What made The Economist's (TE) P.F.,
or Patric Foulis, the 'supposed author of the TE blog 'I give you Narendra
Modi'* foul so Miserably?
Who made make understand that by
doing so he has exposed himself only?
This racist article dents his and TE's journalistic
The article, written in poor
taste, and with dominant elements of bias, reflects nothing but a personal
Did Narendra Modi deny his
requests for interview when he was in India on his professional assignment?
Tweets from his Twitter handle
@PatrickFoulis during Modi's Madison Square Garden event only corroborate it.
Here are the gems that reflect on
the skewed wisdom.
An authentically Indian mass
scrum follows Modi ' exit from Madison Sq Gardens.
@PatrickFoulis · Sep 28
@PatrickFoulis · Sep
Long live mother India! Balloons
tumble from Madison Square Gardens rafters. Modi, the master manipulator &
orator, has left the building.
Huge roar as Modi mocks Indian
politicians obsession with legislation over action. Promises a bonfire of old
laws. "I will destroy them all"
When Modi talks of the unbanked
poor he loses the interest of his rich and assimilated American Indian audience
Two years ago Modi oratory
bombastic, acid tongued and deafening to hear live. Now grandfatherly, softer
and upbeat. Still masterful.
Amid the propaganda Modi reminds
the audience of India's shame: "the poorest of the poor are asking how
much longer can we live like this?"
The demagogue reborn as global
While waiting for the world
historical speech by Narendra Modi the mainly Indian crowd demolishes the
These tweets are certainly biased
and reek of some long kept prejudice. On any other day, some of these could
have qualified as random journalistic observations, but in the context of this
ill-conceived blog, each of them put Mr. P.F. squarely in the dock.
Pity him, for even the land of
Barack Obama couldn't change his outlook, even if he moved from Mumbai to New
And for a magazine of eminence
like The Economist, it is equally pathetic. First, they should never have done
it, for any person on the street cannot get his/her blog write-up published on
any TE platform, and that too, when it is so biased and controversial.
Probably, coming from a senior journalist from with TE ranks, the blog went
unnoticed (just a wild surmise) while it was uploaded.
Now, once it was done, there were
only two ways out. Either TE had to withdraw it or had to stick to its
viewpoint and content in entirety.
Pathetically they couldn't do
either of the two. Instead, they added this note to the end of the blogpost
that only diluted the gravity of the platform:
Editor's note: The second sentence of this blog post was
changed on September 29th to make clear that The Economist does not consider Mr
Modi to be a "pain in the ass"; that epithet is merely how we
imagined an uninformed New Yorker might feel about someone who causes a traffic
Pity Mr. P.F. that Mr. Modi still
stands tall in the US and is enjoying a greater attention while you made TE
lose some hard-earned points on the 'journalistic credibility scale' so easily.
Why this foul intent - what made
you react so personally?
India, America and political
theatre - I give you Narendra Modi -
Sep 29th 2014, 2:06 by P.F. | NEW YORK