STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Don't let Congress evade real issues

Published: 16th July 2013 07:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th July 2013 07:23 AM   |  A+A-

The sound and fury generated among India’s self-styled champions of secularism and a section of the media over BJP election campaign chief Narendra Modi’s recent remarks is like raising a storm in a teacup. The Reuters journalist whose interview of Modi generated the puppy-under-the-wheels incident has now come on record to assert that his remarks were poorly contextualised. Even if his words have been twisted out of context, a prime ministerial candidate should not be using hyperboles that can land him into a motivated controversy. His use of the word burqa — a dress of a particular community — of secularism being used as a shield for the UPA government’s non-performance was one such avoidable distraction.

As a proven achiever, Modi doesn’t have to blurt out cheeky one-liners to get publicity. National leaders should confine their public discourse to dignified debate as Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee did. Unable to address India’s flagging economy and dismal security scenario, the Congress and its UPA allies want to shift public attention from non-governance and rampant corruption to a spurious secular vs communal divide. Modi and his colleagues in the BJP must not fall into their trap. The real issues are rising prices and increasing unemployment. Those in the government and their crony capitalist clients are enriching themselves at the cost of the common man. It will be a mistake to allow Congress to change the agenda and force a debate on its terms.

Modi should aggressively expose how the UPA has destroyed the national economy and weakened institutions of democratic government. Instead of using the language of confrontation, however, he should restrict himself to his agenda of development. Modi and his party will be more effective if they can convince the people how their policies on national and international issues will be different from that of the Congress and what will be their road map for a resurgent India.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp