Rahul Gandhi regaled the nation with the threat of an earthquake-like assault on PM Modi. Far from an earthquake, there was not even a wind that could stir the slenderest willow stem. That’s one of the deadliest tragedies the country is facing today: no opposition worth the name.
In Kerala where I now live there is a species of birds whose Malayalam name translates as ‘Bum-shaking bird’. This little bird’s bum keeps on shaking whenever it alights from flight. The typical Malayali humour has it that the Bum-shaker thinks that there is an earthquake because it shakes its tail. Rahul Gandhi has become the Bum-shaker of contemporary Indian politics.
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There’s something called Game Theory in higher mathematics. It analyses the strategies for dealing with competitive situations where the outcome of a participant’s choice of action depends critically on the actions of other participants. The theory explains how in multi-player systems, views and behaviour patterns that harm all players manage to take root and spread.
India is currently passing through a phase in which everyone seems to be becoming a loser. The dictator in Mr Modi along with his co-players such as the Chief Justice and power heads like Amit Shah is converting the entire country into a gigantic puppet show. There seems to be no sign of any winners in this show. People like Rahul Gandhi who, being in the Opposition, should be playing a responsible role to put the nation back on the healthy track of democracy have become comic Bum-shakers. It’s a pathetic situation indeed.