Coronavirus: “We have something called prophets of doom who only spread negativity. All these people writing on social media, giving interviews cannot even acknowledge what is being done,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court
New Delhi: Grilled over the migrant crisis by the Supreme Court today, the government complained about “prophets of doom” who only spread negativity and who refused to acknowledge the steps taken by it.
“We have something called prophets of doom who only spread negativity. All these people writing on social media, giving interviews cannot even acknowledge what is being done. They are not showing courtesy to the nation. They don’t even have the patriotism to acknowledge that,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, representing the government.
The top lawyer made the comments after telling the Supreme Court he wanted to register “two” complaints.
“A large number of steps were taken by the government and the Supreme Court was fully satisfied about it earlier,” Mr Mehta said.
He said none of these people acknowledged the fact that the state governments and ministers were “working overnight”.
He went on to give the example of the iconic Pulitzer-winning photograph of a vulture and a starving child in Sudan, taken in 1983. “There was a vulture and a panic-stricken child. The vulture was waiting for the child to die. He photographed it and the photo was published in NYT and the photographer was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He committed suicide after four months. He was not an activist. He was not running an NGO. He was a man with a conscience,” the Solicitor General said.
“A journalist had asked him, what happened to the child? He said I don’t know, I had to return home. Then the reporter asked him – how many vultures were there? He said one. The reporter said – no. There were two. One was holding the camera.”
Mr Mehta, continuing his attack apparently on opposition leaders, activists and others who had criticized the government’s handling of the migrant crisis, wondered whether any of them stepped out of air-conditioned offices and drawing rooms to help.
“Those who come before your Lordships, let them establish their credentials. They earn in crores. Have they spent a penny? People are feeding people on the streets. Had any of them cared to come out of their AC offices? All these people who are critiquing, has any one of them also come out of their air conditioned drawing rooms to help? All these people wanting to intervene need to apply the vulture and child story. What have they contributed? Before entertaining any of them, ask them to file an affidavit on what has been their contribution? Except for writing on social media, penning articles, giving interviews.”