September 3, 2013, 3:26 pm
Today, I am commenting on my own post on Mr. Modi. I have tried to include part of my blog page showing that I have had 277 visitors and 442 views in less than 24 hours. The highest before today was 210 views when anopinionatedman.com gave me a boost. That means that Mr. Modi is bigger than OM with his 23,000+ blog followers! I have learned that at least from my followers there is no in between with Mr. Modi. You either love or hate him. That is similar to tourists’ reaction to India…either love or hate it …no lukewarm. I have also had a young Indian quote George Washington to me. I have learned a lot about Indians and how passionately they feel about elections. I had read in Katherine Boo’s marvelous book about a slum in Mumbai , Behind the Beautiful Forevers, how the poorest of the poor look forward to voting and will stand happily in line for hours to exercise their right. When she asked them why, the reply was, “On election day we become equal with the rich men. One person , one vote!” In theory that is correct but I think that equality is only theoretical and not a practical truth. Money does talk, no matter the culture.
I am going to try and include the major sites that my Indian friends have sent me for easier reference . The documentary is a hard sight to watch , and I am sure a harder one to live through or die in. One blogger has referred to Mr. Modi as “Hitler” which ruffled my feathers. I personally think that the Hitler comparison is use too quickly and often today. I guess because my older brother was a paratrooper for the US, jumping into France the night before D-Day, wounded and died on the way to Britain….gives me some credibility of how and why I feel this way. I never knew George as I was born 2 years later, but I witnessed the lifelong suffering of my Mama to the day she died at 94 years because of losing her eldest son. I am thrilled at how interested young India is in the politics of the country and how well informed, and articulate they are. The cream of the crop….upcoming leaders nationally, and internationally! My generation was not allowed to vote until we were 21. That was in the 60s when many of our age group was off to fight and die in Viet Nam. We lobbied long and hard and the voting age was lowered to 18! Today, the statistics are given each election on how few of the youth of America vote now, and how ill informed they are with history or current events. At least the Indians who blog are quite the opposite! Good for you….I encourage all of you to do what you can to help those who are the weakest among you…be their voice, their hands, their hope. Get involved and use your wonderfully articulate words to inspire , encourage and, uplift those who need you. ‘
I have voted in every election since 1968, and I took my children with me as they grew older to learn a life lesson. They are continuing this tradition with my perfect grand babies. Voting is a gift, a privilege, and a responsibility. My hope is that the world’s largest democracy will lead the world as an example of this fundamental truth!
Namaste. . . . . ..This Is Incredible India!