#MeraPMMeraAbhimaan trends on Twitter, we have few questions
Rebel-AAP leader Kapil Mishra has started a campaign for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ward off negative news about the leader of India. The campaign titled, 'Mera PM Mera Abhimaan', was one of the top trends on Twitter on Sunday. Apart from social media, the campaign will touch ground with its launch from India Gate at 3 PM. Frankly, we are confused about this.
First, let's understand what the campaign is all about
Mishra, who is an MLA of AAP from Karawal Nagar of Delhi, said he was an admirer of PM Modi. After the Pathankot attack of 2016, he called PM Modi an 'ISI agent' and Mishra feels this campaign will atone his words. He said no major terror attack in Indian cities in the last four years, testified PM Modi's work.
Mishra reveals the motive of the campaign
"The campaign will be a reply to those who are waging a negative campaign against PM Modi. It will also unite such people who have fallen out with the AAP, but still want to work for the nation," Mishra told PTI.
First question: How can we be proud of a leader?
While we have many thoughts about this campaign, confusion is the strongest one. For one, how can we be proud of an elected leader? We can appreciate the work they have done, question them for unfulfilled promises, but pride comes way down in the priority list. We get if Mishra wants to score political points, but using India Gate for it doesn't quite register.
Since 2014, everything has become about PM Modi
Over the past few years, we have heard more about PM Modi than anyone else. Even those who interview him sing praises of his undying spirit and his energy (like that is how interviews are supposed to be!). Add that craze around one leader to hundreds shouting 'Mera PM Mera Abhimaan' at India Gate, and you get a sight you don't want to see.
Even Raghuram Rajan feels power is centralized in India
Former RBI Chief Raghuram Rajan at the University of California in Berkley said power is centralized in India and that is not a great thing. "India works when you have many people taking up the burden. And today the central government is excessively centralized," he said. Of course, Mishra and those who would come to India Gate don't know this (or maybe chose to ignore it).
Unsurprisingly, PM Modi is being praised for his 'contributions'
The trend was perfect for fans to show their 'unquestionable' love for PM Modi. Twitter was full of pictures of his achievements, how he has made Pakistan poor (?), his photo was plastered along Jawahar Lal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and he was lauded for restoring India's 'pride'. Of course, they went overboard with the praises but of course, Mishraji approves.