Sardar Patel Stadium renamed
On Monday, the Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Motera got renamed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Swayamsevak from the RSS (Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh). Like the Nehru-Gandhi family naming any and every institution after their names and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati establishing her statues across Uttar Pradesh when she was Chief Minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have also fallen into this narcissism trap or the I, Me, Myself thought process.
Don’t listen to cheerleaders!
Some Modi cheerleaders are coming out with the statistics of Nehru-Indira-Rajiv named institutions to justify the renaming of Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera to Narendra Modi Stadium by the President of India. This is just defending an indefensible act and sheer sycophancy which was not expected from a person belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP got accepted in India due to people’s anger towards the Congress party and its sycophancy to the Nehru-Gandhi family. Et tu Modi?
BJP was always at the forefront of the Nehru-Gandhi family’s naming spree of institutions and Mayawati’s self-statue making syndrome.
Politicians, stay out of Cricket
Many still can’t digest why Narendra Modi agreed to this decision of the Gujarat Cricket Association. Has power changed his mindset? It must be interesting to note that Modi’s lieutenant Home Minister Amit Shah was seen rejoicing at this name changing of the stadium. Amit Shah’s weakness for cricket administration and installing his son Jay Shah at the money-spinning Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has its share of controversy. His son’s sudden elevation as BCCI Secretary is an abuse of power and goes to prove my point about the horrible nexus that exists between Bollywood, Cricket and Politicians . When looked at together, these incidents indicate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have fallen fully into the coterie of the cheerleading gang. It is unfortunate to see the fall of a man who got the mandate of the people from mid-2014 for a “New India” fall for sycophants’ tripe.
Going against the RSS’s ideology
BJP was always at the forefront of the Nehru-Gandhi family’s naming spree of institutions and Mayawati’s self-statue making syndrome. Power corrupts and absolute power makes corrupts absolutely. In a nutshell, this incident of naming a stadium in the name of Narendra Modi has totally dented the image of BJP, which originates from the RSS which strongly advocates against such sheer nonsense.
It is also a slap on Sardar Patel and his achievements in uniting 556 small, medium, and large fiefdoms into a single voice that is India now. Hopefully, this change in mindset has not come from so many ex-Congressis that claims BJP as their home.
Hear Scientist and Political Commentator Anand Ranganathan‘s views on renaming Sardar Patel stadium in Motera after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This is the moment in sycophancy steeplechase when the Congress looks over its shoulder and sees the BJP catching up.
In accepting a stadium bearing his name Modi has not so much dishonored Patel’s legacy but, rather, his own.
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) February 24, 2021