One man, who can become the face of modern invention, made a startling statement - "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish". I respect him for the way he changed mobile devices with innovative features (sometimes 'inspired' by others) that made consumers nothing less than a King! That's Steve Jobs.
Indian politics, meanwhile, has raised the bar even higher. They also modified the adage. It's no longer "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish". Its now "Stay Foolish, Stay Popular". Based on some statements that our 'esteemed' politicians have made, there's no way for us to think otherwise. The issue in discussion is 'rape'. But, as I have always maintained, Indian politics is more 'issue-discussion' based than 'issue-eradication' based. Issues are not solved, they are just used to promote oneself to higher rungs of Indian politics. Here are some politicians (and a social group) who rose in the popularity charts for their utterly foolish statements.
Politician #1: She is the 11th and current Chief Minister of West Bengal. She is the first woman to hold the office. She is the first woman Railway Minister of India. In 2012, the Time magazine named her one of the "100 Most influential People in the World". She is popularly known as "Didi". Despite having such an influential profile, this is what she said:
"Earlier, parents would reprimand them if men and women held hands but now everything is done openly. It's like an open market with open options"
Politician #2: I have no idea who this politician is. I tried searching for "Dharambir Goyat" on Wikipedia and Wikipedia suggested I instead search for "Dharambir Goat". Seriously. Anyways, this guy is the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee member and Congress Hisar district spokesman. This spokesman spoke the following on the issue:
"90 per cent of rape cases are (a case of) consensual sex between the girl and boy. The girl gets into an affair with a boy and she goes with him without knowing that he is of criminal mindset. It's not the state government which is responsible for rapes. Infact in most of the cases it is consensual sex"
Politician #3: He is an Indian politician from the state of Haryana. He has been Chief Minister of Haryana on 4 occasions. he as been with the NDA and UPA on various occasions - a true politician. He is Om Prakash Chautala and this is what he said:
"We should learn from the past... specially in Mughal era, people used to marry their girls to save them from Mughal atrocities and currently a similar situation is arising in the state. I think that's the reason khap has taken such a decision and I support it."
And this is what the Khap Panchayat said - "Boys and girls should be married by the time they turn 16-year-old, so that they do not stray... this will decrease the incidents of rape"
I understand the fact that India supports free speech. But if you are representing a community / constituency, you ought to make responsible and logical comments. Or if you are presenting your opinion, do so with approved facts. Sometimes being silent shows you are more matured than opening your mouth.
And NO, I don't blame them. I blame each and every one of us. After all, we elected them! We gave them a voice and a platform and they made statements that can only be termed as - Foolishness. A slap on our faces!
Oh, and by the way, we haven't even discussed what the victim might be going through.
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