On Monday, as protests intensified over the weekend and entire country was outraged at the gang-rape of a young girl in Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to the nation in his usual passive and unappealing fashion with empty prayers and sympathies, rather than strong statements with a fervour and determination.
Following the incident, Indian youth turned to social networking to vent their anger and frustration at the recklessness and carelessness of the Congress government in dealing with crimes against women. The Prime Minister’s televised speech on Monday only seems to have made things worse. After completing his speech in which he expressed concern and promised to take steps to ensure safety of women in India, the Prime Minister paused for a few seconds, then looked at someone behind the camera and uttered “Theek hai? (Is it fine?)”.
These two wonderful words mouthed by the Prime Minister of India were the fever of the day with all of internet buzzing with the words and ‘#Theek hai’ trending at the top of twitter. Except, that’s because it only further enraged and angered the citizens. Some tweeters claimed that the PM’s ‘Theek hai’ moment is the only time when he showed any emotion whatsoever is his otherwise dry mechanical speech.
“The PM’s ‘Theek hai’ at the end of his mechanical speech sounded very dismissive, as if all his speech was just for the heck of it. It sounded as if to say, he was questioning his madam whether he performed well in the speech. He doesn’t even appear to care about the circumstances plaguing the nation presently. What a shame!”, said one political commentator. “Though I only feel sorry for Manmohan Singh, he is just a helpless puppet of Sonia Gandhi”, continued the political commentator.
Even Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde drew sharp criticism for comparing Delhi anti-rape protesters to maoists. “Tomorrow Maoists may demonstrate I cannot go and meet them,” Mr. Shinde said in an interview. But Mr. Shinde, isn’t it the duty of ever leader to meet his citizens and talk to them and address their issues?
The nation is far from being pacified. Many online petitions have been circulating to encourage the enactment of a stricter legislation to deal with rape cases. Also, many citizens are demanding the establishment of fast-track courts for speedier justice.
“Ghanta sab theek hai! (Balls everything is fine!) This is only the beginning. Unless we have better laws and better conviction and punishments rates and occurrence of crimes is effectively controlled, this government has no right to try to pacify us. We have a long way to go before we can even think of saying ‘theek hai!’.” is what a tweeter had to say.
So while the PM says “Theek hai (Its fine)”, the Nation says “Ghanta theek hai (Balls its fine!)”.
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