Sonia, a perfect hypocrite

“A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.”

Sonia Gandhi, a perfect hypocrite
Sonia, a perfect hypocrite

The Sonia Gandhi regime did everything to suppress liberty, and yet she has the audacity to lecture the world on openness and liberalism.

Deceit and hypocrisy are not the preserve of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In her speech at India Today Conclave 2018, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi made it evident.

Had an observer landed from Mars and heard her singing paeans to liberty, they would have been moved by the solicitude of the lady who presided over a most illiberal regime (Well, we must shed the fiction that she was advising prime minister Manmohan Singh. It is time we said unequivocally that she ran the government, while Singh was a puppet). Besides, it was the most corrupt government India has witnessed since Independence—a truly stupendous achievement by any reckoning if we take into account venality in other regimes.

Yet, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson has the cheek to talk like a champion of freedom. She said, “Ours has been an open, liberal democracy… It has allowed for disagreement, dissent, and protest. It has demonstrated its capacity for dialogue and compromise.” Come to think of it, such pontification from the mother of the draconian Section 66A?

“The public’s right to know is directly affected by Section 66A.” – Justice R.F. Nariman

Section 66A of the Information Technology Act provided that “any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device: (a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or (b) any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will, persistently by making use of such computer resource or a communication device; (c) any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such messages, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.”

Introduced in 2009, when Sonia Gandhi was the Empress of India, Section 66A became a convenient tool in the hands of those who had power and pelf at their command. Guess who was the first beneficiary? Karti Chidambaram, son of P. Chidambaram. Ravi Srinivasan, a middle-aged businessman in Pondicherry, became the first person in India to be arrested for a tweet against Karti. Srinivasan had tweeted that Karti had “amassed more wealth than Vadra.” An outspoken man spoke the truth and was thrown behind bars, while Chidambaram Jr kept amassing wealth the magnitude of which our agencies are still trying to figure out. So much for the “open, liberal democracy” under Sonia.

The Supreme Court invalidated the odious section in 2015, calling it unconstitutional and a restriction on freedom of speech. “Section 66A is unconstitutional and we have no hesitation in striking it down,” said Justice R.F. Nariman, reading out the judgment. “The public’s right to know is directly affected by Section 66A.”

The Bench of Justices J. Chelameswar and Nariman pointed out that the offenses laid down under Section 66A did not lay down clearly defined lines. This, the apex court said, has resulted in the misuse of the provision. It also refused to accept the government assurance that misuse would be curtailed.

the journalists didn’t scream that there was ‘an undeclared Emergency’ in the country.

Section 66A was a most flagrant and visible violation of the spirit of democracy; there were many more violations. Media barons were bullied; journalists were terrorized; P. Chidambaram openly threatened reporters. But assaults on the press seldom became a big issue when Sonia was in power. The biggest reason was that her politics and economic policy were Left-leaning and most top journalists are pinkish. So, they didn’t scream that they, as they do these days, that there was ‘an undeclared Emergency’ in the country.

Under the UPA’s watch, the voice of writers like Taslima Nasreen and Salman Rushdie was suppressed in a bid to pander to the most retrograde elements in the Muslim community.

In other words, the Sonia Gandhi regime did everything to throttle open society and suppress liberty, and yet she has the audacity to lecture the world on openness and liberalism. Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai E. Stevenson once said, “A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.”

Sonia Gandhi fits the bill.

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Ravi Shanker Kapoor

Ravi Shanker Kapoor

Ravi Shanker Kapoor is a journalist and author. He upholds freedom of expression, individual liberty, free market, and open society. He has published three books till date. His website is
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  1. बिल्कुल सही है यह महिला बहुत घमंडी कौवा है जब तक मौन चुपचाप बैठे रहतीं हैं और देश को बांटने के लिए वह लूटने के लिए षड्यंत्र रचती है

  2. This crooked Italian Lady had the temerity / impudence to make a claim for Prime Ministership of India in 1999 claiming that she possessed the support of more than 272 Lok Sabha MPs, after ensuring the fall of Vajpayee Govt in 1999 alongwith J Jayalalitha. The then Rashtrapati Shri K R Narayanan was more than willing to appoint her as Prime Minister. Thanks to George Fernandez, who convinced Mulayam Singh Yadav of Samajwadi Party NOT to support the foreign born Italian lady for the position of Prime Minister of India, whose loyalty to our Country is SUSPECT. No doubt, God is lording over our great Country and protecting us from these unscrupulous and notorious elements.

  3. Lots of changes she has done..
    Doordarshan she had many people selected from christian community…. N AIR too…
    Usually they play three Hindu songs, two Muslim n two christian songs earlier….but during her regime most of the songs were christian….
    Plus I heard that she used akashvani to telecast christian preachings from 5.30 or so….
    During live programs with audience interaction, people from christian community used radio to preach…. I was so shocked.
    Made us study European thoughts n only about churches in Indian history books …if she had given equal weightage to African n Australian or American things could be acceptable…. This lady was a pacca Vatican ambassador.
    Later when I went to a khadi shop to get slippers I could see a lot of christian wordings…
    I was confused…but didn’t see the reason to be christian Sonia led government. Later putting everything together, I assumed she is trying to christianise India….
    Rajasekar Reddy for Andhra, umman chandy for Kerala…. My god Congress would have swallowed India’s culture if let for one more term.

    I definitely believe she was behind Nepal in becoming secular from Hindu country.
    Monarchy to democracy need not be accompanied with Hindu to secular…..

    She is responsible for the growth of missionaries in Nepal who were successful in bringing Nepal from being a Hindu country to secular.

    Did her job perfectly assigned to by Rome…but they didn’t know the power of Hindu gods…..

  4. an utterly shameless society. This is what this country represents after hearing Sonia Gandhis talk at the India Today Enclave. This is a party which imposed Emergency when the throne of Mrs. Indira Gandhi was threatened . the freedom of press was curtailed. lakhs of people were imprisioned and sent to jail for 18 long months. The party till today has not expressed regret for its act. And we hapless citizens keep listening to this stupid talk by COngress and are taking this in our stride. We are an utterly shamless society indeed