Before the results for the 17 Lok Sabha Elections had been announced, international magazine TIME had published a cover story about the Indian Elections where PM Narendra Modi was called the “Divider in Chief”.
Now US-based publication took a U-turn on its stand on India’s Prime Minister after he returned to power with a bigger mandate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, saying ‘Modi has united India like no Prime Minister in decades’ in the latest article.
While the earlier article was highly critical of the Indian PM, the recent on talks in praise of the BJP stalwart who silenced his critics across the world.
Manoj Ladwa–founder and CEO of Britain-based media company India Inc—claimed in the article that Modi has ‘managed to transcend India’s greatest fault line: the class divide’, and that’s what majorly sets him apart from the opposition.
In reaching the very top, he (PM Modi) personifies the aspirational working classes and can self-identify with his country’s poorest citizens in a way that the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty who have led India for most of the 72 years since independence simply cannot.
This is clearly a completely opposite point of view from the one that writer Aatish Taseer presented in TIME’s last cover story, where it was stated that the world’s largest democracy was more divided than ever. The earlier article also referred to the rampant lynchings, called out BJP’s controversial political candidates, and criticized the opposition.
Though both the opinion pieces were presented by different writers, Twitterati was quick to comment on how BJP’s landslide win had brought changing ‘TIME(s)’:
The Bharatiya Janata Party returned to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with an absolute majority and an even bigger mandate than what they had received in 2014. While they won 282 out of 543 Lok Sabha seats in the previous general elections, this year they single-handedly won a whopping 303 seats, decimating the Congress and other opposition parties.
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