From 2014 to 2021, in just seven years I would not have believed a Prime Minister could have gone from being overawing to even his enemies to becoming the butt of jokes. Last week, I could not count the number of candidates of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham who were mocking him and urging the Prime Minister to campaign in their respective constituencies…to help them increase their margins of victory. They were convinced that the BJP candidate was losing anyway and that Modi would ensure a worse defeat.
What’s more, I noticed, the tweets were not part of an IT cell template unlike the BJP mass tweets, so each one was truly holding out the gauntlet to Modi. Which is odd because even at the height of the BJP IT cell’s mocking of Rahul Gandhi, no one thought his campaign would make his party candidates lose by bigger margins.
And the Pappu-fication of Modi now seems to be directly proportional to the admiration Rahul Gandhi seems to be earning both nationally and internationally for his erudition, education and intelligence. One only has to watch his interactions with Cornell and Harvard Universities to know what I mean.
Even I wondered why these universities were asking Rahul Gandhi rather than Modi about what he would do to kickstart the Indian economy “if and when you are Prime Minister”. I thought that questions were more suitable for Modi, considering he is already the Prime Minister and can do something about it right here, right now.
But I guess even these universities know there is no point in questioning Modi who does not have an idea in his head worth articulating about the economy, foreign policy, China or anything else that Rahul Gandhi was questioned about. Moreover, Gandhi is an alumnus of Harvard and Cambridge while Modi’s degree in Entire Political Science from no university in the world keeps him waving at rallies.