A Tetrapack of juicy nothings

Does it at all matter if Rahul spilt ‘coconut juice’ or Modi mocked him for that or Rahul did a near perfect imitation of Modi, ‘mitron’ and all?

GN Bureau | March 2, 2017


#politics   #elections   #Narendra Modi   #Rahul Gandhi  


The latest buzz on social media is about whether or not Rahul Gandhi, while campaigning in Manipur, said he would be happy to see ‘coconut juice’ from the state being sold in London with a label that says ‘Made in Manipur’. Turns out that he did not actually say that. What he said was he’d like to see the day when someone in London drank pineapple juice with a ‘Made in Manipur’ label on it.

But over-the-top mockery is the hallmark of the campaign style of prime minister Narendra Modi. So it wasn’t surprising when, at a rally in Uttar Pradesh, he mocked Rahul, implying that he had spoken to the people of Manipur about ‘coconut juice’. Of course, this is the kind of material that gets tweeted and forwarded, and some in the mainstream media were wasting their energy in fact-checking such piffle. The justification, perhaps, was that it was a prime minister speaking, after all, so the people need to know if what he said was true or not – never mind that mockery (like poetry, one might say) often relies on exaggeration, even lies, for effect. Then Rahul and his Congress colleague Randeep Sujrewala responded to this mockery, and that gets reported too. The cycle continues.

There’s another recent video online, of Rahul doing an imitation of Modi during the Uttar Pradesh campaign. He speaks about the troubles heaped upon people by demonetisation, but uses Modi's trademark gestures and ‘mitron’, which was till recently Modi's favourite way of addressing audiences – ended no doubt by the many ‘mitron’ jokes on social media.

Trouble is electioneering has become a social media circus, every flippant remark magnified out of context by the power of forwards. What’s worrisome is, do serious issues matter at all?

Comments

 

Other News

How inequality keeps rising amid pandemic – and is killing people

The world’s ten richest men more than doubled their fortunes from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion (at a rate of $15,000 per second or $1.3 billion a day) during the first two years of a pandemic while the incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall and over 160 million more people forced into poverty. A new

Vistadome coaches on Central Railways a hit with passengers

The Vistadome coaches on Central Railways have received an overwhelming response from passengers. Not only have they boosted tourism and registered an occupancy of 20,407 passengers but also clocked revenue of Rs.2.38 crore between October and December 2021.   The CSMT-Madgaon-CSMT Jansh

Omicron on relentless run: India records 2.68 lakh cases

India is once again caught in a spike of Covid-19 cases, with the highly transmittable omicron driving numbers. The total cases in the country continued to increase on Saturday, recording 2.68 lakh cases in 24 hours. India`s active caseload currently stands at 14,17,820 or 3.85%, while the r

Bill Gates, charity and the dilemma of already successful people

Mantra and the meaning of Success By Rajesh Talwar Bridging Borders, 288 pages Rajesh Talwar, who works as Deputy Legal Adviser to the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan, has written 31 books, and on January 15 he is releasing one more. ‘

An inquisitive reader’s guide to Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas

Essence of the Fifth Veda By Gaurang Damani Divine Destination, 234 pages, Rs 350 ‘Veda’ literally means ‘knowledge’.

Humility: Going beyond binaries to deliver justice to tribals

Being Adivasi: Existence, Entitlements, Exclusion [Part of ‘Rethinking India’ series] Edited by Abhay Flavian Xaxa and G.N. Devy Penguin, xxvi+182 pages, Rs 699 ‘Being Adivasi: Existence, Entitlements, Exclusion’ (Penguin India), edited by

Visionary Talk: Farmer`s Agitation, Rakesh Tikait with Kailashnath Adhikari


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter