The Aiyar saga has been an object lesson for anyone studying how the mainstream media sets and controls the narratives. Far from focusing on the outrageous remarks of Aiyar, the entire discourse has been on how Modi has “used” that to further his own political agenda.
On top of that the remarks against Aiyar, MMS & co meeting the Pakistani envoy “secretly” added to the self-righteous indignation from the perpetually outraged gang. Modi was accused of dragging the political discourse to new lows.
Now let us be clear. In any good democracy, leaders at certain levels should not normally question the patriotism or basic integrity of their rivals, however “hot” the situation is. Modi clearly did something wrong here.
But then, are the liberals, which is another code word for dynasty’s media servants, right in increasing the decibel levels of their outrage?
Let us look at their own conduct in the past. After all, unlike them, we do not think BJP and Modi should follow some sort of Norwegian or Danish levels of political correctness and soft words but then those standards don’t apply to anyone else.
To take the earlier remark of “Inko hataayiye” (please remove him) by Aiyar and turn it into a “supari” contract (mafia hit job) was indeed clever but below the belt. That is what twitter warriors of BJP do. Not leaders. But then isn’t this EXACTLY what the dynasty and their media that controls the “liberal” narratives did when Modi uttered the infamous “puppy under wheel” remark. Was that meant to offend? Was he not simply saying he would be indeed sad even by the smallest loss of life as a responsible person? Isn’t he a man who doesn’t often mince his words and even when he wants to offend, does so clearly and unambiguously with biting sarcasm? (Take the “hum paanch” remark, often repeated by MSM or many others including the Rs.50 crore one). Why is there a need to invent ridiculous interpretations of a remark made in all sincerity in an interview where he mostly said goody goody things?
So we clearly have double standards here. Take any remark by Modi and interpret it in devious ways but when he pays back in same coin, feign outrage and wear liberal masks and shed fake tears!
Coming back to Manmohan Singh and Aiyar (among others) meeting the Pakistanis, once again we agree that Modi should have been careful not to assume the worst and make it a poll issue.
But let us use our imagination for a moment and assume that it was Modi, as opposition leader, that met the US envoy in his residence along with a few ex-bureaucrats, BJP hacks and media men known to be close to BJP. That too few days before a crucial state election.
Can you imagine the noise that would have generated in the very same liberal, progressive media outlets that are crying blue murder now? Every Marxist, Congressman of all shades, “intellectuals” and their media warriors would have outraged for days! The narrative would be that Modi crushed India’s independent foreign policy, sold our crucial interests to the imperialists and collected money for his election budget!
All the clever tricks in the yellow books used by our “liberal” media would be employed. Innuendos by suggestion, spit and run remarks, you name it, it would have been used.
And we don’t even have to dig up old remarks against Modi which he patiently ignored for a decade or more.
Such has been the poisonous vitriol thrown at him by every corrupt politician and pseudo intellectual charlatan and media crook paid off with the proceeds of loot and allowed to plunder state institutions like RSTV, the amazing surprise is that he held back for so long without hitting back.
Come on guys, if we have to have Norwegian standards of political discourse, why not start with the so-called liberals that claim they are purer than fresh snow?