Won-party rule

With more and more de­fec­tors flock­ing to the Lo­tus, In­dia might soon dis­pense with elec­tions

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - An Epiphany Of Ideas - Jug Su­raiya

The Big Boss and his Aide-in-Chief dis­cussing the spate of de­fec­tions which have swelled the ranks of the saf­fron Lo­tus, and what this might spell for the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

Big Boss: With all these peo­ple from other par­ties de­fect­ing to join us, we have an em­bar­rass­ment of riches.

Aide-in-Chief: We should use our riches to en­rich the na­tion. BB: How can we do that?

A-in-C: Easy, peasy. With all these de­fec­tors – or de­fec­tives, if you pre­fer – com­ing over to us, pretty soon we’ll have no Op­po­si­tion left, and if there is no Op­po­si­tion there’ll be no need for elec­tions, as you can’t have elec­tions with­out at least two sides for vot­ers to choose be­tween. So, no Op­po­si­tion, no elec­tions. No elec­tions, no elec­tion ex­penses, which at the last gues­ti­mate amounted to over Rs 6,000 crore, and count­ing. We’ll save all that money, and that’s how we’ll en­rich the na­tion. QED.

BB: Wow. That’s great news!

A-in-C: There’s even greater news.

BB: Even greater news? What’s that?

A-in-C: Apart from all the money we’ll save by do­ing away with all those need­less elec­tions, think of all the time and ef­fort we’ll save by not hav­ing to run about the coun­try like crazy, cam­paign­ing and speechi­fy­ing be­fore polls, when what weshouldbe do­ing is gov­ern­ing the na­tion.

BB: Golly. You’re right again as usual. These stupid elec­tions are noth­ing but a waste of money and time, both of which would be bet­ter spent on gov­ern­ing the na­tion.

A-in-C: That’s right. And the na­tion needs one heck of a lot of gov­ern­ing. I mean, just take one thing, the Con­sti­tu­tion. So far we’ve only man­aged to ab­ro­gate – or de-fang, as ev­ery­one’s call­ing it – Ar­ti­cles 370 and 35(A). Ac­cord­ing to the last count, there’re some 448 Ar­ti­cles in the Con­sti­tu­tion and, given the op­por­tu­nity, that’s a whole lot of po­ten­tial de-fang­ing to do.

BB: Gee. With all that de-fang­ing the good old Con­sti­tu­tion will need den­tures. A-in-C: Right on. Democ­racy’s be­come old hat. Long live Namoc­racy….

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