Politics of spectacle

Style over substance

Print edition : October 13, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi after receiving the guard of honour on Independence Day in New Delhi on August 15. Photo: PTI

Narendra Modi, as Chief Minister of Gujarat, speaking at the Statue of Unity project implementation workshop in Gandhinagar in December 2013. Photo: PTI

Modi launches the 'Make In India' project in New Delhi on September 25, 2014. Photo: RAVEENDRAN/AFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “think big” projects such as the bullet train and the Statue of Unity are at best attempts to showcase the politics of spectacle that the Prime Minister is adept at, in the context of the growing negative perceptions about his government.
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