The story of Prithviraj Chauhan and Muhammad Ghori has a strong relevance today, ahead of the results of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Ghori’s obsession was India, which he attacked savagely many times, though he was first routed in present day Gujarat by Rajputs and again in Kayadara near Mount Abu, in 1178 A.D. where again he was resoundingly defeated.
He then decided to enter India through a different route and first encountered Prithviraj Chauhan at the battle of Taraori in 1191. Prithviraj’s cavalry charged and routed the Muslim cavalry and captured Ghori.
Ghori begged for his life and Prithviraj allowed him to go, despite his generals begging him not to do so.
And surely enough, the following year Ghori came back. Prithviraj advanced with his army and sent a letter to Ghori, asking him to turn back as he had been defeated the previous year and was spared his life.
Ghori replied that he was in India on the orders of his brother, Ghiasuddin, and that he could only retreat after he got a word from his brother.
This letter was sent in the evening and after sending the letter Ghori moved his camp back a few kilometers to feign retreat. On receiving this letter and seeing Muhammad move his camp back Prithviraj assumed that Ghori got the message and was retreating.
But Ghori knew that Rajputs did not fight in the night but only after sun had come up. Thus, Ghori treacherously attacked in the early morning hours when Prithviraj and his army were sleeping and was able to win this one battle.
Prithviraj was captured, beaten up and taken in chains to Ghor in Afghanistan There, he was presented before Ghori and he fearlessly looked straight into his captor’s eyes.
Ghori ordered him to lower his eyes. A defiant Prithviraj scornfully told him how he had treated well Ghori as a prisoner and that the eyelids of a Rajputs eyes are lowered only in death. On hearing this, Ghori flew into a rage and ordered that Prithviraj's eyes be burnt with red hot iron rods.
Prithviraj was regularly brought to the court to be taunted by Ghori and his courtiers and ultimately put to death. Thus ended the story of the brave but unrealistic Prithviraj Chouhan.
There is absolutely no doubt that Narendra Modi is going to become India’s next Prime Minister.
Will he, like Prithviraj Chauhan, forgive Sonia Gandhi, who has been mercilessly going after him for the last ten years, using shamelessly and ruthlessly the arms of the law - the CBI, the IB, the judiciary, compliant judges, the Election Commission, etc. ?
Don’t laugh: Mr Vajpayee did it before him. He came to power and could have done anything he wanted, but he gave orders that Sonia Gandhi be left alone.
His Man Friday, Brajesh Mishra, is even said to have rescued Rahul Gandhi, when he was detained in Boston. Did it earn Sonia Gandhi’s gratitude? Not at all! The BJP lost the next elections, as Prithrivaj lost his next battle to Ghauri and Mrs Gandhi efficiently and ruthlessly went all out after the BJP and Narendra Modi.
This is not about good or bad, as in the American cartoons. There is no absolute evil.
Certainly Sonia Gandhi has qualities, otherwise she would not have earned so much respect from her peers in the Congress. But its still about truth and Dharma.
The values Mrs Gandhi stands for – westernization, socialism, anti-Hinduism, Marxism - are values which are inimical to India and harmful to Her interests.
Even if she is not in power anymore, she will be there watching and waiting in her fortress of 10 Janpath, and the dynasty syndrome which grips India, will allow Rahul to take over.
Even if Rahul is not there, Priyanka might become the darling of Indians, always in love with the scions of their rulers,however worthless they are and incumbency, boredom desire of change, might allow the Congress to come back another time
It is thus important that Narendra Modi goes after Sonia Gandhi once the BJP is in power.
There are plenty of legal justifications to do so: Priyanka’s husband alone has unethically multiplied his fortune by 600 times in a few years.
Moreover, this family who has ruined India since independence, and it has ruthlessly been after Hindus, side-lining them, ostracizing them, imprisoning their gurus, allowing Islamists to bomb their temples and kill them.
The danger is that once Mr Narendra Modi becomes PM and comes to Delhi, it’s a whole different game from Gujarat.
Here in this luxury ghetto that is Delhi, there will be so many buffers between him and the people of India, not only because of security concerns, but also because of the Nehruvian power apparatus, which he won’t be able to get rid off so easily.
Finally because Delhi is an artificial capital, far away physically and psychologically from the South and Central India.
This is why a couple of us friendly journalists have suggested to him, as I had proposed to Mr Vajpayee and Advani (who had accepted the idea, but never implemented it, with the results that you know) that he should constitute an independent Advisory Committee of journalists, which will consist of twelve members, friendly to the causes of the BJP, but not affiliated to any party.
They will provide him with an outside window on how the people of India feel about his government once he is in power.
The BJP’s last tenure has proved three things: 1) That the Indian (and foreign press) do not really reflect the people’s sentiments; 2) That at some point the BJP lost sight of the Indian voters’ sentiments. 3) That the BJP tried to please the Indian press and foreign media (and failed).
This committee should meet with the PM and his Cabinet once a month and its criticism or suggestions should be taken (or not) into account.
The mandate of each member is for one year, to be renewed at his discretion.
May God protect Mr Modi and the mistake of Prithivaj Chauhan be not made again.