Why Kiren Rijiju is Right on ‘Habitual, Unnecessary Questioning’

The article, titled ‘Yes, Kiren Rijiju, I Doubt You. Thank God for That’, which was published on NDTV on November 3, 2016 was a yet-another round of criticism of the ruling party in the center on the pretext of constitutional rights and civil liberties. It is the killing of 8 SIMI men by the Bhopal policemen in the aftermath of theirescaping jail post slaying one cop on duty that has been twisted in such a manner that all BJP leaders appear as supporters of totalitarianism, let’s however look at it through a lens of unprejudiced cognizance.

The author of the article is a member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly and also General Secretary of the party ruling the state, TMC. A member of the same political party, who is also a member of parliament and a regular blogger on same news house, attended the funeral of an army veteran (who allegedly committed suicide over the One Rank One Pension issue) the same day when the said article was published. Politics is running high in the country, be it the encounter of terrorists or the shocking and sad incident of a retired army man ending his life.

Has politics become so central that the grief of families (including that of the cop killed by SIMI terrorists in Bhopal Central Jail and of the army veteran who consumed poison to meet unfortunate end) has been overshadowed, and it is done so by politicians who either have lost ground or are about to lose their hold in the post-2014 milieu of better governance and reassured internal security.

Ever since the grand alliance triumphed in Bihar, the opposition is convinced that being united while accusing the central government can bring them political gains. Leaders from various political factions and with diverse ideologies (even contradictory at times) gathered for the funeral of the army veteran not to speak of and share the grief of the family, but just to make the best out of this opportunity. Let’s go back to the text of article and judge if it was an authentic act of discussing civil liberties or was it one moreshot in the series to condemn actions taken under the rule of one political party, BJP.

One reading through this NDTV article will inform the reader of the potentially dangerous context on which it is based. The statement of BJP leader referred to in the article goes as ‘First of all we should stop this habit of raising doubt, questioning the authorities and the police. This is not a good culture. But what we have been observing in India that the people have developed this habit of raising unnecessary doubts and questions’.

I have underlined two extremely defining and crucial words that are a part- habit and unnecessary. Is it not true that ever since the Modi-led government has taken charge, a section of the media and civil society, plus opposition parties have openly criticized the BJP’s stance on matters related to religion, human rights and freedom of speech? It was all there when many decorated writers returned their awards and when politicians shockinglysupported a scholar who raised anti-India slogans in JNU campus.

The two words resonate in this framework. There are no limitations on freedom of expression in the world’s largest democracy, not only by population but also by its track record of democratic values. But is this right so very capable of undermining the state itself? Encounters by policemen have happened in the past as well, some have also been declared fake by courts, but does that give an inalienable right to politicians to blindly come in support of criminals and terrorists? This is new trend indeed.

The minister of state for home affairs did mince his words while delivering that sentence by including ‘habit’ and ‘unnecessary’, the author of the article however did not think twice prior to recording in her writing the word ‘extra judicial’. Was it an extra-judicial killing by police of 8 terrorists? There may be doubts lingering over the incident, but declaring it as something not legally authorized (literal meaning of extra judicial) is clear political mileage sought by the WB politician.

Invoking Article 21 of the Indian constitution has become a day to day activity or a leisure work for politicians from opposition parties today. In its garb, they have been endorsing anti-social elements, and are even not letting the government deliver on Constitutional subjects like protection of animals and applicability of Uniform Civil Code cutting across all religions.

Why is it that sentiments of opposition parties arouse only when either the union government proposes an act that shall apply uniformly on all Indians or when state agencies perform their duties diligently?

It is so very easy to write endlessly on the Bhopal incident or to condemn union government by falsely accusing it of a role in the suicide of an army veteran. But do these so-called representatives of people realize that there are far many vital subjects awaiting their acquaintance, creating conducive environment for farmers and uplifting the poor are some. Have state governments achieved their part in amending respective APMC Acts to accord more freedom to farmers in marketing their produce? If not, please select this as your next topic for writing.

There is no defending of the union government on subjects like ease of doing business ranking and sluggish industrial and farm sector growth rates. The nation awaits wise writings and deliberations on these, the opposition, however, is busy exploiting sensational events. The NDTV article is an addition to this series, and it serves no purpose. On the contrary, the two words, habit and unnecessary, must be deliberated upon to pave way for real democracy, not a democracy of habitual and exacerbated disapproval of the government.

The article titled ‘Yes, KirenRijiju, I Doubt You. Thank God for That’ by MahuaMoitra can be read at, http://www.ndtv.com/blog/yes-kiren-rijiju-i-doubt-you-thank-god-for-that-1620821

117 thoughts on “Why Kiren Rijiju is Right on ‘Habitual, Unnecessary Questioning’

  1. Dharmesh Sangakara

    This is one more piece to malign the opposition and place BJP as the sole defender of country. Do you want people to stop questioning? Then why not ban the entire media like China and run state owned press?

  2. Fazil Nc

    The situation today is that the entire political grouping involving socialists, communists and centre (Congress) is against just one person, PM Narendra Modi.

  3. Nandan Dixit

    It is quite easy in USA to run democacy and exactly opposite in our country. Till we have leaders of parties like SP, BSP, JDU and Akali Dal, democracy is no more than mockery.

  4. Rahul Shewani

    One of the reasons why NDTV endorses so many anti-Modi and anti-Hindutva views is that they have lost their patronage after Congress went out of power. Good they are banned for a day.

  5. Bhagyashri Telsang

    Free media and criticism of government is present in every democratic setup, then why cry foul in India. If you are in power, learn to accept criticism and assessment.

  6. Mitsun verma

    In recent past many BJP leaders have done chest thumping like Manohar Parrikar on surgical strikes and now Kiren Rijiju. This is not expected, we wait for policy implementations.

  7. Sandeep vats

    Right. Why cant opposition talk about topics like APMC, land acquisition and ease of doing business, this will be more relevant and in favour of progress of country and all Indians.

  8. Aayush kukreja

    TMC leaders are pure opportunists. They will be present everywhere where Muslims are concerned. They have even beaten Samajwadi and Bahujan Samajwadi in this race of appeasement.

  9. Karan verma

    Together with BJP ministers, India is making rapid strides toward growth. But channels like NDTV and Aaj Tak will continue defaming government efforts for TRP benefits.

  10. Prashant Varanasi

    Modi government has redefined authoritarianism and fascism. Unless they make country minority free and apply hindu laws they will not relax. Voters must not support this party in 2019.

  11. Irvin Badurina

    The actors are not so important.The Writer of their future scenarios (and their show) is truly important. Voters (the audience) just choose the show they (and the rest of us) are going to watch for the next 5 years

  12. Jalpan Upadhyay

    Oppositions have no proper issues in hand that can help to oppose current Government. There is very famous saying by Chanakya that I feel suits today’s Indian politics. Chanakya says…”if poets, writers & intelligent people give back awards to king that means king is working for the betterment of people” this is what is happening today in India

  13. Deepak George

    Thanks for Dr Sunil Gupta for confirming that Indian law and constitution give inalienable right for law enforcement to conduct extra judicial killing with no accountability..This was new news that Article 21 was actually not valid for criminals and other evil entities.. ” Encounters by policemen have happened in the past as well, some have also been declared fake by courts, but does that give an inalienable right to politicians to blindly come in support of criminals and terrorists? This is new trend indeed”

  14. Mohan Mishra

    They are spent force in indian politics and they are self centered and self seekers with vocabulary of lies in their bombshell

  15. Devranjan Dash

    A few questions that begs for an answer from these new found peace and Human rights activists

    A> Is the commitment of suicide by ex- Soldier far greater a sacrifice than those of Soldiers Kiled in URI as no body made a beeline for the final rites of those killed in Battle fields
    B> Is a ministers question about the Mental Health of the soldier who committed suicide out of place or context when read along with the instances of fracticide’s in uniform or commitment of suicides are highly correlated to mental state of persons
    C> In whose company do these peaceniks find themselves safe and secure the Police force whom they are blaming or the undertrials who had escaped from Prisons

  16. Madan Krishna

    Where is the killing of Men in Bhopal. After all, MP Police have killed only animals in human form that have wrongfully strayed into the City from the Jungle. MP Police is 200% right in killing animals which would have massacred many innocent law abiding lives inside City Limits. Hats Off to MP Police. This is a Very Clear Signal for other Police Force to follow throuthout India as normal Citizens who strictly adhere to the Law are not considered as Humans by the Courts and Human Rights Commission in India, perhaps, very sadly.
    It is high time the Indian Constitution should be scrapped in toto and should be re-written to suit Indians of 2020 and the Laws should be such that should not tempt the present day Youth to become hard core criminals and proceed from that point to become MPs and MLAs.
    The Present day Courts are favouring the Criminals more than Law abiding Citizens and the Courts should change the Laws so that the population of criminals come down every year because of our stringent Laws. Will the Courts ensure that? ??

  17. Ankit Sethi

    NDTV has been ordered off air for a day. And just today they have a column for JNU scholar made famous by them, and attempt to elevate him in politics, they have even endorsed his book. How can NDTV even give space to a person who shouted anti-India slogans? SHAME

  18. Vinay Mishra

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    Opposition is made single point Vedanta is to prove that this Govt is against a particular cast and do not realize that people of India is not fool to forget when a high prince of political boy talks to Management student and tell them Mr. Steve Jobs ifs from Microsoft … As far as these terrorist concerns, when they were brought for trial at court were yelling “Taliban Jindabad and Hindustan ke tukade kar dege ” where were these political people were there?

    The Death of a jawan is not subject of politics infact it is sad indecent and matter for mourn . The Ruling Govt is doing what is to be done but it needs time for the effect to take place. And country is with family of this Jawan and equally shameful that the way local Authority handled the situations

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