Why the mirchi over nim­bus? Tra­di­tion doesn’t fol­low logic

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into the cock­pit of the Rafale him­self. He was gen­er­ous enough to let Ra­j­nath steal the show, all rigged out in smart fly­ing gear for the supersonic speed sor­tie (joy ride?), and then, more tra­di­tion­ally clad while per­form­ing the Ayudha puja. Were the French amused? Did they find it weird that an ed­u­cated min­is­ter was in­dulging in such ‘ex­otic’ acts in full pub­lic view? Per­haps. But should we care or feel sheep­ish? Never!

The French are shrewd when it comes to money. A mega deal like this one is juicy enough to keep the smirks off their faces. Who knows, they may have even fig­ured that one aus­pi­cious start like this one may lead to many more lu­cra­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture. Let the min­is­ter in­dulge him­self and his coun­try­men by of­fer­ing a puja to a ma­chine. Quite right. We have our ways, and you have yours. Does the world laugh when a cham­pagne bot­tle is cracked on the hull of a ship be­fore she glides into the wa­ter?

Su­per­sti­tion is a strange beast. It de­pends on how one deals with it. I con­fess I am su­per­sti­tious — but not in a crip­pling way. I do be­lieve in aus­pi­cious dates and pe­ri­ods, and refuse to start a new project, no mat­ter how tempt­ing, dur­ing the pe­riod that pre­cedes Navra­tri. Have I lost out fi­nan­cially in the bar­gain? Un­doubt­edly. But I am not com­plain­ing. Ra­j­nath Singh must also have con­sulted his trusted pun­ditji, checked the align­ment of the stars and picked the most pro­pi­tious day and time to pick up In­dia’s French toys. There is no time or day as aus­pi­cious as Dussehra — his tim­ing was im­pec­ca­ble.

In the old days, weapons were wor­shipped on Dussehra. To­day, it’s fighter jets. Same same, but dif­fer­ent. Shop­ping also has its own con­vo­luted rules and reg­u­la­tions based on which naksha­tras are placed where in the firmament. As­sum­ing In­dia ac­quired its Rafales when all the stars were aligned in our favour, we can sit back and let our su­per com­pe­tent pilots do their job. In Im­ran Khan’s case, he doesn’t need to travel far to read what the stars are fore­telling. Re­mem­ber Bushra Bibi, his lat­est wife is also a pirni (sooth­sayer) whose spir­i­tual guid­ance he seeks and sticks to, ac­cord­ing to Pak­istani media. Maybe, he is also look­ing closely at his Chi­nese horoscope to fur­ther bol­ster his own fad­ing star. The Year of the Wa­ter Dragon (ac­cord­ing to 1952 born Im­ran’s natal chart) is not in sync with his pro-China am­bi­tions. Bushra Bibi — help!

TROLLING OVER TRA­DI­TION: Ra­j­nath Singh weath­ered a so­cial media storm for per­form­ing shas­tra puja on the Rafale jet

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