In a shocking reference to Indian dignity and national interest, Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s remarks in China and South Korea that referred to NRIs “feeling ashamed of being born in India” has triggered backlash in the country with the hashtag #ModiInsultsIndia running wild.
“Earlier, you felt ashamed of being born Indian. Now you feel proud to represent the country. Indians abroad had all hoped for a change in government last year,” Modi was quoted to have told the NRI gathering in Shanghai on Saturday. He repeated similar words in Seoul, making the nation back home sit up and reckon the fall-out of such remarks.
There was, no doubt, truth in what Modi said but saying it abroad was unwarranted. Indians, especially the NRIs were known to have felt sorry at the state of affairs in the country two to three decades ago when inept bureaucracy looked with suspcion at every Indian leaving or returning from abroad.
Businessmen were in particular looked down upon and harassed at every disembarking front in the country while the customs and immigration officials were looking for thugs and bandits in every Indian returning from a foreign country.
Of course, Modi might have referred to the lower bureacucracy’s mindset that bothered many Indians and the middle class who felt sorry for having born in this country. Many films and narrations have manifested the feeling that goes back to the British-inherited Congress Party’s rule, which did not leave even the kin of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
With more than 50,000 twitterati joining the issue on #ModiInsultsIndia, said every Indian felt proud aborad being Indian and the PM had to face the flak on the social media network.