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Political gimmicks and no issues

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"It has become imperative for Congress to show such tapes (of hate speeches) to conceal their anti-Sikh acts,"
"It is Congress which should be ashamed for giving party tickets to
people involved in the anti-Sikh riots in which thousands of Sikhs were
killed "


Which world is Maneka Gandhi living in? What era? Which year did she say this in? Her target is obviously only the Punjabi Sikh votebank, though her constituency is in UP. Or is it an attempt to stir up a hornet’s nest and anger the Sikh community? It is so obvious that Maneka Gandhi speaks just about one community, while her son jumps on the bandwagon of another community. This from a young man who is just one – quarter Hindu or perhaps less. It is scary to think that these are the divisive forces which may one day sit in the parliament of this country.

Coming from a person of mixed religious parentage, a statement like "If anyone raises a finger towards Hindus or if someone thinks that
Hindus are weak and leaderless, if someone thinks that these leaders
lick our boots for votes, if anyone raises a finger towards Hindus,
then I swear on Gita that I will cut that
hand."

Is his anger more towards the hand, a symbol of Congress party or the hand that supposedly slays hindus? Considering that he mentioned that hand just a little earlier in the speech, one really wonders, what inside him stirred him to make passionate speeches with little intelligent content?

The events today have amply proved
that these are nothing but political gimmicks. A refusal to apologise,
a strange desire to carry out a ‘jail-bharo’ struggle, and the
encouragement from right wing hindu leaders like Thackeray and Muthalik
just show that the campaign degenerates into an exchange of one-liners.


Political gimmicks like this show that the the election campaign is just a tv show or a road show to carve out an identity for each politician or fulfill his or her wishes. What about the wishes of the people of India? Besides the election is not a ‘wish fulfillment game’. It is not the time to give people things, as most parties do. It is the time to list achievements in the past five years and make an agenda for the next five. It is the time to present a progress report presented to the electorate.

More mudslinging will be witnessed as we move closer to election dates.

The stuff that make my blood curl….that should get every Indian to say :
‘Enough! We do not want to hear political hate speeches. We are here to know what you are going to do about the issues that are affecting the country, the class divide, terrorism, religious fundamentalism, poverty, housing, urban development, environmental degradation….the list is endless. Is there any politician, young or old, who has an innovative plan to tackle these issues and more?

Or are we going to have to witness more hi-voltage dramatic events like the one in a little known town of Pilibhit?’

Written by Karuna

March 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Posted in News and politics

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