oppn parties #Selfiewithdaughter a Smash Hit, Critics Look Foolish

News Snippets

  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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#Selfiewithdaughter a Smash Hit, Critics Look Foolish

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
During his Mann Ki Baat talk series last week, Prime Minister Modi talked about sunil Jaglan, a gram pradhan in Haryana (the state notorious for its skewed gender ratio and discrimination against the girl-child) who had organized a competition in his village, Bibipur, for people to post selfies with their daughters. Modi took it a step higher by asking people all over the world to do the same. It was tied to his ‘beti bachao, beti padhao’ initiative. By taking up the brainchild of a village head and giving it worldwide prominence, the Prime Minister managed to immediately garner immense interest in his initiative for the girl child and instilled pride in those who had daughters. This is not a small thing to achieve in a parochial society.

But, instead of appreciating his effort, the opposition, mainly the Congress, went after him for being silent on the Lalitgate controversy. As a citizen, one is very much concerned and confused at Modi’s continued silence on the issue. But one needs to keep one’s vision clear. There are controversies and there are good initiatives. As the government needs to be taken to task for its wrongdoings, it also needs to be applauded for it good work. The Congress should have at least said a few good words about Modi’s excellent idea to promote ‘beti bachao, beti padhao’ scheme without spending crores on advertising.

Instead, the Congress narrative was only about why the PM did not speak about Lalitgate. They have forgotten the art of separating the good from the bad. First applaud the PM for his good initiative and then take him to task for his silence. But there was not a single word of praise from any Congress spokesman. They were stunned, and continue to get stunned, every time this ‘outsider’ uses the social media to make a huge impact.

The worst response was from the ultra-Leftist Kavita Krishnan. She tweeted “Careful before sharing #SelfieWithDaughter with #LameDuckPM. He has a record of stalking daughters.” Now this is what I will call a “hate tweet.” In the past, I had supported Kavita when she was abused and threatened by Satyapal Choudhary during a TV talk show in New Delhi, because she was right and he was wrong. But when she tweets like this, I have to protest. Perhaps, her judgment has been clouded by finding a rightist PM in the chair. Whatever, Kavita Krishnan has done a lot of disservice to the cause of the girl-child.

I have a simple policy. I criticize the government and the Prime Minister when they are wrong. I wrote that the BJP was wrong in supporting Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje. I wrote that the government was wrong in trying to gain control of the IIM’s. But I fully support the PM in his initiatives for the girl-child and all steps he is taking to make people aware of it. Perhaps those who have it in their bones to oppose him come what may, cannot change their ways. But a Prime Minister does not become ‘Lame Duck’ just because a non-entity like Kavita Krishnan says so. She is building up a record of stalking a fairly successful PM.