‘Throw stones at dog, blame Govt?’ VK Singh’s remarks kick up a storm

The comments of Singh, Union Minister of State for External affairs, drew sharp criticism from the opposition, including the Congress, which demanded his immediate sacking.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 23, 2015 1:21 am
V K Singh, V K Singh remark, v k singh dog remark, dalit killings, faridabad, faridabad dalit killings, dalit killings faridabad, faridabad killings, v k singh faridabad killings, delhi news, faridabad news, india news Referring to Faridabad Dalit killings ,Gen V K Singh said , “For everything…like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the government is responsible…it is not like that.”

The opposition demanded the resignation of Union Minister Gen V K Singh and the registration of a case under the SC/ST Act against him for allegedly using “casteist” and “inhumane” remarks Thursday while attempting to delink the Central Government from the murder of two Dalit children in Haryana.

Responding to a question on the killing, Singh told reporters in Ghaziabad: “Kabhi sthaniya ghatnaon ka sarkar se talluk mat rakhiye. Uske upar inquiry chal rahi hain. Parivaron ke beech mathbhed tha.. voh mathbhed kis roop mein parivartit hua, kahan par intazamiyan ka failure hain, administration ka? Uske bad voh sarkar ke upar aata hain (Never associate local incidents with the Central Government. There is an inquiry going on.

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There was a dispute between families. The dispute…how did it turn out…where did the arrangements fail, the administration?
After all this, it falls upon the Central Government).”

He added: “To har cheez par, ki wahan par pathar maar diya kutte ko to, sarkar jimmewaar hai. Aisa nahi hai. (For everything…like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the Central Government is responsible…it is not like that)”.

Singh’s reference to the dog triggered demands for his resignation from the Congress, the Left parties and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and CPI(M), which also sought registration of a case against him under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

“Today is Dussehra. If (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi wants to celebrate Dussehra, he should get rid of evil and arrogance from his Cabinet. He should remove VK Singh from his cabinet by evening,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
“AAP will go to the police station tomorrow to file an FIR against Gen V K Singh demanding his arrest as under the SC/ST Act, the offence is non-cognisable,” senior AAP leader Ashutosh said.

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala described Singh’s comments as “shocking, condemnable and inhumane”. “General V K Singh has insulted not only the entire Dalit community of this country but all Indians,” he said.

However, in a series of tweets, Singh later sought to clarify his comments and said they were “trivialised”.

Singh tweeted: “My statement wasn’t intended 2 (to) draw an analogy. My men & I put our lives on the line 4 (for) the nation irrespective of caste, creed & religion… I standby to serve India with the same spirit, right now and always. Our nation, its success and its people motivate me daily.”

The BJP also came to the defence of Singh, saying his comments should not be blown out of proportion.

Said party spokesperson Sambit Patra: “As far as the statement of minister V K Singh is concerned, he has himself given a clarification… He has said he was misquoted. He never meant what was in fact showed in the media. He really condemns the incident, which happened in Faridabad… I think we should not blow the whole thing out of proportion.”

CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat described Singh’s remarks as “arrogance of casteism” and demanded the registration of a case against him. “His statement is a clear casteist statement and it comes under the provisions of the prevention of crime against SC Act,” she said.

The CPI said Singh’s remarks were “visible signs of emergence of cultural fascism” in the country.

 

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    Avi
    Oct 22, 2015 at 11:38 pm
    I won't say that BJP is to blame for what is going on in the country. But something bad is really happening...people are getting intolerant, non secular and violent. And Government should put a check on such activities and such remarks.
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      Albert Colaco
      Oct 22, 2015 at 6:16 pm
      Shows his caste mentality and lack of sensitivity. It was absolutely uncalled for remark. He should tender an apology and resign from the ministry. Failing which, he should be sacked forthwith.
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        Albert Colaco
        Oct 22, 2015 at 5:02 pm
        V.K.Singh has made a highly insensitive remark. Whatever explanation he may try to give, he should not have made such a remark in the context of the brutal murder of two dalit children. Seems to shoot off his mouth like earlier.
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          Dookie
          Oct 23, 2015 at 2:12 am
          I'm not Indian, I really have no vested interest in either side.. but come on. This comment is clearly being blown out of proportion for political means. His clearly not trying to make an analogy between people and dogs. I get it if you don't like the guy and want to see him out, but don't pretend you send an insult where clearly no offense was intended. Political drones everywhere, on every side its disgusting..
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            Feardz
            Oct 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm
            Modi already compared Muslims with dogs and now Dalit's life is being compared with dogs, so they think that only Hindu's life is better than dog's.
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              Haradhan Mandal
              Oct 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm
              While the Clubs (meant for Europeans ONLY) in the British era did not "didn't mean to compare dogs and dalits" (read - Indians instead of Dalits), when they used to put up notice on the entry gates - ( 'Dogs and Indians are not allowed inside), we (Indians) THOUGHT they are comparing US, the Indians, with dogs. AND we took those as insults, became very PATRIOTIC emotionally and started the Freedom Movement.
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                hayatlives
                Oct 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm
                My God !!! What arrogance. HE should be immediately sacked...God knows what he was doing in the army....such great men
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                  khan
                  Oct 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm
                  Look at him, he was holding prestigious office and must have abused his authority on communal lines
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                    Kumarpushp
                    Oct 22, 2015 at 5:07 pm
                    Kick V K Singh as s he is born ba s t 120 million people should join together annihilate late Hinduism From Earth
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                      K.sundar
                      Oct 22, 2015 at 10:55 pm
                      Sonia, Rahul and Arvind using every speech against BJP and its Ministers show their desperation. Are they going to run their political shop only in this way? Don't they have any responsible method . The journalist who covered the speech is a wretched creature and wanted to create problems. Is he getting money from Congress and AAP for finding silly things and creating the sensation? GENERAL V.K. SINGH IS NOT A CONVICT LIKE LALU OR CASTIEST LIKE NITISH KUMAR OR SCAM MASTERS LIKE SONIA AND RAHUL HI. HE IS THE MOST RESPECTABLE SON OF INDIA UNDER WHOSE CUSTODY THE SECURITY OF INDIA WAS GIVEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA. DON'T BELITTLE HIM AND THE COUNTRY WILL NOT SPARE THEM. FOR THE SAKE OF BIHAR ELECTION, CONGRESS,AAP ,RJD AND JDU ARE USING ONE METHOD OR THE OTHER TO DEFAME BJP BUT GOING AFTER GEN VK SINGH WILL NOT BE TAKEN KINDLY BY ANY PATRIOTIC INDIAN.
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                        RaviNath
                        Oct 22, 2015 at 11:15 pm
                        If a lot ts still remains in utter poverty, which party is responsible for it. It is not BJP, all knows. Distortion and dissection of someone’s speech to make news is the order of day today. .I do not think BJP is party of fools who would compare death of Harijan to death of dogs. All Dalits or for that matter all the vulnerable people whether they belong to minority or majority should be protected at any cost. What about attacks on such people happened under non- BJP Government also.? Why so much hype on this incident alone? If one said something , which can be distorted someone with vested interest will cook up stores out of that to make news only to keep up their TRP.. But, If that same person says that what he said was not his intention then why you are not to believing it. The best advice to politician who is not well versed in giving speeches should not speak or give interviews since their words will be distorted and discussed to fill up 24X7 timing of hundreds of TV channels and media pages.
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                          Emmess
                          Oct 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm
                          Tumhara bharat mahaan.....hahaha
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                            Sanjay kumar
                            Oct 22, 2015 at 9:55 pm
                            Congress, AAP,COMMUNIST and third front including Jd(U) and RJD all are so called secular and trying to disturb the Indian development in the name of cast,religion etc with the wide support of media. It's shameful....
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                              shakeel
                              Oct 22, 2015 at 2:21 pm
                              What do you expect from feku sarkar compare delits with dog shame on mind set even after 67 years you bns dont want to accept dalits we wonder where our country is heading for
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                                Vikas yadav
                                Oct 22, 2015 at 4:16 pm
                                V K singh is a coward....he must be thrown out from ministry...
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                                  Vikas yadav
                                  Oct 22, 2015 at 4:15 pm
                                  shut up u . 2 kids killed by goons & u r telling the story....
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                                    Aaron Teron
                                    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:36 am
                                    What is your opinion? A tree is known by its fruits, a men is known by his words & actions.
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                                      Aditya Sanyal
                                      Oct 22, 2015 at 4:06 pm
                                      Some upper caste men set ablaze dalit family due to which Two innocents died..what actually was the reason of killing?? Sarpanch of that village (an SC) along with 10 others ,who are family members of victim jitendra, killed three upper caste men last year n got jailed ..to take revenge of it,upper caste rajput family set ablaze jitendra's family n this heinous incident came in front ..now the point Is the way media is giving at a casteist angle is really really dangerous for the nation
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                                        Aditya Sanyal
                                        Oct 22, 2015 at 4:07 pm
                                        Some upper caste men set ablaze dalit family due to which Two innocents died..what actually was the reason of killing?? Sarpanch of that village (an SC) along with 10 others ,who are family members of victim jitendra, killed three upper caste men last year n got jailed ..to take revenge of it,upper caste rajput family set ablaze jitendra's family n this heinous incident came in front ..now the point Is the way media is giving at a casteist angle is really really dangerous for the nation
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                                          Aditya Sanyal
                                          Oct 22, 2015 at 4:06 pm
                                          Some upper caste men set ablaze dalit family due to which Two innocents died..what actually was the reason of killing?? Sarpanch of that village (an SC) along with 10 others ,who are family members of victim jitendra, killed three upper caste men last year n got jailed ..to take revenge of it,upper caste rajput family set ablaze jitendra's family n this heinous incident came in front ..now the point Is the way media is giving at a casteist angle is really really dangerous for the nation
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                                            ADITYA YADAV
                                            Oct 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm
                                            When you are Chief Minister of Gujarat and people die, hide behind Supreme Court verdicts. When you are Prime Minister and people die in your country, blame it on the state governments. But never ever take responsibility, moral or otherwise………the hallmark of a true leader!!!
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