By DN Singh
Can the Greta Thumbergs or Rihanas make a dent in the Indian ethos of the unity of a nation as strong as ours ? In one or the other way their opinions aired through the social media are being given, perhaps, undue importance. They have committed the wrong and undoubtedly crossed the limit by taking a position on an issue that is purely internal.
Congress Requires Soul Searching
And what is worse is the fuel being added to the fire through re-tweeting the stuffs by a section of the opposition and mainly the leaders like Rahul Gandhi and his cohorts who in their bid to score political brownie points have done the worse damage.
In one way the Congress has shot in its own feet to digress from the nodal issue of farmers which was no better during their tenure as well.
Lending support to the farmers’ agitation is all right but, taking the support of the outsiders to grind their axe is something not worth the mention.
Who The Greta/Riahana
Sitting thousands of kilometers away, how can Greta or Rihana enjoy the luxury of the conviction on an issue so alien to them and, willingly or otherwise, incite acrimony at a time when restraint is the wiser recourse in sight?
Creating a barricade of iron nails at the borders, may be, was an eyesore but buying the opinions of outsiders sounds more seditious in essence. One thing is good that,the striking farmers have not committed themselves on any such provocations being circulated through the social media.
What comes out today may not be easy to assess but, things have appeared little ominous and taking the issue back to the table should be the last resort.
Bigger Designs Behind
But it has an element of fear that, the toolkit which triggered the postings by Greta or Rihana do indicate at a dirty design in the making. If probes establish influence by Khalistani propaganda then the issue may not augur well either for the farmers or for the people those who give steam to the designs.
The ‘chakka jam ‘(Feb 6) may have any outcome but the purported attempt to borrow the shoulders of outsiders like Greta or Rihana are something have to be nipped in the bud.
But, the voices from within the country like Sachin Tendulkar taking on the Greats and Rihanas and urge for a amicable solution cannot be seen as an affront. But, burning of his effigy in public by some elements do speak of intolerance which should not be the spirit.
Undoubtedly, the main opposition, the Congress and few other outfits playing to the gallery to make political capital should have been avoided after what happened on January 26.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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