Bengaluru (Aryavarth): BJP has been known for rhetoric, debates and actively asking questions. These were the key differentiators between Congress and BJP. The biggest fault that the BJP and its coterie of NDA allies could find in erstwhile PM, Dr Manmohan Singh was that he spoke little. From calling him names to making memes on Dr Singh, BJP left no stone unturned. They went on to support a biographic on him and labelled Dr Singh as the “Accidental Prime Minister”.
Come circa 2020, six-year in power, PM Modi has not held a single press conference with the journalists, the scripted ones where he spoke about his love for mangoes with Akshay Kumar, don’t count in the league of Press conferences. Contrast this with Dr Singh, who was never afraid of talking to the media and instead interacted with the press very regularly.
A good PM leads the country from the front, and its populace has a right to ask tough questions to keep the power in check. In the case of PM Modi, any tough questions posed to him are seen as a national insult, and the person is trolled on social media. Then his cabinet colleagues, start tweeting about the abuses that have been hurled at the nation. In the latest case, none other than Dr Subramanyam Swamy has been trolled on social media, he has pinned the blame on IT cell of BJP and asked for action against Amit Malviya.
With 42 lakh people infected, over 60,000 dead and 23 % drop in GDP, the media has the right to ask PM Modi on what went wrong. In true nationalism, every journalist has the right to ask PM Modi, and he should be brave enough to answer them as his friend Donald Trump, the President of the US does.
The right to speech and question without being fearful of governments caged parrots is a fundamental right in any democracy. I hope the BJP party realises this; sadly, such a great party has got reduced to just two leaders, Mr Amit Shah and PM Modi. The way Arnab shouted on his TV channel recently against Sanjay Raut, has set a new low in the world of news anchoring, it was uncouth and gross. Is this what we are teaching our kids, shout and hurl threats at political leaders. If your kids are watching some of these 120-decibel news anchors, don’t be surprised if your kids start yelling at your neighbours, teachers and finally you.
In many ways, the weak, meek, silent and “Accidental PM” Dr Singh was much better than our Braveheart PM Modi; people could question and get an answer, without being labelled as anti-national.