Dear Time Magazine,
Congratulations on focusing your attention to a part of the world you didn’t believe existed until a few years back. As a budding media professional, I must commend you on getting rid of your squinted vision. I also congratulate you for leaping into the biggest election on the planet. As you get to know more about India and Indian elections, you’d realise how simple and linear your life has been. I also commend you for standing up to the cause of your fallen comrades in media.
Time Magazine, you are a joke. Don’t cry because you are not the only one. The entire media fraternity of the world is a joke. You guys have lost it to people like us. You know a person like me, shooting a video like this in an 8 by 8 studio room can reach more people than you in your plush studios. Welcome to a truly democratized world Time Magazine where internet is cheap, information retrieval is easy, and propagation of information is easier. You called my Prime Minister ‘Divider in Chief’. I am sure you had your reasons, but as an Indian, especially as someone who did his bit in ensuring that Narendra Modi sits in the PM chair, I feel it’s my responsibility to shut your elitist mouth with facts and data. Let me narrate a story of unity, which no one ever told you about.
The man you called ‘Divider in Chief’ came up with an inclusion scheme unlike anything seen before. It’s called the Jan Dhan Scheme. He united the poorest of the poor in India with the banking system. At this point of time, the total number of account holders stand at 294.8 million, including 176.1 million account holders from rural and semi-urban branches.
Do you know the same ‘Divider in Chief’ has rid 60 million families from poisonous cooking wood fumes effectively uniting the womenfolk with a better life?
Do you know the ‘Divider in Chief’ got 60 million toilets constructed across the length and breadth of the country thereby uniting people with better health and sanitation facilities?
Do you know the ‘Divider in Chief’ united the whole world as it now jointly celebrates the International Day of Yoga?
Do you know this so-called Hindutva mascot was the first PM in the history of India who empowered Muslim women by abolishing instant Talaq?
Do you know the man you reject as ‘Divider in Chief’ united over 10 crore families with world-class health facilities through the biggest health insurance scheme in the world? That’s 50 crore individuals. That’s 1.5 times the population of America.
UAE, a Muslim country honoured the same man with their highest civilian award. Saudi Arabia, another Muslim country gave him their highest civilian award as well. The same man bagged the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award. South Korea awarded him with their prestigious Seoul Peace Prize 2018. Russia conferred the ‘Order of St Andrew the Apostle’ award upon him. Palestine conferred the ‘Grand Collar of the State’ upon him. The same man bagged the UN Champions of the Earth Award in 2018
And as far as your allegations are concerned? How many big riots took place in his regime? Zero.
How many small riots took place in his regime? Zero.
How many minority community members filed cases against him or his ministers? Zero
You call him divider based on what? Beliefs? Whispers? Unproven allegations? Unsubstantiated data?
Like I said, you are a joke time magazine!
There is economic security, equal opportunity and above all dignity in India now, for the first-time citizens are feeling a sense of ownership and they are more united than ever before, thanks to the man you called ‘Divider in Chief.’
This man has achieved a feat which even ancient kings failed to achieve. He has unified Hindus who were otherwise divided into castes and sub-castes.
This man has achieved a feat which even the most powerful nationalists failed to achieve. He has unified the citizens to stand up for their country and never go down without a fight.
And you have the audacity to call him a divider. Even his enemies got united as soon as he sat in the PM chair.
So there! Time Magazine. Get your copies printed and distribute them among your elitist friends. I’m sure they’ll love it because back here in India, no one cares about you or your rants.