|Sarita Nair with Oommen Chandy|
A long-term entertainment in Kerala
Sarita Nair is a symbol of the cancerous rot that has eaten into the Indian polity. She has been levelling allegation after allegation against various political leaders, particularly of the ruling United Democratic Front, in Kerala. The media would lap up the allegation, hold prime time discussions, call Sarita “a bomb,” and – nothing more. Sarita became an entertainment for the watchers of Malayalam news channels. Why does nothing happen to all the people against whom she levels serious charges?
Yesterday she went to the extent of accusing none other than the septuagenarian Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, whom she had not so long ago described as “a father figure,” of having sexually exploited her. According to various allegations levelled as the opportunity suited her, she has slept with Mr Chandy’s son also as well as almost every important Congressman in Kerala and the Congressman’s cronies.
Sarita is not a very credible person. Most people in Kerala seem to think of her as an elevated prostitute, the kind of which has gained much respectability today, thanks to our socio-politico-religio system. She shot into limelight when her attempts to become a successful entrepreneur in Kerala were met with too many political and bureaucratic obstacles. Perhaps, the greatest obstacle was Sarita herself. Whenever any VIP met her, he wanted to bed her. And clothes apparently fell off her body at the very gaze of VIPs.
Finally, having shared her body with almost anybody who counts as a somebody in Thiruvananthapuram and its important vicinities, Sarita demanded her rewards and recompenses. Then they started pooh-poohing her. They called her all sorts of names and offered her as a secret sleeping partner in the fantasies of the entire male populace of the state. The TV channels were delighted to get a savoury and remunerative item.
However, far from being an innocent victim of a venal political system, Sarita is a shrewd woman who deserved to be as successful an entrepreneur as Vijay Mallya at least. She has changed her statements umpteen times. She has called Mr Oommen Chandy her father-figure. She kept Mr Chandy out of the list of her oglers and bedders. Now, when the elections are round the corner, she has come with a serious charge against the same Mr Chandy. How credible are her charges?
She has been spitting out similar charges against various VIPs of the UDF time and again. Why has not even a single VIP taken her to the court for defamation? How can she get away with such serious charges made against such powerful people?
Mr Oommen Chandy keeps saying that there are powerful lobbies supporting Sarita? So what? How does that disprove her allegations? Even if she is making the allegations for political or vindictive reasons, don’t they deserve answers? Don’t the people of Kerala deserve to know the truth? Don’t the people deserve better leaders, leaders whom our sisters can approach without the fear of being stripped naked on the spot? Leaders who will not cheat the people of crores and crores of rupees meant for the public welfare?
Sarita is a symbol of the common man today. Yes, I use the word ‘man’ intentionally. Like any ambitious person, Sarita wanted to be a successful entrepreneur. Probably, she would have been one, without offering her body to every politician of the ruling party too. She would have climbed the rungs of success if our politicians possessed fundamental honesty. Forget honesty, if they possessed the basic sense of their duties and the citizens' rights.
The bar scandals brought up by Biju Ramesh earlier proved beyond doubt to the people of Kerala that quite many of their leaders were brazenly corrupt. There is no doubt that the Congress party and its allies in Kerala will be routed in the imminent assembly elections. But the question is: will a new government be any better?