It had been quite long since Bhakt Banerjee had seen a proper news channel on TV…for he doesn’t require such services…most of his information came directly from the Whatsapp University…fast and easy. But on a pretty random day, he was browsing the TV media to find what was on…the following events transpired.
Ways In Which Government Distracts:
What does it take to make a fool out of someone in our country? A candy for kids? A scripted reality show for youngsters? And what’s it for adults? Well, if you think about it, they already make a big fool of themselves, so…
The politicians of our country have identified many clever tricks to keep the public distracted from core issues. Do you remember how finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman blamed the “millenial” mindset the reason for decline in automobile sector? Also how she declined having anything to do with increasing onion prices since she herself does not eat onion?
Our government has used many such jumlas to cover up their own failures. This is a flashback list of narratives that they have used to fool you and me…
1. Achhe Din
Before he was Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and team made use of this narrative to gain the confidence of voters. Even after being voted to power and having completed six years already, janta is still seeking those promised achhe din..
The government, on the other hand, has claimed that achhe din have come for many…but bure din have also come for some….for those who have been looting the country for the past 70 years. By that logic, anyone that questions the alleged achhe din is deemed anti-national.
Merely convincing the public against previous governments is not enough…the government has also to convince people against responsible media…by calling them all prestitutes. According to BJP minister, V.K. Singh, those news sources which question the government, are all sold out. Many other similar terms have been invented such as…Lutyens Gang, Pseudo Sickular, Tukde Tukde news, etc.
3. Hindu Khatre Mein Hai
This is the most effective narrative of all…to rule by fear, that is…To incite havoc in the mind of the majority and have them feel threatened by a small minority. However, despite them trying so hard, Hindu and Muslim unity examples keep on shining.
But through various fake forwards, those associated with the ruling government, have attempted to convince the majority that the Muslim population is rising at an alarming rate. In fact, according to a BJP MLA from Rajasthan, Muslims will take over India by 2030.
The fact is, Muslim population growth is slowing down in India according to new census data…but religion has been a tool to fool since time immemorial…so what worked then is working even now.
4. Love Jihad
Another distraction from real issues is this. According to one BJP MLA, child marriage is better than a Hindu girl marrying to a Muslim guy. According to Barabanki BJP MLA, Muslims keeping cows is love jihad…that muslims should adopt the Hindu religion to end a religious divide. If there’s a god above, please save us from such foolish, but influential, statements.
5. Award Wapsi Gang
To protest against rising intolerance in the country, many national award winners had vowed in 2015 to return their honors (and did so) to stand in unison with their oppressed countrymen. But media painted them in a bad light…naming them as the award wapsi gang…claiming their act of patriotism an anti-national activity.
Thank goodness during the British Indian government, such Bhakts were not active on large scale, otherwise they’d have claimed Gandhi and Tagore part of award wapsi gang.
6. Siachen Mein Jawan
Used rarely these days, this narrative proved to be the ultimate way, to distract people from ground reality in the country, especially during demonetisation. Siachen mein hamaare jawaan….was the usual retort to anybody questioning the move by central government. Over 100 people died from standing too long in the queue outside their banks. But a Siachen injection was enough to shut the public up.
This timeless narrative is simply this: criticism of one particular party is criticism of the nation itself. This, therefore, is clearly the king of all narratives. Questions which expose the highest ever unemployment in 45 years, falling economy, and others, are not welcome. According to Bhakts, every step taken by the current government is in a national interest, thus, those who question the government policies are no less than ISI agents.
8. Urban Naxal
If informed urban citizens have feedback or suggestions for the government, they are deemed “know it all” aka “buddhi-jeevi” aka “urban naxals”. Hence, public will not listen to their concerns and blindly obey the government in whatever they do. Unfortunately, news media have played a strong role in perpetuating this narrative across the length and breadth of this country.
9. Tukde Tukde Gang
By exploiting the fears from partition time, government spokespersons and TV media that support them have spread among people a fear of people who once again demand a tukde tukde of modern India. Needless to say, all the fears being spread are baseless and untrue. Popular news channels are the most responsible for such false narratives being taken seriously.
10. Nehru Ki Galti
This is the last resort. If the government has to hide its prevailing failures, topic be Kashmir, Pakistan or China…they diverge the attention of people by putting all the blame on the first prime minister of India. Various misinformation are spread across whatsapp…hashtags made to trend on twitter…and what not to misguide people.
This is similar to blaming other children if your own child hasn’t scored well…similar to blame the teacher who set up the question paper…similar to blame the snooze button for you being late to office…you get the logic right?
The government has devised a clever plan…fool and rule. They are aided by mostly all the forms of media in their treacherous journey. It is therefore the responsibility of a person to have his own mind when going to vote. Has the government solved the problems of our country? What is the ground reality? It is for us to decide whether we start asking these sort of questions or keep falling for false narratives.