Pappu Ki Jhappi: PM Modi’s Hug Diplomacy Comes Full Circle


Pappu Ki Jhappi: PM Modi’s Hug Diplomacy Comes Full Circle

Illustration: Akshita Monga


ormally, Indian Parliament sessions are as action-packed as an episode of WWE RAW, and usually even more aggressive. However, during Friday’s proceedings in the no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha’s Monsoon Session, there was one moment when the world stood still, and the usual mudslinging was replaced by a warm embrace. It was the jadoo ki jhappi that rocked the nation, causing even more excitement than the time Shah Rukh and Salman hugged it out at Baba Siddique’s iftar party. Sometimes I wonder why we bother with Bollywood at all, when all the entertainment you need is available for cheap on Lok Sabha TV.

I’m talking about Rahul Gandhi’s now-infamous (Or was it famous? Jury’s out yet?) act of crossing the Parliament floor and hugging PM Modi, right after concluding a lengthy speech targeting the government of several wrongdoings. While the Opposition’s many grievances and the Centre’s responses are worthy of another piece, let’s dwell on how unpredictable Rahul’s actions were following his fiery diatribe –  like a teacher who beats a student with a ruler only to give them a Melody chocolate afterward.