… After Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted at 11:23 am that he would address the nation “with an important message”, imaginations ran amok during the almost hour-long window of time before he appeared on TV screens wearing a green jacket.… But within moments of Modi’s broadcast, it was evident that this was a damp squib or, as several said sarcastically, it was yet another case of khoda pahar chuhiya nikli, implying that Modi was making a mountain of a molehill.
Clearly, while India attaining capability to destroy a satellite in orbit using a missile is indeed a significant landmark in India’s space and military prowess, it did not necessitate Modi personally thumping his chest after keeping almost the entire nation on tenterhooks for close to an hour.…
From the time Modi embarked on milking the airstrikes against the terrorist facility in Balakot, a section within the Sangh parivar has expressed concern over whether the acceptability of this approach in non-Hindi speaking states and if the so-called josh or enthusiasm could be sustained. It is evident that this campaign is possibly reaching the end of its course, and thus the desperation of Modi to somehow boost it. The address to the nation has revealed a huge weakness in Modi’s armoury…
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