While Indian politicians always loved talking nonsense in the past, have you noticed that it is increasing at alarming proportions off late? This is getting starkly exposed on 24X7 TV news channels. Day in and day out, such statements are making the common citizen only hang his head in shame.
Talking off the hat is one thing that cuts across all parties and all ages. But the worrying fact is that they almost always get away scot free.
Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala backed khap panchayats in thinking that girls and boys should be married off at the age of 16. The most objectionable part of this statement is that according to law, the official age is 18.
So if you are asking teenagers to get married at the age of 16, you are basically asking them to break the law.
That’s a serious offence, but those implications were simply brushed aside. All Chautala had to do later was to make a U-turn and deny it after causing much outrage.
Law Minister Salman Khurshid went one step further and invoked gutter snipes in his tirade against activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal and threatened to teach him a lesson. If the Law Minister of a country openly threatens to teach an activist a lesson, then where is the law in the country?
Rahul Gandhi said that 7 out of 10 youths in Punjab were hooked on to drugs. One wonders where he got those figures from. The population of Punjab is close to 2.8 crore so a back of the envelope calculation would lead to the conclusion that there are millions of drug addicts in Punjab. While there may be a drug problem in the state, one can question such large numbers.
He also mysteriously said that the 20th century belonged to Saudi Arabia and India would be the Saudi Arabia of the 21st century. One wonders where he gets his history lessons from. England was the superpower of the first half of the 20th century and America ruled in the second.
Russia was the other superpower and China took that place after the collapse of the former. Saudi Arabia is not even in the 10 largest economies of the world and hasn’t set the world on fire in things like Nobel prizes, literature, science etc. So what did he mean?
The fortunes of Saudi Arabia are ruled by one family. That’s the same case with India. Saudi Arabia is an authoritative regime. The Congress is trying to do the same to India. Is that what he was implying? When you make stupid statements, then it can be open to such interpretations.
In an earlier election rally in UP he had declared that “Haathi sab paisa kha gaya” (The elephant has eaten all the money) referring to the BSP party symbol. If that is the case, why wasn’t the Congress exposing that corruption through a high-level probe? Words said by our politicians have zero accountability.
Last year while berating Kiran Bedi in the Lok Sabha, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav made a lot of sexist and misogynist remarks. Compare that with the way Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave a brilliant speech in Parliament slamming the Leader of the Opposition for being sexist and misogynist. Such a thing is impossible in India.
That’s why policemen and officials boldly say that women shouldn’t wear revealing clothes and stay late out at night to prevent getting molested rather than cracking on the offending men and maintaining law and order.
A former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh threatened to arrest a temple priestess and teach her a lesson for disagreeing with a minister: All this in front of the cameras. Indian politicians have never been so brazen.
The lead is taken by all Congress spokespersons and people like Digvijay Singh speak as they please without any fear of censure. If Digvijay had been in American politics and said even a tenth of what he says here, he would have been sued a hundred times over.
In a case of statements getting more bizarre, a Congress leader said in Haryana said that 90% rapes were consensual.
What do you make of our politicians?
They make all the right noises on the eve of the elections and after that it’s five years of arrogant, threatening, irresponsible and stupid statements.
Right to Recall anyone?
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