Just days after triggering controversy with his remarks on women wearing ripped jeans, Uttarakhand Chief Minister on Sunday made another gaffe as he said “America enslaved us for 200 years”.
Still recovering from the backlash after his remarks on women wearing ripped jeans, newly appointed Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Sunday made another goof-up as he said it was America that enslaved us for 200 years.
The Uttarakhand chief minister was lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and the way India tackled the Covid-19 pandemic under him when he made the gaffe.
He then went on to say that America, which “enslaved us [India] for 200 years” is now struggling to fight the virus and has seen way more virus deaths than India despite having a lesser population and an advanced healthcare system.
“Jaha America ke 200 varsh take hum log ghulam the, pure vishwa ke andar uska raj tha, kabhi suraj chipta hi nahi tha yeh kehte the. Lekin aaj ke samay me wo dol gaya bol gaya, pone teen laakh se bhi mrityu dar chala gaya [Once we were enslaved by America for 200 years, it was ruling the entire world, it was said that the sun never set there. But at present, it is struggling, the death toll [due to Covid-19] has crossed grim milestones],” Tirath Singh Rawat said.
#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
CM Rawat said that PM Modi’s efforts did save us from the virus and credited the public also for obeying to the Covid-19 norms and precautions that the prime minister had listed out such as wearing masks, using sanitisers and washing hands repeatedly.
The ‘ripped jeans’ controversy
Tirath Singh Rawat, who took oath as the new chief minister of Uttarakhand in Dehradun on March 10, courted controversy soon after assuming office with his remarks on women wearing ripped jeans.
Uttarakhand CM Rawat said he was shocked to meet an NGO woman wearing ripped jeans while on a flight with kids.
Tirath Singh Rawat said, “If such women go out in the society to meet people and solve their problems, what kind of message are we giving out to society, to our kids? It all starts at home. What we do, our kids follow. A child who is taught the right culture at home, no matter how modern he becomes, will never fail in life.”
“[Women] showing bare knees, wearing ripped denim and looking like rich kids These are the values being given now [at home]. Where is this coming from, if not at home?”
Hats Off To Our Leaders Who Never Fail To Show Their Degraded Mentality! "Women Wearing Ripped Jeans Can't Provide Right Environment At Home For Children", Says Tirath Singh Rawat, Chief Minister, #Uttarakhand. pic.twitter.com/TAssYOAamz
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Not just this, Tirath Singh Rawat made another blunder at an event in state’s Ramnagar when he spoke on the ration given to families depending on their family size. “Every household received per unit ration, those who had 2 children received 10 kg while who had 20 received quintal. People were jealous of each other in this scenario also. When there was time, you reproduced only 2 children so who is at fault in this. Why be jealous,” the chief minister was quoted as saying by ANI.
Source: India Today