Thursday, 2 April 2020

Who Needs Reethambaras With Giriraj Ji Around

Updated: April 18, 2015 2:53 pm

It is impossible for all of us not to have heard of Giriraj Singh. He has made it to headlines and hours of debates on TV channels through his utterances during periodic splash of thought processes generally among those who are on fringes of lunacy. But Giriraj Raj is far from any lunacy attack. He is a calculating and cold-blooded BJP MP who knows the art of making himself known and influential.

You are right, he is the same Singh who once said that Narendra Modi’s critics should be bundled off to Pakistan. He is the same one who declared last year that ‘terrorists belong to just one community’ at an election rally. The man, PM Modi publicly rapped over the Pakistan comment, but who later inducted him into the cabinet as the minister of state, MSM.

But his pearls of wisdom did not come out for one whole year, and his name in the public began to fade. So Singh struck. “If Rajiv had married a Nigerian woman, would Congress have accepted her? If Sonia had not been white, would the party have accepted her?” he asks, smiling ear-to-ear, deeply pleased with what he assumes is a pithy question.

While the comment is perfectly logical in Singh’s world full of skewed ideas about nationalism, what is perhaps interesting is the reaction it elicited from the people around him. The moment he had finished his statement, everyone around him burst out into an enthusiastic bout of cackling. Singh and his peers must have been particularly pleased at having hurled a rich insult, accusing the Congress of being racists on one hand and shallow, White-obsessed on the other.

This is a blatant display of xenophobia, the Giriraj style. Although he is accusing the Congress of being racist, his suggestion that the party wouldn’t have embraced a Nigerian obviously comes from his own reservations about the nationality—as if Nigerians are the pits. And the reaction it elicits bears testimony to a larger suspicion of Nigerians in general. Of course, it’s also true that a great section of the country’s people’s is unable and unwilling to even distinguish

Black people based on their countries. His comment comes in the wake of far too many incidents that bear out exactly that conclusion.

Now the xenophobia, rampant in certain sections of the society, has been entered into the mainstream politics of the country, by the great Giriraj.

In fact, the country’s latent racism has always manifested itself while critiquing Sonia Gandhi. Firstpost’s Lakshmi Chaudhry noted in an earlier article: “Being a foreigner is clearly Sonia’s first and gravest sin— a fatal flaw that forced her to refuse the prime ministership back in 2004—the first democratically elected leader in India to do so… Part of this gut-level dislike for Sonia is a genuine regret at the bankruptcy of Indian politics—and that of the Congress party—that we had to turn to a foreigner-turned-Indian citizen to lead our nation. But to her shriller critics, she is no less than a foreign agent, the physical embodiment of that perennially evoked spectre of the ‘foreign hand’.”

But be assured the BJP dare not take any harsh decision against Singh. He is too important for the Bihar election due this November.

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