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When you say ‘ice hockey’, That won’t change, The actor wrote, The Land Bill has given a new direction to Congress under Sonia’s stewardship, The first session had to be stopped and restarted only after the next two hours. and that’s a possibility as well,youth unemployment?they only have youngunemployed males in mind The Indian imagination continues to see the male as the breadwinnerdespite much evidence to the contrary Isnt it time for our leaders to consider including young women and their aspirations Rahul Gandhi was also conspicuous by his absence during the protests after the Delhi gangrape One would have thought he would snatch the opportunity to make a pitch on an issue that is not as thorny as Hindu-Muslim relations or corruption It is curious and disappointing that he chose not to speak against gender violence or show his solidarity with the agitating youth Or was he simply calculating the possible cost to Congress governments at the Centre and in Delhi But Rahul Gandhi is not alone in this Delhis backyardHaryanais rife with honour crimes Yet the young Naveen Jindal does not dare speak out against the murderous khaps He fears he will lose support if he upsets the patriarchal males who control the votes Isnt it time some political party cashed in the womans vote by focusing on them Is it because womens votes make no difference to poll outcomesbecause they vote as their husbands and brothers tell them to Or is that just an assumption The writer teaches at IIT Delhi [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Updated: August 16 2014 1:01 pm Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s democratic sensibility seems closest to Charles De Gaulle (Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi) Related News Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech was a commanding oratorical performance It embodied a peculiar kind of democratic sensibility but not one that we are used to and can therefore easily miss Historical comparisons are fraught but Modi’s democratic sensibility seems closest of all people to De Gaulle De Gaulle was described by one biographer Jonathan Fenby as a republican monarch This phrase was not meant to suggest an oxymoron or hypocrisy It was meant to rather capture something distinctive about the nature of De Gaulle’s democratic engagement: his unique ability to both wield authority and yet personify the people Modi’s engagement has a similar quality It is deeply democratic in the sense that it rested on the conviction that authority does not come from any source other than people Modi’s was the first Independence Day speech that did not lean upon the authority or pedigree of anything else but the people It does not invoke a pantheon a pedigree or even a party Modi carries the imprimatur of authority because it was animated by a confident sense that he embodied the nation whose first servant he had declared himself to be It has the confidence only self made men can have It is democratic in the sense of being direct: its extempore quality refusing a script as itself being an intolerable form of mediation between the people and its leaders It called for democratic consensus a marching in lock step where the people are together And in times recently marked by a paralytic rancour this message resonates “We were together during freedom struggle and we won it is the need of the hour to fight poverty in a similar way” said PM Modi (Source: Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi) The strength of this form of democratic sensibility is that it allows unpalatable truths to be told with a rare conviction In almost any other leader so far talk of toilets or cleanliness either carried the faint odour of a paternalistic elitism or a grim reminder that we all want clean so long as someone else is doing it for us: cleanliness was something you escaped into not a general condition for the country you desired Privileged politicians exposed their elitism on their issue; less privileged ones wanted to escape the whole matter If nothing else Modi’s singular achievement has been politically and administratively mainstreaming this issue It has been to tell an unpalatable truth with rare political directness conviction and lack of embarrassment: you cannot be a great country if you cannot take care of your filth and your shit The practical goals set in this area the synergies being enlisted between the political the state and the corporate sector were the most convincing part of the speech If this is followed through it is actually big bang reform in a deep sense The oratory was at its finest on these social issues The clear message was that our big problems are not market failure or state failure They are rather social failure And that is just right The admonition to parents who restrict their daughters but seemingly give unbridled license to sons was in this spirit as was the constant reminder that India falls embarrassingly short of a healthy modernity But only someone who effortlessly personifies the people can make that a central message “Earlier we were considered a country of snake charmers but our IT professionals changed the country’s image” said PM Modi (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri) The speech was remarkable for its lack of defensiveness and negativity Our relations with neighbours are being created on a new foundation: the joint fight against poverty It is the same theme: rancour keeps us poor It might be easy to dismiss the speech as being short on major policy announcements Financial inclusion is a work in progress; as is broad banding Free insurance was an inevitable reminder of a democratic commitment to the poor The only moment he seemed genuinely at sea was in describing what might replace the Planning Commission The “sansad adarsh gram” scheme sounds like a cross between a centrally sponsored scheme and MPLAD in disguise: institutionally dubious On the economy the sense of aspiration was palpable “No defect” manufacturing is a much better aspiration than the self justifying homilies to jugaad we are used to But Independence Day Speeches are not meant for policy wonks and the Prime Minister rightly kept away from that A republican monarchy can enlist energies in a unique way But it also has its drawbacks The first is that when you imagine the people marching in lock step how do you account for disagreement Is the invocation of consensus and unity an ideological mystification Is criticism something to which he referred understood as genuine or simply to be dismissed as obstructionist rancour Citizens will rightly point to Modi that the gap between his dream and its institutional incarnation is wide He clearly has understood how communalism can wreck the country that we need to rise above the “us versus them” binaries How does a communalism free India translate in the killing fields of UP or the hallowed chambers of Parliament where the Prime Minister’s colleagues have certainly added fuel to fire Strong affirmative action for Dalits is required But how does a new caste paradigm emerge when the BJP government three days ago endorsed reservations for the Jat community The idea of “no effect” manufacturing that has no deleterious impact on the environment is terrific But how do we explain the fact that the Ministry of Environment seems to be gutting what meagre environmental protections we have “We should be able to export more than we import and be a manufacturing hub” PM Narendra Modi said (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri) Modi’s unprecedented democratic strength has an energy vigour and elements of a vision But the capillaries of institutional power that will nourish this vision are still absent He has grasped that a measure of discipline in government is one aspect of this institutional regeneration His commitment to renewing government in the opening lines was admirable But this disciplinarian aspect is at most only a small aspect of what is required Indeed the emphasis on discipline can sometimes render problems invisible One historian Hall wrote of De Gaulle “ His cabinet meetings by all accounts were not discussions but rather series of ministerial reports the various discussants being treated like school children being graded by their disciplinarian teacher” This proved to be a weakness as well Democracy is about getting the right balance between consensus and difference; it is not about producing a regimented unity When you incarnate the people in you it gives tremendous power and confidence But it can also sometimes render invisible the mediating institutions that have an effect on them The words uttered on August 15 are a welcome departure But their effects will be secured by institutions built in their image De Gaulle thought that what would make France new was simply the fact that he was new Modi should not make the same mistake For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday met Ahmad Patel political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi during which the issue of Delhi Police filing a murder case in his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death was briefly discussed Highly placed sources in the party said that Tharoor had sought an appointment with Patel two days ago and met him after his arrival in Delhi While the issue of registration of a murder case in Sunanda’s death came up for discussion briefly the two leaders also discussed prevailing political scenario and recent developments in Kerala from where Tharoor has been elected to the Lok Sabha There is little likelihood of Tharoor meeting with Sonia or Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in the days to come the sources said adding nothing has been decided on a further course of action against Tharoor vis-a-vis party affairs so far The Congress had earlier said that there must be an impartial inquiry into the matter Shashi Tharoor AFP Party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi had two days ago said that there should be no discrimination either in someone’s favour or against in the investigation Earlier in the day Tharoor said he would cooperate in the investigation even as Delhi Police said it will not question him as of now Police will first question the other 11 people including Pushkar’s son Shiv Menon her brothers Ashish Dass and Rajesh Pushkar her cardiologist Rajat Mohan a woman "Kaitie" Tharoor’s personal assistant Rakesh Kumar Sharma and another family friend Sanjay Dewan – who found Pushkar dead when he came to enquire Leela Palace hotel about her health – before questioning Tharoor According to reports the Delhi policeare soon likely to question Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar too Police sources told Hindustan Times that sincethey cannot summon Tarar they have prepared a detailed questionnaire to be sent to her through formal channels The Delhi police claimed that Tarar’s version will help them establish the sequence of events in the run-up to Sunanda’s death Senior journalist Nalini Singh with whom Pushkar was believed to be in touch over phone before her death will also be called to join the probe an official added Besides two of Tharoor’s officers on special duty (OSD) Shiv Kumar Prasad and Abhinav Kumar along with driver Bajrangi will also be questioned "Police will question relatives family friends of the couple Tharoor’s personal assistant PSOs servants and others and then if necessary Tharoor will be called All the available evidence will also be gathered and it would be only after that we may question him" the official said "We have not called Tharoor for questioning as we do not need him at this moment" he said Initially the Special Investigative Team (SIT) formed in the case wanted to question Tharoor straight away and a notice asking him to join the probe was also prepared but it was not dispatched at the last moment as the police top brass decided to question everybody else first "This approach will help us pose those questions to him which would arise during questioning of all these people related with the case" the official said adding that no IPL angle has come up in the case so far as speculated in some media organisation Tharoor had promised to co-operate with the investigations "It is my duty to cooperate with the police investigation and not to undermine the probe in any way" Tharoor said 51-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a five-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17 last Delhi Police had on Tuesday registered a case of murder in connection with Sunanda’s death under Section 302 of IPC on the basis of an AIIMS medical report that concluded that her death was unnatural and due to poisoning with PTI inputs Prime minister Narendra Modi arrives in the US capital today (6 June) afternoon as he and US president Barrack Obama are scheduled to meet at the Oval Office their sixth after Modi assumed power The White House views Modi’s visit as a highlight of the growing collaboration between India and the US and their "shared leadership" on the world stage File image of Narendra Modi on an earlier visit to the US Twitter @MEAIndia "This visit celebrates the remarkable transformation in US-India ties Over the last seven years the United States and India have cemented an enduring bond of friendship built on democratic values open societies and a respect for a rules-based order" a senior administration official told PTI "Modi’s visit to Washington offers a chance to reflect on how much the strategic partnership between the US and India has grown over the course of this Administration following through on President Obama’s goal to establish a ‘defining relationship for the 21st Century’ that will directly benefit our almost 16 billion citizens and increase cooperation to sustain and strengthen the global rules-based order both countries care deeply about" a State Department spokesman told the news agency earlier Here’s the itinerary of the prime minister in the US: June 6: After meeting Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann in Switzerland PM arrives in Washington by afternoon June 6 evening: Meeting with heads of Washington think-tanks June 7: Wreath Laying at Tomb of Unknown Soldier and Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial Working lunch with President Barack Obama June 7 at 5 pm: Keynote address to US India Business Council’s 41st Annual Leadership Summit June 7 evening: Meeting with US business delegation June 8: Address to the Joint Meeting of the US Congress June 8: Lunch and reception with members of Congress June 8: Reception with Indian Americans June 8: Leaves for Mexico on a brief working visit on at the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto He returns to India on Thursday June 9 With PTI000 a month. 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