Shashi Tharoor's edit piece in Indian Express on Saturday reminded me of my probation days in journalism with the Times of India in the '80s. My editor would look at my typed report, run circles in red every second line and send the paper flying towards the dustbin: "What the hell do you want to say?"
Chuckling, I set about circling Tharoor's piece (see image), and literally ran out of ink. The man is as confused as his party, touching every base and sticking to none. "Jaana-tha-Japan-Pahunch-Gaye-Cheen-Samajh-Gaye-Naa" kind of delirium. A piece as bald as palm of my hand. Let's stick to a few specific ink-circles, and not all, for I can't afford to bore and lose you, my readers.
"Our attacks (on BJP) are based on our own convictions and about what is good and proper for the nation": So using "neech" and "chaiwala" are part of your convictions. A wild attack on RSS as murderer of Mahatma Gandhi is part of your conviction. Blaming Centre for violence in "Sterlite" is part of your conviction. Blaming BJP for murder of Gauri Lankesh's murder in your own governed state is based on your conviction. "Ease of doing business" and a "7.7 GDP growth" in your view is not "good and proper for the nation." Impeachment of Chief Justice of India (CJI) is good and proper in your view.
belief"inclusive growth, social justice, abolition of poverty, protection of
minorities, women, dalits and adivasis": Inclusive growth, social justice, abolition of
poverty? Are you joking Mr Tharoor? Anyone earning above Rs
33 is not poor is how Congress removed poor and poverty. Six worst
communal riots happened under UPA and you call it protection of minorities.
Women? Ask Shah Bano. And remember how you had to apologize
for making fun of our own Miss World 2017? Dalits? That's why Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar
could get Bharat Ratna only in 1990 and that too not under Congress' regime. Further,
why your heart didn't beat for a murdered Dalit
youth leader found hanging by tree in
political embodiment of
"We too share Hinduism, albeit an inclusive version of the faith, rather than a bigoted one": Oh really? May we ask you Mr Tharoor where's your reaction on 24 BJP/RSS workers killed in Karnataka under Congress rule? Where's Congress' concern for Hindu lives as they are butchered in West Bengal and Kerala? Show me one tweet where you have offered condolence to Hindu lives lost? Congress standing by Hinduism almost sounds like an abuse.
"The need of Rural
"(Congress must) Help
citizens in interactions with the police"": Now that could only happen if both citizens
and police trust you with your intentions. I don't know how policemen feel after
Rahul Gandhi stormed a police station and scolded a policeman in
uniform. As for citizens, they still speculate about an unfortunate death in a
From housing to transport to potholes-on-roads to drinking water to education to healthcare to public parks to sanitation to waste management, Tharoor leaves little for imagination and a lot for mockery in his piece. Empty rhetoric, typical of Congress, the sound of an empty biscuit tin. Mr Tharoor, irony has died a million deaths in this juvenile piece of yours.