“Some people came, attacked and went, and you couldn’t protect. Are you not a strong man?,” the senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid asked indirectly to Mr Narendra Modi. “We don’t accuse you of killing people… Hamara aarop hai ki tum ‘napunsak’ (impotent) ho. You couldn’t stop the killers.” ‘Napunsak’ is a term used for impotent men in Hindi. The country, and might be the world at large wonders where are we heading for in this acrimonious ugly debate.
Unfortunately, in this Hammam most of the politicians have shown the same attitude. Many of them are naked. BJP should also note that public memory is not weak. Dr Manmohan Singh has been called a “Shikhandi” by Yashwant Sinha. The PM has also been called “nikamma” by LK Advani once.
Our leaders, the so called custodians of Indic Culture and Civilization, are regularly spewing the provocative demeaning blathers just to impart force to their argument as the circus of democracy shifting the swings. Salman Khurshid, the erudite sophisticated Foreign Minister of India, is well known to push the bar of indecency to unknown heights with his lexicon. Not long ago, he had called Narendra Modi a frog. “ Salman Khurshid is a cockroach,” a quick retort was made by BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi. Then Ghulam Nabi Azad had taken up the cudgels on behalf of Congress in Fish Market politics – Modi is a “gangu teli” enlightened the Health Minister. At this juncture how could Narendra Modi have thrown up the sponge? He called Sonia Gandhi “Pasta ben” and Rahul Gandhi “a Jersey cow.”
Profanity has many synonyms. They call it foul language, strong language, bad language, cursing, vulgarity and expletives. It is the big shame of the nation that our leaders are competing with one another for foul language in this theatre of the absurd. Offensive and strongly impolite use of words reflects the back ground and society of the user. “Josh men hosh naheen khona chahiye.” One should never lose the sense and sense of proportion under the most intense emotional spell. Politics is a profession of civilized intellectuals and not the play fields of rude, obscene and obnoxious behavior. If you can’t behave yourself, please leave this field.
We know that great leaders frequently have had feet of clay. Many great personalities of world have been lampooned – a fair game of criticism.
Famous American politician and prominent lawyer William Duane addressed George Washington with these words:
“If you could for a short time….
Condescend to that state of humility, in which you might hear the real sentiments of your fellow citizens ..
you would save the wreck of character now crumbling to pieces under the tempest of universal irritation not to be resisted.”
The Earl of Rochester wrote about King Charles II.
“Here lies our mutton loving King
Whose word no man relies on.
Who never said a foolish thing,
And never did a wise one.”
But our politicians are taking it (name-calling) to the extreme ?
By Naim Naqvi