The ‘script’ Modi lives out

Modi is the biggest single threat to the region

Human beings, particularly the macho typos, think they are independent decision makers. But subconsciously they are slaves to the subconscious, to the scripts they have learned to live with. In his book, Scripts People Live, Claude Steiner analyzes “life scripts” which we choose at an early age and which rule every detail of our lives until our death. Steiner postulates that people are innately healthy but develop a pattern early in life based upon negative or positive influences of those around them. Thus children decide, however unconsciously, whether they will be happy or depressed, winners or failures, strong or dependent, and having decided, they spend the rest of their lives making the decision come true. For those who choose a negative script, the consequences can be disastrous unless they make a conscious decision to change.

The tragedy is that the person who needs to rewrite his or her life script most is unwilling to admit that he needs to revamp it.

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Narendra Modi is such a person who by his conduct and political statements reflects that he suffers from a negative life script. He wants to pose as a “prince”, though he is actually a “frog”. Modi’s recent statements provide a clue to how he is neurologically programmed.

Modi on Thursday took a swipe at former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for ‘failing’ to liberate Goa soon after India achieved independence from the British.

While addressing a rally in Mapusa town of North Goa, Modi claimed that Nehru allowed freedom fighters to be killed by the Portuguese police without offering any assistance.

He shouted, “Many people do not know about the fact that Goa became independent 15 years after independence of India. It had to stay enslaved for 15 years more. India had a force; it had the army, a strong navy. What could have been done in a few hours, the Congress delayed for 15 years? The people of Goa continued to fight for their freedom, satyagrahis braved bullets, and continued to tolerate atrocities but the Congress government did not help them.

Modi is still fettered to his teenage memory as a waiter at a tea-stall. The Modi government should turn a new leaf in India’s relations with its neighbours by shunning the strong-man image. He could do better by attending to the economic welfare of the masses and promoting social harmony

“The first Prime Minister of the country Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru spoke from the Red Fort and you can listen to his speech on YouTube. He said from the Red Fort that he could not send the army to help the satyagrahis, who were fighting and freeing Goa. That means you do what you want, if you want to die,; die, live if you want to live. This is what he did! This is how the Congress treated Goa and it continues to treat it now,” he added.

Again, while launching a scathing attack at Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, Narendra Modi slammed the Congress Government for failing to merge Kartarpur Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, within India’s territory during Partition in 1947, or after wins in subsequent wars.

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“Even during the 1965 war, Congress did not bother to take back the land. During the 1971 war, then the government sitting in Delhi would have returned 90,000 Pakistani soldiers on the condition that it returned the Tapobhumi of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara.”

“When the country was partitioned, the people of Congress were there, did they not understand enough that Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Tapobhoomi should be kept in India at a distance of 6 km from the border? Congress people have committed a crime, crushed our sentiments,” he added.

India’s former prime minister Manmohan Singh reminded Modi that his foreign policy was a “complete failure”: “old friends getting alienated and neighbourly relations deteriorating”. He alleged that the government was “trying to bury the issue of Chinese transgressions along the LAC”. Modi’s faulty policies had led to galloping inflation and joblessness,

About 4000 covid-19 patients kept dying each day for want of beds or oxygen. Poor people dumped dead bodies of their loved ones in Holy Ganges River as they could not afford costly wood to cremate them. In just one day 150 dead bodies were recovered to save them from vultures and stray dogs. There is only one electric incinerator/cremator in India at Calcutta yet to be operated.

Shobhaa Dea asked  `What’ll it take for Modi to stop playing ostrich? (Deccan Chronicle May 15 2021). The national students’ union registered an FIR against “missing” home minister Amit Shah.

Instead of facing the truth, The BJP states prosecuted even social posts about covid-19 situation under India’s National Security Act.  For instance, journalist Kishorchandra Wangkhem and activist Erendro Leichombam were booked under the NSA for Facebook posts that point out that cow dung or urine cannot cure covid-19. Cow sheds were found to have been used at covid-9 clinics. Oxygen and concentrators were sold at exorbitant prices. Even fire-extinguisher cylinders were sold as oxygen cylinders

Engrossed in holding “mammoth” rallies during the state assembly elections, the Narendra Modi government shrugged off warnings of an imminent upsurge in the covid-19 wave. For instance, on May 1, Reuters released a story headlined “Scientists say India government ignored warnings amid coronavirus surge”. It claimed some scientists from the government-appointed consortium of national laboratories tasked with genome-sequencing, had “warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country”. But, the government was in no mood to impose social restrictions to prevent the contagion.

The Modi-Amit Shah duo was shouting “oey Didi,oey Didi” (contemptuously calling at Bengal chief minister Mamta Bannerjee) when the pandemic had assumed alarming proportions.  On April 17, the cases started growing by over 260,000 a day. Yet, the BJP government did not truncate its election rallies. Instead, Modi applauded the massive turnout of milling unmasked throngs at the Asansol rally.

The Rashtraya Swayamsevak Sangh supported the Modi government in election rallies. Yet, even it was compelled to admit neither the people nor the government cared a fig for social-distancing norms.

Modi is convinced that his electoral achievements are due to his macho (strongman) image. Lest his image should be shattered he delayed withdrawing anti-farmer laws for about a year since the farmers began protesting. He trumpets his “surgical strikes”, celebrates “Kargil victory”, and anti-Muslim citizenship laws.

Modi is still fettered to his teenage memory as a waiter at a tea-stall. The Modi government should turn a new leaf in India’s relations with its neighbours by shunning the strong-man image. He could do better by attending to the economic welfare of the masses and promoting social harmony.

Amjed Jaaved
Amjed Jaaved
The writer is a freelance journalist, has served in the Pakistan government for 39 years and holds degrees in economics, business administration, and law. He can be reached at [email protected]

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