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October 8th, 2012

Piss poor politics

Another bizarre day here in the world’s largest democracy.

Let me give you just 2 of the highlights.

Robert Vadra

Despite his asinine comments on Facebook – calling India a banana republic ain’t perhaps the smartest move, m’dear, given that it’s your dear ma-in-law in the driving seat – there is no cause to worry.  The government has ruled out any question of a probe into his money, so that’s alright then.

Whew.

Was worried for a moment that the nation’s favourite son-in-law might actually come a cropper, but thank God for the Ministers who have determined that he, a self-proclaimed ordinary citizen who has suddenly become uber uber wealthy in a very short time –  will not be investigated.

 Jairam Ramesh

The charsimatic and rather dishy Minister for the Environment – no, wait a minute, he got shunted out from there for speaking his mind…so, the Rural Development Minister – is spearheading a campaign to rid the country of the scourge of open defecation.

Surely no-one in their right mind can find fault with that ?

Eradication of the shameful fact that, in the 21st century, the world’s largest democracy etc etc still has millions of its citizens forced to urinate and defecate in public (as any visitor to India knows) is obviously a cause to be championed.

Right ?

Er, wrong.

As with many things in India, it’s not quite as simple as that.

Mr. Ramesh said that there are more temples than toilets in India, criticised the cleanliness of the latter, and thereby unleashed a storm of indignant protests from all an sundry.

What is wrong with this country ?

Just what is it about religion that makes people so ridiculously touchy ?

So what if there are more temples than loos ?

So what ?

By saying “toilets are more important than temples. No matter how many temples we go to, we are not going to get salvation. We need to give priority to the toilets and cleanliness” he has, apparently, outraged the religious sentiments etc et.

And those whose sentiments have been outraged saw fit to protest by…?

Yes.

Got it in one.

Peeing outside Mr. Ramesh’s home.

I am left speechless and saddened.

 

Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.

As I said at the outset, India has been bizarre today.

 

Away from all this idiocy,  I have been blogging happily away on my other 2 blogs, but keep forgetting to tell you.

Read quite a few books of late, which I have reviewed in www.christinesbookreviews.com/reviews :

The Krishna Key – an interesting desi Dan Brown

Kowloon Tong – made even better by reading it in Hong Kong itself last week.  In Kowloon, actually, where we were staying, so even better.

Tamarind City – an affectionate book about Chennai/Madras

and Poor Little Rich Slum, a short & snappy book about Mumbai’s Dharavi

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