The front page of today’s [22 Feb 2014] Malayala Manorama (a newspaper with 20 million readers) reports that Narendra Modi has made a contract with the Marxist Party [CPI(M)] in Kerala.
The Marxists in Kerala turned capitalists long ago when Pinarayi Vijayan took over the Party. V S Achuthandan (with his foot in the grave) questioned the capitalist tendencies of the Party, the result being that he was bullied by those who control the economy.
Marxists are turning capitalists all over the world. Let’s forgive Achuthandan for growing old and yet not retiring. Idealists don’t retire, unfortunately .
Modis flourish. And gather followers.
Achuthandan was invited to join AAP [Aam Aami Party]. By none other than Arvind Kejriwal himself. But how can a senior join a junior party? Ego problem.
What really bothers me is the report that Mr Modi offered to pay money for buying up votes in Kerala. The newspaper says that Modi offered to pay any amount for winning the Thiruvananthapuram seat as well as the neighbouring Attingal one. Given Modi’s Chanakya tantra, the report cannot be false. Given Malayala Manorama’s credentials, the report cannot be false.
So, what does democracy in Modi Raj amount to? Buying votes? Worse, fascism?
Any Gujarati trader (chai wallah, I can’t rise to Mani Shankar Aiyar’s status in this regard) can come and buy votes in Kerala? Has Kerala degraded itself to this extent? Has Marxism in Kerala degraded to this extent? These are some questions that will haunt my sleep tonight.
Thankfully, Modi won’t haunt my sleep. He has no ideology. He can keep buying and selling things, as far as I’m concerned. I only hope he won’t mastermind another mass killing in some place (Rama forbid, in my village where nobody knows about Rama – they worship Krishna, you see) in India for the sake of votes.