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