When a million masks bloom…

It has been a day of high drama in India.

Reminds one of the opening lines of the great twin-cities tale of Dickens: “”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Now, these timeless lines seem to say it all about the other twin-cities tale of today. That of Gandhinagar- Ahmedabad.

Modi, the man and mask, who so strikes to the core of all hearts, that he is indeed spoken of, “for good or for evil, in the superlative degree”, has today, for “best or for worst”,  won, and won hands down. The man who qualified with a Masters degree in Political Science has proved that he is a master of that subject.

They showed him on TV, giving a short victory speech at his party head quarters. “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” he chanted, raising twin fingers of victory, chorused by thousands and thousands of party workers gathered there.  

And as he walked away with a promise of a long speech tomorrow, the loudspeakers played an old Hindi film song :

hoTho.n pe sachchaaii rahatii hai
jahaa.n dil me.n safaaii rahatii hai
ham us desh ke vaasii hai.n, ham us desh ke vaasii hai.n
jis desh me.n ga.ngaa bahatii hai…

(Where lips speak the truth all time
Where hearts of all are clean of grime
We are citizens of that nation state
Where flows Ganga, the river so great.)…

While the TV shows the celebrations in BJP headquarters, they show the other extreme in the Congress party premises – a sepulchral silence.

While all sorts of questions and debates are being thrashed about on TV, here’s one more. One wonders if this election has a deeper significance for the country,…

While one Congress leader dismissed this election results saying “one swallow doesn’t make a summer”, one wonders whether Congress has seen the last of their summers. Is there any substance in Congress now?

Or is it that we need to reconsider the words of the great Mahatma, whose last will and testament, written on the eve of his assassination, commenced with the following lines:

“Though split into two, India having attained political independence through means devised by the Indian National Congress, the Congress in its present shape and form, i.e., as a propaganda vehicle and parliamentary machine, has outlived its use. India has still to’ attain social, moral and economic independence in terms of its seven hundred thousand villages as distinguished from its cities and towns. The struggle for the ascendency of ‘civil over military power is bound to take place in India’s progress towards its democratic goal. It must be kept out of unhealthy competition with political parties and communal bodies. For these and other similar reasons, the A. I. C. C. resolves to disband the existing Congress organization and flower into a Lok Sevak …”

Well, its winter now. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


9 Responses to “When a million masks bloom…”

  1. Srinivasa Says:

    कांग्रेस चारों ख़ाने चित !

    The AICC did not listen to Gandhiji but I think the Indian electorate is ready to do so. This may not take place tomorrow but it will happen soon enough.

  2. GJV Says:

    the congress that gandhi was talking about was a movement that had already been corrupted by visions of power and also had to include people and ideologies that one would have loved to have jettisoned in the indian ocean. however modi’s brand of hindutva is not what the answer to any damn thing.

  3. gkamesh Says:

    Agreed on Modi. But the same applies to Delhi 1983 post Indira-Gandhi riots, and more recently to Nandigram – to name just a few others.

    That said, Congress’s brand of Parivaratva has only become ‘curioser and curioser’, and now seems to have been reduced to a ‘grin without the cat’.

  4. Srinivasa Says:

    Who’s Sonia Gandhi? She’s living off the legacy of Rajiv Gandhi – who has to be accused of the same crimes with which Modi has been tarred. Additionally, Rajiv Gandhi was quite incompetent and faced serious corruption charges. Sonia’s also intensely focused on bringing her children into power. That would be a second generation of incompetents.

    Frankly who needs these people?

  5. GJV Says:

    exactly; so why back modi or any other idiot?

  6. lakshmi Says:

    Perhaps economic development plays a role sometimes.

    Heres one view:


  7. S Bhargavan Says:

    There is one written by Tarun Vijay in Times of India on the same and runs on a similar line..let us leave the love or hate for either Modi or sonia but look at it from a distance..this has happened..means what? majority want him for what ever he is? What one should do is to analyse where what went wrong(if something seem to have gone wrong) and what is teh alternative?In india our choice with especto living aconditions, food, equipemnts, artailces we love everything is limited and so the choice for a leader and among the equals(in good or bad) who is better?Electorate of gujerat thought that modi is their choice..better or the best of available /choices/options

  8. GJV Says:

    i agree with that view — that modi was in the view of many the best of the available choices; this argues for a poverty in our politics and asks for introspection

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