31 October, 2020

Narendra Modi

Suffice it to say I don’t hanker after prime ministership. As one of my angrezi-speaking advisors put it: “Narendrabhai, it’s better to reign in hell (Gandhinagar) than to serve in heaven (Delhi).”

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Narendra Modi
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For some time now, political pundits have been speculating on matters like why I kept away from the BJP national executive and why I wasn’t present at the flag-off of Advaniji’s yatra in Bihar. The stories going round was that I am upset with the RSS-backed Sunil Joshi being co-incharge of the UP elections and that other second-rung leaders dislike my posturing as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in 2014. There has also been some talk about my arrogant behaviour. I will not go into that bit though. Suffice it to say I don’t hanker after prime ministership. As one of my angrezi-speaking advisors put it: “Narendrabhai, it’s better to reign in hell (Gandhinagar) than to serve in heaven (Delhi).” I understand he was twisting a line from the great poet John Milton. Incidentally, the only Milton I knew of till then was the label that makes vacuum flasks.

That apart, why didn’t I show up at the national executive? Well, I had two surprise visitors—Hollywood comic actor Jim Carrey and...

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