For the past couple of days, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has been making headlines. In case you missed it, he made a statement about women wearing ripped jeans which didn’t go down well with much of the youth of the country – that wearing ripped jeans sets a “bad example” in society. What made things worse was his wife defending his statement with the argument that women have the “responsibility” of “protecting our culture”.
In addition to these, the Uttarakhand CM recently went a step further. In a public speech, he blamed the United States of America for “200 years of rule in India” instead of the British, reports NDTV.
“As opposed to other countries, India is doing better in handling the pandemic. America, who enslaved us for 200 years and ruled the whole world, is struggling at present,” he said.
Here’s a video of his speech. Have a look:
#WATCH "…As opposed to other countries, India is doing better in terms of handling #COVID19 crisis. America, who enslaved us for 200 years and ruled the world, is struggling in current times," says Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat pic.twitter.com/gHa9n33W2O
— ANI (@ANI) March 21, 2021
This time, instead of severe backlash, his statement led to a massive meme-fest online! Here’s a look at some of the best ones that have left social media LOL-ing!
— Abdullah Siddiqui(2.1 K) (@abdullah056786) March 22, 2021
USA : No we didn’t enslave India they were Britishers.
— Deepak Singh (@DEEPAKdasak21) March 22, 2021
History teacher of #TirathSinghRawat after hearing 200 yrs of American rule in India
— Intekhab Alam (@Bhola4U) March 22, 2021
— Ravinder Kapur (@RavinderKapur2) March 22, 2021
— Kriti Naithani (@KritiNaithani) March 22, 2021
Such a funny guy..😄#TirathSinghRawat
— Vikram Kumar Yadav (@Vikram__IND) March 22, 2021
— Pakodewala🍲 (@Pakodewalaa) March 21, 2021
America be like… pic.twitter.com/7DOIDqvWco
— 𝐙𝐀𝐂𝐊 (the bull) (@Zackrhea) March 21, 2021
— the jadooguy (@JadooShah) March 21, 2021
Whatsapp University का ज्ञान है,
MeanWhile American President! pic.twitter.com/5i9zccAoGj
— Shesh Narayan Ojha (@sheshnojha) March 21, 2021
When you were the biggest coloniser but Uttarakhand CM still forgot you pic.twitter.com/Dd2YQ08Uc9
— 𝕯𝖗. 𝕬𝖆𝖙𝖒𝖆𝖓𝖎𝖗𝖇𝖍𝖆𝖗 𝕭𝖆𝖙𝖒𝖆𝖓 (@Your_Levodopa) March 21, 2021
— Azy (@AzyConTrolI) March 21, 2021
However, that’s not all. NDTV reports that in another bizarre statement, Tirath Singh Rawat addressed the poor and said that the families struggling to feed themselves amidst the pandemic “should have had 20 children if they wanted more ration from the government”.
“Every household was given 5 kg ration. If 10 (people in a home) got 50 kg, then 20 got a quintal (100 kg). But some were jealous that two people got 10 kg and 20 got a quintal. Why? When there was time, you only gave birth to 2…why not 20?” he asked.
Have a look at the video here:
#WATCH हर घर में पर यूनिट 5 किलो राशन दिया गया।10 थे तो 50 किलो, 20 थे तो क्विंटल राशन दिया। फिर भी जलन होने लगी कि 2 वालों को 10 किलो और 20 वालों को क्विंटल मिला। इसमें जलन कैसी? जब समय था तो आपने 2 ही पैदा किए 20 क्यों नहीं पैदा किए: उत्तराखंड CM मुख्यमंत्री तीरथ सिंह रावत pic.twitter.com/cjh2hH5VKh
— ANI_HindiNews (@AHindinews) March 21, 2021
It becomes a matter of concern when a leader who has the power to influence several others make incorrect and irrational statements. Don’t you think?