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Khurshid not fit as an External Affairs Minister

As the Lok Sabha elections are approaching, personal attacks by leaders have also increased. A day after Salman Khurshid launched a direct attack on Narendra Modi, the Union Minister stands by his comment and again on Wednesday, he calls Modi politically ‘impotent’. Can we call it a decent language when it comes from Salman Khurshid, a Foreign Minister and senior Congress leader? Look at the rowdy mindset of these representatives, one is calling Modi impotent whereas others want to crush the electronic media. These immature leaders are giving comments when their uncrowned prince wants to empower the people and women in particular, with various laws and rights which he forgot to provide in last 10 years.

Meanwhile, after Khurshid’s jibe, the Opposition came out to defend its PM nominee, launching a direct attack on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. Khurshid said, some people came, attacked and went, and Modi government couldn’t protect. Is he not a strong man? He further stated, we don’t accuse you (Modi) of killing people… Hamara aarop hai ki tum napunsak ho. (Our accusation is that you are impotent). You couldn’t stop the killers,” he added. Napunsak is a term used for impotent men in Hindi. Modi can be the PM of India, but Muslims should not vote for him. These kinds of ridiculous utterances would have been avoided by senior leaders. It is sad that present politicians never make comments on what they will contribute to the country if they are elected, instead of commenting like primary school kids on the other peoliticians. It is strange that people holding high Government office should stoop so low to attack opposition leaders in such uncivilised language. And that too people who claim to have been educated in Harvard/Oxford, St. Stephens & Doon schools. Is this the Congress party which claims the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and other leaders who fought for country’s independence?

On the other hand, Rajnath Singh apologised for 2002 Gujarat riots but at this crucial stage, seeking apology is not going to favour his party. BJP president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday sought to bridge a trust deficit between his party and Muslims by saying that he was ready to apologise for any mistakes committed by the party in the past and urged the community to give the saffron outfit at least one chance. Singh’s remarks immediately sparked speculation that the BJP chief was referring to events like the 2002 Gujarat riots or Babri Masjid demolition. He told Muslims, “try us once. If we don’t come up to your expectations, don’t look at us ever again,” at the event ‘Modi for PM – Mission 272+ – Role of Muslims’. Though BJP leaders said Singh’s remarks did not amount to acceptance of culpability for the Gujarat riots and pointed out that the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was exonerated by the courts, the outreach did generate ripples in political circles. On a similar note, but in less dramatic terms, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley said BJP had been pleasantly surprised by the success of minority candidates fielded by it in states like Goa and Rajasthan. He said BJP stressed the principles of equality and security for all citizens.

Is there any Muslim leader ready to apologise for the systematic massacre of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits and the exiling of lakhs of them? Or, was that as usual “a conspiracy by cunning Hindus to make peaceful Muslims look bad”? Or maybe we will hear a sanctimonious “doesn’t attack an entire community for the actions of a few misguided souls”? Funny how these arguments were never allowed for Hindus! We should also wonder why those lakhs of Kashmiri pundits in exile for decades due to religious persecution never get a mention, while we are constantly bombarded with news of a relatively tiny number of Muslims in Muzaffarnagar refugee camps, caused by mutual fighting.

Is this general apology needed at all, when the courts have given clearance and termed it as ‘false allegations’? It only shows the magnanimity and their concern for all people of the country. Congress has a lot of questions to answer. The Gujarat riot has happened because of the train burnt at Godhra. No person is bold enough to burn a train. Who backed them and gave them the courage to burn a train? Who benefited from it? When the riots broke out, Modi rightly ordered to open a control room in his office to control the riot. He requested the army’s help and within 24 hours, the army reached Gujarat. He also asked the Congress governments in Maharashtra and MP to send reinforcement. The Maharashtra government sent the police force after 3 days. Then Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh refused to send the Police force to the neighbouring state. Under which circumstances, he refused to send the police force to Gujarat? By this, the main mistakes were done by the Congress CMs and now they are blaming Modi for not handling the riot properly.

It is very sad that Congress and its ministers are making character assassination. One should fight elections by highlighting the achievements of their party. From this comment, it is very clear that Salman Khurshid does not have anything to say about Congress’s achievements. He is unfit to be an external affairs minister. Not only BJP, all other political parties should condemn Salman Khurshid’s comment made on Modi. Election Commissioner must ensure that these types of comments are not permitted and strict action should be taken on the political parties which are stooping down to this level.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 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 caters to her freelance jobs.

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