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Indian Political Circus : The Pappu of India

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rahul gandhi PM candidate gallery (1)By Ridham Gambhir

If Looney Tunes and Tazzos are still alive in the Indian political sphere, thanks to trolls and memes that cite the immaturity and puerile behavior of Mr. Rahul Gandhi aka Pappu of India (if you don’t trust us,search Google)

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The 44-year old politician has gained immense popularity not due to his political acumen but for his frivolity and “Amul Baby” demeanor.  The recent photo that went viral on the social media shows Mr. Gandhi holding white sheets of paper scribbled with bullet points in capital letters. And he was holding this ‘cheat-sheet’ or to say furre while arguing over the Lalit Modi row against Sushma Swaraj and even used those points in the same way as they were written.

 

With a history of mondegreens and half-baked proclamations, Rahul Gandhi hasn’t really given up.  He challenges trending-rahul-gandhi-jokes-53202bc4baff0the “suit-boot ki sarkar” and wishes to replace it by “kurta-pyjama aur chappal ki sarkar“. As if, the white linen would guarantee a cleaner government–white clothes,hence a whiter government. Probably, his donning of a white kurta at almost every occasion roots from this reason. Moreover, the hypocrisy of such statements is that Rahul Gandhi belongs to a dynasty which is known for its “suit-boot” status and inherited wealth instead of earned wealth.

Gandhi believes that “poverty is a state of mind.It does not mean scarcity of food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence then we can overcome poverty.”  When statements like these come from the Vice-president of Congress, one ought to hurl the BPL (Below Poverty Line) statistics on him.

318The infantalization of this man has become an issue of comic interest so much so that, none of his face expressions are spared and instantly transformed into memes. His broad rueful smile even at occasions which don’t require it, is yet another example of his fatuous mindset.

And when it comes to his commendable general knowledge, Rahul Gandhi can face no competition. The Gandhi scion claims that India is bigger than US and Europe put together.  And his quotes such as-“I am not averse to politics, but that does not mean that I am going to join politics”  is made when he’s a politician born in a political milieu and breathes as a Vice-president of Congress.

 

The Congress politician is usually accompanied with his mother,which has resulted into various comic trolls about him being a ‘mamma’s boy’ or accused by BJP politicians for not growing out his diaper years.

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44 years and counting, Rahul Gandhi is eternally young and spirited when it comes to rallies and taking small lunch outings with farmers and their families. If he is the future face of India, then kindly declare a STATE of EMERGENCY as soon as possible.

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With The Elections Coming Up, Indian Government Promises Farmers Their Income Support

The government said the fiscal deficit this year will rise from 3.3 percent to 3.4 percent due to the outlay for the income scheme for farmers.

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An Indian woman helps her farmer husband irrigate a paddy field using a traditional system, on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Feb. 1, 2019. VOA

With an eye on wooing voters ahead of what is expected to be a tough national election, India’s Hindu nationalist government announced cash handouts of billions of dollars for poor farmers.

In the annual budget presented in parliament Friday, interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said 120 million farmers with less than two hectares of land would get an income of $85 a year.

Goyal announced that the measure, which will cost about $10.5 billion, would be implemented with immediate effect. “This will pave the way for them to earn a respectable living,” he said. “Such support will help them avoid indebtedness.”

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Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, center, holds a briefcase containing federal budget documents with Junior Finance ministers Shiv Pratap Shukla, center right, and Pon Radhakrishnan, left, upon their arrival at the parliament house in New Delhi, India, Feb. 1, 2019. VOA

Farmers complain that a sharp decline in crop prices has hurt their incomes and driven millions into debt. Rural experts said they were not sure whether the measure will assuage disgruntled rural communities that have been demanding loan waivers and better prices for their produce.

The government also announced a pension scheme of about $40 a month for nearly 100 million poor workers in the country’s vast unorganized sector and tax breaks for the middle classes.

The welfare measures come as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party tries to address rising discontent in the country — there is growing anger in rural areas over falling crop prices and widespread worries that his government has failed to create jobs to meet the needs of the country’s huge young population.

The Bharatiya Janata Party recently lost elections in three heartland states, raising concerns it could struggle to win a majority in the upcoming elections. Modi had sailed to power in 2014 on the promise of creating millions of jobs.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, is garlanded by BJP leaders on the first day of the two-day Bharatiya Janata Party national convention in New Delhi, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

Although economic growth numbers have been good, lack of jobs has emerged as the biggest challenge for Modi. A report in the Business Standard newspaper says a government survey that has not been released pegs the unemployment rate at a 45-year high of 6.1 percent.

Expressing optimism that “India is solidly back on track and marching towards growth and prosperity,” Goyal said that infrastructure projects such as building roads in rural areas will boost employment.

The opposition Congress Party slammed the income support of $85 a year announced for farmers as inadequate. Saying that it is not going to be transformational, senior party leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “₹6000 [6,000 rupees, or $84] in income support for farmers boils down to ₹500 [500 rupees, or $7] per month. Is that supposed to enable them to live with the honor and dignity?”

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The Congress Party is also trying to woo voters with the promise of a minimum income for the poor if it wins the upcoming general election. The BJP has dismissed the pledge as unaffordable, while economists have expressed concern that the “competitive populism” by India’s two main parties ahead of general elections could strain the country’s finances.

The government said the fiscal deficit this year will rise from 3.3 percent to 3.4 percent due to the outlay for the income scheme for farmers. (VOA)