Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Politically incorrect-Maya's criticism

According to a report in Hindustan Times of 18-9-09, Mayawati, Bahujan Samaj party chief, famous for building statues across U. P., has criticized Maharashtra government’s plan to build a massive monument to honor the Maratha warrior king (Shivaji ), off the cost of Mumbai.
According to the report, Mayati spake thus: “ The austerity measures initiated by the Congress led UPA are a drama. Is spending several crores on the Shivaji memorial not misuse of public funds?”
Coming from a person who has built her own statues at the cost of rupees two thousand crores of public fund is rather daring, to say the least. If you ask me, it is a perfect case of pot calling kettle black.
What Mayawati actually meant was that Mumbai has no land for its population. So why waste this short supply of land on statues? U.P. on the other hand, being the biggest state, has ample space which is unused. And Mayawati being Mayawati, all the land she can see is hers. She is the monarch (ess) of all she surveys. May be she thinks she is using this excess land to better use, whereas, there is no land in Maharashtra to waste.
Another point- the warrior of Maharashtra is long gone, but the warrior (ess) of U.P. is still fighting it out with Congress-UPA. And of course, this battle which she is fighting is far more dangerous then what Shivaji fought.
Last but not the least, never mind if the majority of poor in U.P. have no food to eat, by looking at her statue, these people will realize that their saviour is here, still alive, good and proper. So they have hope.
I see children playing one game- STATUE- in which one child calls the other ‘statue’ and the other child freezes midway in whatever action he is doing. The second child de-freezes only when the first child calls ‘over’. I believe someone should play ‘statue’ with Mayawati, take her to a secluded hill, call her ‘statue’ and never call ‘over’. That will save U.P. and our nation a lot of trouble.

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