I have seen three kinds of people in my life.
There are some who, after having being caught for doing something bad, stay silent —eyes downcast.
Then there are those who on being caught out, cry out of shame and remorse.
And then there are those rare few who come out laughing—-shamelessly.
“Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai” (I am driven by revolutionary zeal) , said Natwar Singh as he came out of Parliament, evoking the memories of all those brave revolutionaries who sought to change the world through nepotism, corruption and opportunism.
But then it can be argued that Natwar didnt do anything wrong. After all as he said somewhere, he writes recommendation letters for Indian businessmen all the time. The fact that the beneficiaries were friends, relatives and offspring is just a coincidence. Albeit a happy one.
And after all, if Natwar doesnt look after his son Jagat, who will? As Bansi Lal once pointed out to a reporter “CM mere bete ko naheen banaoonga to kya Devi Lal ke bete ko banayoonga?”
Talking about politician’s families, what’s the matter with theÂ Mahajans? I understand that the jacuzzi sharing with men thing that Rahul did was borne out of sniffing too much white powder—a sordid past heÂ is trying to forget by posing with his pretty fiance who attested to his pristine character by saying: “He’s not as bad as he is made out to be”.
Which is good.
However this time , its uncle Praveen who displays “happy” behaviour by firing his lawyer (picture to the left). Reason: he didn’t like the way the lawyer looked ! (Link courtesy: Rajeev). Doesnt he know that Oscar Wilde proved himself to be gay by admitting in court that “the newsboy looked ugly” —a fact that the prosecution kept hammering on from then on— “Why sir did you admit the boy was extremely ugly?” (Full story here)
Coming back to Natwar Singh, I am glad to see that he has, in his own words, found his “real” friends. Namely fellow revolutionaries like Amar Singh. Our Amar-babu however brushed off rumors of Natwar becoming a Samajwadi Party leader as being mere idle gossip. As he put it lyrically:
“Logon ka kaam hain kahena”.
The fact that this line is from a song in the movie “Amar Prem” (a story of a man’s “Amar” (eternal) love for a golden-hearted prostitute) may also be a coincidence.
And another bit of trivia: the Om Prakash character’s name in the movie was “Natwarlal”.
Any revolution starts with a lot of hot air. And this one is no exception.
Natwar said his suspension from the party came on “Raksha Bandhan” day, which is a very auspicious day. “But for the Congress it is ..vinash kale viparit buddhi…(people act unwisely when facing destruction)”.
“Vinash Kale Viparit Buddhi”—again the irony.
One thing that distinguishes revolutionaries from normal wheeler-dealers is their honesty. Case in point: Jaswant Singh (the author of the book “A Call to Honor– In ServiceÂ Of Emergent India”) whose coy attempts to uncover the mole on the left butt-cheek of someone in the PMO [Jaswant Singh pictured here with Ram Singh, the amazing simian] through bold assertions, challenges and hurried retractions serve as a glowing testament to his integrity and commitment to the truth.
In addition, his autobiography gives us fascinating insights into the workings of a government run by revolutionaries.
“We believed that we demonstrated animal spirit in what ever we did. “
Yes. Animal spirit. Which is exactly what’s coursing through my veins as I listen to Natwar Singh’s stirring call to action.
After all, politicians have nothing to lose except their honour.
Actually not even that—since they never had it in the first place.