Shobhaa De

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Shobhaa De

It happens only in India

Let’s be super generous! Let’s be fair to Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare and give him the benefit of the doubt. He claims he didn’t know the name or religious identity of the man into whose protesting mouth he shoved a chapatti. Does that matter?

A seven-month itch

Relax folks. Arun Jaitley’s Budget (it’s best described as a seven-month itch), is not transformational. Nor is it radical. Thank God! It is… it is “theek thaak” and reflects a level of sobriety and sober thinking that euphoric India can do with right now.

O for optimism

Okay, here’s a chhota sa clarification for the innocents and prudes out there who are reading this: Bluntly put, the Big “O” stands for “Orgasm”. And unlike Diego Maradona who gushed, “To beat Brazil in the final, in their own country, would be an orgasm”, this column is not about football.

Modi & the Delhi game

Narendra Modi, our 15th Prime Mini-ster, and the second one from the state of Gujarat (after Morarji Desai), looked uncharacteristically sombre and out of his depth when he arrived for the historic swearing-in ceremony in the forecourt of the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 26.

Bharat ki vijay

Narendra Modi’s early tweet after his stupendous sweep at the polls, said it all. He described the Bharatiya Janata Party victory as “Bharat Ki Vijay…” And how right he was! The people of India have delivered their verdict — 814 million of them.

Match isn’t over yet

Now that we know Manmohan Singh really and truly didn’t want the top job second time over (Thank you, Sanjaya Baru), but was forced to accept the wretched position (boo hoo), it is time to worry.

Loose motions, tight briefs

We cannot stop loose motions by wearing tight briefs”, reads S.S. Radhakrishnan’s eloquent poster. He is an Independent candidate from South Chennai, and wants to drive home his message in vivid, alarmingly graphic terms. Fair enough. I admire his courage of conviction.

Ladies first? Not always

Yes Sir, yes Ma’am. It’s time to wake up and smell the sambar. Ask yourself: Why are the women of India being ignored in Elections 2014? They definitely are, you know. And don’t get fooled by Rahul Gandhi as he dimples away and bangs on about “women’s empowerment” without once spelling out what the hell he means!

Rahul Baba and the Chaalis Chor

Oh, how I love this lad! Rahul Baba has given India a brand new narrative overnight! Forget Alibaba, we now have our own fable titled “Rahul Baba and the Chaalis Chor.”

Silencing the rationalist

Certain “dastardly deeds” (how our netas love these two words!) are just more “dastardly” than others. The cold-blooded, pre-meditated daylight murder of a legend called Narendra Dabholkar was one of them.

Despite being a hack for more than three decades, I am yet to be invited for any political iftar party. Thereby, no one can accuse me of holding a grouse against any leader for not marking an invite to me. Throughout his 13 years as the chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi never hosted one, breaking a tradition that his predecessor Keshubhai Patel followed.

Rarely in a diplomat’s career is one lucky enough to have a posting that is important and interesting, combining the elements of classic diplomacy with the new tools of development diplomacy, new media and social networks. Israel and India established full diplomatic relations just 22 years ago during the time of P.V. Narasimha Rao.