Biggest casualty of dynasty is institutions: PM Modi

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 20, 2019, 11.03 AM (IST)

"The biggest casualty of dynastic politics are institutions," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted Wednesday. 

"From the press to Parliament. From soldiers to free speech. From the Constitution to the courts. Nothing is spared," he said. 

In his tweet, Modi also attached a link — "Sharing some thoughts," he said — to a blog on his official page. 

The blog was entitled "Institutional respect and Institutional contempt - two contrasting approaches". 

Modi wrote on his blog that "In the summer of 2014, the people voted decisively for: Honesty over dynasty. Development over decay. Security over stagnation. Opportunities over obstacles. Vikas over vote-bank politics.

Indians were tired of our beloved nation being in the Fragile Five, where corruption, cronyism and nepotism made headlines instead of anything positive.

India voted to shed the baggage of the past in pursuit of a better future." 

He added that the "The mandate of 2014 was epoch-making also because it was for the first time in the history of India that a non-dynastic party was blessed with a complete majority." 

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He then went on to take a closer look at the various subheads — parliament, the army, the courts — he had mentioned in his tweet. 

On Parliament he wrote:

The overall productivity of the 16th Lok Sabha was a phenomenal 85%, which is significantly higher than the productivity of the 15th Lok Sabha.

On the Press and Expression:

Dynastic parties have never been comfortable with a free and vibrant press. No wonder, the very first Constitutional Amendment brought in by the Congress government sought to curtail free speech. Speaking truth to power, which is the hallmark of a free press was seen as vulgar and indecent.

On the Constitution and Courts

Congress’ contempt for the courts is anyway legendary. It was Mrs. Indira Gandhi who called for a “committed judiciary”, which seeks to make the courts more loyal to a family than to the Constitution.

On Government bodies:

In a telling comment, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi called the Planning Commission led by Dr. Manmohan Singh, ‘A bunch of jokers.’

This comment gives you a glimpse of how Congress treats government institutions.

On the Armed Forces:

Congress has always seen the defence sector as a source of income which is why the armed forces never got the respect from the Congress that they deserved. 

On the Congress’ own (lack of) internal democracy and sense of entitlement:

Political parties are vibrant bodies that manifest diverse public opinion. Sadly, Congress does not believe in internal democracy.

If a leader dares to dream to head that party, he or she is shunted out of the Congress.

Finally, Modi advised, Think wisely:

"From the press to parliament. From soldiers to free speech. From the constitution to the courts. Institutional insult is the Congress way. Everyone is wrong, only the Congress is correct.

As you go to vote- remember the past and how one family's desire for power cost the nation so greatly.

If they could do it then, they can surely do it now." 

The pushback was of course swift, with Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra saying the "BJP has systematically attacked every institution in last 5 years including the media. PM should stop thinking people are fools and understand that they see through this."

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What is also interesting to note is that it is usually the opposition accusing Modi of browbeating India's institutions. The prime minister, with his tweet, seems to be trying to turn the tables on his opponents. 

That would be similar to what he has tried to do with his Main Bhi Chowkidar campaign. 

Modi had called himself the country's chowkidar (watchman; "Na khaoonga, na khaane doonga," he had said) in the run-up to the 2014 elections.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has recently tried to subvert that narrative by saying "Chowkidar hi chor hai"; the Main Bhi Chowkidar campaign was seen as pushback to that. 

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'From the press to Parliament. From soldiers to free speech. From the Constitution to the courts. Nothing is spared,' he said.