Some Reflections And Thoughts [May 18]
The election fever is dying down and all eyes are on who will be included in cabinet and what will be portfolio allocation. Here are my reflections and thoughts on recent events, a la Busybee, all my own:
– Like BJP and CPM have “persuaded” their failed leaders LK Advani and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee respectively to continue to hold their respective positions. In politics the failed leader is valued [I cannot figure out why] unlike the corporate world where they are booted out summarily.
– Like it only goes to show that performance does not count.
– Like people threw shoes at some candidates, all of whom have won their elections!
– Like a new trend may now start inviting ‘professional shoe throwers’ at candidates to ensure win in elections; and that it may provide some job opportunities.
– Like I wonder whether Raj Thackeray wanted to win some parliament seats or settle his score with Shiv Sena.
– Like I agree with Kumar Ketkar’s view that we seem to confuse between stability of the government, stability of economy and stability of nation.
– Like I will miss Lalu Prasad as a Railways Minister. Notwithstanding his peculiar ways there can be no doubt that he was efficient and left a mark on the job.
– And, finally, Sonia Gandhi has everything going her way. She has finished her political rivals and the murderer of her husband, Prabhakaran of LTTE, is dead.
And that death coming very close to the anniversary of Rajiv is particularly poignant.
Divine justice ! In some form !!
“Like people threw shoes at some candidates, all of whom have won their elections!”
So true! I did not notice this till I read it here!
REally….it's so uncanny…Sonia coming out a winner & the death of Prabhakaran in close succession!
I too, along with millions of Indians, will miss Lalu, the Railway Minister…his rustic ways notwithstanding, performance as Rly Minister was commendable.
The shoe-throw-leading-to-victory news has caught all our fancy. Suranga did a paint-post on that, and so did I (a limerick-post).
And your are right. The political world does not have the principles of the corporate world, much the pity!
In all the suspense and intrigue about who gets what ministry, the least of the concerns is the persons qualifications to handle the particular ministry. The talk is all about “younger elected chaps”, “so many ministries to DMK”, “so and so not begging for a ministry” etc. Why not computerize the selections?
I guess it would be useless utopia to expect someone to come up with a job description, and match the possible candidates.
While in my experience, most interviews are conducted for weeding out as opposed to selecting, here they seem to invite the weeds themselves ….
The Busybee style does suit you. Maybe you should consider writing some other posts in his style – such as descriptions of food joints near your place, discussions with friends over cricket, discussions with journalists over politics. Who knows, maybe you could have your very own Bolshoi! 🙂
Dear Kavi, Manju, SGD, Ugich Konitari and Radgovin,
Thanks for your comments and encouragement.
I was inspired to write about shoe throwing part after reading your and Suranga’s limericks and ‘Reghotya’. Manju also found your limerick interesting!
Thanks to all,