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If he was a normal politician, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity would have reached its nadir by now. Two out of three working Indians, according to a survey, have lost their jobs owing to the ham-fisted lockdown he declared on 24 March. The government has failed spectacularly to address a migrant crisis festering for over two months. Half of Indian households have reduced their number of meals since the lockdown. Yet, astonishingly, there seems to be no anger with Modi, who seems as popular as ever.

It astounds many that when Modi addressed the nation on 12 May, he didn’t acknowledge the migrant crisis even once, let alone offer empathy. He didn’t acknowledge the unprecedented loss of jobs, chronic shortage of essentials, nor the atmosphere of sheer desperation. Just like he didn’t acknowledge the massive destruction to livelihoods caused by demonetisation in 2016, a disaster no other political leader would have survived.

How does Modi face no political costs for the suffering he, in large part, causes? And how does he not come across as arrogant, out of touch, or simply cruel to most people, even as he consciously ignores their suffering?

Modi confounds normal political analysis because his appeal isn’t merely political. The appeal of Modi is quasi-religious, that of a messianic figure. Like M.K. Gandhi, Modi represents what political scientist Morris Jones referred to as the ‘saintly idiom’ of Indian politics. He is the self-described ‘fakir’, unattached to family and material possessions, who is here to lead India not just politically, but also socially, morally and spiritually. This is why he generates not mere following, but devotion. And this devotion is immune to the performance of the government he leads.


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People’s suffering a trial of faith in Modi

When you are suffering, you don’t sack the messiah, much like you don’t sack God. You redouble your faith, because God tells you your suffering is for a higher cause, the thorny path towards salvation that only God can lead you to. The one time Modi mentioned the suffering of daily wage workers, he termed it as ‘tapasya’ (penance) —suffering for a higher cause, just like he had described his demonetisation move as “yagna against corruption”. When he extended the first lockdown on 14 April, he used the same spiritually imbued terms, calling for ‘tyag’ (sacrifice) and ‘tapasya’. Gandhi told people that India will achieve freedom through sacrifice and self-purification, which was the basis of satyagraha. Modi tells people he will build a ‘self-reliant nation’ — Atmanirbhar Bharat — on their sacrifices and penance.

This is why he began his speech with invocations of India’s ancient greatness. Modi is a messiah in a certain moral universe. In this universe, India was great, then we had “1200 years of slavery”, in his words (which includes the ‘slave mentality of post-Independence period’), until Modi arrived to lead us back to greatness. The coronavirus is not a crisis that calls for damage mitigation, the framework in which other world leaders place their measures; it is an ‘opportunity’ to fulfil his vision of regenerating India into a great nation.

But he requires unconditional faith. In this framework, the suffering of people is a trial of faith, similar to demonetisation. The faith of the people in the nation, and in the leadership of Modi. It is not unreasonable that many desperate people will cling on to this faith, which gives meaning to their suffering, rather than succumbing to total despair. Modi calls on them to transcend the banal, and increasingly wretched, existence, and be part of something bigger than themselves. Suffering strengthens faith, not weakens it, because that’s when you need it most.

This faith was recently consecrated with rituals, the thali and diya spectacles, participated in by tens of millions of people. Modi also administered seven vows to people, which included ‘taking care of elderly’, ‘taking care of poor people’, and ‘being compassionate to your workers’. Meanwhile, he also released his own animated videos doing yoga, viewed by millions of people. Through these measures, he was reinforcing his claim to the social, moral and spiritual leadership of India.


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Relief measures are personal benevolence 

Modi similarly packages his speeches with the aura of revelation. Unlike other democratic leaders, who are understandably communicating almost every day in the midst of a crisis, Modi communicates once every few weeks. He makes people wait for the new revelation, which is why he announces his appearance a day or two in advance. The gap is filled with wild speculation, with people airing their wishes and hopes, like prayers to an unpredictable deity.

Then he appears, at the appointed time. His speeches are part sermonising, part commandments. Often nestled in the midst is a big announcement, which is designed to shock or dazzle. The stimulus package, which was announced soberly as a crisis mitigation measure by other world leaders, was revealed by Modi like Sathya Sai Baba spitting out the golden egg. ‘Rs 20 lakh crore’, Modi kept repeating, wanting to mesmerise his audience with the scale of the package. He didn’t call it the ‘Modi package’ (those nomenclatures are left for a fawning media), but that’s how he presented it, as personal benevolence to the people, larger than they could have imagined.

“Modi’s package is equal to/bigger than the economy of Pakistan,” his missionaries on social media and mainstream media screamed out. The actual fiscal package, it turns out, would only amount to a few lakh crores, underwhelming by the standards of other countries or even India’s needs, consisting mostly of government secured loans and paying off government dues. It is an old trick that he had perfected during his days in Gujarat, when he rattled off staggering figures of lakhs of crores of investment in Vibrant Gujarat summits, which were actually MoUs seldom realised on the ground. But Modi, like religious men, only speaks in grand, symbolic terms.


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Ministers may be accountable, Modi isn’t

The mundane work of crafting policies to realise his vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ was left to finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The reason Modi does not announce any policies or goes into specific details, is because he doesn’t want to be judged for those policies, but for his vision. When the policies fall short of expectations, his ministers take the fall for the shortcomings and failures. When migrants are charged for train tickets, it is the fault of railways minister Piyush Goyal. Even Right-wing supporters are critical of Nirmala Sitharaman, just like they were with her predecessor Arun Jaitley, for not just failing them but also failing Modi. Modi’s ministers are human and fallible, and therefore accountable, in contrast to the infallible and unaccountable demi-God figure of Modi.

Modi has staked a position for himself akin to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei. Another divinely guided, infallible leader, who has the final say over all government measures, sets the political direction of the country, embodies and enunciates the moral values of the nation, but is above political accountability for government failures, which rests with the elected officials subordinate to him. Modi occasionally earns democratic legitimacy at the ballot, but between elections, it is this transcendental legitimacy that makes him above press conferences, above transparency, above all the constraining and scrutinising procedures of democracy that he nonchalantly ignores, with popular acquiescence.

He ignores the plight of the migrants and the poor because he can’t admit to any faults or weaknesses or oversight. The core of his quasi-religious appeal is that he can never be wrong. Even if you don’t understand his plans, you trust him. In fact, it’s better if you don’t understand his plans because it deepens his mystique, the inaccessible ambiguity that characterise religious leaders. Which is why he is so miserly with actual communication, thriving instead on uplifting sermons. Even when spelling out government plans, Modi prefers alliterations and hands out acronyms to people like chantable mantras. His offerings are not only vague but come with no timeline of delivery. You just have to keep the faith.


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Hindus’ religion is at core

This quasi-religious appeal of Modi has been enabled by decades of propaganda by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). This propaganda has used Hindus’ religion to establish a cult of “national worship”, to delegitimise dissent, establish it as blasphemy, and excommunicate BJP-RSS’ opponents from the moral-national community as ‘anti-nationals’. Modi has inserted himself into this mythical, religious conception of India as the national messiah, with willing acceptance from large sections of the people.

The result is a democracy that faces a catastrophic crisis under a leader holding near absolute power, with no apparent accountability to respond to reality. In the real world, our economy, which was already reeling under demonetisation and GST, has suffered a devastating blow whose effects might last decades. Hunger deaths have already been reported and perhaps more are going unreported. But, have some of that opium of the new national faith, and we are steadily marching towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. If Modi is indeed a false prophet, he has certainly glittered the path to hell in the most glorious light.

The author is a research associate at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. Views are personal.

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  1. Modi truly is ‘atmanirbhar’ due to the gullible & greedy masses who get swayed by his speeches. He sells them dreams. The people don’t realise that one wakes up after a dream or in this case a nightmare. Time and again none of his promises have been fulfilled. He speeches are a web of lies which people refuse to see.
    Another thing, he is ‘I ME & MYSELF’. No other Leader in BJP has the freedom to speak or say anything besides what he/she has been asked to say.
    Leave aside the people, the BJP leaders the EC, SC ED CBI have lost their identity & importance. They are all toothless tigers.
    This ‘atmanirbhar’ man is ensuring that his coffers are brimming over with whatever he wishes to.
    I have never come across such a man with no integrity, apathy or performance. His ‘mantra’ is keep lying, talk big & take credit for work done by others.

    • Ms Vijay Lakshmi Dikshit: An extremely accurate and apt analysis of the situation prevailing in India.

      PM Modi has succeeded in creating a cult where he is the Prophet and Messiah who knows everything and makes no mistakes. And above all, the Prophet must never be questioned or criticised – India’s own blasphemy laws kick in. Uncannily similar to what happens in the mullah-cum-military-cum-cricketer run country called Pakistan.

      Indeed, this Prophet knows more economics than the Raghuram Rajans of this world and hence can disregard their advice on the follies of demonetisation. He knows so much cosmetic surgery that he is sure that elephant heads can be grafted on to a man’s torso ! He knows the Gujarat Model inside out and believes that only Gujaratis can figure out everything for the rest of the poor sods who live in India, especially when it comes to solving complex issues of epidemiology. And besides, in the Gujarat Model, there is no place for inputs from the bloody Keralites and their Health Minister K.K. Shailaja ! And in any case, in the Gujarat Model, there is no scope for federalism as the Chief Ministers and state governments are all a bunch of know-nothings. True wisdom resides only in the heads of the Prophet and the vice Prophet – Gujaratis both. Modi and Shah i.e. MoSha will deliver “Moksha” !!!

      My sarcasm might seem exaggerated but in reality, the bulk of India’s middle-classes, particularly urban Hindus are convinced things have never been better for them thanks to the Prophet. Never mind the fact an objective comparison of the worst of the Manmohan Singh period with the best of the Modi period on 15 economic indicators reveals that the Punjabi trounces the Gujarati on 11 of the 15, ref: bit.ly/2yEyDXD.

      But then, who cares for facts in the post-truth world? Certainly not the middle-classes who are in thrall to the Indian version of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, the benevolent dictator they have been waiting for all these years. And in any case, banging your utensils in “barthan bajaao” orgies or lighting “diya” stunts are more entertaining and effective than the dull, dreary, hard work of a Keralite school teacher turned Health Minister called K.K. Shailaja. And those

      Two quotes perhaps describe this peculiar situation in India where people allow themselves to be duped, lock stock and barrel.

      Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) the Italian philosopher:

      “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived”

      H.L.Mencken (1880-1956, American satirist:

      “The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth”

      What Mencken said applies not only to Donald Trump And American but also to Narendra Modi and Indians.

      Hope to read more insightful comments from you Ms Dikhsit!

    • I like only one comment.
      Modi has his coffers brimming……

      Who’s selling dream, I think u r purchasing some.
      Modi’s coffers are not personal as the case is with your political Gods and a Goddess

  2. Mr Sanjeev Sehrawat: This is my response to your response to me dated 25th May wherein you defend demonetisation and GST. I am unable to reply directly , hence I am making it a separate post.

    Again, thanks very much for your sane, sober response Sir. It is always a delight to discuss facts with an educated man like you who does not resort to indulging in knee-jerk, jingoistic abuses shorn of substance.

    I will restrict myself to the 2 things you mention here – demonetisation (I will abbreviate this to DM) and GST. And let us stick to economics. I will strive to use simple, easy to understand economics, devoid of jargon. Indeed economics that any chaiwala would be able to grasp – regardless of whether or not he graduated from Delhi University !

    During one of the very first lectures in economics that I had when I was a student, the professor mentioned a few fundamental tenets of economics:

    1: When you deploy a policy measure and target a specific group – either to privilege this group or to punish the group – then, you must also study its effects on groups that are NOT targeted.

    2: When you deploy a punitive or privileging measure targeting a specific group, you must try to understand, not just the immediate effects of the measure, but also its long term effects.

    Applying this to PM Modi’s demonetisation.

    EFFECTS OF POLICY ON TARGETED vs NON-TARGETED GROUPS

    Let us assume that 10% of Indians i.e. 130 million Indians out of a population of 1.3 billions held black money. This is the target group that the Modi government went after.

    But tell me Mr Sehrawat, did not the other 90% who were utterly innocent suffer? Any guesses as to who suffered the most of these 2 groups? How many of the rich black money wallas died whilst waiting in bank queues? Did you see Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Gautam Adani or any of the 500 + Indians named in the Panama Papers* list of people with overseas funds stand in bank queues to change notes? How many of the 1200 Indians who were in the HSBC list of Indian with Swiss assets compiled by Herve Falciani** stand in queues?

    As regards your defence of DM using the weak, limp excuses compiled by PM Modi, mostly as an afterthought were mere rubbish.
    – Terrorism: Cannot be stopped by DM, the Chinese (not the Pakistanis) who print fake notes would quickly have started making the new notes;
    – Hawala: This system has existed for about 1300 years and it cannot be stopped. it has traditionally served a legitimate banking need in many rural, unbanked communities in India and developing countries. Indeed, many countries, recognising the banking needs of their populations now allow a form of hawala. Examples would be M-Pesa in Kenya and Paga in Nigeria.
    – Tax Evasion: Cannot be tackled by DM

    Indeed, exactly as Dr Raghuram Rajan predicted, Indians had found ways to launder their black money – for a fee – and get it back to the RBI. Nearly 98% of the notes came back to the RBI. Paradoxically but predictably, Modi’s demonetisation actually helped black money wallas to whitewash their money !!!!

    But then, PM Modi, like President Trump, surrounds himself, not by world-class economists like Dr Rajan but by RSS apparatchiks and yes-men.

    As someone said:

    “To kill the few crocodiles in the pond, the pond was drained but sadly, all the fish in the pond died. But the crocodiles got away as they can live in water and on land” !!!!

    LONG TERM EFFECTS

    Once bitten, twice shy. By now, black money holders would have redoubled their efforts to get their money out of India or keep it in more safer forms. I do not have figures, but anecdotally, capital flight from India has increased. Sadly, instead of collecting money from foreign accounts and putting 15 lac Rs in the accounts of Indians as candidate Modi promised*** before being elected, he has inadvertently increased money leaving India !

    Today India’s foolish demonetisation is being taught in economics classes as an example of perverse policymaking that hurts the weakest.

    GST

    Excellent in theory. But the GST idea, like demonetisation, does not build upon an understanding of the Indian economy with its small formal sector and its large informal sector The vast informal sector which employs 82% of Indians and consists of the millions of maids, dhobis, auto-drivers, waiters, farm hands, coolies etc. etc. This sector is the very backbone of the Indian economy and is more capable of absorbing the many Indians entering the labour force. It consists of myriads of single person and 4-5 person outfits producing many goods and services.

    Indeed, in the informal sector, the average firm size is 2 employees. As an example, in the middle class flats in Madras where my parents live, they have an “ironing service”. Every morning a lady collects the clothes and takes it down to the road where her husband does the ironing using a coal operated iron. This elderly couple who live on the pavement also look after their granddaughter whose parents were no more. How the hell can these impoverished mom-and-pop outfits make the necessary investments in IT infra-structure to be able to file forms etc. for GST compliance? In fact, they are semi-literate, do not use electricity, do not have bank accounts and live hand to mouth. And there are millions of such small family firms all over India. Onerous GST requirements, perversely, force many such firms to remain in the informal sector.

    None of these massive Modi-made missteps have made any impact on the man’s popularity. And bhakths regard that as vindication of the man’s decisions. But let us not forget that Adolf Hitler too was immensely popular, right to the end of the Third Reich; Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines who unabashedly sends death squads to the slums to kill the poor is popular; Donald Trump, despite prescribing Dettol to cure COVID might get re-elected. Which makes to conclude:

    Charisma is not the same as competence.

    *bit.ly/2LUNS1N

    **bit.ly/2zkF1Uw

    ***bit.ly/2X2qVjB

  3. I agree with the thrust of the article.

    But the comparison of Modi with Ayothollah Khamenei was uncalled for. That has predictably made some Muslims veer off at a tangent due to the Shia-Sunni rift. Smart idea to choose non-religious figures when making such comparisons.

    • Politics is primarily based upon perception. Asim chose this analogy since the only other analogy would be Gandhi (which he also used).

      It would have the totally opposite effect of what he desired (criticizing Modi), had he only compared Modi with Gandhi, even if he wrote the exact same article except the Ayatollah part because Gandhi is universally revered in India, except among a small group of people you described as “Godse worshippers” in some other post. (These “Godse fans” do with Gandhi what Indian internet SJWs do with Modi… point out his disastrous mistakes.)

      Of course, this whole fiasco about naming Khomeini shows the duplicity/ignorance of a section of people opposing Modi (which self-proclaimed liberals always ignore) and also gives credence to Veer Savarkar’s idea of split loyalty.

  4. This article shows that media and even opposition have not yet figured out what Modi is?
    I believed, at least after 2019 they will figure it out, but it seems Modi is going to stay here for longer time.
    I don’t understand when Modi gets elected, they say people are fools. But the same fools were electing earlier govt.
    More you bash Modi and people for electing him, his mandate is going to be even bigger.
    I am not saying he is doing the best job. But He is definitely better than any option available.
    And after Gandhi, the original MK, he is the first leader who knows common pulse of Indians and not ashamed of Indian culture. Hence similar to Gandhi ppl love him with his faults and failures.

    • Mr Rohit Lande: In democracies, the voice of the voter must be respected, even though the verdict may not always be respectable. History, past and past is littered with examples of the people’s verdict returning absolute charlatans and crooks to power.

      Some examples:

      – A. Hitler, who vowed to exterminate Jews, won an election quite convincingly. In the anti-Semitic environment of the 1930s, anybody who was
      – A.Raja, the kleptocrat who pulled off the gargantuan 2G scam has been re-elected by a thumping margin from Nilgiris. He represents the DMK.
      – Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, accused in the Malegoan blasts, Godse worshipper and proponent of the stroking-cows-kills-breast-cancer school of medical thought was voted as BJP MP from Indore.
      – Dean Kuriakose (Congress) has 204 cases against his name and yet wins from Kerala
      – Donald Trump, crook, misogynist, defaulter of loans, liar is elected President of the USA. Indeed, as the Daily Beast Reports, white Republicans people vote for Trump because he is white and because he cheats !
      – CM Modi, dismissed by the Vajpayee government due to his role in the 2002 Godhra pogroms nonetheless wins a thumping majority. If you thrash innocent Muslims in Gujarat, you can count on Hindu votes.
      – Bal Thackeray of the Shiv Sena who thrashed the “kaala madrasi” in the 60s and 70s because they stole the livelihoods of the “marathi manoos” was always in power. Of course the “marathi manoos” didn’t care for the fact that Hitler admirer Thackaray brought ZERO economic development for said “manoos”.

      As to your claim that PM Modi knows “common pulse of Indians”, well I hope he realises that millions of Indians not only do not have pulses to eat, their pulses will soon stop due to hunger.

      As the French lawyer and diplomat Joseph de Maistres (1753-1821) said:

      “Every country has the government it deserves”

    • Abc: Should articles only be written if they praise Modi? If you want Pro-Modi propaganda, you can always go and inhale the hot air emanating from Arnab Goswami’s orifices in Republic TV …

  5. तुम लोग जितनी मर्जी लिखो.. तुम और तुम्हरे जैसे पाठक नकट्टे हो.. कितनी बार इस व्यक्ति ने आपको धूल चटाई है.. लेकिन तुम फिर वही घिसा पीटा राग अलापते रहो… ये राष्ट्र इस ऋषि के साथ है क्यूंकि ये ऋषि सत्य के साथ है… और सत्य कभी पराजित नहीं हो सकता है.

    • अगला ऋषि उत्तर प्रदेश में योगी के रूप में तैयार हो रहा है.. इन कांग्रेस समर्थित लिबरल सेक्युलर और जेहादी माफिया से टक्कर के लिए.

    • असीम अली
      तुम नहीं बताओगे लेकिन मैं बताता हूँ कि तुम एक सुन्नी मुस्लिम हो
      तुमने बड़ी चालाकी से अपने सबसे बड़े target मोदी को तो blame किया ही, शिया लीडर खमेनी को भी बुरा बता दिया
      कभी पाकिस्तान की दमनकारी नीतियों, तुर्की में चल रहे सेक्यूलरिज्म की हत्या के बारे में भी लिखो
      इतना भयंकर कभी ISIS के खिलाफ नहीं लिखा होगा
      और एक बात बताओ, सऊदी का किंग सलमान क्या खमेनी से ज्यादा लोकतांत्रिक है?

  6. Idiot asim,how can u compare khamanai to any other leader,how can u (idiot) understand a khamanai (genius leader)

    • Correct
      A Sunni Blaming Modi by cleverly blaming not only the prime target Modi but also shia leader Khomeini. Can the author write about blaming Turkey’s diversions from secular ethos or Khomeini is more despotic than King Salman of Saudi
      I m sure u have never written so viciously against ISIS

  7. Laughable reasons to frame Modi for everything. Author is biased by default and must be the part of manufacturing machinery of congress-secular-liberal mafia, frustrated and desperate to regain the lost paradise.

    • Correct
      A Sunni Blaming Modi by cleverly blaming not only the prime target Modi but also shia leader Khomeini. Can the author write about blaming Turkey’s diversions from secular ethos or Khomeini is more despotic than King Salman of Saudi

  8. It is disheartening to see that the mega package announced by the government is not meaningful for the people who are suffering.
    1. Covid patients being charged huge sums for treatment. Patients have to pay huge sums to get them treated in any hospital now. For examples, in Gujarat, patients have to pay Rs.9000-23000 per day for an ICU bed and Rs.4000-9000 for a ward. (Check the link: https://bit.ly/2TqElDM). Similar is the case in other states too, except few like Kerala. What an injustice is it? This amount can’t be even afforded by the upper middle class. Think about the case of people who are poor. Is it not the first priority of the government to take care of covid patients?
    2. Migrants who are travelling back are being charged for their travel. People have to pay more than usual to take the trains which have been arranged to transport migrants to their native states. (https://bit.ly/2ANPvfo ). While government says it pays 85% of the bill, people have to pay the normal fare +Rs.50 extra. Can’t 1% of the 20lakh crore be used to transport them free of cost? Should it not be the priority of the government to provide free travel to labors who do not have money and returning home.
    3. Forceful PAID quarantine: People returning to states like Karnataka has been put on paid quarantine costing Rs.900 to Rs.4500 per day (https://bit.ly/3g1YBoO). Should the government not use some part of 20L crore to pay such bills for people who are returning without jobs and without money?
    4. Huge repartition charges from abroad. People have to pay huge charges to return from abroad whether they are travelling in Air India or a naval ship. (https://bit.ly/2ZpsMka ). Many people have lost their jobs and are returning home. Not all are well to do, many work as laborers in foreign countries. Is it the not the priority of the government to save their people abroad without charging them in their difficult times? A similar exercise by the Indian government is 1990 airlifted 1.7Lakh Indians from Kuwait without any charges.
    5. Job loss, no money, starvation: Lakhs of laborers across India without jobs are walking back to their native places. They do not have money or food to eat., can’t afford to board a train or truck. Some good Samaritans and NGOs are trying to help them on the way, but there is a limit to what they can do. Is it not the priority of the government to help such people who would starve to death?
    While government has announced a mega package, which may help economy in the long run, immediate priorities are completely ignored. Irrespective of political affiliations, people and Government needs to wake-up to the reality.

    • Mr Shaji Chacko: You bring many excellent points to the fore. Sadly, this callous, insensitive government led by an authoritarain man with little compassion for the poor has ignored them so far.

      Each and very one of the 5 points you raise above should have been raised by the advisers to the PM.

      Point 4, where you mention the costs of repatriation being claimed from the evacuees themselves throws this government’s efforts into sharp contrast with then PM VP Singh government’s evacuation of Indians from the Gulf in 1990. Air India conducted 500 flights over a 2 month period to get all Indian workers out of the Gulf – the world’s largest evacuation to date.

      Former Ambassador K.P. Fabian’s article* in the Madras Courier** is worth reading.

      Please do write more often Mr Shaji Chacko – there is such a dearth of inputs from God’s own country people in these bhakth-infested columns … !!!

      *ref: bit.ly/2WOTEIo
      ** Also Published in Malayalam in the Malayala Manorama

      • And u must mention that post VP Singh -Chandrasekhar government, India fell into the biggest economic crisis ever

        • Mr Sanjeev Sehrawat: Thanks for the response.

          The economic crisis you refer to may have been precipitated in the post VP Singh era in terms of its timing. But that crisis was gestating for a long time and cannot be pinned on VP Singh’s decisions per se. Fact is, by the 80s and 90s, the lack of economic viability of the centralised planned economy model was becoming evident in many parts of the world and India was no exception. It was the failure of the command economy systems of countries like India, the USSR, Argentina, Poland, Romania and many E.European countries that soon manifested themselves in drastic changes in politics and economy. Not a one-off expense item like evacuations. I will categorically refute your claim that money spent on evacuation of Indians stranded in the Gulf in the 1990s was the root cause for India’s economic woes.

          But since you talk of economic crises and link them – and very rightly I would add – to the decisions of governments in power, you should now apply that same paradigm to the current government and the many economic disasters that it has manufactured. And these are disasters and destruction visited upon the people, particularly the poor and people in the informal sector of the economy.

          Start with demonetisation and the consequent destruction of the informal economy, a bungled GST implementation, the Rafale scam, the unaffordable white elephant of a bullet train project, the usage of RBI profits to plug the massive holes in the budget, purchase of 2 yes 2- expensive Boeing 777 aircraft for VIP travel to the tune of USD 1.18 Billions, the collapse of the lucrative leather industry and the beef export industries etc. etc. to name a few. And these are decisions that were taken by the authoritarian, know-everything Modi government against the advice of world class economists like Raghuram Rajan, Urjit Patel, Amartya Sen, Jagdish Bhajwati, etc. etc.

          Wonder what you have to say to this Modi made mess Mr Sehrawat.

          • It’s been a long time I m talking to a sane person
            I m not defending Modi as the Janata dal government I was criticising, bjp was a part of that government at that time as a coalition partner
            See brother, you are playing well a role of opposition party
            Do you really think demonetisation was ill intended, would cash economy continue to be a curse for this country for centuries. U may criticize this for want of criticising Modi, but I still support demonstration. It’s true that its implementation was not good but in the long term we have to head towards cashless economy. Otherwise our country will remain haven for money laundering, hawala, tax evasion and cash funded crime, even terrorism. Cashless economy is not an easy task. It will take decades. But it will benefit India.
            GST. Are you joking bro. Is GST really bad thing. Don’t try to be on wrong side. It’s having hiccups now but it will benefit in long run. First half of your reply shows that u r not a person who doesn’t know it. GST is now an international standard. It’s the anomaly of our economy that is facing problems, like an ill person faces sour prescription to be healthy again
            Your other criticisms also don’t hold ground. Now u will say that I m wrong and the issues are real. No man, like the current crisis. Modi is not a God. Even America has succumbed to this virus. No doubt, Modi has his own share of failures. But cursing Modi for everything makes him far stronger. States are also responsible. Decisions are well thought out and federalism is at its peak as every lock down was extended after consulting Chief Ministers in transparent manner.
            Brother, the problem is that you don’t have any worthwhile opposition. You can’t say no. As no alternative to Modi has been produced successively by the opposition.
            I remember I supported Manmohan when he defended nuclear deal with USA in 2008. I voted for him. But I was in all opposition to his puppet government.
            Think of national interest. You r talking about mess. Yes there is a mess. But it is far less than created earlier by successive governments . And I’m sure that it will be less messier than now slowly but steadily
            India is getting essential surgeries. Surely, there are woes, but if we don’t do it now, posterity will blame us for not acting now. We have missed many trains of opportunities. But don’t try to derail it now

        • Mr Sanjeev Sehrawat: Again, thanks very much for your sane, sober response Sir. It is always a delight to discuss facts with an educated man like you who does not resort to indulging in knee-jerk, jingoistic abuses shorn of substance.

          I will restrict myself to the 2 things you mention here – demonetisation (I will abbreviate this to DM) and GST. And let us stick to economics. I will strive to use simple, easy to understand economics, devoid of jargon. Indeed economics that any chaiwala would be able to grasp – regardless of whether or not he graduated from Delhi University !

          During one of the very first lectures in economics that I had when I was a student, the professor mentioned a few fundamental tenets of economics:

          1: When you deploy a policy measure and target a specific group – either to privilege this group or to punish the group – then, you must also study its effects on groups that are NOT targeted.

          2: When you deploy a punitive or privileging measure targeting a specific group, you must try to understand, not just the immediate effects of the measure, but also its long term effects.

          Applying this to PM Modi’s demonetisation.

          EFFECTS OF POLICY ON TARGETED vs NON-TARGETED GROUPS

          Let us assume that 10% of Indians i.e. 130 million Indians out of a population of 1.3 billions held black money. This is the target group that the Modi government went after.

          But tell me Mr Sehrawat, did not the other 90% who were utterly innocent suffer? Any guesses as to who suffered the most of these 2 groups? How many of the rich black money wallas died whilst waiting in bank queues? Did you see Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Gautam Adani or any of the 500 + Indians named in the Panama Papers* list of people with overseas funds stand in bank queues to change notes? How many of the 1200 Indians who were in the HSBC list of Indian with Swiss assets compiled by Herve Falciani** stand in queues?

          As regards your defence of DM using the weak, limp excuses compiled by PM Modi, mostly as an afterthought were mere rubbish.
          – Terrorism: Cannot be stopped by DM, the Chinese (not the Pakistanis) who print fake notes would quickly have started making the new notes;
          – Hawala: This system has existed for about 1300 years and it cannot be stopped. it has traditionally served a legitimate banking need in many rural, unbanked communities in India and developing countries. Indeed, many countries, recognising the banking needs of their populations now allow a form of hawala. Examples would be M-Pesa in Kenya and Paga in Nigeria.
          – Tax Evasion: Cannot be tackled by DM

          Indeed, exactly as Dr Raghuram Rajan predicted, Indians had found ways to launder their black money – for a fee – and get it back to the RBI and nearly 98% of the notes came back to the RBI. Indian DM helped black money wallas to whitewash their money !!!! Whilst some might say that the tax base increased, but that happens as more people enter the labour force. Indeed, tax revenues have NOT increased as GDP as increased.

          But then, PM Modi, like President Trump, surrounds himself, not by world-class economists like Dr Rajan but by RSS apparatchiks and yes-men.

          As someone said:

          “To kill the few crocodiles in the pond, the pond was drained but sadly, all the fish in the pond died. But the crocodiles got away as they can live in water and on land” !!!!

          Demonetisation reminds me of that.

          LONG TERM EFFECTS

          Once bitten, twice shy. By now, black money holders would have redoubled their efforts to get their money out of India or keep it in more safer forms. I do not have figures, but anecdotally, capital flight from India has increased. Sadly, instead of collecting money from foreign accounts and putting 15 lac Rs in the accounts of Indians as candidate Modi promised*** before being elected, he has inadvertently increased money leaving India !

          Today, India’s foolish demonetisation is being taught in economics classes as an example of perverse policymaking that hurts the weakest.

          GST
          Excellent in theory. But the GST idea, like demonetisation, does not build upon an understanding of the Indian economy with its small formal sector and its large informal sector. The vast informal sector which employs 82% of Indians consists of the millions of maids, dhobis, auto-drivers, waiters, farm hands, coolies, cooks etc. etc. This sector is the very backbone of the Indian economy and is more capable of absorbing the many Indians entering the labour force. It consists of myriads of single person and 4-5 person outfits producing many goods and services.

          Indeed, in the informal sector, the average firm size is 2 employees. As an example, in the middle class flats in Madras where my parents live, they have an “ironing service”. Every morning a lady collects the clothes and takes it down to the road where her husband does the ironing using a coal operated iron. This elderly couple who live on the pavement also look after their granddaughter whose parents were no more. How they hell can they make the necessary investments in IT infra-structure to be able to file forms etc. for GST compliance? In fact, they are semi-literate, do not use electricity, do not have bank accounts and live hand to mouth. And there are millions of such small family firms all over India. Onerous GST requirements, perversely, force many such firms to remain in the informal sector.

          None of these massive Modi-made missteps have made any impact on the man’s popularity. And bhakths regard that as vindication of the man’s decisions. But let us not forget that Adolf Hitler too was immensely popular, right to the end of the Third Reich; Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines who unabashedly sends death squads to the slums to kill the poor is popular; Donald Trump, despite prescribing Dettol to cure COVID might get re-elected.

          Which makes me conclude:

          “Charisma is not the same as competence”

          *bit.ly/2LUNS1N

          **bit.ly/2zkF1Uw

          ***bit.ly/2X2qVjB

          • You have studied socialism and communism well brother. And your knowledge is also very good.
            I would like to mention my arguments, though weaker than yours given the current state of affairs in our country.
            Our country has missed industrial and technological revolutions. We have to build modern state with best international practices as we have to transcend many intermediate level stages of development to become a world power. We have to hurry to be a part of development revolution. And we can do it as we did with information & technology revolution.
            Second thing is that top level decisions may be wrong, but are not ill-intended. It’s a general public perception.
            See my friend, our country has to bear some pains and evils of capitalist mode of development, some regional and individual income disparities. We have failed with socialistic pattern of development, so let’s give ourselves the other choice. It’s not the best but necessary evil. But social and economic changes are conspicuous.
            At last, I agree to disagree with you. And your views are not avoidable but worth reckoning. But we have to go ahead with the idea of development that has been the most successful. We can’t afford to invent wheel again. We have to follow the well tested path of development. This is going to stay. You can lobby to better application of this, but cannot avoid it. This is the truth of now. You named it bhakti, but many can tell you the same.
            My name is Sanjeev Sehrawat, my whats app number is 9411552239. It was good to talk to you. If you feel like, u can message me on the number.

  9. Since social media posts show no more defence of Modi pouring in as it used to be there is certainly a fault line developing in the last one week which needs to be verified. I hope that the writer is not part of the bandwagon trying to manufacture consent for Modi. I do not expect the Print to be a party to, the project of manufacturing consent for Modi.

  10. Khomeini doesnt have political cost because khomeini isnt a politician, Iran parliament is publicly elected.
    Name of author reflects the hate filled hindu phobic mindset. Comparing with khomeini, the man who saved syria and iraq from ISIS. The same khomeini who is supported by 50 million indian shias.
    If modi is raising voice for right of minorities in pakistan and bangladesh who are butchered like cattle, and raped if they dont convert to Islam, what is the issue in this. Hindus Shias Sikhs Ahmedias all are entitled for human right

    • मुझे अपना कमैंट या उत्तर हिंदी में लिखना अच्छा लगेगा और में कहूँगा कि *लेखक महोदय केवल अपनी भड़ास इस आर्टिकल के माध्यम से निकालने का प्रयत्न कर रहे हैं और उनके पालतू पाठक रही सही कसर पूरी कर रहे हैं। अच्छा मंच है उन लोगों के लिए जिनका केवल एक उद्देश्य है कि कैसे भी इस एक व्यक्ति की नकारात्मक तस्वीर पेश करो।
      ठीक है लगे रहो।

  11. This is nothing but an attempt to whitewash the abject failure of all the other political parties and ideologies in India. The author argues that somehow it is the due to flaws in the psyche of the people of our great country (i.e. half a billion people are somehow retarded – especially of a particular religion) that someone like Modi came to power and remains there.
    But maybe there is a simpler explanation – Modi came to power on the back of extreme disaffection of the people of the country and though he did not really deliver on his promises in his first term, he won his second term due to the lack of a credible alternative who could take the country forward.
    The clearest evidence is that the Kejriwal voter in Delhi assembly is the same one who votes Modi in parliament (despite them often being at each others’ throat) – ever wondered why?
    I would strongly recommend that those on the left and even center spend some time on introspection and self-correction rather that look for answers outside for their current state.

  12. If you want to compare, Modi should be compared with Mohammed.
    Just like Mohammed has sway over Muslims despite all his flaws, Modi too has sway over Hindus.
    if you can’t explain why Mohammad is revered by most of the Muslims even after 1400 years and violent idealogy, You will never be able to explain the charisma of Modi.

    • Mr/Ms Carryminati: The charisma and image of Modi have been carefully crafted and sculpted by the American PR and lobbyist firm APCO*. APCO has under its tutelage a wide array of dictators and thugs whose images the firm burnishes – for a hefty fee.

      Ever since CM Modi used the firm APCO to promote its Vibrant Gujarat** scheme, he has been a regular client of the firm. APCO helped create the Modi hologram during the 2014 election and has created much of the image and illusions that Indians have about PM Modi. APCO has utterly no scruples and some of its dubious activities*** include:

      Lobbying for the dictator of Turkmenistan Nursultan Nazarbayev
      Lobbying on behalf of cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris in its efforts to prevent the passage of laws that curbed smoking as a health hazard
      Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha

      Your comparison of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed with Hindutva’s Politician über alles Modi is an apples to oranges comparison. The former is a religious figure and adherents of a religion do not question the flaws of their own religious figures. Karl Marx’s statement:

      “Religion is the opiate of the masses”

      holds true when it comes to all religions.

      It is the prerogative of the adherents of a particular religion to decide how they wish to treat their own long dead religious figures. But a living, democratically elected political leader such as PM Modi respect all Indians, and not just the ones that voted for him. Modi fails that requirement.

      *Ref: apcoworldwide.com

      ** ref: bit.ly/2zXiVHg

      *** ref: bit.ly/3e39bu0

    • Befitting response.
      These same Alis, Barkhas, Ravishs and socalled appeased seculars would have after Modi if lock-down was not imposed or delayed, drawing a similarity to what some are doing with Trump’s decision to not lock-down America. This way or that way, these crying machines will do the best of their political-purpose i.e. crying and shedding crocodile’s tears. Had the lock-down was not imposed, today after two months, there would have been millions of infected people, lacs of them getting died in their homes, outside hospitals or even roads -without any medical help available.
      Today they are blaming Modi government for the exodus of migrant workers from states and are silent about the failure of some of the head of the states! Many sates like Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, West Bengal, Kerala, etc. have reached economical superiority because of skilled and mostly semi-skilled/unskilled workers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, etc. They owe the success and sustenance of day-to-day life & business due to these migrant workers only, but when it came to support them at the time of crisis, they turned a blind eye?
      I’m amused with these congress- left-liberals and so-called seculars always that why these are always open to train their guns on Modi & BJP? One answer which I find is that over the seven decades of non-BJP rule, these people have been the biggest beneficiaries of the pro-dynasty rule of appeasement by congress party. The never-ending plights of workers, farmers, poors, women, hindu majority and rich-poor divide of the society, is their “curs of governance” to this nation. When the people of India, frustrated with this powerful mafia reacted angrily in 2014 and believing in Narendra Modi and re-imposing their confidence again in 2019, this mafia is owe-struck. For the Battle-2014, these all evil forces are now getting aligned against Modi – to bring their Achhe Din again. Modi, being a pro-people and pro-Bharat leader, is not alone and today he has a resoundingly huge army of supporters from all walks of society.

  13. An article by cynic retard. The author has chosen to be a cynic and ignore words like reforms in digital India, jan dhan accounts, no middlemen, same day transfer of money, opposition creating migrant confusion etx.

    Nobody accepts strict teachers while they are in tenure. They accept them only after they leave school.. The agriculture reforms announced now will have a deep impact in times to come.

    But Cynics remain cynics with full fake news shit. This article only highlights the kind of losers who wrote this article.

      • Partly because it would be stuck in a political quagmire. I dont think people realize the BJP in itself has lot of politics, even though Modi has power. His hands are more tied than it appears, his silence is not because of autocracy but because he is stuck within his own party and RSS background. Same plays out with other aspects. In normal times different lobbies will want different things, pushing a reform for one sector is much harder. same with regard to labor laws.

        Right now migrant crisis is causing people return more to rural india. No one can interfere with major reforms for it.

    • Deeps: You claim”

      “An article by cynic retard”

      Care to make public the evaluations of your own shrink before calling others a retard?

    • Mr Shan Kumar: And what exactly was the conditon of the economy under the Modi regime, even before COVID struck ? Healthy and wealthy thanks to this Delhi University graduate and RSS man’s Hindutva take on the economy?

      The state of the economy today, when compared to the situation in 2014 when Modi took over the reins of power from Dr Manmohan Singh is nothing short of ABYSMAL. And the wrecking of the Indian economy was a Modi made process. And not entirely surprising given the man’s authoritarian streak.

      So stop being a naïve bhakth and learn to differentiate between substance and spin.

  14. If all the people criticising this article are real. I mean they are not a part of world famous bjp it cell, den dis country is in reall mess. Because somewhere i was thinking that the educated ones will now understand something out of all the things happening right now. But you know its good for the people that they dont have the little common sense required to understand the article. Knowing the reality can be depressing. I havent slept properly in months. I realised everything said in this article during my free time in lockdown. It started with knowing about the reality of air strikes and the truth of all the evils modi has done just unfolded in front of my eyes. Only god can save this country. Ram ji to be precise.

  15. Just go through the comments here and you would realise how relevant the article is. People are so dumb that whatever happens to this great country for the worse these people will go on worshipping their god.

    • An outstanding comment Mr/Ms Telugu Warrior !

      The problem with India’s middle classes is precisely what you say ” ..whatever happens to this great country for the worse these people will go on worshipping their god. ..”

      But equally dangerous is the fact that in the eyes of the bhakths, this Gujarati God is so perfect that he never makes mistakes, must never be held accountable and never be questioned. And any criticism is banned making you an anti-national in the eyes of the brainwashed bhakth. And even when PM Modi makes serious and ir-reparable mistakes, the bhakth will never blame the architect of the mistake but everyone else.

      Indeed, when PM Modi realised that demonetisation was a fiasco of gargantuan proportions, the PM slyly retreated and left flunkeys like Arun Jaitley (RIP), Nirmala Sitharaman and others face the impossible task of defending his harebrained idea. Demonetisation, followed by an equally botched GST decimated the informal economy which employs 82% of India’s labour. It crippled the farm sector, wiped off the savings that many housewives had squirrelled away for a rainy day, and adversely affected ALL sectors of the economy. And all the while, the real sharks in the BJP were tipped off in advance and managed to spirit away their ill-gained assets. Yet the middle-classes who did not suffer much would defend this foolish scheme tooth and nail.

      This Modi bhakthi reminds one of the devotees of that charlatan “Swami” Nithyananda who are in such awe of their guru that they would buy any nonsense dished out by him. Thus, when the “Swami” says that he was able to delay sunrise* by 40 minutes, you can see his devotees applauding ! Something similar is taking place with the middle-class devotees on the Modi cult as well.

      Whilst the antics of a Nithyananda can be laughed away, the mistakes of a Prime Minister have grave consequences for the nation and its citizens. India will pay a heavy price for not only for not holding the Modi government responsible for its actions but also for preventing people from criticising and asking it legitimate questions about its abysmal track record on almost all fronts.

      *ref: bit.ly/2LF08mZ

    • Stop being so smug about appearing progressive and rational.If they worship what’s your problem even if you have what you will do?

  16. Perfect depiction of modi’s charisma in present indian society.But day by day illusion is going to be faded. Charisma without delivery is bound to last, bound to end.,and this is visible now .Very soon you will be found to analysing the fall of Messiaha.

    • Mr Sk Sahu: Whilst I agree fully with your assessment of the poor delivery, indeed abysmal delivery record of the Modi government, I am afraid you are a tad too optimistic about the fall of the Messiah. Remember, even when Germany was in ruins, Hitler’s charisma was intact and even children volunteered to fight for the Führer and the Third Reich. The message that the Jew is the enemy and was the cause of Germany’s problems had been sold and was fully endorsed by the German people.

      Something similar is at work in India too. The Muslim is now the scapegoat for all of India’s Modi made problems.The Hindu middle classes and even the poor have fully bought into that message. They will vote for Modi even if they go hungry because of his policies. You see that taking place in the US as well. Donald Trump swore that he would remove Obamacare, the act that gave medical coverage to the many uninsured Americans. He also gave the impression that he espoused the cause of the poor white man and played the white identity card. Thus, one witnessed that many poor white Americans who were dependent on Obamacare nonetheless voted for Trump. In effect signing their own death warrants. In a BBC interview I happened to see, a coal miner and his wife whose medical bills were to the tune of USD 6000/month but were covered by Obamacare still voted for Trump ! They knew that they were certain to lose coverage for vital drugs and yet they were more concerned about their white identity and saw Trump as a protector of that identity.

      Exactly the same thing is at work in India. Modi plays the persecuted Hindu card and gets votes despite wrecking the economy. As French diplomat Joseph de Maistres (1753-1821) said:

      “Every nation gets the government it deserves”

      • Its sad to see a comment in such bad faith. Nation is of people, people in power don’t define nation. Jews in Germany didn’t deserve Hitler, and so didn’t most Germans. The number of WWII deaths should tell you that.

        And this is exactly the problem with false equivalencies prevalent in media and amongst liberals today. You polarize moderate people who are the majority in the country.

        Much of south india and eastern india has voted for independent parties- do they deserve this? Stop considering that Delhi and UP and that belt are the nation. If people were given sensible choices they would reconsider. Some of the best handling of situation is by Kerala and Odisha. Odisha government is an interesting one, BJD has decent relation BJP, remains popular and well trusted by people. BJD is not like Congress (Nehru version anyway) in its philosophy, and it originally rejected the kind of caste/minority politics common in the UPs/Delhis/ and alike.. Odisha has hindu leanings, but is communally calm.

        But even in odisha, intolerence is little more than earlier (see Jayanta Mahapatra). Why is it so? Because just as RSS talked about hindu-hindu, you all stood up with anger but instead of channelling it at RSS you channelled it at people (calling them “bhakts”, ridiculing their practices related to cows). You can keep finger pointing at Modi. Blame people for voting for him. But many people who voted for BJP were those who were tired of caste-ist, minority pandering politics along with inefficient politics. And our lords in congress refuse to realize it.

        Minorities need protection but push it too far, you have a problem. We ultimately need both Gandhi and Ambedkar. The poona pact saga in 1930s and Gandhi’s stance on it chafes communities, but had political wisdom- it rings loudly today in context of all forms of minorities. If liberals in India could put themselves in the conservative communities shoes (which is what Gandhi did) instead of holding themselves at a higher plane, they would understand better that pointing fingers at most BJP supporters is a form of hatred.

        • Mr/Ms qwerty123: Thanks for your response.

          Whilst I thoroughly appreciate the sane, moderate tone in your comment, I find the statement:

          “Minorities need protection but push it too far, you have a problem”

          extremely disturbing.

          Shouldn’t minorities be protected 100% ? And when exactly is asking for the right to live in peace tantamount to “pushing too far”?

          In a place like India rife with caste, class, language and religious differences, there are minorities just about everywhere. Or at the very least, a wily politician can suddenly make someone a minority as targets to be dealt with violently. In the 60s and 70s, Hitler admirer Bal Thackeray targeted the “kaala madrasi” minority in Bombay before moving on to other minorities like Muslims, Biharis and then to North Indians. I still remember from my childhood in Madras that relatives working in Bombay would shudder in fear at the very mention of the name Thackeray. Interestingly, when the Jain community in Bombay tried to ban the sale of meat during Jain festivals, the Shiv Sena warned them ominously “Muslims can go to Pakistan, where will you go?”

          Likewise, in 1984 another group viz. Sikhs became minorities that were soon the target of some of the most horrific violence seen in India until CM Modi upped the ante with his 2002 Godhra pogroms. Indeed, PM Rajiv Gandhi pooh-poohed the carnage against Sikhs exclaiming “When a great tree falls, the earth shakes”. So tell me please – what did the ordinary Sikhs of Delhi do that you would term “pushing it too far” ?

          As regards your analogy with Gandhi’s stance in the Poona Pact of 1932, well, I am afraid I do not agree with Gandhiji’s view. You endorse Gandhii but to cite historian Suparna Gooptu*:

          “While Ambedkar preferred a rights-based approach, Gandhi’s approach was through faith and spirituality. “Unlike Ambedkar, Gandhi felt that any exploitative relationship could be rectified only when the exploiter had a change of heart. So he worked with upper castes to change their mindset,”.

          So tell me Sir/Madam: Do you think that a change of heart from the likes of rabble-rouser Adityanath, Godse worshipper Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, garlander of murderous gaurakshaks Minister Jayant Sinha, tweeter of hate Tejaswi Surya is what minorities in India should hope for? And get lynched until said change of heart occurs?

          *Ref: bit.ly/36eUeCu

          • Thanks for the moderate response as well.

            My point is for india to be balanced, we can have our views on Ambedkar and Gandhi’s views, but we need them both. Because Gandhi was more attuned to realities in india, and, he looked to reform it internally. Gandhi was not against equal rights, he just didn’t want separate provisions (and there are scholars who disagree about it, but thats in a way the point). To me Ambedkar’s views lack foresight and harden the boundaries between groups. And evidence is India for you: constitution was based on Ambedkar not on Gandhi’s principle. Progress has been made but its like we lost a core piece of the puzzle by politicizing minority issues.

            I suppose my statement on “pushing protection too far” was more intended to be “pushing it to point of favoritism”. And this is fiction but politics is a game of perceptions, reality often hardly matters as you yourself raise about Modi. You need to have laws protecting minorities, but if you make campaigns revolve around them, it is natural to get concerned as a majority. I grew up in UP, I heard Dalit politics everywhere. No one said a word about the poor brahmin, they exist. This is why I disagree with American Democrats too. I am a woman, and it shouldn’t be a factor. It will empower me more to compete in equal terrains- we need to create those terrains but we don’t need more. Otherwise I think we would never feel that we got where we are because we deserve it. Others will view us the same way.

            So yes, Modi govt is failing at protecting minorities. We have to vote them out. But lets remember that 35% of Indians voted for BJP in 2019 elections, and of these many are likely to be more moderate hindus who, probably don’t care for hindutva politics, but want to get away from what they have experienced with Congress type politics. We give them no options, but by pointing fingers at them, force them to harden has hindus.

          • Ms qwerty123: Another, admirable, measured response. I deeply appreciate getting the rare opportunity to debate in these columns as opposed to joining a puerile slanging match. Merci beaucoup !

            On the Gandhian vs. Ambedkarian approach to bringing about change, I am afraid that while both have their “use cases”, they both have their limitations as well. Passively expecting an oppressor to have a change of heart and stop his oppressive behaviour is simply wishful thinking. That paradigm would also mean that both the timing and the degree of relief from oppression is at the hands of the oppressor. Thus, the US Civil Rights movements, the fight against apartheid in South Africa, the Ambedkarian movements to win respect and equality for Dalits, tribal rights struggles in India, women’s struggles in India to be safe in public spaces in India etc. etc. reflect the fact that unless the oppressed party resorts to using political and/or economic pressure, they will continue to remain subjugated.

            For instance, in the Kingdom of Travancore, Kerala, lower caste women were expected to pay a “breast tax” if they wished to cover their breasts in front of an upper caste man – practice that prevailed until as late as 1924. Tax collectors visited the homes of lower caste women, evaluated the size of their breasts by groping at them and then levied taxes.That perverted, demeaning and misogynistic practice did not disappear because the upper castes came to their right senses in true Gandhian fashion. It was stopped because of agitations.

            I am reminded of the quote from the American write Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) who said:

            “Freedom cannot be bestowed — it must be achieved”

            Thus even in the Indian context, Gandhian methods have their limitations.

            Looking forward to more informed debates with you.

            PS: This is a response to your response to me dated 21st May 2020, 1:15 pm

  17. Please do not compare Modi with Gandhi. Gandhi’s appeal was to common man because he walked with them, lived with them, led by example. He was one of the people, traditional but ever improving. People don’t think Modi is a messianic figure- people are not as easily fooled as you think they are.

    The main reason for everything happening in India, is the failure of Congress to find a system to have plurality within the party, that all political idealogy is defined by one family. If Modi is all that you say, Gandhi family is our a kingdom with king passing the crown to the son. People are not clueless, they can see that the only way to get to leadership in congress is by bootlicking this family: no good leader will do that. They do not like segregationist politics; and want us to ignore caste and religion than make it a feature everywhere. Lets keep in mind that majority of India is not the group that you hear loudly: it is silent, because it hates the dynasty as well as the autocrat.

    And please prove me wrong by giving us a strong opposition that we can actually vote for, so this can actually be tested. One cannot vote for congress in good conscience when they can’t even realize that it was important for them to take steps to ensure Scindia remained in the party and they retained MP for the health of democracy. It would have been better to cower to his demands than to let him go.

    Get Amarinder Singh into the core congress group even if you don’t like him. Start building a campaign around him now. If you don’t think he is a good alternative, then find someone. Otherwise, the only reason people will now switch to Gandhi family led Congress is if Modi disastrously fails, at a scale much bigger than now. Then Congress party can pick up the crown from dirt and put it on Rahul’s head. Because after all, how can we even think about anyone else?

  18. As far as my concern is put out, Hindus deserve Modi to save them from charring liberals and leftist. You speaks of blasphemy, however once not realise that this very Hindus who believes in Vasudev kutumbukum are the one safeguarding and helping rising of minorities with leaps and bounds. Hindu preaches Modi godlike because after generations of penance in hell fire Hindus finally have a leader who believes their upliftment. You said Modi is beyond accountability, on the other hand you give into to the sense of entitlement of one family who almost devalued all the Hindu faith and deities since independence. Bro you lost in your own rhetoric. Thumbs down for you.

  19. Leaders are not chosen out of the blue. People compare leaders and chose who they believe is the best. For Modi, there is no other comparable leader in India. Congress party doesn’t allow any person other than a person from the family to become its top leader. All other parties are regional. Even of Modi is making mistakes, is there any other leader in the country who can do it better? at least not Rahul Gandhi or Congress. As long as Rahul is leading congress directly or indirectly Modi will be leading India.

    Author is a researcher in a well known institute but still don’t understand these simple dynamics. When I see people like this author, I get doubt whether our country is recruiting right people for research

    • Bro pls be worry a little about wheather government is recruiting right people for making policies for us. A near illiterate in handling one of the biggest economy.

  20. Just went through the comments. Many are hurt because the great ..modi.. is compared to Khamenei, others are hurt because modi is compared to great .. Khamenei.. . Sure, no one wants to understand the article speaks truth(apart from the figures in the beginning).
    It is frightening to see mob mentality have influenced every aspect of our lives, Even internet

  21. Your biased approach clearly stems when you equate Modi as quasi-religious phenomenon. His appeal comes not from being a staunch Hindu but the great work ethics of his selfless clean persona which is focussed on India and not monitising his family. Problem with JNU elitists, English liberals, and particular media is that he does not give you free AirIndia foriegn rides and you including congress party and others who worked on doles for poor as my baap attitude cannot fathom the changed equation of selfless service where common man feels impowered. Keep on hunting in dark for Modi sure is new light

    • Modi’s persona came into limelight after 2002 Gujarat riots. RSS and BJP of hindu kathra mein hein and projection of Modi as saviour of hindu sure supports Modi quasi religious persona

  22. this is a Ridiculous headline with no substantiation in the entire piece to do with the analogy. Overall a very superfluous piece with more conjectures than substance, pure sensationalist headlining without substance or evidence

  23. I read your article with interest and you have done your research Mr. Ali. We have some thinking to do as a nation. We need to think what kind of leader we want as a nation. We have to hold our prime minister accountable. I was reading some of the reader comments and frankly it’s scary! I cannot believe that we have become a nation where we cannot have opposing views. Never thought I would say it but to me that’s worse than corruption!
    Be safe and keep writing. Maybe a young person will be inspired and throw all this hindu-muslim shit out with the garbage. We are all citizens. Period.

  24. One can sense the bias and prejudice in author, all through the article. Most of the inferences do not take into consideration any other possibility than “evil-modi” prospect. Any leadership has achievements and failures. Recounting only failures clearly shows this bias.

    I was expecting to see a more logical and unbiased article!

  25. What a represent your foolishness !! ” bahut maja aaya aapki buddhi ko padh kar”
    seriously ! did you comparing modi with Khamenei !!?!
    what you know about Khamenei ? please published a at least 3 page of A3 size papers on your ‘bulshit’ media
    Bhai jaan eid me to thodi rahem karo
    why are you can’t forget or at least stop your false propaganda during pandemic ?
    “inshaniyat se thik hai, khuda vast rahem karo bhaijaan”
    Khuda Hafiz

  26. The headline has messed up with which is otherwise a good article. Infact, author did have the option of making the same good analysis of Modi government actions & policies without dragging Ay. Ali Khamieni at all to make a point of Modi being looked as a messiah in the indian political discourse. Even if that was to give a context, then it could have been done without making it the headline of the article.

  27. Actually Modi is the saviour.He has saved you and your ilk Asim Ali from ethnic cleansing by Corona virus.The entire 20 crore islamic community have been saved by this act of lockdown by Modi.Otherwise,the venemous virus would have taken away the majority of islam in India .Even now,majority patients are your brothers and sisters.Instead of being grateful to him for his action,you are cursing him.Gratefulness is not in your blood.No doubt.

  28. Well written explaining the supreme leader and his hindutva spiritual followers.
    Hope we south indians can get out of this hopeless mess ass quickly possible.

  29. Asim,

    Which speeches did you hear?

    We heard PM requested with folded hands that even though everyone is going to face a lot of trouble with food and work, still please adhere to lockdown for your own safety, your family and for all the people around you.

    It is you who is making a statement that PM expressed no regret or did not apologize. It looks like your propaganda just because you have a mouthpiece under the garb of journalism. Unfair! Not at all balanced journalism!

  30. Vomiting more haterate like the Author like Asim Ali & score of Authors of The Print resolve & makes Hindus to vote only & only Modi & none any others. Mr Asim Ali pl Write more & more Articles to ensure Modi gets more than 400 seats in 2024.

  31. The author himself is prejudiced and has lost his mental balance by seeing Modi as prime minister, the whole article proves how tense the author is going through

  32. People of certain community commenting on Modi almost feels like ‘conflict of interest’ nowadays. Pata hi hai kya likhenge.

  33. clearly , i am really happy to read some post like this… we all know wht is happening bt cant describe it .. there are too many bhakts around who even wont let u speak against it and declare u as a corrupt or anti national. we are all surrounded by this negative energy now. news channels and social media are letting it happen all because of the foolish public whose minds are totally controlled by modi. simply its time for the real destruction of india not by the govt bt by the public ourselves.

  34. India is one country where you can speak freely against the PM who has done more than other PMs combined and still walk away scott free, but one finger on any Muslim leads to a riot but Sadhus can get killed. It’s one country where Kashmiris can pelt stones at the Indian army, but bangladeshi muslims can waltz into a temple to hack a sadhu to death but a maulana walks free despite anti india lectures. People like our esteemed author here should be arrested and thrown into a solitary confinement.

  35. Every citizen is responsible for growth of his country .
    Every things are clear black and white
    All people irrespective of any status have plan to survive . Govt only support it .
    There are more than 500 MP In parliament more then 200 in Rajya sabha thousands of MLA and millions of political workers and millions are govt servent working in various dept if all of them work honestly we become covid free in 15 days .
    we have manpower , money and talent but not sincerity towards nation even media is biased . They must show only positive things not negative things .
    Points for improvement welcome .
    India need only real and positive approach by every citizens not be parasite on country and people . Give oppourtunities of work to people in safe and clean envoinment . and all positive things by covid to be maintained Positive effects are disease are less accident are less people stay in home with family no junk food clean envoinment amd a chance to make new India

  36. The islamic propaganda machinery at its best…what is there to acknowledge..he has so many times talked about those issues ..and as a leader u have to be positive and show positiveness to people…the fact that people are not angry with him for the reasons u r making …shows maturity of common man who doesn’t look at everything with prejudice like you do

  37. Am i even a mild bit surprised that the author of this venomous analysis masquerading as criticism is done by a MUSLIM. Believe me i hadn’t read the byline before reading the article but reading halfway through i was curious and lo!! i thought Muslims n Leftists can never be satisfied….they are a bunch of bitter souls whose only character is complaining, fretting and blaming.

  38. Well, the comments were much better than the article itself. Helped me understand the delusion prevailing much better. I’m pretty sure the author must be reading this, and even he can’t deny that the idea of his article was more accurately displayed in comments rather than in the article itself. Great read.

    • Yeah not everyone is enlightened , unbiased and rational like you and the author .Please excuse their ignorance as they are “gullible” and can’t reason out things like you.
      Salute Kaisa intellectual comment likhta hai tu.

  39. Have to wait some more time to know what is the truth . Be it supporters of modi or anti modi.
    As the saying goes
    “A nation lives or dies depends on the way it’s leaders takes care of it.”

  40. The strength of India and Indians is Spirituality. In every activity there is spiritual touch. Our life style is spiritual. Life minus spirituality – Hopeless/useless. If Divine touch is there all is possible. So, our beloved PM believes in Indian Core Values. He gives spiritual touch to evErything. Spirituality is at the core of every India. That is why epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata are part of our life.

    • …And governance itself is a quest to spirituality by the supreme leader of Modi.
      By the way why the heck we remain democracy and do election.
      India is doomed because of Hindians.

  41. It’s written by Ali. Well as expected your intentions in the article appearing just like another Peaceful community person.

  42. Completely biased and unethical reporting. Shame on this kind of reporter/writer and the media for putting up false propaganda.

  43. This article is the perfect example of the effects of the ‘Modi derangement syndrome’. The author, upon witnessing the overwhelming, enduring mass popularity of a democratic leader, chooses to create a convoluted narrative of mass hypnosis and emotional manipulation, instead of considering the simpler explanation that he might actually be an effective leader who’s positively impacted those who support him.
    Sad what blind hatred can do to seemingly intelligent people.

  44. Before reading I checked writers twitter wall and found I should ignore this article. We should always prefer stories from neutral reporter.

  45. Keep on finding ways to hate Modi. Why keep on writing against Hindus and Hindus.Damn if you do and damn if you don’t.Such articles subconsciously hurts a normal Hindu who feels wronged for so long.Keep on attributing a Hindu angle to everything and you will eventually see that even a normal and really secular Hindu will lose his secularity

  46. Dear Asim Ali, you lost the plot the moment you started comparing Modi with Khamenei. Also, why this title to an article that barely has anything about Khamnei? Just to attract more readers? The good bits in the article is lost by your utterly nonsense comparison. Please be a little aware of things before setting out to write whatever comes to mind. Are you seriously an academic at Policy research? Wow, such standards.

  47. You publish such biased articles and then want people to support your journalism?
    Please ask the writer of this article or Pakistan to support you then.

    As an Indian citizen, I don’t stand with thePrint.

    • Mr Rahul Gupta. You may be an Indian citizen, but your attitude to free speech is very Pakistani !

      Pakistan – which seems to have inspired you no end- has no free press and therefore no democracy. For instance, in Pakistan, you cannot criticise the military and the mullahs regardless of the atrocities they perpetrate on citizens. And regardless of the fact that they take Pakistan backwards to mediaeval times, the mullahs in particular enjoy wide support.

      Likewise, in Pakistan, you can be accused of blasphemy i.e. insulting the Prophet at the drop of a skull cap ! The mere allegation of this “offence” will get you lynched. The Pakistani courts won’t protect you, your lawyers would get death threats and you go to prison.

      Similar circumstances have been imported to India, thanks to people like you Mr Rahul Gupta. Like the Pakistanis, your and your Hindutva ilk will brook no criticism of Prophet Modi however politely and cogently such criticism is argued. As the comments from many of you fellow online gaurakshak brethren show, you would even want to ban the Print. But your grand, mullah controlled mind is still unable to counter the arguments in this article – you will merely resort to hurling epithets such as “biased article” “Pakistan support”, anti-national and so on.

      Very Pakistani Mr Rahul Gupta ! You will fit in well in Pakistan !

      • But there is a problem mah lord if he goes to Pakistan he will killed as Hindus are Kufr according to Quran written by greatest warlord Prophet .Please apply your rational mind in finding a solution to this.It will be a boon for ignorant fools like us.

        • Yeah exactly that is why he is trying to make u understand that dont make this nation a second pakistan. A little bit of common sense is all that you need by brother. I repeat a little bit. And yes that blindfold on your eyes. I was one of you, few months back. So i know the process.

          • First as per your liberal arguments you should find solution to “root cause” of this issue which is used to defend terrorist, criminals ,journalist who in name of free speech attack Hindu belief systems but if same methods are used against them they get irritated which is quite natural.You people never questioned this system when congress was there I guess you were enjoying some one else misery.Honestly it gives a sadistic kind of fun to see this.India law and order and mah lords can’t fulfill basic duties of proving safety and security but has all the time to interfere and poke in other people beliefs system in name of rationality and so called scientific temper.India’s family system which this assholes attack in name of progressive ideas make up for all this misgovernance and failure of system.The system is there just to collect hafta like a bhai’s but at least they provide protection unlike indian state and mah lords constitution.The Indian system changes and provides security as per who is in power it’s just a sham.

          • Excellent response Mr Kamal Bansal !

            The last thing the world needs is a country that regards Pakistan as a template and creates a Hindu replica of that mullah & military mismanaged failed state. A Hindu Musharraff will not be any better than a Pakistani Musharraf – even if the former speaks Gujarati !

          • what excellent response you didn’t provide any solution only secular jumla.Give some solution for example how will india state provide protection against Islam theocracy.If India becomes demographic Muslim majority will Hindus have to give up on culture And their identity.Currently Indian constitution provides minority status to Muslim even in places where they are demographic majority.Indian state can’t govern or enforce rules of contitution that what’s the use of law.Hindus don’t have social political militiary organisation to protect them like happened in case of Kashmir pandits.This are legitimate hard problems which need to addressed instead of going on with goody goody secularism.

    • This article is unbiased and now india will suffer due to people like you who can’t even take criticism.
      Criticism is a pillar of democracy and if you want dictatorship you can go to your pakistan.
      Btw 20 lakh cr jumla is also proved now and sc is refusing cbi to transfer probe in arnabs fake fir to protect him. Wake up from your shell your modiji is a terrorist

    • You go and hate him as you like and keep advocating for this article no problem.But please never ever expect us to go in your way.

  48. Those who hate Modi Ji will keep trying to post hatred words and wasteful comments against our PRIME MINISTER ‘Shri Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi’.
    For those anti Modi (groups, gangs,) Modi will be the P. M of India till anti Indians are flushed out.
    Bharat mata ki Jai.

    • Singh is king: Is it tantamount to blasphemy to criticise PM Modi ? Or shall we say Prophet Modi ? Your braying seems to suggest that.

      Has the Constitution of India has been changed such that Article 1 now reads:

      “Thou shalt never criticise Prophet Narendra Modi”

      And the kangaroo courts which you seem to be a part of and patronise will charge any critic of the Prophet with sedition, label the critic as “anti-Indian” and “flush” the person out. Brilliant Mr Singh is King !!!

      This article is a sober article without any abusive language and describes a curious phenomenon in modern day India. A PM who delivers nothing but hot air, wantonly destroys the economy through harebrained schemes like demonetisation, causes immense hardship to the poor, dilutes the Constitution, and polarises the country nonetheless succeeds in brainwashing people into believing that things are hunky-dory in the country. It is that paradox that the article discusses.

      And yes, you may disagree with the author of the article and argue against it. But all I see is that you do the only thing you seem to be capable of – abusing and threatening the author and others who are critical of your beloved Prophet.

      Sadly, there is no Viagra for treating that intellectual impotence !

      • Yeah but I am very much interested in criticising Islam and Quran .Can mah lords constitution protect my freedom of speech and freedom to offend.

  49. I’m glad someone wrote about it and I pity those who really want to still have faith and blindly trust the government. When they show no respect to the life of poor . If 20 lakh crores could be given ( which they promise to )was it impossible for them to provide poor the basic need is it? Just think about everything its just clear funda of (if you can’t convince confuse ) people around there is no clarity about anything and people need to understand hatred and communal issues will not sort the problem but increase the problem. Especially now atleast wake up to the reality . Atleast question the government for God sake instead of blindly following the path . We never had good political parties in India but somewhere are we the reason for it ? Are we really ready to scrutinize and ready to think unbiased, logically for our countries improvement . Which we should have done decades ago ….. Long due . 🙏🤦🏻‍♀️

    • Like it or not…Modi Ji has increased the relevance of Hindu religion but he didn’t demean any other religion..some people are offended because they come with their own sets of personal agendas and when they realise that he won’t get bogged down or bullied…they cry hoarse…sorry haters..Modi is here to stay and thank your stars for that because you won’t be able to tolerate the other options BJP may throw up in place of Modi ji…He will wipe out anti nationals and that is why I voted for him..As far as my business is concerned..I shall take care of it.

    • The author assumes that the electorate is foolish and cannot think for themselves. This author would have got more respect had this article had been published on March 23, 2020, the day the lockdown officially started. Yes there have been job losses and deaths, but is it not possible that the situation would have been much more dire had there been no lockdown. On March 23, 2020, no human being on earth could have predicted for how long the need to persist with the lockdown would exist. Chief Ministers of ALL states wanted to extend the lockdown from time to time. So why blame one man alone? Journalists today are biased lot. On one hand you have the Republic and on the other hand you have guys like NDTV, print etc. No journalist thinks objectively these days. The so called fourth pillar of democracy has lost all credibility thanks to bias, subjectivity, reliance on hind sight, arrogance and most importantly, the rush to push a particular political agenda on either side. Sad and shameful!

    • unbiased and logical… thats something that would be written with numbers and evidence and not creating false equivalencies

  50. This author never went anywhere else just get information on net he try to write to get noticed. .no one bother. During covid 19 .he got nothing left.

  51. Look Asim Ali I know a section of Hindus and Muslims like you are anti nationalists. Go and find peace we true Hindu and true Muslims true Christians and true Sikhs true Buddhists true jains now understood who is good for us and put the governance into right pedestal.
    Either change your frequency of operating or we change your permanent address to right place you deserve not this motherland of ours.

  52. This journalist should be awarded Nobel prize, By one and only one prince of India,.Whose great great grandfather , grandmother, father had left a will that there property India will only be held by there family and no one else can govern it, especially people like our PM who have come from humble back ground, Bravo keep it up Mr.Writer.

  53. Iresspective of what writes speaks, The Govt in place should take moral responsibility and apologise for failing to do better with the countrymen and rest assure to take well thought and planed steps to improve the overall situation in India otherwise simple pay way to other parties to take care of the situation.

  54. PM Mr Modi may seem to have achieved a saint like figure , but saints are not always pure and clean , Adolf Hitler in 1930’s also achieved a saint like figure in Germany , and he managed to leave 52 Million people dead out of which he gased 6 Million Jews , similarly PM Mr Modi is unmoved if thousands of poor migrants die , for him it is less to care for , he has the religious card of Hindus playing in his hands , the Congress is responsible for the PM achieving saint like figure for Hindus , because they neglected the Hindus for 60 years in name of secularism and gave prominence to muslims as minority , PM Mr Modi is sure that he can and will get away with genocide , and no one will be able to do anything about it.

    • STUPID COMPARISON: HItler gassed 6 million Jews to death. Hitler killed millions of Gypsies. Hitler invaded Poland Hungary Italy France Netherlands Austria etc. within two years after he came to power. Modi has been in power for 6 years. How many countries Modi has invaded? How many people he has sent to gas chambers to be killed? Please use your common sense. Israeli Jews hate Hitler but they love Modi. When you compare Modi to Hitler you are insulting the memory of the 6 million Jews slaughtered by Hitler.

  55. Sale this article at pakisthan Bangladesh or Iran, Afghanistan,siria etc….think so best seller but not at india….creative journalism…!!

  56. Strangely author has not revealed his or her name. Author is research associate with center for policy research. Do u know that President of center for policy research is Yamini Aiyar daughter of Mani shankar Aiyar. Now every body can imagine the vendetta behind this article.

  57. In the name of journalism, this article is nuisance. A journalist should give neutral opinion. This author should go back to his basics and study journalism again. We accept migrant crisis is der. If we have allowed them to go back earlier ..the disease would have spread every where.
    Lockdown gave the government time to prepare and get ready our health system to manage the pandemic.
    Pandemic occurs once in life time.
    The people move from poorer states to richer stated in terms of availability of workis because of poor infrastructure and industrialisation of those states which is because of mismanagement and poor governance by decades long Congress and their like minded parties.
    Shekharji teach your juniors some journalism.

  58. Strangely author has not revealed his or her name. Author is research associate with center for policy research. Do u know that President of center for policy research is Yamini Aiyar daughter of Mani shankar Aiyar. Now every body can imagine the vendetta behind this article.

    • The author name is Asim Ali….who else can write such nonsensical vindictive article with all cooked up numbers like 2 out 3 Indians have lost their job…. laughable.

  59. Iran is a great country you don’t know anything about the Iran any way PM modji is a illiterate man
    Iran’s khamine is highly qualified Modi is lost credibility and US support is with Modi khamines number one enemy is US.
    Iran had 83000 covid19 case India had 2300
    Today Iran had 9000 and India had 110000.

  60. Do we, people of India, have a choice? This kind of biased, one sided articles can only strengthen hands of Modi. Agreed, He might have made quite a few errors in governance of huge country like ours but honesty and intentions are beyond doubt and not questionable. Indians have enough wisdom to understand and hence so much of support for him during these difficult times.This article doesn’t even warrant a reply.Best left ignored.

  61. Author is a loser both in personal life and profession. So Sad….please try your luck elsewhere…these kind of articles cause ZERO impact cos we all know what is happening.

    Jai Hind

  62. Modi ji thought good, He take action immediately, but if one people take action he is not responsible for implementation. Many department work. If all government staff and bank staff work honestly we can control covid 19 crises for migrant labor.fund is enough but implementing in field on 1%,i see in our area. This is the main issue. Not modi ji creat problem. Every Government worker take responsible. And another think unnecessary Ration card issues by all political party, all are make vote bank. For future. Blaming before check our areas, our family and myself. Everyone have duty save nation. This word for us, not for migrant. All religions knows our work is destiny. It’s not work how much we earn, after death all are in one place, God will not give special chair and migrant other. Better to understand this situation
    Thanks all its my opinion

  63. Absolute rubbish. Even if you had paid least attention to his speeches you would have understood how much attention is paid to what.
    At least think why people love him.
    Brain less article

  64. A long dreary modi bashing article.. Agian carried on the print. What is surprising is the number of sane Indians who have read and commented on this. Including me. Patiently. Btw. I thought the english was hideous and the language venomous.. So I stopped reading after the 4th or 5th line. Also.. Btw.. I know about failing miserably.. But failing spectacularly appeara a bit of an oxymoron. The writer needs to brush up his language skills. Jai Hind!!

  65. Please don’t compare”a tyrant of God with the friend of God,a hypocrite with a God fearing man,an unjust with the just,an unwise with the wise,an ignorant with a scholar,an evil doer with the doer of the good, an arrogant with the humble, a boaster with the man of real words,an oppressor with an oppressed,an unthankful with a thankful,a characterless with a man full of character,a behaviour less with a man of behaviour,an emotionless with a man full of emotions for the downtrodden,a short sighted with a far sighted,a cruel with a kind hearted,a murderer of innocents with the saviour of the humanity,aModi with Khamenai.
    For your information Ayatollah Khamenai’s decisions and actions are supervised and checked by a council of 80 learned scholars(Ayatollahs).If he will work against Islam and against the interest of the Iranian nation,he will be sacked instantly and will face a trial in the Islamic court and if found guilty, will be punished.
    He has never called himself a messanger from God or he has never claimed about any Revelations.He always say that if God’s willing whereas Modi considers himself equal to the God.He never runs away from questions whereas Modi believes in addressing only.He always stand with the oppressed around the world whereas Modi is a servant to oppressors.He has made Iran self reliant and is in the process of transforming the Iranian society into a just society whereas Modi is encroaching upon the self reliance of India to seek the pleasure of his business masters and is transforming our society into the society of unjusts.

    • Very well responded brother. The author needs to research separately about Imam Khamenie. This is just so unscholarly to compare the two.

    • Modi is a pain in your ass.Remember how you enjoyed the misery of Hindus in 26/11 how antulay supported Pakistan.you made Mockery of our Pain and helplesness.Just like how you follow your interests hindus are following their intrest.Modi may go but hindutva will remain always remember this when you get high on delusion of Islamic grandeur.
      It’s fun to see how China puts your Islamic delusion in right place.scared of doing jihad against them?you enjoy helplessness of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh.its fun to see evil people like you becoming helpless.Good wins over evil.

  66. It is just an article by a Modi hater. As an Indian, I think the Govt is doing whatever they can to get out from this tough situation. Some biased treatments are been meted out to some states where non BJP GOVTS are in power. But still far better than all previous governments. There are some people and their social media brigades who are busy every moment with anti Modi comments just because some of their illegal activities have come to a complete halt. So these type of articles will be seen from some quarters affiliated to those groups.

  67. Very boldly and candidly without mincing of words….however I feel it’s the people of country who needs to see the actual truth and take perfect decision during elections….

  68. Very eloquent writers at ” The Print”. Do you have a single shot solution if any for such a diverse country like ours. People will remember you for eons if you come out with solutions else you will be confined to history books & go into Oblivion.
    Being constructively critical is a virtue & probably welcome to impart a proper balance to a system but rabid criticism is pass. Do pay attention to get better.

  69. The writer has no basic facts on what his written. No nothing about Iran and Iranian… This web should be ashamed to publish this kind of opinion. Ayatollah Khamenei is loved by most of his people and even so many non iranian

  70. How can you compare a big lier of this world to the supreme leader syed ali khamnai.
    Modi’s policies are based on lie and fabrication
    And supreme leaders policy are based on truth and resistance.
    Modi bows down infront of america by single tweet of the trump
    Trump is always blown away by the speech of supreme leader.
    So dont try to compare the north pole and south pole.

  71. This article and author are perfect examples of the delusional state of mind of the so-called liberal camp not only in India but worldwide. The utter cluelessness and frog-in-the-well psyche of this camp is actually a big reason why the opposition is so weak (and getting weaker), and why it is very likely Modi will continue to be in power for the better part of the next decade. They need to reset their brainwashed minds and look at the world with fresh eyes if they want to get over their bafflement over Modi’s success. Yes, it is true that many migrants have undergone suffering and even died in accidents. But nobody seems to talk about the lakhs of migrants that made it to their homes with relative ease due to the efforts of the centre and co-operating states. These so-called “intellectuals” must learn to look at statistics and gain a sense of perspective and balance, than harping on a few flaws. Unfortunately, our academia, media and institutions are full of such half-baked intellectuals who cannot get over their inherent biases.

  72. A nation suffers when it’s citizens are weak and stupid to the core. It is not Modi who can make you suffer. It is you who can create your own destiny. Do not blame any body for your own failure. Try to introspect to come out of your own misery.wbich we Indians mostly don’t do.which is shameful.

  73. Author is stereo type revered Sunni. His vision is so coloured that he can’t see the facts.

    Fact is Indians brought other than RSS or BJP ideology to rule or serve. It is a fact. But these people started behaving like looters and started even pushing the majority to a corner. Reaction is not palatable to coloured vision author.

    Now that he has learnt tricks of trade and may be master for another term also, author with coloured vision gets blinded as well.

    Now that some fundamental changes have been brought, which may result in unified India, author is stumbling with poor vision.

    Can the author ever bring out, the reason for orchestrated opposition to CAA? But majority knows now.

    More and more such type of blind opposition with hatred will burn you. And mind you dear author, this hatred is displayed by select few from a particular section. Why ???
    This hatred is blinding you to the extent that you can not even see the logical correctness and hence leaving yourself irrelevant.

    This is the research paper you wrote. Shit and shame on quality of research…

  74. Brilliant observation of the situation with perfect examples to prove your point. You are a true Patriot.God save India

  75. The Government certainly failed to come up with a tangible and effective steps to curtail the spread. Witnessing the guestworkers left in lurch in the host state’s without due attention,care and alternate arrangemenarrangements by respective state governments speak for itself the callous and insouciant attitude by those in power. Totally inhuman and the government’s response is disgusting…

  76. This is not true that all people have lost their jobs. You can’t see them but the middle classes are all employed and working from home. The migrants who have lost jobs here have gone to their homes to work from home in their villages. Lockdown was announced to save the nation from the coronavirus but the virus is refusing to go away. In fact it is getting into more people. When the virus goes and every thing is normal the people who have migrated will be back to their jobs. So there will be no joblessness. The present situation is only temporary and will be over soon.

  77. A true account of the pathetic state of affairs in India. People have fallen prey to the empty rhetoric of the PM and they are still in the slumber of jugglery of figures and phraseology coined by him.

  78. Pakistan was partitioned from India to give seperate Islamic state to Muslims. But while dividing india, congress gave majhab ya mati option to Muslims leaving large amount of muslims in india and gave special concessions for them. This is first blunder it did.
    If Congress is secular than why did it divide people on caste basis for reservation and not on financial base. This is second blunder.

    Ram janma bhumi problem was kept pending for 2 decades in court why dint it act on it and resolved immediately the way modi did it.
    So many Illegal bangla deshi s are living in india, just because of congress. Not satisfied with that they supported Rohingyas too.

    Congress messed india badly. They neither did justice to muslims neither to hindus. They have ruled India on divide and rule policy only.
    Modi knows all these problems and represents that section of India who are hurted by these useless policies. That is why people beleive him. In last 15 years no corruption charges has been levelled against him, that is why people trust him.
    People beleive him because they don’t doubt his intentions even if his approach or decision are wrong.

    My suggestion is instead of writing such anti modi article, give advice to Gandhi family to change their approach and ruling methodology. If they change it, people will beleive them or else they can wait for decades to come into power.

    let me see how author of this article writes about congress policy and damage done to India.

  79. पूर्णतः बकवास।
    क्या आपका यह कर्तव्य नहीं है कि,आप देश को महामारी से बचाने के लिए उठाए गए कदमों,जिनकी सम्पूर्ण विश्व में सराहना की जा रही है,की आवश्यकता और व्यावहारिकता को समझें?
    जब कोई बड़ी आफ़त आती है,तो ये ही राजधर्म होता है कि सबसे कम हानि हो,ऐसी विधि अपनाएं।
    कम से कम ये तो अपेक्षित ही था, कि आप कोई ऐसा विकल्प देते,जो जन कल्याण के दृष्टिगत बेहतर हो सकता था।

    • The messaging shifted dramatically from human cost of no lockdown (for example, having Ramana Laxminarayan predict 500 million infections) to human cost of a lockdown (presenting stories of migrant workers traveling on foot et al.).

  80. Good reply. These people just want to compare him with this Iranian leader, just to tarnish his image. Noted nowhere they mentioned Chinese leader xi or trump or any one else who performed much worse than Modiji.

  81. “He is the self-described ‘fakir’, unattached to family and material possessions, who is here to lead India not just politically, but also socially, morally and spiritually” – looks Modi is similar to the Arabic Warlord cum self-styled Messenger of the Supernatural – only that he is not a Warlord…and elected PM of a free country.
    .
    All these mumbo jumbo looks predictable from the believers – frozen minds perhaps – possibly a deep sense of hate for the polytheists, infidels, Kafirs and idol-worshippers!!!
    .
    It is tiring sometimes.

  82. Precisely this type of articles helps Modi than anything else. Also we are looking at the alternative, have endured the alternative in past. So this pontificating armchair critisism helps him. Migrant labourers would be more angry on this opinion maker than Modi as he has a connect with masses which the author disingenuously crowns on Hinduisms head. Migrant labourers are hindus and muslims so this low blow doesnt land

  83. Mohan Kuvettu
    After carefully reading well crafted article in background of current scenario, leader being supported by his large followers reminds me of Saddam Hussain who was equally popular, ultimately he had to hide in a gutter, as he loved his life more than his love for people. It is matter of time.

  84. Six Years and countless elections lost, most of mainstream media is clueless as to why people vote for Modi & BJP! It stems from the arrogance of the english speaking media elite to understand how the average Indian thinks! Perhaps when the editors of these publications come out of their BMWs, then we will get better journalism in this country!

  85. The writer of this article must realise his mistake of comparing a tyrant like modi to a leader of iran as the later has never ever intended to suppress any innocent throughout his entire life.. The writer must be ashamed of the comparison. http://www.theprint.in must not take such amateurs. .

  86. Firstly, he is the prime minister of my country and I take great pride in that so you can call him PM Modi because you have no right to address him in such a shameless manner. Secondly, stop comparing him to Khameini because he is nothing like him. See the irony of who the writer is and who he compares our PM to. Thirdly, let me say this that ThePrint is an extremely biased Anti Modi news publisher paid for by the Congress and other parties who are bitter on their defeat in the General Elections. Fourthly, if you are so in support that PM Modi is not good for the country, who do you suggest become the PM, Rahul Gandhi? Fifth, you so say about Hindutva but let me ask what’s wrong in that if I want to wear a hindu tag on me wherever I go and want to convert people in that ideology. It’s not that I’m murdering someone for it. And also remember, that it is this very Hindutva vadi PM that has brought thousands of Muslims from Middle East back to India when he could have left them while the Muslim- populated country Pakistan has clearly denied return of its own muslim citizens from around the globe. Sixth, no relief measures that he has announced are personal benevolence. He has addressed this country as its PM, rather than an individual Modi. What he has done for relied eg. PM Cares fund is under the name and office of PM not him individually. And finally, today I am joined by thousands who have written in the comment section about our PM Modi’s social-service life and mentioned that he is not the one who has created the virus, he is the one doing the hardest work at this time of defending 135 crore Indians. He is not doing it for fame as he has clearly said on interviews. He addresses us as his family. He sleeps for less than even 4 hours. So please read them and get to know about the PM of the country you live in because clearly you have got the wrong identity and the picture of our PM that you have portrayed above is not only wrong and biased but also cracked in the sense that it is a cracked mirror that does not reflect correctly who he truely is. And just for clarification to those who will call me a ‘bhakt’, I’m not one. I don’t follow people, people follow me. I am inspired by many who dedicate their lives for others and he is one of them.   

  87. Mr. Ali distilled author dont cry beta…………… Save ur tears for God sake it help u developed materialy and spiritualy

  88. Why so much brouhaha on an opinion piece written by this poor guy Ali who is paid for it.
    Read on wikipedia for Center for policy research, who it’s linked to. The great Mr. Manishankar Aiyer.
    After all, the poor chap, Ali, has to justify his existence. And in the name of freedom of expression he is protected for his opinion writing.

    What bothers me is the conscience of editorial board of The Print (Read Mr.bShekhar Gupta). They must carry a response along side an opinion piece, unless it’s written for scholarship, which is not the case here. Iam sure Mr.Shekhar Gupta would want to be remembered on both sides of fense for his professional legacy and not partisan journalism. Jai Hind.

  89. It is another brainless attempt to deceive the people of India by branding hon’ble Modi, the democratically elected PM of India as inefficient and insensitive to the plight of the poorest of the poor during the testing times of COVID19, an unwanted gift by the Chinese to the entire world. This author fails to acknowledge the razor edge walking efforts of the matured and sensible central government in dealing with this alarming situation with a vision to come out with least damage to the economy of the country in general and the 1.35 billion Indians in particular as a result of which only very marginal percentage of the people are effected with COVID19. Central govt is successful in creating awareness among the majority of the people in safeguarding themselves from the deadly desiease. Ours is neither a communist ruled country to control the masses at gun point nor a rich democratic one like US to combat the problem with advanced medical knowledge. We have our limitations. It is true that different people have different problems. But the central government is taking the entire burden of navigating the nation through this unforeseen crisis without burdening the states, be it the migrant workers or any other community. This author conveniently ignores this fact and spews venom against the Modi team simply because he is an Islamist and it is understandable. But, Mr Sekhar gupta, a fellow Indian, who is the Editor in chief of the Print is allowing this type of trash against Modi ji. I think, he wants to do justice to his titles awarded by his benevolent congress lords and stoops to any depths to unpopular India and its present able political leadership by allowing such cooked up imaginative stories,to confuse the people of India, by brainless authors who are blindly driven by a single goal of dethroning the democratically elected govt which has effectively checked their unopposed islamisation of India by the erstwhile corrupt UPA regime lead by the name sake grand old Congress party. But, I am sorry to announce that as long as the majority of the countrymen, satisfied with the honest responsible efforts of the present govt in safeguarding the interests of the nation in every aspect, stand rock solid behind Modiji & team, no force on earth can destabilize India. Finally, a million of this type of Alis, Sekhar Guptas and Rahul Gandhis have to leave the arena unsuccessful.

  90. Very poor and heavily bias article.
    In India we can see one hindu supporting Muslim cause/politicians/issues, but I have yet to come across muslims doing that for Hindus issues/problem/politicians.
    You know mr Ali just because of this Modi will stay popular for long time. You can keep writing biased articles, no one is bothered

  91. Can’t expect more from a Publisher whose agenda is anti Modi and calls Terrorist as match teacher, Rioter shahrukh as aspiring model.. keep writing more of these non sense articles and Modi will win with much more majority.. please write an article how Maharashtra. Where your favourite government is helpless in handling covid crises and migrant issues as well

  92. According to this article, an unelected religious leader ruling the country for 40+ years on the basis of religion is better and more effective than a man with 40+ years political experience who has been elected with almost full support of the people .

  93. If you don’t have problem with Christian or Muslim majority country. What is your problem with Hindu majority. Are you worried about a stronger India?

  94. Anyone here remembers lakhs of people who gathered in massive groups to buy alcohol from wine shops on May 4th and 5th..? You think that has anything to do with the current number of cases?

  95. Such a looser article by pig published by looser Leftist ” The print ” born to tarnish image of India and Our PM .. not worth reading .

    • seems like BJP has unleashed it’s troll dogs in the comments section. Thats what you are Troll. Dogs.

      And the rest of you are people who cant think for yourself and have fallen for propoganda. THINK! Bhakt used to be taken as a bad word and is now taken as a complement. THINK!
      Don’t be sheep lead by a propogandist. Think what the paid media has done to you. Don’t be the mislead masses who deserve no better than a monarchy. Don’t fail our democracy. THINK!

  96. The views of the author are absolutely those from a conditioned Western mindset . The reality of India as a Nation with its unique diversity , and of course that of a significant fundamentalist minority of Muslims also; has practically very little role left for a complete Western Economic approach to manage it. Modi is THE NEED of the hour . Modi is not just an experienced politician . Modi is THE REFORMER of Indian society that had been purposefully pushed to towards SECULARISM of a malafide intent (PSEUDO) by the Past CONGRESS RULERS , thereby destroying the very MORAL FABRIC of A NATION called India with its Dharmic aspirations that has helped it to tide over every kind of challenge in the entire history of mankind till today.

  97. One of the most stupid, over rated and hilariously foolish article, the Print might have ever published. To compare Modi with Ayatollah Khamenai is like comparing Chalk with Cheese. This fool, cretin pederast of a writer doesnt know shit about either Iran or India, all he knows is how write stupid articles for a more stupid portal like The Print.

    Asim Ali is an ISIS sympathiser and a vocalist for terrorist activities to grind his axes against Iran and India.

  98. Friends comparing one man like Khamenei of Iran to modiji is not balancing.iran comparatively small country with small population. The leader has his own limited ideas .
    But India with 138 crore of huge population is in the brink of development.means the powerty needs to go. Every body must work honestly, save something and contribute little to nation. The country realed under huge corruption.which contributed down falling of development.it is for years with lot getting share pretending they are saviours.These people atleast this stage of crisis could have surrendered this huge money with them or given away to poor.
    It is true Indian’s are rich but india is poor.
    Now let us see at Modiji. Let any body call him any thing, one thing is true there was a vision of development and accountability. Lot afraid this accountability may full back their hidden assets, money. Demonitisation one step. But lot of these were very clever as it is passed in their family for generations which they cleverly concealed. Modijis efforts was a step of success in failure . But this really resulting in streamline of accountability. Lot great so called leaders criticizing this fearing of reveal if their hidden treasury.
    Our indian brothers not all but maximum in this complex society has one good habit enjoy life ,forget Tommorrow and save less. You earn say Rs 100 spend for cocktail think that next day Rs 100 will come back. Yr saving for difficult days is nil. Minimum of same type of people who know life saved small amount and thinking disaster days awaiting
    Really pity the number who save and servive is made less. Our previous leadership failed to motivate saving for difficult days. They went on giving free ration, current, water made them every time wait for this. Work hard earn money and save most made to forget disaster can struck. Vote bank spoiled all living concepts and created dependency on government more and more.
    This country needs self dependence, self respect by working sincerely. All jobs are equal as the goal is to make money.
    To end Let us allow PMji to comeout of this unexpected enimy who dropped on us beyond imagination. If we are not locked down (but lot refusef to be locked inside) god knows what is the end of virus effect. Yes by locking we have lost lot . But for such huge population how many days one can give free food etc.
    Time is the master now onwards which will contoll our life .respect it .or face

  99. Who is dumb who wrote this article asim ali man you have no sense You can’t compare that Dumb modi with iran Supreme leader

  100. So sad for people like you who are pedalling hate and lies for him in Print, Wire etc . His popularity in fact is all time high.

  101. what kind of stupid research he has done before writing this article..one sided partisan views..he seems frustrated with love showered by people on our beloved prime minister..fake article…despise it….

  102. Interesting. Would first all like to know which Joint you smoke before writing. Factually incorrect and one sided article . looks clearly to be the work of paid Reviews.

  103. Now a jounrlism in and writer show their true colour if modi not lockdown
    and worker died by pendimic then these media also blame modi this is aggression of leftist and paid Media

  104. Modi ji did during covid19 was not correct and proper due to that many people and country has to suffer with many more problems which will come after every month of 2020.He is lack in management and proper decision steps to be taken for good and wellness of country but all has been taken wrong steps and decision due to that everyone of country people has to suffer alot for 2-3 years around.

  105. A big garbage I can say about this essay. it’s height of stooping to such a level in course of hating Modi. The Print must see how majority of readers of this garbage reacted to this silly script.

  106. Stop printing bad and damaging modi’s image. If u do a positive journslism that might create some sympathy for other parties.Try to publish about the scams of other political parties. Who looted public money.

  107. Asim Ali ji,
    The more you and other like minded people write negative about PM Modi ji, The more are his chances to win the next election. I support BJP and the RSS and I thank you for the favour.
    I am sure Ali Khamenei ji is a great leader too.
    Jai Hind.

  108. This hack is a Muslim bigot, as he compared Modi with Shia Supreme leader, and not the more autocratic Saudi ruler. He and his fellow Muslim intelligentsia, sound more and more like the Muslim League of pre partition days, when they supported a separate state for Muslims, and also hated the secular Hindu majority. We can observe the same trajectory when these people are trying to whip up communal differences in collaboration with the left progressives, NGOs and other radicals and 5 th columnists. But try as he and his fellow conspirators can, their plans will collapse, since today is not 1947.

  109. Yes Modi is a messiah, a Mahatma, a godly figure. And i wish he continues do the selfless service of the nation for atleast the next 20 years

  110. Omg how many more comments the author wants…why doesn’t he understands that all his gift of the gab is futile

  111. Keep criticizing
    But you will still be bare handed
    Because the way he handed this pandemic inspite of THE HIGH POPULATION OF INDIA IS GREAT.

  112. Author is as foolish as his media platform. The crisis is not imposed by modi ,it is a worldwide phenomenon due to communist china. Regarding migrants he has been appealing to the people to stay where they are and asked the state government s to help. If you see the pattern of migration it is mostly from non BJP ruled states which had failed in its duties to take care of the migrants.Execpt some dumb fellows every individual knows the truth.

  113. Majority of Indian support our PM . He is doing best sofar in present situation of Corona crisis.
    Opposition parties should also support to the poor / Our labour community in this crisis hour. Rahul and families has thousands of crores in their account.
    Now it is the time they should spend their money for the benifits of Poor’s. Otherwise in next election MODI government will cross 404 marks.
    Forget all politics and this is the time for the opposition to show their simpathy towards needy citizens of India to survive in next election .

    • What about the PMCares fund? where is that money going?
      Have you seen the Shahenshah sitting on the road taking to distressed people? Have you seen silly-tai taking to experts? have you seen fuku doing a press-conference?
      who is rahul? one MP (not even the leader of the opposition) who supposedly has the power to save the country. what a pity Modi and Shah, in spite of good intentions, do not have the means to do anything at all. what a pity they have no money to spend, no army to command, no means to constitute an expert panel, no control over the economy – if only they were in power!!

  114. Another qatar TV channel and wire, and Washington Post. Cover up ignorant religious war mongers mindset. Don’t think comparison to ali khan is wat something modi is. This is india where iranians parsees and Jews ,followers of arab school of culture rule has a share in this country . And no indian objects to it as long as it is for one india one rule your idea of trying to push divide and rule is obvious.

  115. Another alzajeera and wire, and Washington Post. Cover up jehadi mindset. Don’t think comparison to komeinacs is wat something modi is. This is india where iranians parsses and Jews ,followers of arab school of culture rule has a share in this country . And no indian objects to itas long as it is for one india one ruleYour idea of trying to push divide and rule is obvious.

  116. I didn’t have to go ahead and read the rest of the post, the moment I saw the writer was Asim Ali – isn’t it obvious that the peacefuls would be fumed. Lol!

  117. Although, this article pointed out some valuable ups and downs in Indian politics the comparison between two said guys, relies on a very poor illogical argument. The writer must be aware of the International political stand of Ali Khamenei instead of maligning his solid and unparalleled stature to gain popularity in western media houses. However, western media houses leave no stone unturned to spread false propaganda against him but his firm and solid stand to break the neck of anti-human and evil souls remain unaffected.
    I request you read more about him at least follow his tweets or sermons as well.

  118. A fascinating dissection of Modi politics. And yet, at his height, Modiji was beaten by Kejriwal, twice – KO (all the kings horses, all the kings men… could do nothing to prevent the sunami)…. Please let us have you take on the Delhi results …

  119. The trouble with the author of this article is not Modi.It is his religion. He is attacking Modi to attack majority Indians.This fool of an ass did know anything about anything ! The communal frat !!

  120. The author of this post is no doubt fumbling for elucidation for Modi’s popularity.
    Perhaps its time to switch the lens of cerebration and see things for its simple truths.
    To ascribe to Modi the obsequious title of messiah is to do a disservice to his key voters.
    It is this sort of journalism that thrusts the public into divisive camps.
    Sometimes a Modi supporter is merely a citizen who fears the alternative. For decades we the people of India have been swindled and divided and ruled. We are merely throwing away those shackles. We will tolerate demonitisation if you say it will punish the corrupt, we will suffer at the hands of these failed experiments, cry in anguish for our loved ones who are lost, and tolerate smoke and mirror announcements. It is all still better than what is being pitched as our alternative.
    When you talk of the erosion of democracy, pray tell, is it democratic to have an anti defection law for all MPs and MLAs, effectively legally barring dissent within the party.
    Is it democratic to still not have a common law for all? While our Muslim and Christian brothers will protest every attempt to usher in a common law, is it fair to have every single Hindu temple pay taxes on temple donations to the government?
    Is it fair that Hindu temples are controlled by the state while all other religions can operate their religious temples free from any government intrusion.
    Sir, do understand, Hindus feel wronged too, not all of them are out to get you. Many of us are secular minded and ache for a truly free nation where we are all treated equally. But this imperious, overbearing, biased view of yours only serves to continue the rhetoric of hate.
    Stop with the talk of hell, devils, nazism, fascism and hate, and try to address what liberal Hindu Modi supporters are thinking, and that is when you will understand the true reason for Modi’s popularity. Not everything you dislike is the devil. MADARCHOD, MUSLIM, CONGRESS OR CHINA HI SUPPORT KARENGE TERE JESE HARAMKE JANE KO, JNU KI GND MAA K LODE, DESH MAT BAAT CONGRESS SE PAISE KHAKR

  121. You call this an Journalism ?? It seems like an opposition party doing a propaganda against Modi and spreading hatred and lies in people’s minds …..shame on.u

  122. The PM is slowly emerging as a great leader and a game changer of real politics in India. The problem of migrants is self created by our own people and also by the narrow ended policies of many states of India. He has used his political will to withstand the Covid -19 crisis and had announced the biggest ever economic package to bring back the economy in a better way. All the opposition parties in India are themselves to be blamed for not having uttered a single line of appreciation of his handling of the lockdown and aftermath.

  123. Dear Print team,
    The news you bring to you followers is valued and relied upon
    please dont publish such lopsided , bizzare, almost hateful ( to modi and indian voters) under your name……
    There is no take away for your readers from this article except Print articles are not always worth my time

  124. Call me and the vast silent majority of us, as bhakts or RSS cadres, we hate the likes of you, who are traitors by birth. Modi is too gentle, to berate you people, as he says ‘sab ka saath’ but we are strongly not with your saath.
    Do not try to mislead the ‘aam janta’ with the false narrative of GST or demonitisation. The people have already taken it in their stride and moved on. Regarding Covid19 pandemic, Modi Government’s efforts and record are being praised by the world at large, including your very islamic countries.
    Just go to hell with your sermonising, you have zero credibility and nobody is going to listen to you, either here or out in the world at large. Your names are seen with suspicion everywhere, be it the smaller countries of Mayanmar and Sri Lanka or the countries in the Asia, Europe Africa and America.

  125. Most B@sharm PM ever. He thinks he gets away with dict@torship.. problem is no good opposition. Even if oppn is from a South State party, he can be grilled and slammed in parliament. The most unc0uth and cold bl00ded guy.. insensitive to sufferings.

  126. Most Besharm PM ever. He thinks he gets away with dictatorship.. problem is no good opposition. Even if oppn is from a South State party, he can be grilled and slammed in parliament. The most uncouth and cold blooded guy.. insensitive to sufferings.

  127. Look who you are comparing with? Khamenei is not a minority hater but this person is. You dont get to judge a person because western media is critical about them.

  128. Spot on.
    I agree in its entirety.
    What surprises me is when people say that India always believed in multiplicity and multy cultural existence but at core INDIA always loved hero worshipping and messiahs.
    So is RAM a PUSHOTTAM PURUSH and KRISHNA as a spiritual guide even if he was at the centre of Mahabharat battle which killed many. But his killing has been condoned by the people even trecherous kiiling of GURU DRON. And he had many Gopis around but GEETA absolved everything for him. So are YUDHISHTHIR, VIDUR, BHISHM thogh they had their own silence in DRAUPADI’s haran. But ALL OF them are held in high ESTEEM in HINDUISM.
    But BUDDHA is not revered so much in INDIA because he didnot fight wars, he did not kill people and so was not a Hero so was Mahaveer and So is Gandhi to some extent for hard core ideologies.
    India to core loves to be preached rather than like western democracies questioning every nuances of all religious,social, political sciences.

  129. Totally ill informed and mis interpretation of situation. Author has completely blindfolded on actual situation and vision presented by PM of converting the devastating situation to an opportunity. Some this beyond the imagination of author.

  130. Written in very poor taste. No research from the “so called research associate”. Just rhetoric.
    Just a piece of vendetta again modi this whole newspaper is.

  131. This post is very biased and author is doing nothing but spreading hatred against the Govt. Even the positive things done by the Govt are being presented sarcastically to indicate some bigger hidden agenda. Clearly the author is trying to trying to spread some political agenda rather than being un-biased. Not cool.

  132. What about punishing any critical media house, using all state institutions to punish anyone who spoke up. setting up of an IT Cell to intimidate public critisism., buying off politicians, and topling elected
    state governments.? Unaccounted for electoral bonds? All to prop up the Messiah.
    Something similar is happening in the US where the Christian White majority believe Trump to be their Messiah especially after a black Obama introduced policies that were anti the perceived Christian culture. He too has taken advantage of having no political consequences for his inept and destructive regime . Who ever thought that Khamenei would be the role model for world leaders?

  133. Anybody who equates INDIA should see the examples of what is happening to HINDUS in pakistan . Rape and murder and forcefully conversions and are not being provided rations during covid19 pandemic. INDIA is 85 percent HINDUS just imagine what would have happened if INDIA had the same population ratio been in reverse. So therefore HINDUS should be proud of their religion and culture of not being what our neighbour is. And ignore self declared victims.

  134. I’m no fan of Modi but these left wing liberals attempt to drag him down becoming so apparent day by day. Their imaginary narratives are running wild. You should know some do vote for BJP just to piss off these so called elite and intelligentsia who think they know better than anyone else and should agree with their assessments and opinions.

  135. The Print is doing a real fine job by spreading such humorous pieces during this time of stress.
    Thank you for making us laugh during the time of uncertainity.
    And it’s kind to remind us that work of a journalist and a political commentator is similar to the importance of a script in Salman Khan movie.

  136. Asim Ali, just a piece of advise, try to remove bias filter from your so called journalism. I doubt how you became research associate. I really doubt

  137. This is another piece of shit by someone who has an insane amount of hatred for the Prime Minister and it reflects in every sentence on the post!!

  138. Why don’t you come up with lengthy rightful suggestions that will really control the entire chaos we are in …you should be his national security and disaster advisor ..don’t you think it’s easy to rant about thing but not being able to give better ideas to solve the problem dont you thing Mr ranter

  139. Respected writer being having limited resources and huge responsibility a man should be judged what best he has done. Job has been lost throught out the world. Our labour are feeling the heat .., to cure it if govt is taking irrational steps that are contrary to their administrative capacity. Then your critic is welcome but if are again ledden with 80’s KGB sponsered intelligentia to keep this full of mediocracy then …..ples … We dont need your unwanted wisdom

  140. I was beyond amazed why the popularity of Modi has only increased during the worst humanitarian crisis India is facing. This article did wonderful job in answering that.

  141. What a load of crock! Yes let’s compare a theocracy with a legitimately elected democratic leader. The author neither understands history and comes across as a political moron.

  142. The Print media is very biased and always have an agenda to destabilise present government and tarnish india,s image internationaly. But any way india is democratic country and every one has a right to speak same is with all the politician.

  143. The package is just to hide the truth, the poor people are suffering for food . Rather than announcing of such a huge package give some relief fund or food distribution arrangements to the poor and Ineedy people

  144. A very insightful analysis. The shroud of quasi-religious lies is however fraying at the edges. The propaganda that had mesmerized even foreign media, is being superseded by the heart-rendering images coming out every single day. Miles are being written in British, American, Australian and even French and German media about the unfolding horrors of Modi’s India. Blame is being put exactly where it should be – on the head of the government – PM Modi. It is only a matter of time that this swelling tide washes back to Indian shores.
    Gods may punish but they sure don’t lie so much. Habitual lies will be the Achilles’ heel of Gobi-ji.

  145. Well written but you need some more realistic information about Ali Khamenai he is leader of practice rather than words. He is the man who forced the authorities to make public the official mistake behind the crash of last Aircraft. Khamenai relies on practical wisdom rather than rhetoric tongue.
    I suggest you please don’t try to gain western popularity by blaming him try to know more about him at least following his tweeter handler.

  146. The Muslim community, in short, viewed the course of politics since 2014 as a series of defeats. Determination to reacquire political relevance found expression in the anti-CAA stir, aided and abetted by those who had other political scores to settle with the Modi Government.

  147. A man with social service experience of 50 plus years.( He chose to be a social worker at the age of 14 and left his family and home for that )
    A man with 13 years successful administrative experience as CM of one of the important state of India.
    A man with 6 years of credibility as the most successful PM of India ever had, acknowledge by whole world and currently got appreciation from UN and from all countries of the world for the effective measures taken to control the
    covid 19 scenario in India..With a population of 135 Crore.
    And people will laugh at this author for his
    Research and findings . Sympathy to his burning …S.

    • The author has a pen to
      write something instead staying idle at home, he forgot to give a meaning to his article. This article is good for nothing but to discourage the world famous figure. However, we, the public are not idiots to just read and believe what’s written – a mess.

    • A man with blood in his hands. A man destined to be tried at the International court of justice for crimes against humanity.

    • Well said. It appears only these muslims permanently have a psychological apprehension of modi and constantly browbeat him.

    • This journalist shook the blind faith in andh bhakths……..😂. But what was said in the report above proved to be right!!🤔
      Which is
      you can’t make a devotee blame his god for his befalling future
      Instead his faith goes on exponentially increasing….. Like that of all the stoopid “andh bhakts”over here🙏🙏

    • If see he profile of winning in that imp state is a horse tade and helicaptor 💰 money
      Make states is most religious chaos and unrest situation
      He one of p.m is condemned by small country of Africa while ill treating of rohingya population
      He is one make tear to west east relations and get bad report on religious freedom and bend his knees to higher power ones

    • A K dev. Have some decency. Stop being cross eyed with your love for a tyrant. Every tyrant had their supporter just like this, be it Mao, or Stalin. They all had people who used to call those who opposed them names. Don’t be blind. Have sympathy for the dying. Read facts and accept. Read how politics occurs and what is dialectic (It’s not through name calling). If you have something good to contribute say it. Don’t spread your dirt around here and instead find some toilet.

    • When someone dons blinkers, you can only pity that mind. This research scholar decided that he would dissect Mr. Modi with colored knives & will not do the analysis in an objective way. The result is a poisonous article in this time of crisis. But then he must have been paid handsomely for his outburst.

    • Perfectly true I agree with you. Apart from what you said, in India its only Hindus who have to keep their mouth shut because if they say anything other religions get endengered. This writer is really insane. If he is talking about CAA, first do all research and try to understand the perspective. I think the writer is some sadak chap moron who finds expression in such stupid newspapers.

  148. Sure, Narendra Modi created the virus in a lab in Pune, from where it escaped and started infecting the world. He covered up the information for four or more weeks. May be Iran (barely Muslim) also was complicit in this. We should also be angry. Very angry.

    • Good reply. These people just want to compare him with this Iranian leader, just to tarnish his image. Noted nowhere they mentioned Chinese leader xi or trump or any one else who performed much worse than Modiji.

  149. Modi is a phony propped and sustained entirely by subverted media and troll army on the social media. Being leader of the most corrupt party at the moment also helps as billions are spent on propaganda. TINA factor also helps because of defunct opposition.

    • “Modi propped up by subversive media”. Are you crazy ? If any leader in India has been subjected to 17 years continued pricking by the polity, media, NGOs and individuals like you, it is Modi. He has earned a respect from the country men, no other leader is even near to his standing. For academic discussion, lets agree that he has been galvanized by the media, but why International organisations, Universities and think tank discuss him and appreciate in various forums.
      He is also subject to commit errors, as we all are, his devotion, sincerity and integrity is un- parallel. These are his characteristics which has endeared him to the public.

      • why can bhakts not learn english? “subverted media” and “subversive media” are very different things. took me ages to understand what the hell kamal gupta (komal gupta?) is trying to say. ah troll, troll, do you still get more pay to write gibberish english?

        • why cant anti modi kambhakts n their antimodi lungi-bhangi ranters understand language with greater intellect ….. and use their brains instead of getting frustrated always .. you have 4 more years to rant n cry … low iq retards dont understand simple thing that Modi has been elected by intellectuals n masses alike despite the hostile congressi n porkistani paid media like the print … quint .. thewire … national herald HT …. the telegraph Rndtv Rajdeep sagarika .. the Hindu etc … and yet he has emerged a winner ..finger yourself to glory n rotting end in your frustration

  150. The author of this post is no doubt fumbling for elucidation for Modi’s popularity.
    Perhaps its time to switch the lens of cerebration and see things for its simple truths.
    To ascribe to Modi the obsequious title of messiah is to do a disservice to his key voters.
    It is this sort of journalism that thrusts the public into divisive camps.
    Sometimes a Modi supporter is merely a citizen who fears the alternative. For decades we the people of India have been swindled and divided and ruled. We are merely throwing away those shackles. We will tolerate demonitisation if you say it will punish the corrupt, we will suffer at the hands of these failed experiments, cry in anguish for our loved ones who are lost, and tolerate smoke and mirror announcements. It is all still better than what is being pitched as our alternative.
    When you talk of the erosion of democracy, pray tell, is it democratic to have an anti defection law for all MPs and MLAs, effectively legally barring dissent within the party.
    Is it democratic to still not have a common law for all? While our Muslim and Christian brothers will protest every attempt to usher in a common law, is it fair to have every single Hindu temple pay taxes on temple donations to the government?
    Is it fair that Hindu temples are controlled by the state while all other religions can operate their religious temples free from any government intrusion.
    Sir, do understand, Hindus feel wronged too, not all of them are out to get you. Many of us are secular minded and ache for a truly free nation where we are all treated equally. But this imperious, overbearing, biased view of yours only serves to continue the rhetoric of hate.
    Stop with the talk of hell, devils, nazism, fascism and hate, and try to address what liberal Hindu Modi supporters are thinking, and that is when you will understand the true reason for Modi’s popularity. Not everything you dislike is the devil.

    • Congrats, Nothing better could have been written. You have analyzed the voters and dissected the author very convincingly.

    • The author has based his opinion just for a divisive purpose. He has not gone into the depths of the policies and packages that this government is into to build a strong India. The reason behind such comments and publicisng them for common people to read and draw conclusions can be many but its a very shallow opinion not fit to be publicised.

    • Even a dolt is more well informed & would write off your allegations .The createres of this virus were the Chinese & directors implicit were the Americans .The game started to a perfect script which has gone out of proportions .

  151. The writer of this article is ignorant about Iran’s supreme leader Ali khamenie that he is comparing him with PM Modi or the writer is intentionally doing so. In both the cases he stands wrong. There is a huge difference between the two leaders. The supreme leader Ali khamenie never bowed down to the so called super powers over thier wrong intentions and defended his country from invasion by evil powers unlike iraq and libya..

    • I am Iranian, and I can tell you that all this opposition to superpowers by the old Iran’s supreme leader is a game that his regime depend on! If he would ever change this tactic, the Islamic regime of Iran will fall apart overnight!

  152. Just a bag of lies., inauthentic references.
    Attempt to make Government look bad.Shame on print such articles.
    I know you will not show this comment, liesrs,anti nationals.

  153. How insensitive or should I say uninformed, unaware and stupid to compare a tyrant like Modi to the supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

    • It’s other way round….Khameini is a tyrant and Modi is a populist leader duly elected by people of India…. Don’t go overboard in saving image of Khameini just because he is from your community….

    • You call modi a tyrant and take umbrage to being compared to khamenei.Are you indian or a pakistani.This only shows you have not come to terms with resurgence of hindus.

    • If you are in India, you are lucky not to see a tyrant, because tyrants are seen only in islamic countries and muslims hold the record for the greatest tyrants the world over. Few, like Kim of North Korea or Hitler of Germany are the exceptions. Modi is a gentleman politician, which every single world leader has acknowledged, including big Arab leaders. Pigs like Imran or Mahathir and some fundamentalist Indian muslims are making noises, which eventually gets drowned.
      Just wait to have a lot more judicious decisions implemented by Modi, with the whole hearted support of us, the nationalist Indians of the new era. We will establish the lost supremacy of Bharat Mata and get rid of infidels like you from the face of the earth.

    • Ali Khamenei is the supreme leader of a group of thugs called Iran and was never elected or defeated in an election. He doesn’t know what democracy is and for the people of a slave country like Iran to pee and piss you need the permission of the supreme leader. The folks who once proclaimed that China’s virus problems are due to the curse of their God is suffering the maximum in terms of deaths due to Corona. The Middle east or Iran or Pakistan will never live in peace because of the huge fault in their religious thinking. There is no living world leader to be compared with Modi at present and this Ali Khamenei is just a speck of dust in front of him.

  154. The mejority of articles in The Print are completely baised and trying spread laies against most honest Indian PM Modi… I have obseved that each article has written with prejudice against Modi.

    Considering this web channel belong to The Telegraph such a old publication house I wonder is it funded by leftist or Congress like irrelevant polotical ideology

    I expect a true an professional view point with balance analysis of Govt. Policies hope the channel will make due correction in future

  155. Instead of comparing Modi with Mahatma Gandhi, can we say he is luckier than Trump: POTUS has to axe one or the other top minion now and then,because they develop conscience and courage against Trump’s tantrums?Or, Modi is luckier than Bolsanaro, because his ministers and all M Ps and , CMs dare not open their mouth,n ever never!!T and B need not invoke spiritualism,because their citizens are anti-Christ?Or,is it the blessed materialist West, not worried about its future, happy with its Unemployment,falling GDP, mounting COVID 2 deaths…Another set of variables?

  156. It appears that the author is full of venom against PM. One can easily apply same arguments even for Christ,Krishna and Mhd.Paigambar

  157. Absolute nonsense article, author one of those Modi haters who see negativity in everything that government does.
    Everyone is suffering in the world due to Covid19 and the governments are doing their best to help its citizens but these kind of authors are busy trying to create confusion and spread negativity in these testing times. Shame on you Asim Ali..

  158. Hilariously 🤣🤣 its been more than a decade and left wing media with their political masters still have no idea about Modi’s popularity and success.

  159. Amazing indeed. So we are here to say that the Corona virus was imported by Modi to bring in sufferings to the millions of Indians. How stupid and uneducated we prove to our uneducated brethren by equating our democratically elected PM and say there’s no freedom of speech. How much is freedom of speech? The opposition in its quest to return back is doing everything to undermine it’s very own people. Never seen such an archaic opposition ever in the history of democracy anywhere in the World!

  160. Why don’t you write about How the Tabligh members helped to spread the Corona Virus pan india. Why only targeting Modi and Hindu religion.

    • He has not targeted the PM Modi and Hindu, made himself,
      To understand the print and it’s ethics to journalism, and how they have taken granted, you need to refer the emails exchanged between bengali writer and mr. Gupta,
      They are biased to Indians

    • Love you brother we are brothers and we want growth and love peace no war no hatred we love our true muslim brothers

  161. Thanks for such a clinical analysis of the demi God or the reincarnation of Lord Krishna in contemporary India who can do no wrong (as per his cult following) . I wonder if ” you cannot fool all the people all the time ” applies to this Messiah.

    • “Modi propped up by subversive media”. Are you crazy ? If any leader in India has been subjected to 17 years continued pricking by the polity, media, NGOs and individuals like you, it is Modi. He has earned a respect from the country men, no other leader is even near to his standing. For academic discussion, lets agree that he has been galvanized by the media, but why International organisations, Universities and think tank discuss him and appreciate in various forums.
      He is also subject to commit errors, as we all are, his devotion, sincerity and integrity is un- parallel. These are his characteristics which has endeared him to the public.

  162. What a joke and waste of time this article is. Its not only funny, but even ridiculous to see that how much the opposition is hell bent to defame India and its PM by citing all the wrong and unproven facts and figures. Survey stating that 66% Indians have lost their jobs has reached only this author’s home.

  163. The author is utterly wrong. Can you suggest an alternative to Lockdown ???

    We common people know how important it is to save our lives. If no lockdown was announced/imposed at right time, Inida would have lost Hundreds of Thousands by this time. When this is known to us, the common people and the data analysts – it’s surprising you are not aware. Not sure what kind reasearch you can do well. Sorry to say this, though !

  164. Yellow journalism at its peak. What is your problem with Modi? He is not a super man to solve all the problems. You guys don’t have any guts to write an article on the harm Tablighi’s have caused or idiotics of Rail Gandhi

  165. Muslims of the world that includes writer have Modiphobia. Article is well thought through and opinion made are in sync with the current situation to draw perspective of an individual to consolidate the thought of one religious community.
    1200 years of slavery has to be demonised and effort to put in to make the region the real hindustan. In Non violent way . Is there anyone can deny the historical fact of that India gone through under the Muslims and Colonial rule . Impurity need to corrected . All indian should feel about their indenti. No one has feel threatened…sab sath sanka vishwas, sanka vikas

  166. Yes, your frustration and confusion is well understood.
    Modi is for real and fulltime servant of India as opposed to fly by night charlatans of wadra Congress.
    Each and every act of Modi is with good faith and absolute devotion to the welfare of India.

  167. Modi is PM of a poor country.Rich are happy as no hindrance in making money.Corrupts are happy as no restriction on Corruption.Poor are happy due to advertisement of death in rich and devloped Country. It appears to be win win for all except dead one. The dead will not Covid19 is a windfall for government machinery

  168. The biggest mistake Modi committed during the entire lockdown period is destroy ing the self respect of millions of migrant workers. He and his entire team of ministers and bureaucracy should be held responsible for the collossal damage done to them.

  169. W o r s t leader!! If h e’s a messiah, why h – e always b l a m e others, even for his own faults. H – e i s just an odd man out of current depleted leadership conundrum.

  170. OUT OF JEALOUSY SO MANY ARE COMMENTING AGAINST PM .BUT NO SINGLE PERSON OR INTELLECTUAL IS GIVING ANY VALUABLE SUGGESTION TO COME 0UT OF CRISIS.NO REAL INYELLECTUALD ARE THERE IN CIRCLE OPPOSING HIM.ALL ARE SELF STYLED INTELLECTUALS SO ABOVE CRITICISM IS NOTAT ALL CORRECT.

  171. Worst leader!! If he’s a messiah, why does he always blame others, even for his own faults. He’s just an odd man out of current depleted leadership conundrum.

  172. This is indeed a brilliant take on Modi.Infact first one which logically exposes him . But why is he not paying political cost? Why is he treated as demi god? Are Indian people fools?
    The fact is the indian public was habituated to see political class plundering the money ,blatantly using power for the benefit of their family.They were made to believe that power is not for serving people but for securing their own future before 2014.In Modi , people see a person who is not there to plunder money,who people will believe will not promote his family interest.
    The biggest reason is people don’t judge modi on the basis of the performance of the government but they judge him on the basis of efforts he put in,the sincerity he shows in putting those efforts because people of this country particularly born after 1955 never saw a leader putting this much of effort with out any self interest.

  173. Nonsense writing. Don’t take the Name of Khamnaie with your immoral tongue. Writer who so is need to do research about Imam Khamnaie.

  174. People showing there rhetoric with negative criticism knowing fully well the Covid-19 problems can do to a huge populated country where people manage their living with fortitude fa ing difficultues that are inherent and most problems arising due to the backlog of 70 years of insensitive administration to the various under priveleged including migrant population. Census if taken properly like population register would have made things more systematic for taking care with accountability. People like the one above only can impede progress and find happiness in it actually causing more hurdles. Blaming a party and PM who really work and showing scant regard

  175. Who the hell on earth are you to talk about Rehbar -E Moazzam Ayatullah Sayed Ali Khamenai, do you even recognise the designation. You can never find any similarity between Modi and him. Modi is a biggest Liar and Honesty belongs to Ayatullah Sayed Ali Khamenai.

  176. This article is written with lot of prejudice and qith only intention of hurting India
    The author is biased
    India is being managed the best and better than any other country on planet keeping in mind population and diveraity.
    Pandemic situation in India ia being managed the best possible way and better than any country on.planet. illwishers of country do not like this

  177. Mr.Ali,Have respect for India and don’t be tool for China and don’t refer Mahatma as MKGandhi.Its a sponsored article.Stay away …

  178. What i realy think is that the virus is not in control of anyone whether modi or us , making political issues won’t help .

  179. Agreed…its sad seeing not just the crime but ignorance too..poor people who don’t exist for the government

  180. Wish mr.ali can sermonise his people more and tell them to get scientific and proper education. He should work to liberate his women who are caged in black and not allowed to get even elementary education. Wish he can sermonise groups like tabligi to ensure that they dont teach the muslims to hate hindus and stop their habits of spitting on everything.

  181. The writer seems to be obsessed with modifobia. He is writing absolutely wring. He is the only Prime minister in the History of India who has done so much for the poors.
    This write up is biased and seems to be politically motivated. I condemn the writer for his poor show.

  182. If one somehow wants to oppose and criticize Modi, this article is one example of it! One can interpret any of his actions with your preferred angle and launch attack on him. People will vote for Modi so long as he is seem to be delivering what they believe is good enough for them, just as they voted earlier for Congress. There is nothing more or less than this simple logic. But the point is that Modi is seen and believed to be delivering and thats what matters, whatever the author believes. Beyond this, there is no point in taking on his arguments!

  183. Thanks for writing a great article. I think the most terrible fact is that we are standing on faith, not on our own judgment. The problem is that we are educated but not able to develop our own thought. I request you all not to show your stupidity without knowing something appropriately.

    • Modi dreams for the people and work for to make it reality. Public is aware that some of his decisions are wrong but his honesty is appreciated. He himself is clean. Modi has come up from the common and simple background and middle class identify themselves with him. Poor public looking hopefully to his slogan ‘sabka sath sabka vikas’. Secondly, most of the Hindus support Modi because of aggressive nature of Muslim religion. Thirdly, Indians are fed up with corrupt and dynastic rule of earlier party.

  184. May I request the print to get rid of this Islamist snake. If in reality 80% Indians had become jobless and help reached to only 36% and that too only rs 500 “equivalent to only 2-3 days of earning” (as per claims of the Azim Premji institute research) there should have been massive deaths due to starvation etc. There is no evidence of that. There is also no suggestion on how the 80% who’ve lost jobs are managing and avoiding starvation and deaths…. Rather than answering these questions which would have made the research aliytle reliable this author (a muslim) starts lecturing Hindus on how Modi is viewed as a godman or God himself…. Pathetic. We don’t need your lecture Sir. Shove it where the sun don’t shine! Thank you very much

  185. Pappu & Mummy, corrupt traitors who support the tukde tukde gang – do we want these viruses destroying Bharat?
    Do you want to allow these leeches 70 more years to suck the lifeblood out of our country?

  186. The introductory para of the article shows the attitudinal prejudice of the author even without reading the article further. The entire article smacks of prejudice against PM Modi as the facts have been twisted and marshalled in a way to prejudice the mind of the reader. The author has neither any suggestions nor any experience for the betterment of the people’of the country. He has not stated any facts and the situation and solutions affecting the various countries. If he is an expert let him describe about Corona and the medical treatment to get rid of it. Anybody can write any article from armchair with plagiarized facts marshalled against PM modi to spoil his name without realising the magnitude of the problem and the herculean task before the nation and its government. I am surprised how Print published such articles to lower the image of the PM and the nation.

  187. One thing you not mation this no buddy defeat modiji in election when he starting their political career. now you decide which country you want go becouse after modi yogi take their position 😂

  188. India waited for many years to get the person who unite all caste and different faiths people . Finally it is found in Modiji. It is Congress mistake who thought that only muslims unite and vote in one direction and not hindus! Congress is almost finished and no chances of coming back

  189. The frustration of the author of this piece is palpable. He does not understand the popularity of Shri Narendra Modi. But to earn his living and keep his job he has to invent reasons and look scholarly.

  190. Modi phenomenon is a backlash against unsecular policies of other parties and religious life style and identity of Muslims. If you want to defeat Modi just ask your fellow Muslim follow Muslims behaviour of turkey not Iran or s arabia
    If Muslims become secular in their lifestyles
    Modi’s appeal will vanish because he is seen by its follower as somome who are fighting against Muslim religious extremism.

  191. Absolute Bakwas. Trash. will not hold water. People voted out Mrs Indira Gandhi who, in the words of A B Vajpayee, was “modern Durga”.

      • @keny – We dont need gas chambers we have Islamofacists who are doing the job in India and around the world with their factory in our neighborhood. Why dont you ask Mohammad how many more deaths will satisfy his blood cult? How long will their failed jehad continue?

  192. The only people who have not lost their jobs during the pandemic are well-paid Bhakts. Judging by the no. of hate-filled comments against the author of this article, it is clear that paid-Bhakts are doing overtime. It also shows where the PM-CARES funds are being diverted.

  193. Osho Rajnish, Aasaram, Ram-Rahim, Nithyananda et all; India’s recent history aptly mirrors the true place deserved by it’s Demi-Gods.

  194. Clearly this delusional author thinks that the lockdown was some fanciful experiment by PM Modi – not a response to an emergency unlike any other!
    If he couldn’t hear empathy or understanding for the migrant workers that is because of a personal affliction that impairs him.

    Given his name, his rants are nothing new – after failing to discredit Modi logically or politically, the blame is now shifted to ordinary Indians – who are accused of being cultists and stupid.

    I guess these are the insane voices of the desperate and delusional who no longer have anything to counter Modi with so they blame the voters for being brainwashed – particularly Hindu voters!

    To Muslims suffering due to Hindu brainwashing – there is a cure, just like the migrant worker they too can start their journey to the land of the unbrainwashes, the land of the pure ! *Directions available on request.

    • How many more deaths will satisfy you? Or do you want gas chamber? India is for sale anyway. So your wishes might actually come true.

  195. We must appreciate Modi for taking right steps at right time to counter the crisis caused by Coronavirus (COVID 19). Lockdown has given preparatory time to every state govt, autonomous bodies etc to combat health and economic crisis. We should not allow anti-national forces to rise again which we pulled down in 2014.

  196. I always feel angry with Nehru… and his political legacy. Congress has always treated left in poorly terming them as Antidemocratic but failed to recognize the greater threat of Right wing…. Today India is at the doorsteps of accepting fascism, sectarian nationalism as a way of life

    • Nationalism should absolutely be a way of life. No questions about it. If you are suggesting any different, then I have doubts over your indianness Sir.

  197. I concede he may be fraud but he stands nowhere in comparison to your fraud prophet aka warlord aka killer of millions he is the buffer.If you show faith in your prophet, erdogan , Pakistan , Arabs inspite of isis, taliban why Hindus should be apologetic.RSS is a mild counter reaction to your religions years of bullying and it’s a very mild organisation and has nowhere near capabilities like lashkar .You should be thankful that Modi, bjp, rss acts as safety valve of Hindus within the so called framework of my lord constitution worthy of toilet paper ,has failed to satisfy even basic needs and created new fault lines .Wish they were as dangerous and vicious as you claim them to be.would love to meet this ass prophet in hell .

  198. your own congress has also not faces coneqences of their action other wise congress world have never come to power after Indira Gandhis death thats how people o india vote of they trust you it is too high

  199. Clearly journalism at its lowest!
    Why is the author of this article trying to paint such a grim picture! He says 2 out of 3 Indians have lost their jobs, families cutting meals…. This is not the truth! Author is trying to take news from different parts of the world and trying to paint a grim one for us! Shame on you

  200. You are fake news…!!
    and all the time try to Sell you Chinese propaganda, but unfortunately Indian are understand that.
    So try something new.
    Views are personal.🤣🤣🤣

  201. Namakharamis and anti-nationals will never be satisfied with the gigantic task done 24/7 by Modi and team. They are always looking for perfect perfection and cloudy, non-existing heavenly situations.

  202. What have you been smoking? And if 6 out of every 10 urban India. Has lost their jobs, how on earth do you have yours??

  203. There is nothing in this article other than unfettered hate for the Prime minister. Of late it has become usual for the so called Indian intelligentsia to post articles like these – devoid of truth and reeking of fatuity, in an effort to undermine the genuine efforts of the central government.

  204. One thing to notice, the workers might lost their jobs but not lives. If there was no lockdown then they might get affected from Covid-19 and would have lost their lives. Stop publishing stupid news.

  205. Is he not biased? He is able to see only the short comings? Is there nothing good in Modi? Is he as visionless or visionful as Rahul? Or is he just jealous of Modi? Or is he just Hindu hater?

  206. Everyone knows there is a problem. Central Government does it’s Job, there is also a lots for state government to do now. Why media never talks about states – their failures & successes. For example, states have much higher responsibility in the current migrant issue, but everyone is behind central government.

  207. Please stop this hate spread news and anti india newses. Being a media try to publish the news that is worth knowing.

  208. In india only modi is responsible fo everything…..heath infrastrure is week…. Modi is responsible….. What about non modi states…. What about congress 70 years….. Labour crisis ….. What about mumbai , delhi , and Punjab governments they does not hold accountable…… Accutually the problem in liberals and Islamist…… They only want modi down…. That’s why public is deaf .

  209. Azim Ali, name says it all. The Muslims in India, it appears have formed an union with assistance from seculars, presstitutes and the opposition parties to discredit India, in general and Modi in particular. You make it sound as if Modi imported this crisis to India. A concerted efforts by muslims all over India to cover up the wrong doings of tablighi jamaatis and make them look innocent. The entire opposition is hand in glove with these muslims to paint their community white . W H H did you muslims stay back in India even after you guys got your pakistan? Look at the mess you guys have created in my country.

  210. Very well articulated and thought through…

    The more we invest our faith in false Gods, the more difficult it will be disengage even when the world around us crumbles.

    And the worse will be the withdrawal symptoms as we stubbornly hold on to the Messiah who has promised us the salvation through the great Revivalist Rashtra!! Tough times indeed ahead

  211. “Suffering He causes”? Did Modi bring the pandemic or The Print’s ideologues across the border? Get your facts right before ranting against modi.

  212. The compararion is quite unfair..first and foremost, Modi is an elected leader whilst Khamenei is not…modi is accountable to the people of India whilst the Iranian regime ensures that Khamenei is answerable to none

  213. What should we call out Modi for? The real culprit is your master Chai-na! Do you guys have the guts to call ping pong Jinping out?

  214. Modi faces no political costs for suffering he causes.
    Only because he is not a religious fanatic like Ali Khamenei who reduced women to half a human being after he came to power, the repression under the Revolutionary Guards is not known to the world because the well looked after media.
    Despite the alleged spectacular failure to address a migrant crisis festering for over two months, astonishingly there seems to be no anger with Modi, who seems as popular as ever.
    DO NOT THINK THE MIGRANTS ARE STUPID, THEy KNOW EXACTLY WHO WERE THE BENEFICIARIES OF MAKING THEM MIGRANTS and WHO IS TRYING TO HELP THEM OUT OF THE SITUATION,
    Half of Indian households have reduced their number of meals since the lock down.

  215. Please do not compare Modi with Jesus. Jesus can save Modi but Modi or any person cannot save any person from eternal damnation. Jesus is coming soon.

  216. This is not an article. This is frustration. Modi may not have handled situation perfectly but it is more than satisfactory. A country with 1.3 B population, majority of them are poor, unconscious, not serious in obeying law and order, poor healthcare system, lazy executives can’t be handled better than this. Adjectives i used is not to show any disrespect to my fellow citizens but it is reality. Advantage that oppositions have is they are not in power!

  217. A life span of 120 years is a possibility now. Recent advances in stem cell therapy coupled with a diet on low carbs, pranayama to strengthen and renew the lung muscles will enable even an average person to achieve the life expectancy of 100 years. Given the author’s well argued impregnabilty of Modi’s hold over the Indian voters whose average IQ is 82 we need to reconcile to the reality of another 20 years plus rule of Modi. He does rigorous yoga in his well manicured garden, does regular fasting and a ruthless disposition towards holding on to power. So even if half of India’s population gets decimated by his policies he will be the monarch of all he surveys.
    Southern India is an irritant and he will take care them soon.

  218. The writer is more or less on the side of rational argument. This is a wrecthed country where religion has made billionnairs out of uneducated, street smart politicians. It is a country where resources would always be gobbled up an ever expanding population, where politics will remain largely a family owned business. Where angst would always rule and the sensible would leave if they can afford it. In the meanwhile we should also salute the millions who have made a good life for them notwithstanding the quality of government.

  219. media outlets like the print ,should be banned with immediate effect, for the kind of hatret to unleash against India, comparing india pm to iranian leader for all wrong and fake reasons is in itself reason enough for you to be banned. you are nothing but a mouthpiece of congree and left psuedo liberals disguised as a media platform. same is evident from not only this post but alomst all your articles and news.

  220. I think Modi is the worst PM India ever had.his stupidity and religious rubbish will destroy India.imagine supporting listening to idiots who believe in drinking cow urine to solve covid 19.My goodness
    These are the idiots who are governing.modi implements things without thinking of the consequences on the poor and suffering

    • In India Christian voices have zero credibility. Hilarious is the fact that Christians revile and fight fundamentalist Muslims all over the world but stand firm with Islam and fanatic Muslims in India. Muslims and Christians in India just cannot stomach the fact that neither rule India anymore!

    • Perfectly true I agree with you. Apart from what you said, in India its only Hindus who have to keep their mouth shut because if they say anything other religions get endengered. This writer is really insane. If he is talking about CAA, first do all research and try to understand the perspective. I think the writer is some sadak chap moron who finds expression in such stupid newspapers.

  221. The only reason is because what u mentioned here is a BIG lie… Yes it’s true some lost jobs and we are struggling.. but don’t show as if it’s a failed govt… Loosers… Get some true news…guys…plz be mature in reporting….

  222. तुझ से पहले जो इक शख़्स यहाँ तख़त नशीन था
    उसको भी अपने ख़ुदा होने का इतना ही यक़ीन था

    If a person is not sympathetic to the suffering of his country men, he will suffer the most in the long run .

  223. This pose of Mr.Modi reminds of crucified Jesus or Mr Rahul Gandhi while campaigning or Freddie Mercury in ‘I want to break free’or Shakira in Whenever wherever (that is the deal my dear)which is being imitated by many liberated souls.May Christ bless them!

  224. OK, Tell me which model Modi should have followed? Italy or USA or Singapore or China for a Large Country like India? Which country was successful in controlling this COVID? Please dont have blind hatred for Modi. Do you think some other leader would have handled this better? What are your solutions

  225. It seems that the author is more disappointed about Modi not losing his popularity than the crisis which people face. Many of Modi haters hope against hope in every single crisis and in every single opportunity a downfall of a man that they so much hate. That is their true intention here.

  226. We love the stoned looks , pathalogical haters like you give. Here is the fact – people of India love Modi. Is he perfect – hell no. Is he the best – hell yes. Are you guys relevant – Absolutely No.

    Pathalogical haters like you pick up a topic , gyrate over it till you find another one. First was beef , then intolerance , them Rafaele , then demonitization then CAA and now Migrants. People of India saw through the malicious intent and pushed you folks to a corner.

    We love Modi. We will continue to be. You call us Bhakts, we have no problem. And in case you are even interested, the migrants problem is real and the State and Central Gov are equally responsible for their well being. Singling out the central is just a narration that suits your perveted agenda. You don’t care for the migrants – you never did. You are just using this and milking the tragedy.

  227. While reading the above article everything seemed pretty correct but after reading the comments beneath it made me hesitant to approve it. I never faced this sort of confusion before. But the ultimate truth is , I am there only where I was years before. Amen

  228. I think if print doesn’t able to differentiate between hate speech and freedom of expression. It should close its website. From now I will not read and even unsubscribe print from my phone. Because it is allowed asshole to write anything.

  229. If he doesn’t face any political costs, it must be well acceptable to ‘all’ public. In which case this article is slander or is totally skewed.

  230. This is nothing but the outpourings of visceral hatred towards Modi .In hindsight everybody is clever.Immediately after Demonetisation many prominent Economists including former President Pranab Mukherji welcomed it.Modi won a huge electoral victory in the aftermath of Demonetisation.Same goes for GST.The comparison with the the Iranian religious leader is indeed odius.Ever since he became Prime Minister,he has never been communally partisan.In ffact a large share of benefits like Bijli,free Gas Cylinder,P.M.Awas Yojana ,subsidised household toilets,minority scholarships have all accrued to minorities in larger shares than their population proportion.The author might like to verify these facts from authoritative Statistics.The Author assumes that the Indian people are gullible enough to fall for so-called Messiahs.The Author should make costructive criticism of policies rather than indulging in personal vendetta..While the Central Govt. should have anticipated the migrant problem and to that extent at fault,a major share for this debacle rests on the States.Afterall the State of Kerala managed the problem with least inconvenience.

  231. I THINK MODI MISUSING EVM MACHINES TO WIN ELECTION OTHERWISE IT IS DIFFICULT TO WIN EVERY ELECTION WITH LIES ? EVERYBODY KNOWS HE SPEAK LIES ? EVM MACHINE IS READY WITH ELECETION COMMISSION SUPPORT. THAT IS WHY NOT CARING ANY MIGRANT OR ANY ISSUES ?

  232. This Op-ed is mostly crap and somewhat right . Right parts – Invincibility of Modi despite botched up policies; crafting of an image of “fakir” and the practice of delivering a speech. But the rest part is superficial and nonsensical. PM Modi has orchestrated and choreographed an image which is based on his rags to riches story which everyone likes and millions of Indians actually want to tread that path and the rest is “Brand Management”. Author forgot that millions of Indians staunchly felt that PM Modi had good intentions during Demonetisation and the whole 2019 election was fought on a National Security idea and BJP-RSS ensured that this works and also he forgets what an astute politician Mr. Modi is . Secondly, Author forgot the role of opposition which is non-existent even now; If tables would have turned, BJP/RSS would have created a brouhaha and a fervour over the current situation. Lastly, Author forgot the role played by Media and so-called Opinion Makers in ensuring this superficial image remains intact.
    There are more reasons but let’s limit ourselves to these many.
    What India lacks is strong opposition which can obliterate the shining armour, and when she will get one, another “Messiah” will bite the dust.

  233. Looks like we were unnecessarily blaming Rahul Gandhi for being an incompetent politician. How could anybody have won against “God/Messiah”? Hopefully supreme leader “Ayatollah” will not lead us down the path to becoming another Iran is all I can pray to the real God for.

      • It is the right of every Muslim to abuse other religions. This gives them bonus points to secure their ticket to heaven.

    • The author needs to consult the best psychiatrist from India and if not from States then.
      Tue Author just needs the appreciation for this writing from Godi Media and Bhakts. Well, the entire nation knows what and how we are suffering….

  234. Librandus are insane people. They think they can turn lies into truth. They think they can band laws of physics in their hate propaganda against Modi. They think all people except them are fool and they can make people believe their lies bombarded continuously. Why should these librandus even exist in the world of peace loving people.

    • Comparing Ayathuallah Ali Khamenei with PM Modi is totally wrong. Go and check iran progress under his leadership for the last 2 to 3 decades and inspite of so many sanctions Iran has survived and made progress in almost every fields. Iran is the Only country to stand against Super powers…Before writing an article pls do some genuine research . Just dont write for the sake of doing it to get your pay checks.

      • Sorry as a non Indian I don’t understand the sensitivities of the India society. Are you objecting to the comparison because you think Modi is so much inferior to Khamenei OR vise versa?

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