Reductio ad absurdum
Naim Naqvi | 30 Sep 2013

Public life in India is a whirling continuum that seamlessly connects religion, corpses, comedy, politics, bollywood, corruption and cricket. Leaders in all these fields, especially our politicians and political parties never cease to regale and bemuse their supporters and the antagonist ad-infinitum. I'm here discussing politics.

 While BJP and its media captains had been working overtime to gloss over L K Avaniji’s sulking over Modi’s nomination and his “Na na karke pyar magar iqar tumheen se kar biathe” syndrome, our Congress Youvraj Rahul also has taken his mother, Congress Party and innocuous P.M. by surprise. His ‘late risen’ idea is correct but the belated attempt to distance himself from the cabinet decision would convince no one. Where was he when the moat was filled? As a Congress vice-president his calling the government's ordinance "nonsense", fit to be "torn up and thrown away" is immature. He should have spoken the right time and at the right avenue. Looking at hindsight, I can safely say that he would have his way and he should have his way in this matter. The correction at any stage is better than obstinacy and egg-headedness and only the coming election would explain how the public took his about-turn.

Now we have another abhorrent negative creative malapropism. So unbecoming for a P.M. aspirant to call that ‘Intelligence Wing’ of our country would fight in the next election against him surprised no one. Public is so used to ‘dialogue-bazi’, the empty rhetoric of Narendra Modi. They know what he is going to say before he says. There is fatigue in general and his shrinking appeal is able to titillate only the RSS CADRES. Interestingly, we have now ‘Congress Bureau of Investigation’ and Narendra Modi’s ‘Communal Bureau of Instigation’. Politicians have stooped so low to win the brownie points that they care two hoots to run down those National Institutions which took so long to build up.

See how reckless the political driving is being done by another Gen V K Singh to prove his credentials to Narendra Modi, and not to nation, against Congress. He is efficaciously rebuked by all the Commander-in- Chief of yonder years. BJP has a hefty job to justify his favors.    

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must be a very worried man. Rahul has pulled the carpet from under his feet and that also when he is at the fag end of his not so enviable career. So is the case of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. He also has something unique to worry about. The health department of North corporation has found that the ‘Aedes aegypti’, the mosquito that causes dengue, has been breeding at the Japanese Park in Rohini. The discovery has put the BJP against a new kind of enemy. The municipal officials are in a tizzy. They have dispatched officials from the health, horticulture and sanitation departments to the Japanese Park to take up against the new enemy. These officials have been working day and night to sanitise the area. BJP is on an overdrive to ensure that no participant contracts dengue at the venue. Directions have been given to ensure no presence of mosquitoes within a 1-km radius of the venue. Stagnant water around the park has been drained and the sewers too have been cleaned. "We know the turnout will be huge and we cannot take a chance. It may be a political rally but we have to ensure that people who come to attend the function go home safe," North corporation commissioner P K Gupta said.

The nightmare is that the Rohini Zone has reported the maximum number of dengue cases in the capital this year — 397 cases so far.

Now, from dengue mosquito to diplomats, BJP is still facing the new kind of problems. The party, in an effort to put up a larger than life portrait of NaMo, has invited diplomats from around 50 foreign missions are likely to attend the Rohini rally here on Sunday. To add unease to already strained dynamic, US Embassy and the British High Commission have conveyed to BJP they will not be able to honor the invite. "The US Embassy has informed us that Ambassador Nancy Powell is in the Washington and she will not be able to honor the invite. British High Commissioner James Bevan is also travelling abroad. So he will not also be able to attend the rally."  

Putting aside the previous shameful rejections of Modi’s visa efforts, BJP had invited the US Ambassador to make a cunning point or a master political stroke. It failed. This party is testing the US resolve again and again and again.  After Modi was anointed BJP's prime ministerial candidate on September 14, the US had said there was no change in its visa policy with regard to the BJP leader and that he was welcome to apply for the same.

Britain had ended its decade-long boycott of Modi nearly a year ago but maintained that engagement with the Gujarat Chief Minister was not an endorsement of him.

So, the theatre  of absurd is running full steam for both the parties. Indian Public is enjoying and bidding for its time.