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Controversial Man: VK Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released two remembrance monies to mark the death anniversary of Architecture of the Constitution Dr. Bhimrao Babasaheb Ambedkar, though, the Opposition kept up a fierce attack on the NDA government for its silence on certain derogatory remarks made by Union Minister V.K. Singh on Dalits. General Singh had said that “the Central government cannot be blamed if dogs are being stoned somewhere,” when asked to comment on the Faridabad’s deaths. The issue has been raised in Parliament for the last one week, with the Congress and the BSP demanding the Minister’s dismissal. Ahead of UP elections, Dalits issues are the major vote factor for Mayawati and others. While participating in the attack, Behenji said that the latest remarks of [General V.K.] Singh have crossed all limits of decency. It is sad that no head of any constitutional body took notice of his statement and not initiated any action against him. It is a bitter truth that such a communal mindset was displayed, when the Prime Minister made an anti-Muslim remark on the 2002 Gujarat riots in an interview ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,” she said in a strongly worded statement. The controversial “dog analogy” made by Union Minister V.K. Singh in reply to a question on the deaths of Dalit children in Haryana came back to embarrass the government in Parliament, with the Rajya Sabha witnessing repeated adjournments on the issue. Mayawati led the charge by raising objections to the statement; Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress also demanded that the Minister should be sacked for his statement.

When a high profiled person like Retired General of Indian Army and an elected representative of Indian parliament will say that then what to say? He won the parliamentary elections from the votes of the poor, illiterate, including the slum dwellers. He may have acquired some college degrees, worked in a high profile position in Indian Army and have enjoyed all the minutes of his life, but sorry to say that he lacks a human heart and a common sense. Was he elected to Parliament to see people differently? That is why, Opposition parties have been demanding that a Minister like V K Singh, (who) instead of condemning the killing of Dalit children, is making a comparison with dogs. This shameless comment is very bad for the entire country as well as the House. Such a minister should be sacked and they should not even hold power of MP’s.

VK Singh was an ambitious politician, as soon as he left Army after so much of controversy. He joined hands with Anna Hazare supporting ‘India against Corruption’ movement and then gradually joined to BJP to fulfil his political ambition. His image in the army was of an arrogant officer. Subsequent to his retirement from the military, Singh showed support for the anti-corruption movement. He was seen on the stage in August 2012 at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, where Ramdev was fasting in protest of alleged black money and corruption. Singh was reported to have declared that “It is shocking but true that over two lakh farmers have committed suicide since 1995. The problems of farmers will have to take the forefront in this movement as the government has turned a blind eye to their woes.” Around that time he also compared the movement, whose principal figurehead was Anna Hazare, to that of the Bihar Movement that had been led by Jayaprakash Narayan in 1975.

VK Singh led an agitation with Yoga Guru Ramdev on 23 December 2012, at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, on the 2012 Delhi gang rape case. Singh joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 1 March 2014. He won the Ghaziabad (Lok Sabha constituency) seat in the 2014 Indian general election, defeating Raj Babbar of the Indian National Congress by a margin of 567,260 votes.

BJP leaders could not take success in right direction and they have mistaken people’s mandate. It’s not only VK Singh but many others time and again gave controversial and insensitive statements. Need of the hour is that law and order should be restored in every sphere. People were shaken to perceive VK Singh’s statement on killing of two Dalit children in Faridabad. While speaking to a press reporter he said “This incident has nothing to do with the Central government. This is the failure of the state government. If someone throws stones at a dog, the government is not responsible for that.”

After this statement, he was immediately attacked on social media and even in media sector beside leaders from across various political parties have criticised Singh for his “irresponsible” comments and urged PM Narendra Modi to initiate an action against VK Singh and he should be immediately sacked, otherwise, it would mean Modi is supporting and encouraging such comments. However, one should not forgot that V K Singh is a true disciple of his political mentor Narendra Modi, who used puppy analogy to 2002 Gujarat riots in July, 2013. Now, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat treated Dadri lynching as a “small episodes” that “get exaggerated” cannot damage Hindu culture. Surely, this inspired Singh to influence himself for such a casteist ‘crude’ comments.

Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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