Musings on Shashi Tharoor and his ‘Paradoxical Prime Minister’
Abracadabra By K. B. Ganapathy, Columns

Musings on Shashi Tharoor and his ‘Paradoxical Prime Minister’

April 16, 2019

Reading books has many advantages to those who have no friends and those who have problem getting sleep. As for me, I have friends and no problem sleeping the moment I hit the sack, exceptions apart. All the same, I continue my old habit of reading books. After all, old habits die hard, it is said. In my early days, novels used to be my preferred reading. But since about 10 years, my interest is in books that are of current affairs, naturally non-fiction. However, when it comes to autobiography, not so much the biography, the book is always suspect, sometimes to the extent the line between fact and fiction are fading. Let it be.

At present, I am reading Congress MP and former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, who was also the former Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) and Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor’s book titled “The Paradoxical Prime Minister — Narendra Modi and His India.” So far I have covered just about 100 pages and found the book interesting.

However, every page has a footnote providing the source of information for what is written in the page above. The problem is about the authenticity of the sources and the difficulty in verifying the facts.

Whatever it may be, Shashi Tharoor should be given credit for writing the book in such a style and language that I would say it is unputdownable. He seems to be the master of current affairs, history and mythology and his ability to relate to the context seems amazing. Indeed, a literary genius, a prolific writer, both of fiction and non-fiction coupled with his ability to speak. No doubt he is a good Parliamentarian too. How I wish the Congress party would choose him as its Prime Ministerial choice should an expediency arise like when Dr. Manmohan Singh and earlier P.V. Narasimha Rao were chosen.

Be that as it may, this is the season of India’s great celebration of democracy — Parliamentary elections. There are two issues that an Indian citizen eligible to cast his vote should consider seriously with regard to the election. 1. He must, as of a religious duty and a social responsibility, exercise his vote no matter how much inconvenience is caused to him. If he fails, he will be responsible for weakening the democracy and thereby he weakens the liberty and freedom of an individual. 2. In a competitive contest to win, who should be the voters’ choice? This becomes a problem these days not because there are too many political parties, but because there are only a very few who deserve to be chosen to represent the people.

This question is haunting every educated and knowledgeable voter, because he is more concerned with the Prime Ministerial candidate and least bothered about other candidates.

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This cannot be said about the voters who are focused locally and about their personal equations with the candidate based on caste, creed, religion and sadly even money, selling of vote to the highest bidder. Herein lies the danger of getting a wrong person as the Prime Minister. In our country this has happened many times. No wonder in the 72 years of our independence, we have had 18 Prime Ministers from the stop-gap ones to the adjustable ones throwing to the winds the interest of the country, lack of pride in believing “Country First, India First.” I guess, at least this one nationalistic and patriotic ideal we can learn from Donald Trump, the President of America, who is never tired of proclaiming “America First.”

Here I remember the defining words of George Orwell, author of the book ‘1984’ about people who elect corrupt politicians to public office. To use his exact words, let me quote him:

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims… but accomplices.”

He means to say that these voters are accomplices in the crimes these corrupt politicians commit once they get elected. Therefore, it is important in a national election like the Parliamentary election, whether to bring the proven corrupt politicians or the ones who, following Donald Trump’s example, would say “India First.”

This sentiment should be there for whoever becomes the Prime Minister because that is the only way one can protect the country and its people. Which is the very reason why the Englishman says with his head held high and with no apologies “Right or Wrong, My Country!” He will not compromise the interest of the country either in the interest of Secularism or Socialism like it has been happening in India in the past.

It is in this context, I would like to share just two episodes narrated in the book on Page 20 and 21 relating to Prime Minister Modi. In one episode, Shashi Tharoor thought he could inveigle Modi easily by using his position in the Government as a Minister.

It appears, Shashi Tharoor happened to meet the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi at a function of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Chennai in January 2009. Shashi Tharoor,  who was not in politics then, had asked Modi about the 2002 riots and Modi’s role in them. Modi plainly said he did what he could do by calling in the Army when the Police proved inadequate.

Shashi Tharoor then asked how were the Muslims in Gujarat faring. Modi in his own style said that the same question was asked by some very important people from Delhi (assumed to be the Sachar Committee appointed by the UPA Government to report on the conditions of Indian Muslims.)

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They said to Modi, “We hear you have done nothing for Muslims in Gujarat.”  For this, Modi replied, “Sit down and please write this. You are right. I have done nothing for Muslims in Gujarat.” Modi then added, “Write this also. I have done nothing for Hindus in Gujarat either.” Shashi Tharoor says that at this point, Modi paused for dramatic effect and then continued, “I have done nothing for Muslims and Hindus. I have only worked for Gujaratis.”

Now let me come to the second episode. Later in the year, when Shashi Tharoor became the Minister of State for External Affairs, he was in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on an official visit. His task was to urge UAE to invest in India. A UAE company (Dubai Ports World) had acquired the British P&O (Shipping and Ports) and as a result takes over all the P&Os’ existing contracts to manage ports around the world. In India, the UAE company had no problem in converting the existing contracts in three Indian States. But in Gujarat, they got stuck. Therefore, UAE sought Shashi Tharoor’s help.

In great aplomb, Shashi Tharoor telephoned the Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi and mentioned of the problem. Shashi Tharoor says that Modi’s answer was chillingly blunt. He said, “A company controlled by an Arab country could not run a Gujarati Port.” He told Tharoor in the same breath, “You want these UAE people to invest in India. Tell them to come to Gujarat, I will give them land, 24×7 electricity, good roads, all the co-operation they want. But I won’t let them run the Port in Gujarat.” Modi told Tharoor in a very adamant manner that allowing UAE to maintain the Port would be detrimental to India’s national interest. Unfortunately, the other three Chief Ministers did not think so !

According to Modi, it simply means “India First.” “Right or Wrong, My Country.”

Here I am reminded of the 1962 China War, where India was defeated in a humiliating way. At that time, Nehru was gloating over the Non-Aligned foreign policy. He and his few Communist and Muslim countries had come together with a foreign policy known as Non-Alignment to checkmate the influence of America in the internal affairs of these countries. Nehru was a hero for these Non-Aligned countries. But what did they do to Nehru? In 1962 China War, none of these Non-Aligned countries, including Egypt, came to India’s help. Paradoxically, it was America which came to Nehru’s rescue and saved India.

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9 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Musings on Shashi Tharoor and his ‘Paradoxical Prime Minister’”

  1. manava says:

    ” He seems to be the master of current affairs, history and mythology and his ability to relate to the context seems amazing. Indeed, a literary genius, a prolific writer, both of fiction and non-fiction coupled with his ability to speak. No doubt he is a good Parliamentarian too. How I wish the Congress party would choose him as its Prime Ministerial choice should an expediency arise like when Dr. Manmohan Singh and earlier P.V. Narasimha Rao were chosen”
    Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh were able administrators , the former as a central minister and the latter in RBI, before they were chosen as the PMs. Tharoor is a mere talkative person with dreadful political acumen, puts his mouth where it should not belong, and these character flaws, means the then UN secretary general Kofi Anan who initially chose him as his spokesman, quietly dropped him. Tharoor collected much animosity with his: ” cleverer than you” attitude”, was unpopular, ignored and badly defeated when he stood for the UN secretary general position. He had no where else to go as the incoming UN secretary general chose his own under secretary general, but to return to India. He did not last his central minister positions either due to his propensity of putting his foot in his mouth!
    Tharoor mixes facts with fiction and that seems to interest some one. His escapology act when police arrested him in connection with his wife’s suicide demonstrates well why he should not be allowed near the centre of power.

  2. Anonymous says:

    @Manava: while I am inclined to agree with your assessment of Tharoor, it would not surprise me if he were to become PM candidate given that he is somewhat better than Rahul! But then in Gandhi congress the only qualification needed is undivided loyalty to The Indira Gandhi Dynasty. Ask the chief sycophant of the family Mani Shankar Iyer!

    • Manava says:

      Looking at RahuGandhi’s claim to become the PM, purely based on his dynasty, which Mani Shanker Iyer articulates in a silly way, I am reminded about the claim of Ted Kennedy and his Irish-American coterie including some of my well educated registered Democrat friends. Kennedy dynasty was powerful to the extent that Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick incident in 1960s where Mary Jo Kopechne, his girl friend died in that accident, was just not investigated by the FBI. We knew then it will happen, as Kennedy clan’s friends ran deep. For them,like Nehru dynasty supporters being a Kennedy was just enough,and he could do no wrong.
      The friends of Kennedy dynasty which included powerful Senators and House of Representatives, looking at Ted Kennedy’s miserable defeat at the hands of Jimmy Carter, when Ted foolishly stood against Carter, who was then the incumbent president at the Party caucus, were then pushing for John Kennedy-JFK’s son to stand for president, and could only shut up when the poor young man died. Unlike Iyer, who is nobody, Kennedy clan supporters included the Speaker of House of Representatives, and powerful Senate committee chairmen as well as many state governors.
      If you dismiss the above as history, there is already move afoot by many Democrats, as usual powerful Senators and it appears that the current Speaker,who always thinks that she is a politician of probity also not averse to the idea too, of getting Chelsea Clinton elected to the Senate-again some of my Clinton dynasty- supporting friends warmly applaud this , so that Chelsea Clinton could go for presidency after one Senate term just like Obama. Dynasty in operation!
      Look at how the Supreme Court awarded presidency to George Dubya Bush, when he stood against Gore the bore, and the ballot paper chads were an issue. Do not tell me that Bush dynasty did not sway the presidency. It was an open secret then in Texas. Jeb Bush wanted presidency because he was a Bush.
      On the local level, one could see Cuomo dynasty getting political power in the NY State!!
      Power-hungry dynasties are present in every country, and that includes India,USA and Canada-any one heard about Trudeau?
      In India and In America and in other countries a famous political dynasty garners many supporters. I could see massive support to Hillary Clinton, because, she was a Clinton. Democrats know, Chelsea Clinton will get similar support, because,she is a Clinton!! Only the Red Necks in every state saved Trump!
      Hence,not surprised by those who support Nehru Dynasty-if it is not Rahul Gandhi,may be his sister,next?

  3. syed matheen says:

    The Same Modi now running from pillar to pillar convincing UAE, Saudi, Qatar and other many nations to invest in India. The same Modi who opposed GST, he himself introduced GST. 100% perfect name for this book, certainly he is PARADOX.

  4. Manu Patel says:

    Please don’t write Nonsense that BJP opposed to GST when Congress was in power! At that time when it was proposed nation was reeling under economic slowdown and center has stopped the 4800 crore s compensation due to Gujarat ! If you want to hate Modi sitting in Dubai, tgat is fine, but Don’t lie through the teeth
    Why did Modi oppose the GST when he was Gujarat CM and now implements it?
    In UPA time the GST presented was very different than the one presented by Modi!
    At that time no proper framework or facilities we’re available for implementation of GST.
    The single biggest difference between then and now is compensation to states for loss of revenue that might be caused as a result of GST implementation. In fact, this was the biggest point of contention for which the producing states were not supporting the bill earlier
    Some quick highlights:
    =>The tax system before GST was an “origin based tax” which meant that the tax collection goes to the state in which the goods are produced. However, in GST, the tax will go to the state in which the goods are consumed (it is called “destination based tax”).
    =>Due to this, the producing states were not ready to support GST, because they were thinking that their revenue might go down (although, personally, I don’t think that will happen). This is the reason why Gujarat was against GST when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
    =>However, in the GST bill introduced by the BJP, the Central Government has accepted to compensate to the states in case there is a loss of revenue after implementation of GST (for a maximum of five years after the implementation).Because of this assurance, most of the manufacturing states including Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu agreed to accept GST even though they were not ready to do so earlier.

    • syed matheen says:

      So I hope even you know that UPA had proposed a maximum cap of 18% tax not 28%. As a customer 18% will be preferred rather 28% tax on some category and I am least bothered about state or center share.
      So what about Aadhaar ?? Did they not oppose and now running behind it for every scheme they launch ??

  5. Prakash R says:

    It is miserable to see how our intellectuals appease Modi without knowing what has been achieved by him. Modi, RSS,VHP are good at boasting about things which they have not achieved. Lot of do called educateds have become blind Bhaktas of Modi. Modi never talks of what he had promised in 2014 & what has been achieved. He never conducts Real Press conferences. He is afraid of difficult questions from the Media. Isn’t it a shame thing for a leader who has become PM, not to face the PRESS ? …

    • Manava says:

      You only have to look around to see the other option of Ragul Gandhi and his mother Sonia, a foreigner, controlling the Congress just because, she was married to a Nehru descendant! Rahul Gandhi, whose status of education qualifications, and according to a complaint filed in Amethi by a lawyer questioning his citizenship status in India is a massive disaster. There is political leadership vacuum in corrupt India. There is a Sanskrit saying: ” in a place which has no trees, castor tree ( the tree which yields castor seeds from which castor oil is extracted) is the tree ( Nirastha padape deshe erandopi dhrumayate) Generally.,castor tree is not a mammoth tree!

  6. Shreyas says:

    * ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ಮೋದಿ ಬೆಲೆಯೇರಿಕೆ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಿಸಿಲ್ಲ, ನಾವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕಲ್ಲ,

    * ವ್ಯಾಪಾರ ವಹಿವಾಟು ನಡೆಸುವವರಿಗೆ ತೊಂದರೆಯಾಗಿದೆ, ನಾವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕಲ್ಲ,

    * GST ತೆರಿಗೆ ಕಟ್ಟೋಕೆ ಕಷ್ಟವಾಗ್ತಿದೆ, ನಾವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕಲ್ಲ,

    * ಪೆಟ್ರೋಲ್ ಡೀಸೆಲ್ ಬೆಲೆ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಮಾಡಲಿಲ್ಲ, ನಾವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕಲ್ಲ

    * ಮೀಸಲಾತಿಯನ್ನ ತೆಗೆದು ಹಾಕಲಿಲ್ಲ, ನಾವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕಲ್ಲ

    * ರಾಮಮಂದಿರ ಕಟ್ಟಲಿಲ್ಲ, ನಾವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕಲ್ಲ,

    * ನಮ್ಮ ಬ್ಯಾಂಕ್ ಅಕೌಂಟಿಗೆ 15 ಲಕ್ಷ ಹಾಕಲಿಲ್ಲ, ನಾವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕಲ್ಲ,

    * ಅಚ್ಛೇ ದಿನ್ ಬರುತ್ತೆ ಅಂತ ಮೋದಿ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದರು, ಆ ಅಚ್ಛೆ ದಿನಗಳು ಬರಲಿಲ್ಲ, ನಾವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕಲ್ಲ

    * ನೋಟು ಅಮಾನ್ಯೀಕರಣ ಮಾಡಿ ಜನ ಸಾಯೋ ಹಾಗೆ ಮಾಡಿದ ಮೋದಿ, ನಾವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕಲ್ಲ

    ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಮಗದೊಂದು ಬ್ಲಾ ಬ್ಲಾ ಬ್ಲಾ

    ಇವುಗಳ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೇ ಮುಂದಿನ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕಲ್ಲ, ಮೋದಿಯ ದುಕಾನ್ ಬಂದ್ ಮಾಡಿಬಿಡ್ತೀವಿ, ಮೋದಿಯನ್ನ ಶತಾಯಗತಾಯವಾಗಿ ಸೋಲಿಸಿಯೇ ಬಿಡ್ತೀವಿ etc etc…

    ಬಂಧುಗಳೇ, ಮೋದಿಯ ದುಕಾನ್ ಬಂದ್ ಮಾಡೀವ್ರಂತೆ, ನಿಮಗೊಂದು ವಿಷಯ ಹೇಳ್ತೀನಿ ಕೇಳಿ

    ಸದ್ಯ ಮೋದಿಜೀಗೆ 67 ವಯಸ್ಸು, ಅವರ ಹಿಂದೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಯಾರೂ ಇಲ್ಲ, ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಲ್ಲ ಮರಿಯಿಲ್ಲ. ಅವರು ಏನು ಪಡೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕಾಗಿತ್ತೋ ಅದನ್ನ ಸಾಧಿಸಿಬಿಟ್ಟರು. ಒಂದು ವೇಳೆ ನೀವೀಗ ಮೋದಿಜೀಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕದಿದ್ದರೂ ಅವರನ್ನ “ಮಾಜಿ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ” ಯೆಂಬ ಪಟ್ಟ ಸಿಕ್ಕೇ ಸಿಗುತ್ತೆ.

    ಆಜೀವನ ಪರ್ಯಂತ ದೆಹಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮನೆ, ಓಡಾಡಲು ಕಾರು, ವಿಶೇಷ ಸುರಕ್ಷಾ ಕಮಾಂಡೋಗಳು, ಆಫೀಸ್ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ಸಿಕ್ಕೇ ಸಿಗುತ್ತೆ. ಹತ್ತು ಹದಿನೈದು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಆರಾಮಾಗಿ ಜೀವನ ನಡೆಸಿಬಿಡುತ್ತಾರೆ.

    ಆದರೆ ಆಗ ನೀವೇನ್ ಮಾಡ್ತೀರ?

    ಮುಂದೆ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್
    ಲಾಲು + ಮುಲಾಯಂ + ಮಾಯಾವತಿ + ಮಮತಾ + ಕೇಜ್ರೀವಾಲ್ + ಪಪ್ಪು ಗಳೆಲ್ಲಾ ಸೇರಿ

    * ಈ ದೇಶವನ್ನ ಇಸ್ಲಾಮೀಕರಣವೋ ಅಥವ ಕ್ರಿಶ್ಚಿಯನ್ನೀಕರಣಗೊಳಿಸಲು ಬೇಡಿಕೆಯಿಡ್ತಾರೆ

    * ರೋಹಿಂಗ್ಯಾ ಮುಸಲ್ಮಾನರನ್ನ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಅತಿಥಿಗಳ ಹಾಗೆ ನೋಡ್ಕೋತಾರೆ

    * ದೇಶವನ್ನ ಕೊಳ್ಳೆ ಹೊಡೆದು ದೇಶವಾಸಿಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಸಾಲದ ಹೊರೆಯೇ ಹೊರಿಸಿಬಿಡ್ತಾರೆ

    * ಮತ್ತೆ ಕಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಲು ಹಗರಣಗಳ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಲೂಟಿ ಆರಂಭವಾಗಿ ಲಕ್ಷಾಂತರ ಕೋಟಿ ಹಗರಣಗಳು ಶುರುವಾಗಿಬಿಡ್ತಾವೆ

    * ‘ಕೇಸರಿ ಭಯೋತ್ಪಾದನೆ’, ‘ಹಿಂದುಗಳು ಭಯೋತ್ಪಾದಕರು’ ಎಂಬ ಹಣೆಪಟ್ಟಿ ಹಿಂದುಗಳ ತಲೆಗೆ ಕಟ್ತಾರೆ

    * ಉಗ್ರಗಾಮಿಗಳು, ಭಯೋತ್ಪಾದಕರು ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಅತಿಥಿಗಳಾಗಿಬಿಡ್ತಾರೆ

    * ಹಿಂದುಗಳು ಸುನ್ನತ್ ಮಾಡಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು, ತಲೆಗೆ ಜಾಲಿ ಟೋಪಿ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡು, ಹಿಂದೂ ಹೆಣ್ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಬುರ್ಖಾ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡು ತಮ್ಮ ಧರ್ಮ ಮರೀಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತೆ

    * ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಸಲ್ಮಾನರಿಗೆ ತಮಗಿಷ್ಟದಂತೆ ಬೇಕಾದಷ್ಟು ಮೀಸಲಾತಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಅವರನ್ನ ಅವರಿಷ್ಟದಂತೆ ಏನು ಬೇಕಾದರೂ ಮಾಡಿ ನಾವು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಜೊತೆಗಿದ್ದೀವಿ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳ್ತಾರೆ

    * ಲವ್ ಜಿಹಾದ್ ಗೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರದವತಿಯಿಂಲೇ ಭರಪೂರ ಬೆಂಬಲ ಸಿಕ್ಕು ಸರ್ಟಿಫಿಕೇಟ್ ಮೂಲಕ ಮಾನ್ಯತೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕು ಬಿಡತ್ತೆ

    * ಈಗಿನ ಬೆಲೆಯೇರಿಕೆ ಹತ್ತು ಪಟ್ಟು ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿಬಿಡುತ್ತೆ,

    * ಪಪ್ಪು ದೇಶವನ್ನೆಲ್ಲಾ ಲೂಟಿ ಹೊಡೆಯುತ್ತ ಆರಾಮಾಗಿ ಯೂರೋಪ್ ಟ್ರಿಪ್ ಮಾಡ್ತಿರ್ತಾನೆ,

    * ಸೈನಿಕರು ಒಂದು ಗುಂಡು ಹಾರಿಸೋಕೂ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಆದೇಶಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಕಾಯುತ್ತ ಸಾಯ್ತಾರೆ,

    * ಪಾಕಿಸ್ತಾನ, ಚೀನಾ ಭಾರತದ ತಲೆಯೇರಿ ಕೂತುಬಿಡುತ್ತಾರೆ

    ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ಮೋದಿಜೀಯ ಮೇಲೆ ಒಂದೇ ಒಂದು ಭ್ರಷ್ಟಾಚಾರದ ಆರೋಪವಿಲ್ಲ ಯಾಕೆ?

    ದೇಶವನ್ನ ಉಳಿಸೋಕೆ ನಾನು ನನ್ನ ಕೈಲಾದ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಪಟ್ಟೆ ಆದರೆ ದೇಶದ ಜನತೆ ನನಗೆ ಬೆಂಬಲಿಸಲಿಲ್ಲ ಅಂತ ಮೋದಿಜೀ ಕೊರಗುತ್ತ ತಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನ ಕಳೆದುಬಿಡ್ತಾರೆ

    ಆದರೆ ನೀವು ಮಾತ್ರ ದಿನಾ ಸತ್ತು ಬದುಕಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತೆ, ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕೊನೆ ಉಸಿರು ಹೇಗಿರುತ್ತೆ ಅನ್ನೋದು ನಿಮಗೆ ಪ್ರತಿ ದಿನ ಪ್ರತಿ ಕ್ಷಣ ಅರಿವಾಗುತ್ತಲೇ ಇರುತ್ತೆ.

    * ನಿಮ್ಮ‌ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗಾಗಿ ಎಂತಹ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರವನ್ನ ನೋಡೋಕೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಹೋಗ್ತೀರ? ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಯೋಚಿಸಿ ಮೋದಿಜೀಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಿರ್ಣಯ ತಗೊಳ್ಳಿ.

    ಮೋದಿಜೀಯ ಪ್ರಾಮಾಣಿಕತೆಯನ್ನ ಪ್ರಶ್ನಿಸುವವರೇ ಮೋದಿ ಈ ದೇಶಕ್ಕಾಗಿ‌ ನಾಲ್ಕು ವರ್ಷಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಏನೇನು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರಂತ ತಿಳಿದುಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಬಯಸುವಿರಾ?

    * ಒಂದು ಲಕ್ಷ ಕೋಟಿ ರೂಪಾಯಿಯ ಪೆಟ್ರೋಲನ್ನ ಗಳಿಸಿ ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾರತದ ಮೇಲೆ ಇರಾನ್ ಸಾಲವಿದ್ದ 46 ಸಾವಿರ ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ.ಗಳ ಸಾಲವನ್ನು ಮೋದಿ ತೀರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

    * ಉಳಿದ 54 ಸಾವಿರ ಕೋಟಿಯ ಹಣವನ್ನ ರಫೇಲ್ ಜೆಟ್ ಪ್ಲೇನ್ ಗಳನ್ನ ಖರೀದಿಸಿ ಭಾರತೀಯ ಸೇನೆಯನ್ನ ಸದೃಢಗೊಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

    * ಸೋನಿಯಾ ತನ್ನಳಿಯನಿಗೆ ತಿನ್ನೋಕೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದ ಸಾವಿರಾರು ಕೋಟಿಯಂತೆ ಮೋದಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಕರಿಗೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರಾ?

    * ತಮ್ಮ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಕರು, ಸಂಬಂಧಿಕರ್ ಯಾಕೆ ಸ್ವತಃ ತನ್ನ ತಾಯಿಯನ್ನ ಸೋನಿಯಾಳಂತೆ ಅಮೇರಿಕಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿಕಿತ್ಸೆ ಕೊಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರಾ?

    * ಸ್ವಿಸ್ ಬ್ಯಾಂಕ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಭ್ರಷ್ಟ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳಂತೆ ಅಕೌಂಟ್ ಓಪನ್ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರಾ?

    * ದಿಗ್ವಿಜಯ್ ಸಿಂಗ್, ಅಹಮದ್ ಪಟೇಲ್, ಗುಲಾಂ ನಬಿಯಂತಹ ದೇಶದ್ರೋಹಿಗಳನ್ನ ತಮ್ಮ ಸುತ್ತ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರಾ? ಅದೂ ಇಲ್ಲ

    * ಇಲ್ಲೀವರೆಗೂ ಒಂದು ರೂಪಾಯಿಯ ಹಗರಣ ಮೋದಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇಳಿ ಬಂದಿಲ್ಲ

    ಆದರೆ ನಿಮಗೆ ಇವೆಲ್ಲಾ ಹೇಳಿಯಾದರೂ ಏನು ಪ್ರಯೋಜನ? ನಿಮಗೆ ಇವೆಲ್ಲಾ ಬೇಕಾಗೇ ಇಲ್ಲವಲ್ಲ. ನಿಮಗೇನಿದ್ದರೂ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ಕೂತಲ್ಲೆ ಪುಕ್ಕಟೆಯಾಗಿ ಬರಬೇಕಷ್ಟೇ

    * ಮೋದಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಅಕೌಂಟಿಗೆ 15 ಲಕ್ಷ ಹಾಕಬೇಕು ಆಗ ಮಾತ್ರ ಮೋದಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕ್ತೀರ,

    * ನೀವು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ಪರ್ಸನಲ್ ಸಾಲಗಳನ್ನೂ ಮೋದಿ ಮನ್ನಾ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು ಆಗ ಮಾತ್ರ ನೀವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕ್ತೀರ

    * ಮೋದಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಕೊಡಿಸಬೇಕು ಆಗ ಮಾತ್ರ ನೀವು ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಮತ ಹಾಕ್ತೀರ

    * ಮೋದಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಉಚಿತ ಊಟ, ಉಚಿತ ಟ್ರಿಪ್, ಉಚಿತ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ, ಉಚಿತ ಮನೆಗಳನ್ನ ಕೊಟ್ಟರೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಮೋದಿಗೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮತ ಹಾಕ್ತೀರ

    * ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿರೋ ಎಲ್ಲ ಸದಸ್ಯರಿಗೂ ಕೂತಲ್ಲೇ ಪೆನ್ಶನ್ ನೀಡಿ, ಆರಾಮಾಗಿ ಮನೇಲಿ ಕೂತು ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡದೆ ಸಂಬಳ ಎಣಿಸಿ ಅಂದಾಗ ಮಾತ್ರ ಮೋದಿಗೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮತ ಹಾಕ್ತೀರ

    ಹೌದಲ್ವ? ಇಂಥ ಕೆಲಸ ಮೋದಿಜೀ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮತ ಮೋದಿಗೆ ಹಾಕ್ತೀರಲ್ವ?

    ಆದರೆ ನಮಗೆ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ಮೋದಿ ಮಾಡಿತ್ತಿರುವ ಕೆಲಸಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೆಮ್ಮೆಯಿದೆ, ಅದೇ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕಲ್ಲವೇ ಭಾರತ ವಿಶ್ವದ ಸರ್ವಶ್ರೇಷ್ಟ ಎರಡನೇ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರವಂತ ಮೂಡೀಸ್ ರೇಟಿಂಗ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ BAA2 ಸ್ಥಾನ ಗಳಿಸಿದ್ದು!!

    ಇಂತಹ ನಿಸ್ವಾರ್ಥ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿಗೆ ನಮ್ಮಿಂದ ಬೆಂಬಲವಿದೆ, ನೀವು ಏನು‌ ಮಾಡ್ತೀರ ಅನ್ನೋದು ಇನ್ನು ನಿಮಗೆ‌ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದು!!!


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