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A Curious Journey - From Shahzada, Ramzada to Haramzada
Many politicians were not so lucky and missed the better upbringing. They learned the art of politics on the road, in the street and at the bank of over flowing gutter of corruption. Of course, they were shrewd, street smart and knew the art of public mobilization.

Often they were shown their place but not mostly, I bear witness, reached the higher places with their ready, rough and rough-shod style intact. Most examples of political profanity come from so-called leaders who are neither acquainted to better manners nor civilized language.

Gone are the days of Nehru era when political leadership - both ruling and opposition, selected their vanguard with great care and discretion. Their antecedents were closely monitored. Today, Parliament has become a place of testing the vocal chords rather than a theatre of serious and intelligent debate. In public discourses and speech, there is no polity and civilized exchange of viewpoints or smart controlled verbal jibes. These are the events of past.

It is curious and unfortunate that we have had unbelievable glimpses of foul language from many greats of world history in past also. These times are not so strange after all. These are the best of the times; these are the worst of times. Every word you speak, every sermon you deliver is either recorded, broadcast, tweeted or put on YouTube.

It is strange that politicians still haven't learned to keep their mouths shut. It was much easier to back track, refute, rebut and ignore the inconvenient harangue when technology was not so advance. Franklin D. Roosevelt, as Vice President from 1933 to 1941, once said that the job of VP was "not worth a pitcher of warm piss."

In news reports, however, his last word was changed to SPIT. In 1993, British Prime Minister John Major was caught on tape referring to three members of his Cabinet as "a shower of bastards." Another famous US President Harry was quoted calling General MacArthur a "dumb son of a bitch.' Lyndon B. Johnson, a man known for strong language, had chided Canada's Lester Pearson for his anti-Vietnam stance by saying, "You pissed on my rug."

So, it came to no surprise when I heard Union Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti telling the voters that they must choose between 'Ramzadon' (those born of Ram) and 'haramzadon' (illegitimately born). Addressing a rally in West Delhi's Shyam Nagar area, Jyoti, the BJP MP from Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh, said, "Aapko tay karna hai ki Dilli mein sarkar Ramzadon ki banegi ya haramzadon ki. Yeh aapka faisla hai (You must decide whether you want a government of those born of Ram or of those born illegitimately)."

For Robert Vadra also she used the choicest of words - "Jis sadharan parivar mein?bartanon ki dukaan rakhne wala?uska beta, Sonia Gandhi ka damaad, arab-kharab pati kaise ho gaya? Gareebon ko loota hai, gareebo ko choosa hai. Modiji kehte rahe hai, na khayenge na khane denge. (The son of an ordinary family, who had a utensils shop? Sonia nor will we tolerate it)."

Not to be left behind in the new political race, addressing another rally in Dhirpur, Giriraj Singh told the BJP cadres that Modi was their "saviour". "Do you know Hanuman? We are all Hanuman. Hanuman told Ram that he has no identity of his own. Hum Modi ke bhakt hain purey desh mein. (We are all followers of Modi.) People wanted to know the reason for my victory in Lok Sabha. I told them it is only Narendra Modi."

He compared AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal to Maarich (a mythical character who could disguise himself). "We used to have Ramlilas in our village. A youth once demanded that he should be given a chance to play Hanuman's role. He had no experience. When he went on stage and Raavan pulled out his sword, he ran away from the stage? Kejriwal wohi nakli Hanuman hai? Kejriwal un Rakshasho mein bhi Maarich hai, jo vesh badalta hai par kabhi na kabhi pakda jata hai? (Kejriwal is that fake Hanuman, he is the demon who changes shape but will get caught one day)."

In the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, Public memory is not so weak and the resonance of Singh's diatribe is still there in the air when he had said that there was no place in India for those who were opposed to Modi, and they should go to Pakistan.

I don't know if the political morality, etiquette, language and comport are going alarmingly down the hill or I'm a quaint Victorian Uncle who is feeling suffocation today modern, aggressive and enlightened India.

Our deeds come home to roost Mr. Prime Minister!


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