The Great Indian Circus is just getting off the ground.
Otherwise known as the general elections to the Lok Sabha, this splendid event occurs roughly every five years and showcases some spectacularly bad taste and many spectacularly evil people.
I am doing my little bit for the decibel level by contributing some jokes, limericks and general funny stuff to www.indiavoting.com, a website which brings news, analysis, data and some entertainment to the discerning net surfer on whom the charms of Pamela Anderson have ceased to work.
The website is manned by some really talented journalists who, as far as I can see, are doing this pro bono. It will also be backed by interviews on the street with ordinary voters in the deep hinterland, again for little pecuniary benefit.
The idea is to raise the level of awareness on the net and to make available a lot of data such as who is contesting from where, who is the incumbent, where exactly the constituency is, and so on. And also talk about some relevant issues like why about 50% of the current lot of ministers is from the Rajya Sabha.
Though I have tried to retain my focus on the lighter stuff, the things I read daily are really depressing.
For instance, the way alliances have broken up before the election. What this means, of course, is that something akin to the Pushkar Camel Bazaar is going to be held after the results are out, and the ones with the most moolah will walk away with the prize, viz. the PM's chair.
Since Sharad Pawar is reputed to have the most slush funds, he will probably be the next PM. Mayawati is too much of a fathead to have a chance and Amar Singh/Mulayam Singh are too creepy even for hardened politicians.
Ofcourse, the real problem is the Indian Public which is such a fathead that it does not realize it is being gradually strangulated. It is a miracle we haven't collapsed yet. The possible reasons for this inexplicable phenomenon are
1. There is not one ounce of brains in the entire bunch of contestants.
2. They are so crooked that no one trusts the other, eschewing meaningful cooperation
3. God really exists and has a corny sense of humor
4. All of the above.