Showing posts with label Dinesh Trivedi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dinesh Trivedi. Show all posts

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Second rate Citizens and loyal Soldiers [77/365]

'Back to the Barracks'
History has been repeated and Didi did get the head of Dinesh Trivedi on a platter.
And I have been proven right and wrong.
Right because I've always believed that Indian politicians are puppets at the hands of their masters/mistresses.
Wrong because I thought Mr Turban puppet and his Handler would keep their foot down and not in their mouths for a change. (Read how I predicted here)

Isn't it curious that she is going to replace him with another crony who will be her puppet number two. Let's hope this is a lesson for the replacement to not cross paths with Didi.
On his way out, Dinesh did manage to justify his flip flop as what a 'loyal soldier' would do. He rightly expressed his worry about 'passenger safety'. (Read the shameless story here)

Rail passenger safety has never been a priority for the government. Infact baring multi billion dollar defense deals, safety and security has never been a priority for the Indian government. And if Dinesh believes his colleagues, compatriots and fellow soldiers are suddenly going to change this just because he said so, then Trivedi is either an incredibly immature politician or equally naive.

But sacrifice apart, I think Dinesh did make a smart move. Knowing how the UPA-2 is not going to win any elections this time, staying with a ship that is about to sink is foolish. But bailing out what could appear as being faithful to your master will earn him brownie points that he will need so that he can return to rule when a change of guard happens in about a year from now.

In the meanwhile, and by the time many read this, a rollback would have already happened. The Union will get disgruntled because an increase will not come and corners will be cut.
Passengers can go to hell. Literally and otherwise.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Burning the bridges [69/365]

There is a very popular phrase in Malayalam which roughly translates like this:
'You can't force a centipede to stay put on a mat'. The phrase means to describe how a person simply cannot appreciate something good because he/she is using to crawling.

Mamata Banerjee, fits the description of a centipede that simply cannot appreciate the good fortune that she's had since the past couple of years.
As the Union Railway Minister, she took over one of the only government enterprise that was making huge profits, and turned its fortunes around to a situation where the government needs to hike fares.
What is it with Ms MB? I've seen politicians who have given up positions to take on higher position at the national level. But in a move that completely defied my logic, she gave up her plum role as the Railway Minister for the Union government to become the Chief Minister of an impoverished state. Duh!
And all this while she was still a Railway Minister, which she transitioned to a puppet of her choice. Smart move, lady.

Now, the Prime Minister would've sighed a breath of relief thinking he's got her out of his turban for a while. However Ms MB had other plans. She stonewalled every single diplomatic decision that he and his handler, Ms Sonia G took.
The latest of which is the 2012 Railway budget that Dinesh Trivedi presented.
The grouse?
It seems that Sir didn't stoop to conquer Didi's, as she is popularly known, heart before presenting it.
He rightly asked that fares be increased. In most cases the increase is hardly anything.
Didi is fuming. She wants his head on a platter ala Herodias. Mr Turban puppet and Handler puts foot down.

Didi is threatening to pull out from a delicate coalition which Mr Turban puppet knows could be detrimental to his government. My two cents- Mr Turban puppet should tell Didi to get the fu$k out and he should go to the polls. Chances are that Didi will never see the insides of the Parliament for a couple of years if she pulls out. And she knows this.
In a game of who will blink first which Didi has been playing for a few years now, we wait for the next set.

In the meanwhile, Mr Turban puppet has made his choice and approved the 2012 Railway budget and insisted that her puppet stays. Score!
Didi: 3
Mr Turban puppet: 1 (Advantage)

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