Modi is a conviction politician who can think out-of-the-box and challenge conventional wisdoms http://t.co/UwLNwHEfam
— daniel duquenal (@danielduquenal) May 17, 2014
I thought maybe a little bit more thought from this Times of India quote could be interesting.
Far from me to sponsor a guy that comes to power in part due to his proclivities to stir communal violence through religious extremism. What I was thinking about is that the strategic mind of Modi is something that is clearly lacking in Venezuelan politicians these days. Or as I have written in other guises, only a conviction/principled politician that is not afraid to lose an election so as not to risk compromise on principles will be able once and for all to defeat chavismo and change Venezuela's mind set.
You need to understand that Congress in India is kind of an educated chavismo. Or rather closer to AD, of which chavismo is after all its very worst expression. It is a left leaning party that has not been afraid to use nationalism when needed, to curtail all sorts of human rights when needed, etc, etc. It is paradoxically too bad for them that once they started to see the light and participate in that BRICS creation, that they get the worst electoral punishment of their history.
Congress was also a leftist party against cast and privilege but that had no qualms to enshrine a political dynasty to the point of trying desperately to protect the latest heir who suffered such a stinging rebuke in this month long election. He was not even the Prime Minister candidate, he was just the campaign manager of Congress, so sure they were to lose the vote.
Of course, for all of its failing Congress remained democratic, there is no other way around in a multicultural giant. Any dictatorial attempt would have broken down the country as it nearly did when Indira played with fire. Congress was democratic enough to accept to lose this month by a landslide that may not have been that deserved. But politics are rarely forgiving.
Comparing Congress to PSUV and chavismo is of course an affront to Congress. But some trends are interesting, from those missing Chavez and already openly speaking of putting one his daughters to the front, to the intolerance in assuming that they are the only ones able to truly represent El Pueblo, the only ones able to avoid social chaos. Never mind that at first they went as far in their contempt as to present Maduro as Chavez "son".
Narendra Modi did find a way around such a leftist self righteousness that seemed to make it impossible to truly crush electorally Congress one day, just inflicting an occasional side stepping of the Gandhi family for a term by a lose coalition that was easily dismantled next election. If Narendra is partially successful in his ambitions he may have well ended for good Congress domination and sent the Gandhi back to Italy if needed.
And yet, a few months ago it was far from certain that Modi would pull such a feat: his principles, his vision, his convictions were repulsive to many. But he stuck to it, he gambled and it paid of. India now has for the first time in its history a bona fide right wing government that has a mandate to make deep changes, in spite of still a huge chunk of the population poor, rural, uneducated.
Again, the point here is not to side or howl at India's electoral result. My point is that Venezuela political wisdom makes it impossible for a conviction politician like Maria Corina Machado to rise to the top. And for those with some conviction, like Leopoldo Lopez, or Uslar Pietri decades ago, the political class is only too willing to ruin them at the very first opportunity. Congress mentality goes from the PSUV to PJ, and went from AD to COPEI, that is the big difference, there has never been a true opposition.
As long as Venezuela, all proportions guarded, will not create a conviction political party like BJP minus all the religious crap, at the very least, thee is no way that the country will durably change for the better, become a true democracy. On this respect my hat again to Congress for having allowed democracy to be so dramatically highlighted once again through the incredible electoral show offered the past month. We are so far from India, and not only in distance.....