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The ‘personality politics’ of Narendra Modi and Donald Trump – BBC …
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“Minutes later, the prime minister is introduced on stage as the emcee calls on everyone to make a noise so loud it’s “an airstrike of claps”- a reference to the airstrikes India says it carried out inside Pakistani territory earlier this year.

They do much more than that – whooping, screeching, whipping out mobile phones as they chant “Modi, Modi” in unison.

“Bharat mata ki jai (victory for mother India)”, Mr Modi says, as he kicks off his speech.

Once again I’m having a 2016 flashback to choruses of “USA, USA”.

In the pantomime style I’ve witnessed at Trump rallies, Mr Modi, too, encourages audience interaction.

“Should we not kill terrorists in their homes?” he asks. “Tell me, should we not?”

“No, we should,” the crowd replies.

Mr Modi also devotes time to criticise his main opponent, Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi.

Both him and Mr Trump present themselves as outsiders with contempt for those they see as the imperious ruling classes. Both ran against members of political dynasties – Hillary Clinton, whose husband is a former president, and Mr Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Mr Modi derides “the Khan Market gang” – a reference to one of Delhi’s most exclusive areas, inhabited by the country’s most privileged.

Mr Trump, who’d never held public office before, brands Washington’s elite members of the so-called “swamp”.

“They want votes in the name of their ancestors but when I question the work their ancestors have done, and what they’ve done to our country, they get irritated,” Mr Modi says as hundreds roar in approval.

He did not hold back in his attacks on the opposition and many felt he had sunk to a new low when he criticised his opponent’s dead father.

He described Rajiv Gandhi, a former prime minister who was assassinated in 1991, as “corrupt number one”.

It reminded me of similar insults Donald Trump directed at Senator John McCain, who lost his battle with cancer last year.

Both Donald Trump and Narendra Modi pride themselves on being direct, but their speeches have sometimes descended into the distasteful.

But for both sets of supporters, there’s a broad acceptance that it doesn’t matter if the lines of political civility are crossed – as long as the job is done.

The cult of personality politics is what ties the two leaders. Their respective bases believe that personalities like Mr Trump and Mr Modi are ready to stand up for voices that are usually ignored by the ruling classes.

“I really like him – there’s such an attraction,” Santosh, a mechanic from Delhi tells me, as he clutches his 18-month-old baby who is also dressed as the prime minister.

“I’m ready to skip a meal but I’m not ready for anyone to disrespect our country – that’s why I like Modi.”

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