Updated June 03, 2019 | 10:12 IST | Frank Huzur
Terming the contest of #2019LokSabhaelections as “a race between a Ferrari and a Bicycle”, Samajwadi Party national president and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav in a Thanksgiving speech in Azamgarh from where he has been elected MP said that the BJP did not win elections on the basis of development but by rigging the mind of the people through advertising blitz inspired by unscientific thoughts and religious obscurantism.
“This race was between a Ferrari and a bicycle. Who used to be on television every day? Who owned the television? They played with and infiltrated our minds,” said the popular socialist leader in an emotionally charged speech before the people of Azamgarh…
Stressing upon the growing gulf between science and religion, reason and rhetoric, conspiracy and compassion, newly elected Azamgarh MP was candid in his address.
“It is a different fight. They termed the SP-BSP alliance an alliance of Muslims, Yadavs and Dalits. We could never make people understand our fight. Only the BJP has the power to divert people`s attention.
Without naming revolutionary astronomers, Copernicus and Galileo, Akhilesh spoke about the difficulties revolutionary inventors of Europe’s renaissance and age of enlightenment faced at the hands of the entrenched religious powers. He was alluding to the 17th century Galileo Affair when he said nobody believed that the Earth could actually be moving around the Sun and not otherwise when Galileo, father of observational astronomy and scientific method, presented his theory of Heliocentrism.
The matter was investigated by the Roman Inquisition in 1615, which concluded that heliocentrism was “foolish and absurd in philosophy, and formally heretical since it explicitly contradicts in many places the sense of Holy Scripture”.
He was tried by the Inquisition, found “vehemently suspect of heresy”, and forced to recant. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest.
Galileo had moved a step further after Polish mathematician Copernicus who had successfully established that at the center of the Universe was a “central fire”, around which the Earth, Sun, Moon and Planets revolved in uniform circular motion.
What appear to us as motions of the Sun arise not from its motion but from the motion of the Earth and our sphere, with which we revolve about the Sun like any other planet. The Earth has, then, more than one motion.
At end of the address, full of gratitude towards his electors, Akhilesh issued a stern warning to MYogiAdityanath led BJP government over a string of targeted murders of Samajwadi Party workers. In a little over a week, more than thirty workers of the main opposition bock have been shot dead in a violent cycle of vendetta politics. There is absolute lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh to which the majority of New Dehi and Lucknow-based media outlets are turning a blind eye to under the prejudicial influence of the ruling party.
Besides, Akhilesh gave a broad hint of spirited battle of resistance ahead of the #2022AssemblyElections as he said, “Many political battles have been fought. We also have to dream big and target 2022 and 2024. If you dream big then only you will succeed.”