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'Swachh Politics' is as important as 'Swachh Bharat'
If a poll is conducted to find out which current Indian politician has been abused the most in the worst possible manner, then probably Narendra Modi will be at the top followed by Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal in that order.

The adjectives used to abuse Modi range from serious ones such as 'Maut Ka Saudagar', 'Khoon ka Dalal', 'Narabhakshi', 'Bhasmasur', 'Raavan' etc. to comparatively softer jibes such as 'Feku' and 'Chaiwaala'.

Rahul Gandhi is universally known as 'Pappu' and/or 'Yuvraj' which are softer taunts compared to the un-parliamentary adjectives people use for him. Other political leaders are not far behind having their share of abuse proportional to their status and popularity.

Abusing the politicians has become a fashion, particularly on social media. If one goes through the comments on articles published there, his vocabulary of abusive words is bound to improve. People are innovative as well, for example, instead of using the common Hindi slang Ch***ya, some out-of-the-box thinkers use Ch*****m Sulphate to denote the same. There are more such words, but I better not mention them here.

Are such abuses justified?

Can't the people criticize in a decent manner? Yes, they can. But why should they, particularly if the major political parties are promoting it?

To explain my point, here is an example. A fresh controversy erupted when Youth Congress tweeted a meme that was an insult to India in general and PM Modi in particular, where PM's humble tea-seller background was sarcastically targeted by foreign leaders. As a reaction, Paresh Rawal of the BJP used 'Bar-Wala' for Sonia Gandhi in retaliation to 'Chai-Wala' for Modi. 

Surprisingly, only a few days ago Rahul Gandhi, while campaigning in Gujarat, had asked the Congress social media team to refrain from posting any personal attacks or derogatory remarks against the PM. Yet this happened. With the mainstream media as well as social media furious for such a pejorative meme, Congress went on the back foot and apologized missing the sorry feeling as the BJP was immediately blamed by Congress spokespersons for personalized attacks against the Gandhi family which looked more as a justification than an apology. Paresh Rawal also apologized and deleted his tweet shortly before Youth Congress did.

Not only Congress, social media teams of the BJP or any other party more or less do the same. The language used against the leaders/supporters of other parties is too bad to even mention. Media picked up this meme as it was against PM Modi and was really very poorly conceived, but there are thousand such memes against Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam and Akhilesh, Lalu Yadav, Mamata Banerjee and other leaders from all parties.

Narendra Modi, our PM, has been at the receiving end in this abusive political culture. For the last 16 years, he was being abused endlessly. The Chaiwala jibe used by Congress has always been detrimental for the party. Mani Shankar Aiyer used it in the 2014 LS elections and Congress was reduced to 44 seats. Other derogatory adjectives used against Modi only helped him winning elections and consolidating his position in the Indian politics. So it is high time Congress and other opposition parties learn from their mistakes. Abusing Modi will not generate votes for them, but criticizing the government reasonably in a decent manner will make them more acceptable to voters.

If the political parties think abusing is a good thing, then their followers will do the same and cross all limits. I only wonder how it helps a political party to garner votes by vilifying the adversaries. I think such abuses actually defame our own nation and create a bad social culture. Social media is visited by people of all age groups and therefore the youngsters will be ruined if such abusive culture prevails. 

Is it possible to eliminate the political abusive culture? I think yes.

The low standard of mud-slinging and abusing can be eliminated. Rahul Gandhi can play an important role here. He should come forward and apologize to PM Modi on live TV taking moral responsibility for the meme tweeted by Youth Congress. As an immediate impact of this gesture, no one from the Congress team will do such things in future. If BJP team does this, then he can ask PM Modi to apologize citing his own example. Naturally, this will deter the BJP team from using foul language against the adversaries.

Rahul Gandhi, it's high time. Take this opportunity and lead by example. The cat has to be belled and you can do it. Your critics will become your ardent fans…just show the courage.

PM Modi can talk about it in his 'Mann Ki Baat' and ask everyone to be decent in disagreement or while criticizing. The leaders must take accountability in order to foster discipline in the team they are leading. If this happens, then finally, sanity will prevail and we will see Swachh Politics which is good for the nation.

The bottom line is 'Swachh Politics is as important as Swachh Bharat'.

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