Ink dries faster but it leaves an indelible mark. A man claiming to be a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporter throws black ink at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan during a press conference in New Delhi and shouts ‘Anna Hazare zindabad’.
The man is identified as Nachiketa from Maharashtra. His excuse for the act: “I have done this to protest that these people have betrayed Anna and they have betrayed the Jan Lokpal Andolan. Anna has asked then to not use his name, still these people are using Anna’s name. I am a BJP worker.”
This assaulter could have been penalized for offences under Sections 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person) and 153 (giving provocation with intent to cause riot).
Another BJP man, Vijay Jolly, blackened his party as he couldn’t “restrain his urge” to blacken the nameplate of former Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury.
The party’s spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, in a tweet, “partially” revealed the identity of the magazine’s journalist who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Tarun Tejpal.
BJP doesn’t waste a single opportunity to boast of its Chal, Charitra and Chehra, and Meekhshi Lekhi, a lawyer by profession, certainly is not ignorant of the law. Under Section 228 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), disclosing the name or any matter, which gives away the rape victim’s identity, is punishable.
By evening the tweet is withdrawn from her Twitter handle. “Within a minute, I realised the mistake and removed the post. It was only partial (revealing the identity) and inadvertent,” she said.
And less than an hour later, she makes a startling disclosure, tantamount to about turn, “It was not tweeted by me. My phone was misused. I had left the phone in my car. I am taken by surprise that somebody used my phone to make a tweet and deleted it subsequently and only later I was informed through you that my phone was misused for this.”
She is a well-known figure at the forefront of defending Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the alleged surveillance of a woman.
In the busy Sarojini Nagar market, Vijender Gupta, the BJP candidate from New Delhi constituency, also known as ‘Dukandaar ke beta’, wastes no time in launching an attack on the Congress: “Mein yahaan Congress ko benakaab karne aaya hoon. Unhone apne hatiyar dal diye hain. (I am here to unmask the Congress. They have already surrendered). Jab Pakistan hame aankh dikha raha the, tab sarkar kya kar rahi thi? Humare sipahion ka sar kaat diya, tab unhone kya kiya? Unki mardangi kahaan gayi. Namard hain kya yeh? (when Pakistan was threatening us, what was the government doing? When our soldiers were beheaded, what did they do? What happened to their manhood. Are they impotent?)”
I’m not an expert of law but elders have given me a few lessons of decency. I would love to share them with Vijendra Gupta.
The falling standards of political maneuvers and discourses are an indicator of falling morality where the politicians are only interested in personal attacks and calling names.
Needless to say, the induction of Narendra Modi’s style of politics and political dialogues has brought the profession of politics into utter disrepute.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had rightly observed: “It is good for our democracy that political parties have enthusiasm. But it should be for constructive work. This should be used to tell people what good they will do if voted to power. In the last few months, we are seeing a lot of negative politics and the standard of political debate has gone down drastically.”