Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cerberus and Hydra- Anna and the Congress

Greek Mythology is a rich source of inspiration to draw metaphors from. Especially in the current context, when one monster has sprouted to fell another. The Congress after all is like Hydra, the multi headed serpent living in the swamp of deceit and double speak. You can destroy one head of corruption and another will quietly and unobtrusively take its place. Be it Rajiv Gandhi and Bofors or Suresh Kalamadi/ Sheila Dixit and CWG or Manmohan Singh and 2G. They never run short of heads to oversee the nation looting sprees. There was a time when we used to make an exception for Manmohan Singh but we are wiser now and know how misplaced our naiveté was. With everything that has tumbled out of late I am not even sure whether anyone can vouch for Singh’s personal integrity any more. Maybe he has not hoarded personal wealth but he has been willing to do just about anything under the sun to remain in power. If that’s not corruption what is?

Now we have also saddled ourselves with the Hound of Hades Cerberus, the bloodthirsty watchdog with heads ranging anything from three to 50. We may need a ferocious canine to guard this nation but surely not the one who endangers the democratic fibre of this country. There is something very sinister about Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and the Bhushan father-son duo. They no longer carry the halo of the pure and pristine fighting for the integrity of this country. Instead what they are doing appears to have all the trappings of a gang of individuals who may not seek personal power themselves but won’t be averse to playing king makers. Besides both Anna and Bedi look like despotic autocrats armed with able lawyers at their disposal to give them legal aid whenever they cross the line.

The nation seems to have jumped from the frying pan into the fire and if anyone has to be blamed for this state of affairs, we don’t have to look beyond the ruling coalition. If the UPA allies of the Congress had any brains, they should use this opportunity to cut big brother to size. It is clear this country is really furious and if the citizens have to be appeased, the only way to do it would be to sacrifice a number of honchos in Congress including Singh, Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal. The party should also get itself spokespersons that don’t look or sound as obnoxious and arrogant as Tewari and Sanghvi. May be it’s time for Rahul Gandhi and his young brigade to take over to revitalize the party as well as the nation.

Otherwise the Congress looks all set to meet the same fate in the next general elections as the DMK did in Chennai. It just cannot afford to go back to the country and ask for votes with the same faces leading it. Mobilized by Anna and his gang, the incensed people of this nation are all set to consign them to the trash cans. We may have the opportunity to meet Singh and his men only when we set out to dump our garbage at that time.

And who will rule over us then? The same saffron brigade that has not shied away from ordering genocide whenever they have had the opportunity to do so. All the prospects look frightening hereon.

Why fear another recession? We have worse in store for us.

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