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Mani Shankar Aiyar is back after Sam Pitroda gave him competition | Justifies 'Neech' Comment for PM Modi

by IRC-ADMIN - May 14 2019 3:24PM

At the moment the Indian National Congress is finding a hard time to keep the mouths of their clutter mouths shut. Sam Pitroda came first with his 'Hua toh Hua' remark on 1984 anti-Sikh riots clearly pointing towards the attitude of the Congress party on the issue. Just when the Congress party thought that things were settling down with them trying to distance from Sam Pitroda's remark, the leader of them all Mani Shankar Aiyar makes a comeback. Infamous for his political low remarks on rivals Aiyar this time in a write up for The Print justifies his remarks made on PM Modi, those which were seen as deplorable by the common public. He even embarrassed the whole country multiple times by going to Pakistan and making obnoxious comments of our country there.

Through this article, IRC would like to analyze the statements made by Aiyar and why his an embarrassment for the nation.

AIYAR TO THE PRINT

Aiyar in his write up for The Print goes on praising the Gandhi Parivar, which is mandatory if you belong to the Congress. Not only that he keeps on speaking foul of Narendra Modi, he calls him an anti-national (ironic isn't it!?), an illiterate and even goes on to justify his 'Neech' remark made on PM Modi on December 2017. Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar set off a political storm when he referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “neech aadmi" (vile man) with no “sabhyata" (civility). Even in a day and age when political discourse has been reduced to who wears a sacred thread and which religion they follow, Aiyar’s statement was shocking. The word “neech" in Hindi is often (not exclusively) also used to denote a lower caste person and many choose to read this as the underlying meaning of Aiyar’s statement.

Modi’s response was cutting. He targeted Aiyar’s educational credentials and implied that the statement was just another indication of Congress’s feudal mindset. In his campaign speeches ahead of Gujarat elections, he brought up the issue over and over again. Rahul Gandhi, soon to be anointed Congress president, asked Aiyar to apologize. And Aiyar did exactly that, like a suitably chastened schoolboy, but not before calling himself a “freelance Congressman" without a firm grasp of Hindi. But even in doing so, he put a sting in the tale. “Do I apologize about the word low? No. Do I apologize about the translation low-born? Absolutely," he said.

The apology was clearly not considered enough by the Congress which, as it prepares for Rahul Gandhi’s ascension, is keen to highlight its focus on development. By evening, Aiyar, a long-time Gandhi loyalist, had been suspended from the primary membership of the party. This is not the first time that Congress has been embarrassed by the usage of the word “neech" in reference to Modi. In 2014, Priyanka Gandhi had referred to “neech rajniti", which Modi had said was a reference to his caste.

 In 2014, he had called Modi a Chaiwala, inadvertently providing a fillip to the BJP’s campaign about the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) being out of touch with reality. His entire political career, which has seen him serve as minister for Panchayati raj; minister of petroleum and natural gas, and youth affairs and sports, has in fact been marked by one gaffe after another. And Aiyar doesn’t always target the opposition. Sometimes his jibes find targets within his own party.

AIYAR EMBARASSING INDIA

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, while speaking at a function in Pakistan, has courted another controversy by claiming he is happy with Pakistan’s policy and sad with India’s approach on the India-Pakistan issue.

He said that dialogue as a solution to the India-Pakistan issue has been accepted as a policy by Pakistan, but not by India and blamed India for stopping the dialogue between two nations.

There is only one way of resolving India-Pakistan issues and that is by uninterrupted and uninterruptible dialogue. And I am very proud and half very sad that this sentence of these three words have been accepted as Pakistan policy, but has not been accepted as Indian policy’, he said.

Claiming that he loves Pakistan, because he loves India, too, Aiyar said, India should love the neighbouring country how one loves their neighbours.

This is not the first time Aiyar has hailed Pakistan. In his 2015 interview to a Pakistani news channel, Aiyar had said that to hold a dialogue between two countries, Aiyar had said, to start a dialogue between to nations, Prime Minister Modi needs to be removed from his post. Former Union Minister of External Affairs, Salman Khurshid, too, on his visit to Pakistan, had hailed Pakistan as a democratic country and slammed Modi government.

Last time Mani Shankar Aiyar did the same, Congress saved its face by suspending him. In 2018 the suspension was revoked. Clearly showing the move was merely an eyewash. Also as elections are coming to a close, it has become clear that these elements are adding more pain to the expected results for the Congress. Since no action has been taken against Sam Pitroda for his derogatory comments, we see no action coming for Aiyar as well. Probably Congress would need the help of these clutter mouths to defend itself on the 23rd.

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