Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in a recent interview to Urdu weekly Nai Duniya, edited by a Samajwadi Party leader, said “Hang me if I am found guilty.” He is being now accused of playing to the gallery for the upcoming 2014 state elections. Even if someone manages to find him guilty, will we hang him? Did we hang Afzal Guru or Ajmal Kasab (not our official position, even on Modi)?
There could be some who might love to see Modi hang, but won’t. First of the system won’t let it and even if, he will die a martyr. Modi is a Hindu icon, an image that is unacceptable to most even within the community. On internet, even a rational discussion if Narendra Modi will make a good Prime Minister or Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, is same as being anti-Hindutwa and anti-Modi. It might be not conclusive if Modi had a hand in the riots, but the Hindutva poster boy image does him more damage than good in the vast caste and communal ridden politics of India.
The other question is if we need to hang Modi in public? Hasn’t he been already hung in public for long for Gujarat riots? He has been a living dead since 2002 Godhra riots. He is an untouchable to a lot of his own community, state, party members, BJP allies, Indian politics and even some parts of the world.
Isn’t this man already dead? How many more death wishes he can ask for?