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EditorialRahul and bootlickers have hit the national pride

Rahul and bootlickers have hit the national pride


Rahul and bootlickers have hit the national pride

If there is any place on earth for misusing brutally the freedom of expression guaranteed constitutionally, it is democratic . Not Indians but people over have clear perception that in India one can cross any limit or stoop too low and yet get scot free.

The recent examples are AAP's Arvind Kejriwal, Congress's Sanjay Nirupam and then followed by Nehru-Indira scion Rahul, Kapil Sibbal and Surjewala and many more who commented cheap on the Army's surgical strike against terrorists on launch pads in PoK.

The worst came from the reprehensible statement of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ‘hiding behind the blood of jawans' and doing ‘dalali' (cashing in) on the sacrifice of soldiers, and the blind of it by the likes of Kapil Sibal and Randeep Singh Surjewala is any indication the Congress party has not learnt any lessons from the crushing defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. One would recall that his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi's ‘zehar ki kheti'(sowing seeds of poison) comment for Modi during the 2014 campaign and her ‘maut ka saudagar' jibe (also directed against him) in the run-up to the 2007 assembly polls had caused deep revulsion in people that contributed to the Congress party's rout. If Rahul felt that the BJP was unfairly exploiting the army's ‘surgical strikes' on terror camps in Pak-occupied for electoral ends he could have put it in a more civilized language with strong arguments.

Indeed, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family does not have a reputation for propriety and good sense but even by his own standards he has stooped too low knowing that his party bigwigs will back him up for fear of losing their convenient perches. Sycophancy has for long been a dominant instinct of Congressmen but that they would seek to drag the office of prime minister into mud deserves to be condemned in no uncertain terms.

Ironically, both Rahul and Sonia Gandhi had congratulated the Indian army soon after the ‘surgical strikes'. For Rahul to now speak with such venom about Prime Minister Modi without whose explicit sanction the strikes could not have taken place betrays a sense of panic that the people would reward Modi and the BJP in the impending elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab for the firm and decisive direction given by him in national interest. Apparently, Rahul, who was on an election tour of U.P. for a month was disappointed and panicky that the gains he had made through mass contact would be wiped out in the face of the credit that Modi was getting from people at large. But neither his own intemperate language nor the words of his minions can be even remotely justified. Rahul, for whom immature statements are not unusual, could have backtracked and recovered some lost ground, but he chose not

Kapil Sibal's below-the-belt hits, claiming that the BJP had created Jaish-e-Mohammed (by releasing Masood Azhar when the lives of 176 hijacked passengers of an Indian Airlines plane were endangered by a hijack) and his statement that BJP chief Amit Shah was not qualified to comment because he had been jailed for several months in a case (he had ultimately been cleared honourably), smacked of a desperate defence which had weak legs to stand on. It is indeed time the Congress party realizes that it is causing itself grave damage. This way it will not get anywhere in its quest for return to power in 2019 which appears more and more an unrealizable dream.


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