On Wednesday, Sagarika Ghose in her column wrote about sycophancy and about ‘chamchagiri’ in Indian politics. She wrote “Dev Kant Barooah, Congress president during the Emergency once declared, “India is Indira. Indira is India,” in a standard template of Indian political chamchagiri”.
She also targetted Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani for his recent statement in which he said, “I am proud to be a Modi chamcha”.
She also wrote about Anupam Kher of being a Modi Chamcha “Even before Nihalani declared himself as a Grade A chamcha, actor Anupam Kher had also said he did not mind one bit being called a chamcha of Modi. So you no longer have to be squeamish about being a personal bhakt of a politician, you can wear it on your sleeve. From Barooah to Nihalani, Indian chamchagiri has only intensified because politics is heavily personalised and there are few institutional checks on executive authority if the electoral mandate is large enough,” she wrote in her column.
Rajdeep Sardesai shared his wife’s article on Twitterati with the Caption: Do read: “@sagarikaghose on the growing ‘chamcha’ factor in Indian politics: http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/bloody-mary/the-chamcha-factor-pahlaj-nihalanis-declaration-that-hes-a-modi-chamcha-reflects-growing-sycophancy-across-parties/ …”
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 22, 2016
But this did not go well with Veteran Actor Anupam Kher. He has given a befitting reply to Sagarika Ghose’s column. In his tweet, he said, “It is better to be a self declared chamcha of the PM of d country, rather than a scheming & conniving journalist.:)”
It is better to be a self declared chamcha of the PM of d country, rather than a scheming & conniving journalist.:) https://t.co/DOnRPLPCGc
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) June 22, 2016
Earlier, on Rajat Sharma Show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’, Anupam Kher said: “I do not mind being called a ‘chamcha’ (stooge) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who works day and night for the country and I wonder why children cannot chant slogans in admiration of a Prime Minister”.
“I am better off being called a chamcha of Narendra Modi, than a ‘balti’ of somebody else, he added.