Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is celebrating his 71st birthday today. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organizes everything to celebrate and many Indians are angry about that.
Fifty million postcards, exhibitions, film shows and an app that lets Indians contact Modi directly; the BJP is really pulling out all the stops this year.
A look at the polls shows why. While two-thirds of Indians were still positive about Modi last year, it is now less than a quarter. The Indian Prime Minister has never been so unpopular during his seven-year premiership.
The mismanagement of the pandemic is the biggest cause. The infamous delta variety emerged in India for the first time and kept a huge house there earlier this year. That had disastrous consequences for the economy, and millions of Indians are now unemployed.
The Congress Party has therefore declared Modis birthday National Unemployment Day. The youth department of the opposition party takes the lead, because they are mainly young Indians who are out of work. “The youth of this country are wandering unemployed on the street,” complained Chairman Shrinivas BV.
The BJP attracts little of criticism. The festivities will last until October 7, the day Modi came to power as Prime Minister of Gujarat State twenty years ago.