Before the results for the 17 Lok Sabha Elections had been announced, international magazine TIME had published a cover story about the Indian Elections where PM Narendra Modi was called the “Divider in Chief“.
But recently, TIME published a piece on the Indian election results, with the headline ‘Modi Has United India Like No Prime Minister in Decades’.
Manoj Ladwa–founder and CEO of Britain-based media company India Inc–claimed in the article that Modi has ‘managed to transcend India’s greatest fault line: the class divide’, and that’s what majorly sets him apart from the opposition.
In reaching the very top, he (PM Modi) personifies the aspirational working classes and can self-identify with his country’s poorest citizens in a way that the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty who have led India for most of the 72 years since independence simply cannot.
This is clearly a completely opposite point of view from the one that writer Aatish Taseer presented in TIME’s last cover story, where it was stated that the world’s largest democracy was more divided than ever. The earlier article also referred to the rampant lynchings, called out BJP’s controversial political candidates, and criticized the opposition.
Though both the opinion pieces were presented by different writers, Twitterati was quick to comment on how BJP’s landslide win had brought changing ‘TIME(s)’:
#TIME magazine is creating mockery out of itself , first they termed Modi as ‘Divider in Chief ‘ and now they are camouflaging it by asserting him as ‘He united Indians ‘ .— Rahul verma (@RahulVerma4860) May 29, 2019
Most of western media has not upgraded themselves and still toe with the writings of few who are out to defame India and specially Modi Ji. Better if they realise the factual India- united India #timemagazine— Surender Sharma (@Rs9Kumar) May 29, 2019
Victory can move mountains- what’s a windy magazine?— sarah marbaniang (@sarahmarb) May 29, 2019
“Modi Has United India Like No Prime Minister in Decades’. Time magazine does some course correction after that atrocious article by Ateesh Taseer in the midst of General Elections. @narendramodi https://t.co/JqbVPGd75n— Pramod Kumar Singh (@SinghPramod2784) May 28, 2019
Instead of being embarassed like this why don’t they do their research properly right at the beginning and come with the true facts there and then instead of having these silly change of hearts ?😂😂😂— sagar salgaocar (@sagarathlete) May 29, 2019
Idiots. These are two different article from two different people. TIME didn’t have change of heart.— Arun (@arunparam) May 29, 2019
Only goes to show that they were a sell out before electing results. Shameful. Times have changed and it’s high TIME TIME realizes.— C G Ramachandran (@ramcomp1362) May 29, 2019
Modi be like “apna TIME aa gia”— Verry Human (@HumanVerry) May 29, 2019
Still if you can’t understand the conspiracy.. then what to say https://t.co/GnZM5yDNPr— Rishi Srivastava (@rishiluvsmom) May 29, 2019
Hahahaha Time magazine once again using the opportunity to increase readership…. Only if fools could see this…. https://t.co/78iaJ2d5zE— Sangacious (@SangeetaSuryav4) May 29, 2019
Well, it was only a matter of time before contradictory opinions about the elections came out.