On Tuesday, Trinamool Congress MP, Mahua Moitra, gave a fiery speech quoting facts and figures in the Parliament. The speech was given during the two-day debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address.
She spoke on the importance of the voice of dissent in a democratic state and delineated seven early signs of fascism, while bringing the ruling party under scrutiny for multiple issues.
The House belongs to the Opposition. So, I stand today to reclaim this ink that has been guaranteed to us.
The first sign she talks about is how the national narrative is venturing into xenophobia and superficiality.
In a country where ministers cannot produce degrees to show that they graduated from college, you expect disposed poor people to show papers as proof that they belong to this country?
The second sign is the ‘resounding disdain for human rights that is permeating in every level of governance’.
The lynching of citizens in broad daylight is being condoned. From Pehlu Khan in Rajasthan last year to Mr Ansari in Jharkhand yesterday, the list is not stopping.
The third sign is, she says, the subjugation of mass media and its deployment as a tool to manipulate minds.
The fourth sign, according to her, is the ‘obsession with national security’.
When we were children our mother used to tell us to do this and do that or kala bhoot will come. It is as though all of us in this country today are in fear of some nameless, shameless kala bhoot.
The fifth sign is how the country has intertwined religion with politics.
Yeh sirf 2.77 acre janmabhhoomi ka mudda nahi hain. Yeh sara desh, 80 crore acres, ko akhand rakhne ka prashna hai.
The sixth sign is the de-funding of the liberal education, the academic discourses that instill the very voice of dissent in the masses.
The seventh sign is the ‘erosion of independence in our electoral system’.
There is a danger of fascism rising in India. It is incumbent upon all of us to stand up to it. Let us, the Members of this 17th Lok Sabha decide which side of history do we want to be on.
While the speech made a case for the significance of dissent, the netizens stand in unison in awe of it.
When MP Mahua Moitra rose up to oppose the Motion of Thanx on June 25, not many thought she would deliver one of the most spirited speeches in recent parliamentary history. https://t.co/3AFl0Nf2cD— Dr.Sagar Patel (@sagarsahil007) June 26, 2019
Go, Mahua Moitra! Listing the 7 signs of fascism for the House, in the House, and pulling no punches. https://t.co/sGKIBy8NJu— Mitali Saran (@mitalisaran) June 25, 2019
Stunningly clear-eyed articulation of the spirit of dissent. Speech of the year by TMC MP Mahua Moitra: https://t.co/4KBDK7mugC— Puja Mehra (@pujamehra) June 25, 2019
This should have been the speech the mainstream media should have covered. Instead the headlined the boring congress is bad speech by Modi. https://t.co/27d5Gb5l1p— Madhureeta Anand (@MadhureetaA) June 26, 2019
FIERCE ,POWERFUL AND SPIRITED🔥🔥.. Investment banker turned politician.. A FIRST TIME MP AND WHAT A MAIDEN PARLIAMENTARY SPEECH TO DELIVER.. ” I HAVE THE RIGHT TO DISAGREE”.. #MahuaMoitra.. the house belongs to the opposition https://t.co/KY4ef7c2hz— makeshwaran (@d_common_man) June 26, 2019
Thank you Mahua Moitra for speaking up in the parliament. The opposition might be smaller in no. But we need loud and clear voice like yours to fight for the constitution.https://t.co/qNvjRcLLBs— the last liberal (@Cullpunah) June 25, 2019
One of the most passionate speeches in the current climate..Mahua Moitra you just rocked so much! We need opposition like HER to call out ‘political bullying’..you go woman and become the face of opposition! We are with YOU https://t.co/JprCdkjhIx— Amritananda Chakravorty (@amritananda_c) June 25, 2019
I heard Mahua Moitra’s speech in the Parliament. And I’m hugely impressed (that’s an understatement). She is factual, fierce, sarcastic, a perfect blend. We need people like her to drive out this fake politics. I’m so glad she spoke yesterday. A win for everyone. #MahuaMoitra— Anannya (@andhbhaktcritic) June 26, 2019
This is not a place for professional heckling, sir, I urge you to put the house in order.” #MahuaMoitra to the whole patriarchal, right-wing set up.— Qissago (@AnukritiPandey6) June 25, 2019
And me to God.
If you watch one Lok Sabha speech today, watch this. What a remarkable speech by Mahua Moitra, quoting facts, figures and poetry. “Kisi ke baap ka hindostan thodi hai”https://t.co/vJB8qJSg5G— Sunanda (@YoursLegallyy) June 25, 2019
Listen to the entire speech here.
Images are screenshots of the video.