Politics has been nothing more than an entertainment for me. When the entertainment crossed the most stretched limits of human sensitivity, I wrote blogs to soothe the ruptures within me. The more I watched the political dramas in my country, the more I began to find it detestable rather than entertaining. That’s when I chose to stop writing about politics and look at humanity from literary perspectives.
I don’t know whether my choice was an escapist act. Even Narendra Modi’s acquittal by the Ahmedabad Metropolitan Magistrate would not have prompted me to write a political commentary now. What has prompted this blog is a question raised by someone with a pseudonym. He seems to have taken the trouble to follow my blog using Google+ only to raise the question, what do I think of AAP’s coming to power in Delhi? Similar questions have been raised by a few pseudonymous persons in the recent past and I ignored them. Perhaps it’s time to tell them that I am bored, utterly bored of Indian politics.
Look at Mr Modi’s latest blog with the heading Satyameva Jayate: Truth Alone Triumphs. “The law of nature is that Truth alone triumphs – Satyameva Jayate. Our judiciary having spoken, I felt it important to share my inner thoughts and feelings with the nation at large.” Thus begins the blog addressed to “My dear sisters and brothers.”
Can I take that as a joke anymore? I can’t. I think Mr Modi is perpetrating the most violent assault on truth. He goes on to say, “I was shaken to the core. ‘Grief’, ‘Sadness’, ‘Misery’, ‘Pain’, ‘Anguish’, ‘Agony’ – mere words could not capture the absolute emptiness one felt on witnessing such inhumanity.” [Emphasis in the original]
Mere words. Their hollowness echoes beyond the Himalayas. I find myself wishing that the echoes set an avalanche in motion.
Arvind Kejriwal is setting up government in Delhi. I voted for his party and am happy to see it taking charge. But I’m not a naïve optimist. I know the kind of rivals that AAP has to grapple with, particularly because the Party lacks majority.
AAP made a mountain of promises in its election manifesto. Will the party be allowed to deliver them?
What will be Kejriwal’s strategy (astute as he is) in dealing with stark wickedness that masquerades itself beneath heart-rending sentiments? Mr Modi’s latest blog is an indicator of the strategic change that he (though not necessarily his party) is experimenting with. Will Kejriwal rise above such experiments and be able to implement the policies he visualised?