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Modi the showman

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a very clever communicator. He spoke about Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Donald Bradman and Shane Warne for connecting with the Melbourne crowd. Modi is doing well by interacting with overseas Indians but he has been alienating party leaders like Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the communists etc. The PM seems to say, I have friends in foreign countries and I don’t need you. He will now return to India and encash his popularity overseas in the forthcoming assembly elections scheduled to be held in Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand.

People will be impressed with Modi and say, “Yeh to videsh ke raja bangaye, to hum bhi inhen vote Karen.” BJP will say, look, Modi has won Australia so now investments will start coming to India. After Raj Kapoor, Modi seems to have become the greatest showman. Don’t be surprised, if tomorrow if he accepts a lead role in a film. He might be doing the right job as the Indian people forget about their problems when they see mirage or spectacle created by the show man. Modi is taking photos, selfies, using mobile phones and is aware that youth are fond of it.

We have read reports about a Saudi young man who divorced his wife because she was talking on mobile all the time and ignoring the texts forwarded by him on Whatsapp despite reading them. While commuting in suburban trains, I notice almost everyone plugging his ear phones to the mobile phones. We are not interested in learning and working but enjoying fantasy and that is why now there is talk of about 100 per cent FDI in railways. It is bound to happen because most of the railways were built by the British. We only renamed Victoria Terminus to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Most of the bridges were constructed during the British reign. Thus 100 per cent FDI means, please come and rebuild the railways as now we are not afraid of the East India company. You develop the railways while we will vote and create hung assemblies as we specialize in this.

The AAP can spoil BJP’s prospects of forming a government in Delhi to a large extent if they make a sincere effort this time. I have always been critical of AAP but Sonia and Rahul are forcing me to grudgingly accept the reality that Kejriwal is the only one to match the cunningness of Modi. He is also an expert in fooling the masses. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are doing great disservice to India by not allowing a credible and serious opposition to take shape, so vital for the functioning of the democracy.

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