Manufacturing Opinions

Negative Campaigns against Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Negative Campaign against PM Modi

The decisive victory of Prime Minister Modi on May 23, 2019, for yet another term, shows the confidence people have in him. The higher number of seats in 2019 than in 2014 reflects the pro-incumbency voting pattern, very rarely seen in Indian politics.

But, certain sections or usual suspects who have their personal biases against Mr. Modi have never felt positive about his win whether in 2019 or when he first became the prime minister in 2014. They have tried their level best to run vicious and hateful propaganda against him in order to manufacture a certain type of opinion among the masses. We list down some negative campaigns which were run against PM Modi from 2014 onwards. This is to make people aware of the tactics of Congress ecosystem because such campaigns will start once again. People need to be alert before falling prey to any such fake or malicious campaign.

Rising Intolerance and Award Wapsi

The term ‘Intolerance’ was widely promoted by the usual suspects. By cherry-picking random incidents in the country, an impression was created that how the minority is feeling the heat of majority post-2014. Some of these incidents happened in states where the Modi government had no control. For example, Dadri incident happened in Uttar Pradesh when Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi party government was in power and controlled the law and order of the state. Besides, another narrative of attacks on churches in Delhi was spread. The investigations into them revealed that most of them were due to reasons like short-circuits, children throwing stones, petty thefts or non-communal events. But, all these incidents along with several others were spun by the Congress ecosystem to paint a picture of rising intolerance in India after Narendra Modi became the prime minister.

Importantly, similar incidents had happened under UPA governments too, but they became part of central discourse under Modi government only. Ironically, the real reason behind it was the so-called intellectuals of Congress ecosystem had started feeling uneasy. The government of India started cutting down on doles and free perks which were earlier given to them under Congress governments to sing paeans about the Nehru-Gandhi family and the government.

PM Modi’s stern view of free passes given to artists angered them so much that they in the garb of a fake campaign of rising intolerance resorted to award-wapsi. This was done to create an impression that the so-called intellectuals and scholars at the top strata of society do not approve of the Modi government in order to influence masses against PM Modi.

Fake Campaign on Rafale Deal

When negative campaigns like rising intolerance and award wapsi didn’t work, one very abusive and vicious campaign was manufactured. This was led by none other than the Congress President himself who was backed by his agents in media and the ecosystem.

Considering the fast-declining fighting capability of Indian Air Force (IAF), PM Modi signed the government-to-government Rafale aircraft deal with the French government. Congress party and its ecosystem saw an opportunity in this deal to malign the Modi government because most of the defence deals during Congress’ governments had been marred by corruption. This made them believe that general perception among people about corruption in defence deal is so strong that allegations on Rafale deal too will taint the government with corruption charges. Towards this end, a campaign on corruption in Rafale deal was manufactured. The elected Prime Minister of India was abused day in and day out by the Congress President. The self-proclaimed champions of morality in politics observed deep silence against this abusive and malicious campaign against the democratically elected Prime Minister of world’s largest democracy. Moreover, they chose not to call out Rahul Gandhi despite Rafale deal passing the tests of both Supreme Court and Comptroller and Auditor General.

The deafening silence of self-professed protectors of truth becomes all the more worrisome because no argument given by Rahul Gandhi to allege corruption in Rafale deal could be proved right. His entire fake narrative was conclusively busted time and again. For example, when Rahul Gandhi was asked about his oft-repeated corruption amount of Rs. 30,000 crore by a journalist, Congress President had answered that he doesn’t have the calculations, somebody else has. This brazenness even in the fake narrative is a question on those so-called guardians of truth who chose not to ask anything to Rahul Gandhi for a long time.

Post Truth

When Narendra Modi first won in 2014, some people were not ready to accept the fact that the man they had personal biases against became the prime minister of India. A term ‘Post Truth’ was promoted to run down his victory. The term generally means that a political discourse which is less based on facts and more on appeal to the emotions of the people. By promoting this term, the usual suspects tried to manufacture an opinion that PM Modi won the election because he was trying to appeal to emotions of the people than talking about policies and development.

This propaganda was run despite PM Modi’s election campaign being solely based on development. We had explained in one of the earlier articles as to how Mr. Modi keeps discourse only limited to policies and developmental issues.

Signature Campaigns

One another pattern that emerged in the last 5 years was signing the open letters, dissent letters showing disapproval of Modi government. Interestingly, these signature campaigns were organised by the so-called neutral intellectuals of the country. In many of these campaigns, people whose signatures were noted on the letters later went public saying that they never signed any such letter. The campaigns were so motivated that some ‘scholars’, especially from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), invariably had their signatures on most of these letters suggesting people to revolt against the Modi government.

But, these signature campaigns couldn’t achieve the desired outcome for the Congress ecosystem. They were countered by more number of scholars and intellectuals. For example, an open letter by 600 theatre artists asking to vote against BJP was countered by a joint statement endorsed by more than 900 artists asking people to support PM Modi. In a similar incident, an open letter signed by about 108 social scientists questioning the government’s motives was countered by more than 131 chartered accountants who debunked the false claims made by these social scientists.

Despite all the negative campaigning for five years, people of India reposed their faith in Prime Minister Modi. It is time for people behind these negative campaigns to introspect that to get some petty political gains, haven’t they ended up harming their own country? Now, when people have again voted Prime Minister Modi back, they need to come out with more constructive campaigns than the manufactured ones.