Amarinder’s Facebook War
Remember the scene in Annie Hall, where a blowhard is showing off to his girlfriend by holding forth on Marshall McLuhan? Woody Allen’s character, unable to take any more hot air, pulls McLuhan out from behind a poster to put the loudmouth straight. Sometimes, that happens in real life too. Recently, a Facebook comment thread on the Punjab elections was derailed by none other than former chief minister Amarinder Singh. A commenter had said his sources indicated AAP would win. “If you want to know the ground situation in Punjab,” thundered the Captain, “ask me, not your so called informants.” That put the commenter in his place, but there’s a thin line between confidence and bravado.