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    ...Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at his rhetorical best when he delivered his fourth address to the nation on India’s 71st Independence Day from the ramparts of the Delhi’s Red Fort. He listed out his government’s achievements over the past three years and, interestingly, promised to make a new India by 2022. In less than two years, Modi’s term ends and general election is due in 2019. Not surprisingly, Modi’s address had the trappings of a poll campaign speech. Though he touched upon a gamut of issues, including reviving the economy, generating employment, building infrastructure, Kashmir, internal security and violence in the name of faith, it was corruption and the steps he has undertaken to make the country bhrashtachar-mukt that got maximum attention. He also gave a clear idea of the audience he intends to woo. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 15, 2017, 11:07 a.m.

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    ...(Illustration by-C R Sasikumar) Rajinikanth’s interaction with his fans in Chennai last week, eight years after he last undertook a similar exercise, has triggered excitement about whether the Tamil super hero was poised to join politics. When questioned, his responses were sufficiently ambiguous to keep everyone guessing. “My life is in the hands of God. I’m not sure what he has in store for me. But I will always perform the duty that he bestows on me. So, don’t feel disappointed if I don’t enter politics,” he said initially. Later, he clarified: “I have responsibilities and work, same with you, let’s do it, but when the ultimate war comes, we all will see.” This was more like Muthu, a character he played two decades ago: “Naan eppo varuven eppadi varuvennu yarukkum theriyathu. Eppo varunumo appo correctaa varuven” (Nobody knows when I’ll come, how I’ll come. But when I need to come, I’ll just be there). A year after the release of Muthu, ahead of the 1996 Tamil Nadu assembly election, he declared support for the DMK-Tamil Maanila Congress combine. ...

    Indian Express on May 23, 2017, midnight