Truth is Truth: Why fear uttering it in the public square?

I mention demonetisation only to point out that unfortunately the Congress' response to it has been worse than anaemic.

Written by Ujjal Dosanjh | Updated: December 15, 2016 3:14 pm
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Dear Rahul Gandhi,

You do not know me. By way of introduction, I am an Indian of the diaspora in possession of the Overseas Indian Citizenship which grants me all the rights of an Indian citizen except the right to vote, run for public office or work for government. And I do still have a strong connection with India but no partisan interests. And I continue to care, think and write about the country.

I was back in Kolkata on the night of November 8th when Prime Minister Modi made illegal the tender of 86%of the Indian currency unless tendered within certain periods at certain institutions under certain conditions. The so-called demonetisation has taken a sever toll on aam Bharatis’ lives and livelihoods. Its original rationale of fighting black money/corruption and terror has now metamorphed into absolute non-sequiters. And as the forgery, corruption and illegitimate hoarding of the new notes show, this most ill thought of Modi’s actions, will have a negligible if any effect on black money, corruption or terrorism.

I mention demonetisation only to point out that unfortunately the Congress’ response to it has been worse than anaemic.

No democracy can function well without an effective opposition robustly holding the government’s feet to the fire on matters such as the ill fated demonetisation. And for the longest time Congress, the largest party in opposition, hasn’t lived up to Indians’ expectations. In government it had allowed itself to be a vehicle for corruption and endless scams. In opposition its record has been shockingly lacklustre.

And now you have dared the Prime Minister to sit and listen in Parliament when you speak about “his personal corruption” about which you claim to have important information; so important that if revealed in the Lok Sabha, you claim it will cause “an earthquake” and “explode [Modi’s] balloon”. You maintain BJP will ensure you don’t get to speak in Parliament because Modi is “personally terrified” of what you might have to say. BJP are accusing you of grandstanding arguing you could have spoken anytime you wished. You and the rest of the opposition accuse Modi of contempt for Lok Sabha as he hasn’t sat down to hear or participate in the debate. To an observer from afar both sides seem childish and need to get on with the business of the nation without any further obstructions or delay.

To reveal the “truth” about Mr. Modi, you could speak anywhere in India. No matter where you speak, if what you have to say is important and is in fact earth shaking, India, all of India, everyone in every corner of it– eager to fight corruption, will pay heed. But you insist you must speak only in the Lok Sabha. It is this latter condition of yours that causes me to ask: Why?

I do not know the information in your possession, nor its gravity or veracity. I know Lok Sabha does provide immunity against any legal actions for libel or defamation. But truth, no matter where it is spoken or by whom, is a complete defence to any claim for defamation. The truth spoken outside the Lok Sabha is as powerful and immune to legal challenge as the one uttered inside it. Speak up Mr. Gandhi, outside the Lok Sabha, if not allowed to do so inside, and then let the chips fall where they may.

Truth is truth: why fear uttering it in the public square. If what you have is rooted in truth, it should be as easy to make public as just blurting it out. Pray tell then, why the insistence on speaking in Lok Sabha only?

An Indian of the diaspora

Ujjal Dosanjh

@ujjaldosanjh

Dosanjh is former Premier of British Columbia, and former Canadian Minister of Health. Views expressed by the author are personal.

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    Iyer
    Dec 15, 2016 at 9:30 am
    Rahul is simply lying We people of india n know and say with lot of conviction. he is an imbecile of the first order.lt;br/gt;He is the dumbest politician we have known so far. he cannot speak one sentence without making mistake .
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      MyTake
      Dec 16, 2016 at 7:30 am
      Quack quack!
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        Trun
        Dec 15, 2016 at 10:14 am
        Seems defending Modi is your aim. So if Modi chose his time and place to speak on demonization so I presume Rahul can choose his time and place. So you have to sit and watch even if that looks childish to you from your place. Don't be so scared of Rahul.
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          Mathurwa
          Dec 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm
          Vyapam scandal was spoken in open. Till date nothing has happened. we hear every day that complainant / witnesses are being forced to compromise.
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            Mathura
            Dec 15, 2016 at 11:38 am
            Ruling with more than 300 MP's with them and whip issued to vote as per whip and in power what they fear is not clear.
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              Ajay G
              Dec 15, 2016 at 10:32 am
              RaGa is at least seeking to speak in Parliament. Where ruling party elites have a chance to confront him. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; Not like Modi who will address a gathering at BJP conclave, without any possibility of counter questioning by Press.
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                Chand
                Dec 17, 2016 at 9:50 am
                Rahul landed up in politics by default, being a member of the Nehru-hi family. He has so far shied away from taking any major public responsibilities in his political career and seems to prefer back seat driving. His political advisors are desperately trying to keep him in media headlines as they script his political actions some of which he flounders in its execution. It's time that Rahul comes out of his inherited political legacy and proves himself as a competent politician. Time is running out for the Congress party as it's aura is vanishing in most of the states due to leadership failures.
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                  arjun
                  Dec 17, 2016 at 4:28 am
                  Pappu can do what no scientist has been able to do...predict an earth quake.. not just that...cause one..☺
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                    Dash
                    Dec 15, 2016 at 10:29 am
                    joker pappuji has made an s of himself.
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                      blogger3110
                      Dec 15, 2016 at 9:30 am
                      Pappu will never grow up he is afraid of libel if he speaks outside Parliament where the proceedings are like a fixed match.All parties are not sure how this currency crunch will end up.If the Congress is sure of its facts what is preventing it from giving it to the President
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                        Brij Lal
                        Dec 15, 2016 at 9:24 am
                        Well said. Ujjal. Why is Rahul hiding the secret? Let him speak in public
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                          Buffoon Org
                          Dec 15, 2016 at 9:24 am
                          When oneself, one's father, mother, gmother, great g father all work in one place and have almost lorded over it. It feels like home. It also hurts to digest that someone else has usurped the privileged position (which in Raga's mind is rightfully his). Mr Dosanj is expecting logic out of a buffoon who's only claim to fame is his lineage and privileged access to the parliament.
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                            Murli
                            Dec 15, 2016 at 9:59 am
                            Court is supposed to decide based on evidence. Why there is doubt about that !! lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;That is as per consution. If it was not so, 5 of past 10 PM would have been in jail even during their tenures. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;Indira hi lt;br/gt;Rajiv hi lt;br/gt;H D Deve Goda lt;br/gt;PV Narsimha Rao lt;br/gt;Man Mohan Singh lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;Going just by allegations, Sonia hi, Rahul himself, Kejriwal, PC, Tytler, Sajjan Kumar, Kamal Nath should be behind the bar. lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;Didn't court send Kalmadi, Raja, Lalu, Bhujmal, Kanimojhi, Chautala to jail wherever evidence was there !!!
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                              Col S
                              Dec 18, 2016 at 2:29 am
                              Truth is truth but VERY BITTER. Congress and BJP are in LEAGUE to LOOT the country. All this HOSTILE DISPLAY before PUBLIC is a RUSE to FOOL US ALL.lt;br/gt;Write off of NPA, Rs 12000 crore FOOD GRAIN THEFT in Panjab, Life Time HOUSES for ex CMS, beggar goes CASHLESS but POLITICAL PARTIES are free to get cash, VADRA given land in Himachal violating law, VIP Security, CBI is LAME DUCK and corruption and black money is just to divert attention. Mallaya is drama to divert attention from BIG DEFAULTERS of MEGA LOANS, 2G, Coalgate, CWG are there for SIX YEARS and AUGUSTA since 2013. DA cases against Mulayam and Mayawati.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Country has no hope.except BURE DIN.
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                                DA
                                Dec 15, 2016 at 9:05 am
                                He has too many criminal defamation cases against him already, and risks jail time. Lies in parliament are privileged speech, and can't be prosecuted.
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                                  frt
                                  Dec 15, 2016 at 9:31 am
                                  AMUL BABY IS KAL KA LAUNDA, HE HAS NO POLITICAL QUALITIES USEFUL TO INDIANS. HE IS A CIRCUS CLOWN. I JUST READ HIS STATEMENTS FOR FREE ENTERTAINMENT JUST LIKE HIS UNCLE DIGGY DOG SINGH !!
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                                    Nabarun
                                    Dec 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm
                                    He is worried, his truth and subsequent tremors shall not result in even falling of a leaf off the tree. So he is seeking warmth of the Parliament Building that is safe anyway to protect him from self generated 'tremors'.
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                                      rameshnk
                                      Dec 16, 2016 at 4:13 am
                                      Pappu, If you have any guts declare outside the parliament today itself. If you don't you should be thrown out and dumped in the sea. Remember another earthquake is going to land at your door. Agusta. Telll where have your kept the loot.
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                                        Ganga reddy
                                        Dec 15, 2016 at 11:34 am
                                        He is a child,and don't know how to speak,don't hv seriousness,to b honest he is not worth for non.
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                                          Sriniwasan
                                          Dec 17, 2016 at 2:33 pm
                                          Pappu is still in the news thanks to the Corrupt Paid Indian Media.Besides being a Dynast and an INHERITOR what is Pappu's credibility and contribution to the Politics??
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                                            Sriniwasan
                                            Dec 17, 2016 at 2:35 pm
                                            RAGA a DYNAST and an INHERITOR and now has proved to the World by his Childish Utterances that he is MENTALLY CHALLENGED unfit to be in public life
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