Modi’s Animal Farm
When asked if he felt sorry after the Gujarat 2002 post-Godhra riots, Modi said, �Whenever a big vehicle, like a SUV, moves and a kutte ka bachcha comes under it, one does feel bad about it.�
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s retort to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for his donkey comment with regard to Gujarat Tourism ads promoting the Wild Ass of the Rann of Kutch was pretty sharp at the BJP rally in Bahraich on Thursday.
The Prime Minister went out of his way to tell people not to mock the donkey. He said he was inspired by the donkey which works hard, be it day or night, to labour ceaselessly for the welfare country. Some of us may laugh that the PM has compared himself to a donkey, especially after the brilliant stroke of demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. The PM has himself said the entire world of economists have never seen such a brilliant decision while they have dissed it knowing only theory.
Modi has repeatedly referred to animals when speaking about several things. Here are a few:
Kutte ka bachcha aka puppy
In an interview to Reuters after he emerged as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate gutting the PM hopes of veteran LK Advani, Modi spoke extensively. When asked if he felt sorry after the Gujarat 2002 post-Godhra riots, he said, “Whenever a big vehicle, like a SUV, moves and a kutte ka bachcha comes under it, one does feel bad about it.” As many pointed out then, kutte ka bachcha is a pejorative. The riot-affected Muslims of Gujarat 2002 were mere puppies for him.
Cow aka Gau
Usually gau mata, the Prime Minister rode to power in 2014 on his fiery speeches telecast live by slavish media, he promised protection to cows from slaughter while underlining that the then UPA 2 g0vernment wanted India to see a pink revolution. Here’s a clip from Ghaziabad, where strangely he repeatedly refers to beef as mutton.
Of course, he backpedalled when the cow protection squads attacked Dalits in Una, Gujarat.
The PM’s love for the lion, which is protected in India at Gir, Gujarat, knows no bounds. He even refused to let wildlife officials transfer 2 lions from Gir to Madhya Pradesh, which is also ruled by the BJP, instead he sent them to Uttar Pradesh, where he is doing all the roaring in the seven-phase polls this year.
Though the humble tiger is the national animal, the PM went for the lion as an emblem of Make in India programme.
His fans and party faithful put up posters for his rallies across the Hindi-speaking parts of the country, saying “simhagarjan” rally. Yeah, with that much amplification, sure.
The donkey is the latest animal to get this love and affection from Modi. Does he really admire the animal or does he covet the votes of the dhobi caste, which, as one knows, finds the donkey indispensable? The people of Uttar Pradesh will decide if the donkey admirer can haul the weight of their aspirations.
*With due apologies to George Orwell, also known as Eric Arthur Blair.