Modi‘s “goodwill gesture.”???
Modi‘s “goodwill gesture.”???
Bharatiya Janta Party had proved wrong all the political analysts and pre-polls surveys predicting split mandate and a fragile government as a result of Indian general elections 2014, by coming up with clear simple majority single-handedly securing 282 seats and convincing strength with the coalition partners at 336 in Lok Sabha(Lower House of Parliament).
It was for the first time in past almost three decades that any government in India is formed with such a convincing mandate and that too by BJP which itself come up with record historic win both by the party as well as with the coalition partners in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Now once again the Muslims across India are frightened to see such a heavy mandate with the party known for its Hindu extremist views, particularly the extremist tendencies in Narendra Modi, which he had spelled out in his public addresses and through his acts as chief minister of Indian Gujrat. Now he is going to step in the office of Prime Minister of ‘secular India’ and political analysts feared that if he would continue treading on the same path he would definitely land the biggest democracy in the world in great trouble, which is amalgamation of so many cultures and religions, with around 25 crore Muslims alone (more than the total population of Pakistan) inhabiting the country of over 1.25 billion people.
But many a political analyst and those tracking Modi’s political voyage, from a tea boy to the Prime Minister’s House, are of the view that he would not do anything which would dent the secular face of multi-religious and multi-ethnic India, because he knew it well that his party and its allies are given such a big mandate by Indian public, including a large number of Muslims, in the hope that Modi would replicate the economic success story of Gujrat in whole of India and help end the vows of the people who are groaning under burden of blatant corruption under the Congress rule and the overall in shambles national economy.
Under his rule Gujrat had seen unprecedented economic growth and when the national economy was nose-diving the economic growth rate in Gujrat was 11 per cent. It was the pivot on which Modi had built his elections campaign pledging the people of India to replicate the economic growth model of Gujrat in whole of India and change the plight of common people if voted to power.
Political and economic experts said that without bringing peace in the region and de-escalating tension with Pakistan New Delhi could not meet such a high economic growth rate targets and unless and until Pakistan would provide it with safe economic corridor to Central Asia the dream of revival of Indian economy would remain a dream.
Now with these targets and aims in mind Modi could not afford to fan ethnic or religious hatred in India or land in any controversy, which could derail and distract him from his real goal of economic revival.
Keeping in view this thing in mind when Government of Pakistan strongly reacted to one of his elections campaign address wherein he had threatened hot pursuit against Indian enemies hiding in Pakistan, Modi had sent his personal emissary to Pakistan to pacify things to avoid any damage to him in the elections.
Now once again he (Modi) reciprocated Mian Nawaz Sharif’s goodwill gesture of greeting him on his elections by inviting Premier Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony due on May 26 giving the signal that he wanted to live like a good neighbour with Islamabad.
On the other hand Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) government also wanted to have good relations with India and besides restarting the composite dialogue Mian Nawaz Sharif seemed inclined not to make Kashmir dispute hurdle in enhancing trade links with India.
PML-N government is also striving for the revival of national economy facing many odds right now and opening up of trade with India would provide breathing space to them and that is the reason soon after assuming office of Prime Minister in June 2013 PML-N government hectically took up the economic agenda with India and was almost prepared to grant most favoured nation status to India but the matter was deferred on the intervention of some ‘hidden powers’ on the pretext that let the new government in India come.
Now with the same agenda of both the governments in India and Pakistan the chances of tension between the two nuclear weapon carrying neighbours reduced to minimal and both the sides would move forward to help each other in promoting regional trade setting aside the contentious issues for the time being.
Many a Political analysts are of the views that in days to come both the countries would likely restart the composite dialogue with main focus on fortifying the trade relations for the collective benefit of the peoples of both the countries. And in the process the resolution of some of the contentious disputes between the two sides could not be ruled out.
By: Syed Abid Gillani