Akhilesh Yadav’s recent xenophobic remark scaled iconic heights when he questioned the patriotism of the people of Gujarat.
“UP, Madhya Pradesh, Dakshin Bharat har jagah se shaheed huye hain, Gujarat ka koi jawan shaheed hua ho toh batao (Jawans from UP, Madhya Pradesh, South India and other parts of the country have sacrificed their lives but tell me whether anyone has been martyred from Gujarat)”, he said.
It seems the ‘aura’ of Rahul Gandhi, whose ‘thoughtful’ remarks have no equal, is indeed contagious and has rubbed off on Akhilesh - a once promising leader.
Political leaders these days are blinded by the eagerness to take a jab at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his decisions - ignoring the fact that the man was democratically elected. Vilification of such a person is tantamount to calling the voters, doltish.
The recent drubbing received in Uttar Pradesh elections has knocked the wind out of Akhilesh Yadav’s sails. It appears in his desperate attempt to stay in the game, he is slip-streaming on PM Modi’s wave.
India has been divided into states for easy administration. It was not divided to fuel individual chauvinism and Xenophobia. Yes, we need to take pride in the region we come from, however, it should not be at a cost of disgracing other regions.
Akhilesh in his bid to venerate people from UP, MP, and South India - possibly to create a foothold in these areas - chose to denigrate the people from Gujarat; just because Gujarat is considered PM Modi’s state.
Prime minister is not a chief minister. His responsibilities include welfare of the entire nation. Similarly, soldiers do not fight for their state. They fight and give their lives for the honour of their country and their regiment - in that order.
How myopic can a leader be? Does Akhilesh really feel that Narendra Modi will take action only when Gujarat is involved?
Akhilesh Yadav must understand that not every leader is as nearsighted as him; constructing cycle paths everywhere, draining the exchequer, just because bicycle is his party’s symbol, without giving any thought on whether the said cycle path will be used at all.
On the other hand, there are leaders who chose to distribute the school bags imprinted with their rival’s party symbol only because the bags had already been paid for and ordering fresh batch of bags would needlessly burden the taxpayers.
Seriously though, what was the guy thinking?
Posted On : 11-May-2017