The prime minister launched his re-election campaign by renaming himself ‘Chowkidar Narendra Modi’ on Twitter, and called on his ministers, cadre and supporters to follow suit.
‘Chowkidar’ Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is India’s I-T Minister, bragged to the press about the numbers the#MainBhiChowkidar campaign had achieved online. There was even a feel-good music video publicising Modi’s campaign.
The word ‘chowkidar’, or watchman in English, carries with it an implicit promise of protection. So just how good is Chowkidar Narendra Modi’s track record?…
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