Friday, January 20, 2006

Deve Gowda & the Theatre of the Absurd



The more I think of it the more I am convinced that the events in Bangalore represent the “Theatre of the Absurd”. As if the father son duo was not being theatrical enough the daughters jumped into the fray as well. They went over to H D Kumaraswamy’s place and made an emotional appeal to return to the family.

And then the Bombshell! They conveyed to their brother that if he did not return, Deve Gowda would swallow poison. Even as a flustered H.D. Kumaraswamy was trying to fashion a response to this rather unexpected political gambit, the legislators proved that they were no less than their erstwhile master, H. D. Deve Gowda. They countered by saying that they would swallow poison if Kumaraswamy returned. Such is the cut and thrust of intellectual debate in the corridors of power in India.

I just can’t help thinking though, what would have happened if Kumaraswamy went and stayed at a place that was half way between Deve Gowda’s place and the resort where the legislators were holed up.




On a less facetious note, I agree with the thinking gaining ground that whatever has happened is with the blessing of H.D. Deve Gowda, who has engineered this to ensure that his son gets the Chief Ministership. What does he care what happens to his party. And I am sure nobody is under any illusion that he might actually have even remotely thought of what is good for the state.
I wonder what Mr. Narayana Murthy has to say to all this. His views on this madness would be interesting.

1 comment:

Dusty said...

Well, this is the stuff that cartoonists live on. Haven't seen any lively cartoons on this duo, not as yet. Being a Bengaluru-ian for now, I am wondering what Jan 27 will bring.