Doing Away With Junk
NOT long back Justice Katju had ruled that 90 per cent of the people of India that is Bharat were “idiots”. Satiricus knows that, because he knows he is one of them. In fact, although Satiricus is the citizen of a country constitutionally named India that is Bharat, he is idiotic enough not to know if that makes him an Indian or a Bharatiya. He had presumed India and Bharat are as same as tweedledum and tweedledee, but it now seems the two are as different as chalk and cheese. For the other day the Supreme Court refused to entertain a PIL asking for a direction to the central government to rename India as ‘Bharat’, and asked the petitioner to first approach the government with an appropriate representation. Well, now, has not Shakespeare already told us a rose by any other name would smell as sweet? But then, smelling the same and stinking the same are not the same thing, are they? And isn’t that the whole point of the PM’s cleanliness campaign, changing the stink into a (fragrant) smell? Or is there a legal difference between a clean India and a Swachh Bharat? The telling heading of this report is: “SC junks PIL to rename India as ‘Bharat’.” Ah, that is the point. It all comes down to junk. Is not the common purpose of the two campaigns—of a ‘Clean India’ and a ‘Swachh Bharat’—to do away with junk?