THE BEEHIVE SPEECH – AND THE ‘ENTICED(?) ‘MANY’

Like it had to happen, it happened. There were ‘countless’ words written on Rahul Gandhi’s CII speech on April 4 which many saw as an opportunity where Rahul (the future prime-ministerial candidate) discussed about his ‘India Vision’.

It cannot be said and can remain in the realm of endless debates that how much of the speech was ‘India envisioned’ but there was some ‘unique’ clarity on the use of the term (or should we say the symbolism?) ‘beehive’ that enticed(?) many to individualize the term and present their own viewpoints on Rahul’s vision. It choked an already grumbled vision looking to understand the ‘vision’ of Rahul’s hour-long speech delivered to a section of suit-clad Indian industrialists.

And to add to it, Narendra’s Modi’s prompt reaction and other politicians’ spontaneous observations only charmed the ‘many’ to come up with innovatively decorative words on ‘what vision could be seen in Rahul’s India Vision’.

Let’s see some of the most innovative ones trending over the Internet platforms.

FICCI Live: Will Modi rip into Rahul’s ‘beehive’ speech?

Firstpost, April 8, 2013

Twisted metaphors: Cong slams Modi for jibes over Rahul’s beehive comment

Dailybhaskar.com, April 8, 2013

Rahul, Modi are wrong: India is neither a beehive nor a filmi mother

Firstpost, April 8, 2013

Rahul’s ‘beehive’ remark an insult to the nation: Narendra Modi

Indian Express‎ – April 7, 2013

Modi tears into Rahul’s ‘beehive’ theory

NDTV, April 6, 2013

Rahul Gandhi’s jibes make Narendra Modi sting like a bee

Times of India, April 6, 2013

Narendra Modi stings Rahul Gandhi’s bee

The Asian Age, April 6, 2013

Bee-stung Modi invokes Bharat Mata

Calcutta Telegraph, April 6, 2013

CII looked for a sting, got the bee in Rahul bonnet

Indian Express, April 5, 2013

Rahul Gandhi gives India Inc a ‘bee’ school lecture

Times of India, April 4, 2013

My favourite one among all these is Rahul Gandhi gives India Inc a ‘bee’ school lecture. What is yours? (Also, the list could see more entries in the days to come.)

Midst the flow of words sliding over the issue(?), an interesting ‘bee’ story was revisited. It dates back to March 2010 when due to a Rahul Gandhi’s meeting in Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur district (part of his parliamentary constituency Amethi), ‘beehives’ were removed from the venue as the Special Protection Group (SPG) demanded it.

Incidentally, the ‘beehives’ were not a matter of concern and nobody had asked to remove them when Rahul Gandhi had held a meeting at the same venue in 2009.

The move had echoes of the incident where bees had swarmed the venue of Mayawati rally in Lucknow held few days before Rahul’s Sultanpur meeting. The ‘bee stings’ had proved to be so stinging that it created a political uproar and an FIR was lodged to investigate the allegations of political conspiracy.

What does this ‘bee’ episode tell about an ‘India envisioned’ political class?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

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