The best thing that came out of the entire speech was his solidarity for people from the North East. In his own words “People from Arunachal Pradesh fight with the people in China. When people from Arunachal Pradesh meet each other, they say ‘Jai Hind’”. He expressed discontent over the manhandling of Manipuri women and the recent killing of an Arunachali student in Delhi. He remarked that people from North East are our own flesh and blood and the racist attacks against them in the country’s capital are unpardonable. This obviously will bring smiles on the faces of many North Easterners who otherwise feel left out in Mainland India. Taking his campaign against racism a step ahead, he also took up the issue of Somnath Bharti and how African Nationals were unnecessarily frisked and maltreated.
He was very vocal in criticizing Samajwadi Party for the Muzzaffarnagar riots. He did bring up the issue of Gujarat very cleverly to make a point that Gujarat has become a riot free state since 2002 riots however the rest of India keeps witnessing communal riots in one form or another.
And when it comes to ‘giving back’ with unparallelled panache, Narendra Modi is probably the best in business. “Zeher ki Kheti”, the latest barb by Sonia Gandhi was expertly dealt with. So if we go by the logic that people in power gulp poison, Congress has to be the most venomous group of all times. The crowd welcomed this funny moment with cheers and claps. He made it a point to tell people that whenever the issue of farmer suicides in the country is raised, Sonia comes with absurd rants. He didn’t attack the Congress Party outright, he mocked at them.
What we saw in Meerut was a very different Modi. A person who is very sure of himself, confidence oozing from every part of his. He wasn’t aggressive just for the heck of it. He was sarcastic, full of facts and extremely well poised. Modi knows that he has people of the country with him. Modi knows that he represents the hope that India is looking forward to, all he needs now is the support of people who have conventionally been terrified of him most of the times based on prejudices.
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