Omlette on the face of Amit Shah
Egg on the face is a common phrase in English language but my great editor M J Akbar improvised on that when contrary to all his and his acolytes’ expectations, the BJP/NDA were dished out a humiliating defeat in the 2004 general elections. So in his column in the Asian Age founded and established by him, which he later sold out to T Venkatarama Reddy the owner of Deccan Chronicle, he rephrased it as “A full fledged omlette on my face.” Such was our current Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar’s hopes, desires, conviction and confidence about the certain return to power of the BJP, much before he did “Bayet” on the hands of Narendra Modi (Then it was L K Advani) that in a state of shock he had to admit to a full omlette on his face. But before that he had succeeded in convincing that brainless playboy owner of DC, Venkatarama Reddy as well, who blindly put all his eggs in the BJP basket, to later regret doing this. He changed sides a couple of years later. But post 2014 Reddy must be ruing walking out of the Sanghi camp and perhaps contemplating returning back to the Parivar.
Akbar and Reddy’s supreme confidence in the return of BJP in 2004 showed in their putting up a huge bet money on their prediction and inviting all the DC/Age employees to put their money as well. To which someone remarked, “what if we put our money on Congress, will we remain here or be sacked for it” showing what kind of Sanghi terror ruled the Age and DC. I don’t know the results for I don’t believe in bets and the results must have been quietly announced without any fanfare.
Returning to the egg on the face phrase, the irony is that poor Akbar dare not utter this anymore in the presence or even distant hearing of BJP president Amit Shah, a bigot and tyrannical Jain vegetarian who, inspired by Jai Gurudev and Jai Ramdev, given a chance, would whip the entire world into giving up “mansahar.” Never mind if his MoS Home Kiren Rijiju hailing from Arunachal Pradesh defiantly announced publicly, when this government banned not just the slaughter but possession and consumption of not just cow but all bovine progeny, that he is a beef eater. But Akbar, the obedient child of the Sangh parivar won’t dare do anything of the sort lest he also be given the same third degree that his esteemed senior in the Government Smriti Irani was dished out by Modi.
That apart, we are merely discussing omlette on the face of Amit Shah and it tickles my bones that he happens to be a veg vigilante. Imagine the plight of this poor soul. Suppressing his urge to whip the mansaharis, he served the best non veg delicacies for more than a week to some three dozen Congress MLAs till Saturday morning. One wonders how much Beef these Congress legislators must have consumed in that five star Guwahati hotel? What is the kind of tab Amit Shah had to pick up for all the Beef presumably consumed by these Congressmen over breakfast, lunch, dinner and also evening snacks with a little tipple. These gentlemen had a hearty Omlette and Beef kabab breakfast to their content at their hotel on Saturday morning, billing it to the Sanghi brotherhood, climbed on to waiting luxury cabs naturally arranged by the BJP and drove off to Itanagar, with Shah and his cronies licking the cream on their whiskers and grandly forecasting a victory on Sunday’s trial of strength. The Times group happily took the bait for all the reasons but chiefly out of their desire to see the BJP fully and firmly conquer the North East.
But as Times of India, a big favourite of the Sanghi establishment, grudgingly reported on Sunday, once in Itanagar they went off the BJP radar and the next thing we knew was that the prodigal sons including Kalikho Pul, whom the BJP had made the chief minister four months back, had all returned home happily, while Shah was busy wiping the omlette from his sullied face.
As for Shah’s “Sahib” Modi, he was simultaneously facing music here in Delhi at the Inter-State Council meet from his supposed allies, some open, others covert. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Mamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa fired the Central government of which at least two are a part, of surreptitiously usurping the powers of the states in a bid to subvert the federal character of the Union of India.
What the BJP has been doing first in Arunachal Pradesh then in Uttarakhand as also the failed attempt in Himachal Pradesh, simply betrays its disdain for the federal character of the Union of India. In any case North East, like Jammu and Kashmir, has since independence been treated by the Indian establishment as an occupied territory of the Aryavrats.
This is not to defend the Congress party which started subverting the federal structure of the Union of India way back in the late 1970s. But then the Congress did not have the benefit of the S R Bommai judgment of the Supreme Court of India. Way back in 2005 when a five judge bench of the Supreme Court struck down dissolution of Bihar assembly and the accompanied President’s rule there, the BJP and the rest of the media went to town pressing for the sacking of the then Bihar governor Buta Singh. Today do we hear a word from our esteemed friends Arnab Goswami, Rajat Sharma or that wheeler dealer some Chaudhry of Zee News whose Sanghi proprieter Subhash Chandra is now formally a BJP member of Rajya Sabha?
Will someone in this government or the Bhajap be held accountable for Arunachal Pradesh. Not to my mind and the media has already forgotten all about it.