As a non-fascist Indian, it is surreal how many huge objective fuck-ups get shamelessly defended. Demonetization, objective fail. Covid handling, objective fail. Pegasus findings, objectively horrifying.

But there's barely a murmur among BJP voters. Cos Muslims bad?
Really, to the silent BJP voters among my followers who are still silent. If you stand for nothing, what will you fall for? What will it take for you to speak up?
The most bizarre myth they cling on to is that "Modiji has raised India's profile abroad" because it's the exact opposite. I've been living in the US for 15 years. The first 8, when Manmohan was PM, is when this so called profile was high and ever growing. Then 2014 came.
India is barely a blip on the western media landscape these days, and when it is, it's usually with a "wtf" tone rather than the wide eyed "wow, India is in the big leagues and next China!" that were common in Manmohan days. Modi has in fact destroyed India's profile abroad.
Of course, sanghis diabolically spins this as "western conspiracy to malign Hindus". How western publications that gushed about India in Congress days are often trashing it under Modi. And yet, it never makes them question if it's Modi who is the one maligning Hindus.
Modi is smart enough to know how dumb his followers are. So something as easy as "international yoga day celebrated in times square" is spun as "raising profile". I tell people in India. I live in NYC. We could celebrate your next birthday in Times Square for very cheap! 🤭🤭
NYC has some day or the other being celebrated all the time and Times Square is a venue and an advertising space way cheaper than most people realize. And yoga studios have been on every Manhattan street since well before Modi. So obviously, yoga day is a nice event to do here.
How you take what was basically competent "event management" of yoga centric activities in a city that probably has THE most number of yoga studios in the world, and say this is "raising the stature and profile" of an aspiring superpower, I don't understand.
I'm thinking of putting a random "Hou de kharcha" type joke ad on the Times Square billboard just to make this point. It'll cost me less than my next restaurant meal.
A big chunk of BJP voters are stupid enough to seriously believe that the only purpose of this planet-wide alliance of media entities to expose #Pegasus is to bring down Modi 🤣🤣🤣. Modi is doing a great job of bringing himself down.

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