Audacity thy name is Modi
Where is the question of any remorse?
If there is one word that describes our respected Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, it is “Brash.” He deliberately and pointedly insulted former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 7 in his reply to the Presidential address and instead of feeling contrite was cocky enough to say on the floor of the Rajya Sabha that “We have the ability to pay back in the same coin. If anyone speaks like this, he should also be ready to face the consequences.”
The Prime Minister was obviously referring to Dr Manmohan Singh’s speech in the Rajya Sabha on November 24 in the presence of Modi when Singh described demonetization as a “monumental mismanagement.” The former Prime Minister had pointedly asked the Prime Minister to name one country where people have been disallowed from withdrawing their money from the banks. That day Modi sat silently and after the speech when up to Dr Singh shook his hands and left the House. He obviously had not prepared his counter then and therefore chose to postpone the retort for another day.
He was so arrogant and rude, disallowing CPM leader Sitaram Yechury and JD-U leader Sharad Yadav an intervention they had a legitimate right to, that Chairman Hamid Ansari had to make a critical comment on the Prime Minister’s conduct. The Chairman said, “I have watched with much distress what has happened this afternoon in the House…I think the normal practice, to my understanding, has been that when a speaker has the floor and somebody wishes to intervene, the person speaking concedes….Today different people wanted to intervene somewhere. The honourable speaker, at that moment of time did not concede…You can draw conclusions as to why it was not conceded, whether it was in keeping with parliamentary etiquette, etc, etc….”
The man is also audacious and blase. He had the gumption the other day to say in the Lok Sabha that “Mere saath zulm hua hai(I am a victim of tyranny.)”
So Mr Modi, who forced at least 125 poor and invalid people all over the country to die standing in ATM and bank queues for more than 90 days now, is a victim and we the poor who stood for hours endlessely day after day returning the next day again facing early morning chill or staying up outside banks in a cold night vigil subjected to unmentionable torture, to draw our money from the banks and ATMs, are tyrants.
And his mocking the victims of his pettiness to spite his political opponents, did not end at this. He dismissed all the sufferings we are still undergoing, as just a matter of a fortnight or so. He said this on the 90th day of Demonetisation of currency notes of 500 and 1000 value.
One thing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) seems to have really trained our Prime Minister well in, is brazenness. Be Blasé and aggressive whenever you confront your opponent. Your ability to out shout your opponent will help in papering over Truth and facts. That’s what the Sanghis from Arnab Goswami to Sudhir Chowdhry to Subhash Chandra to Rajat Sharma and you name any of them, has thoroughly imbibed.
That is why even after it is now amply evident that there is quid pro in Sahara Shri Subrat Roy roaming around freely supposedly released by the Supreme Court of India on a parole for a fortnight way back in May last year, even after his Minister of State for Home affairs Kiren Rijiju was caught recently with his pants down in the stone minining and transporting scam of his home state Arunachal Pradesh, he had the gumption to call his political rivals scamsters, first in election speeches and now in Parliament.
The 16th Lok Sabha has already completed more than half its term and by implication Modi too. He has to go to fresh elections about the same time two years hence. In his 2014 election campaign he made tall claims about rooting out corruption and putting the corrupt to jail. I remember even after becoming the Prime Minister he had in one of his first speeches in Parliament promised to get all the corruption allegations against politicians probed thoroughly and either put them behind bars, unmindful of the party they belonged to including his own, or else ensure restoration of their dignity and integrity. He said this in the context of how Lalu Prasad had been disenfranchised by the courts. Everyone, including Lalu, welcomed it.
If as Modi keeps insinuating through blatant accusations to subtle innuendos, his political opponents are scamsters, what has prevented him from putting Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Robert Vadra, Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and Mamta Banerjee behind bars? Why his tall claim has failed to materialize. And if he is unable to find anything to nail them down, he better shut his trap and instead apologise to them for besmirching their name and also to the nation for deliberately and willfully misleading them.
But that will never be for Modi is Modi.