Thursday, March 05, 2009

Tavleen Singh: Make believe in gloomy times

Superb Article...

As I approached the very ugly Mantralaya building I noticed that there seemed suddenly to be colour in the landscape. Wishful thinking? A rainbow? A silver lining? Some new poster from Bollywood? No. It came from a wall covered in posters of Rahul Gandhi in different moods and different colours. When he stood dimpling happily beside a caption that said, ‘My only religion is the Indian flag’ his cheeks and hair glowed in luminous Bollywood hues. And, when he stood beside a caption that said ‘On the foundation of the past stands the future’ he was in duller, almost greenish hues as he gazed somberly into the unknown future.

So the good news is that a general election looms closer by the hour and that whatever change it brings it will be for the good of India. I say this not just because the right to kick out bad governments is the whole purpose of democracy but also because I think this government has been unforgivably irresponsible and wasteful. First, it squandered our money on massive government schemes of dubious merit and now, if you read even one newspaper a day, you would have noticed that taxpayers money is being frittered away on huge and very expensive advertisements that exalt the non-existent achievements of this government. If you want to amuse yourself in this gloomy week read these advertisements and afterwards turn on your television and watch the happy, healthy Indians who smile out of idyllic rural settings for the Bharat Nirman commercials. Make believe is always fun. [Indian Express, Tavleen Singh]

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Of course, you have to do your "duty" for those who have made it the "hard way". Get back in the queue...

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