‘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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