Shortly after Modi become PM, state by-elections in U.P and Bihar were held. BJP lost few seats and won few. Media and secular forces went berserk to demean Modi. Has Modi lost his popularity? Is Modi not following secularism? Love Jihad backfired Modi? Such headlines dominated the front page news and TV debates as if Modi government has lost majority. Hence, the assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana were projected as the referendum on Modi’s popularity. Modi conquered both the states with unprecedented victory. Media dedicated this victory to anti-incumbency and not that of Modi. So what if he won Maharashtra and Haryana, will Modi be able to win J&K and Jharkhand? This would be the real test for Modi as BJP has never formed government in J&K and no party has ever won majority in Jharkhand after the state was created. They said. It is in public record what happened in these two states. Secular forces bite the dust again. Modi came with flying colors.
"I don’t know how Modi and his team would be feeling after overcoming every challenge that media and secular forces put in front of him but one thing is sure: victory is always sweet and he must be saying to himself: I will overcome, one by one."
So what, will Modi be able to control inflation and corruption? While inflation coming to flat zero, there are no cases of corruption either. Modi silenced them within few months after becoming PM on these issues. Media dedicated low inflation to international factors. Then questions were raised on Modi’s foreign visits. Japan was friendly country anyway, will Modi succeed in America? Everybody knows what country got by his visits. Ask those NRIs what Modi gave them from his visit. At least they can now feel proud of their country. A sense of belongingness is prevailing everywhere. Modi is able to connect with them. A section of media then started covering news on Modi English language. How come Modi is not able to speak in English in front of foreign dignitaries? Will his speeches in Hindi have any impact? They argued. When Barak Obama came to India, Modi spoke in English. Probably, the media will now nitpick on his accent. He is not speaking like an American, they may argue. They should not forget that Modi is an Indian whose national language is Hindi, not English.
Of course, win and loss in Delhi election has political importance. But its result should not be projected as referendum on Modi’s work. But the way news are being broadcasted by our secular media as if it a general election in which Modi is again standing as PM candidate and he has an uphill task before him. India is a big country and PM has lots of challenges to handle but it should not be that every event be deliberately linked to the prestige of Modi. Unfortunately, it is happening with Narendra Modi. As it seems that media is intentionally trying to show Modi’s ability in poor light.
It should be remembered that Modi has not been parachuted and made PM overnight. As Chief Minister of Gujarat, he has 14 years of rigorous experience. Even during his CM days, he has been harassed in the name of secularism, false cases were imposed against him. I don’t remember any good news published in front page or debated in TV channels on development work Modi did in Gujarat during those 13 years. Media made sure that people do not forget US visa cancellation, 2002, CBI, encounter etc. through frequent TV debates and news headlines. When Modi talked about development, first they argued there is no development and when they accepted it, they argued Gujarat was already a developed state.
Modi has got mandate for full 5 years. Modi’s next big challenge would be in 2019 general election. In between he will face many challenges. But every challenge brings opportunities with it as well. I don’t know how Modi and his team would be feeling after overcoming every challenge that media and secular forces put in front of him but one thing is sure: victory is always sweet and he must be saying to himself: I will overcome, one by one. And the way he and his team are working, it seems BJP alone will win 400+ seats in 2019 election.
Note: The image above is taken from the So Sorry video.