Look Narendra Modi has got a lot of ‘positive press’ from Time Magazine and Brookings Institution. It seems General Elections are really nearing their time!
Time Magazine has come under a lot of criticism for its cover story on Narendra Modi, ‘Boy from the Backyard’ featured in its March 26th issue. The article is an interesting mix of announcing with strong captions: ‘Modi is tipped as a contender to be India’s next Prime Minister’ to terming him as a ‘shrewd’ politician and his ‘Sadbhavna fasts’ as acts of ‘self purification’. While even with this mixed coverage, one cannot deny that Modi has come a long way, as Time is a magazine of international repute with it itself claiming that out of every two Americans, one reads Time.
By the way its not just Time Magazine but ‘The Brookings Institution’, a not for profit public policy institution based out of Washington which has also featured a flattering account of Modi’s stint as Chief Minister of Gujarat, albeit as an interview from the man himself, titled rather very pleasant towards Modi as ‘India’s Most Admired and Most Feared Politician: Narendra Modi’. That’s not all; a quick dig has been taken at US itself for not issuing a visa to someone who is according to the article, going to be elected India’s Prime Minister very soon! The narrative constructed through the article is largely one sided with much use of sentences like ‘he did this’ and also instances of the author himself adding his own judgment to the Riots case, sample this, “The next day, Modi called for a day of mourning— which some mourners took as an invitation to riot.” What more this article has all the markers of a scholarly article with footnotes and citations!
Both the articles make up for an interesting read but what is going to be most interesting is how the politicians back home react to it.