India Today’s Mood of the Nation lampooned on social media

The pro-regime results viewed as virtual campaign for Modi-Yogi to remain in power despite nationwide protests related to Kashmir, CAA-NRC

India Today’s Mood of the Nation

India Today recently published findings of its Mood of the Nation opinion poll, the key highlights being full marks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

As per the MoTN poll, if Lok Sabha elections were held today, the BJP would secure a majority. 48 percent of the respondents rated Modi’s performance as PM as good, while 30 percent rated it as outstanding! The revocation of Article 370 and the C verdict on the Ram Temple were rated as the top two achievements of his government. Though Modi did receive flak for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and growing unemployment in the country. Amit Shah topped the list of best performing minister in the Modi government, while UP CM Adityanath was voted best chief minister for the third time in a row!

The results and the popularity of both, Modi and Yogi, came as a surprise to many given the sea of nationwide protests in wake of not just the abrogation of Article 370 and the communication blackout in Jammu and Kashmir, but also the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) with a potential National Register of Citizens (NRC) on the horizon through a backdoor entry via the National Population Register (NPR). In fact, Adityanath’s crackdown on anti-CAA protesters was seen as particularly harsh by human rights watchers.

In fact, some social media users were quick to point out how the manner in which the questions were framed appeared to be biased.



Some like former bureaucrat Kannan Gopinath decided to take a deep dive into the data and interpret it differently:



Some others also questioned the validity of the results given the small sample size.



This is a very valid point given India’s socio-cultural diversity and varying degrees of privileges enjoyed by different people. Whether the voice of Dalit-Bahuhan-Adivasis, women, people of LGBTQIA+ community and other ethno-linguistic minorities have been represented adequately, is a valid question.


Many others didn’t mince words while alleging political affiliations of the media house’s leadership may have played a part in the findings:



Others used humour as a coping mechanism:





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