Who can stop Narendra Modi — The answer is clear

Anjana Bhartia
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Recently an article came out in the reputed The Economist: “Can anyone stop Narendra Modi”, which was supposed to be an editorial view, but came across as a preachy article why Indians should reject Modi as a leader and re embrace the corrupt Congress government and toe the pseudo secularism path that India has trodden since Independence.

Undoubtedly there have been stronger anti-Modi articles (or rants) in the media authored by journalists and editors. On one side of the spectrum we have journalists and editors like Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose, Guha, Shekhar Gupta, Barkha Dutt, Vinod Mehta all have made a long running career on the 2002 riots and anti Modi propaganda, we also have the once vocal critic of Modi now turned admirer like M J Akbar, Rajat Sharma and Madhu Kishkar. But what is most disturbing about The Economist is that the entire publication has come out with this article, rather than one particular journalist. – This is the primary reason why Indians have stopped trusting the main stream media – both domestic and international and come to rely on social media for more reliable, accurate and unbiased reporting.


The basic journalistic principle is that journalists should only report as they see and keep their own prejudice out of their reporting. . Even if stretch this rule for reporters – because after all they are individuals and bound to be influenced, consciously or unconsciously by their own beliefs – should publications really be propagating this line of thought for Narendra Modi – or for any leader for that matter?

Doesn’t this article almost make one conclude that the entire editorial team at The Economist is biased and out to get Modi? Or that some political or business vested interests have influenced the magazine to put out such an article? If the editorial team has signed of this article, then would seem to the unwary reader, that the top editorial team at The Economist is biased unfavorably towards Modi and that they propagate this bias throughout the entire organization.

Whatever, may be the reason, it begs the question – is the entire publication’s view going to be colored by the top editorial leadership? Do we really expect to read any article favorable to Modi, BJP or any party that does not have a fundamental communist or welfare based ideology? Am I being too naive not to think that there might certainly be a diktat at The Economist and other such publications to toe a particular line?

Why has the BJP felt the need to come out with their own media channels like NitiCentral and YuvaTV? Is it not because that they feel that they point of view is not being put forth in front of the public? Do they feel that their prime ministerial candidate is facing more flak than necessary and they need to counterbalance it?


Or is there something more sinister under this entire anti Modi outrage in the media? Do the so called super powers of the western world feel threatened that India will not be so pliable under a strong leader like Modi? Do they feel that they moles in the Indian government will no longer be able to influence major decisions in their favor?

India, under the UPA led Congress has not only seen a once robust economy reduced to shambles, but also a systematic dismantling of India’s best institutions. What otherwise could be the reason to systematically weaken the Indian Armed Forces? The signs are all there for everyone to read – The downgrading of armed forces benefits, disregard for veterans, disabled soldiers and war widows, the lack of urgency to provide essential equipment, weapons, ammunition and war supplies, the acceptance of Naval Chief’s resignation with no successor in sight, and the absolutely absurd austerity drive, which asked the Indian Army to cut down their rations and fuel use by 50% in critical areas like the Siachen Glacier.

Mr. Modi may have his flaws and may suffer from a lack of judgment when it comes to some issues, but he is a thrice democratically elected leader of India. Today he is the PM candidate of one of the largest parties of India – and may well form a government, come May. Are the Indian media houses sensing a change of the powers that be? Could this be the reason why some of the very same journalists who vilified Modi for some twelve years now are going soft on him? Are they hedging their losses, in case the UPA doesn’t return to power?

But the international media houses are not subject to Indian law and hence have nothing to fear – hence their mudslinging on him continues. International media houses have their own masters to serve – the same masters that are funding the ever agitating NGO’s in India.

The Indian law has caught up with many of these professional activists like Teesta Setalvad. Facing serious charges of perjury and usurping money collected by her NGO, she has also received a sound rap on her knuckles from the SC for other improprieties.

NGOs, Activists and Foreign Funds: Anti-Nation Industry“NGOs, Activists and Foreign Funds: Anti-Nation Industry” by Radha Rajan and Krishen Kak [download pdf] is a book that thoroughly exposes this dangerous nexus between foreign funding and anti- nation NGOs. Besides Teesta Setalvad, Shabnam Hashmi, Arundhati Roy, Sandeep Pandey, Akhila Raman and Praful Bidwai and some activists are also under the scanner for various wrong doings. Some of them have made a career and shot to fame with their anti-Modi ranting and also received doles in the form of Padma Shris from the grateful UPA government.

Arvind Kejriwal the newest activist-turned-politician on the block has also realized that the media loves any anti Modi blubbering and gives them exactly what they want, to stay in the limelight. What started off as an anti corruption movement against the corrupt UPA has slowly turned into a relentless anti Modi rant.

Modi’s rally has been infiltrated with an unsuccessful bomb attack, opponents have threatened to cut him to pieces and the Indian Mujahedeen has threatened to kill him – are these the means through which The Economist begs that their sinister question “Who can stop Modi” be answered?

The Indian voter – the one who actually casts his vote – is one unlikely to be swayed by such articles, but the last ditch attempts by political motivated portals like Cobrapost to tarnish Modi’s image is maybe their own way of trying to stop Modi. While the question “Who can stop Narendra Modi” is stupid to begin with, the only answer is – the Indian voter. As the first phase of polling is set to begin, the only people who hold the answer to The Economist’s question is our very own common man. May he surprise us all!


  • Himika

    Very very very well written points and things to counter question about the Indian politics.
    Good job, and I totally agree with most of the rhetorical questions you wrote in your article.

  • SSM

    You hit the nail on the head with this article

    • Anjana Bhartia

      Thank you SSM

  • marees

    just my 2 cents worth. I know my opinion will not make any difference to anybody, but it still has to be said

    The Economist were trolling their target audience. they deliberately created a very polarizing editorial. You can agree or disagree but cannot ignore. Indian elections are parliamentary system and not presidential. So it is not Modi vs Rahul. Instead it is Modi vs AK in Delhi, Modi vs Didi in bengal, Modi vs Nitish in Bihar etc.

    In normal course Cong should have lost in 2009 due to the regular anti-incumbency vote. But they won which mean it was actually a pro-vote for state of economy in 2009. now in 2014 the economy is in total shamble and totally unable to take advantage of the demographic dividend.

    The congress is refusing to acknowledge that they have screwed the economy and refusing to apologize or show contrition for this and instead trying to hide behind the secularism curtain. The voters know ths, and “The Economist” also knows this. They have been covering Modi and Indian Economy from Dec-2012 onwards (when Modi won Gujarat)

    So I agree with their demand that Modi should apologize, but by the same token Cond also should apologize for derailing the economy.

    One more thing, I have noticed as a regular reader of the Economist, is that, they analyse the problem very well, but then spoil it by trying to foist their own solution on readers. It is a very British, Patronizing and anti-democratic attitude, but doesnt mean that the entire magazine has to be trashed for the headlines and conclusion which troll the readers.

    In general I have found the Economist value for money and will continue to purchase it, but I am intelligent enough to make my own conclusions and see thru their prejudices.

    • Anjana Bhartia

      My view: It is not only The Economist many major publications like The Guardian, The New York Times etc are all out, not to troll their readers – but Modi. So are many English newspapers in India. Insiders to the journalist circle say that TOI has also decided to not endorse Modi as PM.

  • Rajender Singh Charan

    Your article start very convincing and unbiased but in the end it got lost and I got a vibe of prejudice against NGO for foreign funding they got and such other initiatives.
    There’s been so such noise about Ford Foundation nowadays but whether people don’t know or they don’t want to know these funds have also taken by central and state gov. too in some projects , even reputed institutes like IIT’s and a lot of other state owned colleges too so it would not be apt to paint everything with single brush……….

    • Anjana Bhartia

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. If what you are saying is indeed true for govt, agencies and reputed institutions accepting and utilizing money which has been sent by foreign sources – it is indeed a grave concern. We can’t we so naive to believe that such funding and aid is EVER without an agenda. Don’t these countries have poverty or issues at home that they are meddling and interfering in “developing” countries like ours. They are doing so, for their own hidden ends. The truth about foreign funded NGO’s will come out soon. For what its worth, I personally look forward for a Modi led BJP government at the center – for the sole purpose of seeing him, rid our power corridors from the influence of foreigners.

      • Cruz Ader

        Thanks for replying to people’s comments Anjana.. most writers do not do that these days :)

        • Anjana Bhartia

          You’re welcome Cruz! Thanks for taking a moment to comment! :)

  • Anjana Bhartia

    I believe the article has been negated to a large extend. There is no blinded support for Modi. The main argument is that editorials from publications like these are cause for worry, as it make it evident that they follow this view point for all their articles – thus propagating an agenda. Thus makes me think, what I can believe from what is written?

    • Cruz Ader

      most of these foreign media channels rely on matter from their indian counterparts.. and we know how that matter would be devoid of any white.. grey but only black!!!

  • tarun

    If modi will become PM, it will be a tectonic shift of change in indian history of PMs. A person who entered official politics in age of 51 and may become PM at age of 63, so will be youngest in one kind. I too look forward for him to lead the country. neither from any dynasty, nor from any higher caste n the first to never been in congress party! milestone that india should have covered much earlier but better late then never!

  • Anjana Bhartia

    What a dismal picture you present, when the evidence clearly points to opposite. In Gujarat, after numerous riots under the Congress government – Modi is the person who has brought stability, governance, and a riot free atmosphere to Gujarat. We may never be privy to what goes on in the power corridors however we can be sure that having foreigners in covert positions of power in India, is not going to be good for the country in any way.

    • Rajender Singh Charan

      Either u r too naive or too ignorant, atleast you should know that there had been riots in Gujarat post 2002 just search on internet (2006 Vadodara).
      In gujarat disparity is quite high with so much of so called development how can a state have more than 40% of kids in malnutrition condition, take education its 73% after 15 years of Modi seriously, less than 50% vaccination in gujarat , these are devastating.
      I am not saying that all other sates are better off but few are, and with such a GDP as gujarat it have capacity to these reform within 2-3 years which does not happened.