Home Political History of India 'Bofors ka dalal kaun hai? Rajiv Gandhi,' How the Opposition back in the late 80s chanted 'Rajiv Gandhi Chor Hai'

‘Bofors ka dalal kaun hai? Rajiv Gandhi,’ How the Opposition back in the late 80s chanted ‘Rajiv Gandhi Chor Hai’

A journalism professor was arrested by police, assaulted by Congress workers, for a question asked in an examination that referred to an anti-Rajiv Gandhi slogan

With only three phases in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections remaining, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi has suddenly become a topic in the elections. It all began with prime minister Narendra Modi saying yesterday that Rajiv Gandhi died as Bhrashtachar number one, referring to Rahul Gandhi constantly labelling the PM as a chor.

While the opposition parties and left-liberal media constantly accuses the current Modi government to be a fascist regime without freedom of speech, the fact is that the PM and the government is constantly being attacked, labelled a thief by the very same people without any fear of retaliatory action from the government. Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, and all Congress leaders keep saying chowkidar chor hai, where chowkidar means PM Modi. Rahul Gandhi had even attributed this comment to the Supreme Court.

This comes in sharp contrast to how the Congress party had reacted when Rajiv Gandhi was called a chor. In 1988, a journalism professor was arrested by police, assaulted by Congress workers, for a question asked in an examination that referred to an anti-Rajiv Gandhi slogan popular at that time. Pradeep Krishnatray was the head of journalism department at the Sagar University, and the entrance test for journalism degree of the university at that year included that question which asked, “Which station of All India Radio had broadcast the sentence – ‘Rajiv Gandhi Chor Hai’?”

- Ad - - article resumes -

On May 27, during a live programme of Patna Radio Station, a girl was asked to tell a joke, and she had said, Gali Gali Mein Shor Hai, Rajiv Gandhi Chor Hai. This was a slogan used by the opposition parties during the Rajiv Gandhi government after the Bofors scam was exposed.

The question in the entrance examination created a huge reaction, with a group of youth Congress workers storming into the journalism department of Sagar University, and abusing and beating Pradeep Krishnatray. They had also painted his face blacked and paraded him around the campus.

The University authorities had charge-sheeted Krishnatray for asking the question and started an inquiry. After that, the police had taken up the case. The professor was arrested by police for indecent behaviour and insult. Not content with assaulting the professor, the Congress workers had also demanded that Krishnatray should be sacked immediately, although the vice-chancellor had refused to do so without a probe. The teachers of the university had rallied behind Krishnatray, boycotting class protesting the hooliganism of Congress workers. This had forced the police to arrest the culprits who had assaulted the professor.

Pradeep Krishnatray didn’t say anything against Rajiv Gandhi, the department under him had merely asked a question relating to a-anti-Rajiv Gandhi slogan. While today government-run TV channels like Rajya Sabha channel openly run anti-government propaganda, at that time government-run All India Radio inadvertently transmitting an anti-government slogan in a live programme was a big issue. This was also an important piece of trivia for journalism students, that’s why it was asked in the entrance examination for the journalism course, but the Congress workers wanted the scalp of the head of the department just for this.

In fact, back in the day, “Rajiv Gandhi Chor Hai” was a very popular campaign run by the opposition.

One of the most used chant at that time was ‘Gali gali mein shor hai, Rajiv Gandhi chor hai’. In fact, if reports are to be believed, when V P Singh, who resigned as the Defence Minister to lead the Opposition onslaught on Rajiv Gandhi, would ask the crowd, “Bofors ka dalal kaun hai?” Crowd would yell back, Rajiv Gandhi.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Big Story

Strange rumours are coming out of Kashmir. Shah Faesal, supposedly, is Doval's stooge.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

To Advertise on Opindia.com Click here

NDTV’s Interim CEO Suparna Singh resigns with immediate effect

NDTV interim CEO Suparna Singh, whose appointment as CEO was not approved by I&B ministry, has stepped down
Hartosh Singh Bal resorts to factually incorrect details to target Amit Shah

Fact-Check: Unlike Chidambaram who tried to escape from law, Amit Shah resolutely faced trial and was acquitted

Hartosh Singh Bal equated P Chidambaram's disgraceful escape with Amit Shah's tenacity to face the law

Political Editor of The Hindu condones violence by Congress workers who beat up a man who shouted ‘Chidambaram Chor Hai’

Congress worker beats up a man for shouting 'Chidambaram Chor Hai', The Hindu Political Editor Nistula Hebbar shows excitement at the unruly behaviour.

P Chidambaram finally arrested by CBI after officers scale wall of his residence as the gates were locked

Chidambaram arrested from his residence after he addressed a press conference at Congress office

Former Pakistan army chief says Pakistan will use Kartarpur corridor to revive Khalistani terrorism in India

Gen Mirza Aslam Beg has said Pakistan army and the government should create trouble for India through Khalistan movement

Read about the P Chidambaram link in the new FIR filed against NDTV by the CBI

It appears that the INX Media case, the new FIR against NDTV and arrest of P Chidambaram are all interconnected.

Is Shah Faesal Ajit Doval’s asset? Unlikely, Swati Chaturvedi may be unwittingly helping the central government

Strange rumours are coming out of Kashmir. Shah Faesal, supposedly, is Doval's stooge.

Pakistan takes a cue from Congress yet again, asks ‘what happened to Rafale investigation’

In case Chaudhry missed out, the first Rafale jet is expected to be delivered next month.

‘Liberal’ hearts bleed as CBI arrests Congress leader Chidambaram after court calls him “kingpin of crime”

Within a few minutes of Chidambaram's arrest, the liberal heart bled for their fallen hero, who once had once co-opted the very same intelligentsia, media and other opinion-makers.

If Congress can’t claim political martyrdom today, the Modi government has only P Chidambaram to thank

After being missing for almost an entire day post the Supreme Court rejecting immediate relief from arrest in the INX media scam case, P Chidambaram went missing.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
[newsletter_form type="minimal"]
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

181,258FansLike
172,549FollowersFollow
90,726SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post