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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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Theek hai, the mask is off…

But tales of Singh’s personal honesty and integrity were always in the domain of the Congress party and the mainstream media which never tired of talking about it. The common man always knew that Manmohan Singh was the mask. The mask behind which hid the ugly face of the Congress party and its leader Sonia Gandhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Parkala Observer: Shrikant N Shenoy“It is natural. It is normal. Just leave it at that.”

That’s what the Congress party-led UPA government had to say over the fresh controversy arising out of the CBI director’s affidavit to the Supreme Court and Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval’s subsequent letter accusing Attorney General G E Vahanvati of trying to interfere in CBI’s probe report on coal scam.

The words used in para one has been the government’s stock reply in questions over various scams, or at least some variations of it.

Haughty, arrogant ministers have even tried to convince the people that there was no scam at all. Remember Kapil Sibal’s “zero loss” Theory.

With the developments of the past week, every single act of this government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the past few years over gargantuan scams that erupted one after the other has reiterated the serious doubts over his integrity.

So far the only left with the government and the Congress party was Manmohan Singh’s “personal honesty and integrity”.

But now this mask has fallen, as R Jagannathan puts it succintly in Firstpost. (Read here)

Write Jagannathan, the question to ask is why did so many government officials have to lie: to save the reputation of the government and its “honest” Prime Minister?”

“The tragedy is that so many people are being forced to utter falsehoods in this quest to protect the reputation of the government (already in tatters) and its head.

“Sorry, Dr Singh, this time it is different. We can’t give you the benefit of doubt, adds Jagannathan.

But tales of Singh’s personal honesty and integrity were always in the domain of the Congress party and the mainstream media which never tired of talking about it.

The common man always knew that Manmohan Singh was the mask. The mask behind which hid the ugly face of the Congress party and its leader Sonia Gandhi.

As far as this author is concerned, I have always held the belief that Manmohan Singh was a dishonest man. If he was held to that high pedestal of honesty, would he have in the first place file a false affidavit about Assam being his natural residence?

Once you have lied on oath, that veener of integrity has gone. I never understood why the media always thought that Singh was, as some still describe, “personally honest”.

A man who is not honest to his conscience, can never be truthful to anyone, forget even his maker.

And this “personally honest” man has presided over some of India’s worst scams since independence involving mind-boggling figures.

When he comes asking for votes in Karnataka — or even in other fora — his honesty is never reflected in his delivery. For one, a honest man would not read out speeches written by someone else.

He could have spoken from his heart, if he was indded talking the truth.

In all the scams, they have always tried to find scapegoats. Suresh Kalmadi was easily sacrificed because he was not a vote-getter. Sheila Dikshit was also named in the CWG scam, but nothing happened to her.

After J Jayalalithaa swept to power in Tamil Nadu, the DMK became expendable. So A Raja, Kanimozhi had to spend time behind bars.

At every stage in the 2G scam, every effort was made to shield the prime minister and his finance minister, though they were as deeply involved as Raja.

The Congress party and its legion of admirers and supporters in the media made sure that no Congress minister or any of his relative were even mentioned in any way. Take the Saradha chit fund scam. The media claim to have got the Saradha chief’s confessional letter in which even the wife of P Chidambaram was mentioned, but they did not utter her name and went hammer and tongs after the Trinamool Congress and its leader Mamata Banerjee.

Because Mamata Banerjee had dared to leave the Congress party-led UPA government. She went so far as to heap humiliation on Congress party supremo Sonia Gandhi.
For everything, Mamata had been the proverbial punching bag for the media for her unpardonable, nay, criminal act of deserting the UPA and shaking it to its very foundations.

But Nalini Chidambaram was not mentioned at all — at least on the English channels that I surf.

If it was BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi instead of Nalini, would the media have engaged in a conspiracy of silence?

But coming back to Manmohan Singh, he is the biggest deception played on an unsuspecting nation by the Congress party.

That he knowingly and willingly allowed himself to be used, assuming this is correct, tells you volumes about this man and his “personal honesty and integrity”.

Manmohan Singh has been described by critics as spineless and shameless.

So it is no use demanding his resignation. It is quite obvious, he is answerable and grateful only to Madam Sonia Gandhi and the Congress party for giving him the most important chair in India.

It is we who are shameless for having the misfortune of not being able to convey to the people of India that Manmohan Singh is the “choron ka Sardar” (the boss of crooks). “Theek Hai?”

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