rabid claim

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Feb 2019 11:53:04

THE insistence of West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee that she has scored a moral victory following the Supreme Court’s verdict in her spat with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is nothing but a sardonic attempt to establish a rabid claim. This has been the style of politics of Ms. Mamata Banerjee and many others in Opposition parties. They have tried hard to push the public discourse to an ever-lower level with no regard for decency, dignity, or decorum. In Indian politics, they form a big shouting brigade whose members are not committed to truth or a responsible conduct in the face of various issues. 


In this particular case, the honourable Supreme Court has clearly stated that Kolkata Police chief Mr. Rajeev Kumar must submit himself before the CBI and respond to its questioning in a cooperative manner. If at all there has to be a claim of victory, then it should be made by the CBI, and not Ms. Mamata Banerjee. For, the Supreme Court has understood what the CBI wanted, and has granted that to the agency -- a rightful chance to quiz a high ranking police officer with possibly suspect credentials in a ponzi scheme that sought to defraud innocent people by thousands of crores of rupees. The CBI team had never gone to arrest Mr. Rajeev Kumar, but to conduct a raid on his premises after his repeated refusal to cooperate in the investigations into the Saradha and Rose Valley schemes. Obviously, the CBI got what it wanted, as a matter of its right and its mandate.

This outcome, actually, is a straight slap on Ms. Mamata Banerjee’s political persona that tried to keep uncomfortable info under wraps. She tried all cantankerous methods to stall the CBI team and then extract a political mileage out of the episode by staging a night-long dharna claiming to conserve constitutional values. All that late-evening and nightly drama was nothing but a nautanki, to use a colloquial term. The honourable Supreme Court has unmasked the political veil.

The CBI-Mamata episode highlights something very disconcerting in the nation’s public life. The very act by Ms. Mamata Banerjee to ask her State’s Police to restrain the CBI team from conducting its mandated operations had only one interpretation -- the West Bengal Chief Minister was willing to take the law into her hands, distort truth, and ironically appear before the people as a damsel in distress. She felt that the episode would give her politics certain boost as she was trying somehow to hold on to her rapidly eroding popular base in West Bengal. The events in the last three days make it clear that she has failed miserably in her goal to emerge as a cornered ‘good girl’ of Indian politics.

This happening is symbolic of the moral rot the Opposition parties are trying to infuse into election-year politics. The sadist attempt of Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi to push absolute falsehood into public thought after meeting an ailing Mr. Manohar Parrikar, the former Minister of Defence, also comes in a similar category. When Mr. Parrikar castigated Mr. Gandhi for his indulgence in crafty falsehood, Mr. Gandhi made a further mockery of himself by offering some nonsensical explanations that nobody bought.

The Kolkata episode, however, has brought to fore one harsh and sad political reality -- that in the next few weeks, electoral arena could be riddled by countless untruths presented in a Goebbelsian manner to a gullible public. This brings the nation to a critical cross-roads of making a decision about the choice of people who would govern the people and administer the system. The voter-sovereign will have to keep his head cool and make the right choice. For, what is at stake at this point in time is the nation’s march into a bright future. Any mistake, and India may find herself tracing back its steps on forward journey so far.