Ganesh Chaturthi could have heralded an auspicious beginning for the Congress but instead ended as a non-starter. To no one’s surprise the letter signed by 23 Congressmen, far from being heeded as a heartfelt cri de coeur, was denounced as a stab in the back. This pathetic tamasha momentarily brought the party to the centre-stage of news, and as swiftly, pushed it closer to curtains. Everyone says that the Grand Old Party’s death will also be that of our democracy since it is the only Opposition. But the Congress itself hasn’t had any democracy in a long time; and it is ruling party and Opposition rolled into one. So, here’s what I’ve been wondering.
Should Sonia change her name to TINA? Btw, this factor puts the two arch enemies in the same camp. Modi is the BJP and the BJP is Modi only, no?
Has DK Barooah’s sycophantic ‘Indira is India and India is Indira’ turned into ‘The INC is the Gandhis. Period.’? The party serves The Family, it is never vice versa.
Did the courtiers channel their inner Greta by shouting ‘How Dare You!’?
Will those who washed the party’s dirty linen in public be taken to the cleaners? And be hung out to dry. Of the senior signatories, one promptly regretted his show of Azadi, swearing that he’d always been a faithful Ghulam; Mukul too cried, ‘I’m Wasnik, Isnik and will always be the party’s loyal servant; Anand said his accusers should have some sharma, considering he had stuck by Indira through thick and split. Sibal? His could be a bitter Kapill. Despite Sonia’s magnanimous, ‘Let’s put the past behind us’, it might well become ‘23 and done’ like the ‘21 and done’ tech-brats. No one’s betting on that brave letter Pilot-ing a (Geh)lot of changes in party functioning.
The Gandhis never face the music, but partymen play several pieces. Most common is J.S.Bach’s ‘Air on the G string’, or more aptly ‘Heir on the ji-string’. When Madam wanted to relinquish the presidentship, the courtiers wailed Farida Khanum’s ‘Aaj janey ki zid na karo’. Now they’re stomping to Sonu-Alka’s ‘You are my Soni-a.’
Finally, did the ginger group spice up matters only to be ground to a paste – and will it be taught a ‘lassoon’?
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Alec Smart said: “Law means never having to say you’re sorry – P. Bhushan.”
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