I am a nationalist and a born Hindu, says Narendra Modi


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Niticentral Staff12 Jul 2013

 
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I am a nationalist and a born Hindu, says Narendra ModiSpeaking to Reuters, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that he is a nationalist, a patriot and a born Hindu. He added that he does not think there is anything wrong with that.

“I am a nationalist. I am patriotic. Nothing is wrong. I am a born Hindu. So yes, you can say I’m a Hindu nationalist,” he said.

He added that there was no contradiction between the above and being “progressive, development-oriented and workaholic.”

“It is one and the same image,” Modi said.

Answering a question on his role during the 2002 post-Godhra riots, Modi said, “A leader who doesn’t take a decision: who will accept him as a leader? That is a quality, it’s not a negative.”

Watch the Reuters video here

In 2012, a Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team could find no evidence to prosecute Modi and he was cleared of charges that he was involved in the riots.


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Answering a question on his said ‘authoritarian’ image, Modi said, “If someone was an authoritarian then how would he be able to run a Government for so many years? Without a team effort, how can you get success? I always say the strength of democracy lies in criticism. If there is no criticism that means there is no democracy. And if you want to grow, you must invite criticism. And I want to grow, I want to invite criticism.”

“Everyone has their own view. I would feel guilty if I did something wrong,” Modi said. “Frustration comes when you think ‘I got caught. I was stealing and I got caught.’ That’s not my case. I was given a thoroughly clean chit.”

In response to a question about what his feelings were regarding the 2002 riots, Modi said his feelings were not unlike the occupant of a car which had met with an accident. “If someone else is driving a car and we’re sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course it is. Whether I am a Chief Minister or not, I am a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad.”



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  • V.N.Seetharam

    Modi could not have won the elections so handsomely if his approval ratings by the Voters were commensurate with such a victory. The media and Upa which
    owns the media are shivering like rats in the hole where a big cat is waiting. Modi is the bigger threat to Sonia-Singh and thereby the biggest hope for a sinking nation. Arnab, Burka and Rajdeep etc have been bought over by Sonia proving that ultimately there is a price for every one of us.
    Unless there is a canvas where can one draw? the nation is in peril. the situation is worse than Indira Gandhi’s Emergency when we has titans like Ramnath Goenka, Jayaprakash, Morarji Desai, Acharya Kripalani and many such.
    Today there are only pygmies and Lilliputans in the great nation. Except Modi none can save this sinking ship that is Bharat.

  • shankar

    Ok guys….Its a field day for MSM…They have already started quoting all the words Modi said..and jumbled the sentence totally..

    As usual, its upto the common public to clean up the excreta thrown up by the MSM.

    We need to share the full interview by Modi to as many people as possible…

  • ssk

    Jai Ho..!

  • Sam

    What a bold leader ! He has the gut to say ” I am proud to be a Hindu nationalist politician. It is equivalent to pro-growth, pro people and pro development.”

    We need leaders like him for a better future of India.

    Jai Hind

  • sekar

    If one can observe carefully,in the last one year Modi has been trying to get out of the ’2002′ syndrome he is caught up in. His Sadhbhavana yatra,meeting Muslims, greeting for Ramzan, and these statements that he felt sad even if witnesses a puppy being killed … may be one day he will express apology for the 2002 happenings even though he was ‘not-responsible’. His statement in this context that he is a Hindu is only for diplomacy as a balancing act for the ‘Hindu’ voters.

    The Congress and other ‘secular’ parties know and understand this very well.That’s the reason they cry hoarse, for if and when he ‘apologizes’ the ‘Communal’ badge thrust on him by them would not stick any more. Result, Muslims may accept him and such a situation would be dreaded by them even in sleep!

  • GC

    Modi should be very careful with his words in his interview or speech, because even a minor slip of tongue will make sicular parties and discredited MSM pounce on him like hungry wolf to take their pound of flesh

    THese two have taken the comments by Modi about “puppy” to new height of distortion. They think people are fool and they will believe the meaning being attributed to Modi’s comment by them.

    MSM and Sicular parties suck!

  • bharathpremi

    According to the official figures, the riots resulted in the deaths of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus

    There will be never an end to “apology” question. It is a slippery slope, you get it ?

    All the riots bigger than this, in congress ruled governments have been allowed with No request for apology for last 60 years :)

    The biggest one on national scale – 1987 sikh kiliings – have been done away with “when a big tree falls…” kind of statement by Rajiv Gandhi

  • Veeru

    Finally there is a leader from a big national party, who has got the guts to say “Yes, i’m Hindu Nationalist”. Even Advani hesitated to take that position. Hats off to Narendra Modi for giving a very tight slap to pseudo sickular brigade. Puppies in mainstream media are having a field day with “Puppy” remark, shows their understanding of english & context. CONgress & other sickular parties are going over board with their criticism, but soon they will realise that will backfire.

  • Murthy

    Not many Indian leaders communicate as frankly, earnestly and honestly as NaMo.

    To me it is clear that he does not wish to DIVIDE AND RULE as the con-gross [very GROSS=big CONs=scams] party and the caste parties allied to it are doing.

    He COULD HAVE referred to the 1984 ANTI-SIKH POGRAM in Delhi AND THE recent ANTI-BODOS POGRAM in Assam as among the ORGANISED communal killings in India – organised by the Congross Party.

    He has never once referred to them, as far as I know.

  • Vib

    Found NaMos interview good but as usual our MSM has twisted it completely out of context and tried to boost their TRPs. But in the noise what has been missed out is something very serious which our foreign minister khurshid said: “Hindu nationalist” is an oxymoron. This is effect means that the word Hindu and nationalist are contradictory. So does he want to say that Hindus are anti national? I am quite surprised that so far nobody has picked it up and questioned him.

  • anindya

    Why congress and its secular(#!$?) allies are so upset and angry? Modiji said ‘puppy’ not ‘pappu’!

  • anindya

    Modiji said ‘puppy’ not ‘pappu’ so secular(#$?!) people, no need to get angry and upset.

  • http://www.niticentral.com Hari Om

    An interview that has enhanced his stature in the eyes of the people in India and outside. Shiv Sena only made a valid point when it said that the country needed a leader who feels proud of being a Hindu nationalist and patriotic. Equally emphatic was Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev who lambasted the pseudo-secular forces and minority-appeasers and said Modi is a genuinely secular leader. What Modi told his interviewer and the manner in which he put across his points of view on many issues, including 2002, has electrified the Indian political scene and rattled all the secularists.
    However, credit goes to BSP whose one senior leader told India News that Modi deserves appreciation and not criticism for what he told Reuters.

  • Nimitt

    These sections of people, who call India home, have rejected India’s unique Hindu (narrowly interpreted as religion and bracketed with global polarizers of the creeds from the west) Civilization as the essential core ingredient of what makes up their sense of belonging and unmistakeable identity. They are inextricably chained to fragmented and suspicion ridden relationship with reality. The resultant self-inflicted hurt in their in psyche never seems to heal. Until the healing is done there can be no internal peace. No external peace either. They are tormented singularly with intransigent selfcenteredness.They will remain constant irritant to the society as a whole. They will play spoilers and hijackers of the nation’s endeavour to blossom on the terms of its own home grown genius. Who are they?