My World Through My Words

June 7, 2010

Politicized Fiction : Fictionalized Politics

Filed under: Politics,Uncategorized — ashwinvk84 @ 3:33 am

The word ‘fiction’ is not present in the Indian vocabulary. We should and must believe any and every written word. If it is written that a man can carry a mountain and fly across the country it must be true, it is also true old kings had a hundred children from a single mother, building a bridge that floats is so easy even monkeys can do it. And according to the Indian National Congress party a fictionalized book on their supreme leader can not be published in India because it may be true. Oh COME ON people, is it not the 21st century, or do we still live in an age were we have to bonk our mate in the head and take her to the cave to make her ours. El Sari Rojo or The Red Sari by Spanish writer Javier Moro has the Congress party in such bad mood; they have completely forgotten about the issues affecting the Indian people like price rise, the maoist problems, corruption etc…etc. But an author thousands of miles away can bring them out in force even in a non election year to burn copies of the book downloaded from the internet and in turn encourage piracy (as long as you burn the books you read after illegally downloading from the net its okay). It is a novel based on actual events, so I don’t know what their problem is other than thinking everything written becomes true. Obviously, as in any fiction there is going to be exaggerations and some inaccuracies and at the end of the day one must see it as what it is, a story nothing more nothing less. But as the author never had access to Sonia Gandhi, her children, her relatives or close associates he had to base his story on public records, old friends, classmates, college mates, neighbors and whatever reliable source he could find. So the inner most thoughts and emotions of Sonia Gandhi had to contrived from all the materials available to him. But is that not the reason why the book is categorized as fiction and not as an unofficial autobiography. According to the author he has tried to verify every detail in the book through meticulous research.

Javier Moro is a lucky man, if he had simply published the book without any of the controversies; I feel the book wouldn’t have reached even quarter of the Indian book reading public. Now it’s going to top every best seller chart in India and also do extremely well in international charts too. There is no publicity like free publicity even if it is negative publicity. The Congress would have been better of keeping quiet and not creating any of the ruckus. Now the media got wind of it and the whole of India will be wanting for a copy. Even if the book is not allowed to be published in India, the author should just get it published in some other country and put it up on amazon.com or some other literature site or just simply export it to India. There will be a whole host of us ready to buy a copy to find out what all the fuss is about. It is basic human psychology were the more someone tells us don’t do something the more it pushes us to do the same. In hindsight the Congress party will feel like kicking themselves in the rear end.

But the saddest thing of all this fuss is that the biggest headache for the present government comes from an author on the other side of the world and not its opposition parties. The state of the opposition in India is so bad that you get the feeling that the Congress has a clear run in this five-year rule without any major speed bumps in its way. The opposition is in such disarray they couldn’t unite against any of the major issues like price rise, maoist killings, phone tapping incidents etc; but they are struggling with infighting, ego clashes, and a disappearance of unity among other problems. The BJP looks like a rudderless ship without a clear leader, Yes Nitin Gadkari has been elected as the leader but one gets the feeling he wasn’t the popular choice and other senior party leaders had been overlooked. They are having major problems with their allies in the state levels the most recent being the absurdity that is the JMM, which made a mockery of the BJP not once but twice in the space of a few days, first with supporting the UPA in the cut motion and after apologizing and getting back together but then refusing to give up the Chief Ministers post after it was promised to the BJP as a compromise to the earlier betrayal. Then the Left parties who are facing the possibility of losing their only two bastions in India at the same time; the states of Kerala and West Bengal. Kerala because its voters follow a rotational governance policy with the one party ruling for five years followed by the opposition, and now it’s the time of the Congress which is coming plus there has been severe infighting between the senior leaders of the parties. In West Bengal, the left stronghold seems to be crumbling under the onslaught known as Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress, and the Left looks like a deer caught in front of a headlight with Mamata Banerjee calling for early by-elections after sweeping every minor election held in the state in the recent past. And the question it seems is not if the Trinamool will win but when it will. Another worrying trend for both the parties is that its allies and potential allies seem not averse to forming a government with the Congress if given half the chance. The Congress meanwhile looks healthy with popular leaders a clear path for the future and less of infighting, an unusual show of unity, and a host of allies to choose from who themselves are doing well.Without any opposition at least for the time being the Congress looks comfortable in their high perch. In a bizarre way right now the situation of Indian politics is in a state of fiction more than reality.

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