Twitter insults, microblogging paranoia, professional bile, airbrushed politics, status anxiety...women columnists are playing a starring role in the making of Messiah Narendra Modi. The Libs call them Hate Hags or Hacks, but Madhu Purnima Kishwar, Tavleen Singh, Sandhya Jain have rigidly stuck it out, with steam and stamina, hitting out at critics of their Hriday Samrat, Emperor of Hindu Hearts. Some have been mudslinging and muckraking, some have been expansive and demonstrative, but they have all been steadfastly loyal to the idea of Narendra Modi, who is not, as their adversaries believe, an autocratic, absolutist leader, even a Merchant of Death, but one who will usher in a golden age for India.
They have swung into the national debate ever since the media’s imbalance in promoting Modi tilted favourably towards him, feverishly affirming their faith on television, Twitter, Facebook and in their columns. They dismiss contrarian, inquiring views as archaic and wimpy; and club those who question them as communists, feminists, and socialists. They’d love to be hailed as right-wing reactionaries but are now famously known as Modi’s Mausis.
Is it the ideologue or their monologue that’s getting people’s teeth on edge? Everyone loves irreverence and cheek, but blind devotion on one side, and jeering on the other, and fantasising about secular panic and a Nehruvian-induced apocalyptic horror is hysterical. Madhu Mausi has taken her Modimania to newer heights of emotional fervour as her latest tweets have revealed. She now accuses all the top dogs of the BJP—including president Rajnath Singh and Modi crony Arun Jaitley—of conspiring to ensure that her deity, the BJP’s PM-in-waiting, is beaten at the coming polls. “Jaitley belongs to 160 Club—coz he thinks he has bright chance of becoming PM if BJP gets less than 180 seats. Hence sabotage,” she tweeted. As for BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, Kishwar dismissed her by calling her a ‘nautanki’ (drama queen).
The crux of the Modi Mausi chronicle is that the majority secular posse has run a relentless campaign to demonise, disgrace and defame Modi since the 2002 post-Godhra carnage, through partisan propaganda by bleeding-heart media, ngos and leftie do-gooders on the Congress payroll. It’s a direct accusation—there can never be independent, impartial or investigative reports; everything is dubious, shady and deliberate in the eyes of the Mausis. Kishwar says she was fed these lies, and she has now seen light. As far as they are concerned, all the mounting cases of murder and destruction in 2002, the Supreme Court’s order to move cases outside Gujarat for impartial hearing, the questioning of sit’s integrity and independence, hostile witnesses etc, are all trumped-up charges that wilt in the face of legal scrutiny.
It’s a theme columnist Tavleen Singh has repeatedly recited, but for this MM, it’s the status anxiety of the Delhi Durbar (nice plug!) that has caused their terror of Outsider Modi. So, as Singh constantly conjures up the intoxicating world of pomp and privilege, entitlement and exclusivity, of Dynasty and pedigree, it’s hard for her not to see that there’s barely a durbar, that it’s all now bazaar. The riotous, raucous, vibrant marketplace of ideas and liberalisation of the last 20 years has brought with it regional warlords, casteist queens, commies and capitalists, lobbyists and networkers of business, industry, commerce. The durbar of the ’70-’80s vanished when Laloo, Mulayam, Mayawati, Jayalalitha, Karunanidhi and the bunch crashed on the scene and made their own little fiefs, all jostling together with Dynasty and Sanghis. Outsider Modi? Er...
Singh may be a bit prudent in her newspaper columns but she lets go on a website called NitiCentral, run by Modi followers, which even has the Great Modi himself write a column. And so, Snoopgate is yet another opportunity to slander Modi where Congress-friendly media constructed special programmes and chat shows to denounce him. Akhilesh Yadav has got away with the horror of the Muzaffarnagar riots because “he has long been the ‘secular’ darling of the national media”. She constructs ‘secularism’ as a dirty word, denounces clever politicians who lure an imbecilic media; but she ignores the published fact that it was an incompetent and callous Yadav administration that let Muzaffarnagar run out of control. Of course, she applauded the Love Jehad and blamed the radicalisation of Muslims in the region.
Saving Hinduism is columnist Sandhya Jain’s calling in NitiCentral, as she digs for forensic evidence that could save Modi, apart from covering his rallies and quoting every pearl that rolls off his tongue. She endorses Modi’s views on population control and religious demography, and chants with Modi on ‘Third Front, Third Rate’ and other mantras. And, so the MMs launch their own little jehad, spitting fire on all sides, to vanquish secular cranks, dynastic devotees, liberal ultraists and evil socialists. Last heard, the infidels are still around.
A longer version of this article appears in print
In Vrinda Gopinath’s opinion piece The Monologue of the Modi Mausi (Apr 7), the label “Hate Hags or Hacks” contained in a draft version of the article got into the magazine due to an editorial oversight. We apologise for any offence that might have been caused inadvertently.—Editor in-chief
What was the point of Vrinda Gopinath’s article (The Monologue of the Modi Mausi, Apr 7)? In India there is freedom of expression, and these ladies are freely airing their political opinion. Agree or disagree, that’s their prerogative and, frankly, we should be fine with it. I also think it’s ridiculous to club Madhu Kishwar and Tavleen Singh—both of whom have some serious intellectual credibility—with Sandhya Jain, who is I am sure well-meaning but a little tunnel-visioned.
For 10 years, people have ganged up against Modi, spewing the vilest lies and venom, and he learnt to ignore them. Now when some people in the media do stand up for him, just see the outrage it has evoked.
Mangar, on e-mail
Outlook has really hit the jackpot by accident. The number of hilarious posts on its website mocking Ms Gopinath make entertaining reading. I like one which confers on her the moniker “garrulous granny”.
Cdr Arun Visvanathan, Chennai
And whose mausi is the author, pray?
Achutha Bhat, Bangalore
Nothing but some panic prose from the ‘secular’ brigade.
Naveen Dhighe, Mumbai
Is Vrinda Gopinath Rahul G, Sonia G and Congress ki mausi?
Apropos The Monologue of the Modi Mausi (April 7), I’m reminded of an old joke. The Devil’s chatting up people, inviting them into what seems like an opulent, luxurious abode. They get in and it’s actually an inferno. The Devil is heard cackling with laughter, “What you saw earlier was what the advertising department put out!” Perhaps the bjp is nothing but a Bahut Jabardast Propaganda party.
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
Whenever we hear Narendra Modi speak at rallies, we are reminded of an age old internet joke where a flamboyant devil with the gift of the gab is braggingly giving glimpses of his realm to some curious visitors _a Hell Shining tour of sorts, so to speak. Taken in by the opulence and tranquillity of the territory they had heard such negative reports about, the naive souls succumb and readily opt for it as opposed to the drab and dreary abode of God’s Kingdom where Arch Angel sympathetically informs them that whatever they see here is what they get at face value.
Lo and behold! No sooner do the gullible make their choice and cross the forbidden threshold, they fall into a raging inferno even as the doors clang shut behind them and the sneering Devil is heard mocking that what they were shown outside was the advertising department and this was reality!! Just like the BJP? Bahut Jabardast Propoganda party!
Very nice article, Outlook magazine.
Ten years these people gang up to spew the most virulent hate and lies at Modi and he eventually learns to ignore them.
A few people contradict these reporter's lies with facts, and just see the rage.
Now we know who are the true extremists.
THERE HAS BEING A GROUP OF HAGS WHOSE ONLY JOB FOR THE PAST MORE THAN TEN YEARS HAS BEING TO BAD MOUTH MODI BJP GUJRAT AND OFCOURSE THE WRETCHED INTERNET HINDOO,S AMONG THE HAGS ARE BURKHA SAGARIKA SEEMA MUSTAFA NEENA VYAS AND THE WOMAN WHO WROTE THIS PIECE A COMMON THREAD IS THAT ALL OF THEM ARE BELOW AVERAGE IN LOOKS AND WILL SELDOM COME ON TELEVISION BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEIR HYPOCRISY WOULD BE EXPOSED IN FRONT OF THE NATION BY THE SUPER INTELLIGENT AND SMART LOOKING SMRITI MEENAKSHI SHAINA OR NIRMALA THE SAME PEOPLE WHO ARE TERMED AS AUNTS THIS ARE ALL PANIC REACTIONS FROM THE LEFT SICKULAR BRIGADE WHO ARE SOON GOING TO BE JOBLESS AFTER MAY
"Except posts #6,7,10,12 and some spam by Mohan, the rest are old (dirty)boys networking"
WHile right wing women are grandiloquently called hate hags, right wing men are called by the cheap phrase "old dirty boys". We demand a much better term.
What is the opposite of hag? We can be called at least that.
Posts 6,7,10 and 12 must be deleted immediately by Outlook. They do not belong here.
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