Friday, March 08, 2013

Political charlatan

Headlines Today featured Arvind Kejriwal and Mani Shankar Aiyar in a programme yesternight. The former referred to massive unlawful acquisition of land in Rajasthan by Robert Vadra and subsequent amendment of state laws to legitimise the acquisition retrospectively. Details of lands and transactions were provided.

Mani Shankar Aiyer's response was shocking. He claimed that being more intelligent he became an IFS officer rather than an IRS official which Kejriwal was. Aiyer's arrogance is atrocious. One may remember that the super-intelligent Aiyer predicted victory for Congress + DMK combine in the last state elections in Tamil Nadu. On the specific complaint of land acquisition spree by Robert Vadra aided and abetted by the state, Aiyer observed that proof was absent (this is exactly what Pakistan says about Indian allegations of Pak involvement in terrorism) and it is Arvind Kejriwal's duty to investigate fully (as if Kejriwal has the wherewithal and will be allowed to do what even the CBI is prevented from doing) and then come back. Such insolence is typical of M S Aiyer's boorish behaviour.

That is not all. When Kejriwal opined that Caesar's wife must be above board, Aiyer's brilliant response was he does not know who is Caesar and who is Caesar's wife. This only betrays the tragic frustration of Aiyer who has been denied ministership and even party spokesmanship inspite of his shameless defence of the Gandhi family whatever the allegations be. M S Aiyer is articulate but articulation is not the same as intelligence. Standing Defence Counsel for the first family pretends to be unable to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong; this is what a political charlatan does.

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