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Narendra Modi and BJP president Rajnath Singh during the foundation day celebrations of the party in Ahmedabad on April 6.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts, with enthusiastic support from his public relations managers, to project himself as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate trigger unrest in his party and in the National Democratic Alliance it leads and bring his record under scrutiny. By VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN


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FRONTLINE HAS DEVOTED ITS ENTIRE EDITION TO THE CRITICISM OF MODI. ALL ARTICLES HAVE BEEN WRITTEN BY MODI CRITICS. EVEN TEESTA SETALVAD GETS A CHANCE. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF FRONTLINE HAD GIVEN CHANCE TO SOME SUPPORTERS OF MODI ALSO TO PRESENT THEIR VIEW. NOT A BALANCED JOURNALISM BY FRONTLINE. IT SHOULD HAVE GIVEN BOTH SIDES A CHANCE TO PRESENT ITS VIEW. THERE ARE MANY SUPPOTERS OF MODI IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA ALSO.
from:  ravi
Posted on: May 14, 2013 at 23:39 IST
What the article says applies to all the parties . But one fact do stands out that it is the media that has started to play a far bigger role in projecting politicians than their actual deeds . To be honest there is not much choice with the people. Mostly it is a government that is voted out rather than there being a mandate for the new government. A few years back Manmohan Singh seemed to be a promising bet but the results are there for everyone to see. Future also doesn't holds much promise as it may well be Modi or Rahul.
from:  Param
Posted on: May 13, 2013 at 07:21 IST
Is it because Modi belongs to a backward class, he is being targetted frequently? Modi has braved all odds without any favorable backgrounds and has risen to the level of finding a position in many (of course not all, but a great majority of people's hearts!
from:  Nithin
Posted on: May 13, 2013 at 00:50 IST
Surprisingly well-written and informative for a free online article.
from:  Daveigh
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 12:30 IST
Criticising Modi and finding holes in his claims is not bad but with humility I would like to know from the critics that what options do I have. 1. A party seeped in corruption and again wanting me to vote its dynasty back to power. 2. A party which has a few reasonable leaders in states but which can't act as a respectable opposition at the Centre. 3. A left-front led third front which will deal with the problems but either has no solution or at the best out-dated solutions. If I listen to Modi with some seriousness it is because everybody else is even worse than him. We have to choose the least worse and at this moment it is Modi.
from:  Manish
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 15:00 IST
BJP alone may not rule in any of the southern and north eastern states, but NDA could. So is the state of Congress. It could hardly manage without allies.The image of Modi is that of a non-secular statesman.But I firmly believe that even if each citizen in this country declares himself as secular , in the heart of his heart ( say in true spirit ) he is not one. This is the greatest fallacy in our great democratic set up.
from:  hlk joshi
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 11:40 IST
Inspite of very serious allegations against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the paid media has not written anything against them. If Modi has done something similar, you would have blasted him. There is nothing substantial in this article. Time to shutdown 'The Hindu' group. Modi for PM
VANDE MATARAM
from:  Appu
Posted on: May 10, 2013 at 05:10 IST
Bravo,very good analysis of namo's poltical behaviour,true pictue of feku,and all NRI who have no right to vote but keep on misguiding cotry citizens while they left the country. how can a person who is not acceptable in his own party and allies lead the country.
from:  devendra
Posted on: May 9, 2013 at 18:51 IST
No man is perfect so is with Modi. But he is far better than those ruling us now. NaMo4PM
from:  Himanshu Sharma
Posted on: May 9, 2013 at 07:44 IST
i am totally in favour of modi's various policies for develoment but he is lacking a secular pesonality in himself which is mandatory to having for becoming a prime minister of this secular country.
from:  Nikhil Choudhary
Posted on: May 7, 2013 at 17:51 IST
It's immatterial whether the statistics provided are true or mofifies or whether Modi is what he is made out to be. Of all the candidates that we have today, Modi clearly stands out as best, efficient and incorruptible. For those concerned with riots, read this: http://www.manushi.in/articles.php?articleId=1685
from:  Sujit Patel
Posted on: May 7, 2013 at 16:34 IST
Another group of Anti-National's are gathered here to suppress the voice of the Nation.
from:  pranab
Posted on: May 7, 2013 at 06:53 IST
Before we all start pointing fingers at Modi, we must look at both sides of the coin. Babri masjid happened when Congress failed to react as the ruling party. As far as the judgement on modi is concerned the Supreme Court of the Country has acquitted the man. Let us please respect the decision of the highest court of the counrty, i mean because of the same clean chit awarded by the court most congress ministers have been given a clean chit, why not Modi? And why are we forgetting Sikh riots here. Did the congress book the guilty in their party? There are eye witness evidences and yet. Let;s play equal if we want to play at all.
from:  Sneha
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 21:09 IST
Paid Media, sponsored by Congress.!
from:  Gaurav
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 17:06 IST
Modi is neither a fact nor a visionary leader. He is a farce. Above all "Murderer of Secular India" I was there when the riots broke out and i can assure you my friends that all the goons are roaming on the street like a bone chasing dogs. My religion doesnt teach me to "react" against a heinous act. Modi is a blot on Indian society & Hinduism. No better than Osama Bin Laden who had brought shame on Islam.
from:  Thinking Indian
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 15:40 IST
if we can sustain and bear the tantrums and venom of corrupt and selfish UPA government , we are ready to test Modi's policies too notwithstanding whether they will bring development and peace or corruption and riots.
from:  neha Tiwari
Posted on: May 6, 2013 at 15:28 IST
The most interesting fact about Modi mania is that he has this 'yankee hindutwa' following! it seems he has more supporters who're in US (happily cannot vote for him!!) than in India. The Indians who abandoned their country for greener pastures and who wear their Yankee citizenship like a badge of honour and who chose to live in an "inclusive' society like the US want India to be a 'Hindu' state, run by a Hitler like person who must purge all Muslims from this country!! I wish they could make such demands in their adopted country so that they kicked out of it and have nowhere else to go. And they have the audacity to talk disparagingly about Sonia Gandhi who has proved to be a far more patriotic Indian than they can ever claim to be. Keep up the good work Frontline! you reinforce our faith in Media might. Am sharing this article with like minded "sensible' Indians.
from:  Anita
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 23:28 IST
The author has clearly managed to expose Modi's PR campaign by picking up the holes, cited by reports in media from the past. In contrast, the delirium of comments below supporting Modi sounds like a clueless blabber in shock of being exposed like this.
from:  Madhu
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 21:53 IST
The junk of comments favoring Modi only indicates how less internet is penetrated in India. Some delirious middle class amul babies are the ones who fantasize Indian politics as a mere Modi vs Rahul cat fight. None of these internet commentators are any deciding factor in polls. Modi is just another poster boy of Corporate Capitalism after Chandrababu Naidu. If we remember what happened in 2004, same amul babies believed some PR stunt called India Shining and celebrated absolute Majority of BJP. And what was the reality ? These middle class amul babies are so detached from the mass and working class of India that they get it wrong every time. Still these PR buffoonery provides nice entertainment for people like me.
from:  Janarddan
Posted on: May 5, 2013 at 21:33 IST
Excellent article funded by humaracongress.com I am not sure everybody talk about 2002 riots; but nobody talk about people who were live burnt. Their families are still looking for food and job after 10 years. They are suffering because they are hindu, shame on all of us
India need change and seeing this Modi is an option and worth a try. Right
and wring answer will come afterwards. But we should gibe this leadet a
try.
from:  sanjiv kumar
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 22:59 IST
Don't be mislead by the Modi 'messiah' ism. A year ago there was so much expectations and hullabaloo around one particular person leading a satyagraha claiming that he could cleanse this country of corruption and degradation; unluckily for us his name has completely disappeared from the media. Narendra Modi's case is no different.
from:  sanchuma goyary
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 10:36 IST
modi win election in 2014 because modi is peoples choice
from:  sameer
Posted on: May 4, 2013 at 10:34 IST
ACTION NEEDS REACTION. JAI SHRI RAM. NARENDRA MODI JINDABAD
from:  anoop mishra
Posted on: May 3, 2013 at 18:51 IST
People's anger is simmering below the surface receiving the latent
heat.Once the boiling point is reached, it will burst out. Never
interpret that silence is acceptance.If an autocrat grabs power, it will
pave way for intolerance, arrogance. Still peace will prevail neck is
negotiating with knife
from:  Sampathkumar PS
Posted on: May 3, 2013 at 11:33 IST
It appears that even after departure of N Ram who tried to make us believe that Marxist heaven is the only option Frontline has continued its biased journalism.
from:  saurabh sharma
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 20:18 IST
Looks like Communists of Waste Bengal and Waste Kerala are having editorial dysentry in this communist publication.
from:  Sir moong
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 19:51 IST
WTF, This is a completely one sided article,The more you criticise Modi the stronger he becomes. You don't have one positive thing to say about Modi. What makes Modi the best choice of India is this. "The more academically qualified you are the higher are the chances of you being a supporter of MODI"
from:  UDAYVEER
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 15:20 IST
Completely one sided article... looks like author has compiled opinions
of people opposed to Modi.

Forget social media, which Author does not seem to understand and feel
is managed by PR, how will he explain the reception Modi is getting in
every forum Modi is attending. Most of the print media has published
reports on possible positive impact it would have for BJP. That cant be
PR Managed.
from:  Kapil
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 14:57 IST
The BJP is yet to answer the often,but interesting quote on Modi,"Feku".
Whosoever has coined this slogan,when compared with Rahul Gandhi being
called "pappu",really has brains. Modi is indeed a Feku (false claims).
There is Bollywood song from the movie,"Josh"which goes like this,"apun
bola ------fekta hain ------". Aptly fits on Modi.
from:  Deendayal Lulla
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 12:39 IST
Please collect your fees back. Your school has not taught you journalism correctly.
from:  well wisher
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 11:54 IST
All parties employ PR agencies to give good image for their leaders.
Congress uses up entire taxpayer money to launch programs in the name
of Indira/Rajiv and Mahatma though they had nothing to do with it. The
idea is to promote the Gandhi brand to perpetuity and ensure that the
dynasty hold over the country stands for time immemorial. It helps
some people in the Congress helm to have this kind of structure and
keep milking the cash-cow to their benefit. Even if i were to be born
as a Gandhi i would have done the same. India has been ruled by Kings
and we have not adapted to democracy and the very idea of democracy is
alien to us. We need a King and want to be rules over by their heirs.
We have a Prime Minister who is appointed by a Dynasty, and who is not
answerable to general public and is neither interested to Answer also.
We have Cabinet ministers whose performance review happens based on the
loyalty towards the family rather than services to Mother India.
from:  Nagesh
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 09:33 IST
Whatever you may there is no denying in that Mr Modi is the epitiome of
Communal Violence in India.How can a person who is opposed by 70% of his
own party leader dare to dream about becoming Country`s next PM???
from:  Dinesh Sharma
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 08:07 IST
It is not very surprising to see u all so called "seculars" to continue spewing
venoms on Modi.Try whatever u all can but wat Modi is, u will very soon
realize.T
from:  raushan ranjan
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 21:52 IST
Another Corrupt Congi paid article..
How much did u get VR from Congi...VR....

Don't sell your soul for money..
Shame on Modi Bashers..

Why don't write about 24X7 power supply which Gujarat has..
Which no other state in India History has ?

from:  DavidUS
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 21:37 IST
@Vivek Krishna - Your
ideas seems Tweeter friendly.Mr Modi is nothing more than a Twitter
sensation and it really hurts me that our present generation is so much dependent
on social media to form their opinion as if they have lost their ability
to think.How can 10000 people die during riots in a state when its CM
tried to stop the riots.
from:  DInesh Sharma
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 21:18 IST
Your hit job on Modi will not in anyway affect Modi. People of India
know the true faces of those who oppose Modi. Since 2002 media has
been baying for his blood but no one can stop his victorious march.
Gujarati newspapers and news channels have spit venom on Modi before
2012 elections. But still people gave him thumping victory. When
Nitish Kumar started his Adhikar yatra people threw slippers on him.
He had to cancel his yatra fearing backlash. Is this what you call
"Pro-people" Bihar Model? When Modi was on yuva vikas yatra, people
welcomed him with flowers. At the end of the day it is people who will
decide their leader but not armchair pontificators and journalists.
from:  Sai kumar
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 20:06 IST
MODI can be equated to KAMRAJ who dedicated his entire life for our BHARATH;like NADAR, MODI is a PATRIOT and a GOOD LEADER WITH VISION.
IF he is chosen as PM, BHARATH will become JAGATHGURU!ON becoming PM,first he should bring back BLACKMONEY stashed abroad BY THE TRAITORS(INDO ITALIANS as well as ADVANI& CO who oppose his PM CANDIDATURE for fear of losing their STASHED WEALTH)The only weak point I know about MODI is his poor English .IF only he improves ENGLISH none in BHARATH can beat him in any field !!
from:  LAL
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 19:24 IST
Please do not invent stories and twist factors to cover up all the
misfortunes the Congress has bequeathed on our Nation. We except a
more truthful analysis from a responsible magazine such as yours. The
congress has latched on the double edged sword - "Religion in India".
It has done more damage than any other party by stabbing on all sides.
It has prevented the minority community to segregate the culprits in
friends clothing within our walls and it has repeatedly magnified
random happenings as terrorist activity and has spoiled the trust all
minorities had on our majority community. They are the cultural,
social and economical traitors of our nation.

Thank you.
from:  subha
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 17:41 IST
Don't mislead. Modi is a fact. India awaits Modi. As far as riots are concerned Modi did all thing to stop the riot. Give a look at history.Congress is the most communal party. Narendra Modi is very much securlar in true sense. In India secularism means muslim appeasement.Please accumulate some courage and write something about vote bank politics.Automatically you will find who is more communal.
from:  Vivek Krishna
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 16:26 IST
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