Prime Minister Narendra Modi was recently condemned for his Twitter sabbatical after he refused to comment on the children’s massacre in Gorakhpur, where more than 100 children have died due to the administrative lapses so far.
Modi’s silence reignited the debate over his politics of opportunism and his glaring hypocrisy. Unfazed by widespread condemnation, Modi chose not comment on Gorakhpur tragedy even in his Independence Day speech. He simply made a passing reference to children’s deaths.
His critics had slammed him for tweeting on the forest fires in Portugal but not caring to comment on the loss of lives of his own citizens, most of who had elected him as the prime minister.
Three days later, Modi once again proved his critics right when he posted not one but two tweets expressing his condolences for the victims of the Nepal floods.
He wrote, “Spoke to Nepal PM, Rt. Hon. Sher Bahadur Deuba. Expressed condolences on the loss of lives due to flooding in Nepal. India stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Nepal & is ready to provide all possible relief assistance.”
Nepal has indeed been affected by the fury of recent floods that saw more than 100 people losing their lives. But the same floods have adversely impacted the lives of over 1 crore people in India by leaving more than 300 people. In Bihar alone, more than 150 people have been killed.
On Saturday we reported how the Bihar flood toll had climbed to 153 today while those marooned in 17 districts of the state crossed the 1 crore mark, even as the Army was called in for relief and rescue operations in deluge-hit eastern Uttar Pradesh districts adjoining Nepal.
Similar deaths have also been reported from Assam, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. In Gujarat, Modi’s home state, more than 230 people have died of Swine Flu. But the prime minister has till date not tweeted his concern for the victims’ families.
His latest tweets will once again prompt his adversaries to label him as a prime minister, whose heart beats more for the foreign nationals than his own people.