Social media platforms tend to work like echo chambers; they amplify the volume among a small circle and makes one’s voice out to be louder than it is. It’s easy for Modi’s army of loyal followers to get carried away by the #ModiHangout hashtag trends and the general manner in which they bend the arc of Twitter conversations to their advantage. But there is no substitute for the old-style politics.
For now, though, Modi has with his experiment in digital democracy, raised the bar for political leaders. At least on the margins, politics will never be the same again.