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His silence sets my heart on fire
There is an old lyric from the film 'Jahanarah'. I'm not translating it, as it would kill the spirit of the song. The country was fed up with PM Manmohan Singh's "Maun" (silence) and his protracted Maun Exercise did cost dearly to him and his party. And lo, we now have a Prime Minister who used to speak about everything under the sun against Nehru family, Congress and Pukar (call) of Achche Achche Din that were expected to cascade down with the rivers of Milk and Honey as soon as he would climb the throne of Indra Prashta.
His 'Chai Pe Charcha' was an act of promise that we are in for times of great two-way communication. 'Bharat Ki Vijay. Achche din aane wale hain' was the most popular tweet of earlier election days.

Alas, after capturing the power, he is not heard on most of the matters. Our current prime minister, who was a 24x7 communicator, was suddenly found silent on matters that are making the ripples in the national and international media. Ironically and comically, his ardent and fervent followers are going overboard and try to push forward thousands and one excuses for silence, underestimating the intelligence of Indian masses.

From Ahmedabad to Delhi, the chariot arrived with jubilation and fanfare but after that, like an old Indian Movie "Khamoshi" we entered into a phase of fitful monologues and silences. There were incidents of serious nature that demanded his urgent response. Unfortunately, the new Prime Minster is found emulating the Maun of the old PM. When a master communicator prime minister falls silent on these whole lot of critical issues, then his silence itself becomes louder and thunderous.

Finding no logic and support, his team of pen-pushers who might not be knowing exactly why Mr. Modi is silent, are now advancing the argument of virtues of silence. Like everything that NaMo does, they are trying to valorize his silence. They say that Mr. Modi, having being seated at Delhi, is right in keeping mum about state matters.

Nothing could be farther from truth. Mr. Modi is the Prime Minister of the Indian nation and he has every right to understand and explain what ails the nation. Decoding his silence is a difficult task as few have the excess to the ivory tower.

His opponents forcefully argue that his communication powers are failing to match the stormy trends of negative thrust. Media, which has always gone for accountability in the past does never dare to ask tough questions. It seems his ministers have been asked to communicate as little as possible about matters that matter the most, and most of them who communicate, give threats to minorities that minorities are also used to hearing by now. Nothing matters if Togadias, Sadhvis, Swamis, Yogis and Singhals speak on matters that do not matter.

This prime minister is now selecting the subjects that are non-controversial, general and eulogize his achievements. PM Modi's silence is just a chip off the old political block which believed that speak only when there is an obvious electoral capital to be made.

Isn't Modi, like Manmohan Singh, who needs approval of the third party before he expresses his opinion or concerns about all things that affect the course of events. Is he not all that powerful and unafraid?

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