The Lok Sabha elections are almost around the corner, and the political scene in India is heating up. The time is finally here where political parties especially the BJP, is trying its best to convince people of they being the best, to attain maximum votes. We cannot deny the fact that PM Narendra Modi has millions of fan followers. However, at times, when you try to consistently dig a grave for someone, you may end up in the same and yes, even a hero can go wrong. Such an incidence took place recently, where Modi’s statements made a sensation over the social media – but this time – it was all insensitive and negative.
Indian Institute of Technology [IIT], Roorkee, on March 2nd, organized Smart India Hackathon 2019. The event had Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaging in interaction with the youth. Hackathon 2019, revolved around the issues being faced by majorly women and children across the country. One of the students at an event presented her idea of helping dyslexic children driven with technology where she added – ‘We have an idea to help dyslexic children, whose pace of learning and writing is very slow. But they have a high intelligence and creativity level, for example, as we have seen in the movie Taare Zameen Par..’ to which Mr. Narendra Modi interrupted with a controversial statement – Will this program work for a child aged 40-50 years as well?
Further, the student resumed presenting her program, but, again, PM Modi interrupted by cutting off the student saying – ‘Then that will make the mothers of such children very happy’. This was clearly a personal attack on the Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi and his Mother Sonia Gandhi. Although the statements were accompanied by a flash of applauds in the auditorium, the internet has been buzzing with the negative connotations made by PM Modi and somewhere a reflection on the person itself too!
According to the reports, the statements made by the Prime Minister, left several activists, journalists and common people in aggression. Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of Communist Party of India, tweeted – Shameful and distressing. Some of us have dyslexic or disabled relatives, children and parents. Sattar Saal main pehli baar, a person with this crassness occupies the chair of the PM. Enough, Mr. Modi. Yeh Hain sanskar aapke?
National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled [NPRD], criticised the remarks made by the PM. By stating – this incidence shows the regressive mindset of the Prime Minister and the party that he belongs to. It is clear that by changing the names, merely does not change your mentality.
The protests are heating up and that the statements have been marked as disrespectful and insensitive. The internet is buzzing that these crass remarks are not suitable by the honourable Prime Minister and could negatively affect his popularity! And do reflect on the mindset and ethos of the IITians ..who started laughing and the Girl responding to PM saying YES … !
Its important to gossip and dwell, what society, culture , ethos we're encouraging and nurturing with insinuating remarks, hatred, negativity and so and so forth, especially from people sitting in places of power and dignity -and nothing less than that of a PM.
Elections and people will, come and go but such degradation will have its after effects for ages.