The Modi-Arnab Talk Show

By Sunil Kumar

As the nation including me wants to know what will happen on 16th May; there was critical anticipation on the Modi interview with Arnab Goswami; latent heat and intellect(Bong self-inflaming puchka) against the Vadnagar grocer; Prof. Modiarty; dhokla and mirchi “bhai” Modi.



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Given Goswami’s last confrontation with Rahul Gandhi left the nation aghast(for the sheer idiocy on display(I’m not going to venture to mention “who was in question”); Modi was going to be a different ballgame. So; did Modi dodge the Arnab yorker and curveball? To a large extent; yes. He even managed to send a few questions into the sands; a distant dugout! Arnab Goswami sometimes manages to touch upon topics of public interest; but often manages to irritate with his strident self-righteous domineering.

However; he appeared visibly cowed by Modi’s “Gujju” bluster; and did not give a proper response when Shri Bhai correctly mentioned that he could research Bangladesh; send a Times Now team to investigate the plight of the nation’s minorities.

If objectivity was a cardinal principle in your brain’s TRP-gaining ethos(you managed to get the relevant interest quotient); it is incumbent on Goswami not to give short shrift to the majority in this country; 80% of the population; split into multiple castes, religions and sycophantic beliefs. Modi also mentioned that land in Kutch(the Mundra area) is less costlier than Ahmedabad; Sanand etc which are quite close. This is a fact that is conveniently ignored by the whole spectrum of Modi-baiters including the Grand Old Khapgress; and the dharnafied leader of the Aam Aadmi Party.


If Modi”ji” becomes the PM of the Country; then foreign policy and his dealings with our troubled neighborhood would be under constant scrutiny. Also; he will have to contend with whatever dynamics and equations evolve over a period of time. Arnab put only a few of these questions; which Modi deftly did not commit to. He raised a pertinent fact about inflation; job creation; that will definitely resonate with voters. As in everything with India; whether election debate and social championing manages to translate into something concrete remains to be seen. Until then; we’ve got the spectre of the daily charade which will be forgotten in some time.



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