Can’t Find ‘Vikas’ or #AccheDin? Check Narendra Modi’s Twitter Timeline

With over 42 million followers on Twitter, 43 million on Facebook and 13 million on Instagram, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most popular Indian politician on social media.
Soon after winning the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the UK’s Financial Times labelled him “India’s first social media prime minister” — a tag that Modi and his bhakts have flaunted numerous times over the past four years, especially while comparing him to his predecessor, Manmohan Singh, whose lack of public communication became the butt of jokes.However, Modi’s ‘MaunMohan’ jibe has come back to bite the prime minister. While campaigning for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the then Gujarat CM often mocked Singh for his infamous silence over allegations of corruption in his government.That was then. Four years later, the reality is very different. Our loquacious prime minister has gone quiet. Unlike his predecessor, Modi hasn’t addressed even a single press conference and prefers to only give tame interviews.Like Manmohan Singh, Modi the prime minister has remained conspicuously quiet about issues that make his government look bad. While he is quick to wish his foreign counterparts on their birthdays – and express condolences after minor attacks in their countries – Akhlaq’s brutal lynching, people who lost their lives waiting in queues after demonetisation.