The cacophony of political speech has raised its voice again and this time the war of words has erupted between Mr Narendra Modi and the echelons of the Congress party, the subject “A Puppy”. Narendra Modi has been on top of hit list of Congress for his art of choosing a subject at the ‘Right’ Place and ‘Right’ time.
The bone of contention has been an interview which he gave to Reuters and the most acerbic question put forward to him was “Do you feel the pain of the Gujarat riots?”Mr Modi didn’t answer the reported in a direct dialect (he hardly does that), but third-partied it to a situation where he is sitting in a chauffeur driven car and a humble ‘Puppy’ comes under it and crushed, the man of heart (as he wants to project himself to be), humbly acknowledged the pain it inflicted upon him on seeing the predicament of the puppy, the story ends, but not so .Mr Modi knew quite well that answering the ‘question of the decade’ would be opening of the Pandora’s box. On expected lines, he was bombarded with volley of questions from the congress stalwarts, from ‘Diggy’ Raja (Digvijay Singh), to Manish Tiwari (Union Minister of state for Information and Broadcasting), not to forget Mr Shashi Tharoor (Minister of state for Human Resource and Development), Modi was gheraoed from all sides (See No Man Is An Island)
So the next infamous question arises, does he do it deliberately or is it just a coincidence that whatever he speaks is turned into political tsunami of sorts? The answer lies in the question itself. Mr Modi has set his dynamics quite right, he knows that speaking about Gujarat riots in pseudo terms would be equivalent to inviting a political storm and bring him to the limelight, which he wants in all earnest (even if for wrong reasons) and gain popularity in electronic and print media, not to mention social media (He has formed a special team to overlook his branding in all forms of social media). So he left the question open to every rational thinker in this country that ‘Was his remarks out of context? “, or he wants the populace of this country to scratch their heads and arrive at a soul searched answer?
As elections approach fast, the art of free speech in a democracy is quite evident from the political class, coming from the likes of Modi or Digvijay Singh, it clearly indicates that no stones are to be left unturned this political season for gaining ground towards run up to elections.
Another pertinent question which arises here is that politicians of all hues and cries want to raise their voices over communal rights and cast base politics (As Mr Modi threw another salvo of being a “Hindu Nationalist”, don’t know what he really meant by coining this term) or they are deliberately oblivious to the other more important and time relevant questions which needs urgent attention?.The state of economy is in doldrums, Rupee is depreciating fast, Inflation is hitting the common man, China threat is looming large, Industrial production has hit its nadir etc., does not these issues make relevant “questioneering” in a democratic setup, Or every time we have fall back on the politics of communalism and cast our votes to the most ‘Democratic’ party in the pack of cards?
India has changed a lot since last general elections, we have millions of young graduates, postgraduates seeking change in this country, the onus being on the political mindset, which needs a sea change to address these issues in tandem and bring forward a ‘Lead by Example’ approach rather than besmirching each other’s face by vociferous mirth.
Both Congress and BJP have history of scandals as and when they were given the power to rule by the Indian electorate, the need of the hour is to rectify (with political correctness), the wrong done in the past and bring forward a vision for young India, which looks all eyes towards our elite political system sans allegations which have little or no relevance in the current times.
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