I am really puzzled by some of the responses to my RTI regarding Rahul Gandhi’s foreign trips.
One set of persons have echoed the arguments used by Congress spokespersons Manish Tiwari and Jayanti Natarajan questioning my motives for demanding information that “violates the privacy of Rahul Gandhi.” A related argument is that parting with such information will jeopardize Rahul Gandhi’s security. Both arguments sound absurd to me.
As far as violating his privacy is concerned:
The argument that it may jeopardize Rahul’s security is absurd for the following reasons:
The second set of responses has come from those who agree with my questions. But I find it strange that many of them have congratulated me for my “brave” act. Some have even expressed concern for my safety as though I have done something politically dangerous. This has surprised me more than the first set of hostile responses. I fail to understand, what is so brave about asking for such simple information? After all, I am not chasing information about some mafia don!
I wish Congressmen and women who have declared war on citizens demanding simple information about the affairs of their party president and her family would realize they are doing more harm than good. A party which prides itself on ushering in the Right to Information Act ought not to be so paranoid about the doings of its first family.
Or would they rather bring in a constitutional amendment saying the First Family of the Congress Party is exempt from all laws of the land?
This would be in tune with the act of listing one and only person—namely Robert Vadra by name—as someone exempt from security check at airports while all others, such as the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Chief Justice of India etc. are exempt only on account of the high constitutional office they hold, not because they belong to some higher species.
When Nehru observed that there were no cartoons on him ( after he became Prime Minister) he told the press that he was not above this rule and that they ( cartoonists) should not exempt him.
At one point of time when someone in the congress party suggested that there should be some type of ban or some limit on the kind of yellow journalism that was being practiced Pt.Nehru replied that there should not be any type of constraints or ban on journalism simply because if they do not write we will not know what is happening. He said that even if they were writing exaggerations it must be allowed.
Now a days politics are drifted faraway from such legendary people. Now is the time for women like Mamata Banarjee and Sonia Gandhi. Mamata could not tolerate a cartoon on her and Sonia could not tolerate any criticism including seeking some details on her families foreign tours!
Nehru could not pay for his chesterfield cigarettes and he used to take them on credit and pay for them after he got his salary or whenever he gets his remuneration on his books. Now politicians became billionaires !! In fact politics has become big business.
Madhukar >> Gandhi family must also indicate their known source of income for sustainability !
TYPICAL CON PARTY SUPPORTER -----> How dare you raise such questions? This family has laid its lives for nation and so it is fair that part of nation's income be given to the family !!
Joshipura >> Who made decision to give some ink to Madhu Kishwar?
It is their insurance policy . They know that the Mafia of Saint Sonia would not be in power post 2014 and so they want to cover this risk !!
5D "Who made the decision to give ink to Madhu?"
The best kind of people to ask to write, to smash up someone ( teasing, bullying and other kinds of mental violence - but offer no solution ), is to ask a authoress to do the honours.
And what better female than a feminist?
What we have in India is akin to the Chinese Potentate system, in which lots of secrecy was attached to the health, travels, and doings of Royals.Only a few eunuchs could be trusted with the details after their tongues were removed! Of course we are no onger in the dark ages and must be seen moving with the times.These days nothimng is sacrosanct and privacy of the high and the mighty are precious. So as a sop we pass the RTI act to please the Aam Admi(Mango People in R Vadra's lexicon). Passing the act is one thing and using it is another matter entirely.However hard the sarkar tries to hide truths, they have a way of emerging RTI or No RTI.A little waiting and a few intrepid souls is all it takes.Meanwhile let our rulers carry on with their secrecy !
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