Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday visited the birthplace of Kehsav Baliram Hedgewar, the founder of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and hailed him as “a great son of Mother India”. The Congress leader is in Nagpur to address the RSS cadre on the occasion of the final leg of three-year training programme called the ‘Tritiya Varsh Varg’.
Mukherjee wrote “Today I came here to pay my respect and homage to a great son of Mother India,” in the visitor’s book ahead of his speech at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.
While the Congress party has already displayed immense displeasure at Pranab Mukherjee’s presence at Nagpur, the “liberals” and “journalists” who talk constantly about freedom of expression, democratic values and the virtue of neutrality experienced a Twitter meltdown.
As President Pranab da got to host performances by the finest Hindustani singers and Manipuri dancers; this show at Nagpur must be pure torture. https://t.co/pB4hb5f7du
— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) June 7, 2018
A neutral journalist with ‘The Hindu’ displayed his neutrality by terming the former president as a ‘rogue’. He lamented that the Congress party “tolerated” him for so long. The journalist who constantly talks about Modi ruining the economy perhaps didn’t realise that in his love for Congress, he ended up ruining their narrative of the Congress government handing over a thriving economy to the BJP government.
Have always believed that he is a rogue. He single handedly killed India’s economy as worst FM ever. Don’t know why @INCIndia tolerated him for long.
— Mahesh Langa (@LangaMahesh) June 6, 2018
The poor man’s Barkha Dutt strikes again! Nidhi Razdan is famous for conducting entire debates on fake news and getting called out on social media, also spoke about how RSS should take this opportunity to engage with people of different political ideology without realising that it was what RSS was doing and exactly what her meltdown was all about.
Today the RSS and it’s supporters say Pranab Mukherjee’s speech is an important symbol of engagement in a democracy. They would do well to follow their own advice. So one hopes that the RSS too will embrace those who are ideologically different from them
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) June 7, 2018
Siddarth Varadarajan, the paragon of neutral virtues, Editor of the leftist propaganda website and the man who shelved the Vadra scam expose for 7 long months tweeted about the tragedy of Pranab Mukherjee’s speech being telecast live. Of course, he wrapped his bigotry up neatly with concerns of “taxpayers money”, which clearly wasn’t a concern for his colleague and co-founder who got lakhs from state-funded Rajya Sabha TV and featured prominently in Radia Tapes.
It is one thing for @CitiznMukherjee to give a speech but why should our money-conscious channels give the RSS free airtime for what is essentially a recruitment video?
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) June 7, 2018
Dear @CitiznMukherjee, please see what you have done.Because of you all TV channels are giving free publicity to a fascist organisation.
— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) June 7, 2018
Shekhar Gupta, Editor of the often-caught-lying portal ‘The Print’ and inventor of the famous “coup” story tweeted about RSS needing to progress with the times. The hate that had consumed most of the liberal ecosystem, including him, stopped him from making complete sense.
From flared khaki shorts to trousers is progress, RSS. Also, keeps mosquitoes away. But find a real drill sergeant if you want to be taken seriously. And please don’t parade grown men with those drums. Samay ke saath badaliye…
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) June 7, 2018
The liberal meltdown also prompted some astute observations as to the hypocrisy of the “liberals” and Rahul Gandhi’s Congress party.
Rahul Kanwal, a journalist with India Today observed that the ones who were screaming the loudest about tolerance, are the ones displaying intolerance about Mukherjee’s Nagpur visit.
Those who lecture about RSS being intolerant seem most agitated about Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Nagpur. So much for their quest for tolerance. Preach tolerance, practise intolerance. Sheer hypocrisy.
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) June 7, 2018
Rahul Roushan tweeted about how the Islamisation of Congress was complete where Pranab Mukherjee was being ousted as an apostate.
Islamization of Congress is complete. Where Pranab Mukherjee is to be punished for apostasy. Next will be killing of non-believers. The importance of Congress Mukt Bharat is more pressing than ever. #PranabAtRSS
— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) June 7, 2018
And, of course, some couldn’t resist plugging the famous interview, where much to everyone’s joy, Pranab Mukherjee was put Rajdeep Sardesai in his place for repeated interruptions.
It’s great that Pranab Mukherjee is chief guest at RSS event. He completely deserves it. A knowledgeable & seasoned politician who as a president rejected over 30 mercy petitions of criminals .& who can forget his brutal with i/w with Rajdeep. #PranabAtRSS pic.twitter.com/cdtiCCiVGK
— Paresh Rawal fn (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) June 6, 2018
One can assume that the nervous breakdown is only about to get worse as the 2019 elections draw closer.