PM Narendra Modi Birthday 67th birthday
17 Sept is India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 67th birthday. His government is celebrating the day as “Seva Divas”. Celebrities, brand ambassadors, and dignitaries have been roped in to spread the message of “swachh bharat” to contribute for the construction of toilets and the upkeep of public places. Various Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and ministers will attend medical camps, blood donation events and also participate in cleanliness drives 17sept.
Just like every year on his birthday, PM Modi met his mother Heeraben Modi at her home in Gandhinagar this morning and sought her blessings.
Also pouring in their wishes for the prime minister are various politicians, sportstars and celebrities who have taken to Twitter to wish PM Modi a happy birthday. #HappyBirthdayPM is trending on Twitter 17 Sept.
On his birthday, besides the usual photo-op with his mother, Modi decided to dedicate the Sardar Sarovar Dam as his gift to the nation. It is another matter that this gift has brought immense misery to many ordinary citizens living in the Narmada Valley, who are being evacuated without being rehabilitated.
After the inauguration at the dam site at Kevadia, PM Modi will go to Sadhu Bet, an island in the Narmada river where a 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, billed as a ‘Statue of Unity’, and a memorial complex dedicated to the country’s first home minister are coming up.
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Modi’s centralised style of leadership and his commitment to the ideals of “Hindu Rashtra” have reduced the scope of dissent and deliberation in the country. Indian democracy is using coercive powers to suppress any dissent at the grass-roots level under the pretext of national security. Narendra Modi has carefully cultivated a “strong man” image by using the rhetoric of democracy and displaying closeness to the masses.
The world is currently experiencing a rise in the number of demagogues. Narendra Modi adds to the global list of so-called strong men: Vladimir Putin of Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey, Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Jarosław Kaczyński in Poland, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, Prayut Chan-o-Cha in Thailand and Donald Trump in the US.
They are charming, charismatic and cunning and, at the same time, extremely self-absorbed and possess a huge lust for power. They play with people’s fears, create scapegoats and offer easy solutions.