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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