The fight between Feudalism and Erudition is an ongoing process. Feudalism as a political tool serves the Lords, but demeans and retards the growth of the governed. So, in a DEMOCRACY, even if one is without the means to have access to good food, good clothing and good shelter, one could still go to a public library read and out of that education he/she could teach/preach and earn his livelihood. More than anything else EDUCATION dispels certain FEUDAL BELIEFS that are foisted in a person’s mind and gives the person an opportunity to look BEYOND THE PRESENT and LOOK FORWARD TO OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH. This ability that EDUCATION provides – 1. to look beyond the present and 2. to look for opportunities of growth. These are what the FEUDAL LORDS DETEST about the effect of education. These two perceptional alterations undermine the stories, perpetuated for the benefit of the FEUDAL LORDS.
SHASHI THAROOR in his tweet on security has tweeted thus:-
“Thx for gr8 feedback on visas.Issue is not security vs tourism,but whether visa restrictions protect our security.26/11 killers had no visas”
Look at the tweet, it nowhere says that visa restrictions should not be imposed. In the next tweet he says thus:-
“Making it more difficult 2 visit India, return here frequently or stay long hurts large nbrs of innocents, costs us millions of$ & alienates”
One should appreciate that Shashi Tharoor hails from(rather represents!) the state of Kerala, which has a vibrant Tourism industry and it seems a legitimate concern aimed at the electorate he represents. But people like Rudi Pratap who hail from a state, which has no tourism worth mentioning, should not make statements which give a political tinge to it.
Rudi Pratap the BJP spokesperson says, ” THE MINISTER’S STATEMENT IS CONTRADICTORY TO THE STATEMENT OF THE HOME MINISTER OF INDIA. THEREFORE THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CLARIFY ITS POSITION.”
SHASHI THAROOR is an INDIVIDUAL FIRST and it is only afterwards that he is a minister. He, as an INDIVIDUAL, has an opinion and has ARTICULATED it in a forum, which by the self-inflicted language barrier, is not naturally accessible to those who do not know ENGLISH. Yet Rudi Pratap, who hails from a state, where the citadels of feudalism have not crumbled, despite Rajendra Prasads and Jai Prakash Narain, is emboldened to impute that a Minister of State (mind- he is not a Cabinet Minister and he has S.M.Krishna who wud represent the External Affairs portfolio in the Cabinet meetings) should not only voice it in a forum, that is denied to more than 99% of the population of India, but also should not hold an opinion at variance with the government.
Mr.Rudi Pratap, even the cabinet decisions need not be UNANIMOUS. The decision of the Cabinet is a requirement of the Constitution for the validity of its decisions. To ask the Government for an explanation is nothing but FEUDALISM to brow-beat a decent Indian, a Minister of State who is attempting to galvanize, the educated English knowing masses, into democratic action.
People who criticize Shashi Tharoor should read his tweets and be humbled. He brings exclusive insights and poignant perceptions to light in a lucid language.
LET A LIBERAL DEMOCRACY THRIVE IN INDIA. NOT A FEUDAL INDIA, IN THE GARB OF DEMOCRACY.