Amit Shah's praise for Modi a joke, says tennis legend Martina Navratilova

Responding to a question that opposition and critics term Modi an autocratic leader who takes all decisions on his own, Shah described the prime minister as a "democratic leader".

Published: 11th October 2021 05:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th October 2021 05:55 PM   |  A+A-

Martina Navratilova (File | AFP)

By Online Desk

Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a "democratic leader", Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said even his critics will agree that the Union Cabinet has never functioned in such a democratic manner as it is functioning in the Modi government.

This comment by the Home Miniter did not go down well with tennis legend Martina Navratilova. “And for my next joke…” she tweeted on Sunday night in reply to Shah's eulogy of Modi as "India's most democratic leader". Along with the tweet, she added an emoticon for astonishment and another that resembles a clown.

Rejecting allegations that Modi is an autocratic leader, Shah, in an interview to SANSAD TV, said that he has not seen a "patient listener" like the prime minister, who gives importance to all worthy suggestions given by anyone irrespective of their designation or position in the hierarchy.

Shah had said Modi does not hesitate in taking political risks for decisions that are in national interest, and at times has taken bitter decisions for the welfare of the nation.

He is a very patient listener and gives importance to all worthy suggestions irrespective of the person's designation, Shah said.

"...I have closely seen both Modi and his style of working. I have never seen a patient listener like him. Whatever may be the issue, he patiently listens to everyone and speaks least, and then takes a proper decision. He takes decisions patiently after considering suggestions given by all including a …. small-time official or worker," the minister said.

In a past tweet, Martina Navratilova had accused Modi and Trump of "trying to stifle the truth as much as possible, if that truth doesn’t suit their political purpose."

In 2019, Navratilova had skewered the rapport between Modi and then US President Donald Trump.


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  • Sid Singh

    Where do these people come from? lol! It is weird. Caribbean pop-stars
    1 year ago reply
  • Bripo

    Watching news in foreign country
    1 year ago reply
  • Pramod Purushotham Kaimal

    Who Martina or a Matini Drink or show?
    1 year ago reply
  • Harry

    What is Martina Navratilova's qualifications? She is good in he profession. Same can be said about women in house of ill-fame.
    1 year ago reply
  • Q-Indian

    and who is this person for whom the newspaper carried so much text. What does she understand on the geopolitics in India
    1 year ago reply
  • tennis fan

    May be she is a joke herself. Who cares what she says :)
    1 year ago reply
  • Rajan

    What does Martina Navratilova know about anything other than chase a tennis ball around a tennis court? Poor thing has forgotten that she defected from Czechoslovakia and she was not acceptable in her country of birth due to her inner conflicts with regard to her sexuality and gender fluidity.
    1 year ago reply
  • Girish

    These individuals support any group who gives money for making public statements against anyone. They do not care to even find out what is being tweeted. All of them are attached to public relations firms that handle their accounts for profit. They rarely and mostly never know topics that are published in their public social media accounts. They are only concerned about the income from these accounts.
    1 year ago reply
  • V V Subramaniam

    A person born and brought up in a communist country and possibly not even visited India tweeting on democracy and style of functioning of a Head of Country reflects her grooming and education.
    1 year ago reply
  • Vijay

    And this filth have an opnion on indian politics. Also traitors there to publish without questioning the authority of the foreign garbage.
    1 year ago reply
  • Vijayakanthan

    1 year ago reply
  • v

    india does not need democratic leader right now
    1 year ago reply
  • John

    I think Martina
    1 year ago reply

    without te understanding what is INDIA tom dick and harry will comment
    1 year ago reply
  • Indian

    So true !
    1 year ago reply

    What is the locus standii of this Tennis player in these local squabbles? Should she comment?
    1 year ago reply
  • Anurag

    Another toolkit coming up. Who is she and in what capacity she is making these comments?
    1 year ago reply
  • Vickey

    Who cares Martina's comments!!!!
    1 year ago reply
  • Subramaniam srinivasan

    Now we need a retired star to comment? Perhaps she can take up Presidency at Czech where she is from. Understand that the position is vacant
    1 year ago reply
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