Never have elections caught the fancy of my mind before… but this strange storm is brewing that is blowing northwards it seems. A certain air of inevitability is blowing, actually gusting.
Recently a friend was travelling in Kishtwad in forlorn Kashmir and when their car stopped at a remote village with no mobile connectivity the local tea stall vendor welcomed them as folks from Narendra Modi’s kingdom just by noticing their car’s registration no.!!! It has happened innumerable times to me when outside the state and if I would be heard talking in Gujarati more often at Cigarette shops some people would suddenly smile and congratulate at us being in Narendra Modi’s state ! :-/
No this is not a tribute to him, in many ways I always have thought of him to be a great marketeer than a performer. A champion orator who shines when in crowds and actually is able to almost hypnotise them. Gujarat always was much better with infrastructure and development than before Modi embarked. Amazing how much credit he has taken, however, it amazes me the kind of emotion I see him evoking among people who do not reside in Gujarat. A lot of people actually do give the eventual buck to him saying amongst all alternatives available, probably he is the better one… this coming from non Gujarati’s means atleast the opinion might be not as partisan as the Gujarati opinion.
Not that in Gujarat he is not a hero ! In fact at some places you are better off keeping mum about your views on him, such staunch supporters he boasts of. But when people who reside outside of Gujarat are so hopeful about him I wonder how people can now hold him back, from his journey to national mainstream politics, for his victory today in Gujarat seems almost guaranteed. The nervousness and excitement on everyone’s faces yesterday was quite apparent. The frenzy here is electric, apparently almost all I meet here feel, this is the guy India needs, the guy with guts, the guy who will do something, the guy who will stop the mediocre politics, everyone in Gujarat was waiting very very optimistically with bated breath for today and it seems the popular verdict which may not necessarily be the correct verdict is ‘Modi for Delhi’ !
The Wind from the West is blowing strong… pretty strong…