Did Modi Insult India?
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The comments made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at Shanghai, while addressing the Indian Diaspora about previously Indians being ashamed of being born in India, has sparked a raging debate in the social media, with #ModiInsultsIndia trending in the country.
There has been an outrage, with people claiming that the Prime Minister has shamed the dignity of Indians by his insensitive comments, and that his proclaiming that he has changed the perception is extrapolating the actual scenario to a great extent.
However, as the dust is eventually settling, and on closer observation, it may be noticed that this is only a passing remark, and has more do to the pessimism that engulfed India and Indians travelling overseas previously. Modi only tried to put forward that this scenario is slowly changing and that his Government is doing all that it takes to bring a more positive mindset forward.
The massive outrage that was so evident was certainly not well placed. On one hand, where the media launched an all out attack on his comment, “Earlier, you felt ashamed of being born Indian”, on the other side, the Prime Minister when he also spoke of national pride during his speech, was not picked up. The gatekeepers conveniently ignored the positive message and highlighted the other comment to conjure up a controversy.
At a time, when the general mood in the country is a positive one going into the second year of the Modi Sarkar, this statement is not completely inaccurate, but the way it is being portrayed does raise questions.
True, one man cannot change the perception, as Modi mentions. There is more to India, both internal and external and claiming that just because of his Government, India has earned respect is also not true.
We are slowly seeing a gradual shift in the mind set from the Nehruvian era to the current era, and probably this controversy is more a clash between the two ideologies.