Conversation today
Me:Good that #ArnabGowswami was given bail. Similarly Sudha Bharadwaj and others must also be given bail.
Friend:How can U compare an abetment to suicide case with a terror plot against country?Do you know what Sudha &others are accused of?They are terrorists
Me:How do you know they are terrorists?
Fr: They are accused of a plot to create disharmony in the country.
Me:Have you seen the evidence? Do you know it is true? Fr: Don't you watch TV?They report almost everyday that they are naxalites and extremists instigating violence
Me:And how do you know what the channels are saying is true?
Fr:Well, they all are saying the same thing. They all can't be lying can they?
Me: What makes you think all of them cannot be lying? They hv been saying economy is booming. How is your business doing?
Fr:Not good but
recovery has started. I heard them say so on TV.
Me:You have hard evidence that your business &the businesses of those you know are doing badly but you believe the economy is doing great bcos someone on TV said so?Likewise you believe Sudha Bharadwaj,Stan Swamy etc.are guilty
not bcos you have seen the evidence but bcos many people on TV said so?
Fr:Don't be silly. Govt and Police said they plotted. Why should they charge them otherwise? Do you think Modiji has no other work than locking up people? He is doing all this for India
and sadly people like you not only don't appreciate all his efforts but also criticize him. It is negative people like you supporting Congress looters who are stopping the progress of the nation.
Me:I support Congress?Bcos I criticize BJP on issues?
Fr: Yes, they said so on TV
they called you part of Lutyens lobby.I don't know why you support foreigners.
Me:Do you know what Lutyens lobby is?
Fr:I don't need to.They say on TV that Lutyens lobby is bad and Modiji is fighting a valiant battle for the country while being opposed by this lobby every day
Me:You mentioned I support foreigners?Who?
Fr:Rahul Gandhi,of course.
Me:I dont support him but is he a foreigner?
Fr:Yes,he is a British citizen.Didn't you know?They said so on TV.
Conversation ends

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