The federal government’s mega-push for “positivity” to fend off criticism, each within the nation and overseas, has arrange a brand new political flashpoint, with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi calling it “burying one’s head within the sand” and a betrayal of residents.
“The false assurance of ‘constructive pondering’ is a joke on these households and well being employees who’ve misplaced their family members and are struggling a disaster of oxygen, hospitals and medicines. Burying one’s head within the sand will not be constructive – it’s a betrayal of our residents,” the Congress MP tweeted.
Ballot strategist Prashant Kishor referred to as it “disgusting” to push “propaganda” within the title of spreading positivity.
“Within the face of a grieving nation and tragedies unfolding throughout us, the continued try to push FALSEHOOD and PROPAGANDA within the title of spreading POSITIVITY is disgusting! For being constructive we do not have to develop into blind propagandist of the federal government,” Mr Kishor tweeted.
Within the face of a grieving nation and tragedies unfolding throughout us, the continued try to push FALSEHOOD and PROPAGANDA within the title of spreading POSITIVITY is disgusting!
For being constructive we do not have to develop into blind propagandist of the Govt.
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) May 12, 2021
The sharp reactions comply with reviews of a brand new technique of the federal government, the ruling BJP and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to combat large nationwide and worldwide criticism of the Narendra Modi authorities’s dealing with of the Covid second wave.
Final week, central authorities officers together with joint secretary rank officers had been made to attend a workshop on higher communication and highlighting of the federal government’s “constructive work”, sources have instructed NDTV.
Union ministers have been tweeting efforts just like the motion of Oxygen Specific and tales and articles on the federal government’s outreach.
The official Twitter deal with for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s month-to-month radio handle Mann Ki Baat mentions that the highly effective message of positivity must be communicated.
As a part of the pushback, BJP president JP Nadda wrote a pointy letter to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi yesterday rebutting her criticism of the federal government, its insurance policies on vaccines and election rallies held by PM Modi and different senior leaders.
In his four-page letter, Mr Nadda listed how the federal government had distributed ventilators procured below the PM Cares fund and the way concerted efforts are being made to deal with this disaster.
The RSS plans to organise a web based occasion referred to as “Positivity Limitless”. This may characteristic lectures and speeches by motivators, non secular gurus and distinguished industrialists. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat can be anticipated to handle the nation.