The year 2018 was a good year for the country. We made a lot of progress and witnessed small yet significant changes. But politics! A field that surprises us at every given instances. Trust politicians to come up some weirdly interesting to stay in the 'news'. So much that they won't even spare Gods and Goddesses to gain footage. This year has been like that. Let's take a look at some bizarre comments and solutions that came in from our politicians this year.
#1 Narendra Modi’s solution to unemployment: Selling Pakodas
Amidst rising unemployment debates in the country and in the Parliament, PM Narendra Modi shocked everyone with his view on unemployment claims by the opposition. “If a person selling pakodas earns Rs 200 at the end of the day, will it be considered employment or not?” he said raising many eyebrows.
#2 Yogi Adityanath on Lord Hanuman’s caste
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister made heads turn with his shocking statement in November when he said that Hindu lord hanuman was a Dalit.“Hanuman is such a god that he is a forest-dweller lives in the mountains. Dalits, deprived, he takes everyone along, from east to west, north to south and unites them all,” he had said and started a chain of reactions. Post Yogi, other leaders too made their claims where Hanuman was first said to be a Muslim whereas later on, UP’s Minister for Religious Affairs, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, said Hanuman was a Jat. We guess Yogi’s statement set Newton’s third law in motion, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction but for the statements, we only had facepalm reaction.
#3 Biplab Kumar Deb on the internet
"Internet and satellite communication had existed in the days of Mahabharata. How could Sanjaya (the charioteer of King Dhritarashtra) give a detailed account and description to the blind king about the battle of Kurukshetra? It means the Internet was there, the satellites and that technology was there in the country at that time," Biplab Kumar Deb said. The Tripura Chief Minister viewed that since the era of the Mahabharata, India was top in technology but somehow in the middle lost it.
#4 Swami Chakrapani Maharaj on eating beef
President of All India Hindu Mahasabha, Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, gave an absurd statement during the Kerala floods earlier this year which left 483 dead and over a million were affected. At a time when the whole country was rushing to support the victims, Swami Chakrapani surprised everyone when in an interview he announced that Flood victims in Kerala who've eaten beef shouldn't receive help.
#5 K. A. Sengottaiyan on girl students wearing anklets
Tamil Nadu Education Minister K. A. Sengottaiyan received a lot of criticism over a comment that he made at a school function. In response to why girl students had been banned from wearing rings, anklets and flowers, he said that these things have been banned because they can be distracting for boys. “Rings can be banned. They can go missing. Flowers, I am sure, would not be banned. Anklets should be banned. The clinking sound can distract boys. It can affect their studies and concentration.” Speechless, again!
We hope the ministers would take a cue from this year and won’t repeat what we would call “gaandi baat” and instead do some good to the society.