Will I be arrested for writing this ? But even at the risk of a possible arrest on charges of maligning the names of the high and mighty of the Indian republic, how can I not voice my opinion about the great Soap Opera of our Democracy – the Presidential Elections of 2012?
After an “illustrious” tenure, Mrs Pratibha Patil is finally shifting her kitchen from the Rashtrapati Bhavan. I must commend her for being best what she was supposed to be in her role of President – Invisible. She may as well go down as the most striking non-entity that Delhi Sultanate has ever seen after the later Mughals. Other than some 30 odd hardcore murderers and rapists who were pardoned by her in an exemplary show of benevolence, hardly anyone will ever bother to remember her after she is gone. In fact, it would be difficult for me to see her going and not shrug and say “Good riddance”.
But the real problem is, who replaces Mrs Patil ?
Coming to the elections; while the scattered NDA finds itself unable to think on a name and hides its inability to do anything worthwhile by claiming that they are in no hurry, Sonia Madame seems to have her priority right. Its only thanks to her that we have not one but two Presidents in India for past 5 years, one masquerading as the Prime Minister – as far as being a rubber stamp is concerned. So not taking a risk, Madame has decided to promote Pranab Da, a reward for his unwavering loyalty, as the UPA’s candidate for the President. While it comes as a good news for the Finance Ministry, it brings little cheer to those who bother about having a strong and independent person in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. There was another President of India who had once claimed that he would sweep the floor if asked by Indira Gandhi. It seems that the Daughter in Law is as adept as her Sasu Ma in keeping a fleet of loyal servants and amply rewarding them.
In 2004, Sonia kept Mulayam and Amar Singh out of her house during UPA dinner. Now, she meets him at midnight! And then, Mulayam comes back, promptly ditches Mamta and ‘keeps his promise’ given to Sonia Mata for Pranab Mukherjee. How times change ! While I must concede that there are no permanent friends or woes in politics, the chameleons of Indian politics never fail to bring extreme emotions in my mind – varying from awe to downright disgust. So while Kalam is still busy playing Veena and a fuming Mamta gives a hint of money and power playing a role in the Presidential drama; we the people can only sit helplessly and watch. So much so for a nation which claims to be democratic ! It’s evident that our democracy is not about choosing the right persons but the most convenient one. We are a nation of sychophants and swear by our ability to lick boots and thrive in the rewards. Self Respect of a nation held in the death grip of one family can as well go to hell.
At the end, my heartfelt wishes to Pranab Da in advance, for becoming the Honourable President of India and getting rid of CBI or Lokpal for once and forever.
Image Courtesy : Satish Acharya