Modi: I want to demonetize
Modi in the mirror: What? Are you sure?
MM: There will be chaos
M: So what. People will bear the short-term inconvenience
MM: Why not go after the big rats instead?
M: That will be suicidal. I have to hit at them indirectly.
MM: Shrewd of you. But there may be a revolt in your party. Your supporters may abandon you.
M: I don’t need them now so much as they need me. I have grown out of that.
MM: Are you sure?
M: Yes, this is my big and perhaps last chance to make a difference. Another term is not a sure bet yet.
MM: Is this what you have been gunning for all your life?
M: My thinking has evolved. I want to rise above lowly political ends.
MM: But you are a politician
M: I am getting old. I have to think about my legacy.
MM: You want to be the next Mahatma?
M: Why not?
M: Too many leaders have been forgotten in the gutters of history.
MM: Demonetization requires sheer guts.
M: I got it in tons.
MM: Ok, so what next? Building roads, feeding the millions, eradicating poverty…
M: Too small for me…my team will handle those. I wanna do the real big stuff.
MM: Wow, like what?
M: I want to see India become a first world country in the next 20 years.
MM: But you may not be around.
M: Gandhi wasn’t around to see India grow & bloom.
MM: So, you wanna sow the seeds?
M: You can say that.
MM: Opposition will scream. Your own party may attack you. People may lose patience.
M: I will show them the grand vision. They will come around. I got some runway and I intend to use it.
MM: You are a changed man
M: India needs some strong medicine. And I am going to administer that. I am tired of going too slow. We will continue to play catch-up if we don’t bite the bullet.
MM: You really want your legacy.
M: I am not a small town politician anymore. I don’t want to be known for my past foibles.
MM: How are you sure what you do will be right & good for the people?
M: I know whats good for the people. They are too poor, busy or incapable to think through what’s good for themselves. Some opposition is par for the course.
MM: Are you overstepping democracy?
M: If something doesn’t work, it has to be corrected.
MM: Democracy doesn’t work?
M: I didn’t say that
MM: But what you want to do is undemocratic. You will bulldoze opposition & terrorize people.
M: I cannot satisfy everybody
MM: So you expect casualties?
M: I wanna wage a war.
MM: Are you prepared for bloodshed?
M: Yes, if that’s what India needs to leapfrog.
MM: Have you heard the word ‘megalomaniac’?
M: Have you heard of ‘Kurukshetra’?
MM: Is that how you think of it?
M: Why not?
MM: Ok, I give up. You seem to have thought through it.
M: You have no choice.
MM: I guess so, at least in the short-term.
M: That time is sufficient for me.
MM: To perform your magic?
M: What do you say to that?
MM: Well, remember I am only MM – Modi in the mirror…not Minister Mentor.
M: So long. I got work to do.
MM: Good luck. God save the people.