Stooping to conquer

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/10/2019 12:47:51 PM IST

 Every rational person of any established religion restrains from speaking ill against any dead person since it is frowned upon except unless it is just a reference if such a person was a convicted criminal. Nonetheless , in general, the living do not speak ill of the dead. However, when prime minister Narendra Modi attacked Rahul and dragged the latter’s father late Rajiv by calling the former prime minister as Corrupt No.1, it was the worst low in campaign history. In that speech, Modi referred to Rahul Gandhi and said, “Your father was termed ‘Mr Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ”Bhrashtachari No 1” (corrupt number 1).” This hitting below the belt also shocked other regional party leaders such as –Mamata(TMC), Akhilesh(SP), Mayawati(BSP), and Kejriwal(AAP), who have condemned Modi’s slur against the memory of a the former Indian prime minister martyred by the now defunct terror organisation the LTTE. Even Karnataka BJP leader and former union minister Srinivasa Prasad had condemned the remark. Prasad told ANI that even though he respected Narendra Modi, he did not agree with the PM’s remarks targeting Rajiv Gandhi. Prasad said late Rajiv did not die after being held guilty of corruption and that he did not believe it nor did others. Former Congress union minister P.C.Chidambaram , in his tweet asked Modi whether he is aware that the charge against Mr Rajiv Gandhi was thrown out by the High Court, Delhi as completely baseless and that a BJP government decided not to file an appeal to the SC against the HC judgment?. Unlike the BJP under Modi, the BJP under late Atal Behari Vajpayee or L.K.Advani adhered to the principle of decency in public speech. In 2017 in parliament, Modi swayed fellow BJP parliamentarian, through insult and personal abuses, most notably among them were the infamous “Kutto ki parampara (tradition of dogs)” and the “raincoat in bathroom” jibe at the former PM Manmohan Singh. Global writers’ body PEN International, while releasing its annual “Freedom of Expression Report” at the end of its 84th Congress held in Pune between September 25 and 29, 2018 said that the “climate for free expression has severely deteriorated in India in the last few years” under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government. In 2014 when hate speeches from various BJP functionaries including ministers sparked outrage, many in India and abroad had expected Modi to speak out and rein in his party members. However he remained silent and India’s corporate media acting as apologists for Modi, was justified his silence as by arguing that Modi cannot be speaking on every stray incident amidst his enormous work schedule. However Modi’s surprising but deafening silence in reality, prove to be an assent which was confirmed in his campaign speeches during 2018 and particularly the ongoing Lok Sabha election. Therefore, if the chief says nothing against hate speeches made by his team members, then it is concluded that he agrees with them. The Election Commission of India(ECI) has given Modi the longest rope and consistently refused to issue notice for violation of Model Code of Conduct. This has led Congress MP Sushmita Dev to approach the Supreme Court against the ECI for its alleged arbitrariness in giving Modi clean chits. Modi ought to know that he has the weight of decency, dignity and civility to maintain through his speeches as the Prime Minister of India.

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