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Modi’s Chale Jao vs Non-politics of the Opposition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent appeal invoking the spirit of “quit India” is characteristic of his larger politics beyond merely electoral successes. The opposition, in contrast, is clueless about both electoral strategy and the politics to counter the new regime. Given the adverse effects the Modi regime is likely to have on democracy, the opposition’s lack of political instinct is all the more saddening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team are certainly not short on ideas that can easily impress the masses. The Prime Minister’s recent (30 July) monologue (Mann ki Baat) is surely going to be a major step in augmenting this feeling. He has appealed to all citizens to take a pledge and to engage in a new movement to ensure that various ills quit India. Chale Jao (or Quit India) has an evocative resonance in Indian minds as a slogan that inspired the nation during the final phase of the struggle for independence. By reclaiming that memory, Modi has yet again shown why he is a successful political actor without any comparison from the contemporary stock of India’s many political leaders.

Ever since Modi emerged on the national political scene, he has distingui­shed himself by his rhetoric—attractive even to sections of the intelligentsia—his polemical attacks on opponents, his penchant for acronyms and above all, by his ability to position himself as a person of big ideas and big thinking. Even after three years in power, Modi’s disposition for self-expression shows no signs of ebbing. In fact, communication constitutes an important part of Modi’s politics.

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Updated On : 16th Aug, 2017
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