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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                    a.sasikumar
                    Jun 6, 2014 at 6:23 am
                    the reason for recent election success of bjp is the priministerial candidate narendra modi ,this is known to all indians including sasitharoor ,he opened his mind to media what is approved by voters of this country .read only that ,i hope there is nothing more than that because he used to critcise big leaders of his party by declaring some truths which he felt was true,at this point we can call him a person who is dare enough to speak his opinion
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                      m. abraham
                      Jun 5, 2014 at 7:55 am
                      Hope that Shri Shashi Tharoor may not be so pleased to join the BJP. No doubt Shri Modi has some leadership quality. Shri Taroor too has such quality. A word of appreciation is not bad.
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                        RAJU
                        Jun 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm
                        Mayb he wants to keep away the CBI !!
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                          Ajay
                          Jun 7, 2014 at 6:23 pm
                          Shashi Tharoor is bright and right. Have read a few of his books. We need more leaders like him in India- no matter what party they represent.
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                            Wadikar
                            Jun 5, 2014 at 7:39 am
                            Sooner or later every one will realize Achche Din Sach Much Me Aane wale hai!
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                              Vivek kumar
                              Jun 5, 2014 at 2:24 am
                              Tharoor is relieved that Modi is not putting CBI behind his @ss in that Sunanda Pushkar case. Mr. Tharoor the entire country knows who is behind the death of Sunada Pushkar, so stop behaving like a suave intellectual and stop preaching to India. We know your reality. Mr Tharoor one more thing, are you still getting miscalls from Mehr Tarar? LOL. Pl don't give out our national secrets to your wench in stan. Pillow talk is dangerous. Loose lips sink ships.
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                                Ashok Sridharan
                                Jun 5, 2014 at 6:15 am
                                Oppose him robustly? Not sure how the Congress, with just 44 lok sabha seats, is going to manage that!
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                                  James Bond
                                  Jun 5, 2014 at 10:18 am
                                  Definitely Mr.Modi is modern avatar of progress.Thank for Mr.Shashi Taroor to talk the truth.Till now Congress acted like a group of gangsters.They never praised others other than their own party members and followers.Now we can understand there are few people like Mr.Taroor who like to speak the truth openly.
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                                    Cohere
                                    Jun 5, 2014 at 5:42 pm
                                    Tharoor's statements only show that he is a misfit in the Congress party.
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                                      H1N1
                                      Jun 5, 2014 at 12:08 am
                                      You can take your sweet tak to that stani woman....and you murdered your wife over her eh?Your sweet talk wont fool Modi and the others.....thank u for being polite though.
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                                        SRINIVAS Manur
                                        Jun 5, 2014 at 8:17 am
                                        Mr. Shashi Tharoor is a right person in a wrong party. He should have been in BJP and should have been a minister in externail affairs ministry probably which would have helped India utilise his immense experience in the foreign affairs. But as is the fate of destiny , he languishes in the Congress party. As an intellectual and career official at united Nations, he has built up retion which would immensely help to break ice in Diplomatic ignments on behalf of Indian Govenment. Though he is from opposition party, Narendra Modi should consider him for the betterment of ties with foreign nations.
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                                          sps
                                          Jun 5, 2014 at 12:17 am
                                          Tharoor is behaving like a teenager, who when matures, realizes how his parents, the grown-ups, were right all along. The sad part is that while he is showing sign of his own maturity, others still are behaving like teenagers.
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                                            jay
                                            Jun 5, 2014 at 4:19 am
                                            There is nothing like Modi 1.0 or Modi 2.0 ,everyone has to upgrade himself with the changing scenario but it's Congress party which has to debug itself and improve.
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