Would it be too much of wishful thinking to imagine a world wherein our elected political representatives come from a place of awareness and well-earned knowledge? Where logic and science is not defied every step of the way to make political statements, and retorts from opposition leaders doesn't sound like gibberish?
Well, perhaps that's the reason why 'utopia' only exists within the pages of a dictionary. Because in the real world, these elected politicians have messed up their basic elementary level education and flushed it down the drain.
It constantly makes us question the people we have chosen to lead us to a better future, and just to make our point here is the latest trigger. UP BJP Leader Vineet Agarwal Sharda claimed that the alarming state of air pollution in Delhi-NCR is because Pakistan and China are releasing “poisonous gases to pollute the air in India”.
Here's exactly what he said. “Ye jo zehreeli hawa aa rahi hai, zehreeli gas aayi hai ho sakta hai kisi bagal ke mulk ne chhodi ho jo humse ghabraya hua hai. I feel that Pakistan or China are afraid of us. We must seriously consider whether Pakistan has released any poisonous gas.”
The staggering absurdity of this statement is not lost on us, and we wonder where Mr Sharda had been during basic Environmental Science classes in school?
Unfortunately Sharda isn't the only one to come up with such absurdities. These 7 Indian politicians have also said some absolutely logic-defying things and sent our brains into a coma.1. Cows Give Oxygen
Earlier this year, Uttarakhan Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat went viral on social media when he said, "Cow is the only animal that both inhales and exhales oxygen. This is why we have given it the status of the mother. Breathing problems can be cured by massaging cows, and tuberculosis can be cured by living in proximity with them.”
Well, we wonder if CM Rawat has ever heard of Biology?2. Internet Existed During The Time Of Mahabharat
Last year during a public event in Guwahati, Tripura CM Biplab Deb claimed that, "India has been using the internet since ages. In Mahabharata, Sanjay was blind but he narrated what was happening in the battlefield to Dhritarashtra anyway. This was due to internet and technology. Satellite also existed during that period."
We simply don't know what to say to that. Berners-Lee won't be happy about this.3. Desi Cows' Milk Contains Real Gold
Recently, Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh claimed that Indian cows' milk contains real gold. During a public meeting he was heard saying, "Our desi cows have a special characteristic. There is gold mixed in their milk and that is why their milk is golden. There is a blood vessel that helps produce gold with the help of sunlight. So, we have to keep those cows. If we drink desi cow milk, we will become healthy and can prevent diseases."
What the actual fuck? Did you ever set foot in a school as a child sir? Because we certainly doubt it.4. Electricity In Villages Will Curb Growing Population
Back in 2009, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that providing electricity in villages can help curb population growth because watching TV will prevent them from having sex.
“In olden days people had no other entertainment but sex, which is why they produced so many children. Today, TV is the biggest source of entertainment. Hence, it is important that there is electricity in every village so that people watch TV till late in the night. By the time the serials are over, they'll be too tired to have sex and will fall asleep. Then they won't get a chance to reproduce. When there is no electricity, there is nothing else to do but produce babies.”
*FACEPALM*5. Virgin Means Unmarried & Pure
Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey courted controversy when he tried to defend Patna's Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences' decision to ask applicants to declare their virginity. He had said, “Virgin, as per the dictionary, means an unmarried and pure girl. So all these words are not objectionable.”
Which fucked-up dictionary did you refer to? Which law says that a woman who is not a virgin is not “pure” or that virginity is even related to being married?6. The Sound Of Anklets Affect Boys' Studies
Last year, Tamil Nadu's Minister of School Education KA Sengottaiyan said that, "Rings can be banned. They can go missing. Flowers, I am sure, would not be banned," he said, adding, "anklets should be banned. The clinking sound can distract boys. It can affect their studies and concentration."
Aisa kaise hota hai? By that logic the girls should also get distracted when boys scratch their beards, no?7. Darwin's Theory Of Evolution Is Wrong
Union Minister Satyapal Singh had stated during an event last year that, “Darwin's theory (of evolution of humans) is scientifically wrong. It needs to change in school and college curriculum. Since the man is seen on Earth he has always been a man. Nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man.”
We are legit running short of words at this point.