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Come Bapu’s birthday and lip services become the flavour of the season. Suddenly the gasbags feel an acute need to revisit Mahatma’s ideas and principles only to tell those who care to listen that how relevant they are even today!

Upon closer examination it becomes clear that in their personal lives these Bapu fans do exactly opposite of what Bapu preached and expected his followers to emulate. But then some occasions such as Bapu’s birth anniversary have ended up as the spectacles for indulging in unabashed hypocrisy.

In the build-up to Bapu’s birthday, there were no controversies until the theft of the spectacles perched upon Bapu’s statue at Anna Hazare’s native place came to light.

Now this theft however small or trivial begs the question why to steal the spectacles of a statue of Mahatma whom people revere or pretend to revere? What kind of thief will commit such an absurd and logic defying theft? Is the thief mentally unstable or what? Above all, should we laugh at the spectacle-less statue or the thief who committed the crime of robbing the symbol of its most recognisable trademark?

Either there is no respect left for Bapu or people will go to any extent to earn their five minutes of fame. Will the police register a case and not rest until the guilty is/are brought to book? This means to say that one prank bordering on inhumanity has the potential of setting off equally silly and time consuming reactions.

Has the mischief taken place on any other normal day, would it have got the coverage it got on the eve of Bapu’s birth anniversary? The travesty of justice is Bapu is a forgotten hero who appears on the radar of our collective conscience only when there is a controversy attached to his name.

Bapu would have forgiven those who have stolen the spectacles of his statue. Then, the joke would have been on the thieves themselves. The best way to celebrate Bapu’s this birthday will be to visit Bapu’s statues installed across prime locations in our respective cities and replace his rimless spectacles with the designer glares ala Dabangg style.

This will not only give Bapu an image make over but will also help him reconnect with today’s youth. The mischief makers have given the genuine Bapu fans an opportunity to bring Bapu back into the reckoning.

Bapu needs Ray Bans. Bapu’s fans need some path breaking ideas to keep his relevance in today’s age. The Bapu detractors need attention by indulging in acts of stupidity such as stealing spectacles of statue to prove their point. Sadly, nobody gives a thought to Bapu’s feelings any more.

Bapu’s principles are all for simplicity and non-violence. Let’s remember and forgive the thief.

Happy Birthday Mahatma. You continue to live in our hearts.

Honourable President Shri Pranab Mukherjee,

Please accept my sincere apology for taking a few minutes of your valuable time for the matter that is yet to concern you as of now. I know that you are still trying to feel at home amidst your new palatial surroundings. Moreover, there is a lot of pending work to do. But I, as a layman, request you to take out only a few minutes to read this letter which may serve as a reference point some time in future.

To tell you the truth, after a long time our country has got something to rejoice about. No, no, please do not misunderstand me. I am not talking about under-19 cricket team becoming the world champion by winning the world cup. In fact, I am talking about the Supreme Court’s verdict upholding the death penalty awarded to the lone surviving terrorist Kasab.

All the patriotic citizens of India are celebrating this verdict. Everybody is now relieved. The law has finally taken its course. The wheels of justice have come a full circle for Kasab and company for having waged war against our beloved country.

Our independent judiciary has delivered. Right from the lion-hearted policeman Tukaram Ombale who nabbed Kasab alive by risking his life to all the jail officials to all the public prosecutors and the judges deserve to be applauded and rewarded handsomely for ensuring that the justice is delivered. The families of the victims too must have heaved a sigh of relief.

The verdict must have sent a shiver down the spines of those who are secretly harbouring ambitions of waging war against India. The speedy execution of the verdict will forever seal India’s image as a soft state. Having said that the real test begins now.

As you are aware that amongst our political class there is a tendency to polarize society along the caste and religious lines to win votes. These folks have been playing one community against another since Independence. The country too has been suffering great losses in terms of everything on account of this short-sightedness. The fear is that some vested interests will try and play a bloody game by giving this verdict some political colour keeping the upcoming elections in mind.

My humble request to you is as the President of India, please do not allow this nonsense to happen. If and when the mercy plea of Kasab comes to you, without betting an eyelid please throw it out for this beast deserves no mercy. He has killed the innocents. He has shed the blood of those strangers who had never done any harm to him. The deadly bullets that left his automatic machine gun were meant to kill the human beings irrespective of their caste, creed and above all religion.

Does such a terrorist deserve any mercy? No, right? Instead he deserves to be sent straight to the gallows without any further delay. In fact, he has overstayed his welcome. He has eaten enough plates of Biriyani. He has watched enough Hindi films. He has hurt the pride of this country enough. Most importantly, he has murdered enough sons of this soil. Please spare no thoughts for such a terrorist. He is neither a human being nor he belongs to any religion. He is a death machine whose sole job is to snuff out the precious lives given by god.

Sir, you are the statesman of impeccable integrity. Your commitment to democracy and the esteemed post you are holding is beyond reproach. You know the impact of the mindless bloodbath. Being the honourable man you are, please do not let your countrymen down who are looking up to you to set an example by rising above petty opportunism to deny a victory to this country.

Thanking you for your patient reading.

Regards,

An Indian.

This Congress-led UPA government led by the passive and ever silent Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has got an uncanny knack of shooting itself in the foot. Everything that this government touches is turning to ashes. Everything is falling apart with the government looking clueless and lacklustre. To make the matter worse, its inability to provide good governance has reached legendary proportions.

The writing has been clearly written on the wall for quite some time now. But the final nail in the coffin came recently when the government, in an ill-advised move, decided to clamp down on the bulk smses and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter by asking them to remove objectionable contents and block the handles of those spreading hate massages by sharing and circulating widely the morphed images. This directive came in the wake of the exodus of North-East people from cities like Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad that caught everybody unawares and the blame for which fell upon the technology.

The gaffe-prone government sat on the dynamite by blocking the Twitter handles of those accused of spreading unrest and thereby posing a security threat to the country. Obviously this move didn’t go down well and within minutes the massive online protest hit the already beleaguered government like a tornado. Every twitterrati started throwing open challenges to the government to block his/her Twitter handle. The online protesters replaced their DPs with black flags even as the hash-tag #GOIBlocks trended unabated for over forty-eight hours.

Instead of learning any lessons the government spokespersons huffed and puffed to deny any such move although it soon became clear that Twitter was under pressure to suspend six handles impersonating the PM or PMO. By doing so this government has proved beyond an iota of doubt that it will not take any dissenting voices emanating from Twitter and mushrooming elsewhere online lightly. The PM can continue to observe his sacred vow of silence even as the riots break out killing the innocents and rendering countless homeless, the economic growth declines steadily, scams after scams tumble out of the closet and the scenario of gloom and doom prevails.

The satire is one of the most potent weapons a common man has at his disposal. Even with the help of popular satire one can register protest against the unpopular government decisions and policies or public figures. In a democratic set-up the dissent expressed through satire is widely accepted as long as it retains the decorum.

As if blocking these parody handles were not enough, the handles of certain respected and well-known journalists were also added to the blocked list. Soon it was apparent that the jittery government was in no mood to spare those expressing disagreement over any of its policies or style of functioning.

What followed was a lot of outrage and the solidarity expressed with those whose Twitter handles were blocked. Sensing danger in the air, the red-faced government lifted its roundly criticized clamp down but not before huge damage was done to its credibility.

Now many fear that the powers that be are so desperate that if they lose the mandate to rule, they won’t mind imposing Emergency. The attempts to censor the Internet were a trial run for the real thing that seems to be in store.

All the recent unfortunate developments lead the political observers to believe that all this brouhaha was both ill-timed and unwarranted. Where this government should have been seen as taking stern actions against rumour mongers, it indulged in the attempts to mess around with the citizens’ right to freedom of speech.

It is really unfortunate to note that the government has slipped into a state of permanent decay for which instead of addressing the root-cause, it is hankering after the symptomatic relief by dragging its feet on the sensitive issue like Internet censorship.

Whatever happened at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan last Saturday was shameful and shocking beyond words. If Raza Academy was indeed holding a peaceful protest against the recent killings in the Assam riots, why did things turn as ugly as that? Why did protesters turn rioters leaving two dead and fifty plus injured in their wake? What was the provocation for the mindless bloodbath and damage to the public properties worth crores? Nothing can justify this hooliganism that has brought untold shame and fear of retribution upon the minority.

The images of an OB van going up in flames along with skull caps wearing peaceful-protesters-turned-rioters indulging in vandalism went viral like the wildfire. As soon as the faces behind the smoke of smouldering OB van became clear, the pouring of scorn over peaceful Islam and its violent practitioners began in no uncertain terms. In the blink of an eye, the call “Hindus-should-unite-against-the-cap-wearing-Mullahs” began to reverberate leaving no one in doubt which way the wind was blowing. Even the call for banning Raza Academy that had organised this botched-up protest grew shriller although it had distanced itself from the violence.

All said and done. But how on earth did this supposedly peaceful protest turn violent? Was all this mayhem preplanned? Why did the media bear its brunt? What were the protesters trying to prove by targeting the media? What were they actually demanding? The riots (originally dubbed as the clashes between two ethnic communities) had taken place in Assam, why was Mumbai chosen as a venue for the protest? Most disturbingly under the guise of “peaceful protest”, what covert message was being sent out and to whom?

It is an open secret that of late resentment against the media is growing by leaps and bounds. The allegations of media being biased and paid keep cropping up time and again. In spite of this nobody can deny the powerful role the media plays in making or breaking any perception or image. Then why this assault on media? What is going to get accomplished by alienating the fourth estate?

Whenever riots take place irrespective of geography, the perennial question whether the riots were preplanned starts doing the round. Even in this case how did a strong mob of 50000 armed with weapons materialise from thin air taking the police by surprise and holding the commercial capital to ransom? Still the point is whether spontaneous or preplanned the violence is the violence and there is absolutely no justification for the lawlessness.

Following this gruesome rioting, the patriotic fervour reached its crescendo making the call to condemn both the violence and Raza Academy reach its highest pitch. Whenever such unfortunate incidents happen, the moderates find themselves between the Devil and the Deep Sea. They have nowhere to hide.

The violence may be over. But it has left some uncomfortable feelings in its wake. The situation has become extremely volatile. In fact there is a lot to fear. The rioters have played right into the hands of certain vested interest. If one takes a closer look, there appears to be a deep-rooted conspiracy at play. This conspiracy is aimed at a]. Instilling the fear of minority as a violent force that needs tough handling and b]. Running a successful campaign of installing Mr. Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India.

Look at what happened in Gujarat in 2002. The Muslims burnt the coach of Sabarmati Express carrying the kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya. The Modi regime taught the rioting minority a proper lesson only to take his state to dizzying heights. Similar treatment is needed for the all India Muslims and the only politicians who can do that is none other than the Virat Hindu Hriday Samrat Narendra Modi. This argument is likely to find many takers in the days leading to the General Elections of 2014. Therefore one shouldn’t be surprised if the clamour for Mr. Modi as PM grows louder.

The rabble-rousers knew for a fact that if the rioting happenned in Mumbai, the whole country would sit up and take notice. And perhaps this is precisely why such a symbolic venue for the protest was chosen. The repercussions are going to be severe in the days to come. All the political parties are gearing up for the General Elections. Soon the names of probable candidates as PM will be out. In a communally surcharged atmosphere, the PM candidates with right wing leanings will have it easy.

To make the matters worse, the prevalent mood is anti-Muslim with the stories of horror committed by Muslims in neighbouring countries getting reported almost everyday much to the embarrassment of the moderates. On top of everything this ruthless violence is bound to alienate the media leaving the space for political discourse further shrunk in the public domain. This, in turn, will give rise to all sorts of anti-minority propaganda.

The time has come to make a clear break from the fanatics. The solution to stay clear of the humiliation and persecution is to shun the rabble-rousers completely. For they are not the friends but the biggest enemies. The choice has to be made fast since the clock is ticking away and the ground is shifting rapidly.

Mary Kom is the newest pride of the nation. All of a sudden, the whole nation has woken up to the latest pin-up sensation. It has become extremely fashionable to pay respect to what Mary Kom has achieved for her country in the London Olympics 2012.

The constant refrains that one hears in last few couple of days are Mary Kom has won the hearts, she has set high standards, she is the real HERO of the Olympics, she has put her home state on the map of the country and so on and so forth.

All the high profile celebs, politicians,  business tycoons and software czars have paid homages to this mother of a twin urging the nation to bow in her respect. The media too has welcomed this new messiah of masses with the arms wide open. The story of Mary Kom goes on and on. We cannot have enough of her.

This Mary Kom wave has now achieved a status of farce. We just don’t know where to stop when some relatively unknown sportperson or film actor breaks on the scene by doing his/her country proud. We end up giving so much of attention that the line between adulation and snobbery blurs making the whole show of spontaneous responses look like a manufactured and short-lived mass hysteria.

The most ridiculous thing is the call to learn something from Mary Kom given by the so-called intelligentsia. Overnight the wisdom that right from the silent PM to the beleagured business tycoon to the struggling Bollywood actress have something to learn from the eternally graceful Mary Kom has dawned upon us.

How can we place the gun on poor Mary Kom’s shoulders and fire? Isn’t it plain hypocrisy? Doesn’t this line of thinking smack of doublestandardness, especially if we consider the fact that we had absolutely no role to play in the first place in the making of Mary Kom? Whatever she is today, she is because of her unmatched passion for boxing and sheer hard-work.

Shouldn’t we now stop paying lip-services to Mary Kom’s many achievements for they belong to her and her alone and get a life? The way she perspired in private to prepare for this battle, she deserves to cherish the success in private so that we don’t see the tears of happiness and pride in her eyes simply because we have no right to see them.

Long live Mary Kom. Thanks for arousing passions and uniting the country.

Following the recent episodes of attacks on women in Guwahati and Mangalore by the so-called moral police, the Indian Male Bashing has suddenly become the flavour of the season.

Poor Indian Male has nowhere to hide. The onslaught is mind-numbing. The anger directed against the Indian Male is genuine or manufactured only time will tell. But as of now every pen wielding, key-board addicted Bharatiya Nari has risen up in arms against the Indian Male.

What does the collective anger demand? Is this anger a precursor to a new dawn which will signal the arrival of an era in which the safety of the women will be given the premium importance? In which the molesters will go straight to jails without any trials and languish there for decades altogether?

The anger that is floating around in cyberspace and TV studios is devoid of any agenda for a better future. It is a given that the incidents of eve-teasing will continue to happen with amazing regularity. The crocodile’s tears will be shed in front of cameras. The demand for strict laws to punish the molesters will be raised. A few articles condemning the Indian Male will appear in the dailies and weeklies before life returns to normal.

Nowadays whatever happens happens with profit in mind. Is anyone really bothered about the safety of women? The complicity of TV channels shows brazenly that controversies are manufactured keeping certain win-win calculations in mind. Everybody is craving for his/her fifteen seconds of fame. And they are even ready to pay the price no matter how expensive it might be.

All this anger is sadly going to amount to nothing. At the most the issue will increase the traffic to the blog much in the same way as it raises the TRPs of those channels showing the gory images of the molestation incident without any regards for the victim’s future.

But the question here is why to villify the Indian Male and put him under the same bracket as those overjealous handful men? Isn’t it the worst type of stereotyping? The massage that the-men-are-lecherous-by-nature-and-they-need-to-be-dealt-with-effword-if-they-look-at-women doesn’t hold true for every man.

Moreover some argue that God has blessed the woman with a beautiful body that needs to be revealed to the appreciating eyes and not to be covered from head to toe smacks of the arrogance of come whatever may we, women, won’t change. How sad!

The moral of the story is the anger is artificial. The more the things change, the more they remain the same. Today Indian Male finds himself under the attack. The day is not far when some girls will get drunk and indulge in Adam-teasing outside some famous pub from where the TV channel office is at a stone’s throw. When the world sees the images of unruly girls molesting a cool dude with six packs, the table will have turned.

We live in stranger times. Socializing on the social networking sites has sadly become all about poking fun at politicians, leaders, film-actors, cricketers, journalists and certain communities.

There’s a parallel universe called Twitter. The inhabitants of this universe are fondly known as tweeple or tweeps. What do these tweeps do? Most of the times they express their ideas on the current affairs. For example:-

  • Narendra Modi should be the next prime minister of India.
  • MMS is taking the country back to the stone age.
  • Team Anna is misguided and its intentions are not noble.
  • Satyameva Jayate is a money making exercise for the actor-turned-crusader Aamir Khan.
  • Shah Rukh Khan is a drug addict who has got an attitude problem.
  • Jr. Mallya is a rich brat with shaky morals who has no right to lecture how the future wives should behave.
  • Sachin Tendulkar should not become the Rajya Sabha MP under this corrupt government.

The list is endless. Hankering after the number of followers, Re-tweets and celebrity bashing are the main objectives. Everyday some or other famous personality becomes the butt of ridicule and victim of endless silly jokes lampooning him or her.

What does all this mean? What do these tweeps gain? Except a few new followers, Re-tweets and ego satisfaction there’s hardly anything else that they may gain.

The more intriguing aspect of this parallel universe is almost every famous person is a villain. It is as if we forget the fact that in the first place it is we the people who have made that person famous. Then why should we have any ill-will feelings towards that famous person aka celebrity?

Today Twitter verified Sagarika Ghose’s account and the entire twitterverse rose up in arms against her. Soon all kinds of jokes lampooning poor Sagarika began to do the rounds on twitter.

What happens when Twitter verifies your account? It is a sign of the fact that you’ve arrived on Twitter. The symbol that one’s Twitter account is verified is something akin to the MP’s car with a red beacon atop. It signifies that you are a VIP on Twitter, and nothing else.

Sagarika Ghose is one of the high profile journalists with quite a good number of followers on Twitter. If Twitter has deemed it fit to verify her account and bless it with that prestigious symbol of verified next to her name on her Twitter page, what’s the big deal?

What will happen when the favourite whipping boy of Twitter Kamaal R Khan’s account gets verified? Will the humour cross all the limits? How will tweeps deal with the not-so-politically-correct tweets emanating from the verified account of Kamaal R Khan?

One also shudders at the thought what will happen when Narendra Modi becomes the prime minister of India? How will the Modi brigade celebrate that occasion on Twitter? Maybe by blocking every anti-Modi tweeple?

There’s a clear cut divide along the caste and religion lines in the country. Some people object to the very term ‘secular’ which according to them has come to mean the appeasement of minorities. There are many people who  don’t like Muslims.

In this age of social media what is scarier is the fact that now people are spiting venom against Muslims openly. Nobody can see their faces since they’re tweeting from the safe cocoons of their houses and therefore they don’t mind expressing their hatred against Muslims without any reservations.

Is so much freedom of expression vis-a-vis Twitter or Facebook a bane or a boon? Another recent example that comes to mind is a tweet from someone whom I’ve come to hugely admire and respect on Twitter.

Mr. Kanchan Gupta is a well-known media personality and when he tweeted, “Mumbaikars: How tough is it for Muslims to find flats? True or part of fake victimhood narrative?” He was referring to an article published in The Hindu dated 03/06/2012. This tweet drew a sharp response from Mrs. Atiya Zaidi and soon there were heated arguments between the two idols whose tweets I immensely enjoy.

The Twitter is a perfect barometer to know which way the wind is blowing. It’s depressing to know that the Muslims are disliked so much and even more depressing is to know that nowadays people are expressing it on public forums. Why and how has the gulf between the two communities become so wide all of a sudden?

When the members of intelligentsia become so vocal about their dislike of a particular community, what hopes or expectations can one have from the common men? Twitter opens our eyes to a scary reality if not addressed properly on time, nobody can complain that there were no warning signals.

May the peace prevail forever. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shah Rukh Khan is an undisputed king. This Badshah of Bollywood has got an uncanny knack of hogging the media spotlight by getting into controversies. His IPL team KKR is on fire in the current season and has emerged as one of the hot-favourites to claim the title of the champions.

Well, but Shah Rukh Khan is an actor. Acting is his sole forte. Since he is an entrepreneur, he has made his foray into the sports arena. Of late the magic of Shah Rukh Khan on the celluloid appears to be on the wane. The rival Khans have outsmarted him and now in the race of Number One they’ve left him far behind. The latest salvo is from the Aamir Khan camp in the form of a much-talked reality TV show “Satyameva Jayate”.

Obviously these latest developments have left the King Khan scratching his head. The crown is in danger of either falling off or being snatched away. His insecurity has begun to manifest itself in various ways. In the recent past he has got himself involved in a couple of scuffles. In one incident he had allegedly given a tight slap to the  poor Shirish Kunder. And in the latest incident he has bravely taken on the cops of Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium.

The allegations of Shah Rukh in inebriated condition at the stadium have flying thick and fast although the actor had categorically denied them. The million dollar question is why does Shah Rukh Khan get angry? Why is the King Khan so temperamental? What makes the Badshah of Bollywood so controversial? Has all these recent incidents of his public display of machoism got something to do with his failing charisma on the celluloid?

The competition is cut-throat in the film industry. It’s a high pressure job where every Friday determines your present status and the rightful place in the hierarchy. It is a snake and ladder game where a wrong throw of dice can plunge you into the depth of despair. In such a scenario, he seems to be making a bold statement through his off-screen actions.

By taking on the mighty cops of Mumbai in front of cameras, he has sent out a strong signal to his detractors and competitors alike. The message is “I am the King Khan and I will be back with a bang. You can keep me down for a while. But you cannot throw me out forever.” Otherwise how else can you explain his stand on the manhandling of little girls by the policemen on duty at the stadium?

He seems to have killed two birds with one stone. Aamir Khan took up the issue of the female infanticide in the inaugural episode of “Satyameva Jayte” and got the whole world talking about it. Shah Rukh soon realised that the issue of girl child is an emotive one that has tremendous potential to whip up the frenzy and hysteria. Which is why he highlighted in no uncertain terms that he was only trying to rescue the young girls from the clutches of the evil men (and thereby professing his unconditional love for the girl child).

Secondly, by taking on the men in uniform he was sounding a warning bell to Salman Khan aka Bodyguard who is all set to take the world by storm with his upcoming Ek Tha Tiger. The message for Sallubhai was it is no use acting Bodyguard or tiger on screen if in real life you’re scared of flexing your muscles. Whether both these Khans will get the messages through these actions or not remains to be seen. The fact is Shah Rukh Khan is likely to face a life-ban on his entry into the Wankhede stadium.

But the King Khan is too smart to care for such bans. He will pull a few strings in the capital and have the whole issue hushed up. Nobody will be surprised when the story of the matter between him and the cops having been amicably sorted out breaks before the IPL final complete with the pictures of the King Khan giving a big beer hug to all the policemen present on that fateful evening at Wankhede.

As they say, “As in cricket, class is permanent and form is temporary so in stardom controversies are permanent and charisma is slippery.” Are we witnessing the end of an era for the King Khan?

 

 

 

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has achieved everything at such a young age. Many of his achievements are so rare and extraordinary in nature that most of us cannot even think of achieving them in our dreams. He has not only broken all the records on the cricket ground but  also set many new records. In every sense of the word he is the God of cricket.

Then why this outrage against someone upon whom we have bestowed the sobriquet of God so adoringly? Sachin Tendulkar is an extremely smart icon of the contemporary India. He is one of those rare living legends who has never courted any controversies in his career spanning across a couple of decades. His integrity is beyond reproach. His level of commitment speaks for itself. If he wants to become the Rajya Sabha MP, let him become. It is a matter of his personal choice.

 

 

Quite surprisingly those who claim to be the fans of Sachin Tendulkar have gone on a rampage in the cyberspace with a cry of their idol being used as a pawn in the great game of politics. The problem is it is the Congress which has nominated him as the Rajya Sabha MP. In the recent times, the Congress-led UPA government has been at the receiving end for almost everything under the sun. The government has been battling against the corruption charges. The leaders are often seen squabbling in public and to the party’s embarrassment coming out with the contradictory statements.

Many blame this government for muzzling Team Anna’s anti-corruption movement that had the massive popular support and was promising to root out the corruption completely by introducing the Jan Lokapal. The devil lies in these details here. According to those who are protesting the master blaster has committed a grave sin by accepting the nomination as the Rajya Sabha PM from such a corrupt government. And this is why many fans have begun to paint him with the same brush as they paint this corrupt government.

His former colleagues too have expressed concern over such a move the God of cricket seems determined to make. The path that he is contemplating is fraught with many dangers and this may harm his status and popularity adversely. There’s nothing wrong in what they are saying publicly. Even Sachin Tendulkar knows that the politics is a dirty game and the politicians are hated by one and all in our country although we cannot do without them.

Sachin Tendulkar knows what he is doing. He has always known what he has done in the past. When he completed his hundredth hundred, rumours were rife that he was going to hang his boots. But he surprised everyone by saying that there was still a lot of cricket left in him and the retirement was the last thing on his mind. This goes to show how well the world knows Sachin Tendulkar.

All said and done, every cricket lover has followed Sachin’s on and off field heroics closely ever since he made his debut. But nobody can claim to know Sachin Tendulkar fully. He is one person who holds his cards close to his chest. Politics is one field that tends to attract every celebrity in some way after he or she has achieved everything and the popularity is all time high.

Sachin Tendulkar rarely does anything without thinking the matter thoroughly. His decision to join the Rajya Sabha as an MP too must have undergone vigorous thinking before the final call. Who knows he has got some grand vision for the sporting fraternity? Who knows he has some plans up his sleeve that he wants to share with his countrymen as an MP? He has not joined the Congress or any other political party for the sake of becoming a CM or PM. Nor he has vowed to support or campaign for any political outfit in the upcoming elections.

Then what has got his fans’ knickers in a twist? Why are they suddenly turning into foes with the hashtag #UnfollowSachin on twitter and other forms of venomous abuses against him? Instead of wishing him all the best for the new career he has chosen for himself, why subject him to unnecessary character assassination? He is not some retired and out-of-work cricketer who has  nothing else to do and therefore he has decided to  join politics.

He deserves a lot of praise for becoming the MP when he is still playing and looks forward to taking an active part in the next World Cup too. When I think of his desire to serve the people of this country selflessly after entertaining them for so many years, the admiration grows for him by leaps and bounds. He is surely going to do justice to what he has taken up and won’t merely end up as an ornamental MP as some are suggesting.

As far as the controversies go, he has got years of experience behind him and he knows how to steer clear of them. All year round he is busy playing cricket and how he is going to be able to attend the sessions of parliament and take part in the proceedings to share his vision. Well, to this hypothetical theory nobody can give convincing answer until the man is seen in action inside the parliament.

This stint as the Rajya Sabha MP he fully deserves and moreover going by his track record, the God is going to come out smelling of roses in this endeavour as well. All the best, Sachin.

 

 

This is the time when everybody wants to prop up his or her candidate for the post of the President of India. Although this is not the most powerful post in the Indian polity, every political party wants to install their man at the helm so that when the time comes, he can return the favour.

Many out-of-work politicians throw their hats in the ring. Before they fade into the oblivion, they want to try their luck at the shot of immortality that the post of the Prez tends to offer. Having said that there are many politicians who would like to have a young President this time around who is not necessarily from the political background. The J&K CM tweeted earlier in the day to convey this message.

Now if this were to really happen, who fits the bill? India is a young country, and; the young generation would love to have a young President if given a chance. The President should be someone who is always in the news for the bold decision he takes and thereby controversies that he generates. At any given point of time half a dozen OB vans belonging to various media houses ought to be stationed outside the official residence of the Prez awaiting breaking news or some juicy stories.

Who can call a spade a spade and cope up with the pulls and pressures that are such an integral part of the life after occupying the chair of the President? Well, there is only one brave heart who can set a new precedent by becoming the President of India. That person is none other than Mr. Lalit Modi.

Mr. Lalit Modi needs no introduction. The whole world knows him. The politicians cutting across the party lines swear by his popularity. He has forever changed the face of cricket by launching the IPL and introducing the concept of franchising into the much loved sport of this country. Who can forget the initial shock waves generated by the auction of big cricketers?

If he becomes the President of India, the first thing he will do is introduce the same concept of franchising into the politics as well. Unlike IPL, this political franchises will have state wise teams. This means the number of Indian states will equal the number of political teams. Each team will be known by the name of the state it represents and not by the name the respective franchise owners choose for their respective teams.Each team will comprise of twenty five politicians from the state the team comes. International politicians will not be allowed to be a part of any team.

Imagine the high profile politicians owned by the Tatas, Birlas, Ambanis,  Khans, Adanis and Mittals of this country. Their job will be to legislate maximum laws favouring their masters. If any politicians fail to do so, his owner has every right to discard him or her before the next general elections that take place every five years.

The official residence of the President boasts of a palatial bungalow that never sees much partying or flurry of guests. But with Mr. Lalit Modi at the helm the bungalow will see as many parties as possible. After the grueling day at the Parliament he would love to relax amidst young and bubbly cheerleaders from across the country. All the franchise owners too will gather there and have a good time by socialising with one another over free flow of liquor with the liquor baron Mr. Vijay Mallya promising to provide unlimited supply of all his famous brands of whiskey and beer.

All his detractors will flee the country and live in exile when he becomes the  President. But Mr. Lalit Modi won’t indulge in any kind of political vendetta. On the other hand, he will pursue them to return to the country by rolling a red carpet upon their arrival. Mr. Modi is a kind soul who wants every human being on earth to prosper and enjoy. This is precisely why he gifted IPL to his countrymen by bringing together players, coaches and commentators from across the world.

Similarly he will bring together the politicians of all hues and cries by promising them mega bucks from their respective owners. This will foster a lot of healthy competition amongst the politicians as their prices and selection will depend purely on their performances, and not on any kind of muscle power. The party high command culture will make way for the board-room kind of culture as “shape-up-or-ship-out” will be the only motto that will come to determine the worth and usefulness of any politician worth his salt.

Finally the biggest advantage or disadvantage (depending upon the way you look at it) of Mr. Lalit Modi becoming the President of India will be that Narendra Modi will have to wait few more years to stake his claim to become the prime minister since two Modis at the helm will send out wrong signals and their common last names will create a lot of confusion amongst the visiting foreign dignitaries.

This means one Modi’s gain is another Modi’s loss. But all said and done Mr. Lalit Modi is the one man who can bring much needed glamour to the post of the President of India which it lacks as of now.

 

 


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