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Twitterati unimpressed with Narendra Modi quoting Bob Dylan and joking about Rs 100 notes

PM Narendra Modi started his speech for Coldplay's Mumbai concert with a joke on demonetisation and went on to quote Bob Dylan's iconic song 'Times They are A-changin''. But his attempt at humour and being current fail to impress.

By: Trends Desk | Kolkata | Updated: November 22, 2016 11:52 am
Coldplay, Narendra Modi, Bob Dylan, Modi dylan, Modi dylan quote, Coldplay Mumbai, Coldplay mumbai news, coldplay mumbai concert, coldplay concert, coldplay concert mumbai, mumbai news, india news Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Global Citizen  Festival in Mumbai via a video conference and quoted Bob Dylan’s iconic song in reference to the demonetisation decision.

There is no denying the long wait Indians and those in India had to endure for Coldplay to perform in the country (remember all the ‘Will they? Won’t they’ moments?). Overcoming lot of apprehensions about their performance, the tickets of the show and, of course, some protests, Chris Martin and company finally enthralled audiences in Mumbai and people can’t stop talking about it. Those of us who could not make it to see him sing live will have to make do with reflected enthusiasm and bits and pieces of recorded videos. One such person who couldn’t physically make it to the concert but was virtually present was Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The PM, through a video addressed, the crowd and rest of India, sharing his message for the Global Citizen India Festival. The PM joked and said, “You have been smart in asking me to only address the gathering and not sing, else I’m pretty sure your audience would be asking you for their money back, and that too in Rs 100 notes.”

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His reference to the demonetisation was clear. Throughout his speech he made several indications and also talked about values and ideals of the young generation. “I have had my own set of idols. But you will perhaps be more familiar with Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Chris Martin and A R Rehman,” Modi said.

But the highlight of his speech was when he quoted none other than Nobel laureate Bob Dylan. It was not any other song, he took to Dylan iconic 1964 song, ‘The times they are a-changin’.

“So, to quote from one of Dylan’s transformative anthems which holds as much meaning today as it did when it was first sung in the 1960. ‘Come mothers and fathers, throughout the land, and don’t criticise, what you cannot understand. Your sons and your daughters, are beyond your command. Your old roads rapidly agin’. Please get out of the new one, if you can’t lend your hand, for the times they are a-changin’,” said Modi.

Though there is no denying that Modi’s reference was perfect, however, Netizens didn’t quite warm up to the Prime Minister quoting the iconic singer. People on social media thought Modi-Dylan combination was quite “out-of-place”. Many also criticised him for joking about Rs 100 notes, while many have lost their lives standing in queues.

Here’s what Twitterati had to say:

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