Opposition should not ignore Narendra Modi’s ‘inclusive outreach’: Shahshi Tharoor

He described the Prime Minster as "Modi 2.0" which he said has replaced "Modi 1.0".

By: Press Trust of India | Updated: June 4, 2014 10:02 pm
Shashi Tharoor said "it would be churlish not to acknowledge Modi 2.0's inclusive outreach and to welcome his more conciliatory statements and actions". ( Source: PTI ) Shashi Tharoor said “it would be churlish not to acknowledge Modi 2.0’s inclusive outreach and to welcome his more conciliatory statements and actions”. ( Source: PTI )

In unusual comments, Congress spokesperson Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said the opposition would be “churlish” in ignoring the voices of inclusive outreach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tharoor, who was replying to questions on an article written by him in an American news website, insisted that the “accommodative and inclusive language should be welcomed and it would be churlish to ignore that”.

He said he has not heard intolerant language nor the language used in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections after Modi was sworn-in as the Prime Minister.

He described the Prime Minster as “Modi 2.0” which he said has replaced “Modi 1.0”.

In the article under the heading “How Narendra Modi may have evolved into Modi 2.0”, Tharoor has emphasised that “to almost everyone’s surprise… Modi and the BJP have eschewed the hubris and triumphalism they might have been assumed to have earned with their sweeping victory”.

Citing various instances, the Congress leader has wondered whether this all adds up to a “Modi 2.0, a very different figure in government from the ogre some of us had feared and demonised for years?”

“It was still too early to tell, but the initial signs are encouraging…. An ambitious man, Modi appears to realise that if he wants to make a success of his government, he will have to lead the nation from the centre and not from the extreme right where he had built his base in the BJP,” he
said.

Tharoor argued that just as Modi remade himself from a “hate-figure into an avatar of modernity and progress”, he was seeking to remake the BJP from a vehicle of Hindu chauvinism to a natural party of governance.

“This will mean a change in both language and tone, as he has demonstrated from day one,” he said.

Tharoor said that for an opposition Member of Parliament like himself, “it would be churlish not to acknowledge Modi 2.0’s inclusive outreach and to welcome his more conciliatory statements and actions”.

He added that the moment Modi says or does something divisive or sectarian in the “Modi 1.0” mould, the Congress party will oppose him.

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    Durgesh Nandan
    Jun 5, 2014 at 8:13 am
    16th Lok Sabha starts from yesterday. Thank God our leaders are behaving mature. They understand to disrespect someone means to treat someone without reverence or respect. As an individual, we ought to respect the rights of every other individual and not encroach upon their happiness.
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      Durgesh Nandan
      Jun 5, 2014 at 8:14 am
      Great Indian democracy saw a bright day when 16th Lok Sabha resume.Thank God our leaders are behaving mature. Being disrespected is something that no one likes but maintaining your dignity when you are disrespected is called for.
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        Durgesh Nandan
        Jun 5, 2014 at 8:14 am
        Honorable MPs! Yesterday was the bright day when 16th Lok Sabha saw you, with your dignified silence, you can silently make the person who disrespected you to realize his folly.
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          Durgesh Nandan
          Jun 5, 2014 at 8:13 am
          Indian politicians think the relationships with voters can be biggest downfall, because they are so demanding and no one able to fulfill all needs of all voters. So this is the biggest excuse for not giving work and time. The entire law is summed up in a single command; Love your voters as yourself.
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            Durgesh Nandan
            Jun 5, 2014 at 8:13 am
            Mr Politician! It is suggested that whatever might be your cirstances, either good or bad; you should always maintain your dignity and do not commit any insane act for which you might have to repent later.
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              Durgesh Nandan
              Jun 5, 2014 at 8:13 am
              Now for making great India, ruling party and opposition starts on a good note on 16th Lok Sabha yesterday. Nobody likes being disrespected. You should not treat others with disrespect and revere them the way they are because after all, everyone on earth is unique.
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                Durgesh Nandan
                Jun 5, 2014 at 8:13 am
                Our honorable Parliamentarian! Hope you behave properly for the common cause and welfare of our citizens. Always maintain and withhold your dignity when people disrespect you. Silence kills the maximum and speaks for itself.
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                  Durgesh Nandan
                  Jun 5, 2014 at 8:13 am
                  Politicians do not understand the relation between voters and representatives. Relationships are the biggest channel to give love, and so you can change your entire life just through the love you give in your relationship.
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                    IndianWellWisher
                    Jun 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm
                    The only tiny bit of diplomacy left in the Congress.
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                      Prapur
                      Jun 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm
                      Modi is man of law and action so you will never get a chance to oppose and in next election probably you will be in BJP. Congress has divided country and looted too for too long. Congress opposed him all the time when he was as CM of Gujarat and called him Maut ka saudagar however still majority voted him as PM. Pl acknowledge that Gujarat model is real and working not like your Sonia madam and Rahul hiding for cover.
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                        Abhi
                        Jun 5, 2014 at 4:06 am
                        Modi hasn't changed a bit, the way Taroor is looking at Modi has changed. It's Shashi Taroor 2.0 and not Modi 2.0
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                          A C
                          Jun 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm
                          Current PM is reaching every opposition member , and trying to have a dialogue with every one, why don't all of them join and built the country as all of them has no major disagreements . First order should be settle the borders with China .
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                            A S
                            Jun 4, 2014 at 5:10 pm
                            Modi as CM of Gujarat was also decisive and dedicated. During elections some exaggerations are normal. Modi is the type of PM India badly needed since last few decades.
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                              Dip
                              Jun 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm
                              Tharoor, Chidambaram are pseudo intellectuals. They destro the country by licking feet of Sonia and now 'judge' Modi!
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                                presshelp
                                Jun 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm
                                He said he has not heard intolerant language nor the language used in the run-up to the Lok Sabha electionsI challenge Mr Tharoor to show me one single example of Mr Modi's "intolerance" in any any of his number of speeches (or actions) before or during the LS elections of which he speaks. All the intolerance and vile language that was being spoken was coming from all directions towards Mr Modi from his opponents. Sonia hi lead the way by using words like "Maut ka saudagar" with people like Mamta Banerjee, Lalu Prasahad, the gutter mouth aka R S Aiyar chiming in. Even Mr Tharoor didn't hold back and called Mr Modi (on CNN US ever eager to please the Western media) a bigot!The Western media of which you refer to above is none other than Huffingnton Post, the online news aggregation with a special dislike of India and Hindus. Mr Tharoor has made a career out of demeaning India and Hindus and one must take everything he writes with a big pinch of salt.
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                                  govindss
                                  Jun 4, 2014 at 7:02 pm
                                  Shashi. Give up the corrupt congress party and join BJP if you really care about the future of India. MODI has done more initiatives improve government departments in 12 days than what congress party could do in more than 12 years in power. Man of action and true leader.But you won't get back handers and privileged s of national ets like IPL shares so maybe not.
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                                    bk
                                    Jun 4, 2014 at 6:42 pm
                                    I wonder who wants his opinion. He should have given some sensible ideas to his own govt.
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                                      Jagdish Jain
                                      Jun 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm
                                      Shashi Tharoor, you are irrelevant to the political scene in India; your computer metaphor like Modi 2.0 is not understood by the ordinary people of India. Are you asking the Indians to follow Modi 2.0 without defining what you mean by it? Maybe you have lost your mind.
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                                        Prakash
                                        Jun 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm
                                        Shaadi R U planning on dumping the CONGRESS party and switching sides?
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                                          Nikhil D.
                                          Jun 4, 2014 at 7:49 pm
                                          Perhaps, the Modi 2.0 is not a new phenomenon.Everything being used to demagogue Modi is based upon what happened in 2002, when Modi was a raw politician, a 1st time MLA and Chief Minister. Maybe, at that time, he was too naive in political ways to realize what was going on, and how much power he really had to control what happened.What is telling is, after that black mark, no other incidents happened in the 12 years since then.
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                                            Pradip Bhattacharya
                                            Jun 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm
                                            Govt should initiate CBI probe into the real cause of so-called suicide by Tharoor's wife. She had hit marks in her neck which indicate she was attacked and murdered due to suffocation. Shashi Tharoor has lot to answer before he starts talking about politics.
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