India's New Ironical Twisted Tryst With Destiny? - Lazy Fly
One of my mentors in journalism is the immortal Behram Contractor a.k.a. Busybee who wrote a short, humorous column every day.
It was called Round and About.
I am no patch on him and cannot match his crisp essays in substance and in humour.
So I call myself Lazy Fly and have named this series of writing endeavours – Square And Straight.
The arrival of Narendra Damodardas Modi as the next Prime Ministerial hopeful [I will continue saying that till he takes charge because there can be many slips between cups and lips] means India has undergone a political change through the recently concluded general elections.
The word –change has myriad meanings in the English language.
Every compendium of words that form an expression can mean different things to different people on different occasions.
I append what the expressions seem to me below each of the meanings provided by the Oxford Dictionary.
Make or become different
1. The election results that have rendered the Bharatiya Janata Party as the ruling clique – may make or mar the hitherto known Indian political system.
2. The results also could render the Congress party into something different. Many may rebel against the current leadership – the top being imported from Italy and the next – brother-sister rung comprising Rahul and Priyanka – spawned locally. The two have pawned the nation’s future to persons of criminal tendencies – one of whom is one Robert Vadra – the husband of Priyanka. Vadra also called India a banana republic full of mango people.
3. Mango translates into Hindi as Aam. It could also mean ordinary or common.
4. In my opinion, the Aam Aadmi Party [AAP] made us Indian mango people into organ grinders’ monkeys eating rotten bananas from the Congress farms by diverting public anger during the Delhi polls earlier this year.
5. Since someone so simple as me could see through this trick, it can be described as ordinary and common-place.
Arrive at a fresh phase
Two dates in the Gregorian calendar have common factors.
January 1 1947 was a Wednesday.
January 1 2014 was a Wednesday too.
As first days in a Gregorian calendar, the two dates marked a fresh phase in Indian history.
Incidentally, on August 15 1947, India that is Bharat was declared to be independent.
That day, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru gave a fine speech.
The portions of the speech – wherever – in my opinion – the Congress party’s actions have added ironical twists against the interests of the people of India that is Bharat – are marked with emphasis and my comments are appended.
Excerpts from Nehru’s speech:
Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially.
India had been pledged to the white man. The pledged land was redeemed and re-pledged to the brown-skinned white men of the Congress.
India will awake to life and freedom.
Did India wake up at all?
At least, there are no signs of being awake and alert because the nation has been looted by the Congress for so long!
A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.
So, will the soul of the nation – India that is Bharat find its utterance under the regime of Narendra Damodardas Modi – of the BJP?
We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again.
Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?
Through the first single, non-Congress political majority, will the highly corrupted government machinery allow India that is Bharat to discover herself again?
Will the Modi-regime be brave enough to accept the challenge of the future – with such a despicable past left behind by the Congress?
Before the birth of freedom we have endured all the pains of labour and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this sorrow.
Some of those pains continue even now.
The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer.
Of course, we all know that, indeed.
Because of the indecisiveness of the Congress, our brave soldiers were tortured and beheaded by our enemies across the border in the nation called Pakistan.
Will the Modi regime honour those who lost their lives – under excruciating pain – not just at the borders but also within India during the 1984 riots that left thousands of innocent Sikhs dead?
Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now and so also is disaster in this one world that can no longer be split into isolated fragments.
Well, Nehru himself divided India into linguistic states fanning the flames of hatred on the basis of language chauvinism.
After him, the Congress worsened it by taking sides on riparian disputes – like in the case of Cauvery and Mullapperiyar. The land dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka over Belgaum has remained unsolved for over 60 years. So also have the problems in the division of the Punjab – and the areas of Abohar and Fazilka.
This is no time for petty and destructive criticism, no time for ill will or blaming others. We have to build the noble mansion of free India where all her children may dwell.
I will not be surprised if Sonia and Co use the above paragraph to ‘rebuild’ the Congress by sticking to power like limpets.
The appointed day has come - the day appointed by destiny - and India stands forth again, after long slumber and struggle, awake, vital, free and independent.
Yes, we will remember May 16 2014 – when the election results came out to announce the rout of the Congress.
The past clings on to us still in some measure and we have to do much before we redeem the pledges we have so often taken. Yet the turning point is past, and history begins anew for us, the history which we shall live and act and others will write about.
Of course, the sins of the Congress have to be atoned for. The 2G spectrum allocation, the coal trick, the dirty railway stinks … all the scandals swept under the carpet will have to come out and investigated.
It is a fateful moment for us in India, for all Asia and for the world. A new star … of freedom in the east … has materialised.
Yes indeed. And his name is Narendra Damodardas Modi.
May the star never set and that hope never be betrayed!
Will the conspiratorial machinations of Sonia and co be stopped in time before some harm befalls Modi?
Many of our people are sorrow-stricken and difficult problems encompass us.
Of course people are sorrow stricken. Some of them are the people in Kashmir because of the Congress and the National Conference and PDP double games by allowing the Pakistani terrorists to have a free run.
Similar fates have befallen the brothers and sisters in the northeast.
On this day our first thoughts go to the architect of this freedom, the father of our nation [Mahatma Gandhi] who, embodying the old spirit of India held aloft the torch of freedom and lighted up the darkness that surrounded us.
We have often been unworthy followers of his and have strayed from his message.
Of course we have been unworthy followers of the Mahatma – as we have violated every tenet of Swadeshi ideas he had propounded. We have sold most of India to foreign exploiters.
And the worst aspect of it all is the misuse and criminal exploitation of the name Gandhi. Sonia has been using it like a wand – when she has the name only due to a change in spelling achieved through an affidavit!
Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavour? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman.
All the denials of all those good things … have been the handiwork of the Congress misrule that lasted 60 plus years.
Well, those were select passages from Nehru’s tryst with destiny speech.
One actually does not know what Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi will say from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
Now, let us get back to the meanings of change.
Will India become new?
Will Rahul, Priyanka and Vadra become new citizens of Italy following Sonia Gandhi’s old one that makes her an automatic citizen of the EU in the name of Edvige Antonia Albina Maino?
Take or use another instead of
Yes, moves are afoot to use another so-called Gandhi – Priyanka. Like it happened in Pakistan, will Priyanka revert to her maiden name and jettison Vadra?
Move from one to another
Move from one system or situation to another
Well, what is left of the entire Nehru-Gandhi clan can move from India to Italy or to some other nation to improve upon their situation of enjoying their ill-gotten wealth abroad.
Remove (something dirty or faulty) and replace it with another of the same kind
That would exactly be the meaning of the ‘coronation’ of Priyanka as the next Congress Chief!
Exchange (a sum of money) for the same sum in a different currency or denomination
If the Sonia-Rahul-Priyanka-Vadra wealth is stashed in US Dollars, the exchange has to be in different currencies.
The action of changing
India has changed politically, or so it seems – with the advent of a BJP regime.
A clean garment as a replacement for something one is wearing
Unless someone from outside the Nehru-Gandhi clan arrives – there can be no clean garment as a replacement for the old dirtied one donned by the Congress
Coins as opposed to banknotes
Well, that has gone out of fashion because coins no longer seem to have much value.
Money given in exchange for the same sum in larger units
That is what some banks in Switzerland do – after charging a hefty fee for the exchange of black money into white
Money returned to someone as the balance of the sum paid
Indians gave wads of currency to the Nehru-Gandhi clan and got back loose change in return.
An order in which a peal of bells can be rung
Will this be the death-knell of the Congress?