Hug + Wink = Hoodwink
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Hug + Wink = Hoodwink

July 21, 2018

After Wimbledon, Cricket and Football World Cup, we thought we had enough of watching TV, but then Telugu Desam Party (TDP) moved a No Confidence Motion against the BJP government and it was time to watch TV again. And yesterday from 11 am to 11 pm, we had a political drama unfold on TV. Sadly, a political drama that served no purpose for the citizens.

The TDP thought the Congress agreed to support their motion to help Andhra Pradesh but the Congress hijacked their plans and turned the No Confidence Motion to “have confidence in Rahul” motion.

After Rahul Gandhi’s speech, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted “an astonishing performance, tearing apart the Govt’s claims & ending with that unscripted hug that has literally taken the BJP’s breath away #BhukampAaGaya.”

Yes, the MP known for his rich cache of English vocabulary was so astonished by Rahul’s speech that he could not find any words in English to describe it and was compelled to use a Hindi phrase Bhukamp Aa Gaya (there is an earthquake).

Well, when there is an earthquake everything and everyone shakes, but no one shook, except the Prime Minister who thought Rahul was asking him to get up from his seat.

In fact, many thought Rahul Gandhi was asking the Prime Minster to get up from his seat as he felt Modi did not deserve to be the PM. One cannot be faulted for presuming this considering Rahul did this just after tearing into the Prime Minister while moving a No Confidence Motion.

Now, by giving the Prime Minister a hug, the Congress President was trying to say that unlike BJP who mock him and spread hate, Congress believes in loving and respecting even its opponents. But some of us feared that since both men like one-upmanship, things could get out of hand. How?

While Rahul was trying show he is a man of love with his jappi (hug), we thought the PM would try to outdo him by giving him a pappi (kiss). We thought that a pappi was coming when the PM called Rahul back after the awkward hug, but alas it did not happen. But if it had, it would be so much fun. Why?

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Well, because some crazy right wing man may have filed a PIL against the two men for involving in an unnatural act. Then we are sure the BJP would say Rahul Gandhi forced himself and his jappi on the PM and the PM shot a pappi in self-defence !

Jokes apart, while many felt that it was nice of Rahul to hug the PM sending a message of love and respect towards an adversary, his wink after the act ruined his chances of walking away on a high note.

The wink indicated that the hug was not a spontaneous act of affection and respect but a well-calculated political move to create a perception that Rahul was all about love and respect while Modi was not.

The wink also proved that the hug was meaningless and insincere. This reminds us of what one author wrote about BJP and Congress parties’ attitude towards minorities — “What the BJP does in the light of day, Congress does in the dark of night.” It means BJP openly uses religion for politics while Congress hoodwinks minorities. May be, the sad state of minorities after decades of Congress rule proves this hollow love.

Rahul Gandhi’s embrace and wink may have left many in the Congress embarrassed, but they should know by now that their President has an inclination for theatrics.

Remember in 2013 when Ajay Maken, then Spokesperson  of Congress was sitting at a press conference defending a Congress-initiated Ordinance, Rahul Gandhi walked in, took over the press conference and said “My opinion is that the Ordinance is nonsense, should be torn up and thrown out.”

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He then dramatically added, “I will repeat it for you, my personal opinion about the Ordinance is that it is complete nonsense, it should be torn and thrown away.”  And then he left, leaving behind a room full of confused media persons and a spooked Congress Spokesperson.

This is not the first time that Rahul has abruptly jumped into an issue. We remember, when the whole nation came alive in support of the Lokpal agitation, Rahul was nowhere to be seen. Then suddenly he appeared in Parliament and spoke about making Lokpal a Constitutional body. It was too late and didn’t have the desired effect.

We also remember how he dramatically tore up a sheet of paper to drive home the point that BSP in UP was not keeping its promises at a public rally. Today the same party is his ally.

Rahul’s speech yesterday though had factual errors was well-received until he showed his ‘bachpana’ (immature behaviour) with a hug and wink as PM pointed out. One needs to be serious when you are planning to bring down a government you have no confidence in.

Today India needs a powerful opposition leader who can counter Modi in terms of oration and confidence. A credible opposition is the need of the hour in India as BJP wins State after State.

A credible opposition is necessary for a healthy democracy as it is the opposition which is the watchdog — Catch them when they lie and bite them when they steal.

Unfortunately, our Opposition Party, the Congress is led by a man who neither has the bark nor the bite. It is unfortunate that he squanders every opportunity he gets. It makes us wish Priyanka Gandhi steps in. We bet Congress men are wishing the same.

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13 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Hug + Wink = Hoodwink”

  1. Syed says:

    I thought Rahul is very much ready to be the pm ! It was symbolic and hilarious that he ordered Modi to get up or vacate his seat! Now the nation can be reassured that a powerful leader like Indra Gandhi has emerged and capable of reversing the 4 years of damage Modi has done and we can be back on the path of progress we have been before Modi!

    • Bala says:

      “we can be back on the path of progress we have been before Modi” Lol, progress in corruption !!

    • Balakrishna says:

      “we can be back on the path of progress we have been before Modi” Lol, progress in corruption !!

    • Anil says:

      You seem to be a blind follower of Congress. Clearly Rahul Gandhi is neither capable nor mature to lead our great nation. He has been forced to accept the politics and stooges like you would continue to foster as he and his party has always allowed mediocrity and pretty sure you are one among them.

  2. Syed Matheen says:

    You Bhakths are hallucinating! Must open your eyes and see the reality! Nation has gone to dogs because of Modi and RSS but social media is spinning all modi’s failures as successes! All intelleare against Modi!all news media hate Modi ‘ all Muslims and Dalits hate Modi ‘ that can’t be just coincidence!

    • syed matheen says:

      Dear Anonymous,

      I do not know whether it is a coincidence or fact or fake, but even my name is Syed Matheen, please modify your name or add some number or symbol to differentiate identity.

      Thank you.

  3. Especially taking his antics in Parliament which were snubbed by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in it’s stride the Congress has the temerity to pick up Mr. Rahul Gandhi as it’s Prime Ministerial candidate true to it’s dynastic set up.But for the people at large it is going to be only a stock joke from the political world. Brazen and senseless utterances gare being blurted out frequently by Mr.Rahul Gandhi who is making a fool of himself almost on a daily basis.He just cannot justify his prime position in the much heralded Congress party as ignorance will not be a bliss anymore.

  4. Prakash.R says:

    Here are modi’s achievements in 4 years
    1. Traveling to all nations at government expense and hugging , photo opportunities
    2. Protect criminals and loan defaulters
    3. Destroying fundamental rights and constitutional powers
    4 dividing religions and making the lives of Muslims Christians and Dalits more difficult
    5 .self promotion in Twitter and social media
    6. Destroyed economic progress of all prior years
    7. Establish institutional corruption which was negligible before Modi
    8. Build up army of stupid Bhakths to carry forward his propaganda and fighting on internet
    9,Protect lunch mob
    Enough bhakths???

    • syed matheen says:

      More over from incredible India it is becoming brutal India.

      You will be shot, you will be lynched, party men will rape and protest to support rapist.

      Welcome to Brutal India

  5. skywalker says:

    @Prakash.R It appears that you have the craving to be ruled by an Italian woman!

  6. Raghu says:

    For some people what happened to Kashmiri pandits was not brutal! Killing of 9500 Sikhs was just a mild reaction to Indira Gandhi’s death and was nothing brutal about it! Sounds like some people deserves to have the fundamental right to kill others that belong to other religions for achieving their heavenly dreams while When the shoe is on the other foot, they call it brutal India! They have all the admiration for Pak for reducing the Hindu majority at patroon of 18 percent to today less than 0.5 percent! I guess that must be perfectly fair .


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