Politics in India

Regaining popularity, Jaswant style

If you were a popular singer, not long ago, and you are struggling to recapture your popularity which has taken a nose dive there are umpteen ways to regain the same. If you are in politics, you have to desert your party and cross-over to the rival party or make some statements which will upset your party leaders and ensure your dismissal and wide coverage by the media.

But soon you will wither into oblivion. So if you want to capture the public attention for a longer time you have to publish a book, but make sure it has something to do with history and politics, the distorted version rather. It should shock your friends and foes alike. Mr. Jaswant Singh did exactly the same thing. As you might know, he is one of the leaders of India’s BJP which right now worried about its own popularity.

The title of his book is “Jinnah, India and Partition”. He was wise enough to distort the facts to such an extent that it surprised not only India but Pakistan as well. The whole world knows that Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru and Co were the real architects of India’s freedom and Jinnah was the force behind the partition of India but Jaswant Singh turned everything upside down to make his “story” sensational. “Jinnah was demonized by India”, says he with an eye on regaining his own fading popularity. So friends Jinnah is the hero of this book….the very same Jinnah who looked down upon the “Hindi speaking, khadhi clad peasants” who stood by Gandhiji in his historic non-violent struggle for India’s freedom…….the very same Jinnah who paved the way for India’s partition. The latest news is that Mr. Jaswant Singh has been expelled from the party.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

One Commnet on “Regaining popularity, Jaswant style

  1. Jaswant Singh’s portrayal of Jinnah is akin to the DMK’s portrayal of Ravana 🙂 Both knowingly distorted versions, that were created to win (or win back in Jaswant’s case) the attention of the media. Did you know Mani Ratnam is trying his version of “Jaswant Style” with his upcoming movie “Ravanna”, where he portrays Ravana as a anti-hero ( read hero) who abducts Sita from a helpless Rama… The “twist” here being that Sita eventuall fall for the “Charming” Ravana… Hmm… though that might make some people unhappy, I am sure Mani Ratnam would get away with that. I am wondering why Indian people have so much trouble with the “Lajja”, or “Satanic Versus”, or The Da Vinci Code, when they are perfectly ok with “Ravana”… or “M F Hussain’s sarswati”

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