Monday, January 3, 2011

The Tribune-Chatterati-3rd.Jan.11

"Politics makes strong friendship, strong enemies"

Ever since Amar Singh has left the Samaj wadi party, Mulayam Singh has not been effective in the publicity department but also in the funding of the party it seems. The annual Sefai Mohotsav which is held in Mulayam Singh’s native village “Etawah”, the local’s did feel Amar Singh’s absence. When Amar Singh was a part of the Mulayam gang there were lots of Film actor’s and actress to amuse the crowd. This time unfortunately there was no glamour at all. There were no Jaya Pradha’s and Jaya Bhaduri’s no Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu and also no heavy industrialists like Anil Ambani. There were some local crooners to entertain the villagers. To everybody’s amusement and disbelief Mulayam Singh Yadav stayed throughout the long, boring and tiring function. Can you imagine, a politician who till yesterday was a bit shy of holding press conferences has come down to singing to please the crowd. Mulayam sang with the locals with a mike. The people of U.P are however amused that the reason, given by Amar Singh for resigning from the Samaj Wadi party was to his ill health. But Amar Singh has after that gone on a foot march holding public meetings all over U.P and his favourite words seems to be” If I open my mouth Mulayam Singh will go to jail”. Politics make’s strong friendship and then stronger enemies.

"India’s Al Gore"

Nitish Kumar may not have wanted the Gujarat Minister Narendar Modi to campaign in his state Bihar. Maybe somewhere that is responsible for Mr. Modi’s efforts to change and reinvent himself. Lately, he was refused an American visa for some conference in America. That in itself was a blow to Modi and shame to the Indian government. That a Chief Minister of Gujarat was refused visa by the Americans. Narendar Modi has recently penned down a book on climate change. It is modeled on Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth”. Modi has written many books in Gujarati. On various subjects like ‘Ek Swayamesevak’ and ‘Prem Tirth’. His books have been published in Marathi, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Gujarati. The Gujarat government is leaving no effort’s to try and make Narendar Modi as India’s Al Gore. Modi’s is one of the rare ones whose books can be read online too. Narendar is up to date o everything that is good for his state it seems.

“Patience is a virtue”

The big wait for the long overdue reshuffle of the union cabinet and AICC, does not seem to be happening soon. One of the reasons is that a senior leader has advised the party high command that there should be no changes till 14th January as it is, Makar Sankranti. The stars will be favorable for the Congress then. As, it is, some Congress men feel that the Congress is facing a very difficult time now a days. So, it is best to wait for the auspicious day to come in. At the 83rd plenary session of the congress Mrs. Gandhi in her concluding address said that it is best to be patient and to wait for your turn. She said there are many qualified and deserving people in the Congress who have been left out. She also said that, everyone in the Congress will be given a chance. “Patience is a virtue” is what Mrs. Gandhi seems to be preaching here. Hopefully the high command will pay heed to what Jyotiraditya Scindia said at the session that the “Ganesh Parikrama” to Delhi must stop for the dedicated grassroot party workers for party tickets. And the ones who left the congress when the party was at a low should not be allowed to join once the Congress comes back to power. But, the public at the moment does feel a bit let down by the ruling government and does hope for a positive change of guard. If and when they decide to find the auspicious day to change. Also with so many leaders involved in scams and scandals, talent seems to be amiss here. Most probably they are also thinking of pulling talented and dedicated Congress men from state to the centre. That to would be good no doubt.