Kiran Bedi said the other day: "India is Anna, Anna is India". Such glorification of anyone is totally inappropriate, and fortunately other members of IAC dissociated themselves with such claims.
Today, it has been reported that:
After meeting Hazare, the MPs [from BJP: Dilip Gandhi, Gopinath Munde and Ananth Kumar] had just begun speaking to reporters. Spotting them, Bedi snatched a towel from a compere on stage, pulled it over her face and compared MPs to newly-wed women who hid their faces behind veils. “Yeh neta ghunghat ke peeche shakal chhupaate hain. Sansad ke bahar kuchh bolte hain aur andar kuchh bolte hain. Inko boliye yeh sansad ke andar jo bolenge hum wahi sunenge.”
Cheered by the crowd, Bedi went on: “Inse puchhiye yeh kal kya kahenge (Ask them what are they going to say tomorrow).” At this, the crowd began chanting “chor chor… go back, go back”. The three leaders made a quick exit.
I didn't expect this from Kiran Bedi – that she'd come down to this level – of a petty demagogue.
I've noted here that this kind of language and actions might be acceptable if Bedi was contesting elections (although the idea of having any crowd call elected MPs "chors" is definitely inappropriate – regardless of the circumstance), but it is certainly not acceptable in her current role as a Gandhian.
Next, this man Om Puri (a fine actor, no doubt, but this is not a movie but real life), said:
Om Puri said: “Yeh anpadh hain, inka kya background hai? Aadhe se zyaada MP ganwaar hain… hum dekhte hain TV pe, yeh kaise ladte hain House mein (They are illiterate, what is their background? More than half are rustic. On TV, we see them fighting in the House.”)He then said that anybody who secures less than 60 per cent marks in an examination should be denied a chance to contest elections. “Before giving election tickets to anyone, we should make them take an exam. If they don’t score above 60 per cent, don’t give them a ticket,” he said.“Yeh kya karte hain MP. Paanch saal tak aish karte hain, lootate hain desh ko… main jaanta hoon inko, inke gharon mein kya hai, mein jaanta hoon, aur inke background ko bhi (What do the MPs do? They enjoy the five years, loot the country. I know them, I know what they possess, I know their background).”
All this is going too far.
To both Kiran Bedi and Om Puri I say this: if you have it in you to do better than our current MPs, please step forward and contest elections and SHOW how it is done.
I would have invited you to join FTI but I'm getting a bit concerned about your approach. However, you can still consider applying, and FTI will consider your application. Or if you don't like liberty but are a socialist, then start a socialist party. Either way, enough of this throwing mud on India's democracy and circumventing its necessary discipline.
You don't do India any favours by undermining its democratic institutions built brick by brick over the past 60 years.
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