June 29, 2007

Oops I Did It Again!

Fame comes at a price but the bigger question is what price glory…!?

Ever since Pratibha Patil’s candidature was announced there seems to be a new worm managing to get out of the can at amazing regularity. First it was the innocuously incorrect statement made by the President designate on the origins of the Purdah system in India. The dust had just about settled on it when she came up with the fact that she speaks to spirits. Some holy baba’s spirit came to her in a woman’s form and communicated with her and blessed her. Well all I could make out of the darn thing was that at least Madame knew to be politically correct, at least she got something right! The spirits had just about set her free when the news that her brother’s involved in some common man’s murder came to become the breaking news on all news channels except India TV who were busy trying to convince a man that the too much of sex can be detrimental.

New shit had hit the proverbial fan and by now the Congress decided that she’s bound to speak her mind so they went in for some tailspin and said that this is an opposition motivated ploy to unearth old skeletons. For they could have told the Lady to keep shut on some issues for she has to speak at certain places-press conferences, etc.- for why else was she chosen in the first place?
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The latest in the list of the old skeletons coming out of the grave like Michael Jackson’s Thriller video is that there’s been some hanky-panky in the cooperative banks that operate under her name. Well what can I say… things are going to be colorful till the 22nd of July. Once she’s snug as a bug in the state bedroom in the Rashtrapati Bhavan everyone will have something else to crib about.

The Congress in the mean time has come out with the most original dumb statement; according to them Patil will speak after the 22nd. OK that’s like what AB Vajpayee said when someone cornered him at a rally and said when will the shortage of power be resolved in India? In between his usual ‘longer than long’ pregnant pauses, ABV at his poetic best mumbled some lines and ended them with “light for everyone by 2012’ ostensibly implying shut the hell up till 2012. That’s what Congress means- she’s the next President people and come July 22nd the only spirits would be the high spirits!

Someone's got it in for me, they're planting stories in the press
Whoever it is I wish they'd cut it out but when they will I can only guess.
They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy,
She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me.
I can't help it if I'm lucky.
-Bob Dylan
(Idiot Wind)

Image Courtesy: David Malki

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