Why the Prime Minister’s address to the nation was a damp squib


Nehru had addressed the nation on Aug 14, 1947. It was an emotional speech, recounting the hopes and aspirations of a newly free country; a speech that went down in history as among the best addresses to the nation in the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on December 31, 2016, following 50 days of chaos in the country after the government banned two of its highest currency notes, was also a recounting of the nation’s hopes and aspirations. But he did not speak on behalf of the people. He spoke for them. READ MORE

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