oppn parties BJP's Disapproval Of Hate Speeches: Too Little, Too Late

News Snippets

  • Flipkart assures employees that there will be no job or salary cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Although it was obvious, but the government still clarifies that there is no need to switch off appliances and only lights need to be switched off on April 5 at 9pm after confusion in the minds of some people
  • PM Modi and President Trump decide "to deploy full strength of (Indo-US) partnership" to fight against COVID-19
  • 17 states have reported 1023 cases of coronavirus linked to the Tablighi Jamaat, which translates to 30% of all positive cases in India
  • The government says people should not use alcohol-based hand sanitizers before lighting diyas or candles on April 5
  • The railways say there is no certainty yet when services will resume after the lockdown and a final decision will be taken in the next few days
  • As coronavirus cases multiply in Assam, six north-east states seal their borders with the state
  • Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. (POCOSO) putting all systems and protocols in place at war-footing to ensure there is no grid failure due to reduction in demand on April 5 at 9 pm
  • Power ministry scotches rumours that the power grid might fail due to the 9-minute blackout called by PM Modi on Sunday, April 5
  • Centre asks people to wear home-made masks if it is absolutely essential for them to step out of homes
  • Centre asks states to allow licensed street vendors to sell essential items
  • 8000 samples were tested across India on April 2, but the government said that testing will be need-based and will not be used as a confidence-boosting measure
  • Air India operating special flights to fly passengers stuck in India since the lockdown
  • For the first time in history, Darjeeling loses first flush tea due to suspension of garden work for Covid-19 outbreak
  • Supreme Court asks journalists to be responsible and publish only the official version of news after it was brought to its notice that migrant exodus started after the 'fake' news that the lockdown will be extended to three months
Total count stands ar 3082 as India records 16 Covid-19 deaths, the highest in a single day
oppn parties
BJP's Disapproval Of Hate Speeches: Too Little, Too Late

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2020-02-29 11:32:19

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

The BJP has finally spoken out against the hate speeches made by Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma which were a contributing factor in polarizing the society and which, especially the one made by Kapil Mishra in Jafrabad threatening to clear the roads with his workers if the police failed to do so, led to the riots in Delhi.

The party said that it disapproved of the allegedly inflammatory statements made by Mishra and others. Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that "such remarks have never been considered appropriate by the party" and that both PM Modi and home minister Amit Shah had spoken against them.

Strictly speaking, this was not the first time the inflammatory speeches by BJP leaders in Delhi had been disapproved by the top brass. Amit Shah had, in the aftermath of the Delhi election debacle, admitted that polarizing references such as calling anti-CAA protestors "traitors" and terming the election an "India-Pakistan match" perhaps contributed to the party's defeat.

But did it help to rein in leaders like Kapil Mishra? Even after the disapproval from Amit Shah, Mishra went about his belligerent ways, making provocating speeches and doing everything to incite violence. There was no attempt from the party leadership to muzzle him or to tell him to take an antidote for the high level of communal testosterone in his body. If Mishra has gone against the party's stated policy, why is it not taking disciplinary action against him?

Even now, the party has just shown its disapproval, it has not expressly asked Mishra and others to refrain from making such speeches or doing things that can spark off riots. If the party does not put its leaders on a tight leash, there is a huge chance that things will go out of hand again. The anti-CAA protests are largely peaceful. Why can't the pro-CAA rallies be equally so? What is the need to term the anti-CAA protestors anti-national or traitors? The anti-CAA protests have readings from the constitution, display the national flag and have sessions of evocative songs and speeches. The pro-CAA rallies can also play patriotic songs and speeches in a peaceful manner. There is no need to take the stance of 'goli maro' as dispute and misunderstanding need to be countered with intelligence and modesty and not with uncouth behavior, provocation and violence.