Sauce for the Gowda ain’t sauce for the Gandhi?

For the literate, “decent” middle-class, H.D. Deve Gowda‘s invective-laden outburst at B.S. Yediyurappa may underline the limited vocabulary of modern politicians. But why did Gowda, who has not used such language in public in the last 50 years, calmly repeat the words on national TV?

For the urban chattering clases, Gowda’s rant may only confirm their worst fears about the coarseness of politicians from the rural countryside. But how come we are so much more accommodating of a Varun Gandhi, whose London of School Economics education did not stop him from showing his “killer instinct”?


Narendar Pani, professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), in Mail Today:

“It is important not just to say the outrageous but to say so in a language that will attract the attention of the national media. Gowda’s Kannada phrases in that verbal attack before television cameras was foul in itself. But it is unlikely to have got him and his son on national television.

“It was the use of English swearwords that allowed him to take his case against the project to a national television-viewing audience.

“Such an approach does, of course, further distance the former prime minister from English-speaking policy makers. But it brings him closer to those who are hurt by liberalisation and believe there is no way they can be heard. This is not as small a constituency as growth rate figures would have us believe.”

Read the full article: Mail Today

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