Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Narendra Modi, 15th Prime Minister of India

My Articles  about Modi, more at http://MikeGhouseforIndia.blogspot.com
Please do read the caveat down below the artice. 


Skepticism is good and without which nothing good can come, and I understand the concerns people have. Over the years, I have learned and spent hundreds of hours researching and writing, listening to his speeches and understanding him. I do connect with him now, and I will stick my neck out and say, things will get better under Modi Sarkar, good days are coming for every Indian regardless of his or her affiliation. 

The real conflicts are not between Hindus, Muslims, Dalits, Christians, Sikhs, Jains and others, but between two mindsets.  India has two kinds of people;  the ones who cherish unity, and the others who relish divisiveness;   the ones who believe in freedom, and the others who want to restrict the rights of others; one who believes that all others should surrender to their whims of the majority, and the other believe that every individual is equal; ones who believe minding their own business and the others who meddle in how others live.

Every Indian should have the freedom to breathe, eat, drink, wear and believe whatever the hell he or she wants,  then the pragati (prosperity) will be sustainable. If people fight over these issues, our constitution should put them in their place for the common good of Indians.

I must give credit to NDTV - their debates are based on respect for every human, and have defended he undefended and voiceless.  They are good for India and I applaud them.
Thank you
Jai Hind


Mike Ghouse
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Shashi Tharoor and Mike Ghouse on Narendra Modi
Is there an Indian who does not want to hear the following statements from his national leader?

These are just a few of many such positive, upbeat statements from Mr. Narendra Modi.
Indeed, Modi is the first Indian leader to have articulated a plan on hygiene and sanitation. Nearly half a billion people in India relieve themselves in open fields, and recent rapes have been partially attributed to a lack of toilets, private and public.
When Shashi Tharoor and I heard the above statements in a variety of expressions, we understood their depth and praised them. Even if Modi did not mean them, let the man define himself and live up to it. He has a reputation for discipline, and in less than 10 days he straightened the parliamentary offices; if they know Modi is making the rounds, they clean up the offices and get their acts together. After all, Modi has said, invoking Mahatma Gandhi, that "governments are just the guardians of the people's interests; they are only trustees of the nation's resources, and nothing more."

Here are couplets from a poem I wrote in the Urdu-Hindi language, followed by an English translation, to show the power of engagement:
"Engagement bhi Ek nirali chhez hai dosto
Hum logon ko sanbhalte huway dekheinge
("Engagement is a wonderful thing, my friends.
We will witness people making mends.")
"Khuda bhi jab insaan ko hidayat deta hai
Hum Modi ko Gandhi hotay huway dekheinge
("Whenever God gives guidance to a man,
we will witness Modi becoming Gandhi-like.")
The accusations leveled against me and Tharoor is that we have changed. We have not! It is actually Modi who has changed, taking a 180-degree turn, and every Indian should welcome it as we do.

Continued at Huffington Posthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/shashi-tharoor-and-i-on-narendra-modi_b_5461582.html#es_share_ended # # #

Mr. Narendra Modi's hypothetical Speech : Inclusive Development

May 23, 2014 , Dallas, Texas - This is the biggest historic moment in the world of governance. Never in the history of mankind, there has ever been an individual freely elected to govern by such a huge mandate, the largest number of people on the earth have voted Mr. Narendra Modi to lead the democratic Republic of India.  On Monday, May 26, 2014, Mr. Modi will take the oath of office of the Prime Minister of India. The theme of his speech would be simple: inclusive development. 
Mr. Narendra Modi will deliver one of his most memorable speeches on Monday, May 26, 2014 upon taking the oath of office of the Prime Minister of India, and I am going hypothesize the contents of his speech based on my embryonic understanding of him firmed up over the last few weeks. 

Submitted for publication on Friday, May 23, 2014 - Published at

Mike Ghouse is an Indian American Public Speaker, thinker and a writer committed to offer pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.
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Derailing the Modi train

While Modi is committed to fixing the ills of India, the men at Hindu Heritage Forum are determined to derail the Modi train, unless we dialogue with them, the journey becomes difficult for every one.  I am willing to take the lead and hope my Hindu, Muslim, Dalit, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain friends will join me in the dialogue. I believe 90% of the Signatories of the GHHF letter are good people, signing the letter blindly.

# # #Indians will be safer under Modi Sarkar

Skepticism is good and without which nothing good can come, and I understand the concerns people have, and I will stick my neck out and say, things will get better under Modi Sarkar, good days are coming for every Indian regardless of his or her affiliation.

The safety of our women folk (all women visiting from other nations and Indians including Burqa clad Muslims) will improve. It's time we take pride in our heritage of respecting the women. We have shamelessly become the rape capital of the world, and it has to change and I believe Modi has the ability to do it. 


Congratulations Mr. Narendra Modi!


A few Muslims and Christians may find it difficult to read the phrase, “Congratulations Mr. Modi”- they feel a sense of betrayal in congratulating the “Butcher of Gujarat” or Hindutva forces that “raped the Nuns”.  The Muslim-Christian apprehensions are indeed legitimate and need to be addressed,  and I hope Mr. Modi will take this up and bring a closure to this.  

On his part, Mr. Modi has made statements to include every Indian, "sab ka sath, sab ka vikas" - i.e., together, everyone's prosperity.  I hope and pray that he will stand by his words. 
Meanwhile, we have to move forward.  

The time to argue and challenge was lost on May 12, 2014. Whatever needed to be done should have been done at the ballot, and the Modi won the ballot.  An overwhelming majority of Indians chose to trust his words about inclusive development, and on his part,  he has stayed away from communalizing the elections process, which invariably appealed to the voters. We have to honor the verdict of the people of India, and it does not mean we cannot differ and continue to seek redressing the injustices to fellow Indians, but rather work as a team to solve the problems of the nation and uplift the common man, as opposed to spending our time in tearing each other apart with nothing to gain. 

The Dalits, Muslims and Christians have voted for Modi in similar percentages as the mainstream Hindu and other communities have, those are the hard numbers
. Dalits have clearly abandoned their Rakhwala's (claimants and protectors) and voted for Modi. Likewise the good polls predicted Muslims could influence the outcomes for 222 MP's, and they did, not the congress or Samajawadi party, but Modi.  Congress and SP's should have won over 150 seats clearly if they had the Muslim and Dalit support, which they did not.  In fact, Modi has earned an inclusive mandate from all communities.  This needs to be dug deeper. We have to look at his statements in the last phase of the elections. In numerous interviews Mr. Modi has done what was needed to be done – articulate his vision for one India and inclusive growth. 
The past has to come to an end, and for most Indians, it ended on May 16, and from the 17th  a new era of action has begun. We have to go forward and focus on nation building .  
On my part,  I pledge to give my support in building a cohesive India, where no Indian is denied equal access, opportunity and justice to become a participant and a contributor to the overall growth of the nation, and more importantly no Indian has to live in fear of the other. I will be happy to part take in such efforts as needed, as my sacred duty to my motherland.   

A full op-ed is in the writing, and I hope to articulate the need to support Mr. Modi, while seeking redressing of justice for the victims of Gujarat Massacre. He also wants justice and will remain innocent until proven guilty of direct involvement.  

Congratulations Mr. Modi, the Indians have placed their trust in you, and now it is up to you to provide the leadership in building prosperity and bring cohesion to the children of India.

Mike Ghouse, is a Public Speaker, thinker and a writer committed to offer pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.
Thank you
Jai Hind


Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916 text/talk

India's Modi on His Best Behavior: Can We Trust Him? (5/9/14)

We criticize individuals with the idea of wanting them to reset their course and get back on the righteous path of justice, humility, truth and respect for every life. Here is an effort to invoke Mr. Modi to follow "rajdharma," or good governance. Democracy and pluralism (i.e., respecting the otherness of others) runs in our veins, so let's have faith in our system. If Mr. Modi fails us, we can dump him through ballot or a no-confidence vote, as we did with Indira Gandhi and Vajpayee. To attain greatness and a place in the annals of history, Mr. Modi has a lot more to prove than we can demand. Continued at Huffington Post -http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/indias-modi-on-his-best-behavior-can-we-trust-him_b_5280892.html#es_share_ended 
India's experiment with clean politics (3/13/2014)
Years ago, India ranked # 1 on the list of corrupt nations in the world, and today it is not. Despite the economic, social, cultural frictions we have, we are inherently a pluralistic democracy.http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2014/03/indias-experiment-with-clean-politics.html
Modi's Nakshatras are not in his favor (12/23/13)

Narendra Modi's Nakshatras (stars) are not in his favor, and the Grahan (eclipse) is hovering over him like a dark shadow casting its Rahu Kala (inauspicious times). His run for the Prime Ministership is ashubh (unlucky) for the 2014 elections. We recommend him to withdraw from the race, finish the current term as the Chief Minister of the state and lay a solid foundation for the next run.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Narendra-Modi-s-Nakshatras-by-Mike-Ghouse-Anti-christian_Bharatiya-Janata-Party_Business_Congress-131227-999.html -  It was also published as an interview at Saudi Gazette.http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140227196984
India's future, Narendra Modi and moving forward (11/04/13)

Unfortunately, the majoritarian attitudes of a few harm India's harmony and adversely affect her prosperity. They harass, threaten and use violence to teach the minorities, women and the weak how to behave, and put them in their place. It is like letting the air out of one of the tires, hurting all of us in the end.
The 1984 Sikh Genocide, the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992, burning of Hindu Passengers in Godhra and Massacre of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, the rapes of Nuns, Dalits and destruction of Churches are among the ugly cruelties we have witnessed since independence in 1947. It is a shameful blot on the civility of our Mother; India.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/indias-future-narendra-mo_b_4177079.html
Another 25 Pieces are written prior to it - they are all in Google search, http://MikeGhouseforIndia.blogspot.com and Sulekha.com

How it all began:
I have been a severe critic of Mr. Modi, and have written and published articles ever since the Gujarat genocide. It started out with organizing a public demonstration against the riots in the first week of March 2002 in front of the old court house in Downtown Dallas.  This was followed by hosting events to show the horrors of the Massacre with Shabnam Hashmi and others to a program to commemorate the  Gujarat Genocide in a public forum on January 26, 2014 as a part of the 7th annual Holocaust and Genocides event.  

Some of my fellow Hindu Indians (friends at one time)  in Dallas and on forums across the world started hating me and my presence without understanding that someone or the other has to speak up, and some of the hardcore Hindutva fanatics still do, they have clearly not understood the essence of democracy is to give voice to differing opinions and to stand up for the discriminated ones.   

Then some of the Muslims started hating me intensely for my endorsement of Vajpayee’s call to Muslims to join the BJP. 
We have to be engaged in the society – the answer is as simple as that. None of us can live in pens and expect the world to know us, and us to know others. Quran clearly calls the best one among us are those who "know" each other, knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of a different point of view - then comes the peace.
You and I have the freedom today because people have opposed and stood up against a singular way of thinking and shunning diversity.  Diversity of thought and expression is a necessity to build cohesive societies. 

A lot of articles have been written since then, some preserved at 
Sulekha.com and athttp://MikeGhouseforIndia.blogspot.com

C A V E A T   E M P T O R
I have been critical of Mr. Modi ever since Gujarat Massacre took place in 2002, and have been an activist and written extensively about the policies to govern. I have consistently sought justice for the victims of Gujarat and restoration of their livelihood and recommended on building desegregated societies for the ultimate good of India, but rarely have I sought the pound of flesh. In the last two weeks, however, I have written optimistic notes about Mr. Modi, based on his interviews and his speeches.  In the coming 100 days, IF I see his actions match his good words, and he does some praischit as a part of the raj dharma, I will admire that human quality in him, and would believe that he has the potential to be become one of the visionaries of India like Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru who was instrumental in building a stable democracy, that his daughter could not undo. Because of my write ups, I continue to lose a few my friends and that is ok, I don't need friends like that. We have to learn to live with our differences, and my commitment remains  building cohesive pluralistic societies and I like the new found inclusive language of Modi.

Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, IslamIsraelIndiainterfaith, and cohesion at work place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. He believes in Standing up for others and a book with the same title is coming up. Mike has a strong presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News; fortnightly at Huffington post; and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes all his work through many links.

Other's Articles with my comments

PM Narendra Modi insists on Vegetarian food?
Firstly, congratulations to Prime Minister Modi for choosing the vegetarian menu, one should eat and drink what one is comfortable with and making that known is good. India should never follow lower standards of civility like the Taliban Nation or ISIS, instead it should look up to the US Standards where one can eat, drink, wear or believe whatever the hell one wants to believe.
Continued at: http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2014/08/prime-minister-narendra-modi-insists-on.html 

PM Modi's speech on 68th Independence day
The following piece has two parts, first part is PM's speech on independence day with notes laden with key phrases he used, it was an excellent speech given the exclusive background he is raised with, indeed, he has come a long ways.  The 2nd part shows his lack of inclusivism in his speech - he was raised in an irresponsible exclusivist education system that does not promote cohesiveness.
Continued: http://mikeghouseforindia.blogspot.com/2014/08/prime-minister-modis-speech-on-68th.html 


Will Narendra Modi defend free speech?

Freedom of speech is the God given right of every human, and no one should have the power to tell what others can think, speak or believe.   Freedom should be absolute and free, when it becomes discretionary, it leads to mismanagement and abuse.  I feel certain, that he will say the following in a few days
Continued -

Democracy is alive in Indian Parliament

I have criticized Mr. Asaduddin Owaisi in the past and will continue to do so for his approach. However, given that there is no spineful opposition in our parliament, we need to admire him for being critical of the government and question them. I am sure Modi will speak up about it, and I hope and pray that he values dissent - the foundation of democracy.  

Narendra Modi, wants to take out the trash

Another feather in Modi's cap.

Modi is doing well in articulating a range of developments. As cleaning up the Cities goes forward, most of us Indians living in the west, would be the happiest people on the earth to visit the motherland.  We have gotten used to a cleaner hygienic way of life here, and this is a welcome call by Modi.

Don't you think other guys could not have done this? Don't you think any Chief Minister in India can do this? They can, they don't have the vision or the leadership that Modi is showing. Modi is getting to be an all rounder. 
Continued - 

Inclusion is the key theme of Narendra Modi's first Lok Sabha Speech

And this is what Modi has said in the following piece
“In a democracy, criticisms are for betterment, and they should happen. Allegations are bad but criticism is never bad. We are ready for all criticism as criticism is the essence of democracy,” Modi said. 

This sounds so much like my writing, I wrote an identical note at 
DallasIndians@yahoogroups.com today.

Narendra Modi's disastrous failure

Mr. Narendra Modi has severely disappointed the nation in his first two weeks in the office. Is his talk about about safety and security of women folks bullshit? Look at his record, he tweets every little thing to be known as a great communicator, what the hell has happened to him? 

Continued -  http://mikeghouseforindia.blogspot.com/2014/06/narendra-modis-shameful-failures-in.html 

Narendra Modi may have evolved into Modi 2.0
I have always liked Shashi Tharoor, another Pluralistic Indian.  A few of his interviews I have watched on NDTV could have been my take as well.   Here is an article he wrote in Huffington Post on June 3, 2014.  “How Narendra Modi May Have Evolved into 'Modi 2.0'” the article  is appended below.  His analysis is identical to mine. 


Derailing the Modi train

While Modi is committed to fixing the ills of India, the men at Hindu Heritage Forum are determined to derail the Modi train, unless we dialogue with them, the journey becomes difficult for every one. This piece is on the left column of this page.

Aap Ki Adalat May- it's an eye opener (5/25/14)
It is worth watching, it is indeed  transformational, its almost like an agenda to move forward and gives me a lot of hope for India.  Each paragraph I have constructed in my op-ed is reflected in the show above.

Aap Ki adalat may -Video in Hindi/Urdu (1 Hour)

Indian Muslims Welcome Modi's (5/24/14)
Indian Muslims have been forthright and have made the right statements. There is no need to fear, our democracy is far stronger than anyone. I am glad to read these statements. I have welcomed and congratulated Mr. Modi and hope he will steer the country in the right direction -
Continued -http://mikeghouseforindia.blogspot.com/2014/05/indian-muslims-welcome-narendra-modis.html 

Modi's Foreign Policy (5/23/14)

Modi has the passion to leave his legacy, he wants to put his stamp on India.  He will turn things around in foreign policy - he will find a place for India in the UN Security Council, the first step is to have the ability to have good relations with the neighbors to pave the way for that role, and he is going to do that. He will breakthrough and establish newer relationships with our neighbors and Japan.

Continued - http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2014/05/pakistan-china-and-japan-to-receive.html    

A Letter to PM Modi by Ali Khan (5/22/14)

What Ali Khan did was fulfill the duty of a responsible citizen to point out the flaws, so India can be flawless, that is Patriotism and we need to reward this guy for writing such a letter. Indeed, a true patriotic Indian is the one who takes the responsibility to tear down the government policies, if they are wrong, no matter who they are, God, Gandhi, Pundit Nehru or Narendra Modi.  Here is my response to an Indian right winger:

Modi will respond to Harassment of Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy (5/20/14)

A few hoodlums have harassed Dr. Ananthamurthy for disagreeing with the Mr. Modi's policies. He eventually had to seek Police protection. I expect Mr. Modi to address this in his opening speech, that no one can harass a fellow Indian in the name of BJP Party, in that case we will punish them as BJP workers and also as a under criminal code for harassing fellow Indians. 

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Narendra Modi's speech on Good governance (5/19/14)

This is one of the best speeches Modi has delivered on good governance and a developmental economic model. Some may say that someone else may have written it, that is fine, but he has owned it by delivering it so eloquently and I hope he means every word of it. 
Continued - http://foundationforpluralism.blogspot.com/2014/05/narendra-modis-speech-on-good.html  
US Policy on Modi needs to Change (5/16/14)

I do hope, President Obama puts his differences aside, and values the verdict of the people of India, it is not a simple majority, it is a huge majority. Let's give Modi a chance and trust our democracy and support him in his plans - as he has articulated it in his interview time and again. http://mikeghouseforindia.blogspot.com/2014/05/us-policy-on-india-and-modi-needs-to.html

The bigger news of Modi is India wins (5/16/14)
The bigger news is that “India has won” as Modi has put it. An ordinary person has made it to the top, that is the sign of a true democracy, and it’s a positive motivation to the common Indian man – A chai wallah can make it so I one can make it too, if I have the dedication and commitment to do it.http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-bigger-news-of-modi-win.html

Time Magazine changed the Times man of the year (4/23/14)
TIME heeded to Mike's activism on the issue and has now removed the 6 million votes generated from Modi's autobots that were cast yesterday. In the final result now on display at the TIME 100 Poll page, Arvind Kajriwal has been declared the winner and Modi now has voted as the most disliked person in the list with the largest number of NO votes.http://time.com/73538/indian-politician-arvind-kejriwal-wins-time-100-readers-poll/
Modi, Kejriwal become Time's 'most influential' people thanks to dodgy poll and online fan club (4/23/14)

Dallas-based multi-faith peace activist Mike Ghouse says he did exactly that to confirm his suspicion, clicking several times from the same computer to record multiple votes. "This is a serious issue of integrity of the Time Magazine," he said in an email. "Can Time audit its computers to determine how many clicks have come from the same computer?" Obviously, the online battle has no bearing on reality. But the winner will take home the momentary bragging rights of being "elected" Time magazine's most influential person in the world, even though the more important verdict will come on May 16. 

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