PM Modi is an excellent orator. Oratory is Modi’s great talent, a gift that very few politicians are blessed with. His command over several languages was praiseworthy. Modi is reckoned among the likes of great orators like Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Adolf Hitler. Modi’s journey from a chai wala at Gujarat platform to making his residence at 7, Race Course Road defines a lot about his leadership qualities. He appreciates those who work hard by monitoring their performance on day to day basis. Modi sets an example for his ministers during times of uncertainty and provides reassurance to them.
Everyone knows the fact that 11 years ago when PM Modi was a Chief Minister of Gujarat state, he was denied a diplomatic visa under 214 (b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The denial was on grounds of “severe violations of religious freedom.” However, the same Modi, the dynamic PM, addressed the US Congress for over 45 minutes in a speech that saw nine standing ovations and several rounds of applause. He is one the most popular PM of India who has ever known and whatever he or his government does, he makes sure that the whole country knows about it. Often accused of being a one-man show, one cannot deny his skills in the public presentation which he has mastered over the years.
With the addition of crowd-pleasing optics, artfully chosen backdrops and his inherent histrionics, his every speech becomes a spectacle, a conversation piece and an invitation to search for hidden meanings. In contemporary politics, he has no equal in the art of oratory, which is surprising considering that us Indians love talking.
Modi’s oratory has played an important role in propelling parties to a position of strength. Yet, the contrary is also true. Many successful political leaders have not been good orators but have been good at working out a winning strategy like forging a winning alliance, or throwing up a catchy slogan like ‘Garibi Hatao’ or ‘Congress Ka Haath, Aam Admi Ke Saath’.
A political speech is never just a simple expression of views or promises. Depending on the occasion it is meant to signal intent, put forth plans, create expectations as well as list out yours. Primarily, it is meant to engage its audience AND Modi’s speech has managed to do just that. There is no doubt that he is an artist of words. His command over the language straight forward appeals, pauses, clear agenda and goals, ample knowledge about the subject, voice modulation, clever use of words and delivering the punch lines in a truly artistic manner, won him a lot of crucial public support. They often display a sound, often profound, understanding of international history and politics.
It is a fact that when Modi has delivered a speech, a large mass of people has gathered to hear and learn from him. This quality is well observed in our prime minister. Even his criticizers claim not to miss any speech from him as it leaves them spellbound. It is not because someone writes his speeches but because of good oratory skills, the man like Modi possess. He is master in delivering speeches without any prior preparations.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)