by VIJAY SIMHA, From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 41, Dated October 16, 2010THE COURT OF THE KHAAS AADMI
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, P Chidambaram, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Kamal Nath. Friends of big money.
2. THE LOVE OF MONOPOLY
Their biggest hangover, of the days when they could do what they liked. Every inch has to be grabbed.
3. THE PRO-RIGHT TILT
They are considering handing over Parliament security to Israel. Why?
4. THE PAPERBACK PM
It’s not just Manmohan Singh. Talk is that the Congress might do likewise in future too.
5. THE INSENSITIVITY
Where are the visuals with the suffering?
6. THE OPACITY
Haven’t had an original thought in years. All freshness is coming from NGO friends like Jean Dreze and Aruna Roy.
Does anyone know how the Congress works? What happens at 10 Janpath, for instance.
8. THE AUDACITY
It begins and ends with the Nehru-Gandhis.
9. THE CONTROL
They have their people everywhere, from the media to the opposition. Even among the Maoists.
10. THE INSIDIOUSNESS
Will cut a deal on anything to keep going. The BJP, Mayawati, the Left, the RSS. Anyone.
& 10 THINGS COMFORTING
1. The inclusiveness
2. The legacy, where else will we get Gandhi, Nehru, Gokhale, Azad, Naidu
3. The mild secularism
4. The reach, pan-India
5.The ability to lower temperatures
6. The young, Rahul included
7. The longevity
8. The ability to adapt, from socialism to market economy
9. The policy, RTI, NREGA, Women’s Bill
10. Manmohan Singh