Saturday, May 16, 2009

So much for our pompous political analysts!

They were wrong - terribly wrong, thank god. They were wrong about the 2004 elections too. Boo! So next time round I refuse to listen to them witter on and get heartburn in the process. I will get poll predictions from my sabziwalla in future instead. He rang my doorbell while I was still doing my victory dance.
"The Congress is winning," I screamed, instead greeting him with my usual polite namaste. He broke into a broad grin and did a sort of victory dance too. Well, more of a jig. And then he told me that in UP (where he's from), people are sick of caste politics. They believe that the Congress is an inclusive party, and they've begun to prefer that.
Second highlight of the day: Watching the BJP (Arun Jaitley) admit defeat in public. YAY!!!!
Third highlight of the day: The Congress may not ask the SP and oily Amar Singh to join the UPA fold. Hooray!
Fourth highlight of the day: Watching an ashen-faced Karat mumble some rubbish about the party getting into introspection mode. What's to introspect, dude? You're the biggest problem in the party!

16 comments:

Arnold said...

I agree that the Congress (by being useless) is probably the least worst of all the alternatives we had on offer. But, surely, I would believe, all this extreme joy is no way to greet this news.

rupagulab said...

I am delighted because:
1. I would not be able to breathe normally if a party with a communal agenda had the power to run the country
2. The idea of a shaky, rubbishy third or fourth front (which appeared to be a likely possibility) made me upchucky
3. Karat has got his comeuppance
4. Jayalalitha will be mournfully singing 'You don't bring me flowers anymore'- music to my ears
5. It's evident that a majority of Indians don't buy hate politics anymore

So yes, I have good reason to be over the moon!VERY good reason.

Saltwater Blues said...

Good answer Rupa. Arnie brother, it's not about what the Congress did/did not do, or even about what they will/will not do. It's more about what the others were threatening to do - which is cause havoc to the fragile democracy we have in place with their politics of caste, hate and personal agendas.

Arnold said...

Oh geez! I seem to have completely misunderstood the situation. Let me go and work myself into a state of delirious euphoria now that this country has been saved!

(Or NOT!)

rupagulab said...

Thanks for the add on, SWB - you said it better than I ever could! And yes, Arnold, as far as I'm concerned, you HAVE been saved! Hallelujah! But don't bother to do the euphoria part - I've done enough for at least 3 people!!!!

Eveline said...

Woohoo! I'm just so happy Congress is in power and hopefully we'll have none of that communal crap or muthaliks around the place!

Saltwater Blues said...

@Eve: I don't think the Muthaliks are going to disappear just like that. And now the price of pink chaddis must have gone up as well.

rupagulab said...

Hear, hear, Evelyn! SWB is right, though - creepy Muthaliks will continue to lurk - esp in Karnataka where the BJP did well (Gak!). And btw, SWB, I lurve your pink chaddi remark! Still sniggering over it!

Arnold said...

So even if assuming a Congress led government is the best thing for this country, I think the ease with they won this election is actually a bad thing. Power corrupts, especially more so in India. Now that they've won easily, they have even less of an incentive to actually serve the people. Competition in all markets is good—even that of governance.

rupagulab said...

yes, competition is healthy and good! A single party is terrible - they become complacent and lazy. BUT the alternatives that we had: a communal party and a ragtag bunch of shameless opportunists was not acceptable at all. I do hope another party with a SECULAR and clean agenda rises to counter the Congress in the near future and keeps them on their toes. BTW, the fact that the Congress practically swept the votes this time was good - we'll see how they do without the left front and a few other allies who periodically held a gun to their heads demanding their pound of flesh. If they deliver, great! If not, it's not very likely that they'll win the next time round, is it?

Saltwater Blues said...

Hey Rupa, you're up early!

Monteks getting Finance (how cool is that!), Lalloos been derailed, Chidas keeping Home, and Doorknob - wonder what Doorknobs gonna be doing? Probably on special duty to take care of Momta.

Have a great week.

rupagulab said...

It sounds pretty cool but you've got me wondering who doorknob is. Pranab I assume! Why doorknob? Or am I wrong? All I'm wishing and hoping for right now is that the slithery and now sickeningly Uriah Heep-ish Samajwadi Party is shown the door. How lovely it would be not to see the slimeball aka Amar singh in the news.
P.S. Up early because I'm visiting Rohan the 5 year old nephew. He's fulfilling his dreams of becoming a rockstar - has just learnt his first chord (E minor) and a song to go with it. I have to scream and cheer and pretend to faint and do that stupid idiotic thing with a lighter!

Saltwater Blues said...

Doorknob only because it rhymes with Pranab ... which is what a Bengali girl I was once friends with used to call him.

E minor eh? Easiest chord to play, but I wouldn't start him on E minor. But 5 is too young I think to start learning the guitar. 7 or 8 would be the right age.

Salil said...

Question: How is Congress with its support for Haj subsidies and Shah Bano messup secular?

rupagulab said...

@ Salil: I absolutely refuse to get sucked into arguments like this on a blog. An issue like this has to be discussed at length, preferably across the table. But I would like to give you the gist of something MJ Akbar said in his column in TOI yesterday: India is a secular nation not because Indian Muslims want it to be that way, but because Indian Hindus want it.
As an Indian Hindu, I absolutely agree with him!

rupagulab said...

@ SWB: Hey, he did a good job with E minor!