New Delhi: Trinamool Congress lawmaker Mahua Moitra’s speech on “seven signs of fascism” had gone viral. The ‘left-liberals’ and anti-right wing had celebrated her, but then soon came allegations of plagiarism against her speech.
It was alleged that her speech was mostly copied from a Washington Monthly article “12 early warning signs of fascism” in reference to Donald Trump’s America.
Expressing “great dismay” over the allegations, she blamed the “troll army” of the BJP and “certain media houses owing allegiance to the ruling party” for the accusation.
“Plagiarism is when one does not disclose one’s source. My source as mentioned categorically in my speech was the poster from the Holocaust Museum created by the political scientist Dr. Laurence W. Brit pointing out the 14 signs of early fascism,” Ms. Moitra said in a statement. “I found 7 signs relevant to India and spoke at length about each of them,” she said.
Mahua Moitra, 42-year-old M.P, is a former investment banker.