“Post truth” has been declared as the word of the year. We Indians had no role in the decision-making process and feel seriously marginalized. So we have voluntarily taken up the responsibility of now making it the word of the decade or maybe even the Century. And headlining this project are Mamta Banerjee with Arvind Kejriwal. Mamtaji has started a campaign of trying to make the Indian public lose their mind. Its initial partial success in her home state has given her false hopes that she can easily replicate it for the whole of India, while Media channels like NDTV have found another opportunity to increase their TRPs and help her spread this infection to the rest of the country. But luckily even the virus has a mind of its own. The minute it moves out of Bengal and breathes in fresh air, it transforms itself to humor, surprise, disbelief, anger and much more but nothing near its original avatar of being mindless as seen these days in Bengal. Can there be anything more bizarre than the idea of the Indian Army planning a coup in the state of Bengal as well as collecting money at various toll plaza’s. The only grain of truth I can find in this claim is the reality of the Army being poor. They have been featured in the news lately for demanding pension parity in OROP and pay parity with their civilian counterparts in the recently concluded pay commission. I know Mamtaji must feel paranoid if she believes that they are doing it to fund the coup. Out of the seven command headquarters of the army, one is located in Calcutta. Despite their presence in the area for such a long time, they haven’t been successful in rubbing off any of their ideology on the existing civilian establishment. For them their country comes first, then their comrades, and only after that will they ever think of themselves. How ironical, on one side Mamtaji is agitated that the people in her home state don’t have cash and on the other they are paying the army to fund a coup. I am sure they must be giving it through checks or through mobile wallets, which they have quickly adapted to, while she was spending time in Delhi, agitating. I can only say this, and with great conviction, that millions of Army personnel both serving and retired have been able to see through this post-truth politics being generated at their behest. I am also in awe of how easily Mamtaji has been able to educate so many on her brand of politics, in fact this is the best hit in the arm the ruling party has managed to get against the opposition till date, without even moving a finger.
Any one would believe that Mamata Ji was on a high, circling Delhi, but without fuel that’s totally unbelievable. She always reminds me of that old Maruti Ad with the punchline saying-“Petrol khatam hi nahi hunda”. I pity the ignorance of the pilot, he could have always borrowed some from her. I don’t think Maruti realizes that she could potentially be their best brand ambassador, but they must hurry, I am sure other companies like Map My India are also desperate to cash onto her prowess. She is all about women power, holding hands with Jaya Bachchan, trying to encircle Rabri Devi and then standing next to Kejriwal. Wondering why I put Kejriwal with a group of women? Ask any Dilli-wala and they will tell you just how they are managing this failed marriage with him, even though he doesn’t have any cosmetic value. Being a feminist I’m all for women power, but having said that, my thumbs-up is only reserved for the women of substance. Substance doesn’t mean changing the stand to any rhetoric you find convenient when you fail to get through with your main agenda. The TMC’s spokesperson on TV is a woman, all dolled up and portraying that all that matters is speaking fluent English and showing that the image of an angry young man (women) is not patented to any gender, yet again missing the point by describing the images of Army personnel in her state, doing just a routine exercise, as the beginning of a coup. Madam with all respect, please realize, the PM knows well enough that no resource and recourse is without an expiry date, and either the petrol will finish first or soon there will be nowhere to go.