Friday, 5 September 2008

A new life

Ah well! The journey of a thousand posts begins with one.
When I left for the UK four years ago I never imagined that I would be computer savvy enough to start my own post or my own website. But that's so much water down the Yamuna or the Thames or the Creed (our local rivulet).
Speaking of rivers, I guess the one causing the most heartburn among our home grown netas today is the Kosi.
Nearly thirteen lakh (that's 1.3 million for you converted desis) people are marooned. People are fleeing for their very lives with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They are sharing their food with stray animals and cattle.
And the political blame game has begun.
Poor Nitish Kumar! He is frothing at the mouth trying to convince all and sundry that somehow the floods are a conspiracy left behind by the Lalu prasad government.
He claims that the Kosi had been disregarded four years ago and that caused it to breach it's embankments now. It had of course somehow been kept in deep freeze these last four years and conspired to flood all and sundry at this most inconvenient time with elections in an year and a half.
Nitish has been very busy the past four years. Being the CM of India's worst governed state is not a joke.He has to be at the forefront of the 'Bihari samman bachao andolan'. He takes up crudgels for the persecuted bihari in Mumbai against Raj Thakeray and his Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (material for a future post?!), demands apologies from the Goa CM for his infamous Bihari beggars remark and giving cycles to school going girls (to change society's perception of them!!!). Unfortunately the 'Bihari bachao movement' seems to have given him a miss.
On the other hand we have India's professional buffoon and darling of the media Laloo Prasad Yadav. He wants Nitish to be tried for genocide. This is because he forced thousands of people to die during the ongoing floods in north-eastern Bihar.
Talk about foot in the mouth disease.
And what does our darling PM do?He plans nuclear commerce, trips to the moon and accompanies his 'Maa Bhavani' on helicopter trips to Bihar.
And all the hapless people can say is 'Hamey baksh do yaar'.

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