30 October, 2020

Delhi Diary

What is it about the Gujarat chief minister that puts off even those who admire and applaud his record as chief minister?

Delhi Diary
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A Soft Touch for Modi

Recently, Mr Mukesh Ambani joined a long list of corporate big boys who praised Narendra Modi, and even the US Congress, whatever the caveats, acknowledges the good work he has done. Yet, what is it about the Gujarat chief minister that puts off even those who admire and applaud his record as chief minister? Whether he apologises for the 2002 massacre is not the issue here. It is the complex, jarring personality of Modi which alienates, if not terrifies, not only his opponents but also his party colleagues. His air of inflexibility and stubbornness combined with a sense of invincibility is the problem.

Self-confidence in a politician is a positive; it suggests purposefulness and commitment. An excess of self-confidence can, alas, end up as hubris. The belittling, cutting sarcasm in Modi’s public oratory does not help. It is initially effective but...

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