This is a note to Gujaratis who got upset and offended by my article, Narendra Modi and Adolf Hitler I.
Comparing Modi with Hitler does NOT automatically discredit or disgrace Gujaratis as many commenters have assumed. It does not automatically make them Nazis. That is a far-fetched extrapolation and I do not suggest this anywhere. I give three reasons.
One - I said the present day
Two - The readers have to understand that it was not just Nazis who voted Hitler into power. It was not Nazis alone who handed over power to Hitler. Many non-Nazis underestimated his single-focus on solving the Jewish Problem. They were quite happy with the other results that he promised to produce- a strong nation, a strong sense of nationhood, pride in nationhood, and the concept of nation-above-all. And many Germans, even those who did not share Nazi mindset have supported and accepted Hitler as their leader.
Alas, he came with a baggage, and that baggage that seemed to satisfy some fascists, which promised to ‘teach a lesson’ to these ‘traitors and back-stabbers’, turned the world into a nightmare. Even those Germans who detested what Hitler did became embroiled in that nightmare- even the nice Germans, even the women and kids, and even those who were not Nazis, they were all hijacked by the Nazi Germans and Hitler.
Many Gujaratis voted for Modi for ‘other reasons’ and not just for the cause of Hindutva alone. I do NOT believe that ALL Gujaratis, even those who voted for Modi, agree with Modi’s actions that followed Godhra incident. They are only ready to ignore these actions, the way most Indians wanted to ignore what happened in
Three - I do not assume that all Gujaratis voted for Modi. A good pe
Question to Gujaratis
If you are a Gujarati and if you got offended by my comparison, please ask yourself one question- Do you think what Modi did was right, when he stood by and gave free hand to the Hindu fanatics who wanted to seek revenge, by ensuring that the state administration and the apparatus abetted, aided and sometimes participated in the targeted killings of Gujarati people based on their identity?
If you think he was right, then yes, I do believe that you share some ideologies that coincide with fascists (that still does not qualify you as a Nazi). May be, its time you do some introspection, take some history lessons and try to reason what could go wrong in case your vote is hijacked by someone who has this capacity to push this sentiment too far.
If you think he was wrong, then please do spare me, I do not think you are part of this discussion.
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