In the wake of rising number of experts predicting economic doom in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an interesting observation about them on Wednesday. Modi said such experts, or critics, are suffereing from ‘Shalya symptom’. But, What is this?
Shalya was a character in the epic Mahabharata. He was a maternal uncle of two Pandavas – Nakul and Sahdev. When the great war of Mahabharata started, Shalya ended up in the camp of Kauravas by some turn of events. But there the biggest role he played was of constantly discouraging everyone, even great warriors like the Karna.
Modi said, “Friends, there was one character in Mahabharata, you must have heard the name of Shalya? This Shalya was the charioteer of Karna. While Arjuna’s charioteer was Krishna, Karna had Shalya. But this Shalya only used to discourage anyone who was in the battle. How can you fight with them, you don’t have power, arey, your horse is not powerful; your chariot…just like this, his only work was this. Now Shalya is not just a human, there is a Shalya symptom. And not just in the age of Mahabharata.”
The Prime Minister’s comment come in the wake of a number of critics like former BJP ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and current MP Subramanian Swamy hinting the economy is heading for a slowdown, may be even a collapse. Their claims have got some weight with the recent GDP slump to 5.7 per cent for a variety of reasons. However, Modi assured the GDP slump is a transient phenomena which will go away soon and the country would be back on high-growth trajectory in coming months.
For his critics, who Modi claimed are suffering from the Shalya symptom, the PM also put up recent examples when his government proved the critics wrong.
“When this Doklam (standoff with China) happened then people … hopeless …he (Modi) cannot do anything, for us…Few people take pleasure in spreading hopelessness. They get a good sleep at night. And for such people, low GDP growth in a quarter has become the biggest diet. It is time to recognise such people. When data is in their favour, these people like those institute, those process. But the moment data is not in their favour, they say the institution is not right, the process is not right. They make many types of allegations. Before reaching any conclusion, it is important to recognise such people.. to know the Shalya symptom,” he said.