Narendra Modi, titan in Gujarat but he can’t win Delhi



I don’t know if you saw the results of the Headlines Today poll on the Gujarat Assembly election. The poll was conducted a couple of weeks ago and the results were released on October 4. The election is still some time away and the pollsters did their work before the campaign got into full swing. So yes, it is possible to argue that these responses – and therefore, the results – are premature and that things will change significantly between now and election day.

Except that I don’t think they will. The results of the poll confirm what most of us already feel intuitively. The BJP will win Gujarat with roughly the same number of seats as it has in the current Assembly (around 114-117). The Congress may win a couple of extra seats but basically, there is no improvement in the party’s performance. Keshubhai Patel will not make a significant difference to the election results and his party will find it hard to win more than a couple of seats.

Further, Modi is the only political leader of any consequence in Gujarat. No other politician really shows up on the radar and Congress leaders have no presence at all in the state. Moreover, this will be a personal victory for Modi. Respondents offered overwhelming approval when it came to his performance and his own personality seemed more important than loyalty to the BJP when it came to assessing the factors that influenced the voting decision.

The Congress will dispute these figures. I have heard Congress leaders say that voter fatigue has set in and that the people of Gujarat are getting fed up of Modi. I have also heard it said that Keshubhai will take away Patel votes and will act as a spoiler in many constituencies. The Congress’ view appears to be that Modi has the edge but that the race is much closer than these results suggest.

I am not an astrologer and neither have I travelled through Gujarat recently so I won’t comment on the validity of the Congress’ assessment. But, as a general rule, I put my faith in pollsters who are relatively detached over politicians who have a stake in the outcome. So, I am taking the line that these results are accurate and that Modi will win Gujarat, not by a greater landslide, but in the same way that he won it the last time around.

What does this mean for the national situation?

Modi’s supporters will treat the victory as proof of Modi’s stature. They will argue that these results confirm what has long been suspected: that the Congress is on the slide. And they will push to make Modi the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, arguing that only he can lead the party to a victory at the next parliamentary elections.

I can understand their sentiments. But I am not sure that a Gujarat victory can translate into a national mandate.

First of all, there is no evidence to suggest that Modi can win elections outside of Gujarat. Of course he is popular within his own state but then we have seen many popular regional leaders through the decades: MGR, NTR, Mamata Banerjee, and even Naveen Patnaik, whose record in office rivals Modi’s. While we admire regional leaders for their hold over their states, we don’t necessarily believe that their popularity can win elections in other states.

Certainly, this has been true of the BJP through the ages. AB Vajpayee was from Gwalior but he avoided being seen as a regional leader and contested elections from all over the country. LK Advani may have got into Parliament from Gujarat but he is no regional leader. His stature is national. Sushma Swaraj is not seen as a Haryana politician. Arun Jaitley has only the most tenuous connection with the politics of the Delhi Assembly or of Punjab.

The BJP has always taken the line that national leaders must be above regional politics. And even when there have been popular regional leaders within the party, they have rarely been given a national role. For instance, two BJP chief ministers of Rajasthan – B.S. Shekhawat and more recently, Vasundhara Raje – have been all-powerful in their states. But the Rajasthan politician who achieved national prominence was Jaswant Singh, who routinely finds it difficult to win elections in his own state.

Those who believe that Modi should become leader of the BJP at a national level challenge the very foundations of the BJP’s leadership policy. Not unnaturally, BJP leaders are quick to point out that Modi has not demonstrated that he is a great vote-winner in other states. When he has campaigned for BJP candidates outside of Gujarat, the results have been mixed. Certainly, there is nothing to suggest that Modi’s endorsement guarantees victory outside of Gujarat. This distinction is crucial because the campaign to make Modi Prime Minister hinges on numbers. The BJP recalls that when AB Vajpayee formed his 13-day government, no coalition was possible because the BJP simply did not have a large enough presence in Parliament. On the other hand, once the BJP improved its tally, Vajpayee was able to form a government with the support of allies.

This experience has led to the view that with 140 seats, the BJP will not be able to impose its will or its Prime Minister on potential allies. But once the party has 180 seats, the allies will have to fall in line and accept the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate even if that candidate is Narendra Modi.

There are two problems with this argument. The first is that I am not sure that even a BJP with 180 MPs could find the 100 or so MPs it needs from other parties to form a government if it says Modi will be Prime Minister. (After I appeared on Headlines Today to discuss the poll results, Sanghis tweeted that I had said that Modi would have no difficulty becoming PM if the BJP got 180 seats. I was also supposed to have said that the Congress would get 19 per cent of the total votes which would come from Muslims. Though the Sanghis went berserk, tweeting these alleged statements to each other, I had actually said neither of these things. Joseph Goebbels is alive and well and wearing khakhi chaddis…)

Where would these MPs come from? We can rule out Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar. Even if Chandrababu Naidu or Jagan Reddy win enough seats to contribute to an NDA coalition, neither can accept Modi as Prime Minister without kissing their Muslim vote bases goodbye. Bal Thackeray has already said that he prefers Sushma Swaraj as Prime Minister over Modi. I doubt if Naveen Patnaik, who is a decent and honourable man, would support a government headed by Modi. So, who then would help make up the numbers? The Akalis perhaps. Jayalalitha, almost certainly. And perhaps a few others. But does that add up to the 100 or so MPs who will be required?

I am not sure it does.

Besides, how will the BJP win 180 seats on its own? So far at least, even those polls that suggest that the BJP will do better than the Congress do not give the party anything like that figure. Modi’s supporters say that there is a way around this. If the party declared that Modi would be its prime ministerial candidate, then this would consolidate the Hindu vote and help the BJP reach 180. This may or may not be true, but so far at least there is no hard evidence to support this faith in Modi’s vote-winning abilities outside of Gujarat.

Plus, there is a second factor. One reason why the Congress has fared so badly in recent times is because it has lost much of the Muslim vote. Would the prospect of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister terrify Muslims enough for them not to fritter their votes away on regional parties but to vote as a bloc in favour of the Congress?

The Congress certainly believes it would. And privately, some Congressmen say that the only way their party can return to power is if the BJP declares that Narendra Modi will be its prime ministerial candidate. Even before the Muslim vote is consolidated, such leaders as Nitish Kumar will refuse to enter into seat-sharing arrangements with the BJP, thereby affecting the BJP’s overall tally. And Mamata Banerjee is unpredictable enough to return to the Congress fold in the event of such a development.

So, here’s where we stand: the Congress is wrong. Modi is still the titan of Gujarat politics. He will win the forthcoming Assembly elections. But no, that victory will not bring him any nearer to Race Course Road.

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  • Anonymous

    Really? Vir Singvi is still hired by HT after the money for news scam? What a shame and waste of news space,,, i would not have read it if I had known that he has written this article. probably that’s y HT cleverly put it in the end….

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  • Anonymous

    Really? Vir Singvi is still hired by HT after the money for news scam? What a shame and waste of news space,,, i would not have read it if I had known that he has written this article. probably that’s y HT cleverly put it in the end….

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  • Indian.gs

    Vir Sanghvi is a power broker a dalal, who and barakha dutta were exposed in Radia tape Scandal. such people should be thrown indust bin instead of keeping him as editor in chief. his own character is doubtful what right he has to comment about others. he should go and lick shoes of italian bosses.

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    Deep Bhaduri Reply:

    For this dalal only a university drop-out nitwit is good enough to become the next PM, after all today we have a puppet who is controlled by an Italian ex-maid.

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    More indian :-) Reply:

    What about the latest dalal we know. You got it, I am talking about Gadkari. He openly said he will write 10-20 letters to request center to release money for contractors.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Man…look at all these sanghis, who couldn’t handle the a guy’s opinion……..Whining and b*****ing on the internet won’t bring you mp seats either, in case you people weren’t clear…..

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  • sam

    singhvi u missed amul baby who has not won in any state or is that manio aunty has instructed u to write only about MODI and by the way no comments,ratings,tweets in this article speaks about your credibility as journalist

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  • sam

    singhvi u missed amul baby who has not won in any state or is that manio aunty has instructed u to write only about MODI and by the way no comments,ratings,tweets in this article speaks about your credibility as journalist

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  • sam

    singhvi u missed amul baby who has not won in any state or is that manio aunty has instructed u to write only about MODI and by the way no comments,ratings,tweets in this article speaks about your credibility as journalist

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  • sam

    singhvi u missed amul baby who has not won in any state or is that manio aunty has instructed u to write only about MODI and by the way no comments,ratings,tweets in this article speaks about your credibility as journalist

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  • sam

    singhvi u missed amul baby who has not won in any state or is that manio aunty has instructed u to write only about MODI and by the way no comments,ratings,tweets in this article speaks about your credibility as journalist

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  • nirav

    Modi can not be PM ever in India….we the people of Gujarat will not let him become the CM, forget about the PM!!

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  • sagar

    How can Modi and his followers could forget that there is no no development in rural and tribal areas of Gujarat? Modi has hired PR agencies to project himself as man of development and one who can become the PM but the reality on grass root is totally different. Modi has allowed industrialist to loot Gujarat and if he becomes PM, he will let entire world to loot India…

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  • sagar

    How can Modi and his followers could forget that there is no no development in rural and tribal areas of Gujarat? Modi has hired PR agencies to project himself as man of development and one who can become the PM but the reality on grass root is totally different. Modi has allowed industrialist to loot Gujarat and if he becomes PM, he will let entire world to loot India…

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  • tarang

    Modi and PM….What a Joke…..Kaua kya jane Hans Ki Chal….

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  • chetan

    The whole world knows that Modi can not become the PM, he and bjp are doing this drama of Modi being the PM is not to become the PM but to sustain as CM….shame on him

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  • Dinesh Triwedi

    Why is the columnist’s name mentioned initially? I would not have read this piece and wasted five minutes (even it was going to praise Modi) if I knew it was written by this paid journalist. Why can’t this paid journalist confine himself to culinary issues. In that case, it would have escaped my attention.
    Dinesh Triwedi

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    bparthip Reply:

    He is one paid journalist that you know…. but we do not know how many are there who’s articles we read avidly!

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    sanjeev Reply:

    Read this before opening your mouth:
    http://virsanghvi.com/Article-Details.aspx?key=703

    and this
    http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?278785

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    John Reply:

    He is not a paid journalist but a paid pimp which is proved beyond doubt in radia tapes, so dont take this a**hole with any seriousness

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  • mansingh

    Dear Mr. Singhvi please have some journalistic ethics. “If Patnik was a decent man he would not vote for Modi”, are you the touchstone for morality that your opining about the same in your articles

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    indian Reply:

    great comment!!

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    indian Reply:

    great comment!!

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    ravi Reply:

    its his opinion, take it or leave it!!!!

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    Virat Reply:

    This guy is a low quality journalist who’s opinions are biased towards the congress first family. From his comments regarding Neveen Patnaik, he regards anyone voting for Modi as ‘indecent’. This is an clear insult to the people voting for Modi in the general elections.
    This is why the author is an immoral , biased and unethical journalist.
    His career, is over or in tatters because of this.

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    bparthip Reply:

    every rat has its opinion…let this one have one too!

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  • kiran

    Modi as PM -Moongeri Laal Ke Hasin Sapne….

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  • kiran

    Modi as PM -Moongeri Laal Ke Hasin Sapne….

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  • malav

    The whole world knows that Modi can not become the PM, he and bjp are doing this drama of Modi being the PM is not to become the PM but to sustain as CM….shame on him

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  • ravi

    How can Modi and his followers could forget that there is no no development in rural and tribal areas of Gujarat? Modi has hired PR agencies to project himself as man of development and one who can become the PM but the reality on grass root is totally different. Modi has allowed industrialist to loot Gujarat and if he becomes PM, he will let entire world to loot India…

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  • ravi

    How can Modi and his followers could forget that there is no no development in rural and tribal areas of Gujarat? Modi has hired PR agencies to project himself as man of development and one who can become the PM but the reality on grass root is totally different. Modi has allowed industrialist to loot Gujarat and if he becomes PM, he will let entire world to loot India…

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    Shiv Reply:

    What is development? Is not 24-hours assured electricity a development or better roads acroos the state. If development means everybody becomes millionire then you are mistaken, sadly misinformed or partition. I have no doubt Modi was personally involved in Gujraat masacre, But he is the best administrator available to India at the moment. And knowing our politicians, he wont be beaten by CBI. If congress or muslims want to beat him, they will have to support equally good if not better administrators. And it will be sad if muslims vote in block just to defeat Modi. I am from Bihar, and muslims voting en mass will do to the country, what yadavs voting en mass did to Bihar and UP.

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    Hari Reply:

    Development does not mean that everyone becomes a millionaire, totally agree with you, but it also means that everyone has access to the most basic ameneties like food, healthcare etc.Not everyone in developed countries like USA is a millionaire, but people do not face issues like malnutrition.This is how in the world developed countries are actually evaluated.24 hours electricity and good roads is just one aspect.Modi has failed on all issues like HDI etc is what the point is.

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    Shiv Reply:

    What is development? Is not 24-hours assured electricity a development or better roads acroos the state. If development means everybody becomes millionire then you are mistaken, sadly misinformed or partition. I have no doubt Modi was personally involved in Gujraat masacre, But he is the best administrator available to India at the moment. And knowing our politicians, he wont be beaten by CBI. If congress or muslims want to beat him, they will have to support equally good if not better administrators. And it will be sad if muslims vote in block just to defeat Modi. I am from Bihar, and muslims voting en mass will do to the country, what yadavs voting en mass did to Bihar and UP.

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  • sachin

    First Modi must answer where are the missing children of Gujarat…he must answer what happened in 2002, he must answer who killed Haren Pandya, he must answer that why no Lokayukta in Gujarat, he must answer what CAG report says about his corrupt…before the even think to be PM

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    xfactor Reply:

    look at your dislike..
    that is your ans..you moron…

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    sachin Reply:

    reality bites my friend!!!!!

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  • sachin

    First Modi must answer where are the missing children of Gujarat…he must answer what happened in 2002, he must answer who killed Haren Pandya, he must answer that why no Lokayukta in Gujarat, he must answer what CAG report says about his corrupt…before the even think to be PM

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  • nirav

    Modi can not be PM ever in India….we the people of Gujarat will not let him become the CM, forget about the PM!!

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  • nirav

    Modi can not be PM ever in India….we the people of Gujarat will not let him become the CM, forget about the PM!!

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  • yusuf

    dude stop writing and start cooking….

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  • yusuf

    dude stop writing and start cooking….

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  • SANJAY

    THE NARENDER MODI STILL I WILL RISE. JITNA KICHAD UCHALOGE UTNA KAMAL KHILEGA.

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  • SANJAY

    THE NARENDER MODI STILL I WILL RISE. JITNA KICHAD UCHALOGE UTNA KAMAL KHILEGA.

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    jagar singh Reply:

    jaise 2004 aur 2009 may khila tha.abhi u p election may bhi khila!

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    a Reply:

    ha ha hahaha hahahahaha hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

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    jvaity Reply:

    kya bat hai bandhu, all maharashtrians are with you.

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  • Madhav

    Vir shangvi out of Radia tapes controversy ? grt. Now that the congis have a hold on him, he will dance to their tunes, like most TV channels are. Vinod sharma, Vir shangvi, Burkha, Arnob, Rajdeep, Rahul kanwal etc are playing to the tunes of their paymasters, will Vir Shangvi be an exception

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  • Madhav

    Vir shangvi out of Radia tapes controversy ? grt. Now that the congis have a hold on him, he will dance to their tunes, like most TV channels are. Vinod sharma, Vir shangvi, Burkha, Arnob, Rajdeep, Rahul kanwal etc are playing to the tunes of their paymasters, will Vir Shangvi be an exception

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  • Susanta Chakraborty

    Inverted logic is the forte of journos like you Mr. Singhvi. Let me remind you LKA and AB Vajpai never contested elections for state assemblies. So there is no question of their being regional leaders. BJP is a national party and its Chief Ministers can graduate to become PM. The regional parties are BJD, TMC, DMK. etc. Your logic Modi is a regional leader and has not proved his vote catching ability is flawed. That you are writing a blog on Modis prospect of becoming PM itself proves that the journo- brokers are sensing the possibility of Modi becoming PM. All and sundry are busy digging out characteristic of a acceptable PM. All other PM candidates are above scrutiny. Any tom dick and harry can become PM if they possess just one quality: passing the Muslim test. And who will conduct that test? Simple the headless chickens who pass in main stream media as commentators. Pathetic state of affairs.

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  • Susanta Chakraborty

    Inverted logic is the forte of journos like you Mr. Singhvi. Let me remind you LKA and AB Vajpai never contested elections for state assemblies. So there is no question of their being regional leaders. BJP is a national party and its Chief Ministers can graduate to become PM. The regional parties are BJD, TMC, DMK. etc. Your logic Modi is a regional leader and has not proved his vote catching ability is flawed. That you are writing a blog on Modis prospect of becoming PM itself proves that the journo- brokers are sensing the possibility of Modi becoming PM. All and sundry are busy digging out characteristic of a acceptable PM. All other PM candidates are above scrutiny. Any tom dick and harry can become PM if they possess just one quality: passing the Muslim test. And who will conduct that test? Simple the headless chickens who pass in main stream media as commentators. Pathetic state of affairs.

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  • Rajesh Dhawan

    So, can you suggest who will become the PM then? You mentioned that you are not an astrologer. So, let the elections happen and the results be declared. Why are you in a hurry to write an obituary of electoral chances of BJP? If it wins 180 seats, you are not going to like it. And, if it wins 200 seats, you are not going to like it. For sure, Congress will not win as many seats. I am sure you are not going to like this too.

    Please keep your conjectures to yourself. Let the voters decide the outcome of the elections. Maybe the Congress comes up with a trump card in the next year. Or may be, Modi becomes the polarising factor in the next elections. One thing that is clear is that you do not like Modi, and your article (completely unnecessary) is a proof of it.

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  • Rajesh Dhawan

    So, can you suggest who will become the PM then? You mentioned that you are not an astrologer. So, let the elections happen and the results be declared. Why are you in a hurry to write an obituary of electoral chances of BJP? If it wins 180 seats, you are not going to like it. And, if it wins 200 seats, you are not going to like it. For sure, Congress will not win as many seats. I am sure you are not going to like this too.

    Please keep your conjectures to yourself. Let the voters decide the outcome of the elections. Maybe the Congress comes up with a trump card in the next year. Or may be, Modi becomes the polarising factor in the next elections. One thing that is clear is that you do not like Modi, and your article (completely unnecessary) is a proof of it.

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  • change

    if not genocide then least he should apologise for miss governance!!??
    probably
    . what is the state of
    tribals and minority in gujrat..why cant his govt issue RTI on modi
    tours ….charity starts at home my friend!!! … why is HDI below
    national average…. who is maya kodnani … babu bajrangi…these facts
    are out in public domain
    the way he capitalized ‘cheap popularity’ votes on soni’s Maut ka saudagar comments shows how cunning he is!
    The process of holding three “Vibrant Gujarat” summits has not
    translated into jobs for youngsters, who have to migrate to bigger
    cities to hunt for jobs!!
    Under Modi government’s rule there has been a rise in the number of
    unemployed youth in the state. ….and even after organizing Garib
    Kalyan Melas, the poor are suffering and are not happy!!
    Kalsariya, who is a BJP MLA, has opposed the Modi government on various
    other farmer-related issues. He has also opposed giving away of gauchar
    land at throwaway prices. KALSARIA had raised his voice against the government’s policies over
    allotment of land in Mahuva to Nirma company for a cement plant. this caused a lot of embarrassment for modi govt!!!
    ATAL BIHARI JI said after 2002 riots that he wanted to throw out MODI but his
    hands were tied!! EVEN ATAL BIHARI JI COULDN MAKE HIM RESIGN!!! see how big a gunda he is!!

    THIS IS THE Dark side of shining Gujarat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • change

    if not genocide then least he should apologise for miss governance!!??
    probably
    . what is the state of
    tribals and minority in gujrat..why cant his govt issue RTI on modi
    tours ….charity starts at home my friend!!! … why is HDI below
    national average…. who is maya kodnani … babu bajrangi…these facts
    are out in public domain
    the way he capitalized ‘cheap popularity’ votes on soni’s Maut ka saudagar comments shows how cunning he is!
    The process of holding three “Vibrant Gujarat” summits has not
    translated into jobs for youngsters, who have to migrate to bigger
    cities to hunt for jobs!!
    Under Modi government’s rule there has been a rise in the number of
    unemployed youth in the state. ….and even after organizing Garib
    Kalyan Melas, the poor are suffering and are not happy!!
    Kalsariya, who is a BJP MLA, has opposed the Modi government on various
    other farmer-related issues. He has also opposed giving away of gauchar
    land at throwaway prices. KALSARIA had raised his voice against the government’s policies over
    allotment of land in Mahuva to Nirma company for a cement plant. this caused a lot of embarrassment for modi govt!!!
    ATAL BIHARI JI said after 2002 riots that he wanted to throw out MODI but his
    hands were tied!! EVEN ATAL BIHARI JI COULDN MAKE HIM RESIGN!!! see how big a gunda he is!!

    THIS IS THE Dark side of shining Gujarat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • AMIT

    ONECE A DALAL; IS ALLWAYS A DALAL. VIR SANGHVI RADIA TAPE FAME. PATARKAR KI KHAAL MAIN DALAL

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  • ANAND

    VIR SANGHVI SHAKAL SE HI DALAL LAGTA HAI. DESHVASIO YE JAHAN PHUSS JAYE ISSE APNE COMMENT SE DESH HIT ME MAARO.

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  • ANAND

    VIR SANGHVI SHAKAL SE HI DALAL LAGTA HAI. DESHVASIO YE JAHAN PHUSS JAYE ISSE APNE COMMENT SE DESH HIT ME MAARO.

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  • dkm

    The only PM India had who was a CM before was P.V. Narasimha Rao and the country benefited from his capabilities. While all other regional leaders have fought on the basis of regional agenda, Modi is the only regional leader who always acted as ‘Gujarat growth for India’s growth’.

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  • dkm

    The only PM India had who was a CM before was P.V. Narasimha Rao and the country benefited from his capabilities. While all other regional leaders have fought on the basis of regional agenda, Modi is the only regional leader who always acted as ‘Gujarat growth for India’s growth’.

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  • GD Jasuja

    I fail to understand the highly biased and personal opinion of the writer when he writes “I doubt if Naveen Patnaik, who is a decent and honourable man, would support a government headed by Modi.” This is, indeed, a very derogatory remark on Mr. Modi from a journalist who is supposed to be unbiased. No doubt the level of journalism has touched the new low in India. This is unfortunate for poor readers like me.

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  • GD Jasuja

    I fail to understand the highly biased and personal opinion of the writer when he writes “I doubt if Naveen Patnaik, who is a decent and honourable man, would support a government headed by Modi.” This is, indeed, a very derogatory remark on Mr. Modi from a journalist who is supposed to be unbiased. No doubt the level of journalism has touched the new low in India. This is unfortunate for poor readers like me.

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  • Abhishek

    Really? Jaswant Singh and Arun Jaitley are national leaders?? Thats what you’ve got as an argument to contest Modi’s stature? Ha ha ha. Propped up power broker arguing in favor of others like him. Modi is the most popular leader of a national party. If ever BJP gets the number to rule, Modi will be the PM. I suggest you stick to your role as a lobbyist and not waste ink on blogs. You’ve got a good fake anglicized accent. The foodie stuff suits you well.

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  • Abhishek

    Really? Jaswant Singh and Arun Jaitley are national leaders?? Thats what you’ve got as an argument to contest Modi’s stature? Ha ha ha. Propped up power broker arguing in favor of others like him. Modi is the most popular leader of a national party. If ever BJP gets the number to rule, Modi will be the PM. I suggest you stick to your role as a lobbyist and not waste ink on blogs. You’ve got a good fake anglicized accent. The foodie stuff suits you well.

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  • KESHAV

    VIR SANGHVI ABHI TOO JINDA HAI MARA NAHIN ABHI TAK SHARM SE. TOO TO DALALI KARTE RANGE HAAT PAKDA GAYA THA RADIA TAPE MAIN

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  • PAWAN

    VIR SANGHVI DALAL TOO DEKHTA RAH JAYEGA AUR MODI PM BAN JAYEGA. LEKIN PHIR BHI TOO APNA YE KHABRON KI DALALI KAAM CHODIYO MAT NAALI MAIN GIRA RAHIYO.

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  • PAWAN

    VIR SANGHVI DALAL TOO DEKHTA RAH JAYEGA AUR MODI PM BAN JAYEGA. LEKIN PHIR BHI TOO APNA YE KHABRON KI DALALI KAAM CHODIYO MAT NAALI MAIN GIRA RAHIYO.

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  • Manoj Agarwal

    hain!! people of this country are not fed up with Gandhis after 65 years of Congress mis-rule and they are fed of Modi’s good governance?? Either people of this country are very strange or the author of this article has simply lost it..

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  • Manoj Agarwal

    hain!! people of this country are not fed up with Gandhis after 65 years of Congress mis-rule and they are fed of Modi’s good governance?? Either people of this country are very strange or the author of this article has simply lost it..

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  • DINESH

    KAYAR DALAL SANGHVI PATARKAR KE NAAM PAR TOO BADNUMA DAAG HAI. RADIA TAPE MAIN PAKDE JANE KE BAAD BHI TERA LICENCE CANCEL NAHI HUA

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  • DINESH

    KAYAR DALAL SANGHVI PATARKAR KE NAAM PAR TOO BADNUMA DAAG HAI. RADIA TAPE MAIN PAKDE JANE KE BAAD BHI TERA LICENCE CANCEL NAHI HUA

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  • gg

    vir sanghavi…everybody knows that you and like many other are pro congress …I saw your name and I proceeded to express my sentiments…You are a loser and I would actually hate to see sick face. After the Radia scandal you should have resigned from all positions and enterprises. But just like every other congressi you too are shameless.

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    M Reply:

    bjp mla’s were caught watching porn!!!!!!!!

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    M Reply:

    that too gujrat assembly ….. in house!!! waise karnataka ka bhi case hai!!..

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    Arabian Dacoit Reply:

    Congress MP was caught DOING porn!!

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    M Reply:

    that was his personal space!! at his home may be((kya sex nahi kara tune abhi tak bacche!!)) …. not in PARLIAMENT!!! GET YOUR ‘RSSPEDIA’ FACTS RIGHT>> !!
    YOUR BJP MLA WAS WATCHIN PORN IN THE STATE ASSEMBLY>>>> THAT SHOWS BJP’S IDEOLOGY!!

  • gg

    vir sanghavi…everybody knows that you and like many other are pro congress …I saw your name and I proceeded to express my sentiments…You are a loser and I would actually hate to see sick face. After the Radia scandal you should have resigned from all positions and enterprises. But just like every other congressi you too are shameless.

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  • indian

    yeh mota bha1ns v1r sa_nghvi… bus chapad-chapad karna janta hai!

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    RSS Reply:

    tere ko tho vo bhi theek se nahi aata…. modi chatuuu!!

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    bparthip Reply:

    tu kya minority chatu hai kya?

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    bparthip Reply:

    tu kya minority chatu hai kya?

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  • SANJAY

    VIR SANGHVI TERI CREDIBILITY KHATAM HO CHUKI HAI RADIA TAPE KE BAAD . YAAR KOI AUR DHANDA KAR LE CHOD KALAM KO. BORI AUR TEL LEKE BAITH JA KISI METRO STATION KE PAAS.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/lovejusticepeace mort walker

    Everyone supporting Congress is going to loose their deposit in the next elections.Congress is going get Zero Lok Sabha seats for their Zero Loss Lie.

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  • KAPIL

    VIR SANGHVI TOO AUR RANDIA MASSAGE PARLOUR KA KAAM KAR LO.KALAM TO TOONE BECH DI HAI .

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  • RAHUL

    VIR SANGHVI AAGE SE APNE BLOG MAIN TERI BADI SI PHOTO LAGAYA KAR .THUKANE KA DIL KARTA HAI TUJHE DEKHKAR

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  • Congress

    Thanks Vir… You are my best friend…. I am Rahul, “Yuvraj” of the country….
    I dreamt of Modi last night….. You are right… He does not possess the qualities of a to be PM….. How can he become the PM before me….

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  • rajagopalan

    Vir sanghvi still writing after his famous Burka episode.Radia episodes.Shame on this gentleman?

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  • rajagopalan

    Vir sanghvi still writing after his famous Burka episode.Radia episodes.Shame on this gentleman?

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  • indian.ego

    arre ye(vir sanghvi) to khaleej times me khana khilane aur banane ki columns likhta hai…..

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  • indian.ego

    arre ye(vir sanghvi) to khaleej times me khana khilane aur banane ki columns likhta hai…..

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  • myikon

    either u r in fools paradise or a pigeon who shut eyes to hide while cat is in front……if he is not poppulat 1.6 millions wpuld not join him on google hangout?
    if he is not popular congress would not employ all dirty tricks in their bag against CM? CBI is so efficient they could not solve cases against rajiv in bofors, lalu , mulayam , mamata , aarushi and so many…but when it comes to gujarat they have solve terrorist shohrabuddin and prajapati case in weeks and now trying jamal case cos it involves gujarat police why such swiftness?
    if india cant get modi in central get ready for another 60 years of third world country lebel?

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  • myikon

    either u r in fools paradise or a pigeon who shut eyes to hide while cat is in front……if he is not poppulat 1.6 millions wpuld not join him on google hangout?
    if he is not popular congress would not employ all dirty tricks in their bag against CM? CBI is so efficient they could not solve cases against rajiv in bofors, lalu , mulayam , mamata , aarushi and so many…but when it comes to gujarat they have solve terrorist shohrabuddin and prajapati case in weeks and now trying jamal case cos it involves gujarat police why such swiftness?
    if india cant get modi in central get ready for another 60 years of third world country lebel?

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  • myikon

    either u r in fools paradise or a pigeon who shut eyes to hide while cat is in front……if he is not poppulat 1.6 millions wpuld not join him on google hangout?
    if he is not popular congress would not employ all dirty tricks in their bag against CM? CBI is so efficient they could not solve cases against rajiv in bofors, lalu , mulayam , mamata , aarushi and so many…but when it comes to gujarat they have solve terrorist shohrabuddin and prajapati case in weeks and now trying jamal case cos it involves gujarat police why such swiftness?
    if india cant get modi in central get ready for another 60 years of third world country lebel?

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  • RK

    Vir Sanghvi……….How many educated Hindu support congress ..Ma ki chut boka choda deshdrohi bakwas writer congress fir jeet gya toh pura educated Indian frustrated ho jayega …MC achha nhi likh skte toh bakwas mat lokho …refresh yourself b4 writing anything ..BC

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    Kuldeep Issar Reply:

    Bravo bandhu…wo din dur nahin jab har educated youth ko Resume bana ke job talash karne ki jagah A.K.47 le aise logo talash karna padega agar aisa hi chalta raha to..

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    Kuldeep Issar Reply:

    Bravo bandhu…wo din dur nahin jab har educated youth ko Resume bana ke job talash karne ki jagah A.K.47 le aise logo talash karna padega agar aisa hi chalta raha to..

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    B Reply:

    its clearly visible who is EDUCATED and whos NOT!!!!>> you looser!!

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  • RK

    Vir Sanghvi……….How many educated Hindu support congress ..Ma ki chut boka choda deshdrohi bakwas writer congress fir jeet gya toh pura educated Indian frustrated ho jayega …MC achha nhi likh skte toh bakwas mat lokho …refresh yourself b4 writing anything ..BC

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  • RK

    Vir Sanghvi……….How many educated Hindu support congress ..Ma ki chut boka choda deshdrohi bakwas writer congress fir jeet gya toh pura educated Indian frustrated ho jayega …MC achha nhi likh skte toh bakwas mat lokho …refresh yourself b4 writing anything ..BC

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  • Indian

    Dear Vir, You should have left journalism after getting exposed as Dalla in Radia tape scandal. But how can u? U r a Dalla and u love ur profession of dallali. By the way how much did u charge for this rubbish piece from Vinod sharma from his commission from Looters of this nation.

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  • rakesh_katyal

    You seem to be already scared of the prospect of Modi moving to delhi. Where will all the goody goody bumchums go ?

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  • vijay !

    We want anything but this dynastic succession congress

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  • Ajay

    You were supposed to be on leave and not write anymore after the radia tapes scandal.

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    A K Reply:

    Never write ? Then how would these crearures make a living ? Yes, their lifeline might be under serious strain if Congress loses power ! Now you know why these lowlives lick Congress’,,,,, Most Indian journos ,,,,,, pompous impostors,,,, parasites, whose only qualification is their ability to put together English words

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  • harsh_gupte

    HT strategically placed the name of the author at the end. Very surprising. I guess they knew that if the name of the author was at the top, most people wouldnt even have bothered to read it. Such is the credibility of Mr. Sanghvi.
    Look at the hypocrisy in the article. He openly talks of Chandrababu Naidu and Jagan Reddy having Muslim bases / votebanks. And yet, it is the BJP alone which is branded as communal party representing Hindus. What this implies is that it is alright to represent a particular religion and still be called secular, as long as it is not Hinduism.
    He goes on to say that when Modi has campaigned outside Gujarat for other BJP candidates, the results have been mixed. True…but at least better than other PM candidates like Mr. Rahul Gandhi (whose results have been terrible in Bihar, UP, even in his own constituency), or Mrs. Sonia Gandhi (we all know what results her campaign in Gujarat in previous elections had with her Maut ka Saudagar comment). Maybe Mr. Vir Sanghvi would like to elucidate how the present PM has a better track record than Mr. Modi in getting good results for Congress candidates in other states (psst..the present PM cannot even get good result for himself in any constituency and hence does not contest Lok Sabha elections).
    Lastly, he keeps referring to Mr. Modi as a regional leader. Maybe he would like to read the results of poll after poll, carried out across India, by leading English “secular” media – every poll shows him as the best chief minister, every poll conducted all over India shows him as the person most desired for the post of PM. I repeat these are polls conducted across all states (in case Mr. Vir Sanghvi did not realise the import of the words “national” poll) .
    I think Mr. Vir Sanghvi should give up his calling as a journalist and become a copy writer for Congress in-house magazines. It would be more suitable to his style of thinking and writing. He could of course also audition for the role of Congress spokesperson, as another Mr. Sanghvi (Abhishek Manu) has gone into hiding on account of his (mis) deeds being caught on camera !!!

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    Nelaish Reply:

    “He openly talks of Chandrababu Naidu and Jagan Reddy having Muslim bases / votebanks. And yet, it is the BJP alone which is branded as communal party representing Hindus. What this implies is that it is alright to represent a particular religion and still be called secular, as long as it is not Hinduism.” Hahaha Awsum man… Kya diya hai rakh kar in pseudo seculrs ko…nanga kar diya Singvi g ko (oopss sorry is nange ke kapde to pahle h nai the Nadia ne utrwa diye the…:D !! Shame Shame Mr. Singhvi..

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  • Arabian Dacoit

    Vir might be surprised by what Patnaik might do.Modi has cultivated only 2 leaders outside the BJP,Jaya and Patnaik.And both these leaders do not need to worry about a muslim votebank.

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  • Arabian Dacoit

    Vir might be surprised by what Patnaik might do.Modi has cultivated only 2 leaders outside the BJP,Jaya and Patnaik.And both these leaders do not need to worry about a muslim votebank.

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  • Arabian Dacoit

    Vir might be surprised by what Patnaik might do.Modi has cultivated only 2 leaders outside the BJP,Jaya and Patnaik.And both these leaders do not need to worry about a muslim votebank.

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  • Samuel Joseph

    How pathetic and biased article this is. I’m amazed at the low standards of Journalism at Hindustantimes when they allow a paid and corrupt so called Journalist who was openly caught being a Congress agent is allowed to write blogs and articles. Vir can wish to stop Mr. Modi from becoming PM by writing these biased articles, it is only going to help Mr. Modi’s cause. Also, Vir should stop branding every one who criticises him as a RSS stooge. Many people are not aligned with RSS but are also not supportive of corrupt and biased Congress Journalists.

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  • Samuel Joseph

    How pathetic and biased article this is. I’m amazed at the low standards of Journalism at Hindustantimes when they allow a paid and corrupt so called Journalist who was openly caught being a Congress agent is allowed to write blogs and articles. Vir can wish to stop Mr. Modi from becoming PM by writing these biased articles, it is only going to help Mr. Modi’s cause. Also, Vir should stop branding every one who criticises him as a RSS stooge. Many people are not aligned with RSS but are also not supportive of corrupt and biased Congress Journalists.

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  • Deep

    Mr. Sanghvi has been wrong on many occasions and will be proved wrong one more time. The level of intelligence of this journalist is shown by his reference to “sanghis”, “khakhi chaddis” and “Goebbels”. Shameful Mr. Sanghvi. If you have an iota of decency, apologize. But I suspect you won’t.

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  • Deep

    Mr. Sanghvi has been wrong on many occasions and will be proved wrong one more time. The level of intelligence of this journalist is shown by his reference to “sanghis”, “khakhi chaddis” and “Goebbels”. Shameful Mr. Sanghvi. If you have an iota of decency, apologize. But I suspect you won’t.

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  • Deep

    Mr. Sanghvi has been wrong on many occasions and will be proved wrong one more time. The level of intelligence of this journalist is shown by his reference to “sanghis”, “khakhi chaddis” and “Goebbels”. Shameful Mr. Sanghvi. If you have an iota of decency, apologize. But I suspect you won’t.

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  • Raman

    Vir Sanghvi after 2G revelations we know you are a power broker. Now at whose behest you have started writing this article on Modi’s ascent to Delhi.

    Yourself, Burka Dutt are all paid coolie of Congress and just you lost your credibility.

    Kindly keep your mouth shut.

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  • Kuldeep Issar

    neither BJP nor Modi have said anything about PM candidature but all paid media and con-party chamcha’s r shi*****g in their pants already…what will happen if Modi became PM (though i dought that but i hope for it)

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  • Kaamra

    In fact I am reading Singhvi after a few years? when he was heading HT.I have never seen him impartial in regard BJP as HT policy,but very harsh on Modi.Modi will win in Gujrat is written on walls,which he can not dispute.Kesh Bhai tried in Maha Patel samelan in 2007,and Modi won more seats in his area of influence.Regarding Delhi I am watching elections since 1952.An all India reputated leader is required to lead a party.It was Nehru upto 1964.Unfortunately Shastri died,otherwise he was attracting more people in comparison to Nehru.Indra Gandhi ,JP,Rajiv dominated.after Bofor there was no central leader. Bjp came on centre stage due to Ayodhia And vajpai and Advani became important leaders.MMS was given importance as Sonia never wanted credit to PVNR on economic boom.Now MMS has lost this shine Rahul is no where.MODI is replacing him as Advani is getting grey.Inspite of Muslim consolidation,which will fade as Modi advances BJP is going to win more than 220 seats even from cities of ,odisa,WB,TN,AP,Karnataka ,Assam and will almost sway in north and west

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  • Kaamra

    In fact I am reading Singhvi after a few years? when he was heading HT.I have never seen him impartial in regard BJP as HT policy,but very harsh on Modi.Modi will win in Gujrat is written on walls,which he can not dispute.Kesh Bhai tried in Maha Patel samelan in 2007,and Modi won more seats in his area of influence.Regarding Delhi I am watching elections since 1952.An all India reputated leader is required to lead a party.It was Nehru upto 1964.Unfortunately Shastri died,otherwise he was attracting more people in comparison to Nehru.Indra Gandhi ,JP,Rajiv dominated.after Bofor there was no central leader. Bjp came on centre stage due to Ayodhia And vajpai and Advani became important leaders.MMS was given importance as Sonia never wanted credit to PVNR on economic boom.Now MMS has lost this shine Rahul is no where.MODI is replacing him as Advani is getting grey.Inspite of Muslim consolidation,which will fade as Modi advances BJP is going to win more than 220 seats even from cities of ,odisa,WB,TN,AP,Karnataka ,Assam and will almost sway in north and west

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  • Jimesh Sanghavi

    The more you curse Modi and his politics the more closer the man comes to winning the PM candidature. Let him be there for the PM candidature and u will see the shift in voting. I am sure the educated Muslims would also vote for him. He is going to shape the future of India or else the country will go to dumps. NItish will have the answer of distancing himself from Modi. Its a shame to have such selfish politicans

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    bparthip Reply:

    Educated muslims are again a huge minority…though muslims per se are breeding to become a majority!

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  • Jimesh Sanghavi

    The more you curse Modi and his politics the more closer the man comes to winning the PM candidature. Let him be there for the PM candidature and u will see the shift in voting. I am sure the educated Muslims would also vote for him. He is going to shape the future of India or else the country will go to dumps. NItish will have the answer of distancing himself from Modi. Its a shame to have such selfish politicans

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  • Jimesh Sanghavi

    The more you curse Modi and his politics the more closer the man comes to winning the PM candidature. Let him be there for the PM candidature and u will see the shift in voting. I am sure the educated Muslims would also vote for him. He is going to shape the future of India or else the country will go to dumps. NItish will have the answer of distancing himself from Modi. Its a shame to have such selfish politicans

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  • sunil

    A superbly written brilliant biased article. Hats off! When we know
    politics is a number game, this article is written with a fool’s mind.

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  • sunil

    A superbly written brilliant biased article. Hats off! When we know
    politics is a number game, this article is written with a fool’s mind.

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  • sunil

    A superbly written brilliant biased article. Hats off! When we know
    politics is a number game, this article is written with a fool’s mind.

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  • anil

    When some body is drinking and saying he is not drunk yet that means he is already drunk but trying to save his face.
    Who is asking this guy whether Modi is able to win in Delhi or not? The fact that this guy is already feeling the tremor, likewise, trying to save the “face” by telling himself against all odds!

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  • anil

    When some body is drinking and saying he is not drunk yet that means he is already drunk but trying to save his face.
    Who is asking this guy whether Modi is able to win in Delhi or not? The fact that this guy is already feeling the tremor, likewise, trying to save the “face” by telling himself against all odds!

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  • anil

    If India is to move forward it needs to force all senior journalists to retirements. These people have eaten so much from the corrupt regime over the years, their genetic make up has change and behaving like their slaves! It is as if, if they don’t justify the unjustifiable their future is at stake!

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  • RAJ

    Mr Singhvi, Nitin Gadkari in not your ‘Delhi Leader”, Rajnath Singh is not your “Delhi Leader”, Shekhwat was Cabinet minister and vice president candidate, please come up with some true logics so that you continue to get your Modi bashing fee.

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  • Oshon

    Vir Sanghavi lacks some general knowledge. Modi is more famous in Indian states than any other regional politician. Thanks to the 95% Indian journalists who keep roaring against Narendra Modi, just to keep the corrupt politicians happy. I like Modi also because cheap Indian media hates him.

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    bparthip Reply:

    Media hates Modi for all wrong reasons!!

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  • Math Expert

    Good News….Paid News Expert and Congress Dalal is back in action-Mr Chor Sanghvi

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  • A

    What can you expect from a person who is always pro-congress.Vir ,barkha,vinod sharma has lost objectivity in their lust for being pro-congress.They should take some lesson from shekher gupta and vinod mehta.

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  • VIPIN

    Dear mr sanghvi ,what you have twite you don’t know .the real fact.

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  • Prabhat

    BJP should come a pro hindu and project Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate atleast pre-poll. They should unmasked the face of these so called secularist and make india a Congress free state. They sud not worry abt this rotten, shameless, lunatic, idiotic, irresponsible, shameless, characterless media. One thing bjp must know that they cant be as shameless as congress. They sud come with a substance. They need just 51% of 85% vote. They can easily win 200 seats. After that every party will support them. India needs a change. A change for her survival, to protect her values, to protect her economics, to protect her spiritual culture.

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  • p gandhi

    Mr. Vir Sanghvi, as you have yourself written you have not visited Gujarat in the recent past, please leave your food joint habits and first visit Gujarat. When you yourself say that you are not an astrologer, then why (mis) speculate 2014 against Modi only. You must speculate for the recent future i.e. december,2012. Aap kal ki chinta kijiye parson ki nahin.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/roshiley Roshan Shah

    Wait.. there is another angle to this..

    A dictator style ruling has not gone well with many BJP members, party workers,government officials and many Gujaratis. Also ‘Sauno Saath, Sauno Vikas’ claims have proved to be hollow and without merit.
    Many BJP partymen have left organization that they served for many years because of this functioning style of Modi and formed a new party under leadership of Keshubhai Patel.
    Keshubhai Patel who is the person who brought BJP in power in Gujarat is no pawn. He knows equations and elections very well and will certainly be a huge thorn for CM Modi who has become Diwana to see himself as PM of India.
    Here is what will happen:
    - GPP will take away few seats in Patel strongholds
    - Some credible independents will take away many seats due to Anna Hazare effect. There will be Media Support pouring for good independent candidates. This is what India needs and we think Media will rally behind good young leaders. This means tally of independents will increase.
    - Gujarat Congress which is smartly playing their moves on issue based politics over individual politics will see its tally increase. All muslims who felt cheated due to ‘Muslim Topi’ incident at Sadbhana rally will vote for Congress just to keep Modi at bay. They can sense Modi downfall now.
    - Gujarat Congress may again field Dinsha Patel against Modi in Maninagar who lost last election by 86,000 votes but this time GPP, Muslims and others will probably support Dinsha against Modi. Modi’s image has taken huge dent because of his closeness to businesses, failure in education, healthcare and govt transparency. Plus Modi has been supported by Cabinet Ministers who themselves have Criminal cases pending against them. Not asking Parshottam Solanki to resign after HC ruling will be a huge issue for Modi’s governance.
    - GPP will never support Congress as they come from years of service and loyalty to BJP. Supporting Congress will make them lose their goodwill.
    - BJP will get less tally and will not be able to form govt without support. GPP will support BJP but will not want Modi or anyone from his current Cabinet as CM. Suresh Mehta of GPP can become CM.
    - Even if BJP cannot get its same tally in Gujarat or cannot increase its count, it gives Nitish a point to prove that Modi’s administration is rejected by Gujaratis and he has not been able to gain more seats. Central BJP leaders like Sushma and Jaitley who feel threatened by Modi as PM will not allow Modi to get elevated to PM.
    - So Bye Bye Modi…

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  • rik

    I hope the muslims Realize what they are doing to the country by voting
    congress. It is time they voted MODI and help bring positive change in the
    country.

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  • Sha

    All BJP chamchas sitting commenting hoping to change public opinion. Remember Public only chose u once. That too because of Atalji who was mistreated by u guys. Now just dream on.

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  • Sidd

    This immoral journo is passing a comment on a leader of men who has faced so much adversity for sake of his people. Sir Sanhvi, please see the anger in people’s reactions. We cannot allow loot of this country by creating a false fear among minorities. Please support #ModiforPM. In the longer run you and your ilk will benefit

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  • Anonymous

    Nicely analysed indeed! All said & told is quite understandable. The general feeling ,however,is in favour of BJP;it will be able to muster the required number & there is none else in the BJP who can challenge the CM Modi of Gujarat State .This is just a gut feeling! God bless BJP!

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  • TRUTH

    VIR ARE YOU STILL GETTING CALLS FROM NERA? YOU STILL HAVEN’T LEARNED A THING HAVE YOU……NO SHAME WHATSOEVER…..SO SAD.

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  • HARJAP SINGH AUJLA

    There is no denying the fact that Narendra Modi reigns supreme in Gujarat. Gujarat is a different state, where the Hindu does not vote on caste lines. Yes he can’t conquer Delhi, because in other states, the Muslim is united, but the Hindu is fragmented in caste system.

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  • Yogesh

    Vir is not so vir.

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  • Hari

    We know who you are….we are not Gajinis….don’t try to fool us again…..

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  • A Sanyal

    Yes Mr Dalal, we know we know…only people from the right lineage of the fake “Gandhi” family can rule in Delhi and there are many “dalals: committed to ensuring that.

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  • Peekay

    I think Vir Sanghvi foresight about Narinder Modi’s predictions are full of flaws. It may not make great impact for the first one but once they are entrenched, it would be difficult to dislodge him. He is an honest politicians and very very few exists at this moment. Just look around Vir, the politicians personal wealth is increasing laps and bounds sucking up public money. Narinder Modi at the centre with full majority could bring peace to the whole country. I guarantee it.

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  • ss

    Talking of dalals, we now have the mother ( or should it be mother in law) of all dalals in who presides over a corrupt party and a corrupt family. Time to get rid of the family and send them packing to their friend and fellow crook – Quattrochi.

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  • ris

    First Vir and his buddy’s wrote against modi and discredited him so that he would lose Guj elections now they know that …they cant bring him down in Gujarat so this new bull about him not being able to get to the PM post and him not being popular enough for this position.
    Also vir you can be delete post here but truth will not go away ….you are basically a spineless person who has been exposed….stick to manipulating resturant owners and chef’s for free meal.

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  • Abu Ahmed

    The frustrations of the RSS and the BJP supporters come out so vividly and vociferously – just one glance on the response to the above write-up is enough to know that they realize that the BJP is not going to come to power in the next elections. and Modi will never become the PM – India has never had mass murderers as PMs, at least not as yet. The only way to rule over India is through moderation – Akbar the Great has shown it very clearly 400 years ago; we only have to follow his example.

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  • Mayank

    this pimp should be banned from writing after being exposed in radia scam

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  • Guest

    A fair assessment. However, the BJP should give its CMs greater importance in its national scheme of things. Few of its so called national leaders can get into either house of Parliament without the help of a friendly regional satrap.

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  • LATEEF

    Veer Sanghvi is a low class journalist.He is actually a living shame on Journalism. He and Setalvad are money mongers

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  • Arun Kumar

    Mr Vir Sanghvi is stuck in the past. He is an arm chair strategist. Times have changed and the electorate today wants to see performance. Perhaps he should care to see the results of Bihar in Dec 2010. This whole bogey of pseudo secularism of the ilk of Sanghvi’s does not wash any more, even with the muslims who have seen through the game of the Congress. With time people evolve except prejudiced minds such as those of Vir Sanghvi.

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  • santosh

    Mr. Sanghvi, if BJP declares Mr. Modi as it’s Prime Ministerial candidate, they will definetely increase their numbers,i m from U.P. but if above happens, we will vote BJP and if BJP increases its numbers, allies will come automatically same happened in 1998 n 1999. as for as Mr. Modi is concerened ,his popularity is increasing in all the North Indian States dramatically!

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  • mousam

    hey pseudo secularist sanghvi.ur worst nightmare is about to come true.he will be pm inspite all ur writings and all the intellectuals like teesta setalvad..The people will not vote for congress under any circumstances.besides anti muslim sentiment is on the rise globally not just here and ur **** writings cant stop that.U people keep quiet when a madman like ahmedinajad(iran president)says that al mahdi will come with hazrat isa and plant islamic flag in every country in the world.Even eunuch manmohan went there recently to cement trade ties.But living in denial will not change the fact that a clash of muslims and non muslims is coming sooner than u expect.(greece is already kicking them so r the swedes planning to do so).i dare u sanghvi to come up with something against ahmedinajad ,u wont coz ur congress bosses will screw u .corruption ,goonism ,lies accompanied with secularism that is what u and congress represent.See the world events from now on there is no stopping it.we need modi to counter people like ahmedinajad and taliban.not people like u

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  • Ramesh Kumar

    MR SINGHVI ,YOU ARE BIASED AS USUAL.YOUR PROBLEM IS ,INABILITY TO SEE WRITING ON THE WALL.
    CONGRESS BEING HAIRDEEP IN CORRUPTION ,IS TOTALLY EXPOSED.IF PM IS HAVING FILES CONTAINING CORRUPTION CHARGES AGAINST 15 MINISTERS INCLUDING HIMSELF,AND PM HIMSELF BEING REFFERED AS WEAK ,SONIA’S P… ETC.BY AMERICAN PRESS ARE EXPOSED.
    PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR A STRONG LEADER WHO CAN ACT AND DELIVER.
    MODI IS ONLY ONE. EVERYTHING ELSE WILL FALL IN LINE.
    NO CONGRESS MINISTER IS EVEN ABLE TO HAVE COURAGE TO GO TO GUJRAT AFTER A VERY DAMP SHOW BY SONIA.

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  • jvaity

    modi is the only hope in india, or every hindu will die by mongals. all congressmens are ready to to fly with sonia. beware vote to only modi. thanks.

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  • Amit Bansal

    This article does not take into account various factors as follows and if these factors are taken into account then the end result could be different from what Vir proposes
    - That in the recent hangout on google + with Narendra Modi there were a large number of people participating and asking questions to Modi from outside Gujarat. Only because of his performance in terms of development in Gujarat, a sizable population of the country seems to be becoming his fan. People wish to have a PM and CM like him in each and every state of India. During elections it is high probability that such a desire of the people of our country will translate into votes.
    - Is congress really in a position to yet once again communalise votes in this country based on religion. Atleast from examples of Gujarat, MP, Goa, minorities and especially muslims will understand that they have been enough utilised by cunning politicians from the congress to caste votes in their favor. You may have a situation when section of the muslims might switch over to the BJP.
    - After all the corruption and scams which have come out against the UPAII, even die hard loyalists of congress, from the times of Nehru and Shastri and Indira have become opponents and vow not to vote for the party in the coming Lok Sabha elections. The true colours of Sonia and Robert Vadra are out in the open, Rahul Gandhi´s inefficiencies to even lead a significant ministry in the Central government is known. Priyanka could not even win seats for her party in the recent UP elections in her constituency.
    - Every family in India of whichever religion today wants a better life for its children. They want their children to be educated. Bread and butter, education and health, the awareness is more about these and the priority attached much higher than before. BJP governments in different states have been focussing on these very issues.
    - BJP will win 200 seats and all of the allies will join. Nitish Kumar and Mamata would be the first ones to join. Nitish Kumar has done well in Bihar but let us not forget the base with which he started. There was nothing happening in that state. And now when things are happening the numbers are showing. It is like , I have a product which i do not sell and the moment I start putting efforts I make a 100% sales growth in the first year. Nitish has a long task ahead of him and even if he is able to bring out Bihar from the mess that it is, he would have done a great service to the Nation, much more than any PM at the centre could. Naveen would come along, so would Amma, Shiv Sena and Akali will be there.
    - The last , in todays time it is very difficult to find national leaders and put them in the front. National leaders have to be built. Good performers in the states have to be given chance at the centre. Nobody is born to lead India. leaders are made. Narendra Modi has proved enough that he is capable of running the country. Even an honest PM, who does not allow his team to indulge in corrupt practices can turn the governance of the country upside down. Just one honest person under whom there is no corruption. The mechanism of governance is run by bureaucrats and officers. You just need to be transparent and not allow them to indulge in any corruption. More than half of the problems of the country will be solved. The rest is to have a vision and take the country in that direction

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  • http://www.youbihar.com/ Shalu Sharma

    Can we really let anyone involved in riots become the PM. It will be India’s shame. Any how Gujaratis and dhoklas stink.

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  • Anonymous

    Okay, I agree that Modi hasn’t proved his winability outside of Gujarat. But then in terms of attracting voters, name me a single leader in Indian politics today who has that ability? Rahul Gandhi lost in his home state, we know MMS is a puppet PM. So who else can go to any other state and win election for his/her party? Can you give me even one example?

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  • CS Rabi Narayan

    Without a Firebrand Leader no nation can stand united. Even those good old days we known how chandragupta ruled and equal role of our Great chanakya. As a professional I personal believe that today in India we have rare Leaders those are firebrand and equally understand the Country as a whole. Mr.Narendra Modi one such Leader. He has all capabilities of becoming a finest PM India ever produced and will give our motherland a better Governance. he was and is always clean and have rare qualities of organizing and conducting effective meetings, dealing with tricky
    situations, managing time, decision making and responsibilities. Modiji know that , he cannot stand in the center and win a war. like,
    Abhimanyu, who entered the Chakravuyaha, got right in the centre, and
    could not withstand the attack from all sides. Modiji has hence the right strategy and began attacking from Gujarat till he
    converged on Delhi and have the power to win heart of Indian. He known after wining Gujaratis heart, he willl set out on a campaign against the Leaders, who are misleading Indian for their petty gains ,
    choosing a time when the other Leaders does not have all their forces mobilized”

    He is a leader who has no ego and proven track record and proud to do better things for the Country and hence let us all by forgetting our caste, creed and culture support a Leader who can make again India proud

    Narendra = He who Nara and He is Indra. A true Patriot of the Country.

    CS Rabi Narayan

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  • Manu

    It appears that – Any media men worth his salt is a Congress Spokesperson.. handsomely bought by that party.

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  • A K

    Decent, honourable,,,,,,, no, these are not qualities associated with Vir Sanghvi, He sounds peevish like a bad school boy when he uses these good words

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=526294210 Bhavika Sicka

    His time will come. :)

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  • 2013-01-05 18:40

    2013-01-05 18:40…

    Narendra Modi, titan in Gujarat but he can’t win Delhi : Medium Term…

  • rd

    Author, are you stupid? Man wants to pour money and create jobs, lets facilitate the process of increasing investment by leading industrialists while taking care of environment, land and forest concerns. This reckless game of one-upmanship wont lead us anywhere. Remember, India is not the only country eyeing his capital. Just because we are 1 billion doesnt mean we have a birthright to do whatever we want. Such arrogance and misplaced confidence has led us to 5% growth from 10% a year. Request you to please please to be more thoughtful for our country’s sake.

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    Manish Sharma Reply:

    He can take his money and shove it where the shun does not shine. He has an overgrown idiot who has no regard for policies and law of the land.

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    freedomofspeech Reply:

    As opposed to you being an undergrown idiot having lots of regard for policies and law of land.

    When was the last time you bribed a traffic policeman or some government official.

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  • geekay

    What Zamindari got to do with this. I don’t see any connection. Do you? You are saying like that as the minister did who wanted Mittal to ring him and plead. For God sake, in stead of apologising and assuring that India will not repeat this kind of behaviour, you are saying – take it or leave it we will remain the same. The fact is arrogance is in not just ministers of the govt, it is in ordinary folks too in India. No wonder, every body thinks nothing of rules. Those Indians who live abroad lose the habit if they ever had of bribing any one for things that should happen normally .In fact the expect the concerned ministry or dept will keep them informed of the progress after they have applied for permission from govt. I do not think this happens in India. When a foreigner whines, it does not bother any one, but when an Indian say the same. It still does not bother any one. Very strange. Is this how yoy or this govt will make India investor friendly. It simply does not matter if any one considers him an Indian or not. Business need profit otherwise it runs in the ground. Look at Air India. Only if govt still wake up to give it in pvt hands.

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    RK Sharma Reply:

    Correct Indians have false ego in everything, just we all should learn to respect other people as human, talk to anybody and they immediately become revengeful in India and after other person to teach a lesson, well no sane person should invest money in India, what is ground reality, corruption, no agreements are enforced because legal system doesn’t work, there is no fear of law and order, you catch anybody and he/she will cry that why only me, because reason is nobody follows law, for example take case of Sanjay Dutt, to some extent he is also right, in country like India he already went to jail for 18 months and spent 20 yrs in tension, paid money to lawyers now this is enough punishment when he is remorseful, what about Delhi gang rape juvenile who will walk in 3 more months, and Chief Justice says he is juvenile, well can this juvenile reformed, has he stolen some bike or snatched chain, that he can be reformed, Indians have too much ego and self pride, for what ?

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  • freedomofspeech

    We need more Mittals and less Haqs, if that happens the world will be a better place.

    Compare the tax revenue, jobs each create the answer is simple.

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    FreedomOfSpeech Reply:

    We need more Haqs and less of Chaddis. Period

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    Mirchi Reply:

    Mirchi lag gayi.

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    FreedomOfSpeech Reply:

    Mirchi to tujhe lagi mere chaddi ;)

    Ganesh Reply:

    Muslims should be given chance in the mainstream if and only if they can have balanced view and a aview acceptable to majority.A muslim Haq,should not be given place in HT to write his “quranic attitude” abusing all kaafirs!!

    Ganesh Reply:

    Chaddi is allah to you Gujarat…hahahahahahahah!

  • Sumit Bose

    The blog should be pertinent to “muslim”, though this article is about an industrialist, who started from India and over time able to make a place for himself in the searing world of international business. Though , ostensibly, there is nothing muslim about this article, but the “muslim” mindset cannot be missed.

    The same attitude of grievance mongering, the same attitude of “injured pride” pervades this write-up.

    Mr Mia, please do not denigrate your secular education, Mr Mittal has many reasons not to keep India as his priority, and for good reasons. The Ruling Parties right from the independence has made it a habit to hold back “objections” that they have sanctimoniously created in the name of clean and ethical governance, only on receiving suitcases of raw cash or for money transferred into overseas accounts.

    Why grudge him his Taj Mittal, he has earned it with clean hands, not like our beloved Italian ex-maid who now ranks as the 4th wealthiest politician in the world, not like our Mulayan or Mayawati or Jayalalitha or late Chandrashekar Raddy and son Jagan Reddy, sitting over hundreds/thousands of crores of unaccounted cash when they were never in any trade/business, other than granting permissions.

    Mr Mittal’s investments are his own concern and as he has his financiers and stockholders he is answerable to, and there are many more countries in the world that do not have beggar/bandit politicians that have their hands outstretched sitting over every business proposal. It appears that there is one state in India that does not have that , and that is so because of one CM who has opted not to be a beggar/bandit type of politician and he has reinvented his state machinery, but that person is a “diabolical entity” for this Zia Mian.
    That quintessentially is the crux of this article, that this Mr Mian prefers the beggar/bandit politician over clean governance, and as Mr Mittal wants to steer clear of such types, Mr Mian is aiming his “AK-47″ at him.

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    RK Sharma Reply:

    Correct why to comment on Mittal even if I open a shop won’t i first try to earn money for myself and family without causing damage to society, Mittal has worked for what he has, why to act victim in everything day and night, why should he become to socialist,go to government office and check the attitude of babus, no file moves, may be he is not in mood to hand over few crores to our politicians, that is his choice, but don’t blame him.

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  • Mittal.L

    First of , Mittal does not belong to India.
    Everytime an NRI shines in overseas, India starts a slogan, Indian shine.

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  • Ghost

    You need to study more and yes please try to open a even single shop or please, please , please try to query any of your business needs with concerned government of INDIA offices or department I think you will write Please forgive me for what I have written in this blog. Gentleman Mital is not an Indian citizen and we Indians proudly relate him to India. Many of Indians left and still leaving India and many of business men are try to do business not in india but out side india. I am among many millions who wish to do something and wish to contribute in my society but with great regret no help or info from government. And in a country in which there is feeling what ever you do nothin will happen then every thing in the hands of GOD.

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  • tbr

    j@@**a** article. Socialist filth hanging around in 21st Century. Give me the full form of the abbreviation: Test for Indians— GAFY!!!**@.com

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  • freedomofspeech

    Zia Haq is a prime example of low quality journalism. This author does not understand economics and history and goes on to comment much like a two year old child.

    For example – he is commenting on Britain’s recession hit economy – as if India is doing very well. As a comparison Britain’s per capita GDP is 35000, India is 1500.

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  • Arvind

    Many international agencies and businesses have called India one of the worst places to do business due to burueaucracy and corruption. Mittal is not the first one to say that.

    Why call him anti- India for it? If he is anti- Indian , then what do you think of Kashmiris who keep killing Indian soldiers and even civilians? Or terrorists who regularly explode bombs in Indian cities which UPA blames on Indian Muslim groups?

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  • niraj

    If the delay is for the right reasons’ I would agree with author. However most delays are due to red tape, babugiri, bribe or just political power play. Do you think western countries care less or more for their citizens. Most people would agree that value of life is more in west. How come they happen to clear projects faster

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  • Navin

    Haha!!! writer has no idea how the world works these days…forget the ideal world of communism where no one owns anything. You need investors to create job, grow economy and create value added industry, otherwise you will export cheap iron ore and someone else will create steel and make most of the money.

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  • Sanjay Kumar

    Mr. Zia Haq is absolutely right. No one can be deprived of his land without getting proper compensation as per market rate. Mr. Mittal want cheap land and cheap mines with the help of Government. All MNCs love only those Governments which provide them cheap land and other cheap inputs at the cost of people and resources of their country, for the very purpose they are ready to pay any bribe to anybody. That’s why they are not putting new factories in USA, Europe, Japan and other developed nations. We want development, but do not want to become slave of developed world by exporting them products at the cost of our citizens. We must grow up…

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    PatriotIndian Reply:

    People who want to hold on to land is fine.

    Stop giving them free power, water, fertilizer, seeds, remove minimum support prices. Stop making agriculture income tax free.
    Let them produce on their own without government support which comes from tax revenue on industry.

    Don’t let them access healthcare services supported by taxes generated from industry.

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    Sanjay Kumar Reply:

    Are you ready to give away your house or land for industrial development without proper compensation.. No one can man, grow up.

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  • Mohd Hussain

    What is the connection with him amassing the wealth with his good decisions and management techniques and zamindari system? In my opinion the name of this blog should be changed to a “A cynical perspective”.

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  • Timra

    Does it make sense for an industrialist to put money in a country where he has to give a cut at all levels to push his projects through? The education in social welfare has to be given to our corrupt leaders. They are the ones who ahve created the new zamindari system

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  • Arup

    I have just wasted 5 precious minutes of my life reading this piece of S**T

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    dd Reply:

    Now jump into the Indian Ocean and save the world!

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  • Joe

    What are you smoking? How does this trash get published in a national newspaper, sheesh.

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  • modassar

    Have you or anyone in your family ever even run a corner “Kirana” store in your life?

    Do you have any understanding at all of how economies work?

    They do not work by rhetoric and thumping your chest. They work by taking pragmatic, effective and efficient decisions. None of which applies to India.

    I guess having being brought up in an environment of politics of appeasement, in which you were provided things just because of your political affiliations, that you can not comprehend that Mittal owes India nothing. India needs Mittal, not the other way around.

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  • Indian

    HT head Shobhana Bhartia is congress MP. HT also received illegal congress party fund money to save itself from bankruptcy which was on TV news as example of direct involvement of Rahul and Sonia in corruption.

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  • Ank

    What lousy journalism. This article reads like written by some kid in college or highschool. Just rants and no reasoning…

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  • Anonymous

    The article may or may not be great but most comments are. Cannot believe ppl are attacking Zia in Islamophobic way.
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    pathetic

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  • Ganesh

    Typical muslim mindet….Trying to abuse and degrade a proud Hindu son of India!!thses authors should not be given space in hT just because they are muslims but they should be able to write a balanced view as any other hindu writer about Indian issues and people!!

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  • Abhi

    “Mittal doesn’t do us a favour – to re-phrase Mahatma Gandhi’s advice to traders — by selling stuff to us;”
    While most countries today are falling over each other to appear investor friendly, we are still stuck in “you do not do us a favor by putting an industry in our backyard”. Rather, pathetic.

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  • bala srinivasan

    While this Blog is partly correct its remedial solution is non existant.Until INDIA FULLY embraces MARKET ECONOMY&STOP the HALF COOKED MEASURES the TROUBLE will not only prevail but exacerbate.We procrastinate first,pontificate next&finally offer HALF BAKED&HALF HEARTED SOLUTIONS leading to worsening CONDITION.UNTIL we become BOLD&CONFIDENT there is NO WAY OUT.

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  • Koki

    This is what happens when people are fed with unreasonable hope of doubling the return on their investment every year. Unrealistic euphoria,it it is called.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/deepakj Deepak Jain

    Hope the author realizes that the solution lies in empowering the downtrodden, instead of doling out money as has been the case. And please name the UPA when they deserve, the way you do with the BJP

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  • young bengal

    Folks INDIA IS GOING DOWN THE PAN.LIVING IN INDIA IS SAME AS LIVING IN A MORAL SEWER.Else how can you explain the scum NDTV brazenly inviting MANU ******** SINGHVI , day in day out in prime time tv.Indians who like to lecture the “west” on its moral decrepitude need to reflect how a man who tramples on marital fidelity and USES high office and the bartering of judge’s post for some nookie in his back office can go about as if nothing happened. Now it is possible the anchors in NDTV empathise for they may be fellow travellers..Next a russian hooker will be able siphon off stragetic secrets for a few shag.

    NO WONDER INDIA IS A BECOMING A LAND OF RAPISTS

    Next the ECONOMY. I have discussed this umpteen times in some other guise in these blogs.Let me reiterate.

    Inflation is universal ,even I feel it in uk. though being a surgeon , doesn’t preclude me from going to watch Flamenco Festival , tickets costing the equivent of one way fare to resorts in spain.Only a year or two ago there were FOOD RIOTS in cairo. Though EU has GRAIN MOUNTAIN and WINE LAKES and butter mountain , but high fuel prices vis a vis transport cost as well PRINTING MONEY IN BILLIONS now euphemistically known as QUANTITATIVE EASING.has caused this inflation in uk.You dont need rocket

    science to explain the plight of greece and spain, though there the ONLY problem is UNEMPLOYMENT running at 25%.

    BUT INDIA’S PROBLEM IS FAR MORE FUNDAMENTAL

    1.India needs “Revolution in Agriculture”. Needs to come out of STONE AGE.

    All land holding coalesced into a CORPORATION with patta holders getting a share of the company as well as job in the corporation.

    TOTALLY MECHANISED FARMING with computer controlled irrigation and fertiliser use, and INTENSELY DENSE sowing of seeds by machines as is done in WEST, with a view to bring the productivity in line with the west.
    Currently the stasiticsis 3 india 8 west(per acre yield)

    COMPULSORY UNIVERSAL ENGLISH MEDIUM EDUCATION with 500 marks for vernacular. Establish a centre for comparative education to learn about the different methods in different country.
    MOST IMPORTANT OR THE IMPORTANT
    DIGITALISE EDUCATION with virtual teachers
    this will ensure UNIFORM HIGH STANDARD , ZERO TEACHER ABSENTISM
    all you need is a television studio and bandwith.
    instead of teachers there should be LIFE COACHES in classes with mandatory qualification in child and adoloscent psychology

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You would quote Nirad choaudhry as if he were God. Now the news has come out that Nirad was a British spy !! And he got UK citizenship for it. What do you have to say to that?

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  • ehgrich

    dimple nothing is possible till stomach is full.muslims are last to be hired and first to be fired.read vrious reports by committees appointed by goi u will find muslims in worst condition as compare to others.this is because of descrimination.

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    Abhi Reply:

    “u will find muslims in worst condition as compare to others”
    If, every terror attack in India is a Jehadi fight, muslims will stay in worst conditions.

    What we want to see, is for the muslim groups to fight these terror attacks and thus show that they stand shoulder to shoulder with the majority for the over all well being of India.

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  • Faulitics

    This author even frames a common problem of poverty in communal terms as if not being Muslim means you are living it up.he looks at everything through a communal colored prism. Sign of an arabized mind which is trained to look at everything as us and the them.

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    GUEST Reply:

    hindu haijehan gareebi hai wahan.they dont share their wealth with poors.they share it with bhagwans.

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  • Anonymous

    The muslims are not poor. Most of the money they have is BLACK thru criminal activities.

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