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His voice is utterly loaded sarcastic earlier but now it becomes unexcitable and drained! Don’t know whether it is because of Covid-19 effect or otherwise, most aggressive leaders of India, present union Home Minister, Amit Shaw is being unusually become soft-spoken these days. It is even in midst of an election campaign..! Isn’t it strange..?!

After his prolonged period of recovery from COVID-19 and an extended stay at the hospital, union Home Minister, 55 years old, Amit Shah is pulling zero punches.

Consider some of his statements in a recent interview to CNN-News18:

·        “Whatever the numbers in the Bihar assembly elections, even if the BJP gets more seats, Nitish Kumar will still be our Chief Minister”. One can almost hear the gusty sigh of relief from Nitish Kumar at his in 1 Anne Marg home (the official residence of the Chief Minister) as he tries to minimize the impact of Chirag Paswan.

Last week, in an interview to a channel, Paswan made the rather OTT declaration of having Narendra Modi in his heart, a la Hanuman with Lord Ram.

Shah provided the required TLC and assurances to Nitish and promised he was the only Chief Minister in the running. All this even as Paswan shows no signs of reining it in. Effectively, Shah is getting exactly what he wants while appearing to be in benevolent ally mode. 

·        Now consider Shah’s stand on the “Boycott Tanishq” campaign led by a bunch of vicious trolls who objected to an ad showcasing an interfaith marriage. “Such small attacks on India’s social harmony cannot break it. The fabric is very strong. It has withstood many attacks. It is unbreakable. I believe there should not be over-activism of any kind”, said Shaw on the poisonous troll army that described the ad as promoting “love jihad”.

Shah’s statement is of the sort that would be unexceptional from any secular politician, the sort that the BJP tags as “sickular”. But coming from the Home Minister, this seemed to be as close to a reprimand as the troll army of the BJP is ever going to get.

Shah’s statement got political circles buzzing. All of North Block where Shah has his office was asking only one question – had Shah virtually called out the wicked trolls of the BJP IT cell?

·        Then, there’s Shah’s newly-articulated stand on the death of young actor Sushant Singh Rajput… “We need to dial all this down and who better than Shah,” says a Modi cabinet minister who comes from Maharashtra. So, Shah said that “Media trials should not be done for TRPs,” which, all things considered, amounted to a considerable easing of hostilities. 

Shah’s position indicates that he wants to keep the door open for reconciliation with Thackeray should the ruling alliance in Maharashtra start wearying of each other.

It is in this same context that Shah suggested that the Maharashtra governor had spoken out of turn in questioning Thackeray’s decision to leave places of religious worship closed in the state for now on account of Covid. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari wrote to Thackeray, “Have you turned secular?” The remark was deeply inappropriate. Shah said, “Koshyari could have chosen his words better”.

The new Shah tongue is deactivated. But don’t know whether it will kick in for the Bengal elections or not?  Expect a return to old-school Shah then.    

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