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Modi’s Sholay ‘ishtyle’

Modi is like the cat who plays with the mouse before going in for the kill. He told the people of Belgaum, “you are lucky to hear the prime minister speak. In Delhi, he never speaks. At least he spoke in Karnataka.” “But he speaks only what has been given to him in writing,” indicating that Manmohan Singh did not have a mind of his own but spoke HMV!

His (or Her) Master's Voice

His (or Her) Master’s Voice

Parkala Observer: Shrikant N ShenoyWhile listening today to Narendra Modi’s speeches, particularly in Belgaum, his style of delivery reminded one of dialogues from the all-time Bollywood blockbuster Sholay.

Remember “Maa kehti thi ki raat ko, beta so, so ja nahi tho…”?

Yes, sometimes he also reminded one of the imperious tone of Gabbar Singh played by Amjad Khan.

But at other times, his pitch was like that of Thakur Baldev Singh played by Sanjeev Kumar. “Yeh haath mujhe de-de Gabbarrrr….”

Indeed, Modi is a showman, an Amitabh Bachchan, a Sanjeev Kumar, an Amjad Khan, all rolled into one, and perfect at that.

He does his homework (or helicopter work) well and by the time he reaches the venues, he knows what he should deliver to get the maximum desired impact.

Sometimes he works up the crowd, teases them, excites them, but gives them all their monies’ worth.

He has the crowds eating out his hands. And they respond to him all to easily. He connects with the people, standing on the centre of the stage, unlike those who stand behind glass cages.

The first thing is he gets personal with the crowd. In Belgaum, he took the mike (two were offered, he said one is enough) and said, “can you hear me? Even those standing far away?” Then he goes on to apologise for making them wait in the searing summer heat to hear him. The roar from the crowd indicates they did not mind.

In the coastal city of Mangalore, he apologised to the people by saying that he could not speak in Kannada, but by the time he reached Belgaum, he not only taught himself Kannada, but also Marathi. His opening remarks greeting the people received loud cheers. Of course, for obvious reasons, his Marathi was far better than his Kannada: There were even louder cheers when he spoke in Marathi.

HMV's vinyl disc

HMV’s vinyl disc

But to avoid the charge of any discrimination, he switched to Hindi for the main speech, but not before first invoking the “pavithra dharti (pure land)” of Basavanna, Rani Chenamma, et al. The crowd started cheering.

Modi is like the cat who plays with the mouse before going in for the kill.

Manmohan Singh had addressed a meeting here earlier. He told the people of Belgaum, “you are lucky to hear the prime minister speak. In Delhi, he never speaks. At least he spoke in Karnataka.”

“But he speaks only what has been given to him in writing,” indicating that Manmohan Singh did not have a mind of his own but spoke out HMV! (For today’s generation, HMV was a big music company that manufactured vinyl discs. On the disc was HMV’s logo: A dog listening to His Master’s (or in this case also His Mistress’) Voice! (Read about HMV on Wiki)

Modi also took jibes at Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul. To her charge that Rs 80,000 was sent to Karnataka for development and her question about where that money went, Modi said, the money was not from the Congress party’s kitty; it was from the tax that the people of Karnataka had paid to the centre.

“This is not dahej or varadakshina or dowry,” he thundered.

“Whatever money that was sent and utilised, every paisa was accounted for, and these accounts were available in Delhi for everyone to see.”

He also brought in “Mr Golden Spoon”, reminding Rahul that when his father became the prime minister, there was no BJP government anywhere. Right from Parliament to Panchayat, the Congress party held the sway.

Yet Rajiv Gandhi complained that out of every Re 1 that the government spent, only 15 paise reached the poor.

“Which hand (referring to the Congress party’s symbol) was looting the 85 paise,” Modi demanded to know.

Modi said the situation was the same now. But, he indicated, while the BJP governments were efficiently spending the money, the Congress party-ruled states were suffering.

He depicted the Congress party as evil. The Congress was a curse like Rahu and Ketu and the Congress was like an eclipse that could darken Karnataka.

Therefore, he reminded to vote for the lotus, the BJP’s symbol, reminding that lotus was the symbol of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. “Without Lakshmi, there can be no progress,” he added for good measure.

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Stalin raid: Whodunit?

What most of India is sure about is that the CBI raid early this morning and its calling off was a purely political game to unnerve the DMK. It also sends out strong signals to the UPA’s “outside supporters”, the Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati, to toe the line and support a tottering and patently immoral and illegal minority government.

Udayanidhi Stalin, the grandson of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi

Udayanidhi Stalin, the grandson of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi

Parkala Observer: Shrikant N ShenoyCongress party honcho Sonia Gandhi was “angry” and “upset”. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said: “We are upset.The timing of the raid is unfortunate.The government didn’t do it. We will find out who is responsible.” Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram has “strongly dissaproved” it.

This is really Incredible India! Or is this Incredulous India?

But who will investigate the sudden mystery raid on the residence of DMK crown prince M K Stalin and equally sudden and even more mysterious calling it off mid-way by India’s premier investigation agency, barely a day after the DMK officially pulled out of the Congress party-led United Political Alliance at the centre?

But what most of India is sure about is that the CBI raid early this morning and its calling off was a purely political game to unnerve the DMK. It also sends out strong signals to the UPA’s “outside supporters”, the Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati, to toe the line and support a tottering and patently immoral and illegal minority government.

The Central Bureau of Investigation is being openly derided as the “Congress Bureau of Investigation”.

Fingers are being pointed out Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, V Narayanasamy, who is now scratching his head hard trying to figure out what went wrong. He too had this to say: government had nothing to do with the CBI raid on Stalin. But Sonia Gandhi, who holds the “remote control” of the government, questioned the minister, who holds the portfolio under which the CBI comes.

Meanwhile, another wing of the government, the Enforcement Directorate, were also holding out the threat that DMK supremo Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi, a suspect in the 2G scam case, will likely see herself cooling her heels in jail once more, this time on charges of money laundering in the 2G scam.

DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi said he did not wish to speculate on the CBI team visiting his son Stalin’s residence this morning. “I woke up only at 10:00 am. I saw the news about the raids on TV. Stalin has clarified,” Karunanidhi told reporters in Chennai.

But Stalin said the CBI raid targeting his son Udayanidhi in connection with the purchase of an imported car was part of a “political vendetta”.

Today morning, CBI teams fanned out across Tamil Nadu’s capital city Chennai to question some persons in connection with illegal import of cars. A four-member team landed at Stalin’s residence at 6.30 am and questioned Udayanidhi for about one-and-a-half hours when the DMK leader had gone for his morning walk.

Media reports reported that Udayanidhi told the CBI sleuths that the car in question was at the workshop. The CBI said Udayanidhi had purchased the car from a luxury car smuggler Alex Joseph a couple of years back.

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), which was pursuing the case after Alex’s arrest in November 2011, handed over the case to the CBI. Incidentally, the DRI falls under Chidambaram’s ministry.

Udayanidhi is a producer of Tamil films under the banner of  Red Giant Movies. Recently, he has also taken to acting.

Writes Venky Vembu in Firstpost: “Of good suggestions for establishing the credibility of the CBI, there are aplenty. But when the Congress, which has been in power the longest, has a vested interest in using the agency as its handmaiden, and when  professional investigators render themselves available for political rewards in return for favours rendered, the prospects of breaking this virtuous cycle are pretty dim.” (read here)

The Samawadi Party, meanwhile, tried to put out a brave face, calling the raid “a political revenge”.

“This is a case of politics of revenge. SP will never accept this. If Congress thinks this will scare us, it is not possible,” SP leader Naresh Aggarwal said.

But DMK supremo Karunanidhi, who till yesterday was roaring over the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue, was mewing like a cat today: An apparently shaken DMK leader told reporters: “If central ministers say they were not aware of the raids, then we will have to believe them. It is not proper for me to speculate.”

But the whole of India is already speculating. And fingers are being pointed out only at the Congress party.

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