Thursday, July 24, 2008

Confidence motion in Lok Sabha – Some Good Speeches

UPA Government in India under the leadership of Dr Manmohan Singh just won the vote of confidence on the floor of Lok Sabha. I was watching most of the speeches live and few of the speeches really impressed me. Here are few of the speeches that were really impressive.

I am from Kerala and I have heard speeches of almost all the Kerala politicians. I have heard speeches made by Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha Rao, Vajapyee, V P Singh, L K Advani and Sonia Gandhi. Last time when I went to India I accidentally had a chance to see and listen to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayavathi. While living in Chennai during the late nineties I had heard speeches of prominent politicians from Tamil Nadu like present Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Karunanidhi, former chief minister Jayalalitha, former Congress leader G K Moopnar etc.

Having heard so many political speeches live if you ask me who do you admire most I have to name one person whom I never had a chance to hear live – India’s Railway Minister and former Chief Minister of Bihar. His speeches just amaze me. The way he takes the crowd in his hand is amazing. See the video below. The speaker was having a tough time controlling the members but Lalu’s speech went almost uninterrupted. Only he can do this magic in Indian politics.

Here is another of his videos. An edited version of his speech in Lok Sabha that has lot of proverbs to make fun of BJP and communists.

Another speech I like was one made by Omar Abdullah. It was a mind boggling speech in the middle of a lot of drama. To answer to all those who claim that nuclear deal is anti-Muslim listen how he started “I am an Indian and a Muslim…” He continues “Enemies of Indian Muslims is not United States. Enemies of Indian Muslims are the same enemies that all the poor people of India face – Poverty, Hunger, Unemployment, Lack of development and absence of voice.” I am hearing something that really makes sense finally. Listen to his speech.

This is the first time I am hearing Rahul Gandhi make a speech and I think it is the first time in his short political career that he is making such an important speech. Even though he was interrupted a lot by the opposition what a great speech he made. The coolness and composure shown by him during the speech in the parliament during the confidence motion will take him long way in his political career. See his speech here.

As an end note – even though I enjoyed these speeches and other speeches especially by L K Advani and P Chidambaram I was disheartened with the way the parliament session was conducted. The members were not even showing respect to the chair which is unfortunate.

One thing I missed during this confidence motion - I really missed the speeches of Pramod Mahajan, Rajesh Pilot and Madavrao Scindia. Those three where just amazing parliamentarians. It is good to see that young politicians like Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah are coming up but it is depressing to see Indian parliament being taken over by money and muscle power.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speech by Mohd.Sslim was by far the best.WE WANT LEADERS.NOT DEALERS.
Be fair and unbiased.

July 24, 2008 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two official clowns of the UPA-SP Govt.Amar Singh and Lalu Prasad.
But are they bigger clowns or crooks.Good luck.General elections are not too far.TAB TAK AISH KAR LE AUR DALALI KO CASH KAR LE.

July 24, 2008 8:31 AM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

Lalu...aap ka jawaab nahin! :)

I thought Indian Raileays was finished when he became the HoD. And how wrong I was.

He is a real character when it comes to speeches...

July 24, 2008 2:53 PM  
Blogger silverine said...

It was an amazing session. There was not a single person on the roads in Bangalore...something that happens only during cricket matches. Just shows how crucial, th people regarded this session to be. Very gratifying to see the involvement of the people and people like Laloo and Omar did not disappointed with their stellar speeches!

July 24, 2008 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Siva said...

Indeed there are so many great speeches in this session. It is very sad that PM was not allowed to make his speech.

I disheartened by the way the BJP sullied the image of India and Indian parliamentary system. It is known fact that this government was trying to buy MPs from other parties as BJP did it in 1998 and are doing it now in Karnataka. BJP could not keep its flock together and wanted to mar the government's image and the resounding victory it acheived. BJP should have taken other steps to bring this issue properly to the Speaker's attention instead of bringing the cash to the parliament while whole world is watching.

People should understand that BJP will do anything to come to power even it meant to sully the India's image.

They sullied India's secular image by demolishing Babri Masjid in 1992and sullied Indian army's intelligence image by allowing intruders into Kargil and now belittled India's world largest functioning democracy image by bringing cash to the parliament.

I am not in anyway here suggesting that UPA was not involved in horse trading to win this vote, but just deplore the way the BJP brought this issue up.

People should be aware of BJP's tactics and should not allow them to repeat the same in future.

July 24, 2008 6:39 PM  
Blogger crazybunka said...

At some levels, it was depressing to watch Laloo's speech.

In this context, I am not sure if its important who can speak louder or more confusing.

Credibility and having a focused point is more important.

For that, you might want to check out Vajpayee's speech

I also found some good speeches of the merchant of death.It would be good for someone to watch it if they can face their prejudices.

July 24, 2008 7:56 PM  

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