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Worst article today February 8, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in india, politics, rant.

and in a long time

Perhaps the BJP, which is bankrupt of issues, may pick up this thread from the Shiv Sena and use the 82 year-old Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the next Lok Sabha elections, sitting on a chair and begging for votes. You can well imagine how the voters are going to react. How are we going to counter this emotional threat that shall be before us in the next Lok Sabha elections? Because elections are not about simple arithmetic. As recent events suggest, they may hinge on emotional chemistry.

The author, Mr. Sanjay Nirupam, fought the last Lok Sabha elections ( May 2004 ) on the Shiv Sena ticket as a part of the NDA alliance headed by Vajpayee. ( I think he lost to Sunil Dutt ). He is now a Congress member. He can do with a little courtesy when he writes in a national daily.

P.S : What is the probability that at 82 Mr. Nirupam will be our former PM ?



1. Hiren - February 9, 2007

Whatever he has said has some merit. If the leader of the conservative party in London can retire in mid-sixties after losing the elections, why should the Indian political scene be filled with old men?
I don’t think Mr Vajpayee should live up to his first name and be “atal” on this issue. PM of India is one of the toughest jobs in the world because of India’s diversity and one should be in the best of health. Even corporate CEOs retire at 65. Is running a country more easy than running a company?

2. raosharath - February 9, 2007

Thanks for the comment Hiren.

I agree with you – its high time the old guard makes way.

My point though is completely different. I have an issue with the nature of the language Mr. Nirupam used against someone who is generally widely respected. While the language may be okay for casual conversations, writing for something that almost a paper of record in India demands a different tenor.

I do not suggest that Vajpayee go ahead and be the sitting ( literally ) PM. Besides, 3 years ago, a 79 year Vajpayee campaigning for Nirupam in the elections was perfectly okay with him. I was attempting to expose Mr. Nirupam’s hypocrisy in the matter.

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