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A first time BJP MP from Nawada, Bihar Giriraj Singh shot to fame last year during the run-up to the General Election when he had declared that the Modi critics would find themselves across the border after the 2014 election. Mr. Narendra Modi is now the most popular prime minister of India. Regardless of his larger-than-life popularity, Mr. Modi’s critics not only criticise him but they also continue to live in India. 

  

Back then the mainstream media infamous for its visceral hatred for Mr. Narendra Modi had played up this remark of Giriraj Singh to the hilt to prove that the future for the minorities was going to be scary if Mr. Modi came to power. The Modi-led NDA Government is on the cusp of completing one glorious year in the office. Sadly, for media its prophecy of apocalypse is yet to come true. This is mainly because people of India continue to live as amicably and peacefully as ever.

So much for scaremongering. 

Having said this, today Giriraj Singh who is now a Union minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises in the Modi-led NDA Government  is back in the news. This time around he finds himself in a controversy for calling the Congress president Sonia Gandhi white-skinned. In Hajipur, Giriraj Singh asked an innocent question that has earned him the wrath of the senior Congress leaders, mainstream media, the Nigerian High Commissioner based in India and the Gandhi sycophants (not necessarily in the same order). 

Poor Giriraj Singh’s crime is he has told the bitter truth. If the late Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian woman, would Congress have accepted her as its chief after Rajiv Gandhi’s death? Just because she is a white woman, she has been able to retain her iron like hold on the party that is dying a slow and painful death.

We all know this for a fact that Sonia Gandhi’s skin colour has played an important role in her political journey thanks to the deshi fascination for gori chamadi.  The mainstream media has, as usual, termed this remark as sexist and racist. The Congress leaders have left no stone unturned to slam Giriraj Singh who has soon shown both the courage and grace to express regret over his ill-fated remark if they have caused hurt to the Madam Sonia Gandhi or her son Rahul Gandhi. 

But the Congress Party would like to have none of it. It wants the prime minister himself to apologise for his colleague’s remark for which the regret has already been expressed. There’s no doubt that the mainstream media has smelt blood and the controversy is likely to receive a fresh lease of life much to the chagrin of Giriraj Singh who is being made the fall guy once again.

Did what Giriraj Singh say is wrong? Did he cross the line in uttering the bitter truth no matter how grave the provocation was? Should the prime minister offer an apology and show Giriraj Singh the door? These and many more questions are likely to dominate the TV debates until new controversy pops up. 

Be that as it may, political leaders cannot speak the politically correct things all the time especially when they happen to be surrounded by their cheering supporters. Sonia Gandhi’s maut ke saudagar remark is still fresh in the collective memory of the nation. The SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had raised many eyebrows over his rape remark stating that boys will always be boys. The NCP leader Ajit Singh’s urinating into dams remark is the best example of how political leaders tend to go overboard when the supporters are lustily cheering at every word uttered by their leaders.

But none of the above mentioned leaders has come under the same harsh scrutiny as poor Giriraj Singh. These leaders have pure secular credentials. They don’t pose any threat to the idea of India and they don’t divide the societies along the religious lines to win elections. This is the narrative that mainstream media gleefully offers to defend leaders of its choice every time they pass sexist, racist, anti-women and misogynist remarks.

Whereas Giriraj Singh deserves no mercy from the kangaroo courts run by the mainstream media and pronounced guilty ad nauseaum until proven innocent because he is from the BJP and represents Mr. Narendra Modi. This twisted narrative has got stuck in a serious time warp but the mainstream media has failed to read the writing on the wall. 

Giriraj Singh may not get the clean chit from the biased mainstream media who loves to sing the hosannas of Madam Sonia. But the common man can clearly see through the mainstream media’s game-plan to target Mr. Modi’s Ministers to sully the image of his government that is winning more and more people’s confidence with each passing day. This is precisely why Giriraj Singh has received a clean chit from the common man without betting an eyelid.

Mainstream media will do well to stop playing the racist and anti-women cards every time Madam Sonia is under the line of fire because these cards have no takers now especially when the nation is headed in the direction of development, unity and communal harmony. 

  

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In September this year when the prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi was on a visit to Japan, he had gifted the Bhagwad Gita to the Japanese Emperor. He had chosen to do so because he firmly believes that there’s no other valuable gift in the world to give than the Bhagwad Gita. He was well aware of the fact that this seemingly innocent move could earn him the wrath of the so-called secular brigade back home and there would be usual debates and panel discussions in the tv studios to criticise this symbolic move.

Nearly after three months this prediction of the PM Narendra Modi has come true. The Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has triggered a controversy by declaring that the Srimad Bhagwad Gita should be declared as Rashtriya Granth. The occasion was to celebrate Gita Prerana Mahotsav to mark the 5,151 years of this religious book at the Red Fort Maidan in the Capital yesterday.

Sushma Swaraj is a devout Gita reader. She finds the teachings of the Bhagwad Gita useful in dealing with the day to day challenges as External Affairs Minister. While addressing the gathering that was attended by the VHP President Ashok Singhal, she urged the people to recite 2 shlokas of the Bhagwad Gita every day. The Holy Book has as many as 700 shlokas and if one recites two shlokas everyday, in one year the recitation of the entire Bhagwad Gita can be completed.

The recitation of the Bhagwad Gita provides an opportunity to be in perfect sync with one’s inner self. This is precisely why the psychiatric illness like depression will never bother those who recite the Bhagwad Gita every day without fail. All she said was declaring the Bhagwad Gita as the national book was only a formality especially after the prime minister Narendra Modi gave the Bhagwad Gita to the U.S. President Barack Obama as a gift.

Needless to say that the utterances of the poor minister have drawn widespread flak from the secularists. As it is nowadays customary to accuse the NDA ministers of pushing the RSS agenda when they do or say something that threatens to challenge the status quo, there was no dearth of intellectuals from the secular brigade to attack Sushma Swaraj without wasting a moment.

Soon Twitter was abuzz with tweets criticising Swaraj for upholding and promoting the time tested teachings of the Bhagwad Gita. Here are a few samples of the kind of diatribe she invited from the left liberals.

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This type of fear mongering finds very few takers. The Modi-led NDA has completed six months in power. The way Narendra Modi has kicked the lethargic bureaucracy into action has won him many admirers who have now realised Modi means business. As was feared in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections March-April this year that if Modi came to power, the minorities would not feel both comfortable and safe under him.

But all these claims have proved to be bogus. People of India have got an active government at the Centre that is busy round the clock. People’s faith in governance in particular and political leaders in general is restored after the prime minister Modi’s large hearted approach to address his countrymen on regular occasions has touched all the right chords. Oblivious of the Opposition’s criticism, the Government has been busy fulfilling pre-poll promises.

But when his cabinet ministers speak in public, their statements come under harsh scrutiny. Attempts are made to create controversies by twisting those statements around to suit particular agendas. Last week Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti was under attack for her statement for which the PM Modi has censured her while urging the Opposition to allow the parliament to function. This week the guns are trained on Sushma Swaraj for praising the Bhagwad Gita even though she has made no controversial statements.

The Bhagwad Gita’s teachings are relevant in today’s stress-filled and cut-throat world. If the recitation of the Bhagwad Gita can help people fight modern ailments and provide inner peace, what’s the harm in suggesting that more and more people should recite the Gita? The Congress leader Manish Tewari claims that essence of the Gita lies in its substance and not in its symbolism. This is exactly what Sushma Swaraj has tried to articulate while holding forth on the ever relevant messages that the Srimad Bhagwad Gita contains.

Be that as it may, the fact remains that the PM Narendra Modi holds the Bhagwad Gita close to his heart as the most valuable gift in the world. That Mahatma Gandhi famously referred the Bhagwad Gita as his “spiritual dictionary”. When such great men hold the Bhagwad Gita in high esteem because they’ve deeply studied the essence of the teachings of the Gita, it makes little sense to oppose the Bhagwad Gita as our Rashtriya Granth. The sooner the Bhagwad Gita’s importance is realised and its recitation is encouraged, the better. The chase after materialism is alright as long as the nourishment to souls is taken care of. The Bhagwad Gita can provide that perfect balance.


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