Monday, September 3, 2012

Narendra Modi's Diet Plan...

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This appeared in Sunday Times yesterday....

Narendra Modi’s Diet Plan….

Move over Kareena Kapoor. Narendra Modi’s Size Zero is the new mantra for a leaner, meaner and definitely sexier silhouette. You may be the hottest ‘Heroine’ in tinsel town with the best bod in the biz. But there’s nobody to beat Hero Narendrabhai. Especially when it comes to nutrition and diet. He is poised to revolutionise the world of wellness with fresh definitions of what it takes to look awesome. So awesome, that the entire world is compelled to take notice of this unique weight loss programme. For starters it involves turning vegetarian. No problems with that. Vegetarianism is a rapidly growing food trend, as is evident from the number of fancy veggie gourmet options available worldwide these days. Eating ‘ghaas-phoos’ is now considered pretty cool and celebrities who shun meat are seen as role models for the movement. Then there are the Vegan diet freaks… macrobiotic food fanatics… vaghera, vaghera.The… ahem… bottom line remains the same – effective and healthy weight loss. But trust our Narendrabhai to give a new spin to all these fads and beliefs. Modi gives a new spin to almost everything in any case. Why not food?

In a recent interview to the Wall Street Journal, Modi was in a particularly expansive mood. Perhaps it was the diet dhokla he’d eaten for lunch. Or an oil free thepla. Asked about the high rate of malnutrition in the State of Gujarat, Modi glibly assured the interviewer that the problem was not one of a food shortage. It was more an aesthetic issue with the State’s middle class. Apparently, middle class Gujaratis were more concerned about being beautiful (read: thin) to bother with health. It gets worse, Modi then went on to suggest that appearance conscious middle class mothers in his State eat the wrong food or eat less, so as to compete with today’s standards of female attractiveness. This outrageous statement had women across the board up in arms. Leading the protest was Ambika Soni who huffed and puffed about Modi’s insensitivity towards women who ‘sacrifice’ their own food to feed families. As we well know, a woman who starves herself in our society for the sake of her children, is seen as the ultimate mataji. Modi really should have known better.

Making malnutrition a vanity issue , is adding insult to injury. It is the poor in Gujarat who are suffering. As it is the poor across the world who are the real victims of malnutrition.Social Scientist Professor Ghanshyam Shah pointed out in a newspaper interview, “Bluntly speaking, it appears that either he does not know what he is speaking or he is terribly unaware of the ground reality. This issue is prevalent among poor and weaker sections like minorities,tribals, dalits and rural OBCs.” Clearly, figure conscious, middle class ladies do not fall into this category. And someone needs to tell Modi there is a difference between fashionable anorexia and actual malnutrition. In fact, had Modi cared to pay some attention to a report tabled by his own health and family welfare department, he would have been more responsible while making those facetious comments to WSJ. According to the report, every second child below the age of five in Gujarat is underweight. An NSSO survey indicates that the average Gujarati diet has deteriorated due to poverty in the State. Modi’s aggressive attempts to position Gujarat as a land of milk and honey are unfortunately not matched by statistics. Despite these depressing findings, a startling 42% of urban Indians are ready to accept Modi as the next Prime Minister. India is clearly starved in the leadership stakes.

Given Modi’s radical views, his latest malnutrition missile should also be seen in the same context. Perhaps, the next beauty contest can be hosted by Modi in Gujarat. Our lovelies can benefit greatly from Modi’s diet tips, since he is now a self declared expert on weight loss and nutrition. Publishers would happily give Modi a big, fat advance for a book on ‘Thin is In – Modi-style’. The Modi Diet could become a global best seller. Let nobody ruin Modi’s unique theory by pointing to the WHO report that states malnutrition is responsible for 54% of child mortality.Right now, Modi’s on a roll. Ladies of Gujarat, do watch those waist ( not waste) lines. As for the starving folks of the State. Modi, the Marie Antoinette of the Bens and Bhais of Gujarat, may just roar, “Let them eat cake…. Err… make that mohan thaal.”


Anita Jeyan Sandeep said...

Lol so probably he must think that the rib cage showing, pencil thin Somalian children are grooming themselves for the Miss World pageant!
The lengths to which these power heads can go to show their ignorance!

obssesor said...

Poor Modi. Damned if he says something. Damned if he doesnt!

Tsomo85 said...


Tsomo85 said...

This is what happens when one does more talking than walking. Specially when the question wasn't even on middle class diet or life style! Facepalm

snehal said...

Modi's out-of-the-box ideas have finally hit the dead end!

Down but not out said...

The sad part is that despite these statements he is still the best leader of the available lot. What does that tell you about india !

Ravi Patel said...

Hey Gucci Gucci woman, just lay off Narendrabhai. You are the last person on the face of this whole of the universe to comment contemptuously of Narendrabhai and that too on issues like diet and malnutrition. You have no qualms of spending many thousands of rupees on one meal in a trashy restaurant. You have no qualms about spending many hundreds of thousands of rupees on your ugly designer outfit, a fraction of its cost would feed a family of five for ten years or more. You live in luxury in an vulgar abode worth many many crores of rupees and that too just a stones throw away from some of the most ghastly slums in the world. Such vulgarity doesn't prick you conscience in the slightest. You sit on your backside doing nothing all day except acting as a purveyor of trash and sermonising to good honest people like Narendra Modi and if you are not doing that, you are flaunting your wealth in some exotic location somewhere in the world. You produce or create nothing worthwhile for the country and yet have the cheek to lecture the finest, most honest and capable politician this wretched, ungrateful country of ours has produced for a long long time. Narendrabhai has done outstanding work for the country and the people of Gujarat. He has lifted many millions of Gujaratis out of poverty and qualitatively improved lives of many more. So just cut it out woman! We have had enough of India's diseased, vulgar, totally uncaring, parasitical and obnoxious moneyed elite. Narendrabhai is the greatest and a woman like you will have to take a million births before you are worthy of even touching his shoes! Now got it, you thing? Goodh!

Ravi Patel said...

And yes sure, Gujarat is full of emaciated malnourished children like in Ethopia and somalia and sure there is a chance in hell of that mendacious and ugly mafia in the TV media going to miss that chance of 24/7 visuals and barking Barkha missing that once in a million lifetime chance of strutting along from one Gujarat street to another to belch out her verbal diarrhoea! Phew! what a diseased ungrateful country we have. Damned if you do good and kudos if you don't.

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Bhargav K Shah said...

Dear Shobha De, It's always better to assess one's own condition and situation before commenting about others (especially when what you've commented is not true, and just a result of your extra ordinarily celebrated English and deliberately useless thoughts). Mr. Narendra Modi has many developments to his credit. Do you have even a single one in your entire career of being a Model, Journalist, and a freelance writer and columnist ?

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