Tuesday, February 28, 2012

73. Slam the 'slam' and 'scum' the rest

'Slam' with a prefix 'grand' is all that we have come to associate Leander Peas with. But for the politicians the arrangement changes a bit, 'grand' is post fixed to 'slam'. Else, how will you define the election-time slamming by our politicians? ‘Sonia says UP has become a mascot of corruption', 'Karat slams UPA over corruption’, ‘Mayawati slams Congress over minority reservation’, ‘Akhilesh slams Mayawati over UP crime’ and so on. Ironically, the same volley of 'corruption' gets exchanged on the political turf. One wonders if 'slamming' nets any significant 'advantage' at the ballot box!

Directed at an identified adversary, it is as hard-hitting as it could be and the return volley is no less severe either. Nothing serious because the verbal dual neither sheds any blood nor conjures up any defamation suit. It only reflects the level to which our politicians can stoop down to during elections. There is nothing creative about 'slamming' either, the vocabulary used and the phrases hurled are at best 'pedestrian'. The electorates are left with little option but to choose `the better from the worst'. Without doubt, democracy gets slammed in the process!

What might seem like hate-speech during elections turns into love-letter of coalition politics later. Those hurling choicest allegations at each other during elections become strange bed-fellows in forming the new government. After all, it is time to 'slam' the 'slam' and join hands to 'scum' the 'scam', and use the same to 'slam' the partner when the time comes to return the favors! Isn't it time that the electorates 'scum' out the slam-scam-slam democracy?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

72. The day like anyother

You would agree with me that 'love birds' are often innocent but sometimes courageous too. Else, neither would they have sustained harassment at the hands of the moral police nor would they have cuddled in public places despite mounting opposition. Even the brutal hands of police force hasn't been able to deter them from their determined display of affection in public spaces. Many wonder why police snoops on them only on Feb 14. Would it ever occur to them that a saint called Valentine had sacrificed his life for 'love' to blossom?

For them, Valentine would be like any other day but for the poking men and women in uniform. No wonder, of all the days being celebrated across the world, Valentine Day has earned a special place in the hearts of youngsters ever since it gained public recognition in the early 15th Century. Ironically, the same youngsters in our part of the world give a damn to a 'mother's' and a 'father's' day. Elsewhere in the west, youngsters do value mother's and father's day as an annual opportunity to reunite with their parents.

It is no exaggeration that far from missing their parents, young boys and girls often find the overwhelming presence of parents in their lives a bit too much to handle. Conversely, Valentine Day for them is mark the day when they express disdain on authority and control. And if they are allowed to have their way, the youth may want to have 'no mother' and 'no father' days instead!