Rahul Gandhi at Cambridge: There is an old adage that things don’t work in a vacuum and should be seen in the larger scheme of things. India is the brightest and only example of a nation in South Asia, and even throughout the world, that has proudly flaunted its democratic credentials since time immemorial.
Yet, smear campaigns are in full swing to besmirch Indian democracy and project it as one of the worst autocracies of the current era. So, let’s shred this canard once and for all and decipher the ulterior motive of the players involved.
Is Rahul Gandhi riding on the shoulders of “sorrows”??
On the backdrop of the recurrent political rout of the Congress party, Rahul Gandhi in April 2021 wished for a pliable ecosystem to fight elections and carry on with his “job”.
To fight elections, I need institutional structures, I need a judicial system that protects me, I need a media that is reasonably free, I need financial parity, I need a whole set of structures that actually allow me to operate a political party. I don't have them: Rahul Gandhi
— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2021
Now, you may ask what the incompetent Congress leader wished for. Apparently, Mr. Gandhi wanted institutional structures, including the judiciary, to “protect” him and a whole set of structures that would help his political party fight elections.
It would be naive and wrong to say that Congress didn’t enjoy the patronage of this very style of structure. In fact, a deeply entrenched cabal exists that holds the hands of the party leaders on all accounts, both domestically and otherwise.
However, in recent months, this “illusive” echo chamber has begun to crumble on its own. First, foreign-planted smear campaigns like Rafale, Pegasus, the BBC’s ‘fakecumetry,” and the Hindenburg hit job met their excruciating deaths. This was followed by George Soros himself unmasking the mask from the global network of anti-democratic and anti-India ecosystems.
Now, the Congress party and its charismatic leader, Mr. Rahul Gandhi, are resorting to another ploy that was deployed in the market by institutions funded by the economic war criminal George Soros. Yes, we are talking about the ploy to cage India into following the terminology of “electoral autocracy” and undermine the sanctity of India’s democratic values and institutions.
Is India really no longer democratic?
After a long ranting presentation at Cambridge University, 52-year-old Congress leader Rahul Gandhi spoke to reporters at the India Insights event organised by the Indian Journalists’ Association (IJA) in London.
At the event, Mr. Gandhi claimed that the structures of democracy in India are under “brutal attack”. However, this could be a direct attack on his supporters, who have been trampling democratic voices in Congress-ruled Rajasthan and Chattisgarh. Several times, Congress sympathisers have held the judiciary and executive branch hostage through dirty tactics like repeated foul cry, accusations of bias, industrial use of fake PILs, or street vetoes by certain communities.
Mr. Gandhi said, “The reason the (Bharat Jodo) yatra became necessary is that the structures of our democracy are under brutal attack. The media, the institutional frameworks, the judiciary, and Parliament are all under attack, and we were finding it very difficult to put the voice of the people through the normal channels.”
Claiming that there is no democracy left in India, the Gandhi scion wanted the US and Europe to not remain mute spectators and intervene in the current dire situation—a cry for help, basically.
Rahul Gandhi said, “How would you react if democracy suddenly disappeared in Europe? You would be shocked and say that’s a massive blow to democracy. How would you react if a structure three and a half times the size of Europe suddenly went non-democratic (referring to India)? That’s already happened. That’s not going to happen in the future; that’s already happened.”
Reacting sharply to this truckload of bunkum, Kanchan Gupta, senior adviser in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, reminded Rahul Gandhi that he gets away with impunity even after giving such nonsensical rhetoric against Indian democracy, courtesy of Indian democracy.
In London, @INCIndia leader and Wayanad MP @RahulGandhi regrets there is no American and European intervention in India.
[That he gets away with impunity with this and other outrageous statements based on brazen lies is a tribute to democracy in India.]pic.twitter.com/5vRboHNQqq
— Kanchan Gupta 🇮🇳 (@KanchanGupta) March 5, 2023
Frustrated Mr. Gandhi even chastised and sermonised US and Western nations that they should look above the ‘trade aspect’ with India and give reaction to this democratic ‘erosion.’ Rahul Gandhi added, “But there is no reaction. There are reasons why there have been no reactions. There is trade and money and stuff like that, but the Indian democracy is a public good, and looking at the democratic structure, it is the single biggest public good.”
Congress loves questionable Soros-funded V-Dem report
What’s the source for Congress and its leaders to make this baseless charge about democratic erosion in India? Yes, it’s a George Soros-funded V-Dem report about India.
• प्रेस फ़्रीडम इंडेक्स में हम गिरते हैं
• डेमोक्रेसी इंडेक्स में हम गिरते हैं
• हंगर इंडेक्स में हम गिरते हैं
• पीस इंडेक्स में हम गिरते हैं
• हैप्पीनेस इंडेक्स में हम गिरते हैं
:@SupriyaShrinate जी pic.twitter.com/sYnKnKI1y9
— Congress (@INCIndia) March 4, 2023
As per this bogus report, which has been time and again shattered to smithereens, particularly by Australian Professor Salvatore Babones, India is among the worst autocracies in the world and is at best an electoral autocracy.
Congratulations India! V-Dem now rates you #108 in the world for electoral democracy, down from #100 in 2022. "Democracy broke down" in 2022 in India, "one of the worst autocratizers in the last 10 years." But don't worry; Pakistan is still rated two steps lower, at #110. pic.twitter.com/oQlMzYb3v6
— Salvatore Babones (@ProfBabones) March 2, 2023
In fact, there is political instability in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and the Maldives. Bangladesh has seen radical groups and its military undermine the authority of the Bangladeshi PM. In all these so-called democratic nations, there is no place for opposition, minorities, or free and fair elections.
Currently, former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is on the run to save his life and political future. So much so that he is ready to make concessions with the Chief of the Pakistan Army. However, the George Soros-funded V-Dem Institute, in its latest report, has put India in the category of “electoral autocracies,” alongside sliding or banana democratic countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Russia, and Turkey.
The V-Dem 2023 report has kept India at a dismal position of 108. Pakistan is just two places behind India. This means that with the help of a slight improvement in election rigging and Pakistan leasing its sovereignty for pennies, an Islamic nation could get the blessings of V-Dem and surpass India in this ranking.
Read More: The irony of Rahul Gandhi’s democracy claims after a “super successful” Bharat Jodo Yatra
Litany of other gigantic falsehoods
Rahul Gandhi further reiterated the past rhetoric of Pegasus and whatnot. He said, “Capture and control the media and judiciary. Surveillance and intimidation. I had Pegasus on my phone. A large number of politicians have Pegasus on their phones. I have been called by intelligence officers who tell me, ‘Listen, please be careful of what you are saying on the phone because we are sort of recording the stuff’ “.
Mr. Gandhi should realise that he can’t have it both ways. On the one hand, he refused to submit his phone to detect the presence of spyware, Pegasus, on his devices and, at the same time, kept hurling baseless accusations that he was being snooped through Pegasus.
Read More: After the death of the Rafale issue, the Pegasus issue also breathes its last
After the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul Gandhi is on a London Yatra where he is cribbing about his political failures and how undemocratic India has become. It wouldn’t be a surprise if, in the coming times, he undertakes a few more similar trips to infamous destinations like Thailand, Italy, and China.
Further, the “electoral autocracies’ terminology is nothing but Soros’ agenda to undermine the integrity of Indian democracy and plant their own puppet at the helm of affairs.
In India, the democratic institutions carry out their jobs in an unbiased manner. The best example of its fairness is that the agencies don’t even spare the kith and kin of ruling parties who indulge in shoddy or illegal activities. Very recently, raids, seizures, and arrests were made in a purported bribery case in Karnataka where a ruling minister’s son is an accused. Rather than crib and rant about India on foreign soil, the leader should prove his charges and absolve himself if the cases registered against him are driven purely on political vendetta.
Renting issues, falsehoods, and smear campaigns from foreign players will never help the opposition revive its lost ground; rather, this disingenuous, non-democratic practices and working hand in glove with foreign meddlers will be vehemently rejected by the voters.
It behoves the opposition to shun its lethargic and cynical politics and act as a responsible party that upholds democratic values even in its harshest criticism of the ruling dispensation. Rather than acting as an amplifier for western propaganda and lackeys of George Soros and ilk,
In the end, we have one thing to say: No, Rahul Gandhi, you are wrong. Democracy is deeply entrenched in the DNA of Indians, and the best example of India’s resounding and vibrant democracy is your grandmother, Indira Gandhi. She was routed from positions of power when she tried to act above Indian democracy and its voters.
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