assembled crowd in Surat, adding, "We need to build a new India which is free from the venom of casteism.”

The person who does not believe in the caste system how can he believe in communalism. The only PM in India till date who spoke about the shortcomings of caste system and hopes to eradicate it how can he be a communal leader?

The judgement lies to the readers is Modi Government a communal one or not.

To end I would like to add a line, said by Mr. Narendra Modi, in the Lok Sabha, ‘Muslims for them, Indians for us’

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