As India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was behaving like a toady in front of Ivanka Trump, North Korea overtly expressed its displeasure.
By Rakesh Raman
North Korea is really disturbed to see India’s Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi with U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump who was participating in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (November 28-30) in Hyderabad.
As Modi was behaving like a toady in front of Ivanka Trump, the nuclear state North Korea (a.k.a. Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea or DPRK) overtly expressed its displeasure.
“Modi is completely smitten by Ivanka Trump and unable to focus on (his) own butchery or incompetence, like a lovesick idiot,” North Korea said on its Twitter account where it posted Modi’s picture who is unnecessarily giggling in the presence of Ivanka Trump.
Indian President Modi completely smitten by First Lady Ivanka Trump, unable to focus on own butchery or incompetence, like a lovesick idiot. pic.twitter.com/k65fmGoLsG
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) November 29, 2017
But why did North Korea react so angrily? Like Pyongyang, most in India know that Modi is an incompetent PM. While Modi has completed more than 3 years of his 5-year term as PM of India, many believe that he has brought the country to the brink of disaster.
Modi’s Rule in India
Now it will be extremely difficult for the country to recover from the ruins and in the remaining period of Modi government, India will fall in the graveyard of those poor countries who have almost gone extinct.
In an ongoing RMN Poll, only 17% people say they are satisfied with the work of Modi. While Modi is making false claims about the performance of his government, the people of India have been suffering under his rule.
During the past over three years of Modi’s rule in India, the country has gone back by almost 30 years. While the religious persecution against minority communities is rampant, unrestrained inflation, dwindling economy, and political corruption have become pain in the neck for commoners in India.
A new “Freedom in the World 2017” report – released by Freedom House, a Washington-based independent watchdog organization – highlights rampant political and bureaucratic corruption in India. It reveals that corruption has a negative effect on government efficiency and economic performance.
“Though politicians and civil servants at all levels are regularly caught accepting bribes or engaging in other corrupt behavior, a great deal of corruption goes unnoticed and unpunished,” the report said in its findings.
Similarly, according to Transparency International, a global anti-corruption group, India’s rank for 2016 is 79 in a list of 176 countries that it has studied. In other words, India is more corrupt than 78 countries.
Press freedom is also under threat. Notwithstanding Modi government’s claims of ensuring press freedom in the country, India lost 3 notches to fall at No. 136 in the latest 2017 World Press Freedom Index.
Published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders, the World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists. The report reveals that Modi’s nationalism is a threat to press freedom in India.
Moreover, India is facing severe poverty. The global hunger index (GHI) report released in October 2017 by Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has placed India at No. 100 among 119 developing countries. India’s 2017 GHI score is at the high end of the serious category. [ Click here to see more facts and figures on India. ]
The Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is an overtly Hindu party, has gone to an extreme to make India a Hindu Rashtra (a nation only for people who belong to the Hindu religion). And in the current Modi rule, all attempts are being made to persecute Muslims in India.
As Modi won the 2014 election by exploiting the religious sentiment of Hindu voters (almost 80% of people in India are Hindus), he is actually a communal politician. In order to woo the Hindu voters, he can even resort to violence against minority communities.
Modi, who was an accused in the Gujarat riots of 2002 in which nearly 2,000 Muslims were murdered, won the Lok Sabha election on the promise that he will make India a Hindu Rashtra where local Muslims will not be treated as true Indians.
Most Hindu voters bit the bait and voted for Modi as a religious demagogue rather than a wise leader. The dilemma began for Indian people as soon as Modi became the Prime Minister in 2014 because he is not trained to manage any field that requires professional competence. That’s why North Korea stated about Modi’s incompetence.
Now it is also being argued that the so-called ‘Modi wave’ in the 2014 Lok Sabha election was not driven by voters, but it was driven by electronic voting machines (EVMs) which were tampered with on large scale to help Modi’s BJP win.
Modi is perhaps the most naïve and illiterate PM that India has ever seen. He can’t utter even a single word about any modern subject. His level of knowledge is not more than that of a bumpkin.
There is a huge controversy in India about the educational qualifications of Modi. A political outfit Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) headed by Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal says that the academic degrees being shown by Modi to prove his literacy level are fake. AAP’s allegations against Modi carry weight.
Picture this: Even when Modi reads the speeches written for him by others, it’s difficult to make heads or tails of his meaningless utterances as he is uneducated and speaks in broken English.
In fact, educated Indians believe that Modi should never be sent on any foreign trip and should not be allowed to meet foreign leaders because with his naivety he is giving a bad name to India.
And when North Korea said “butchery,” it was hinting at Modi’s role in Gujarat violence. In the 2002 Gujarat riots, while about 2,000 Muslims were killed, there were incidents of rape, robbery, and widespread destruction of property affecting Muslims.
It was alleged that the killings were executed at the behest of Modi who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Although Indian courts have almost exonerated Modi in this case, most Muslims in India still believe that Modi was responsible for Gujarat massacre. Less said about the Indian courts, the better.
According to Human Rights Watch, the attacks against Muslims in Gujarat were actively supported by state government officials and the police. Police told Muslims, “We don’t have any orders to save you.”
As a result, the U.S. administration denied visa to Modi in view of the allegations of human rights violations against him in the 2002 incidents of riots and carnage. But now as he has become the PM of India, Modi is visiting the U.S. frequently because now he enjoys political immunity.
During his visit in India in 2015, the U.S. President Barack Obama did not mince his words when he expressed his concern over the communal violence and religious hatred in the country under Modi’s leadership. He also suggested that the Indian government must ensure religious freedom for all its citizens.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 29, 2017
But perhaps Ivanka Trump is not aware of Modi’s record or perhaps she does not want to know about Modi’s shady record. It was mere a fun trip for her – which gave Modi an opportunity to giggle with her like a “lovesick idiot” as North Korea said.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist and social activist. He has formed an environment-protection group called Green Group in Delhi. Earlier, he had been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert to help businesses use technology for brand marketing and business development. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.
Photo courtesy: DPRK News