“Aid is given regardless of race, creed or nationality of the recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind. Aid priorities are calculated on basis of need alone.”
[Principle of Code of Conduct for International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Response Programmes.]
Narendra Modi has again hit the headlines. This time with his tall claims of ‘Rambo’ style rescue of around 15,000 stranded Gujaratis from Uttarakhand. At first look one may think this is a great job done by Modi, at a time when Central and Uttarakhand government are being blamed for poor state of disaster relief. But Modi’s claim itself exposes and brings onto surface one of his inborn quality: bias.
The objectives of humanitarian action are to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity during and in the aftermath of manmade crisis and natural disasters. Humanitarian relief and assistance during disasters should be based on four humanitarian principle- neutrality, impartiality, independence and humanity. These principles require that humanitarian aid be provided impartially to civilians, on the sole criterion of need, without distinction as to their origin or belief. Humanitarian principles also highlights that relief assistance should not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint. Modi’s so called ‘relief operation’ has overlooked and disregarded these basic and golden humanitarian principles and selectively targeted to help Gujaratis. It had been always said that a person shows his/her true colours during a crisis. Modi has again showed his true dirty colours of partiality and biasness.
Narendra Modi has been always accused of having discriminatory and biased attitude in both his administrative and developmental works. Now, the rescue claim of 15,000 Gujarati’s have exposed Modi’s lie about equality. Modi’s fascist tendencies have always come to forefront in his administrative capabilities, but his crooked and good orator skills never made these in manifested form. The Gujarat genocide is one such example. The genocide happened under his nose and with his blessings, but he crookedly maneuvered from responsibility by changing the scenario and putting himself as a victim. The whole fake encounter episode which was orchestrated under the supervision of Modi was nothing more than a drama to make himself a terror victim and distract the public and media attention from his role in genocide.
There is no doubt that Modi’s claim of rescuing 15,000 Gujaratis in such a short span is sheer exaggeration. This recent claim is again a PR stunt by Modi aiming at 2014 elections and or Prime Minister’s chair. But what is more dangerous is Modi’s partiality and biasness, with sheer disregard to humanitarian principles, when humanity calls for help. During a disaster, human being need help to stay alive and stay safe and any distinction or discrimination in providing assistance to needy is a crime against humanity.