The more hands I see of politicians the more I realize that politics attracts all kind of people. There isn't any particular talent or personality trait that appears to be necessary to become a politician! All one needs is the ambition to become one!
Narendra Modi, like some other politicians whose hands I have analyzed, appears to be an untypical politician. This is because his finger of Mercury is not as long as it should ideally be and it is low-set as well. He is not that shrewd, and at times that he can be quite
naïve. Sure, there is an improvement if one compares the passive and active hands. He has become more shrewd, probably due to the profession he entered. But inherently he still likes to speak straight and shoot from the hip. This is more evident in the shape of his thumb. Modi would do better if he was less blunt, more diplomatic.
Check out another photograph of Modi's hands here.
The major features of his hand are the strong Mount of Moon and Lower Mars as also Jupiter and Mercury, as opposed to a weak Upper Mars. He also has a longish palm, short and slightly bent fingers, conical rounded tips of the fingers, strong thumb.
There are two other aspects of his personality that strike one immediately on seeing his hand. One is that Narendra Modi is not particularly a people’s person and secondly, and also that he is extremely ambitious. This is evident not just in the shape of his hand, but also the limited breadth and height of his Mount of Venus and also his Heartline. He does seem to lack some inherent warmth of personality which can reach out to people. But in this aspect too his hand shows improvement as he grows older.
(Added later: This does not mean Narendra Modi is a bad man or is not affectionate, but his hand shows that he is reserved. To explain further, his personality is not one which can reach out by sheer warmth, and that is probably why he has reached out to people by his deeds.)
What do these qualities imply? Is Narendra Modi the kind of person who could have been a conspirator in the violence that took place in Gujarat in 2002? Is he the Merchant of Death as some people have dubbed him? Or has been falsely implicated because of circumstantial evidence and maligned for something which he was unable to control? This question will be answered as you read on.
Enjoys his solitude
His mount of Moon is dominant and this shows that Narendra Modi likes his solitude but he seems to have consciously tried to change this about himself because he is aware that for a politician it is not such a great quality. He seems to have been forced to change in fact, from about the mid-forties. However, it is not easy for him as in his heart of hearts he is not fond of networking and socializing. He likes his solitude, he loves nature.
He does not easily bond with people. One of the reasons for this is that he does not trust people easily, and at times imagines the worst of them. You can say, he has a kind of cynicism about people in his heart.
Modi is ambitious, has an ego, and likes power more than the average person. And he also has the habit of doing things very independently of what other people think. He is used to getting his own way, enjoys being in the centre of things, and can be quite controlling. These qualities are typical of a politician.
This does not mean that he is inflexible, however. In fact, he can be reasoned with, but it needs certain tactics. There is a method to tackle him, to convince him.
Oddly enough, when it comes to a push and a shove, Modi backs down. This is not necessarily a bad sign as it shows that he can be convinced. The other signs on the hand do not contradict this. He likes to avoid confrontation which he feels will weaken his position. He is not the person to ever do what Jaswant Singh did, openly defy the party. He has an ego, but it will not lead him to his Waterloo.
His thumb shows that he is a natural leader and his leadership is leadership with a purpose as he is a man with a vision. He is idealistic and has strong and purposeful views on how to take his team forward and he has the ability to execute his plans.
Flaws in his leadership
There is a catch here, however. Considering that he has average intelligence, and possible some changeability of thinking, it is important that he has the right advisors, and that he listens to them. But his arrogance can come in the way, and his impulsiveness and impressionability can lead him to do things he might regret later.
His plans, which are almost always grand, need to be more carefully thought out.
He has good business sense and is street smart. He has also a good imagination. He can become too serious about life sometimes and get into a brooding mood. He has a tendency to wallow in self-pity at times. He can become very critical of those around him and can be quite secretive too.
But now let’s get down to the real question:
Is he capable of committing genocide?
From his hands, it is evident that he is not an evil man or even a bad man. In fact, he has a lot of good in him. He does think of others (unlike L.K. Advani), especially the good of those he leads. As a politician, he does care for his people, and he has high ideals. He may not be a warm person, but he wants to do good. And he wants to be known for it.
His hands show that there is no way that he could have orchestrated the riots in Gujarat. There is nothing to show that he could derive any pleasure from the killing of innocent people. If anyone had given me this hand and asked me whether the owner of this hand has the capacity to commit a criminal act in his life I would have said a definite No.
But there is a catch. His character has flaws. They are:
He does not think all human beings are equal
He may not always stand up for what he believes is right because of an inherent dislike of confrontation
He does not have a broad love for humanity or a deep sensitiveness for people’s sufferings. He can be very kind and helpful, but to those whom he feels are worthy of it.
His ambition and impressionability can cloud his judgment.
He is impulsive and also manipulative.
He is not always logical.
People accuse him of fiddling when Gujarat was burning. None of us knows what actually happened, whether Modi was guilty by omission if not by commission, but one thing his hands do reveal – that it is possible that a weakness in his character led him temporarily to turn a blind eye to what was going on. Temporary blindness I would say, but not temporary madness. If he did not act on the rioters, he did it because of the inherent distancing... and not because of rage or hatred.
(Narendra Modi's photograph has been given to me by a blogger friend who has taken it out himself)
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