Dear Chief Minister Sir,
I’ve been taught to address letters to you in my school days. When I was about to graduate from class 12, I was supposed to write letters to you as a part of the English curriculum. I was taught to use the most decent language, with a subject line, a proper format and what not. But today, when I heard you on my television, I realised you do not deserve that much respect from me or anyone else in my city. You don’t deserve to represent us and in this letter I’ll tell you why.
I recently heard your esteemed views in your assembly in Bawana where you’d gone to address a gathering. I believed you were there to talk about development and a progressive Delhi until a protest ignited the worst in you.
I wonder how the installation of CCTVs will help you learn basic etiquettes and manners when it comes to addressing a gathering, especially a gathering where people are looking up to you as their leader – as a role model for their city where kids are taught to respect you. In an assembly like that, you decided to pack up the stock of decent language in a box and come down to the level of hooliganism just to answer a protest which was on the far end of the assembly ground. They did have the right to protest, not as the workers of the BJP but as citizens of your state. They did have the right to question you over the order of the cancellation of the metro line in their region which could have provided job opportunities in the area.
I’d like to quote your response, “Aukaat mein raho, nahin to aise joote padenge pehchan mein nahin aaoge (Stay within your limits, or you will be beaten up with shoes in such a manner that you will not be recognisable).”
I wonder if I’d be okay a leader who uses such language. I wonder if I’d expect someone to use words like that on stage in order to make a point when there were a million other ways to do so. With another nail in your coffin, I wonder if I’ll ever be voting in your favour because if nothing else, I’ll at least expect my Chief Minister to be respectable in their conduct which you aren’t.
Hence, I’d like you to know that rather than teaching someone else the boundaries they are supposed to live in, you’d should teach yourself the proper language to address people.
A young citizen of Delhi