Christmas is over and New Year is around. Besides partying all night long, this season of festivity is marked by gifts. So we at TF decided to give a thought to what would be the most suitable gift for these political celebrities who remained in news for most part of the departing year. Here is a shortlist:
Rahul Gandhi: We don’t know if a time machine really exists but if it does someone please gift that one to the ‘baba’ of politics. No clue on how would he fare at policy making (he has not framed any till date) but the kind of efforts he is putting to secure a political career make us want him to see his future by going ahead in time. He would realize how he has a completely different India to rule, far different from the kind of India his grandmother and father ruled. Charisma alone my friend stopped working a long time ago. A trip in time would show him he is not gona go too far with this and real work is what can still do some good. So will the real Rahul please stand up and let us know his piece of mind on important issues, which face us as a nation?
Manmohan Singh: We have one of the best economists in the world as our Prime Minister but it is our very economy, which is bearing the brunt of his style of governance. Rising inflation, decreasing growth rate and to top it all his government is so weak to be held at ransom by a troublesome ally in Kolkata and an opposition which has perfected the art of finding fault with almost everything including FDI in retail, they themselves supported at one point of time. MMS directly may not be responsible for most of these problems but he is sure at the helm of the ship and an electric bolt is needed to wake him up from his slumber and put him back to the original MMS style, which gave us revered LPG-Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization.
Leaders of BJP: They say looking at the memories of happier times makes you feel positive about your future. BJP really needs a dose of feeling positive with the principal opposition party finding fault with nearly everything! Remember how they blocked FDI in retail even when it itself was a big time proponent during its stint in power? So we aptly have zeroed in on a photo album for this party. Looking at the pictures of happier times when they were in power and kept things moving would make them realize how important it is for India to run and run faster! Who knows this photo album may end up motivating them to be a serious contender to power yet again?
Anna Hazare: As I write this Lokpal Bill is getting through in the parliament with all the channels telecasting it live and people glued to their TV sets for the latest updates but does any of care about the Food Security Bill? How many of us even know about the legislation which is aimed at ensuring that no one dies due to starvation in a country facing hunger second only to Sub-Saharan Africa? Sadly very few. The kind of limelight Anna hogged, all the attention to this bill has been devoid. Government is getting a cakewalk with this legislation as the nation is overwhelmed with Lokpal and how effective is this Food Security Act? Provisions are ambiguous, allocations poorly decided and beneficiaries have been defined vaguely. Anna, savior of the masses really needs to give Delhi and Mumbai a miss to travel across the country like Gandhiji to realize that first food and then corruption is the actual priority of the major part of India. So to you Anna we would want to gift a cross-country tour covering the interior most parts, which remain away from the glitz of media you totally enjoy!
Kapil Sibal: This man really deserves a profile on all the social networking websites! And if possible we would want to gift him this. I doubt if he has a profile on any of them since he has advocated censoring of social media. Next thing he would want to do is intercept our phone calls! He really needs to experience social media networking to understand that in a democracy best part is that we vent our ire out, forget it and move on without bottling it up which can turn our frustration into real poison! I mean we fight it out on you tube but Pakistan’s contingent gets the loudest cheer during CWG 2010 and likewise while China censors everything and risks a revolution, our government should be happy that here dissent never reaches that point!