For someone who has fiercely fought the recent Lok Sabha election, employing rhetoric with aggression, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a smooth transition to a statesman with his maiden speech in Parliament where he struck a conciliatory tone, welcoming criticism and vowing to work closely with the opposition. In a departure from his usual haughty self, the Prime Minister said, “We welcome criticism. The more the criticism, the better it is ...It is for the welfare of the country ...In a democracy, criticism gives strength and it will guide us.”
He also expressed deep concerns over rampant atrocities on women and minorities. In the wake of many politicians making preposterous comments, Modi asked them to show respect for women. He was witty, sarcastic, yet compassionate all through the speech. The Prime Minister touched upon various issues of national importance and was at his oratorical best.