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The Go-Getter, Downsized

To the western press, Modi was once the man who got things done. This ­larger-than-life image is now in tatters—a fallout of Covid’s second wave.

The Go-Getter, Downsized

It was predicted that India would be the most affected country from the coronavirus in the world. It was said there would be a tsunami of infections in India. Somebody said 700-800 million Indians would be infected, while others said 2 million Indians would die. This was PM Narendra Modi, in a virtual address to the World Economic Forum in Davos at the end of January. He went on to add: “A country that is home to 18 per cent of the world population has saved humanity from a big disaster by containing Corona effectively.” As if this was not enough, the BJP passed a resolution filled with nationalist pride in February: “It can be said with pride that India…defeated COVID-19 under the able, sensible, committed and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Modi…. The party unequivocally hails its leadership for introducing India to the world as a proud and victorious nation in the fight against Covid.”

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