In an exclusive email to MisaKotha, Kapil Sibal clarifies that he is not an Idiot as the entire nation terms him after his "orders" to Facebook and Google to screen users from publishing content which can be perceived to demean Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi and her clan. We publish the entire mail in verbatim below, to help users form an unbiased view about Sibal and his comments.
Dear MisaKotha and every Internet user of India,
I, Kapil Sibal, would like to clarify a few points regarding the upsurge in angst against me for my comments to screen contents in Facebook and Google. In fact, Kafila - another popular Internet site, has asked users to put "Kapil Sibal is an Idiot" message on their Facebook wall to protest against my comments. I have only one thing to say - My name is Kapil Sibal and I am not an idiot.
We owe a lot to Her Highness, Sonia Gandhi and her family. This family gave us our freedom, our daily bread and butter, the air we breathe freely, the water we drink, the roads we walk on; our lives are indebted to her and her family. I myself initially had a lot of apprehension regarding her surname 'Gandhi' (in fact for her mother-in-law's assumed surname), but I was convinced that the surname was given to Mrs Indira by the great Mahatma himself. When the Mahatma bestowed on her the coveted surname, we are the least of all mortals to even question that. Now, please stop all these non-sense regarding this surname. As Shakespeare wrote - What's in a name? that which we call a Gandhi. By any other name would smell as pure and pristine.
Coming to venting displeasure on Facebook and Google, we Indians, are considered to be the most humble and tolerant among all races among the world. Her Highness, Sonia Gandhi is an Italian, which means her son and daughter are Italians too. I have seen their Italian passports. In fact Rahul Baba is an ardent fan of Silvio Berlusconi and his colourful ways. In fact, Rahul has a overnight visit to Berlusconi's palatial mansion on top of his itinerary during his every clandestine visit to Italy. Why does he even need to go to Italy? Dont we Indians believe in the age old mantra of "Atithi Devo Bhava", which considers guests as Gods. Yes, Her Highness, Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi are our guests, our Gods. Any lesser treatment to them would mean demeaning their kindness and affection for the people of India. Sukanya Devi should be proud of what was done to her. After all, the Gopis also had drenched themselves in 'Raasleela' with Krushna, the God of the Gods. Do you all think Rahul Gandhi to be any lesser? I would request everyone to maintain discipline of thoughts on Facebook and Google. In the roads shown to us by the great Buddha, Mahaveera, Vedavyasa, Yagnavalkya and others, indiscipline and mistrust do not find a place. We should learn to be tolerant. Only then Her Highness Sonia Gandhi and her family will continue to shower her blessings on us. The Food Security Bill, the Lokpal Bill, the Judges Accountability Bill and many other bills are at her mercy these days. Don't you all want them to be passed? It is this discomfort created by Internet users that have stalled full throttle implementation of the Sonia Gandhi Right to Information, Sonia Gandhi Right to Education, Sonia Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and the Sonia Gandhi Forest Rights Act. Don't you want lesser equal Indian people to reap benefits from the Sonia Series of Acts?
Now, whether I am an Idiot or not, is a million dollar question. I see today, every Facebook user is saying that "Kapil Sibal is an Idiot". I am surprised that this little known fact, known to only my wife till recently, is now known by almost every active Facebook user in India and Pakistan. All that I can do now is to vehemently deny that I am a certified Idiot. I have been an Education Minister, Science and Technology Minister and now the Telecom Minister. By questioning my intellect, you are questioning Her Highness Sonia Gandhi's intelligence and decision making capability. How dare you do that? I trust Her Highness' judgment on my insanity.
I reiterate - My name is Kapil Sibal and I am not an Idiot.
With due regards to Her Highness and her family,