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Friday, February 22, 2013

A folly of understanding the other –Katju vs Modi


While the Justice Katju- Arun Jaitley controversy took centre stage on National television last night, my curious mind immediately signalled the fingers to search the contents of the article that has resulted in the utter chaos at BJP. Thanks to www, I managed to find the edited version of the article that has resulted in ‘war of words’ since it was published in The Hindu

More than the article, I found myself engrossed in the heavy dose of ideas/opinions/ thoughts of this self-confessed shy man, featured on the blog in his name. As angry Jaitley said in response to the views voiced in the article that the honourable Justice returned an ‘obligation’, but one thing is clear, the man ‘speaks his mind’. Let us end it here and believe when he (Justice katju) said that he wrote the article as a responsible citizen of India. Accepted!



With nearly close to 1.30 hours spent on road to reach office in South Delhi from my home in North Delhi and vice versa, everyday life offers me ‘vista of intricacies’ whereby each one of us in our own ways proving the Darwin right, remember ‘survival of the fittest’.

Just after Mayapuri- crossing, a shoddy slum-cluster along the road towards Dhaula Kuan welcomes you. Yes, welcoming it is. In a sense while we crave a path amidst huge traffic to reach office and switch on to our mechanical way of life, there exist life in those dark city by lanes where the air flows freely and the life glows.
Even if big malls or palatial office spaces has given a decent makeover to city landscape, it cannot be denied that ‘all is not well’. Still, my everyday encounter with ‘smiling kids playing on the pavement or sitting on the huge railing (I wonder how they manage to climb up so high) holding holds and overlooking the traffic at the start of Nariana Flyway offers me ‘to see life in a different light altogether’.

Smiling children, an elderly reading newspaper over a cup of tea awaiting the consumers who could buy the helmets he is selling, and a woman standing aside while her husband is bathing in cold water collected in the wrought pail. Yes, this kind of life runs parallel to the life that hasn’t slowed down in years, juggling traffic with no time for celebrations. Not many of us have taken family holidays in last few years.

Incidentally, what is common in these people is ‘a calm that their faces exudes’ irrespective of the tough circumstances they fight it out every single day. Children aren’t going school, elderly still doing the business to make ends meet, and absence of basic amenities.

Looking from the distance, the opinion of Justice Katju undoubtedly, comes out as convincing and credible. This same scenario enabled me to understand the contents of Justice Katju. This is just not India or Gujarat shining . . . I believe you agree.

We all know why BJP is furious at what is being said in the write-up. But the saffron party have no choice, neither in terms of the projecting someone other than Modi (including NDA) as a prime ministerial candidate nor in terms of the issues/agendas. Whatever he may have or may not have done in the state of Gujarat, it cannot be denied that Modi enjoys huge fan-following. And BJP should understand that the Ram has grown old and most of the generation that held the ‘Ram janam bhoomi’ issue close to their hearts has already surrendered to deep slumber. As a matter of fact, I think BJP missed the opportunity to show their level-headedness on the issues concerning the ‘the aam-adami’. Not going further into the details, I believe it would have helped if BJP had given an equally convincing response to serious points of debate raised in the article.

Don’t be surprised if for say, tomorrow comes a news that Justice Katju received a bouquet of flowers from Nitesh Kumar given the equations between Modi and the Bihar CM- one of the important NDA ally. Who will then, Mr Jaitley levels the accusations against?

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