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PM Modi moves away from the hot seat

Mr Modi no longer speaks on Jammu & Kashmir; that is left to the bureaucrats in Srinagar. He does not speak on the cross-border violations or the loss of lives of jawans; that is left to the generals. He has not spoken so far on the confrontation with China; he has left it to the Defence Minister to read the handouts of the Army HQ and to the Foreign Minister to negotiate with China.

Mr Modi did not utter a word on the migrant workers’ mass reverse migration for a whole month in April. When the issue became uncontrollably explosive, it was the Railway Minister who came forward not to take the blame but to accuse the state governments. Thousands of migrant workers are still stranded at railway stations and bus stations not knowing when they will be able to find public transport.

Prime Minister Modi knows the knack of moving away from the hot seat and finding a limelight for himself. After promising that he will win the war against coronavirus in 21 days and imposing Lockdown 1.0 and 2.0, he quickly distanced himself from subsequent lockdowns. Near the end of Lockdown 2.0, he quietly passed the buck to the state governments and the chief ministers. Until then, his word was the iron law, now it is left to the Home Secretary to issue ambiguous notifications and to the ICMR to blithely announce, on the day the number of infected persons crossed 2 lakh, that the “peak is very far away”.

The Rs 20-lakh-crore Economic Stimulus Package was Mr Modi’s brainchild. No economist would have put her signature to a khichdi of more liquidity, grand five-year plans and little actual money, and called it a Stimulus Package. With the package expected to fall flat, Mr Modi left it to the Finance Minister to “fill the details”. The FM ran out of steam on the second day.

Mr Modi no longer speaks on Jammu & Kashmir; that is left to the bureaucrats in Srinagar. He does not speak on the cross-border violations or the loss of lives of jawans; that is left to the generals. He has not spoken so far on the confrontation with China; he has left it to the Defence Minister to read the handouts of the Army HQ and to the Foreign Minister to negotiate with China.

Mr Modi did not utter a word on the migrant workers’ mass reverse migration for a whole month in April. When the issue became uncontrollably explosive, it was the Railway Minister who came forward not to take the blame but to accuse the state governments. Thousands of migrant workers are still stranded at railway stations and bus stations not knowing when they will be able to find public transport.

— The Indian Express