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With no threat to Nehru or Gandhi

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Published on October 04, 2019 with No Comments

Two Strong men of the world came together on the world stage and expressed their mutual appreciation in front of a record 50,000 crowd and while doing so, both got carried away in a way never before, and the reactions and responses that followed were on the same lines too.

While Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had the crowd cheering like never before when he went on to share the major changes that India has witnessed. He faced criticism when forgot that he is there as a statesman and now a propaganda chief of the US President Donald Trump. Prime Minister Modi made an appeal in the same fashion as he did during his own election of 2014, and said “ab ki bar Trump Sarkar” ( This time Trump government!).

With the 50,000 plus “crazy” Indian-Americans seemingly elated at the sight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump was left holding hands with him and submissively following him around the stadium in a victory lap — much to the wonder of television audiences, worldwide, no doubt. Going by the welcome that Prime Minister Narendra Modi received at Houston, perhaps President Trump’s bracketing him with rock and roll legend Elvis Presley was well received. However, President Trump got carried away by anointing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the “Father of India”.  It was a ‘Howdy, Modi!’ show, which many called a rigged rowdy show.

 Indians hail Mahatma Gandhi as Father of the Nation and Prime Minister remains his great admirer. Oct 2 happens to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi and Prime Minister Modi has been working for last five years to make India open defecation free, and in New York he was awarded for fulfilling this dream of Mahatama Gandhi. Hence those in India who reacted in India on Prime Minister being called “father of India”, should have realized that it was an act in which the President Trump just got carried away and there should not be any debate that it’s was attempt to further show case Narendra Modi.

India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru also found a mention at the “Howdy Modi” event.  Steny Hoyer, Democratic Congressman and Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, at the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ gala took an unexpected turn. “Like America, India is proud of its ancient traditions to secure a future according to Gandhi’s teaching and Nehru’s vision of India as a secular democracy where pluralism and human rights safeguard every individual. America and India must strive to make our promises and aspirations a reality for all our citizens.” Knowing that Prime Minister Modi’s party blames Pandit Nehru for all the ills that India has got even today, the comments by Steny Hoyer were treated by Modi’s critics as a rebut. However the same should have been treated as a fair comment on the contribution of Pandit Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. Critics were prompt in making a comparison what union home minister Amit Shah had said about  Jawaharlal Nehru while addressing a rally in poll-bound Maharashtra on the Centre’s decision to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status provided under Article 370 of the Constitution. “Pakistan occupied Kashmir  wouldn’t have come into existence had Nehru not declared untimely ceasefire with Pakistan, a mistake of Nehru.Sardar Patel should have handled Kashmir, instead of Nehru handling it,” Shah had said.

The two statements were made at different platform and in different context and can’t be co-related. The reactions from the critics, were more on the following lines: “When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.”

There is no threat to Gandhi or Nehru from the statements made by these leaders, and the aura of Prime Minister Narendra Modi does attract its own praise and he may continue to get that. Prime Minister Modi in last five years has done for the cleanness drive in India that was so dear to Mahatama Gandhi than any other leader in last 70 years.


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