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“When the BJP will form a government in UP under the leadership of Surya Pratap Shahi (new BJP state chief), we will remove all statues of Mayawati and install that of Shri Ram,” the Pilibhit [ Images ] MP said at a function to welcome the state president at party headquarters.
The problem in U.P. is not whose statues are installed, but that statues are installed.
As I pointed out in an earlier post, I am not sure if BJP is the better alternative. I can’t generalize, but voices like Varun Gandhi’s are the reason why a few friends did not vote for the BJP. Now Varun Gandhi is a fringe element in the BJP and may not be representative of the entire party (or he might even be). One could also allege the media bias against Varun Gandhi for the disproportionate coverage given to his crazy quotes. But you cannot take away the fact that the guy exists, for real, and makes the statements attributed to him.
For the statues’ sake, I hope they don’t have hands.
Behenji is at it again :
In the supplementary Budget presented by the state on Monday, a sum of Rs 550 crore has been earmarked for some of Mayawati’s “dream projects” that include statues and parks in the name of her mentor Kanshi Ram, father of Constitution B R Ambedkar, Ramabai and Mayawati herself.
This is when the state government has asked for Rs 250 crore from the Centre under the National Disaster Management Fund for drought relief.
In her defence, she might not know 550 crores is larger than 250 crores.
But seriously, Mayawati at the state level is bad enough. At the center, she would be a non-intelligent version of Indira Gandhi.
It is extremely difficult for one to side by Mayawati in a debate (usually, because there is no space available on her side), and yet, Rita B. Joshi makes me want to do that with her comment about how “she has always worked for Dalits” :
In all my life, if anybody can prove that I ever used a word against a Dalit, I will quit public life. My party, my family and I have always worked for the uplift of Dalits and social harmony. Since 1947, my family has had a Dalit and a Muslim cook. Even today, in my house in Allahabad, I have a Dalit cook.
I find it disturbing that she equates working for Dalits with tolerating a Dalit in her house, but I also cannot help but salute her family for being the visionaries they are.
Who else could have foreseen the importance of Dalits and Muslims in the coming decades and employed them since 1947 ?
The Dudette of the Week is UP Chief Minister Kumari Mayawati, and not just because of the spotlight on her for spending Rs. 1000 cr. on statues of herself, but for this quote from a BSP old-timer :
“Mayawati is putting up bronze statues because she thinks that a couple of hundred years from now, people will worship her as a deity.” The solid metal statues are protected with elaborate canopies for this reason, he said.
It would be funny if he weren’t serious. Sadly, serious he was. The article goes on to add that Mayawati has often described herself as “zinda devi” (living goddess) at BSP rallies.
Apart from caring for pigeons, I fail to understand what the statues are achieving, but I don’t think she cares about such trivialities.
Instead of ranting further, I present a photo I captured at Jaipur.
Someday, I hope to get one such of Mayawati.
This is the second time I am finding both sides of an argument stupid.
First was Mayawati calling Mahatma Gandhi a nautankibaaz (fake) on the issue of Dalit sympathy. This I can understand, I do not expect better.
But this was quite amusing for people defending Gandhi :
Congress workers burnt Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati’s effigy today for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Mahatma Gandhi recently.
Then was this absurd piece :
He also said the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971, “must be amended to make a suitable provision to protect the fair name of the Father of the Nation”.
The name of the Mahatma “deserves to be legally protected,” Mahmood, also a former chairman of the National Minorities Commission, added in a statement.
Apart from the proposed posthumous legal protection, doesn’t this blatantly violate freedom of speech ? But then again, there isn’t too much of that anyway.
It is funny that self-proclaimed guardians are often the ones with least knowledge of the protectee.
This is quite the headline of the day :
Behenji (I am referring to Mayawati, other females can continue with their attire and hairstyle), your cops do know that we have many different acts and penal codes to suit all occasions, right ?
The NSA, I believe, is for anti-national and terrorist activities, which is why even Varun “cut-off” Gandhi could not be booked under it.
While the Congress has tried to be magnanimous in victory, people haven’t taken too nicely to their defeat. We have seen political parties blame each other for losses, this might be the first time the blame is being taken to the people.
I don’t think Mayawati knows to be graceful (in defeat or otherwise). So she was quick to blame Muslims :
“Very few Muslims voted for my party this time,” she told a hurriedly convened press conference at her home in Lucknow. “We got the support of the Muslim community only in constituencies where we fielded Muslim candidates,” she added.
If I were a Muslim residing in any of those constituencies (anywhere actually), I would be disgusted at the way parties treat me. Why should I only vote for the party that thinks I should vote for them ? Don’t I have a mind of my own ? Do I even exist in their books apart from being a votebank ?
At the end, whatever the party, I am halal.
This has to be the headline of the day :
Okay I don’t really care about the ethics of coalition, ideologies or a stable government.
I am just curious how big their radar is.
Amidst fears that I was a sexist bloke, there was a recent comment urging me to also have a Dudette of the Week title. This has prompted me to come out with a defense for not doing so until now, lest I might alienate the female readership.
First, let us analyze the women in Indian politics. There are essentially three major players. Since all of them are accomplished politicians, it would be unfair to list them by seniority. So in decreasing order of weight, they are J. Jayalalitha, Mayawati and Mamta Bannerjee. Oh and before we proceed, a wag of three of my fingers to them for not marrying until now. With an already skewed sex ratio in the country, such gem of women marrying can only help the cause.
With J. Jayalalitha, no one really cares about her right now. She isn’t in power, no one knows whether she is in the NDA or UPA and her weight trainer is yet to be fired for negligence of duty. Mayawati doesn’t make stupid statements; they mostly fall into the dangerous category (only Raj Thackeray has the dubious distinction of maintaining a fine balance between the two categories).
About Mamta Bannerjee, well, what fun is it in calling a spade a spade ? Apparently, earlier sonograms show her foot in her mouth when she was a foetus.
Then there is the eternal beti Priyanka Gandhi, whose only real claim to infame seems to be wanting to prove in any way possible (ah .. the engineering memories) that Rahul Gandhi is qualified to be PM. Since the qualifications are a measly soundness of mind, we don’t really need you … oh … wait … sorry .. yeah we still need proof.
Lastly, there is Pratibha Patil who I prefer to think doesn’t exist just like ghosts. Incidentally, she thinks otherwise, both about herself and ghosts.
Hence, for want of deserving candidates, the Dudette of the Week title is at present unclaimed and up for grabs (I always wanted to use this cliché).
But in this analysis we are also missing a basic point. When there are men out there making far more funnier and WTF statements, to quote Deepikaji from the Nirma Super ad, “To koi yeh kyun le, woh na le ?”.
So just admit it women, men are better than you !
Also check out this post about the top 10 women politicians of India.
Kumari Mayawati in a recent campaign :
Voicing her prime ministerial ambitions, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mawayati has said that a ‘Dalit’s daughter’ should be made the prime minister to ensure the uplift of the backward and minority communities in the country.
“If you make a Dalit’s daughter the Prime Minister, then UP will be famous in the entire world. If the BSP comes to power at the Centre, UP will occupy a special place,” she said.
This sums up everything that I find wrong with Mayawati as a potential Prime Minister. Her reason for wanting to be the PM never goes beyond the fact that she is a Dalit (and it would be cool, not historic or constructive, for a Dalit to be the PM, I assume). No community would be uplifted just by making a member the Prime Minister. All this is excluding the corruption charges and the huge disparity between the ‘development’ of her party members and the general poor whom she claims to represent and work for.
(Why does she keep repeating Dalit’s daughter ? She could just use Dalit if that helps her cause.)
It is obviously debatable how much better the other candidates are on similar scales, but this was about Mayawati. If Advani plays divisive politics, so does Mayawati, do does the Congress. It is only that the BJP’s brand of divisive politics is more likely to lead to killings; to put it very bluntly.
On that note, I do think that Narendra Modi as a Prime Minister in the future might be an interesting option (background music : ‘orch hit‘ tone; the one at the end of soaps). I hope to write about it in detail sometime in the near future.