The personal website of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was unveiled with a major revamp on Thursday, recounting not only the achievements of his government but also anecdotes from his childhood when “he often celebrated both Hindu and Muslim festivals”.
The website – narendramodi.in – is part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s attempt to counter the narrative of the Opposition, which has accused the government and the PM of trying to drive a wedge between communities.
“Narendra Modi had a wide range of friends from all the communities. As a child he often celebrated both Hindu and Muslim festivals considering the large number of Muslim friends he had in the neighbourhood,” it mentioned, adding that “these formative years left a strong imprint on Narendra Modi”.
The portal also gives detailed comparisons on the achievements of the government and how the situation has improved in different sectors, calling Modi as the “man with the Midas touch.”
The biography section of the website gives a detailed account of Modi’s rise as the tallest leader of Gujarat which, under the Congress rule, once suffered from communal tension.
“The atmosphere in Gujarat as well as India was very volatile when Narendra Modi was cutting his teeth as an activist. When he reached Ahmedabad, the city was reeling under one of the worst instances of communal rioting,” it said.