Salman Khurshid and The Arrogance of Power

I was in two minds till now, whether I should write something against Salman Khurshid or not. My writing might not be taken in its correct sense by Salman Khurshid or by a few more people having the same mind set as that of Salman Khurshid. I also wanted to avoid writing as there is a strange relationship between me and Salman Khurshid. Both of us were face to face for the first time in the Lok Sabha elections in Farrukhabad and in the election Salman Khurshid lost and I won. After this election a relationship of friendship could never be formed between us both. I made considerable efforts, but Salman Khurshid was never able to forget his first defeat. Although after this Salman Khurshid won twice from Farrukhabad. It has now become important to write because on the forehead of Farrukhabad, Salman Khurshid has written the name of a threat giving district. Salman Khurshid could easily have said about the allegations made against him that if I have done wrong then the law will do its work and whatever will be the decision of the court, I will abide with it. But the things which Salman Khurshid said in his defence, a majority of those things are already being proved wrong. His list is wrong, what he has said about the camps is wrong, so much so that even the photo which he distributed, that also was of a camp which took place one year later. 2009-2010, that is, the year of the allegation that 71 lakh rupees were misused, he did not distribute that photo, but this can also be considered as a part of the political sloganeering which has at its roots the allegation of corruption. But the way in which, on the night of 16-17 October, Salman Khurshid used language to instigate his supporters in Farrukhabad, that language is not correct. Salman Khurshid was never like this before. The language which he used does not grace him, because Salman Khurshid has never been seen speaking this sort of language. Although there is no intimate relationship between me and Salman Khurshid. His public face only is in front of us, but Salman Khurshid has another face, that we came to know from the recording which was run on television channels in the country. The language which is being used by Salman Khurshid in this video clipping, is not of a person who is called civilised, of a leader who is called civilised or of a lawyer who is called civilised and is by no means the language of a Law Minister. If this person represents the leadership of Farrukhabad in Parliament and if he is the Law Minister of the country, then in a way it is a slap on the face of each individual residing in Farrukhabad. Now the people in the country will know Farrukhabad as a threat giving district.

Tulsidas has said that ‘Satta Paye Kahu Mad Nahi’ which means who doesn’t start to feel arrogant on getting power. Is it the arrogance of power, is it the arrogance of money, is it the arrogance of status? Its answer is, yes. Salman Khurshid forgot  that this power is not going to be last forever. The power came to him after many days, he lost the elections  two to three times. Now when the power came to him, then he is not able to bear the weight of this power and the weight of this power is manifesting itself from his inner self in such a form of language which is not the language of the common people.

Farrukhabad has given many big leaders to the country. Among these, politicians like Dr. Zakir Hussain, Salman Khurshid’s father Khurshid Alam Khan are also included, but even after belonging to that family, the kind of vocabulary that has been used by Salman Khurshid against the people who started an agitation against him and the way in which he said that they will surely come to Farrukhabad, but how will they go back, show how you will go… This means that you could even get murdered in Farrukhabad. Hearing these words is very painful. Farrukhabad has got nothing in the past seven years. The roads there are not good, there is unemployment, there is hunger, there is crime born out of anger, but the thing to relish is that there is no face in Farrukhabad at this point of time who can bring its voice, fear and suffering in front of the country. There are powerful leaders here, there are leaders with resources, there are Members of Parliament, but there is no will power to work for Farrukhabad. If something had to be done for Farrukhabad then many things could have been done. Farukkhabad could have been established on the map of our country in the form of a developed district, because it has abundant amounts of raw material. There are youths who have the will power to work in Farrukhabad, there are eyes to see a better Farrukhabad, but the rays of light have not been given to those eyes by the political leaders. I feel that many people are feeling bad on a voice being raised against corruption and saying sharp words about corruption, and Salman Khurshid is also one among them. In today’s date, if Salman Khurshid as a Law Minister starts to use the law to threaten the people and then if somebody says the name of Farrukhabad has gained fame he might be saying something very wrong. After returning from London and answering the allegations made by Arvind Kejriwal, when Salman Khurshid said to the Aaj Tak team that I will see you in the court, then this language was not of a true hearted man, instead it was the language of a person who knows the law, of a clever person with a sharp mind who is used to saying that I will destroy your life by entangling you within the nets of law.
The face of Salman Khurshid was known as a gentle face in India, but suddenly what happened that the colour and expression of Salman Khurshid’s face changed totally? If there is anything at the root of this then there is a proverb which fits Salman Khurshid very aptly. Tulsidas has said that ‘Satta Paye Kahu Mad Nahi’ which means who doesn’t start to feel arrogant on getting power. Is it the arrogance of power, is it the arrogance of money, is it the arrogance of status? Its answer is, yes. Salman Khurshid forgot that this power is not going to be last forever. The power came to him after many days, he lost the elections two to three times. Now when the power came to him, then he is not able to bear the weight of this power and the weight of this power is manifesting itself from his inner self in such a form of language which is not the language of the common people. When Salman Khurshid meets one, even if with lack of warmth, he shakes hands. It may be possible, after reading these lines he might even forget to shake hands. It may be possible now that Salman Khurshid doesn’t give those lavish spreads which he has been giving to the media, but Salman Khurshid did at least one thing at his press conference. I have received SMSs from a few journalists, which say that politically motivated allegations are being made against you. This means that there is a class among journalists as well, who without looking at the questions raised by their colleagues, without knowing, stand with the people in power and like blackening the faces of their colleagues. These journalists are giving advice to Salman Khurshid even today, but giving advice is one thing and making a wrong statement true is a different thing, because there are journalists even today in the country who do not believe in standing with the brokers of power.
I can say only this to Salman Khurshid : that make your face the face to fight for Farrukhabad, not the face to make Farrukhabad ashamed. A stench of communalism comes from your words. Due to these sort of statements from you, the communal peace of Farrukhabad could be damaged. Do you want to play into the hands of those powers who want to damage the communal peace of Farrukhabad or Uttar Pradesh? If this happens then this would be very wrong for peace in Farrukhabad, for the development of Farrukhabad and for the future of Farrukhabad.

Statement of Salman Khurshid

‘I Will Work With the Pen, But I Will Also Work With Blood’

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Since many days, after placing a pen in my hands, it was being said, now work with the pen only. They made me a Minister of the lawyers, they made me the Law Minister and said, work with the pen. I will — I will work with the pen, but I will also work with blood. I am giving in writing with my blood, giving it for children, where we had to reach, we have already reached. Tomorrow’s India will be in your hands, O youth, but  tomorrow’s India will be in your hands, it will not be in the hands of Kejriwal. This fight is not of a day, this fight will be there till the time we do not give the reins of India in the hands of the youth and will not throw them out. Has said that we will go to Farrukhabad. Let him go to Farrukhabad or let him come to Farrukhabad, but let him also return back from Farrukhabad. He says that he will ask questions, you give the answers. We say that you listen to the answers and forget about asking questions. I give a lot of respect to each officer of India, may it be IAS or IPS, may he be in foreign service or from the income tax, I have a lot of respect for these officers of India, but brother, I also say this that if the officers of income tax are like this then the officers of income tax will also have to be changed. If Kejriwal represents them, if this is what has been taught in income tax, then income tax will also have to be changed. If we have to give answers to Kejriwal then we will give answers. We will give answers from the mouth also; we will also give answers by becoming steel, we will give answers with our character also, we will give answers with our unity also. And it is being said that India is not of a few channels, India is ours. Kejriwal is a useless person.

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