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Sir Isaac Murphy’s Laws of Politics in India:
1. Blame it on Political conspiracy if an enquiry is initiated for a criminal offence.
2. Blame it on foreign hand if the authorities do not have a clue of ‘whodunnit ‘
3. The bagful of ‘clean chits’ will be opened when a favour is needed. The bag is never empty.
4. Every action of ruling party will be opposed by other parties in direct proportion to the actions of ruling party when it was in opposition.
5. When there is major crisis,divert the mind of public to trivial matters of no consequence .
6. Increase the taxes of existing taxpayers . Middle class will bear the burden,rich will find ways to evade and poor are not affected.
7. If everything fails,bring in religion and caste. Always works…
It was a sensational afternoon in the Capital as a farmer from Rajasthan whose crop was destroyed by recent unseasonal rains gate crashed a dharna event to enact a suicide.
While some guests were seen clicking pictures of the farmer desperately trying to hang himself on a tree,others mingled over drinks and snacks. The host of the party continued to entertain the audience with his antics. A few wise souls did climb up the tree either to have a close look or to save the poor soul.
Some of the people who were not invited or missed the action immediately rushed to the hospital where the farmer was brought dead. The afternoon in the hospital saw the who’s who of politics under one roof,hobnobbing over rounds of wine and cheese . They also posed in front of the camera and expressed the grief and shock over the incident.
Cheese,wine and some very animated conversations set the tone for the evening in the studios of News channels. The discussions also saw some well known faces from Delhi’s social and political circuit condemning the Governmant and blaming each other for current state of farmers in the country.
Some of the captions which accompanied the photographs of guests who attended the event in the next day’s event coverage on Page 3 were:
Colour White: for the politician who joined work after a sabbatical
The Game Changers: some broom holders
Let’s get clicked: the gate crashers
Two to tango: men in saffron
Prim and Proper: the supereme leader
My Daddy strongest: the leader in exile with his daughter
A dash of bling: Ex-CM of a neighbouring State of Delhi
White Knight: Current CM from the same State
” Jai Jawan,Jai Kisan”
Photograph by Sonu Mehta,Hindustan Times
Cartoon by Jayanto, Hindustan Times
Text: plagiarised from some real coverage in the Page 3
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