Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Laughter – Spice of Life – 3

Laughter – Spice of Life – 3

A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen, said Winston Churchill. These days this is what is exactly happening in India. What the BJP and its leaders were cribbing about during the UPA governments, say; petroleum prices, unemployment, inflation and price rise, low growth rate, controlling cross border terrorism, dealing with hostile neighbors etc. the present government is

struggling with the same problems with no positive results. The government and the BJP leadership are totally bogged down in explaining as Winston Churchill visualized and said. The hilarious part of this exercise is that Jawaharlal Nehru is blamed for each visible failure of the current ruling dispensation. I don’t know when would we mature and address the national problems with some foresight and vision. Somebody has explained this attribute aptly, in a lighter vein:

छिपकली रात भर सैंकड़ों कीड़े-मकौड़े खाकर सुबह होते ही महापुरषों की तस्वीर के पीछे छिप जाती है, यही चरित्र देश के नेताओं का भी है!


We should rise above the blame game and be serious. I am reminded of Babasaheb Ambedkar’s assertion in the Constituent Assembly on November 25, 1949 when he said on a serious note,” …let us not forget that this independence has thrown on us great responsibilities. By independence, we have lost the excuse of blaming the British for anything going wrong. If hereafter’ things go wrong, we will have nobody to blame. Except ourselves… “

The funniest part of this is that a large section of the mainstream media is fully engaged and deployed in running news and debates (mostly shouting and abusing each other) on subjects not really of concern and interest to the common man but to raise the dust and

divert attention of the public from the real issues. It is done deliberately in the name of free and fair press. Many of us are now used to listening to these debates for entertainment rather than information and knowledge. People fully understand this. One gem is floating on social media which is a telling commentary on the media of the country:

पिछले 3 दिनों में टीवी ने, राफेल का इतना ज्ञान मुझे दे दिया है कि...
यदि छोटी-मोटी गड़बड़ी होगी तो, मैं ही जाकर ठीक कर दूंगा!

Corona Virus is still potent to support the joke makers. Here are a couple of latest gems in this regard:

(i)                          मित्रो अब कोरोना का अंत निकट है,
क्योंकि उसने अमित शाह से पंगा लिया है

(ii)                       जिस देश में लोग थूक लगाकर नोट गिनते हों और फूंक मार कर लिफाफा खोलते हों...
उस देश में कोरोना को खत्म करना मुश्किल है!


Without comment -

लोग भव्य मंदिर चाहते थे और मूर्ख कांग्रेसी 60 साल से सड़क, नाली, पुल, बांध, स्कूल, कॉलेज, अस्पताल बनाते रहे।

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