Friday, May 16, 2014

Modi Market



“Modi Bhagwan ka Jai Ho!” greeted the phone call.  It was my friend, Joseph.  I don’t know whether he said ka or ko or ki or ke or ku.  My knowledge of Hindi is as bad as his and my knowledge of vowel sounds is not as good as Prof Higgins’s. 

“Why are you so thrilled?” I asked.  “Excited about being sent to some gas chamber or something?  Freudian death wish!”

“Nahin, yaar.”  It was interesting to hear Hindi from someone who never spoke that language with me.  Some people are intractable survivors.  “I managed to sell all the stock I have been holding in my portfolio for over two years.  The moment Modi’s party won the elections the stocks simply sold out at a decent profit.”

“Jai Ho!  Hail Modi!”  I said in spite of myself.  “It means that now I can sell the little land I have in Kerala for some profit.”  Enthusiasm is contagious, as Rajneesh Baba said.

“You don’t have to sell it, yaar,” said Joseph with the enthusiasm that Goebbels had when the Second World War broke out.  “Modi Bhagwan will take it over for the Tatas or the Ambanis or even for Barrack Obama.  You know, Modi paid well for all the land he took over from the farmers in Gujarat when Tata Motors wanted to set up business there to manufacture cars that don’t sell.  I just found it out by Googling...”

I didn’t understand what Joseph was saying.  I remembered that the first name of Goebbels was Joseph and got stuck with that memory. 

That’s my problem.  I get stuck with history sometimes. 

“Hitch your wagon to the Modi star, you idiot,” Joseph continued.  “He is our Saviour, our Redeemer, our Rama, our Allah...”

“Our market, you mean?” I blurted out.


“Amen,” he said. 


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13 comments:

  1. Watched the Modi speech tonight and there should be lot of development in coming days. But one time he said, 'there are lot of youtube videos, where kids and infants who don't even say mummy/papa properly, but they clearly said, 'Abki Baar Modi Sarkar' Fauz Taiyar ho rahi hai dosto, just imagine after 18 years when these kids will grow up what will be the situation' Gradually he will become a God some day !!

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    1. Yes, Jahid, he is an ego maniac and such people won't be contented until they are worshipped.

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  2. Often I prefer not to comment much on politics. Somehow my knowledge tends to become superficial because I have been self indulgent since childhood.

    This blog somewhere relates to that connection to inner self. Come what may! Whether it is Ram Rajya or Ravan Rajya, people always look for their own profits. It's true. But I'm also aware of many people who never tried to fish in the rippled waters. Probably democracy is still alive because of such people.

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    1. Right, M, democracy in India is still vibrant because of a tiny minority who understand the meaning of the concept. I asked a Marxist friend of mine yesterday in a telephone conversation whether 60 crore people in India were fools. "Yes," he said immediately, "the poll results show that." Well, there are some who are not fooled easily, I share your optimism.

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  3. He is an autocrat. I only dread that he will bring down everything and try to take up industrialization. What hurt me most is that people blindly follow him - they are either ignorant or think that Modi will only do the write thing - even if that means blindly killing the people in minority to revenge something that was untraceable. I dread it could become 'Man eats Man India'.
    Do check out my post
    In praise of NaMo - Narendra Modi.

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    1. Thanks, Shine, for sharing this. India may become Germany of 1930s. And we deserve it, perhaps.

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    2. Why do you say so? I believe that India deserves to be a better democracy.

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  4. The bloodied days are not far away! There are reasons to fear Modi's autocratic rule. He is an autocrat. You are right Shine.

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    1. M, there are documents that show that Modi is vindictive like proverbial snakes. He kills off his enemies.

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  5. Nice post Matheikal....read all d comments and ditto them ...bt one thing fr sure either u hate hm or love hm bt u cant ignore hm

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  6. Nice post Matheikal , , in fact read all d comments and I ditto them but one thing fr sure either u love hm or hate hm bt one cant ignore hm....

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    1. He can't be ignored because he's gonna determine our fate.

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