Dynasty watchers neutral, pro and anti were amused to see three images of the family on the social media, which had the twitterati and facebookers both amazed, giggling and amused. When these images came to my Twitter account (I do not follow both of them), I was just wondering what Modiji has done, that these ‘jokers’ and their spin doctors make these part time politicians do such ‘nautanki’ day in and day out.
Dynasty’s heirs whitewashed me like the Englishmen at Motera and stumped me laughing last week. The first was a video of ‘Pinki Didi Vadra’ picking tea leaves (or pretending to pick) in an Assam tea garden and doing churlish chatter. A basket hung on her back from a strap balanced on her head and she erupted in fake smile and chatted to a group of women tea – pickers and wasting their time!
This photo up was similar to her great worthy brother doing some manual work in the rural area, few years back to promote MGNEGA and taking earth in a plastic bowl from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ on his shoulders. Later, she posted a picture of herself on social media with this caption: ‘In so short a time they made me feel I belonged. I touched their fingers, and they were filled with knots. My political duty is to bring comfort to them.’ I wonder how many kilos of tea leaf Pinky didi plucked or how many gms of earth did the ‘pappu’ carried from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’. An RTI must be asked to call the bluff!
On the same day Pinky Didi after some time, posted another video in which she was running to reach the stage in time to deliver few ‘learnt by heart’ magical lines, which had zero depth and no flow. Such parody and wastage of national prime time by NDTV and ABP likewise!
This is a political idea that comes straight from her grandma late Mrs. Indira Gandhi. She loved the poor so much that she spent too much time comforting them with sweet words like ‘Garibi Hatao’, which removed all ‘garibs’, where wealth creation was such a great crime that more than 90% income tax was levied along with wealth tax and too little time trying to rid them of their poverty by giving them the means to do this. The idea was to keep them perpetually poor and deprived. These means are primary schools, training schools like ITI, diploma institutes, hospitals, skill creation and meaningful jobs. And well laid roads to help them escape from their wretchedly poor villages to a better life. And roofs over their head and toilet to get over their biological needs. As a tea garden example, in the 21st century why are Assam’s tea gardens not investing in technologies that would give women workers fewer knots in their fingers?
Then came my viewing of Pinky didi’s brother, as he talked to the economist, Kaushik Basu, and told him so many lies about the political career of his grandmother that I wound up reeling with shock. He said the Emergency of 1975 was a mistake and that his grandmother had admitted this. What a shock that her grandmother spoke of horror tales of emergency, rather fairy tales and rm kathas and bhagwat stories of Krishna. She never did admit in her lifetime publicly. She only said that press censorship was a mistake.
Rahul Gandhi then said that the big difference between what is happening today, and the 1975 emergency is that today the institutions of democracy are being demolished by the RSS and that this did not happen then. He must read how the judicial system was hijacked and manipulated. Has nobody told him how the courts were packed with judges so obedient that on the Prime Minister’s orders they suspended even our right to life? Parliament was reduced to a rubber stamp because every major opposition leader was in jail. The Cabinet was whipped into such subservience that not one minister objected when Mrs Gandhi allowed her younger son to run the country. Term of the parliament was changed and all civil liberties ‘jailed.’
In August 1969, Justice A N Ray was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court. He went on to become the Chief Justice of India in the most controversial fashion in 1973. His appointment superseded three senior judges of the Supreme Court, J M Shelat, A N Grover and K S Hegde. This was viewed as a direct attack on the judiciary during that time. This was considered to be unprecedented in the legal history of India. It has been called as the blackest day in the Indian democracy. This move was marked by protests by bar associations and many within the legal faction. The former CJI, Justice Mohammad Hidayatullah and later the Vice President of the nation said, “this was an attempt of not creating ‘forward – looking judges’ but the ‘judges looking forward’ to the plumes of the office of Chief Justice”. Justice Ray was accused of sharing the government’s economic viewpoint. There were allegations that he had developed an adulatory attitude towards the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. He made himself amenable to her influence. He would telephone her frequently and also ask her personal secretary for advice. While this continued for long, the powers of the judiciary were finally restored under the rule of late Morarji Bhai Desai.
Let me give another example when UPA formed the Central Government in the year 2004. This government was supported by 60 strong leftist group, who made life hell for the Manhohan Singh government with getting their own men and women in the educational institutes.
In July 2007 before the left withdrew support on the nuclear bill a Professor of Hindi from JNU and my school contemporary and classmate was made UPSC member whose main qualification in my view was a BJP basher and left oriented intellectual. The damage caused by such so called intellectual during their tenure of 6 years must have been humongous. Someone must tell Rahul, how institutions are spoiled. His think tank must carry out a study. He was also a MP during this period.
Senior journalist Vinod Sharma was appointed as member of National Minority Commission (NCW). Sharma, political editor of the Hindustan Times, who had a three – decade long career in journalism, replaced veteran journalist Dilip Padgaonkar whose term expired a few months
back. He was the 6th member of the Commission. The august body has one member each from the five notified minority communities, while government appoints the 6th member purely at its discretion. Hindustan Times is a very well-known Congress mouthpiece and its head Ms Shobhna was given a Rajya Sabha seat. Vinod Sharma is a known regular at India International Centre and defended Congress during media debates. Lesser the said about another family loyalist Wajahat, who was made the NCM Chairperson. They all benefitted due to the closeness with the dynasty and formed the backbone of ‘award wapsi’ gang. They returned the awards but not the money. Hundreds of the family loyalists in press, art and culture got prizy government houses in the Lutyens Delhi and when Modiji stuck, Modi became a real fascist.
Even before Rahul spoke of emergency, even Sonia, Manmohan Singh and Pranab dada had spoken about it, but remember the famous statement from an ex PM that minorities have the 1st right of the nations’ wealth, while the majority caste slog and supports 18 kids of a single family of the peaceful community.
It is extraordinary that the Dynasty’s heirs have learned nothing from defeat in election after election. Extraordinary how little they have learned about how India has changed since the days when their grandmother was prime minister. Every time when an election season comes around, the sightings of the heirs to the Dynasty become more frequent, mandir tourism start and ‘twitter didi’ hoping from one Mandir to another temple and even taking a dip in the holy Ganges, which was photo edited. They do not change and meme after meme, their actions are ridiculed. The latest meme says it all.
Dear Rahul Gandhi,
Every year I am telling you!! Please don’t send Women’s Day wishes to me!!”
I rewind and laugh and again I do the same till I fall sleep in sound deep slumber and my blood pressure dips, watching and listening the clowns.