Hate speech has become one of the most used political weapons today. More and more politicians are resorting to hate speech as an easy way to win elections and public support. According to IndiaSpend, your chances of winning increases by three times if you are accused of a hate speech. However, one must not forget the various factors at play over here, like religion, caste, community, grassroots work and how close they are to powerful politicians. So even though you might be tempted to hire a speechwriter that could concoct some amazing hate speeches, our advise to you would be: don’t
Do not hire a speechwriter…
#1: If he uses abusive languages
Avoid using abusive language or words on any public platform. It’s basic courtesy, manners and common sense. But, of course, that’s not very common among the politicians. If your speechwriter uses abusive language, you might want to do away with him for the sole reason that this speech may make you win initially, but is surely going to get your image ruined. For instance, the Election Commission had banned Amit Shah from holding rallies in Uttar Pradesh for using abusive or derogatory language.
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti of the BJP in a public rally uttered a highly abusive word. She went on insulting everyone for who do not agree with her political ideology. This speech triggered widespread outrage and also led to a deadlock in the Parliament. She then apologized and expressed regret over her choice of words. Another incident was when the Congress leader, Manish Tewari, used abusive language against PM Modi on Twitter. However, it evoked a sharp reaction from Twitterati with #CongLeaderAbusesPM being used by the audience to protest the foul language.
#2: If he is anti-Muslim
A number of BJP MPs and MLAs have delivered speeches targeting the Muslims in India, calling them demons and descendants of Raavan. What these parties do not realize is that they are looked down upon by many for making such anti-Muslim comments. It might help them win the elections but not respect. Further, comments like these can seriously damage the harmony of the nation and must be kept in check. This hatred might lead to communal tension and incite unnecessary violence.
This statement obviously did not go down well with a lot of political parties, especially the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party.
#3: If he drags families into politics
Nobody likes to be told how to run a family and especially if that comes from the likes of Sakshi Maharaj, one would definitely doubt his credibility as a parliamentarian. Not only that, he faced disciplinary action with the Election Commission. Now, you wouldn’t want your speechwriter to go through all this, would you?
Another incident was when Azam Khan of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha said that the people of RSS do not get married because they are homosexuals. This obviously was not liked by the RSS and they, in turn, said that he had lost his mental imbalance. PM Modi too has fallen trap to such statements where he once described Shashi Tharoor’s late wife Sunanda Pushkar as his ‘Rs. 50 crore girlfriend’.
#4: If he downgrades a woman
In another case of violation of the law, downgrading a woman is definitely a wrong ingredient for a 21st-century speech. He has also said things like, “If men acquire women-like qualities, they become gods but when women acquire men like qualities, they become (‘rakshasa’) demon like.” However, if your speechwriter does write such things, be sure that he has the blessings of the key ministers of the country.
What happens when the very representatives of states make such statements? Laws against harassment, rape, etc do not get implemented which incites more and more men to commit such crimes. And when the water reaches the head, we have seen after the Nirbhaya incident how the mob can take to the streets and cause mayhem if they feel like their voices are not being heard. These hate speeches can seriously affect the mentality of people and should be kept in check.
#5: If he uses the word ‘Pakistan’
Make sure your speechwriter abstains from using the word ‘Pakistan’ completely. Giriraj Singh, minister of state had said, “… Those who oppose Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan”. For this statement, the EC officials had filed an FIR against him for violation of the code of conduct.
The audience in the rally was quick to respond saying ‘No’. This communal hate has been catastrophic in the past. We have seen the 2002 Gujarat riots where Hindus and Muslims turned against each other. The hate that these speeches spew seeps into gullible mobs and are the root causes of violence and riots.
#6: If he incites violence or threatens to kill
Be wary of speechwriters who incite violence or openly give out death threats, because this may put your own life at great risk.
This makes us wonder if we are actually living in a pseudo-democracy where people get away with saying whatever comes to their mind no matter how heinous. This works the other way round too. Look at all the mob lynching that has been taking place in the country. Instead of outrightly condemning it, many chose to justify it. Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said, “(the murder) took place as a reaction to that incident (cow slaughter). You must also consider that there was also a 17-year-old daughter in that home. Kisi ne usey ungli nahin lagaayi (nobody touched her).” This does indirectly affect the mindset of such fringe groups inciting them to do more such things by justifying these actions.
Picking the correct speechwriter is an important task for leaders nowadays because an extempore orator is a rare sight. Even if you are a Shashi Tharoor, the syllabus of being ‘politically correct’ keeps changing and you will need a lifetime guide to take you through it. Political correctness is an extremely fine line and you never know which side you will be on facing sedition or recognition.