Q – Questions | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z
It was just yesterday when I was discussing the issue of political candidates switching sides and today we witnessed two such cases. Both motivated by opportunism – one was a historic moment when two major rivals, for the past 25 years, decided to share the same stage, however reluctantly. The second just taught me a lesson. Till noon I was backing a move and had so much respect that someone took a stand against harassment and decided to value her dignity and ultimately quit.
By 1 pm, I was heartbroken when the same person joined another party whose history is only of harassment and hooliganism. They continue to harass women on a daily basis and flash it proudly across their badges. But nobody would dare to question the dignity and ideology that shifted base in a mere 12 hours. Let’s not digress!
The biggest motivation behind me choosing this theme was that this was the first time in the history of independent India that a Prime Minister has not held an open press conference i.e. simply means no direct hard questions were put across.
We all know what kind of tough questions are really being put across.
PSU after PSU is sinking while the PM’s picture is flashed across marketing campaigns of private firms. When the anchors and the ruling party brazenly highlight that the PM works for 18 hours a day, does that mean he isn’t accountable or does that mean we can’t question him?
He won’t appear on platforms, which are ready to put across those questions. The last time when that happened, I don’t want to write this, but he took a sip of water and simply ran away. If he was a man of what he claims to be he should have sat out the entire duration and should have answered, irrespective of how uncomfortable the questions were.
The ones on which he decides to appear are such outright cowards. I don’t take sides but honestly, I must say that dynast had the spine to appear against their so-called pseudo spokesperson. He knew he would be blasted with tough questions and given how his IQ is perceived nobody would be kind to him but to his credit, he still appeared. Did the same jingoist anchor put across the questions with equal ferociousness to the PM? I guess we know the answer.
It is like appearing for an exam for which you already know all the questions and ironically all the answers…since they too are prepared. The PM just has to get ready…appear…and enact or I should say act. The opposition leader might be dumb but dumber are those who are putting these pathetic dolly questions to the PM when the country is reeling under so many issues. And even dumber are those who still believe that these are fair questions and answers session.
I was taught, ‘Democracy is for the people, by the people, and of the people’ but when you taking away the power of putting across people’s questions and issues then you are literally cutting the people out of democracy and voting just becomes a sham.
They say not to question the supreme authority. Consider the scenario when you are working in a team in your company and every member has chosen a particular member to be their team leader. Now working on a project nobody was involved in the decision-making and later the project fails. Don’t we get disgruntled and try to pose the question as to why it happened or do you go to the company next to your office and ask them why it happened?
If somehow the project gets executed and reaches its desirable goal with the hard work of each and every member but when it comes to getting recognition, the team leader decides to hog all the limelight and tries to convince that it was all due to his decision-making that the team achieved the results. What would be your state? I am sure every one of us working in corporate has faced this kind of a scenario. Don’t we feel extremely gutted?
So if the project fails no questions should be asked and no accountability should be fixed but if it succeeds then it is just a masterstroke of one brain.
The same is happening in the country right now. When either the public or their representatives pose any serious question they are met with only diversionary tactics and not surprisingly the bootlickers begin to question the company next door.
The same PM, when he was a CM, awarded a compensation of Rs 1 cr to Karkare’s wife, which she royally refused. Today when he is the PM, he is fielding a candidate, a terror accused, who says that Karkare didn’t die at the hands of terrorists but because of her curse.
Think for a second that we are living in a parallel universe, and let’s believe each and everything she is saying and assume that Karkare was actually the one who harassed her…then also…if her curse is so powerful, shouldn’t she curse our enemy nation so that it gets destroyed or is there a bandwidth limitation to her curses? This isn’t stupidity any longer this is telling you on your face that we are going to take you, the public, for a ride and forget about doing anything, we won’t even let you ask a question.
I would again reiterate the same point that I presented in the first post; stop teaching and encouraging your kids to ask questions because in the end they have to get this rude shock that whatever is taught in school on the name of democracy is just to pass a standard and it does not hold any true logic in the real world.
For all those who are frustrated on how politicians are taking us for a ride,
For all those who hate the ideology of hate,
For all those who want an accountable government,
For all those who believe we should still keep Questioning…
It’s not a goodbye,
But it’s a GOOD BYE.
Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul
This is the 17th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Politics Category is ‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’, where I would be covering some relevant issues with the General Elections 2019 through the course of 26 posts.
Read the previous post here: IPL – Indian Parliamentary League
Please do visit tomorrow for the next post with letter ‘R’
I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘Dubai – City of Gold‘. If you love travel head over to the Travel Theme and share your feedback.