The Miraculous Flying, Speaking, Dog

THE DOG IN the picture above is supernatural; it can speak, fly, do a grater job than any human being in any post…even the post of Indian Prime Minister for which several leaders of different partes are fighting – like dogs.

Many leaders of the Indian National Congress have been vying with each other to praise two leaders of the dynasty that rules the party, whose members alone can, according to party leaders like Mani (chaiwala) Shankar (neech admi) Aiyar, can head the party.

In the picture above, perhaps on a family picnic, are members of the Ghandy (wrongly changed to Gandhi) family, watching keenly the blooming of a lotus (incidentally the symbol of the now ruling Bharatiya Janata Party).

All members of the family enjoyed power – some without the corresponding responsibility, because the INC believes that only the dynasty can rule the country. No Congress worker, however senior or whatever merits, can stake a claim. Now Priyanka Vadra, sister of INC President Rahul, is being prepared for the throne in case Raul fails to make it.

This is to prevent the situation his mother faced – of ruling the country through a dummy proxy PM – being (then) inexperienced, not able to speak Hindi and an Italian.

Why the ‘miracle dog’? Because, if all others are not ready to take the PM’s post Congress may choose to install the dog in that chair

Shashi Tharoor, who held the second highest post in UN, knows huge, unpronounceable and unknown English words, and is described as “highly educated and respected” by a BJP leader, finds Rahul brilliant, capable, and the only one fit to be PM.

Sachin Pilot, educated in St. Stephens and at Wharton, both world famous, himself a part of a dynasty, feels Rahul alone can can be Congress chief and PM. His father, Raj esh Pilot died in a road accident days after calling for election to the party chief’s post.

Jyotiradtya Scindia, also from a royal dynasty, educated at Stanford Business School and Harvard, whose father died in an air rash after analysts saw him as PM material, thinks only Rahul without a degree and known for bloopers, can be a great PM.

ALL these and several other bright achievers in INC sing ‘Rahul chaalisa’ daily, praising the dynasty that partitioned India, imposed the Emergency, invaded the Golden Temple and led the Sikh genocide, because that alone can reward them with posts once INC comes to power.

And that seems a possility seeing the way BJP leaders are badmouthing Priyanka Vadra as if her entry into politics certainly means BJP’s defeat.

So, I would start praising and singing paeons of the dog before others start, because there is a possibility of Rahul being found unfit and Priyanka and her children rejecting the post. That leaves the dog.

Before others (surely) do it, I will ‘dicover’ the greatness of the canine.

Hope I will be suitably rewarded for my canine loyalty

Will Congress Admit     Dawood Ibrahim?

Naresh Agrawal
    Naresh Agrawal welcomed into BJP

THERE WAS A TIME when Bharatiya Janata Party was believed to be  a party with a difference – a party of principles which it  would not compromise.

That, it seems,  is history.

All political parties contest elections   to  win and come to power (except perhaps those who  contest just a few seats to retain  their registration).  But then winning elections becomes an end in itself — an end guided by  ‘pragmatic’ decisions and ‘electoral compulsions’.

Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan, MP    

Amit Shah has brought to the party politics of manipulation.   ‘Winnability’  is  the  main criterion.  ‘Practical considerations’ have nothing to do with what the party stood for.  Ideology takes a back seat.

For Congress  power – and wealth which came with it — became the only consideration. It took to casteism and minority appeasement, would not think twice about  giving ration cards and citizenship overnight to refugees just to build vote banks. Its  dynasty. politics promoted sycophancy and ‘darbaris’

The Congress fell because winning was all it wanted — winning so that its leader could enjoy the fruits of power. Most of them  have become multi-millionaires if not billionaires. And ‘scam a day’ was common.  That was not expected of BJP which is supposed to be ‘remote  controlled’ by  the  Rashtriya  Swayamsevak Sangh ideologues,  consisting mostly of old men of learning and wisdom  who sacrificed their lives for their ideology.

And yet it admits an old Socialist Party leader of Uttar Pradesh, Naresh Agrawal, who left his party in a huff when denied ticket for Rajya Sabha. That he was a bitter critic of BJP, supported the SP-Congress alliance a few months ago, and just a fortnight ago attacked BJP for demonetisation, did not seem to matter, as he was expected to bring with him a substantial following from SP as well as his community vote,

That is the  new face of the “pragmatic” politics of today. Rita Bahuguna-Joshi, once UP Congress President, could be admitted to BJP and made a Cabinet minister. The party could  take in Narendra Tewari, Congress CM of two states and a governor who had to quit over womanising even when facing a paternity case from a son he bore out of wedlock. It could induce defections in other states and continue to have alliance with Shiv Sena despite all is attacks —  in the name of pragmatism and electoral requirements.

So what is wrong if tomorrow Indian National Congress admits Dawood Ibrahim under the (mistaken) notion that it  could win Muslim votes for the party? Is this the new reality and pragmatism of Indian politics?

Agrawal’s  derogatory remarks against Jaya Bachchan, the Socialist Party MP,  touched off an outrage as he called her someone who dances and sings in films. I always thought Jaya was something more than just an actress (not just because her father, T.C. Bhaduri, who was a senior journalist and author, brought me into the profession) but someone who always asserted herself on women’s issues. 

Unlike most of the ‘decorative’ ‘glamour faces’ from the entertainment industry inducted into Parliament by the Congress,  Jaya has been an active parliamentarian.  Agrawal’s  attack on her came only when the Socialist Party preferred her  over him for  Parliament seat.

If it been his stand that such ‘glamour girls’ had no place in Parliament, he should have said it when he was still in SP.  Just as all the senior Congress parliamentarians kept mum when Rekhas, Tendulkars and Lata Mangeshkars, eminent in their own fields but misfits in politics, were brought in by their  party, Agrawal too was silent when Jaya  was first inducted.

One welcome aspect of the  controversy touched off by Agrawal is that among those who criticised him for is derogatory remarks were leaders of the BJP itself, including senior Minister Sushma Swaraj and Roopa Ganguly an actress-turned-MP., who defended Jaya Bachchan, who herself refused to comment.This is something unheard of in  Congress. Renuka Choudhary, known for her ‘Shurphanaka’ guffaws, was silent.

‘Behenji’ Mayawati too came to Jaya’s defence, but obviously this  was prompted only by the new electoral  understanding between her Bahujan Samaj Party and the SP,  entered into by the parties  when  the political fortunes of both declined drastically.

Agrawal’s entry could mean the exit of ideology from BJP political horizon.