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Charlatans, Politicians & Statesman
|by Ravinder Malhotra|
The dictionary defines a ‘Charlatan’ as a person practicing quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretense or deception.
Arun Shourie, in one of his nationally televised interviews, called the present set of parliamentarians Charlatans ! He was so right. Each passing day enforces this view.
Look at the way parliamentarians across the board are reacting to the people's anger. Still practicing brinkmanship.
I am reminded of the old adage "Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them".
Dr. Manhohan Singh belongs to the last category. He is woefully unqualified in the arena of statesmanship, clueless, ill advised and smugly ensconsed into believing that this uprising will ebb with time.
His few and far between utterances remind me of a story –
Do you get the message Mr. Prime Minister !
Anna Hazare belongs to the second category; well on the way to achieving greatness. The nation has rallied behind him, eschewing a cause dear to the heart of the masses of India and Indians. He has the pulse of the nation, not the parliamentarians.
In the first category come the Indian masses rallying behind Mr. Anna Hazare. Peacefully protesting, courteous, helpful, orderly and yet determined. No violence.
I salute the Indian masses.
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