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Calling the martyred Indian Prime Minister a 'Bhrashtachari No 1" NaMo stoops a new low!
A day after PM Narendra Modi took a swipe at Rahul Gandhi by claiming that his father, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, was 'Bhrashtachari No 1, the Congress president hit back saying, "The battle is over. Your Karma awaits you."
I don't like to be a kibitzer of this slugfest that is touching its social and political nadir this election season. The whole world is watching the cascade of 'clean chits' our Pradhan Sevak is showered upon and the language of discourse and level of debate he is following this time. It speaks more of his frustration and the fear of lurking defeat. Nothing seems to be normal with him. However, being an Indian who had seen the better polite days of Indian politics, I'm deeply pained at the recent developments. I'm not worried if Modi ji is given the 'dasvidaniya' on 23rd May 2019 or he stays back. We get the ruler we deserve.

Being a part of mature democracy we the Indians are expected to vote for performance and not for promises and slogans. Let us keep our keep our fingers crossed.

There have been several similarities between President Trump and Prime Minister Modi. Both are demogogues who had successfully manipulated the chemistry and arithmatics of democracy so far. They both have the solid following and control the official machinery. They have heft and clout also. They speak ad lib and sans crainte (without fear). They don't mind if it hits below the belt.

Let me recall the poor Senator John McCaine who had died in 2018. He had first entered the public spotlight as a Navy fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. On October 26, 1967, during his 23rd air mission, McCain's plane was shot down during a bombing run over the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. He broke both arms and one leg during the ensuing crash. McCain was moved to Hoa Loa prison. For five and a half years he was confined to prison and got his release in 1973. In 1986, he began his long tenure as the US senator from Arizona. McCain ran for president on the Republican ticket in 2008, losing to Democrat Barack Obama in the general election.

Most of the Americans take him in high esteem. Senator John McCain is remembered as a great American. He had served his country with valour and honour in the military and in government. However, no friendship was lost between Donald Trump and John McCaine. According to USA Today, the feud between the senator and the president dates back to 2000. Trump who was considering a run for the president criticized McCain's war service as he sized up other potential candidates in an interview on CBS. "He was captured. Does being captured make you a hero? I don't know. I'm not sure." That sends shudder through my spine as we have recently given the heroic welcome to flight commander whose plane was shot down in Pakistan. Senator McCaine died in August 2018 but the contentious relationship between the two didn't end.

It is believed that McCain took that dossier, which kick-started the now Russia Collusion investigation, to the FBI. The senator denied these allegations up to his death. According to New Right and other media outlets, the dossier alleged a widespread conspiracy of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

As revenge, President Trump had not only insulted deceased John McCain but continued to remind people that he's not a "fan" of the dead Vietnam War hero. "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which, as president, I had to approve. I don't care about this, but I didn't get thank you — that's okay. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain…Not my kind of guy, but some people like him and I think that's great."

An editor at, Brian Krassenstein pointed out that McCain's decorated reputation in the military, which made Trump's petty remarks even more ironic. "You literally went to a tank plant and attacked a deceased American military hero John McCain. Do you realize what you did?"

There was great public outrage against President Trump's remarks. And the most vitriolic response was made by Senator Mitt Romneyon on Twitter. "I can't understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honourable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God," Romney and Trump had been at the logger heads as during the election campaign. Romney had commented - "I'm far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be president. After all, this is an individual who mocked a disabled reporter, who attributed a reporter's questions to her menstrual cycle, who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance, who bragged about his marital affairs, and who laces his public speeches with vulgarity. Think of Donald Trump's personal qualities. The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics."

The whole world knew that McCain couldn't move his arms above his head due to his plane being shot down in Vietnam and then being held and tortured as a prisoner of war for more than five years. The most powerful man upon earth had been so mean that he had been repeatedly mocking and imitating the thumbs down motion that Senator McCain made as he went to cast a no vote in July on the Republicans' 'skinny' Obamacare repeal bill.

Back home, mocking Sonia Gandhi's widow status, addressing an election rally in Rajasthan on 4 December 2018, a day before the last day of campaigning for the assembly elections, Modi had attacked the Congress for allegedly being the harbinger of corruption in India since it governed the country for the longest period of time. It was during his speech when he said, "Can you imagine? The Congress ran a government in our country, where an unborn daughter was not just shown born but also dead and her widow's pension was also shown to be paid. Which widow used to receive this money? Who was this widow in the Congress whose account this money used to be transferred?"

NaMo stooped to a new low this Saturday when he attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi by mocking his deceased father, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh.

Modi told Rahul Gandhi that he mustn't forget that his own father's life had ended as the corrupt number 1. Modi said, "Your courtiers had given your father the title of Mr Clean. They used to shout Mr Clean, Mr Clean with pomp and splendour. But, his life ended as 'Bhrastachari Number 1' (corrupt number 1)."

Let me close this article with the following observation:

Justice JD Kapoor of the Delhi High said in his judgment that that no case of corruption was made out against any public servant in the gun deal, which meant that the charges of accepting bribes against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former defence secretary SK Bhatnagar being pursued by the CBI stood quashed.

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