PM Narendra Modi at Davos
India's Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the World Economic Forum at Davos tomorrow.
The Forbes has gone gag over it. Here.
For the beleaguered minorities of India in general and Muslims in particular this is another new low. So far the world at large was taking a rather objective view of the PM but now it looks like some manufactured euphoria. Let us have a look at some of the points made in above article.
Who Is Narendra Modi? India's Controversial Prime Minister May Offer A Role Model For Donald Trump
Believe it or not above is the title of the article. This luckily would fall on the critical side of the PM.
Riding high on unprecedented polling numbers and rapid economic growth, India's controversial Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give the keynote address at the opening session of the 48th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) this Tuesday. The WEF is the annual meeting of the world's great, good, or just plain rich held every January in Davos, Switzerland.
This is where we are on the neutral grounds still. But the dark clouds are looming large already on the horizon. The former Marxists type people were never happy with unashamedly capitalist forum called WEC - the World Economic Forum, but they were the sort of lone dissenting voice. The world celebrated the economic growth and wealth. WEC is celebration of not only degenerate capitalism but of materialism in general.
Such a forum giving a thumbs up for the PM tells a myriad stories. For one the western materialist, capitalism world has forgotten about the plight of Indian Muslims and other minorities including the Christians and endorsed him en masse. It is shameful that they have decided to give a cold shoulder to the Muslim plight in India but that they are doing the same to the Christians here betrays another wretched reality - if the Christians are the former so called low castes of India then they be fluffy teddy bear without eyesed. Shameful indeed.
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, is the star attraction. His American counterpart Donald Trump may or may not make it to Davos, due to the U.S. government shutdown. If he does go, the Swiss locals may not make him feel very welcome, even if the WEF grandees can't very well turn him down. Modi, by contrast, is very much the man of the moment.
We get a glimpse into legalization of the image of the PM in this paragraph. It is happening now and here.
International relations weren't always so smooth for Modi, who in 2005 as Chief Minister of India's Gujarat state had his U.S. visa revoked and was denied permission to enter the country. The reason? He was allegedly implicated in fomenting (or at least failing to contain and condemn) inter-ethnic riots in 2002 that resulted in more than 1000 deaths. Think of it as "India's Charlottesville," only much, much worse.
This is factual. When factual content is mixed with praise then one can see legitimization of a controversial figure in front of one's eyes.
One might try to do a fine distinction between Forbes' writer and the WEC and say that it is the attitude of WEC that is changing and not of the Forbes' writer. Unfortunately the end result is the same.
In 2014, Modi was elected India's Prime Minister with just over half the seats in the Lok Sabha (the lower house of India's parliament), but less than one-third of the popular vote. India's first Twitter Prime Minister is widely reviled among the country's bickering intellectual elite. Modi, who rose from humble origins as a grocer's son, has been ridiculed as an uneducated chaiwala (tea seller), a label he has since embraced with pride.
The critics are trashed in this paragraph as bickering intellectual elite.
And the tea seller image has been turned for his full advantage.
The critics get the face pie for it.
Political pundits dismissed him as a knee-jerk populist who came to power by making simplistic promises of national revival. Modi stands accused of dog-whistle politics, endangering the nearly 40% of India's population that belongs to religious, ethnic or regional minorities. He is regularly condemned as dangerous, a strongman, and a dictator by Indian and Western elites.
Here we see the subterfuge of the author in full view and from here onwards it will be full decline.
The paragraph is not an assessment of the PM but a prelude to the demolition of the assessment.
And he is a huge success, both economically and politically. The economy is booming, and Narendra Modi is the most popular Indian leader since Mahatma Gandhi, both inside and outside the country. Now a little more than midway through his five-year term, his job approval rating stands at 88%. If he really has oppressed 40% of the population, they must not be aware of it.
This too is an assessment.
Yet opposite to the other one.
If the order of the two paragraphs was changed then overall assessment would turn into negative.
At present it is hugely positive for the PM.
Not such a subtle trick but so effective.
Modi has also burnished his image in the West. British Prime Minister Theresa May has high hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal between India and the UK, where Modi is wildly popular among people of Indian heritage. Modi is also a frequent guest in the rest of the European Union, which is seeking to revive talks for an EU-India free trade agreement, the Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA). Modi has also received the rock star treatment in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally shepherded his three-day tour of the country.
In case anyone had any doubts about slipping objectivity of the writer then this paragraph demolishes any hope for salvaging it.
One also notices how the dwindling fortunes of Israel in the US finding an anchor in India get an approval by implication in this paragraph.
In the U.S., the State Department's reservations about granting Modi a visa have long since been quashed. In June, 2016 Modi traveled to Washington to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress, where he received nine standing ovations in less than one hour. He returned in June, 2017 to visit the White House, where he hugged Donald Trump in the Rose Garden three times.
Let us admit the truth - the world at large is clueless about the import of this bonhomie. US quashing her reservations about the PM can be read either as pragmatism taking over principled stand or plain cynicism but the three hugs and nine standing ovations in the first hour both will look pathetic to any discerning eye. In her half a century of unchallenged domination of world politics US committed untold crimes against the world in general and Muslim world in particular. India in the meanwhile was slipping into very scaring Muslim hatred coming of age. When the two meet in a dance of mutual celebration the Muslim world can only watch in consternation. The world at large makes itself look silly if watches this dance in a state of incomprehension and confusion.
Modi has accomplished this amazing about-face in Indian and international opinion through good economic governance and pure hard work. His tough (and sometimes unpopular) economic reforms have put India on track to be the world's fastest-growing major economy in 2018. And from the beginning he has portrayed himself as a leader who is always on the job working to "make India great again."
Forbes' objectivity? See once again for yourself how negatives can be pushed aside as mere trifles.
But one may ask what about 2018 growth? 2018 is just beginning. That the Forbes is going gaga over 2018 growth is symptomatic of the paper work, growth on paper syndrome. To ignore the plight of the minorities in India, including the so called low caste converts to Christianity, is just not a worthy cause to let go of the huge economic benefits that will accrue from a 1.3 billion people.