File photo of TMC MP Mahua Moitra. (ANI photo)
New Delhi: Growing up in a Punjabi family, it was often said, “Ek chup, sau sukh”. If you want a perfect translation, I think it is closest to the meaning of the English phrase: Silence is Golden.
Honestly, no one fully understood its importance and basic truth until I started covering politics. When politicians often see the many feats of themselves and their party in danger, and their political opponents openly get distracted and make misleading statements, one wonders why politicians do not understand the importance of silence.
Every politician thinks that there should be a mandatory class for what to say and when not to say anything.
All India Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, the new brand ambassador of Foot-in-the-Mouth Syndrome who influences politicians trying to please a section of the people, may be the first student of this class.
After all, she voluntarily fell into a trap from which the BJP would not let her or her party out so easily, set by a news anchor during a program hosted by a channel, when she asserted that she had all the rights. “A person who imagines Kali Devi as a carnivorous and alcoholic goddess”.
Most of the shrewd politicians would have solved any problem in this regard by staying away from the controversy of the filmmaker who portrayed Goddess Kali while walking the streets of Toronto. But Moitra, eager to live up to the standards set by the country’s liberals, decided to do something about it.
She could be right about what she said. But, she was definitely not politically correct. So much so that even the leadership of her party had to issue a statement different from her statement.
As expected, she refused to back down and / or remain silent. Trying to drag the BJP into it, she took herself even deeper into the abyss of controversy. It did not take long for the BJP, which was waiting for her courage, to capture her and the Trinamool Congress.
But, Moitra was not alone. She can’t be dragged into a soon-to-be-quiet-to-long-even-of-course-of-herself-an-unnecessary-debate-club, and she has the backing of fellow Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor. Those who rule over the language of the Maharani – at least in Parliament, tweeted this learned Congress leader. His support to Moitra. And then came the inevitable onslaught of trolls, who dragged their party, Congress, into the fray and dragged them out. Parties to keep themselves away.
Only Tharoor and Moitra want a lesson on why it is important for politicians not to express their views on every separatist issue, which can be effectively used by their opponents to create divisions between them and the electorate. Of the majority community. There are many others like him.
In these difficult times, when journalists and fact-findingers are being arrested on specific charges, one should actually laugh out of the courtroom, for the opposition leaders not to fall into the trap of Hindutva or nationalism. Doing so can give easy access to the Narendra Modi government, which helps divert attention from the real issues that need to be addressed.
The next time Moitra and others like her decide to speak on Twitter to please their followers, they will help their own cause by remembering that today, when the entire prime time debate is centered on Moitra’s statement, it could be a big issue. The price of domestic LPG (14.2 kg) per cylinder is Rs. The level of 1050 has been crossed or the unemployment rate in India has reached 7.8 per cent in June, while the rural unemployment rate has gone up to 8.03 per cent.
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