Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ab ki baar, #Donald Trump (#Modi) ki Sarkar in #USA

In May 2014, India got its Donald J. Trump equivalent as prime minister in the form of Narendra Modi.

In the run-up to the 2014 elections, Modi got more than 33 per cent coverage on national television channels during prime time in March and April, surpassing Arvind Kejriwal (10.31 per cent) and the Congress's Rahul Gandhi (4.33 per cent), according to a study by the CMS Media Lab.

Trump, on the other hand, since the first Republican presidential debate, has received more coverage on the news than his 16 rivals combined as per an analysis for CNN's Reliable Sources.

Much like Trump, Modi likes his name all over the place, including on his monogrammed suit! In fact, prior to the elections, Rajnath Singh had to delete a tweet in which the campaign slogan read 'Ab ki baar, BJP Sarkar' and had to replace it with the poster that read 'Ab ki baar, Modi Sarkar.'

From Modi selfies to Modi masks, much like Trump, there is an undeniable narcissistic streak in this personality cult.

In the run-up to the 2014 polls in India, Modi's slogan was to bring back 'Achche Din'. The Trump campaign slogan is to 'Make America Great again'. One sincerely hopes that America's tryst with Trump's 'greatness' does not take as long as our tryst with Modi's Achche Din.

Come 2016, we will know if America too gets its own version of Modi by electing Trump