17 June, 2021

‘Modi Brought India To Its Knees’

BJP government pushed the National Disaster Management Act and brought it under the Epidemic Act. The states can do nothing. We told them a year ago that we will buy the vaccines, but the Centre refused to give permission, says Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra

‘Modi Brought India To Its Knees’

Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra speaks to Preetha Nair about seven years of the Narendra Modi government and the deteriorating Centre-state relationship. Excerpts:

How do you assess the Modi government in terms of perception and performance?

Considering demonetisation and every other big fiasco, they actually managed perception very well. They always managed to spin it as if they have done something great for the country. Until about three months ago. Now it is falling apart. In the ­perception battle, while it was ­alright to criticise the government, the prime minister was kept untouchable, with a superhuman halo surrounding him—almost godlike. It was a sort of spiritual thing. Rules that applied to global leaders like the British PM or the US President didn’t apply to Modi. It started with demonetisation, when he fell back on the old Hindu traditions of tyaag or sacrifice and said that the pain will actually be good for you. So people put up with demonetisation,...

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