Updated: Added link to the news article about Ministers of State not having any work and complaining to PM
One relatively communication free weekend away from Bangalore for some relaxation and the world seems to have changed. Prof. C. K. Prahlad passed away, Bomb Blasts happened in Bangalore, IPL semi-finals went out of Bangalore and Shashi Tharoor resigned. We caught up the last piece of news late night yesterday on the hotel room TV.
Now for God’s sake – can somebody tell me what exactly has Tharoor done wrong? Supposedly taken money from Rendezvous Sports making Sunanda Pushkar his front, but did what in return? What did he influence? What could he influence? The logic seems to be absent from the entire discourse!
And until somebody can give a good enough an answer to this question, I don’t see any reason to disbelieve any of what Tharoor or Pushkar are saying!
Its frustrating for me, because he is one person in Indian politics today, who speaks a language people like me understand. And no, by language I don’t mean English with American Accent. Just the things he says, the way he presents himself, a clarity of expressions & thoughts that none of the political talk in this country carries, an attempt to ensure that a minister and a politician does not remain an enigma to the general public. In this entire hue and cry, I can easily understand what Tharoor is saying, but despite hogging much more media space, people who wanted him to resign are just not making their charges clear! Its some random gibberish about benefiting from the office, and corruption and moral grounds and blah, blah. And all I can say to this is “Look who is talking!”
There was this educated looking lady in the bus today, who was having a fairly intelligent conversation about all things on earth with her co-passengers. And then the topic of Shashi Tharoor comes up. Since the resignation was a late night incident and this was an early morning bus, some of the co-passengers had not heard of the resignation. So, she took the conversation in her hand with this smart ass remarks – ‘He is not doing any external affairs work. He is only having extra-marital affairs. This is what – his second divorce?’ [what an irony that the bus was passing through the state of Tamilnadu at that time – any strong politicians around??] And then she went on to take a dig on his staying in five-star hotel at taxpayer’s expense! I have lost count of the number of times Tharoor has clarified that he was staying at his own expense!
Oh wait! Probably we know what he is doing wrong
- He is out there, working, when 36 other Minister of States are playing cry-baby in front of Prime Minister moaning lack of work.
- He does not realize that people of this country happily accept their politicians having 2 wives and countless Mistresses, but will not accept two clean divorces!
- He does not duck as soon as a controversy erupts by denying having any association with Sunanda Pushkar. He accepts things as they are.
- He does not speak and act with the sole aim of preserving his reputation; he is concerned about he reputation of others too. This paragraph from his intended statement in parliament makes me really respect him
Madam Speaker, it is unworthy of any member of this august House to imply that a reputed business professional and entrepreneur with a long track record of business success can, because of her gender, only be seen as a front for someone else.
Just a ploy to get sympathy? At least, he is talking of much better issues that Congress sources according to whom “Tharoor should have at least offered to resign instead of ruling it out!” Hypocrisy in open…
- He does not resort to twisted Indian political practices like “offering to resign” when he doesn’t intend to resign. Yes – he does not learn from our honorable Home Minister!
Arr… Just realized something. These are precisely the reasons I respect him. I know – I am useless to the politics!
What next? Will we really learn something evil about Tharoor? Will he continue in the politics as an MP? Will he continue to tweet? Is is possible that the current resignation is a means to douse the current fire and congress leadership will be open to having him back once the situation is cleaner? Or is it THE END? Its not a great situation either way.
If there is any chance of coming back, he’d probably have to keep quiet about the affair from now on and not open his mouth about the leadership decisions. We won’t know the reality and this would kill that one thing he does right. Be open and opinionated.
If, on the other hand, it is THE END, then he does not have to compromise, but we have lost the political hope we had put in him! I don’t expect him to form his own party!
What a pain!