Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Greatness Gene

There is a gene for greatness. I know it. I am not in a position to prove it right now, but I know that great people are born only to other great people. Soon we will have elections here and then all you skeptics will see it for your self.

I am talking of people like Kumaraswamy, who gets the greatness gene from Devegowda himself, that patriot who has done so much for his poor self, his poor wife and his extremely poor children, M. K. Stalin who likewise, inherits it from Karunanidhi, Milind Deora, Jitin Prasada, the Thakerays son and nephew, and even old Narayan Rane's whatsisname son, I can think of dozens.

Disappointingly some of our so called great leaders did not posses this gene, evidenced by the fact that none of their progeny are great.

Start with Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. Unlike the Scindia family, who wisely decided to support the nice, white, British masters, this belligerent queen fought them recklessly, even killing herself in the process. Had it not been for the kindly Scindias who decided to betray her to the British, why, she might have actually won. Luckily for our country, the nice British masters were able to defeat her, and won for the Indian people a hundred years of secure serfdom instead of dangerous independence. And the Scindias, you will note, gave us many many great leaders including the young and dashing Jyotiraditya Scindia and the not so young but no less dashing Vasundhara Raje. And Rani Lakshmibai? Her direct descendant is a petty shopkeeper in Indore, I heard. See? See what I mean?

Second non-great on my list is Mahatma Gandhi who left no son, daughter, cousin, in-laws, nobody at all to prove that he had the greatness gene. Bal Thakeray rightly condemns him as having ruined the country, unlike himself who has given us a son AND a nephew, both adept at beating up wrongdoers.

Third has got to be Vallabbhai Patel. They used to call him the strong man of India, but where is the son? The daughter? Anybody at all?

The list continues, though, mercifully, it does not have any current leaders on it. Even that rotund excrescence, Chhagan Bhujbal, has given to the nation two equally rotund young excrescences, nephews I think, who are as great as him.

I know, you're going to say what about the poor people? Why are their numbers swelling if we have so many great leaders? Why does the system keep robbing them of what is rightfully theirs? The PDS supplies? Their lands, in acquisitions? Their liberty in arbitrary assaults? You are a stooge of the Americans, if you feel that way. The reason all this happens is the caste system, foreign hands, forcible conversions, scantily clad cheerleaders, flags being flown upside down, insufficient reservation in the IIMs and the IITs, unscrupulous businessmen, actors smoking on screen, distorted versions of Akbar's story.And a few more I can't recall at this moment.

But it is NOT because of our great leaders. To say that is tantamount to treason. We might just lynch you.

14 comments:

Voracious Blog Reader said...

Been following your Blog for quite a while.

Thought would drop in and say "Nice write ups". They are real witty and sarcastic.

Kudos.

Voracious Blog Reader

Rada said...

Oh! How could you omit from your list that peerless leader from my State, Kerala, the great Karunakaranji who has bequeathed on us his legacy in the form of his equally peerless son, Shri Muralidharanji..

And this in a state that boasts of 100% literacy! :-)

Cynic in Wonderland said...

..and how could you forget the mahajan clan or the gandhi progeny? also i suspect you can aquire this gene by marriage - look at sonia aunty?

PREETI said...

Yes Uncle S, the Greatness Gene does exist...I'm living proof and this theory shall be proved 5-6 years down the line...Once my 'product' to grace this earth ;)

PREETI said...

Oops, I mean Once my product graces this Earth.

(Basically I wanted to say, just wait for my product to grace this earth, but the change doesn't sound too rite :-/)

Anonymous said...

Huh! I thought the Gandhi chap had a kid. I remember reading that the chap screwed his kid over.


-Ok

maxdavinci said...

political dynasties huh?

and how come thou never mentioned the greatest state in the country, swarnandhra?

I know all you kanada peepuls are J of our great films and the greatest actor/CM Nandamuri taraka rama rao garu...

To punish you for this grave disrespect, I sentence you to watch 7 Balayya movies back-to-back without a drop of water or a morsel of food....

Arun Sundar said...

J from TN leaves no progeny. Greatness would be lost with her. No more ppl to wear bullet-proof vests and collect 150 pairs of footwear. Atleast Thaatha is smart. Has different progenies from various sources. Greatness gene continues. Ppl suffer.

Bhel Puri & Seekh Kabab said...

"Why are their numbers swelling if we have so many great leaders? Why does the system keep robbing them of what is rightfully theirs?" Ah, but see, that is where you are ignoring your own point. Greatness requires people to be great over; otherwise how can you call yourself great? So every rotund excrescence requires several malnourished wretches to prove his greatness. (Darn, I sound like a commie.)

Or, as the economists would say, it is a zero sum game - in order for them to become great, someone else has to be less great, more poor, etc.

@ok - yes, Gandhi had a few sons, but I think Naren's point is that none of them are famous.

Maddy said...

it is all a question of the right action by the right person at the right place and at the right time. it could be a son or anybody else..makes you believe in fate sometimes, not actions...

gradwolf said...

Laloo Prasad Yadav has nine? At least one among them would turn out good? :)

Drenched said...

Mahajans? And what about the Nehru-Gandhi clan? And how about the same gene in our benevolent neighbours? Bhuttos.

I love the sarcasm, btw. :D
It IS sarcasm, isn't it? If it is not, pliss not to be lynching me. I am too young to die!

rambodoc said...

Cool, dude! Really enjoy your prose.

Ms Taggart said...

How can you forget the Bushs?
Both Father & Son, waged some of the greatest wars in American history.
Back home, lets not forget RajKumar sir, though he was good enough not to let his legacy into politics, and just stick to movies, thus spoiling the taste! :)