You and I can say anything about Nehru, Gandhi, or even Golwalkar. That’s what the latest legal judgment regarding one of the myriad cases against Narendra Modi says.
“Court throws out suit against Modi over ‘defamatory’ remark,” says a 4-coulmn headline in The Hindu today [March 20, page 7 – Delhi edition]. The Rajasthan High Court rejected a petition seeking initiation of criminal proceedings against the Hindutva champion for making defamatory remarks against Nehru. The reason: Defamation suit can only be filed by the aggrieved person.
What Modi said about Nehru is immaterial as far as I’m concerned. He said something about Nehru not doing anything for India’s children though children called him Chacha (uncle). When Modi is dead and gone, we can say boldly that he had done nothing for anybody except his chamchas and chelas. I mean, we won’t be prosecuted for defaming him, at least. We must be thankful to Modi for this. He is making a great contribution to India’s legal philosophy.
When more and more judgments come out in the umpteen other cases in which our prospective prime minister is embroiled, we will be able to console ourselves with the great contributions made by this incredible person to the country’s judicial system.
What amuses me, however, is this: how does a criminal like Modi get away so easily?
To ask the question in a general way, setting Modi and his philosophy apart, how do so many criminals become our leaders? Look at the recent elections in Uttar Pradesh. How many criminals have been elected? Too many, in fact, if you have actually cared to look at the statistics (which I’m not going to repeat ad nauseam). Why are we condemned to have criminals as our leaders?
As a teacher of English in classes XI and XII of CBSE I have often wondered about one simple thing. There’s a lesson on Gandhi in one of the textbooks of class XII. Hardly has any question ever been asked from that lesson in the Board exams though that’s one of the best lessons in the textbook. What is the politics behind that? Why does Gandhi get sidelined even in a question paper? I have observed this ever since I joined CBSE as a teacher. Is CBSE infested with anti-Gandhian Modi-supporters? Of course, Modi is not dead and so I cannot make any assertion about Modi as he does about Nehru. I shall wait. shan’t I?