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Break the silence, please

Published: June 24, 2015 12:50 AM

Break the silence, please

Now that the International Day of Yoga is over, Prime Minister Narendra Modi must devote himself to weightier matters of state. First, he must break his silence on the scandals surrounding Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje and assert his authority. He cannot afford to be seen as making compromises on “moral standards” after coming to power. The impression that his pre-election words are not matched by actions in office when it comes to “fighting corruption” is growing by the day. The perception that Modi is performing a delicate balancing act between rival factions within the party dents his image as a strong leader. By his “politics of convenience”, Modi is fast depleting the fund of goodwill he had at the time of his assuming power. If in the previous winter session of Parliament the government let itself be seen as “anti-farmer”, in the upcoming monsoon season the government is going to find it hard to fight the perception that it is shielding economic offenders. The “regime change” has not changed the country’s political discourse—the script remains the same, albeit with a shuffling of characters. For those of us who watch the Indian political circus from the sidelines, it is a theme all too familiar—politics as a means to personal aggrandisement and amassing of wealth; indeed, a far cry from public service.

G David Milton

Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu

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