The practice of expressing feelings, beliefs, or virtues, one does not hold or possess is defined as ‘Hypocrisy‘! Indians have become so accustomed to political exaggerations, that we are not offended at ‘specific lies’. This hypocrisy has largely affected our faith in the basic fabric of the country.
Many of us got swayed with the jingoism in 2013-14, that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spread as sole custodians of Nationalism. Clubbed with the promises of ‘Development’ and ‘Inclusive Governance’, the BJP managed to win the votes of the people, by getting a simple majority of 282 out of 543 seats in the lower house of Parliament.
Various segments of the society voted for Narendra Modi, who became a synonymous name with the BJP. Infact back then, many were also of the opinion, that even if BJP would have given a ticket to a ‘stone‘, he/she would have blindly assembled votes in the name of ‘Modi Wave’.
But where do we stand now after 4.5 years in 2018?
It may not be practical to expect any political party to fulfil 100% of their poll promises. But this time the country has been misled into acute disappointment, especially with the glaring hypocrisy spread by the current ruling government, that stares right into our face, and YES……We are not even offended…!
8-cases where BJP claims to be holier than thou,
But implies exactly the opposite with their actions
1. JPC Enquiry – Rafale Deal:
Let’s start with the current fiasco over the Rafale deal which has been a burning issue for the opposition. The Congress pointed out the mention of a non-existent CAG report in the Supreme Court’s Friday order. The government was then forced to submit an affidavit, stating a “typo-error” which the Supreme Court perhaps misunderstood.
The Congress party was never a petitioner to the said verdict and has always demanded a JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee) to preside over the said case. Attacking the Congress’s demand for a JPC investigation into the Rafale deal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday, that a JPC could not go into the “correctness or otherwise” of a Supreme Court verdict. He quoted:
“The court conducts a judicial review; it is a non-partisan, independent and fair constitutional authority. The court’s verdict is final. It can’t be reviewed by anyone except by the court itself. How can a parliamentary committee go into the correctness or otherwise to what the court has said? Is a committee of politicians both legally and in terms of human resources capable of reviewing issues already decided by the Supreme Court?”
Now, this is the same Arun Jaitley, who in an interview to the Indian Express in January 2011, had strongly backed the need for a JPC, that could unravel the role of powerbrokers in 2G scam.
“Congress does not believe in SC”, says PM Modi. Wrong.
Congress believes in SC, but Congress does not believe in misleading SC.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) December 17, 2018
2. Dynasty Politics:
PM Modi never misses a single opportunity to criticise the Gandhi family or Congress as a whole for Dynasty Politics. Modi even wants people to focus solely on this jibe, overlooking all his failures, and the poll promises that the government has not been able to deliver.
A detailed report was put out by khabarbar.com giving a state-wise break of prominent leaders of the BJP who too, practice Dynasty Politics. To name a few:
- Ravi Shankar Prasad is the son of Thakur Prasad, who was a cabinet minister and President of Bihar state unit of Bharatiya Jan Sangh
- Arun Jaitley is the son-in-law of former Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Girdhari Lal Dogra
Dynasty Politics was dominated by the BJP during the recent Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, with tickets given to over 40 candidates – either sons, daughters, wives or relatives of former MPs, MLAs or senior party functionaries in the state.
मेरे सुपुत्र चिरंजीव आकाश को इंदौर क्षेत्र क्र. 3 से टिकट देकर माँ स्वरूप भारतीय जनता पार्टी ने असीम स्नेहाशीर्वाद दिया है
मुझे पूर्ण विश्वास है कि इंदौर की जनता का भी उतना ही स्नेह और आशीर्वाद आकाश को मिलेगा, और पार्टी का परचम आकाश तक लहराकर आकाश सबकी अपेक्षाओं पर खरे उतरेंगे
— Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) November 8, 2018
Read Other BJP Dynasty Names in the Report Below:
3. Beef Politics:
The gaumata or the holy cow plays an important role in the politics of the BJP. The states of Uttar Pradesh under Yogi Adityanath and Rajasthan under Vasundhara Raje, have witnessed several mindless killings of people who were suspected of transporting cows or being in possession of beef.
In a recent Bulandshahr city violence incident, where a police inspector were mercilessly killed, Adityanath instructed his team to focus on arresting the persons who were suspected of cow trade, however, did not utter a word on investigating the murder of the officer who died in the cow vigilantism.
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Although, the cow ain’t holy for the same BJP when it comes to poll bound states dominated by beef-eaters. Cow slaughter and Beef consumption is not banned in the states of Kerala, West Bengal, Goa, or North-eastern states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim and Manipur. In May 2015, Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju had openly questioned the farce of the BJP government on eating beef. While stating that ‘he too ate beef’, Rijiju had indicated that each others’ practices must be respected.
However, Rijiju was compelled to retract his statement immediately the next day by stating that he had given a hypothetical example of himself, that he was from Arunachal Pradesh and if he had a particular food habit, no one could stop him.
4. Investigations on Robert Vadra:
When you hear news channels flashing ‘ED raids Robert Vadra’, you realise some State or National elections are near! While this portal in no way questions the enquiries into any such cases, the timing of the same makes it laughable. The raids on Vadra were back in the news just before the Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana polls and we shall be hearing about him more often, at least till May 2019!
What is astonishing on the other hand, is another alleged scam case of Gurgaon-NCR which is linked to BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal, that has missed the eyes of the investigation agencies and the so called ‘media vultures’.
A Gurgaon-based real estate firm, IREO Group, has been accused of defrauding its investors of over a billion dollars (roughly Rs. 10,000 crore) – but not a single government agency has taken action. Two investors, US-based Axon Capital and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation have filed for fraud against the firm and its Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Lalit Goyal, who is the brother-in-law of Mittal.
In another report done by khabarbar.com, on one hand the Yogi government has been assuring home buyers of justice (who are duped in the Amrapali real estate directors’ scam of Rs. 3000 crores). Incidentally the lawyer representing the alleged frauds is none other than Gaurav Bhatia, National Spokesperson of the BJP.
5. Women Empowerment – Beti Bachao Beti Padhao:
BJP’s two-faced approach on Triple Talaq and Sabarimala, is nothing short of a Gender Justice doublespeak. The BJP is all willing to champion the rights of Muslim women by tabling the Triple Talaq bill in the Parliament today, but is far less concerned about the rights of Hindu women. It’s not a question of gender parity at all, but of “my patriarchy is better than your patriarchy”.
RIP Uniform Civil Code (UCC)!
In other recent cases of crime/rape against children/girls/women especially in the BJP ruled states, we did not hear a single comment promptly from anyone spearheading the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaigns.
The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, Asifa, in Indian-administered Kashmir had put the restive state on edge in April this year. In the face of widespread public criticism of the Prime Minister’s silence for several days, [in the rape case of Asifa where policemen were involved & another case where a local BJP politician was involved in the rape of a girl and murdering her father in Unnao, UP], Modi had merely condemned the incidents by saying, justice would be done.
In another shocker last month, Haryana’s Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, even seemed to justify the rape incidents with a deplorable logic.
6. Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas :
In February 2014, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, had called for the inclusion of the Muslim Community into the mainstream for holistic development of the state and country. He had pronounced mottos of security, equality, prosperity and equity for taking forward all the communities.
However, after becoming the Prime Minister of India, Modi has not raised any objection when his BJP ruled states have gone on a name changing spree for several places named on Mughal origins.
Uttar Pradesh government recently renamed Allahabad, one of Uttar Pradesh’s larger cities, as Prayagraj, which according to folklore is the spot where the four-faced Hindu creator god Brahma offered his first sacrifice after making the world.
The nearby Mughalserai (Mughal Hostelry) railway station, one of north India’s busiest, has been changed to Deendyal Upadhya Station. Deendyal was an associate of the ultra-Hindu right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Just before the Rajasthan Assembly elections, the Union Home Ministry, acting on the proposal of the Rajasthan government led by Vasundhara Raje, had approved the change of the Muslim names of eight villages.
- Miyon ka Bara’ to ‘Mahesh Nagar’
- ‘Islampur’ to ‘Pichanva Khurd’
- ‘Salemabad’ to ‘Shri Nimbark Teerth’
- ‘Mandfiya’ to ‘Sanwaliyaji’
- ‘Navabpura’ to ‘Nai Sarthal’
- ‘Mohammadpur’ to ‘Medikh Kheda’
- ‘Rampura Ajampur’ to ‘Sitaramji’
The former Rajasthan government had even sent a proposal to the Union Home Ministry to change the names of 27 such villages.
7. Farmer Suicides:
In 2013, Narendra Modi had projected himself as the leader for the farmers, assuring them that he would work together to make the ‘agriculture sector shine.’
Told farmers that committing suicide is no solution. Assured them that together we will improve things & make our agriculture sector shine.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 20, 2014
However, as a Prime Minister, Narendra Modi seems to be completely detached from the woes of the agrarian distress. Sending out a stern message to PM and his government, close to one lakh farmers from across the country converged on 30th November at the historic Ramlila Ground. The main slogan included ,
“Ayodhya nahi, karz maafi chahiye” (We don’t want Ram Temple, we just want relief from loans).
While the Prime Minister did not meet with the farmer addressing their concerns, he specially flew down from Rajasthan to attend the reception of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas on 4th December in Delhi. This was also immediately, after the riots had broken out in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh.
The social media users could not help but call out this hypocrisy of speaking one language from the dias of election campaigns and turning a blind eye towards the empathy of the farmers.
Here’s a picture of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at the #NickYankaReception this evening. PM Modi was, meanwhile, busy listening to the problems of farmers and paying his respects to the family of Inspector Subodh Kumar who was murdered by the sangh in Bulandshahr, UP. pic.twitter.com/40J7CRDwiw
— Saket Gokhale (@SaketGokhale) December 4, 2018
He dint attend farmers protest. Maybe he thinks PC is a farmer.
— John Shannel (@jjshannel) December 4, 2018
— Yuva Desh (@yuvadesh) December 4, 2018
8. HARVARD V/S HARD WORK
While campaigning in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, PM Modi had mocked world’s top universities, by citing the latest GDP figures. He then said,
“Well-known intellectuals from Harvard and Oxford (universities), who have been at key positions in the Indian economic system, had said the GDP would go down by two per cent, some others said it would go down by four per cent.”
Somewhere, Modi had also indicated that people who boasted of studying abroad were ‘incapable’ and juxtaposed it with people who studied in India were the only ones who did ‘hard work’. We list some of the children of BJP stalwarts who have educated or sent their children abroad for higher education.
- Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation and son of a former FM cum BJP Leader, Yashwant Sinha, has an MBA from Harvard
2. Aditi Prasad, daughter of Ravi Shankar Prasad, is studying in MIT Boston
3. Dhruv Goyal, son of Piyush Goyal has done his graduation from the Harvard University, USA
— Dhruv Goyal (@dhruvgoyal_1) May 5, 2014
4. Apoorva Javadekar son of Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, is studying Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University, USA
5. Bansuri Swaraj, daughter of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, did her graduation from Oxford University and a Barrister from Inner Temple.
6. Ameya Prabhu, Son of Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister of India, pursued BS in Economics and Politics from Warwick University. He also holds Masters degree in Financial Management from IE Business School, Madrid – Spain.
However, Modi’s remarks had snubbed the top US University and it responded with an apt analysis on demonetisation.
The analytical article published on Harvard Business Review (HBR), titled Early Lessons from India’s Demonetisation Experiment, discussed the chaos caused by the move which wiped out 86 per cent of total cash in circulation from the country.
“HYPOCRISY IS NOTHING,
…..BUT THE MASKS WE CHOOSE TO WEAR”
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