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Modi-industrialist issue: The hidden anxiety in PM's combative posturing

Modi doesn't easily let his rivals know their attack has left him worried, and usually takes time to respond; Did he reply hurriedly to Congress' charges this time, with elections drawing nearer?

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at a ground breaking ceremony to launch various projects worth 60,000 crore rupees, at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow. Photo: PTI

Archis Mohan New Delhi
At a public rally in Rajasthan on November 20, 2013, Narendra Modi called Mahatma Gandhi “Mohanlal Karamchand Gandhi”. That wasn’t a one off. At his speech to the Indian diaspora at New York’s Madison Square Garden in September 2014, Modi yet again called the Mahatma “Mohanlal”.

On both occasions, Modi was ridiculed for not knowing that the full name of the Mahatma was ‘Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’, and not ‘Mohanlal’.

While Modi may not know the full name of the father of the nation, he has lost few opportunities to bask in the reflected glory of his fellow Gujarati.

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First Published: Jul 30 2018 | 1:41 PM IST

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