Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Political kho-kho

Our chief ministers, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Shushil Kumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan are in the wrong business, that is, business of politics. They should have been playing Kho-kho because they are experts in passing the buck to their opponents, literally. On the other hand, they are in the right business because they could have been experts in Kho-kho had they taken the game on national level or even on international level but for the fact that Kho-kho pays almost nothing whereas politics pays money as well as flats. Adarsh is a case in point.

In the game of Kho-kho, several persons sit in a squatting position in a row, their faces in opposite direction to one another alternately. One person runs around this group of sitting people and another one from the group tries to catch him. The running person has to avoid getting caught. He can take a U-turn around the sitting group while running but is not allowed to turn left. The person running after him and trying to catch him can push any one squatting on the ground who in turn tries to catch the runner. There are other rules in the game too.

Here in politics, Sushil Kumar Shinde pushes (blames) Deshmukh who in turn blames Chavan who blames both Shinde and Deshmukh. The fun is, in Kho-kho once you get caught you are out of the game. In politics you go round and round for years and nobody gets caught. There will be court cases and enquiry commissions and the ball will roll between the three of them for years to come. In the meantime, everybody makes money. The three have already made some, commission people will make some. Other related people are in business till the case runs and it is likely to run for years. Everybody is happy and everybody comes out a winner.

On top of money, the three of them and also their relatives & friends have gained flats in the Adarsh building. Kho-kho doesn’t offer such perks.

Ironically, among the three, Deshmukh has got an appropriate name for himself, ‘Vilasrao.’ Vilas means luxury or extravagance. Deshmukh has to remain in luxury to justify his name. And he does so, scam or no scam.

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