Politics is one topic that we all love to dive into. Everyone considers themselves an expert in the field and won’t hesitate from blessing you with their opinions. We also love criticizing our politicians for their actions. But something interesting happened when an Indian writer Jyoti Malhotra said that Modi is a better PM than Imran Khan because of how he wished Christmas.
Indian publication ‘The Print’ attracted the wrath of Pakistanis after an article by them compared Imran Khan unfavorably to Narendra Modi
In his tweet, the founder of the publication, Shekhar Gupta, points out the comparison that was drawn between Imran Khan and Modi was based on how they wished their people a merry Christmas.
The writer pointed out that Imran Khan only wished Christmas to the Christian community of Pakistan whereas Modi wished everyone regardless of their religious beliefs.
When Imran Khan wishes only Christians on Christmas and Narendra Modi wishes everybody, it shows us the difference between India & Pakistan…
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) December 25, 2018
So here are the tweets that the comparison was based on
Here is what PM Imran Khan said:
Wishing all our Christian citizens a happy and peaceful Christmas.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 24, 2018
And here’s what Modi sahab said:
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.
We remember the noble teachings of Jesus Christ and recall his efforts towards creating a compassionate and equal society.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2018
I mean, different words were used, yes. But, does it really matter that much? Is is that big of a deal? The twitter army was quick to respond.
People politically opposed to Imran Khan were defending him against the comparison for not only being ridiculous but also because Imran Khan has never been personally involved in oppression of minorities, yet, unlike Prime Minister Modi who has been accused of Muslim genocide in his home state of Gujarat.
Modi the murderous Santa Claus and Imran Khan have nothing in common unless both enjoyed Miandads 6 at Sharjah and that really is the difference between India and Pakistan https://t.co/nFLvWFVHru
— Shahbaz Taseer (@ShahbazTaseer) December 26, 2018
I'm a very strong and consistent critic of Mr. Khan's politics, but let's be fair Shekhar ji. Imran khan is no hater of minorities. Certainly not involved in their massacre like the PM of worlds biggest, secular democracy. No? https://t.co/L5uw6ZTet9
— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) December 25, 2018
Even Indian journalist saw the ridiculousness of the comparison
Imran Khan Mr @ShekharGupta has not proved to be communal but Modi has proved this so many times which you know more that anyone among us. Yesterday only a Church was attacked by Hindutva thugs in Kolhapur, Modi remained silent the way he is mute during the lynchings of Muslims.
— Syed Hassan Kazim (@kazimtweets) December 26, 2018
Other people came to his defense as well and pointed out the fact that Modi wishes Eid greetings only after he was criticized for not doing so
Oh, please. How many times has Modi offered Eid greetings?
— Omar Waraich عمر (@OmarWaraich) December 25, 2018
Obama was also brought into the comparison:
Sadly this is the most pointless article and I did not expect this from Ms Malhotra. Here is President Obama’s Eid greeting. He wishes Muslims. So what should we extrapolate from this. Pakistan’s faults are many but this is not it. pic.twitter.com/V72WXetZ8q
— Yasser Latif Hamdani (@theRealYLH) December 26, 2018
The comparison does feel like a very desperate one, to be very honest. The only purpose it serves is to spew hatred among people on both sides of the border for each other and gives them another reason to argue.
I mean if we’re going to compare Prime Ministers (which I don’t see why one should do) of two separate countries, how is that going to help the already crippling economies of both countries? How is that going to solve any problems? If anything, this would cause a heated discussion between people from both countries ending in time being wasted. Honestly, I can not think of one good purpose that this comparison serves.
What do you think of the comparison? Do you think a minor difference of words in a tweet is a viable basis for such an argument? Let us know in the comments.
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