Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the country yesterday in what was his longest speech on the pandemic yet. The 33-minute long speech revolved around a variety of topics, such as the need for India to be self-reliant or ‘Atma-nirbhar’ and the call to accept coronavirus as a part of our lives.
The speech also consisted of 2 main announcements. The first one announced a massive economic stimulus package for the country. The 20 lakh crore package is one of the largest in the world and works out to be roughly 10 per cent of the GDP. He also said that the package will help small businesses, the cottage industry as well as provides respite to farmers and labourers. The Prime Minister said that the package will revolve around the central tenets of “Land, labour, liquidity and laws.”
The second main announced was of “Lockdown 4.0”, thereby confirming that the lockdown will be extended. He called for people to continue wearing masks and practice social distancing. However, the Prime Minister also claimed that the lockdown guidelines will vastly differ from that of previous ones, with all information being provided before 18th May.
Some other points expounded by the Prime Minister was that we must buy from local brands, and support indigenous businesses and artists. Emphasizing on the need to be self-reliant, he said: “This era of self-reliance will be our new pledge, we have to move on with new resolve.”
Ever since the speech, people have taken to micro-blogging website Twitter to express their opinions on the speech. While some questioned why no details about the speech were given, others were left scratching their heads after hearing the Prime Minister gave the speech in tough and verbose Hindi.
Twitter flooded up with memes, videos and jokes on the same, and here’s what all happened online after Narendra Modi addressed the country.
Prime Minister’s Speech And Its Similarities ‘Juche’
The speech hadn’t even finished and Twitter was buzzing with the word “Juche” trending online. Many likened the PM’s speech to one orated by North Korea’s Kim Jong Il.
During his speech, the prime minister used the word Atam-Nirbhar (self-reliant) several times, expressing that a self-reliant India is his vision for the 21st century.
Following this, many leaders, including TMC MP Mahua Moitra pointed out that the message of the speech was eerily similar to ‘Juche’, which essentially translates to self-reliance.
‘Juche’ is the central guiding philosophy by which North Korea swears by. The concept from a core part of the country’s politics, economy, society, culture, and military affairs.
A vox article connects the dots to reveal the word’s North Korean roots. The phrase was first coined by Kim Jong Il in his famous speech to party workers on 28 December 1955. The article recounts how the term has been sued to justify whatever the North Korean government aspires to do and is essentially an eclectic mix of Marxism, Confucianism, Koran Nationalism, and Japanese Fascism.
The Length Of The Address
Many people were also amused by how long the address lasted, with many jokes about the same could be seen on twitter.
The speech was the longest about the pandemic so far and was Twitter was quick to point that out, being flooded with memes on the same.
His extensive use of the word Atma-Nirbhar as well as a declaration to Indians to be “vocal for local” was picked up by many Twitter users, claiming that the Prime Minister took too long to come to the point.
Online conversations revolved around how the Prime Minister took so long to announce major decisions, with the first 20 minutes being considered something that could have easily been avoided.
Other Things That Made Twitter Go Crazy
Several others sued the platform to express their concerns about how the package will roll out, while some going as far as to explain the numerological significance of the Prime Minister’s announcement.
A lot of people also expressed their amusement on the PM’s decision to address the nation in ‘shudh’ Hindi and Sanskrit. While the address was heard by millions of Indians, some seemed to struggle with understanding the meaning of some of the Hindi words used by him in the address. Within minutes of the speech, Google saw a spike in searches for words such as "atmanirbhar". The internet community joked that not only the words used by the Prime Minister were tough to pronounce, but a lot of them also couldn’t be understood by even Hindi speakers.
Tweets and posts continued to see high traffic even after the address ended, and we accept that a lot of them were really funny and entertaining to see. Which one was your favourite? Tell us in the comments section below.