Excerpts from a report in The Hindu:
‘Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos,’ Finance Minister P. Chidambaram ‘hit out at BJP terming its economic policies as retrograde and “blood-eyed” and asked why the Opposition Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi never fielded a Muslim candidate.’
‘Mr. Chidambaram also took dig at Aam Aadmi Party, saying there was no place for mob-democracy in India and the country was a party-based democracy where individuals can not be bigger than a party.’
‘Mr. Chidambaram said, “BJP does not represent all sections of India and it does not even have presence in many parts of the country. … It has got policies that would destroy the very idea of India. Theirs a blood-eyed economic model.”’
He also stated that, ‘“If Congress is called to form the government, I’m pretty certain in my mind that Rahul Gandhi will be the Prime Minister. … There was enough fire in his belly when he spoke at the AICC meeting”.’
‘He said that BJP is opposing multi brand retail on premise that it would kill jobs, while the fact was just the opposite.’
To the best of my knowledge, Chidambaram went to Davos as India’s Finance Minister, not as Congress member. The expenses of his visit were borne by India, not by the Congress party. At the World Economic Forum, he was expected to further India’s interests. (Even if he had gone to Davos as a Congress member and even if the expenses of his visit were borne by the Congress party, he would be expected to further India’s interests.)
Did he expect to further India’s interests by promoting his party and his leader and by speaking poorly about his political opponents?
Was Chidambaram trying to tell the rest of the world that they should not engage in trade with India if the BJP forms the next government and if Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister?
Politicians may air their differences on all matters within the country, but when speaking at any international forum, these differences must be kept aside. They must remember that, in the process of running down their political opponents, they are also running down their nation.
Mr. Chidambaram correctly stated that individuals cannot be bigger than a party. He, and all other politicians, should remember that all their parties put together cannot be bigger than our nation.