When arriving for the second time in the campus of law faculty on 28th January, Mr. Rajnath Singh, National President of the Bhartiya Janta Party, had much more to offer than what he did in his previous visit. He had arrieved with much more responsibility and had to assure student support in the coming elections. His entrance was accorded with huge chants of brand Modi, and the Namo ‘raga’ was clearly heard in the halls of the faculty. The topic on which he had to speak was, ‘Revisiting the idea of good governance’.
Full of rhetorics and eloquence, as is the case with most BJP spokespersons, his speech revolved around the phrase, ‘crisis of credibility’. Referring again and again to the trust deficit the ruling governments have created in the past 60 years, he said that promises have always been made but never fulfilled. Shifting a gear, he turned to speak on what exactly is good governance and how politics has a crucial role to play in it. Speaking on the same he said, what people need is a sense of security, that there issues of health, education and employment need to be addressed as soon as possible which will eventually lead to the society being stable. And that is the promise of good governance.
Breaking away from the topic after 20 minutes into his speech, he started speaking on the issue of price rise and like any other sangh leader, he set Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former prime minister of India as an example for keeping up the momentum of economy during his rule from 1998 to 2004. Promising to strictly stay away from a political speech, he finally dwelved into the topic, condemning UPA-2 for not addressing the issue of price rise. While directly taking a jibe at incumbent prime minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, he said, an economist heads the country, and the economy falls.
Coming back to the issue at hand, and while speaking on diplomatic failure, he cited the example of how China keeps barging into the Indian borders and how Pakistan keeps on teasing us with its petty attacks along the LOC, and no response is shown from the indian side. Expressing his displeasure on the same, he said the idea of good governance should be met with the idea of good diplomacy.
As the Modi slogans grew louder and louder in the backdrop, he finally came to the notion of spiritualism, defining it and how it is important for good governance and for health of the country and its people, ending his speech with a somewhat ambigous notion which he related with mathematics, he said, “Circumference of mann (heart), is directly proportional to sukh (happiness). Larger the sukh, more the circumfrence of the heart”, referring to how our hearts are open for anyone in the world as we welcome them like our guests.
Other BJP leaders have also visited the Faculty of Law Campus in the recent past. Leader of Opposition, Sushma Swaraj visited the institution last year in August, while Subramanian Swamy is scheduled to speak to students on 29th January, 2014.
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