While the standoff at the LAC with Chinese troops has stirred up a diplomatic puddle between India and China, there is also a fierce rhetoric playing on the social media between the ruling party and the opposition. Meanwhile, wrestling champion Babita Phogat lashed out at the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his alleged ‘love for China’.
She wrote on her Twitter account, “One thing I want to ask Rahul Gandhi. Is he inclined towards India or China? Nowadays his love for China overflowing. Does he have no faith in India?”
Phogat had hinted at the Congress party’s strange fixation with China.
राहुल गांधी जी से एक बात पूछनी थी।— Babita Phogat (@BabitaPhogat) June 8, 2020
वो भारत की तरफ हैं या चाइना की तरफ??
आजकल उनका चाइना प्रेम ज्यादा ही उमड़ रहा है।क्या बात हिंदुस्तान पर विश्वास नहीं रहा।#ILovemyIndia
Reacting to this, Congress’s Media coordinator Radhika Kheda wrote, “One thing to ask you too. Do you worry about the security of the country or Modiji’s failure?”
On this, Babita Phogat replied saying, “Tell Rahul Gandhi Ji that this is new Hindustan, one that enters and kills inside the premises of enemy. We have faith in our leadership and military. Please explain this to Rahul Ji that excessive use of sugar is bad for health. Congress seems to be terrified of Modiji that is why they are resorting to China to gain political mileage?”
राहुल गांधी जी से कहें यह नया हिंदुस्तान है घर में घुसकर मारता है।हमें हमारे नेतृत्व और सेना दोनों पर भरोसा है।राहुल जी को समझाएं चीनी का ज्यादा उपयोग सेहत के लिए हानिकारक होता है।कांग्रेस मोदी जी से घबराई हुई लग रही है क्यों राजनीति चमकाने के लिए अब चीन का सहारा लेना पड़ रहा है? https://t.co/RGQkytyzbt— Babita Phogat (@BabitaPhogat) June 8, 2020
After this, the Print’s Zainab Sikandar replied to Phogat, “Phogat madam, first understand the meaning of nationalism. The nation is India, not the BJP. And reduce the dialogues. This is not an Aamir Khan film. It is a matter of foreign policy.”
The BJP leader replied to her, ” If love for China is nationalism then I congratulate Congress on that. Complimenting the enemy country and speaking bad for own country. Such foreign policy can be a strategy for Congress only. The leadership of the country is in strong hands and we are proud of the army of the country. Rest, the film was made when the tricolor was raised.”
चाइना प्रेम राष्ट्रवाद है तो फिर ये राष्ट्रवाद कांग्रेस को मुबारक। दुश्मन देश चाइना की तारीफ और अपने देश की बुराई ऐसी विदेश नीति कांग्रेस की ही हो सकती है।देश का नेतृत्व मजबूत हाथों में है और देश की सेना पर हमें गर्व है। रही बात फिल्म की देश का झंडा ऊंचा किया तभी फिल्म बनी है। https://t.co/Qp2JyNmcqU— Babita Phogat (@BabitaPhogat) June 8, 2020
When Babita continued to question Congress and Rahul Gandhi, another journalist, Prashant Kanuajia entered the discussion and questioned Babita’s film ‘Dangal’ that was a super hit in China. Babita replied, “I have earned something for the country. Unlike you who tarnish the image of the country. I have upheld the glory of India even while in China. What to do with a journalist like you who is sold in the hands of the Congress.”
It is notable here that most ‘liberals’ and Congress leaders often try to peddle the narrative that it was Aamir Khan’s movie ‘Dangal’ that made the Phogat sisters ‘famous’. While the reality is that the movie was based on the Phogat sisters’ achievements and their stellar contribution to Indian sports.
देश के लिए कुछ कमा कर दिया है तुम्हारी तरह देश की इज्जत मिट्टी में तो नहीं मिला रही। देश की शान बढ़ाई है चाइना में जाकर भी। तुम जैसे पतलकार का क्या किया जाए जो कांग्रेस के हाथों में बिक चुके हैं। https://t.co/IHRkIIRD7j— Babita Phogat (@BabitaPhogat) June 8, 2020
Noting that so many defenders of Rahul Gandhi have jumped to question and attack her, Babita Phogat wrote, “The questions are being asked to Rahul Gandhi. but some particular journalists are coming to answer. Is it because brother Rahul Gandhiji does not know how to answer a question? There can be no compromise with the honor and self-respect of the country. Congress should understand this very well. The love for China and Pakistan will destroy the Congress party one day.”
Babita used the Hindi term ‘Pattalkaar’, a jibe at dishonest journalists who compromise with the ethics of their profession for favours and monetary gain.
प्रश्न राहुल गांधी से किया जा रहा है।जवाब देने पतलकार आ रहे हैं। क्यों भाई राहुल गांधी जी को जवाब देना नहीं आता है क्या??— Babita Phogat (@BabitaPhogat) June 9, 2020
देश के सम्मान और स्वाभिमान के साथ कोई समझौता नहीं हो सकता यह बात कांग्रेश अच्छी तरह से समझ ले।यह चाइना और पाकिस्तान प्रेम एक दिन कांग्रेस को मिटा देगा।
Rahul Gandhi and China
The Gandhi-scion, not once but twice, was caught meeting Chinese officials, raising suspicion among the policymakers regarding the intent of his secretive meeting with the Chinese.
The first meeting had taken place in 2017, when Rahul Gandhi had a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui, especially at a time when India and China were in the middle of a stand-off at Doklam. At first, the Congress party had denied such meetings and had termed news reports suggesting that the Gandhi-scion had indeed met Chinese officials as ‘fake news’.
Again in 2018, Rahul Gandhi had himself revealed regarding the secret meeting with a couple of Chinese ministers during his trip to Kailash Mansarovar in September 2018. The meeting was kept secret initially but later Rahul Gandhi had revealed the details of the meeting accidentally leading to people to speculate even more as to why both the Congress party and China were trying to hide the meeting.
It is notable that Wrestling champion Babita Phogat had joined the BJP last year before the Haryana assembly elections. She had contested elections from the Dadri assembly and had lost.