Modi also loves to project himself as a hero, a powerful man, destroying all villains. Any contra-projection angers him. I got a taste of this on the morrow of the Akshardham incident in November 2002.
When The Times of India reported how Modi and Advani ventured to enter the complex and posed next to the bodies of the two assailants who had been shot to death, I was greeted by an early morning call from an incensed Modi.
â€˜Why are you writing that we went in after the intruders were killed? It conveys I am a weak man,â€™ Modi said.
It is unsurprising that on the morning after a terrorist incident of this scale, Modiâ€™s real concern was about the impact of the attack on his image.
The biggest dent in Modi’s image continues to be his diabolical role in the 2002 Gujarat Genocide. To wash those blood stains, Modi keeps trying different varieties of ‘Surf Excel’, APCO was one of them. Now he’s on the look out for yet another APCO. In June 2013, Gujarat Government published a Request For Proposal for selection of PR (Public Relations) Firms. Even though the official purpose is to bolster Gujarat’s image, we all know who would be the real beneficiary of the PR exercise.
Question is, how long are the taxpayers going to pay so that blood stained PM Candidate can complete his metamorphosis into a Vikas Purush?