Sat. Aug 17th, 2019

Artificial Public-exhibition of Political Bitterness Between Modi & Mamata

It refers to much talked-about TV interview of Prime Minister Narender Modi with film-star Akshay Kumar which though being non-political yet gave a big political signal in case of need where Prime Minister was in full praise for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for personal cordial relations between them to the extent that Mamata Banerjee still now regularly sends Bengali kurtas and sweets to Narender Modi. Otherwise, political bitterness between the two is evident from their speeches in rallies for poll-campaigns.

Unfortunately, such artificial public-exhibition of political bitterness tends to create personal bitterness between supporters and cadres of politically rival politicians. Time has come to induce a touch of cordiality in poll-campaigns and in Parliament between political rivals.

There was an era when Parliamentarians like Piloo Mody used to sprinkle much-needed humor to cool down bitterness if created between rival political parties in Parliament. The then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri sent a set of dhoti-kurta to veteran Parliamentarian Prakashvir Shastri as a piece of symbolic advice for sticking to national attire while on his foreign trip abroad.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee whole-heartedly complimented the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for her leading the nation to a great victory in 1971 Indo-Pak war. Once Atal Bihari Vajpayee as opposition-leader challenged the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for an open public-debate at Ramlila Ground at New Delhi making Indira Gandhi to comment that Hindi of Vajpayee was very beautiful. But in turn, Atal Bihari Vajpayee put complete House in laughter by counter-comment that Indira Gandhi was herself beautiful.

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