Narendra Modi wants to know: Are you more optimistic today?

There’s not a word on PM Narendra Modi's Twitter feed on the farmers unrest or on his forthcoming visit to the US. Wonder why?

Written by Jyoti Malhotra | New Delhi | Published:June 13, 2017 6:13 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been back from Astana, Kazakhstan since June 9, but his Twitter feed since has been largely devoted to the forthcoming International Yoga Day on June 21, with videos beautifully explaining the various ‘asanas’.

The latest tweet is also devoted to @SriSri, the godman Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to whom he seems devoted – and vice-versa, naturally – on the power of yoga.

“Yoga is the way to realize the ultimate truth referred to in Vedanta and universal energy field in Quantum physics,” says the introduction to Ravi Shankar’s piece. That particular tweet has already been “liked” 6200 times and retweeted 2400 times.

But if you sense a certain dissonance – strife would be too strong a word – in the PM’s timeline, you wouldn’t be far off the mark. Since he returned from Astana, where he met Chinese president Xi Jinping and a variety of Central Asian leaders, the PM’s social media team has been extraordinarily quiet.

In Twitter terms, it’s the equivalent of committing social suicide.

There’s nothing, for example, even on the PM’s trip to the US to meet Donald Trump on June 26, even though the White House has announced it.

As for the farmer’s agitation that has swept Madhya Pradesh in the last week and in which five farmers have been killed – not a single word.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ decision to spend more than Rs 30,000 crores on waiving farmer loans? Nothing from the PM, either on @narendramodi or on @PMOIndia.

So when Twitter wanted to know when the PM had demonstrated compassion towards the toiling farmer, some of its constituents had to search Google.

“I hope the Centre provides the assistance that the farmers of MP require and supports the MP government in providing timely relief,” the PM had tweeted. Ah, there you are.

Except the tweet was more than three years old, from March 4, 2014, before he became prime minister of India.

Perhaps the PM has legacy on his mind. After all, the fourth year of his government has begun. The bell has begun to toll. So on the home page of the Narendra Modi app is a survey that you are invited to take, to “Rate Your Government.”

When answering the questions (some given below) the survey taker has to “agree” or “disagree” in various permutations and combinations. You get the picture.

For example:

The Modi Government has been bold & decisive in tackling challenges
The Modi Government is an honest & incorruptible government
The Modi Government cares for the citizens & is always there for the citizens
The Modi Government is improving infrastructure for a better future
Modi Government’s efforts have led to a rise in India’s standing globally
The Modi Government is ensuring farmer welfare
Do you feel that speed of working & implementation has improved in Modi Government?

And finally, the piece de resistance: After 3 years of Modi government, are you feeling more optimistic than before about the future of India?

But with the prime minister – or his social media team – so seemingly morose, question is what are Mr Modi own views on these matters?

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  1. R
    R K
    Jun 15, 2017 at 1:18 pm
    I am of course more optimistic today than I was 3 years back because of the developmental initiatives of this govt.
    1. S
      Sujatha Selvam
      Jun 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm
      Just got a Whatsapp message that says according to BBC conducted the top 10 political party in the world 2017 survey, Bharatiya Janata Party in India is one of the most corrupt party political parties in the world. It ranks fourth. This is reality!
      1. R
        Jun 14, 2017 at 2:53 pm
        it was bbc, poor sujatha....still stuck up with brits' slavery.....i thought your congress claimed they chucked them out long time back....anyway this billion-plus nation has moved forward!next time fabricate some believable truth....
        1. R
          R K
          Jun 15, 2017 at 1:11 pm
          dear....stay away from whatsappp....otherwise fools will continue to befool u...
        2. R
          Jun 14, 2017 at 10:37 am
          Obsessively anti-modi elements here appear to be going needlessly berserk with such irrational and meaninglesss comments born out of their compulsive slavish political leaning to a colonial-legacy that an almost-fatally-wounded congress at best got exposed as . The fact is that that anti-modi comments on the Net are also rapidly declining indicating the growing widespread recognition of NDA's Progressive Governance with an honest and meaningful intent. Optimism is the word of the day everyone must embrace in their own interest.
          1. B
            Jun 14, 2017 at 4:16 am
            there is one more aasan in yoga called feku asasan,which this feku is a master better than ramdev,by this feku aasan he has manipulated the indian society
            1. R
              R K
              Jun 15, 2017 at 1:13 pm
              tera baap karta hai yah...
            2. S
              Jun 14, 2017 at 3:19 am
              Govt has increased taxes surrep iously. This will surely harm business activity. Corruption has come down. But not at mid and lower levels of bureaucracy. Govt officers of customs, income tax etc, continue to harass tax payers. Each important ministry should have a full time clean n efficient minister. Report card-carrying 4/10. UPA was 0.5/10 !
              1. R
                Jun 14, 2017 at 3:19 am
                the increasingly emerging fact is that indians NEVER needed was the british who needed it they created and nurtured a bunch of willing-traitors who were subsequently handed over power on a platter.....what proved to be most destructive colonial-legacy which continued doing tandav-nritya against the people of India under cover of politics.....till Modi came and bust them all in one shot and literally introduced meaningful governance for the first time in the Nation with Va yee, Advani and Dr. MM Joshi's blessings who set the stepping stones of honesty in public-life during the earlier BJP-Led-NDA's term !
                1. M
                  MAMUTTY CHOLA
                  Jun 14, 2017 at 2:04 am
                  1. C
                    Jun 14, 2017 at 2:02 am
                    How the peoples will be optimistic when economy is dipping down and commodity prices are rising day by day, tension is increasing, unity is disturbing, and easy going life is lacing than the old rulers.
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