Don’t know who is suggesting Narendra Modi such indirect attacks. But if Narendra Modi is making such indirect attacks on his own, then this man is clever and divisive. Clever and divisive to a sad extent.
In his Mumbai Rally yesterday, where Narendra Modi was sharing the stage with Shiv Sena, Modi used the word ‘Bhaiya’ for Rahul Gandhi . And the use of ‘Rahul Bhaiya’ instantly got cheers, hoots , shouts and Whistles. Many reports described this as Narendra Modi successfully wooing youth in Mumbai rally.
Why this is clever and unfortunate. By calling Rahul Gandhi a Bhaiya in Mumbai, Narendra Modi was indirectly attacking the immigrants, that’s those who come to Mumbai from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Since Rahul Gandhi belongs to Amethi UP, calling Rahul Gandhi a Bhaiya in Mumbai fits the Bhaiya description (Bhaiya is used for UP and Bihar men in Mumbai Parlance). With Mumbai’s Shiv Sena and MNS voter having strong local mindset; Modi tried to make them happy with the nomenclature. But by using that terminology he gave his indirect approval to the attacks on the North Indians by MNS not so long ago.
Not so long ago, in order to fan the anti-PM sentiment in Punjab; and in order to distance Dr. Manmohan Singh from his Sikh identity , Narendra Modi used the following line to portray Manmohan Singh as an effeminate Sardar : “One Sardar has not acted the way Sardars act”. No wonder at that time he was sharing the stage with the Akali Dal.
Modi may now call his statement, making the puppy allegory for Muslims in his Home State Gujarat , an innocent comparison; but that comparison was not good for a PM candidate. No matter how much hoots, shouts it received.
What is the Objection Here !
The objection is the change of stand. A PM Candidate can’t change his stand that easily , just to get votes. Say tomorrow, Modi visits Mangalore and there he sees a strong bias towards Women who go to discotheques and pubs. Will he indirectly give his approval to the attack on Women in a Mangalore Pub ?
But this is exactly what Modi is doing in his Election campaign. He is picking majority sentiment of the place and modifying his speech accordingly. In Punjab and Madhya Pradesh he speaks of scrapping Article 370. In Jammu he speaks of looking into Article 370 to make it more Women friendly.
If Modi has to become the PM of the country, he must show some integrity of thought. A PM must be compassionate and empathetic to every citizen of the country, irrespective of whether his vote can make an improvement in winning arithmetic. In short, a PM has the responsibility to safeguard Bhaiyas in Mumbai , as much as he has the responsibility to safeguard Maharashtrians in Benares UP. Changing one’s stance all too easily just to get votes or come to power , is Unfortunate and Sad.
PS: Narendra Modi’s PR is discreetly working on his attire . He’s seen wearing a pink Sadri (also called Nehru jacket) and a Muffler in Bihar ; a more smart attire in Mumbai. A saffron sadri in Jhansi and a Red sadri in Bengal. It’ will be good if he restricts that change to his attire only.