TMC MP Mahua Moitra’s maiden speech in Parliament breaking the internet

Mahua Moitra of TMC Takes Internet by Storm After Fiery Maiden Speech in Lok Sabha Watch Video

Mahua Moitra of TMC Takes Internet by Storm After Fiery Maiden Speech in Lok Sabha Watch Video

These were the opening words of first-time Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra who, in Lok Sabha, rose to oppose the Motion of Thanks on Tuesday. "It is superficial, it is xenophobic and it is narrow. Through the National Register for Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Bill, only one community is being targeted", Moitra charged, adding even school textbooks are being changed to indoctrinate students. Coverage of every Opposition party is cut out. That when seniors in politics could not produce documents to prove their education degrees, how did the government expect the poor majority to find documents to prove their existence, just because the onus had now been laid on them?

The "most dangerous" sign was the "complete disdain for the intellectuals and the arts" and "suppression of all dissent". But she kept speaking while telling the Speaker to put the House in order. Moitra referred to a poster in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum containing a list of all the signs of early fascism.

She also sad that there cannot be a single defined way to test or prove allegiance to one's nation. "(Let me say), there is no one symbol to show patriotism".

The second sign: There is resounding disdain for human rights that is permeating every level of governance. "There is a ten-fold increase in the number of hate crime from 2014 to 2019". This is like the valuation of an e-commerce start-up, Sir.

Moitra criticised the ruling dispensation for its "unimaginable subjugation and controlling of mass media today". While Brien is tweeting and re-tweeting his nearly half-hour long speech, he has clearly lost the limelight to Moitra who has become a political sensation across the country. Five of the largest news media organisations in India are today either indirectly controlled or indirectly debted to one man in this country. She said that TV channels were reduced to mere propaganda broadcasters and dared the government to reveal the amount spent on the same. Moitra added that the Union information and broadcasting ministry "employs over 120 people" just to check content on TV channels and ensure that no anti-government stories are circulating in the media.

Lok Sabha elections weren't fought on farmer issues or unemployment, Moitra said, "they were fought on lies Whatsapp and social media". "You repeat and repeat a lie until it becomes the truth", she said, likening BJP's election campaign to "Goebbels Doctrine". She contested from Krishnanagar constituency against footballer and BJP candidate Kalyan Chaubey.

Obsession with national security: She termed "obsession" with the national security as the fourth sign of fascism. She added that there is a fear of one mythical "kala bhoot" - an unknown enemy that doesnt't exist and is only invoked to create fear among children - has pervaded everywhere. The achievements of the Army were being "usurped in the name of one man", Moitra said. She also mentioned an increase in the number of killings of soldiers and terror attacks since Modi came in power. "There has been a 106% increase in the death of jawans in Kashmir", she said.

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She said there is an erosion of electoral system and a "dangerous fascism" rising in India under the BJP, in a speech that soon went viral online. Members of Parliament these days are more interested in the fate of 2.77 acres of land than in the 812 million acres of the rest of India. But everything we are doing is pushing India back to dark ages.

During the Lok Sabha election, Moitra approached the Supreme Court stating that the Election Commission had not taken action on her complaint against BJP leader Mahadev Sarkar for allegedly making sexual remarks against her. CJI Ranjan Gogoi acting on her petition asked the Election Commission to take immediate action on her complaint. "Rs 60,000 crores were spent during the Indian elections (this time) - 50% (of this amount) or Rs 27,000 crores by one party", she said.

Moitra said then what she said in her speech to Parliament yesterday.

Moitra was an investment banker before she became a politician, winning her first election from the Karimpur assembly seat in 2016.

The Lok Sabha intervention thus was not a one-off, tutored speech but a reflection of who Moitra is, and what she believes in.

As an MLA, Moitra was one of the few Indian politicians to wage a legal war against the Modi government's surveillance efforts.

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