I usually don’t spend too much time contemplating the bizarre pronouncements, snide comments and muddy slings of India’s political figures.

I’m talking about:

- The village elders who consider themselves the law, declaring that Indian girls should marry young to avoid getting raped.

- Their comment that Chinese food (i.e. chowmein) inflames the passions and leads to rape. I have, however, not given up my favourite stir-fried noodles.

- Cabinet minister Salman Khurshid challenging anti-corruption campaigner and political novice Arvind Kejriwal, calling him an ant trying to take on an elephant.
And on it goes. But, on Tuesday, Narendra Modi did get my attention.

As a recent Reuters interview story describes him, he is the man of the moment. He is a strong contender to become India’s prime minister, if the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes to power in the next general elections.