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Narendra Modi - A Prime Minister of phrases
Narendra Modi is a unique Prime Minister – an expert in making & using new phrases, phrases which later become national jibes.
Recently, the Prime Minister used a new but very biting & satirical phrase against former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. The PM said that Dr Singh 'wears raincoat in the bathroom'. The entire Opposition was rattled and floored by this jibe because they see Dr Manmohan Singh as an icon despite the fact that he headed the most corrupt government. 

Similarly, PM Modi's 'donkey' jibe has also become a matchless one when he said that nobody can counter the merit of hard work and loyalty of a donkey. And add to that the credit we have to give him for introducing us to the term 'surgical strikes'. Nationalist and patriotic citizens were on cloud nine because their great leader had shown the rogue Pakistan his 'chappan inch ki chati.' 

The idea of a surgical strike, in itself, was a big one. Its effect was much more striking than the surgical strike itself. The precision & craftiness have not only given a big shock to Pakistan but have shocked the Indian opposition parties as well. These strikes had the ability to change the equation of Indian relationship with Pakistan because India's policy of restrain and dialogue has completely failed. The surgical strikes signify a big policy change which will enshrine a new sense of confidence among the armed forces. 

The Opposition has opposed the strikes because it is their moral and political duty. It has blamed the government for attempting to gain personal credit from the strikes but along with this, it is also critical of nationalist sentiments. If the surgical strikes were embedded in a new language of vigour, the reaction of opposition parties is a product of age-old fears and anxieties. But since Modi believes in action, that is why his language is also packed with action packed phrases.

And then came the demonetisation move. For the first time, people heard of the term 'demonetisation'. Demonetisation was also a surgical strike on the black money and terror networks. This was the kind of situation where even some die-hard critics of the government, as well those who had maintained a discreet silence so far, felt compelled to speak out in favour of the government. The hostile media was rendered almost compelled to support the government and the BJP also received help from the nationalism narrative which must be maintained.

Potentially, patriotism - the welfare of the country and the people - is an idea that must be developed and Modi government has been doing a number of things for the same. Steps like granting citizenship to all the Hindus who faced religious persecution in Pakistan and Bangladesh are bold steps taken by this government in this direction. Also, regarding issues like 'triple talaq', secular status of AMU and Common Civil Code, Modi government gave a very bold opinion in the Supreme Court.

Many have pointed out that at times the PM is very harsh and for some people, there can be no justification for such a language. But this shows that even the trivial everyday political work is now tainted with an undercurrent of fear and suspicion. The Opposition has in fact polarized even communities in the UP elections. Yadavs, Kurmis, and Muslims have all been polarized. But if elections become the main pitch to play nationalism on, elections will continue to get polarized and the outrage will never stop.

The Modi government must use the issues judiciously. Polarization is a volatile strong line that can lead to a climate of fear and intimidation. Issues like the Ram Janmabhoomi, repealing Article-370, Common Civil Code, secular character of the minority institution, are some issues over which anybody can mobilise sentiments. Beyond all the political computation, there is something deeply positive about the current discourse. From a government that has a clear majority and has every ground to believe that it will continue in power for another term, one would expect a more strong and self-confident show.

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