Wanna be a chowkidar?

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Wanna be a chowkidar?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 06, 2019 11:05 hrs

Though the BJP claims that the Twitter hashtag campaign #MainBhiChowkidar is a massive online hit, it did not brainstorm enough as to the impact such campaigns might have on the public, especially on children.

The intellectuals feel that though the BJP is targeting the grassroots level with such a campaign, the same is getting popular even amongst children and it might provide a different kind of ambition to the futures of the country.

There is opposition to the campaign but the BJP, training its guns on the Gandhi family, rubbished it saying only people who are born in affluence and are out on bail are opposing the campaign. Every campaign requires certain planning but what strategy Modi had in place is a mystery when he said that the country doesn’t need kings as the spirit of chowkidar (watchman) is growing.

It is observed that the Main Bhi Chowkidar slogan is used by children while playing games with friends. The BJP is chanting the chowkidar slogan in its election campaign as well. 

Now if the Prime Minister of a country is saying that he is a chowkidar to campaign for elections, what benchmark are we setting for our children?

A 6-year-old student of class 1 from a reputed city-based school, when asked about his ambition, replied, “I want to be a watchman.” 

Winning elections is a dream for every politico but if the PM and his prominent political followers are setting this profession as the benchmark, what will be the future of this country? 

Even a watchman would never want his child to take up his profession. He would dream that his child became a bureaucrat or even a politician but our politicians are miscalculating the effect. 

At the close to two-hour ‘Main bhi Chowkidar’ interaction with a packed audience at Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium on 31st March, Modi conveyed that the people of India had already made up their minds to return the chowkidar to power in 2019. So do you want to be a chowkidar? 

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  • Guddu jha

    Yes we too are watchman . A watchman is not a person who guards you from robbery and theft of valuables. A Dr. Is also a watchman who Guards you for Good health. A advocate Guards you from frauds and legal issue. Like wise we all are watch man in our own segment.