Tharoor sings praises of Modi, calls him ‘an avatar of modernity and progress’

Tharoor, however, added that Modi’s message had not trickled down, referring to the killing of a young Muslim IT professional in Pune.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2014 7:56 am
Shashi Tharoor, Rajnath Singh, Ananth Kumar in Parliament, Wednesday. Source: Prem Nath Pandey Shashi Tharoor, Rajnath Singh, Ananth Kumar in Parliament, Wednesday. Source: Prem Nath Pandey

In high praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has said that he (Modi) has remodelled himself from a “hate figure” to an “avatar of modernity and progress”. He also said it would be “churlish” of the Congress to ignore his “inclusive and accommodative” outreach.

“Just as he remade himself from a hate figure into an avatar of modernity and progress, he is 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,” Tharoor wrote in The Huffington Post.

“…Modi has gone out of his way to avoid confrontational language, to omit issues… that India’s religious minorities would find offensive, and to extend a hand of friendship to his critics,” he wrote.

Addressing the media at the Congress office on Wednesday, Tharoor said, “The accommodative and inclusive language that we are hearing from the government must be welcomed. We in the opposition should not be churlish in ignoring that there is a signaling being done here…The PM himself is saying he will be the PM of all Indians, including those who did not vote for him…This is not the language we are used to hearing from him.”

Saying that Modi had perhaps evolved to Modi 2.0, he said, “But if Modi 1.0 re-emerges, and he or his government does anything that we will consider as divisive… we will oppose him robustly…”

Tharoor, however, added that Modi’s message had not trickled down, referring to the killing of a young Muslim IT professional in Pune.

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    Durgesh Nandan
    Jun 5, 2014 at 8:42 am
    In 2014 Lok Sabha election, the electorate rewarded the BJP - which had never previously won more than 186 seats in India's 543-member Lower House - with 282 seats, as the National Democratic Alliance led by the BJP claimed 333.
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      Durgesh Nandan
      Jun 5, 2014 at 8:42 am
      In the couple of weeks since his election, Mr Narendra Modi has been conciliatory and inclusive in both his pronouncements and his actions. Modi shows unexpected generosity on the very day of his victory, when Mr Shashi Tharoor received a startling tweet of congratulations from Mr Modi. "Let us work together to move India forward."
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        Durgesh Nandan
        Jun 5, 2014 at 8:42 am
        In the event, Mr Narendra Modi overcame this negative perception, re-bing himself as an apostle of development and pointing to his successful record in Gujarat, a state of high growth rates that under his leadership has been a magnet for investors.
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          Durgesh Nandan
          Jun 5, 2014 at 8:42 am
          Mr Narendra Modi brilliantly-organized, lavishly-funded election campaign saw "Hindutva", the ideology of Hindu chauvinism with which he and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have long been identified, relegated to the back burner, while Modi promised voters he would remake India in the model of prosperous Gujarat.
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            Durgesh Nandan
            Jun 5, 2014 at 8:42 am
            Mr Narendra Modi, the PM of Indian union worried about what his victory would portend. The thought of such a figure leading a diverse and multi-religious polity that had long been built on the ‘Nehruvian consensus’ developed by the Congress Party, was anathema to many.
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              Durgesh Nandan
              Jun 5, 2014 at 8:42 am
              This is the known fact, when BJP’s Mr Narendra Modi swept to a dramatic victory in India's general elections, becoming the first prime minister in three decades to command an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of India's fractious Parliament, many in India worried about what his victory would portend.
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                Durgesh Nandan
                Jun 5, 2014 at 8:42 am
                To almost everyone's surprise, however, Mr Narendra Modi and the BJP have eschewed the hubris and triumphalism they might have been umed to have earned with their sweeping victory. The ruling Congress Party , was relegated to its worst showing in history, winning a mere 44 seats.
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                  Durgesh Nandan
                  Jun 5, 2014 at 8:42 am
                  Who denied this fact that, to political opponents and members of India's liberal intelligentsia, Narendra Modi was a divisive, sectarian, authoritarian figure who had presided over the macre of some 1200 innocents, mainly Muslim, as chief minister of the state of Gujarat in 2002.
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