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!