Modi on Time cover sends Twitterdom into raptures

Rasheeda Bhagat
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Twitterdom is celebrating with gusto Time magazine featuring Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the cover of the latest Asia issue. “Lion King on the cover of Time Magazine. What an honour.....for the magazine!” exulted Priti Gandhi.

Added Ravin Desai, “West finally awaken(s). Hindu Fighter gets highlighted; would be great to see US welcoming NaMo without Visa:”

But Meena Das Narayan turned up her nose and said: “A bit too late no? We knew it all the time.” While Gujarati pride went into an overdrive about Mr Modi being the third Gujarati — after Gandhiji and Sardar Patel — to achieve this feat, SuryahSG had this sarcastic comment, “Will Rome Mata forgive you for this?”.

Deepal Trevedie wondered: “He means business. Will Cong now dub Time as RSS mouthpiece?”

Others congratulated him for his “amazing work” and called him “India's most able and capable leader”.

Penned by Jyoti Thottam, Time's South-Asia Bureau Chief, the article (Boy from the backyard) describes Modi as a “controversial, ambitious and shrewd politician”.

She calls his recent fasts “Modi's makeover mode: an act of self-purification, humility and bridge building in a State that is still traumatised by the Hindu-led anti-Muslim massacres of 10 years ago and the flawed investigations in their wake.”

But as both Facebook and Twitter erupted into celebration, hard to spot were comments on Mr Modi's bête noir, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, too making it to the magazine's cover after the 2004 Lok Sabha polls.

In an article titled ‘Why Narendra Modi is India's most loved and loathed politician' on Time's Globalspin blog (, Ms Thottam called him “the most polarising politician in India … a possible future prime minister.”

Significantly, she added: “But it bears repeating that putting Modi on the cover is not an endorsement. Researching and eventually interviewing Modi was, however, fascinating, and yielded several surprises.”

My vote goes to this tweet by ritz_shetty: “That dude's got some serious power!”

(This article was published on March 17, 2012)
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Results in black and white matter and considering so many of us aspire
promising to all then when we promise and not deliver is a shame
according to my wife with a small family and agree with her and so do my
kids till we all can achieve in black and white. For a large population
NM is an icon and shall remain like MG and JN and many coming from the
great country of INDIA

from:  rakeshkapoor
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 01:20 IST

How but some pip-squeak about the article that suggests that the Lady of Sacrifice is the fourth richest politician in the world. She has no significant education or stated income though..

from:  sick of congress bandwagon journos
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 05:14 IST

Every one forgets the event behind the groth sprut in Gujarath. The Sardar Sarovar dam was completed in the year 2003. It was the vision of congress Govt at centre to construct the dam. It took 0ver 25 years to construct it. Mrs. Medhapatkar a social worker from Maharashtra agitated over the years against construction of this dam. Lots of land and many villages submerged under the water only from the states of maharashtra and MP . However entire benefit accrued to Gujareat. Every inch of land could be irrigated in gujarat after this dam

from:  Indian
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 09:48 IST

Let's put it this way.

Actually working, rather than, shouting words like 'secular', 'caste' etc. should have higher returns.

It's time India turned towards leaders who work rather than leaders who put fear into one community on grounds that the other leaders will trouble them, so the votes from that community come to them.

Good on you Gujarat.

from:  Utkarsh
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 10:11 IST

He has guts, he has vision..what else needed to lead India? Indian media
is biased and always supported leaders whom they think become puppets in
media hand. Of course media is also a BUSINESS.
Let us only talk about NaMo and let us all make him PraMan (Pradhan
Mantri) and there by ensuring promising Bharath.

from:  Ravi Ramireddy
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 14:32 IST

Time is a RSS agent. now onwards I will not touch Time.

from:  mani
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 16:08 IST

To be fair, the media should remind us of the ruling governments in these riots and make sure that they do not stop until the Supreme Court of India has cleared them just as they did for Modi.
(1) 1964 Communal riots in Rourkela & Jamshedpur | 2000 Killed | Ruling party CONGRESS
(2) 1947 Communal riots in Bengal | 5000 Killed | Ruling party happened to be CONGRESS
(3) August 1967 | 200 Killed | Communal riots in Ranchi | Party ruling again CONGRESS
(4) 1969 | Communal riots in Ahmedabad | More than 512 Killed | Ruling party happened to be CONGRESS
(5) 1970 | Bhiwandi communal riots in Maharashtra | Around 80 killed | Ruling party CONGRESS
(6) April 1979 | Communal riots in Jamshedpur , West Bengal | More than 125 killed | Ruling party CPIM (Communist Party)
(7) August 1980 | Moradabad Communal riots | Approx 2000 Killed | Ruling Party CONGRESS
(8) May 1984 | Communal riots in Bhiwandi | 146 Killed , 611 Inj | Ruling party CONGRESS | CM – Vasandada Patil
(9) Oct 1984 | Communal riots in

from:  Pravin
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 16:54 IST

We expect "a la rasheeda " article on NaMo. Not as with all columist Modi = RSS, Godhra or pro-hindu, antimuslim. Give us some thing different

from:  Ramesh Sopan
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 20:06 IST

Dear Friends, Do you know why some people hate Mr Narendra Modi? Yes, because he came from a poor family who were selling tea/chai in railway stations. They hate him because he does not have a last name Gandhi/Nehru/Patel/Gowda or what ever. They hate him because he has no wife,children or mistress so that they can write bS about him. They hate hime because he has stopped communal riots for 11 years in row in a city which had it big almost every year since indepndence. They hate him because he is guarding India's border with Pakistan which the enemies of the nation were using all these years. They hate him because the one billion Hindustani Janata wants him to rule delhi and take India to the top of the world. AYEE BAAAT SAMAJH MAY!

from:  Dr Rangaesh Gadasalli
Posted on: Mar 18, 2012 at 23:19 IST

Modi pays crores every year to an agency that specialises in managing the 'image' of mass-murderers and dictators. The west, especially the US, loves dictators. They know that an inexperienced and fundamentalist political party like the RSS / BJP is what is required to destroy India's democracy and make it a puppet nation.

So why is anybody surprised that a western magazine has him featured as a future 'leader' of India?

from:  Sam
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 01:28 IST

You should ask, can rahul gandhi leads india? because narendra damodardas modi is not only future PM, but he is a future world leader.

from:  akshay
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 08:22 IST

Dear Ms. Bhagat,
Al always you have been fair to Narenbhai and am sure many of his admirers will appreciate your article. "The Hindu" is a known Modi baiter and your article reconfirms that there is some fairness left in the old lady after all( I refer to the paper)

with best wishes,

from:  Vallabh Janardhan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 13:17 IST

Nerendra Modi getting his due in the form of appearing on the TIMES cover page has come as a shower of rain in the harsh scorching summer.

This country is infested with maggots like politicians , who have been feeding on every wound it has. Every time there is a cut these maggots breed in it and lick it dry. They come in all forms from all walks of life but are the same when it comes to their "fitarat"

Modi seems a change from the rest and and has shown he can deliver. We want leaders who are fearless to deliver.

With him around , the entire Muslim comunity will florish. So be open in showing your preference to people who will make a difference and expose the hypocrits.I support Modi because , what ever he may be , he is not incompetent. I am getting sick od seeing incompetency in every walk of political life in this country and not a man to lead. But no more......

from:  Ramesh Pillai
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 16:55 IST

India needs able leaders who perform not dynastic loosers. the need of the hour is to project them leaders who are achievers and who will bring progress to the nation; instead of living in the past.Great work Modi!! My commendations to hindu for it's fairness in publishing this article.

from:  manohar
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 19:50 IST

NaMo is great for those who love the affairs of Gujraat; who loves my sisters being insulted by mob of NaMo; who loves my brothers to see which no eyes would like to see; little kids to tear when they should look for inspiration. May be NaMo is great, just like Gandhi was great - love to divide a nation.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 23:30 IST

Dear Narendrabhai,
You are what u r. Now a days amongst the people a negative impression about u has taken place considerable. The reason is not known. The impression in the mass will have negative impact on the election result Mansa bye election. People at large especially patels,S.T., S.C. that are neglected lot and have not benefited a slighted from the action taken by your sarkar. On the contrary a feeling is that you have not taken care. For example, farmers feels ill-irrigation facility, power cut, power connection are not available, seeds, fertilizer are the chief. More tax, poor road facility and boasting that what are being done is merely because of you is unbelievable. People believe that stop boasting of being number one. People also believe that your government has done nothing so far Narmda canal and water not received, electricity facility. In the same manner theft, kidnapping are on. Not mush time left for election to improve image.

from:  dilip patwa
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 13:51 IST

jay ambe narendra bhai..tme bahuj saru kam karu 6e gujrat ma and hu tmri jode je 6u..
jay garvi gujrat

from:  nehal patel
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 21:32 IST
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