The funniest part is the reaction of all BJP bigwigs. I have not stopped laughing since the first reaction after the PM's speech the other day. Words of the good old song, “tujh ko mirchi lagi to main kya karoon”(what do I do if you feel the pinch), seem absolutely apt in this kind of situation. The reasons are two, that their mouth is burning and even a fire brigade can't extinguish it; secondly the hot pill they had to swallow, it is giving double mazza' (pleasure), i.e the chillies are hurting in the wrong place next day morning also.
Let me tell you folks, I am totally apolitical. I have no love lost for these people at all. It is a shame for me to bear them as I have no choice till the next elections. Though I am an optimist but I do not see a silver lining even in 2014, unless one of the parties comes away with a landslide victory, or else the fate of the country is going to be the same. There will be meetings only to woo each other rather than to transact business. The opposition will oppose for the sake of opposing, the coalition will collate for the sake collating. The poor sufferer will be you and me and the aam admi I suppose. We as a nation are again going to watch this dance of democracy, and keep cursing ourselves, there will be more people like me who will start writing and there will be more people who will make funnier cartoons (hopefully).
I have a lot of respect for the present PM. He is a learned man, he is an intellectual. I love him not because he doesn’t speak, I love him because he is not a politician but a professor of economics from within, and he doesn’t reek of politics at all. All the politics is done by the others and he abides with what his party does. The congress is quite smart to take cover of Mrs Sonia Gandhi. You may call me an insider, how do I know all this? Your guess is as good as mine. I am just conjecturing with reasonable thinking capability. You think Mrs Gandhi knows politics, I don’t think so at all. She has been placed there for two reasons. The first being the guilt in her fellow party members to have lost mother and son to their politics, and secondly now, to take the blame if something goes wrong, as she is a so called foreign national and an outsider. The decision makers were and are many others from the party, one is holding the highest post of the country today. This is a very complicated world; I was trying to analyse it through my myopic eye.
The BJP now has nowhere to look and hide. They tried blocking the normal sessions of parliament, and now they are justifying a special session of parliament to discuss issues put into implementation by the govt through an executive order. What face do they have to justify it? They know that they do not have the numbers, nor can they muster up to bring about a no confidence motion in parliament. The only way they think that they can shake this govt is by making it fall and have early elections, which I don’t think will be the case.
So what do they do to relieve their frustration? They can shout, they can brag, they can feel frustrated, they can go on bandhs, they can do morchas, they can do all possible things on earth but they cannot just keep opposing for the sake of opposing on a topic that they had agreed to bring in during their times. We can accuse them of double standards, and why not. This is what I call politics. Thanks to the freedom of speech and media coverage, that we can hear such loud thinking in public and see the effect of Mirchi. One can feel the way they actually abuse each other, of course in civilised parliamentary language, in public.
I have also to understand actually, who is the aam admi. Is it you and me? Is there a pay scale laid down for this old fella? Will he please reveal himself to public? Where do I find this man? I also want to know if he forms the major part of the population then why is he affected in the first instance, is it because the representatives are not aam. Or is this aam admi a figment of imagination of the perception of this representative. This man pays his taxes, this man abides by the rules, this man uses public transport, or may be a cheap personal transport. Basically he is the work horse of the country. Isn’t it true? If this is true then why does he have to have “Mirchi” in his eyes, nose, mouth and up his back side always and every time. Why does he have to bear the brunt? The people who are supposed to legislate for him get away with political statements. They are the ones who throw Mirchi into his eyes to blind him temporarily, divert his attention and continue to mis-govern.
The government says, education for all, but where are the schools, where are the teachers. Poor aam admi somehow manages a school. The child studies and let me tell you, these days children of aam admis are doing well. He wants to pursue a particular subject; the college is not available due to the cut off percentage. This child, compromises, takes another subject, and then doesn’t find a job. The parent who is an aam admi can do nothing about it and this child also joins the aam admi bandwagon. How sad! There are exceptions but very few who are lucky do very well. Now who is responsible for increasig the aam aadmis? It is you and me or is it the people sitting on top. We all know money doesn’t grow on trees; we are fed up of growing money plants in old rum bottles including in our toilets. We need to know where we can get the money to be promoted to “not such an aam admi”.
The only solution is I find is CHANGE. This change has to come in the mindset of people, this change has to felt through governance, this change has to be brought in by the people who govern us, and this change has to come in every way of life more by the people who select people to govern us. This change has to be drastic and this change needs to come fast. The jargon of fiscal deficit, multi brand retail, etc has no meaning for me if I can’t sleep peacefully for lack of food, shelter, accommodation and security. The government we choose has to be made accountable and has to ensure that these basic needs have to be provided to me as my birth right. I do not have to beg for it. I am a citizen of this country and I need my self respect and dignity. Politics can go for a long jump for all I care. Can this “mirchi” be changed to something sweet, my answer is a big yes, but are these politicians willing to change their mindset, I wonder!