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Forget about the bullet trains…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laying foundation stone for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High speed Rail Project, at a function, at Ahmedabad, Gujarat (File)

The BJP-led NDA govt. is underestimating the intelligence of a common Indian, without realising that these are the same people who put them in power four and a half years back on promises made for creation of jobs and making India a global leader, both of which remain a fantasy….write Taha Coburn-Kutay

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laying foundation stone for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High speed Rail Project, at a function, at Ahmedabad, Gujarat (File)

The PR Guru of India failing miserably within the Country, although somewhat successful in the Indian diaspora. The international media has been reporting poorly on India’s reduced growth target, demonetisation, GST slabs, party infighting, flawed projects and the list goes on.

In the latest incident, Laxmi Kanta Chawla, who was a cabinet minister in the Punjab government led by BJP and Akali Dal, bluntly told the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to forget about the bullet train and focus on improving the standards of the existing trains in a video which is going viral on social media. She said: “When there’s no facility for food, what will passengers do in the absence of any food arrangement. For God sake, forget the bullet train. Forget the trains that run at the speed of 120 or 200 kms per hour. Run the existing trains efficiently.”

Why is it that we are only seeing city names being changed in Uttar Pradesh and the minority communities being targeted for religious practices? Is it because this state is being ruled by a religious leader and not a qualified statesman? All leather related businesses are being targeted, education curriculum is being changed in Government schools on the sly. The Bulundshar incident was transpired to lead to communal riots but it back fired and in my opinion the minority communities have acted in the larger interest of the country.

New Delhi: Right Wing Hindu activists stage a demonstration against Supreme Court's ban on the sale of fire crackers in Delhi and NCR this Diwali, in New Delhi, on Oct 13, 2017. The Supreme Court refused to modify its October 9 order banning the sale of fire crackers in Delhi and NCR this Diwali and expressed anguish that its order was being given a communal twist. (Photo: IANS) by .
Right Wing Hindu activists protest in Delhi (file)

If they reacted and there were religious riots, it would have affected the outcome of the assembly elections in the three states. The NDA govt. is underestimating the intelligence of a common Indian, without realising that these are the same people who put them in power four and a half years back on promises made for creation of jobs and making India a global leader, both of which remain a fantasy. The latest jibe of performing a peaceful religious activity in the city of Noida has brought condemnation on the regime. It has been justified by various joint press conferences and other follow up communication to multinational companies in Noida. Without realising that these company employees are the ones who are paying taxes to the government and pay the salary of the CM. If they moveout of Noida it will severely effect both the image of Noida and the government.

The classic PR campaigner received a question from a party supporter which was unexpected and had to cut a sorry figure in front of a large audience in his new initiative of “My Booth is a strong Booth”. Our star campaigner must be taught one thing by his party that if he wants to experiment western way of engaging with his party workers then he must be ready with a convincing answer and not a scripted answer. We have seen the exact same show during CHOGM in the Queen Elizabeth Centre. All the questions and answers were scripted because when one person rose to ask a question, he was told by the organisers and the comparer to send his question in a written request. If deemed appropriate the comparer would ask the star campaigner, the question.

Happy New Year everyone and hope by next New Year we are not in the same situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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