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EPISODE – XIV
TOPIC:Hollow, lowly ‘gag’
BLOG: THE STATESMAN
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There is decidedly more vice than virtue (behavior showing high moral standards) to the BJP telling its MPs to keep their lips zipped on the “intolerance” (unwillingness to accept views or beliefs) controversy (prolonged public disagreement or heated discussion). It merits recalling the cliché (a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays the lack of original thought) about adding insult to injury (adding insult to the injury is an idiom meaning, when you feel that someone has made a bad situation worse by doing something else to upset you). The objective, as spelt out by the parliamentary affairs minister, is devoid (entirely lacking or free from) of principle. It is limited to not provoking (stimulate or give rise to, in other words it means to instigate someone) the Opposition into blocking a string of Bills aimed at pushing the government’s agenda of economic reform: with particular emphasis on the GST movement in the Rajya Sabha, where the numbers do not crunch in favour of the NDA. The government is aware that its desperate attempt to achieve an arrangement with the Congress on the GST could easily flounder (struggle mentally, be in serious difficulty) should any of the several “saffron motor-mouths” in Parliament activate their re-wind buttons. The “gag” does not apply to what is stated beyond Sansad Sadan, and the party has no lack of voluble but narrow-minded acolytes (an assistant or follower) to “push” the intolerance agenda in the larger public space.
There would appear to be a cynical (believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest) mismatch between the lofty (a room or space having roof for accommodation) perch (alight or rest on something) from which the Prime Minister (to a lesser extent the home minister) has been speaking in Parliament and the viciousness (intentionally harmful or nasty) of what the foot-soldiers have been thundering (extremely great, severe or impressive) : Venkaiah Naidiu aimed no higher than trying to paper over that stark “gap”, avert (turn away, prevent) a hollow echo to the platitudes. Critics of the parivaar, and their number is legion (a vast number of people or things), would perceive the gag as another example of the political double-speak of which the BJP has made a fine art. As confirmed by Rajnath Singh skirting (attempt to ignore, avoid dealing with) demands in the Lok Sabha for evidence of the fringe-elements (edge, border, or a small group of people who have to express their ideas or opinion) having been disciplined. If the top two men in government are not empowered (give the authority or power to do something) to bring their “black sheep” to book then their charge of the previous Prime Minister having been under remote-control will return to haunt (a place frequented by a specified person, appear in, materialize in) them.
Nobody expected the treasury benches to commit political hara-kiri and not counter the assault (a physical attack) from the Opposition in Parliament. Yet it was palpable (able to be touched or felt) that the BJP remains utterly insensitive to the concerns of both sections of the intelligentsia and the minorities. Rather than authenticate their contention that the dissent (disagreement or dispute) was “manufactured”, BJP speakers offered skewed (suddenly change direction or position) precedents from history in defence of recent “developments” that have the nation worried. There is a “world” beyond electoral politics and an Opposition cock-a-hoop after the Bihar polls: alas the present government and its henchmen are oblivious to it. Yet it is the protection of that world which forms the basis of so many of the provisions of the Constitution to which much tribute (praise, commendation) has been paid in recent days. The Founding Fathers and Dr Ambedkar had exhibited a vision that was not coloured by electoral verdicts: NDA-II is not inclined to thus “open” its eyes -as Vajpayee had done.
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