With the passing of each day, the time is approaching when India’s 1.2 billion people will be lead by a new government, which would have passed through the rigmarole of the 2014 elections. But in the retrospective, the scene of political speeches is hitting another nadir towards the run up to elections. The stage has been virtually set for the ‘Big Fight’ between the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. Both have participated in a face-off against each other on many occasions and held rallies across different states where elections are to be held in November’13.
Political speeches have become hard-hitting commentaries of sorts and instead of focusing on contingent issues like economy, the China threat, poverty and corruption to name a few- politicians have taken the overhead route of igniting fire in each other bellies by name casting.
The recent servile adulations from Mr. Modi take precedence in this regard. He has been overexerting his power of free speech to the extent of being erroneous on many key ‘historically correct’ statistics (some might consider him to change the course of history along with the future of this nation!). Some of his flawed political speeches have been pointing towards our great political leaders like Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru (he wrongly misquoted by saying Jawaharlal Nehru did not attend Sardar Patel’s funeral, which is factually wrong!). On other occasions he has been caught off guard while comparing China with India, as he spoke in a parlance that the Dragon spends 20% of its GDP on education, whereas the actual number stands at 5%. One wonders what his team of speech writers is targeting when they compile such catchy numbers to woo the public.
"Modi wants to make history, but he is making up history" charges Jairam Ramesh. Another minister's frontal attack on BJP's PM candidate
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) November 12, 2013
The story does not end here. Mr. Modi has championed the cause of political jibes by repeatedly going off-track on many other occasions as well; this time the excuse was the departed leader, the RSS founder Shyama Prasad Mukerjee. Modi sang is own praises by taking credit of bringing his ashes from London as the Congress failed to do the honors for the departed soul. Here too, he was corrected by his peers that the ‘ashes’ he brought were from Switzerland belonging to another great freedom fighter Mr. Shyamji Krishna Verma, a close friend of Veer Savarkar. This time Mr. Modi when corrected on the facts ‘apologized’, but it was too late!
Get your facts right: Youth Congress workers send Narendra Modi history text books as Diwali gift http://t.co/rngoapH8dq
— Firstpost (@firstpostin) November 6, 2013
The next in line of his speech misadventures was when preaching to the electorate of Bihar, where he declared that Alexandra’s army conquered the world but was defeated by Bihari’s and that Chandragupta belonged to the ‘Gupta Dynasty’. I wonder from where his speech writers took these ‘barren facts’ and put together his political speech, changing the course of history and if these were far-sightedly correct, all our history students were made to read wrong textbooks!.
What does this mean about NaMo?
Has he become an over-hyped media personality ever since he went to the national podium or has he not been a good student of history? Is he making the right moves by spilling venom right and left to whatever comes in his way or he has been turned into a media caricature by none other than his party men (as expected, he has been severely criticized by his political opponents on these slanderous speeches).
The way Modi has been twisting history, won't be surprised if he says the father of Chandragupta Morya was Ganpati Bappa Morya!!!
— Kumar Shah (@trikaya123) November 11, 2013
Mr Modi, as we all know, has emerged from regional politics of Gujarat and through his sheer hard work, political astuteness and vision has impressed upon his ‘masters’ (read: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) to take precedence into national politics. He has certainly impressed upon and to some extend been successful to turn the electorate towards his political vision.
The repercussions of his political speeches of historic blunder could cost his image a significant amount of negativism. The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate has taken the world by storm and all eyes are quite eventfully stuck on him for his next move. His charisma and charismatic personality, not to mention his ferocity to achieve what he wants, has been dually taken cognizance of by not only Indian media, but also foreign institutes and investment think –tanks (Goldman Sachs has predicted that the rule of NDA under the ‘able’ leadership of Mr. Modi, the man with a reformist attitude, would lead the Indian economy back on track) not to mention the virtual world (read: social media sites such as facebook and twitter, of which Mr Modi’s team runs a politically dominating campaign!).
The art of wooing the populace is ingrained in very few political leaders and we have had leaders such as Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who when stood to speak was revered with all ears. His poetic glances towards tardy situations was well accepted by the masses (“Atal hoon but Bihari bhi hoon!” was his stance when he thus spoke). History urgently needs repeat itself to bring forth a leader of Atalji’s caliber who can catapult the nation through his ‘political & historical correct’ facts which show the true genre of a leader in the making!
By Sanjeev Jaggi