In recent times, I hear a lot of this argument:
“Narendra Modi is almost sure to become Prime Minister. Everyone hates the Congress and people don’t want to consider alternatives.He seems to be everywhere,especially in the media. Imagine how bad it will be when he comes to power. What will we do?”
This argument is mainly made by people who oppose the BJP and Modi. This is strange because this argument is exactly what the BJP wants. The BJP would like you to think that there is no other choice but Modi, whether you agree with him or not. They want you to think so because there is as yet no clear evidence of a a Modi wave which will overcome local factors.
Of course, many people make statements like: “We need a strong leader like Modi” or “Modi will get work done.” Yes, business houses are dreaming of a Modi raj which is “friendly”. Even the U.S. government has compromised with him.
But, none of this means that a BJP or Modi wave is sweeping the country. For that, the BJP (not its allies) has to win seats it has never won before across the country, that too, on a large scale. Otherwise, the BJP will remain restricted to its strongholds, especially in the North and will have to depend on more allies.
If we look back to the late 90s, we see a BJP that was led by A.B. Vajpeyee, a genuinely popular leader. The party was less divided. People were tired after years of Congress corruption and an uninspiring Narasimha Rao and Sitaram Kesri. Despite all this, the BJP came nowhere close to a majority and had to depend on a huge alliance – from the DMK to National Conference – to rule.
Thus, the BJP’s return to power is in no way definite. But, the BJP would like us to think it is so. Only then will more parties join the NDA. Only then will undecided voters swing to them.
In such a situation, if you think Narendra Modi is a bad idea for India, what do you do? The answer is simple: Fight back. The battle is very much open.
1) Campaign for 3rd Front candidates. Yes, some of them can be uninspiring, some may be corrupt but in the given circumstances, they are the best way of stopping the BJP. One more defeat now for the BJP will increase the internal warfare in the party. The uneasy compromise between its leaders will be over. The right wing will suffer a blow.
2) But the BJP is only part of the problem. If you want a long-term solution, join the fight against the cultural nationalism of the RSS. Find movements of your choice – political movements, cultural movements, feminist movements, workers’ movements – anything.
Campaign online and offline. Read, write, share speak. Expose and spread the many examples of the right-wing’s lies. The economic and social model of the BJP keeps out large sections of the population from their idea of ‘Shining India.’ If you oppose Modi, help build a coalition of these sections. This kind of unity helped throw the BJP out in 2004. It can be done again.
It is good to be worried about the rise of the right wing. To fight it, is even better