New Delhi: “Aap chronology samjhiye (Understand the chronology)” — Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s line explaining the BJP’s plans to implement a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) became so popular that it has taken the internet by storm.
Shah had said it in April 2019. “Understand the chronology, first we will bring Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and after that we will bring National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the NRC will not only be for Bengal but for the entire country.”
Politicians, political strategists and mediapersons have also used it in different contexts to target the BJP, and opposition members have made it a favourite phrase to criticise the ruling party and its policies.
Priyanka, Akhilesh, Yechury — all repeated the Amit Shah line
Former JD(U) leader and political strategist Prashant Kishor used the phrase and dared the home minister to try and implement the CAA and the NRC.
“… if you don’t care for those protesting against #CAA_NRC, why don’t you go ahead and try implementing the CAA & NRC in the chronology that you so audaciously announced to the nation!”
Being dismissive of citizens’ dissent couldn’t be the sign of strength of any Govt. @amitshah Ji, if you don’t care for those protesting against #CAA_NRC, why don’t you go ahead and try implementing the CAA & NRC in the chronology that you so audaciously announced to the nation!
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) January 22, 2020
In December 2019, senior Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had used the phrase to launch point-by-point attack on the ruling party.
“First they will promise 2 crore jobs. Then they will form government. Then they will destroy universities. Then they will destroy the country’s Constitution. Then you will protest. Then they will call you fools. But Youngistan will endure on the field,” she had said.
क्रोनोलोजी समझिए आप
👉पहले वो आपसे दो करोड़ नौकरियां का वादा करेंगे
👉फिर वो सरकार बनाएंगे
👉फिर वो आपकी यूनिवर्सिटीज बर्बाद करेंगे
👉फिर वो देश का संविधान बर्बाद करेंगे
👉फिर आप प्रोटेस्ट करेंगे
👉फिर वो आपको “फूल” बोलेंगे
लेकिन यंगिस्तान मैदान में डटा रहेगा।
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) December 27, 2019
Last week, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav used the line to connect the Yes Bank crisis to the Modi government’s demonetisation move.
“First the poor were asked to open their accounts and their money was deposited. After demonetisation, their money was in the banks and from there it was given and consumed by rich friends and they disappeared. And when people went to withdraw their money, instead of yes they got a no,” he tweeted.
Chronology समझिए: पहले गरीबों का खाता खुलवाया गया फिर उनका पैसा जमा करवाया गया, नोटबंदी में सबका पैसा बैंक पहुँचाया गया फिर वहां से निकालकर अमीर दोस्तों के साथ बाँटकर खाया गया फिर उन्हें फुर्र करवाया गया और जब लोग अपना पैसा निकालने बैंक गये तो YES की जगह NO का ठेंगा दिखाया गया| pic.twitter.com/e6v4IULUj3
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) March 6, 2020
All India Mahila Congress used the phrase in connection with the sudden transfer of Justice S. Muralidhar from Delhi High Court to Punjab and Haryana High Court while he was hearing a case related to the Delhi riots.
Aap Chronology Samajhiye
Morning ,26th Feb: Delhi HC Justice Muralidhar has harsh criticism of how Delhi Police handled violence & directs commissioner to register FIR against @BJP4India leaders making inflammatory speeches
Midnight: Govt issues notification for his transfer pic.twitter.com/uJUe8EDaYR
— All India Mahila Congress (@MahilaCongress) February 27, 2020
The catchphrase was used by Swaraj Abhiyan president Yogendra Yadav too in the context of the JNU campus violence that took place in early January.
Chronology samajhiye @PrakashJavdekar ji:
7 pm: violence begings in JNU
7:25 pm: news on whatsapp, requestss from teacher, students for alumni to come
7:45 pm: I left home
8:40 pm: reached barricade abt 1 km from JNU
9 pm: walked to main gate
Wish I could reach in 10 mnts! https://t.co/nFMlrAoJKr
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) January 6, 2020
In January, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Congress’ youth wing also used the phrase to target the BJP.
Aap chronology samajhiye… NRC will be done across the country, which will start with the NPR. https://t.co/EcaqEwX5dw
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) January 19, 2020
Poor, uneducated working-class Muslim residents have been issued notice by UIDAI to prove their citizenship.
Modi govt targets the poor, the uneducated. Then they leave them homeless, stateless and finally eradicate their existence.
— Youth Congress (@IYC) February 19, 2020
Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh used the phrase to connect a firing incident in Jamia Nagar in late January with Union Minister and BJP leader Anurag Thakur’s controversial remarks.
“A Union Minister says ‘Goli Maaro’ (shoot) and then one of their men appear and fires bullets, all this while police kept standing. Do you understand this chronology? It was a hateful statement but the Election Commission did not give him any punishment,” he said.
Media used it too
Shehzad Poonawala, anchor of India News, spoke the line to promote his late-night show on the anti-CAA protests happening in Shaheen Bagh.
“Aap chronology samajhiye is ‘prayog’ Ki — @narendramodi was right. First lobby uses Islamist forces in Shaheen Bagh for votebank. Then send their workers to fire bullets & label Hindus extremists. Then abuse Hindus,” he said.
Aap chronology samajhiye is "prayog" Ki – @narendramodi was right
First lobby uses Islamist forces in Shaheen Bagh for votebank
Then send their workers to fire bullets & label Hindus extremists
Then abuse Hindus
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) February 4, 2020
In mid-February, Alt News founder Pratik Sinha called out senior editor of Swarajya magazine Swati Goel Sharma for claiming Twitter has a “hit-list” of accounts spreading misinformation and can suspend them.
When Sinha clarified that Twitter does not have a policy on misinformation, Goel accused him of often “abusing Swarajya” and “right-wing” folks.
Sinha then sarcastically described the entire conversation as part of a chronology.
1. First they'll make a random false allegation.
2. You refute their ignorance.
3. They cry – Abuse kiya 😭😭
— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 15, 2020