- Vijay Simha
There's a range of people who might be described as victims when he was merely chief minister. For instance, scores of Muslims, Pravin Togadia, Sanjay Joshi, Keshubhai Patel and so on.
Then came some more when he became NaMo. Like LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj.
Now, when he has moved on to a Rambo avatar, he has felled possibly unintended targets.
Narendra Modi's trip to Uttarakhand soon after the flood first struck was short and sour.
The story of Modi's efforts to rescue people from Gujarat who were stranded in Uttarakhand has already acquired Biblical proportions.
His followers would have you believe he was some sort of a modern day Noah with his version of the ark- a fleet of SUVs and a few airplanes.
But Noah didn't have victims. Rambo did. Here are five casualties of Modi's first few days as Rambo. None of them probably saw it coming.
1. The Times of India
In a newspaper as old as The Times of India, things can happen by default. Although systems exist at all levels – involving multiple checks – there are cracks. Things slip through and there is usually a post-mortem full of embarrassment and anger.
Anand Soondas, who wrote the report of Modi rescuing 15,000 Gujaratis from Uttarakhand, is a senior editorial person who was trusted with senior responsibilities of The Times of India's Crest edition. The Times had originally planned Crest as a publication for the elite which would rely on high quality narratives.
Image: Narendra Modi attends a core-committee meeting of the BJP in Mumbai on June 27, 2013. (AFP)