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
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?
From Dependence to Self-Reliance: Mapping India’s Rise as a Global Superpower By Bimal Jalan Rupa Publications, 184 pages, Rs 695 Bimal Jalan, a former governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has been one of our finest commentators on econom
While many countries have been chasing to reach the carbon neutral status, only a few seem to be living up to their pledges as of now. The famous ’Paris Agreement’ of 2015 was glorified and celebrated that finally 196 countries have united with an intent to mitigate and reduce the greenhouse ga
The government this week announced the Tour of Duty or `Agnipath` scheme for the recruitment of soldiers in the armed forces. Under this scheme new soldiers will be recruited only for four years. This radical and far-reaching scheme has attracted mixed reactions from various quarters. While some officials
UPI has become an integral part of our daily lives now. We use it to buy groceries, we use it to send money to friends and family, we use it to purchase tickets, book shows, pay the cab driver, and a whole host of other things due to the ease and availability of such a platform at our fingertips. The best
Scorching Love: Letters from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to his son, Devadas By Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Tridip Suhrud Oxford University Press, 528 page, Rs 1495 Gandhi’s era happened to be an era when letter-writing was a primary mode of communica
Crediting the citizens of Mumbai for coming forward to help the police in combating the crisis situation due to Covid-19, Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Pandey has said that Mumbai Police lost quite a few policemen during the pandemic but cumulative efforts, with citizens working hand in hand with the p