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Modi's Discourses

Narendra Modi’s address in a leadership summit held in 2007 highlights different threads of his “liberalism”. He talked about Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution to our struggle for Independence and noted that Gandhi converted this struggle into a people’s movement. Modi also preached a liberal variant of Hinduism. To put it in his own words: “Hinduism says that truth is one, but there can be several ways of finding it…Hinduism also says that each devotee sees God in his way.”

In his recent electoral deliberations, Modi is talking in the language of development, which has nothing to do with Gandhian ethos and popular tradition of Hinduism. He is expressing his concerns regarding economic growth, high inflation, foreign direct investment in retail, etc. And, he is projecting his bright image as the chief minister of a “strong and vibrant State” and as a “stickler for punctuality and discipline”.

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