Modi and BJP’s yesterday Varanasi show was all about making noise and grabbing headlines and eyeballs. He wanted to squeeze out the rally permission issue to the last drop, and he was also giving maximum airing to the “Caste” drama he had started just the previous day.
Amidst all this, Modi had done another unprecedented, obviously calculated act of “appeasement” he himself called it some time ago. He touched the feet of an elderly muslim! His final obeisance to a muslim came at Rohaniya, Varanasi where reports are claiming that muslims are mostly favoring AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal, Modi’s opponent here.
Colonel Nizamuddin, 107 was a member of the Azad Hind Fauj run by Subha sh Chandra Bose. He was his guard, driver and close aid. He came back to India in 1969, but kept his identity closed till 2001. Even after the world knew about his contributions to the struggle for independence, the Indian government did not start any attempts to honor him by giving him due recognition. The efforts finally started in 2013. He will soon be certified an freedom fighter, and will get all privileges associated with the tag.
But Modi had once again given him a place in the history when he touched his feet. After all, it is the same Modi who refused to wear the muslim skull cap refusing it as an act of empty “appeasement!”
Poll ploy or not, this photo op will be used again and again by BJP for sure!