The world may be sorry for India -TJS George
-The New Indian Express
More than any other Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi longed for international approbation.
More than any other Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi longed for international approbation. He wanted the world to chant Howdy Modi not as part of an organised publicity stunt, but spontaneously with love and reverence. Power in India was important, but just as important was admiration by the world. It was important that the world understood how a tide of popularity carried him to the top and how continuing applause by an ecstatic people is keeping him there. The expensively organised Houston triumph has faded out of memory. Today Modi is a target of attack from many quarters across the world. The world finally saw that his was a communal approach to policy making.
The current farmers’ agitation and Modi’s handling of it have invited further resentment. Not surprisingly, the marching farmers have received considerable support from many countries because of their orderly behaviour. The biggest tactical mistake made by the BJP was to describe foreign critics as Khalistanis. The fundamentalist Sikh separatist movement that sought to establish an independent nation in Punjab never gained traction in India.
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The New Indian Express, 7 February, 2021, https://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/columns/t-j-s-george/2021/feb/07/the-world-may-be-sorry-for-india-2260569.html?fbclid=IwAR3rvK766olFX3a_gLXHxbJet_UM6MreTrYPFmfBRW7YwhcOSwET-MBsb9I