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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Why this Kolaveri Di – Please ask Harwinder Gee



Dear Rahul Gee,

You did not even need to call an all party meet. Listening to speaker after speaker speaking from either side of the parliamentary divide, it is obvious that the slapgate, or the slapping of Sharad Gee by Harwinder Gee has united politicians cutting across party lines. The last time we saw such camaraderie and solidarity amongst the usually squabbly parliamentarians was after the terrorist attack on parliament. Even then, I guess, it was a realization that their own neck was on the line that brought about the unity. So it is now. Each of our esteemed leader is probably dreading wondering when and where the next Harwinder will strike, and who will the victim be.

Interestingly, the name of Mahatma Gandhi has been invoked innumerable number of times since yesterday, on television sound bites and in parliament. There is great indignation amongst the political class – what has Gandhi Gee’s country come to? People slapping people, specially eminent people. I wonder why such people – the eminent ones – choose only to remember Gandhi Gee’s values selectively. What about his personal austerity and integrity? No one bemoans that they are not being able to live up to those standards. Forget about traveling by the lowest class on trains – even flying non-business class is infra dig (remember Cattle Class). Oh – and didn’t Gandhi Gee say something about the other cheek? Sharad Gee, you missed your chance of proving yourself to be a true adherent of the teachings of the father of the nation.

And Rahul Gee, you of all people should know that violence is sometimes unavoidable – like it was in Phulpur when an insolent young man dared to wave a black flag at your rally.

Can you blame Harwinder Gee if he says main karoon to saala character dheela hai?

Well – while the parliament debates and condemns the increasing tendency of people to vent their anger against the political class, they seem to be omitting to dwell on the most vital issue. What is the cause of that anger? Why is there such widespread approval of Harwinder’s action amongst the common people of the country?

Rahul Gee, please tell them. Instead of beating their chests and pontificating about non violence, they would do well to deliberate on what is causing this anger. In the words of the song that is a current rage (pun not intended) – Why this Kolaveri Di??

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