Wither The Presence
India that is Bharat
ALTHOUGH as a practising journalist Satiricus is required to be ignorant of the language he writes, he is still somewhat ashamed to admit that even as a professional wordsmith he is not sure about the meaning of some words that are accepted tools of the pen pushing trade. Take Rahulâ€™s case. On what type of a leave was he when he was suddenly found AWOL? Initially it was given out that he had gone somewhere to meditate. It sounded very much like a Sanyasi undertaking tapas. But of course doing tapas is a Hindu practice and so was unacceptably communal. So now that Rahul has magically materialised out of thin air, everybody, including editorialists, are saying he has returned from a sabbatical. Now, this is where illiterate Satiricus had to defer to the dons of the dictionary, from whom he learnt that Sabbath is a religious observance in both Judaism and Christianity marking a day of rest, and a sabbatical is a leave granted to a college teacher for study and travel. So Satiricus wondersâ€¦. Was this leader of secular India on a Jewish and / or Christian holiday, or was he on leave from a college for study and travel? That is just not possible. For a Gandhi has no need to learn. He knows everything. In fact, learning is so infra dig for the dynasty that when Rahul went to a college in England as a student, he had to hide behind a false (Italian) name. Anyway, Rahul is back and will head the family business of saving the country. But alas, the country has been saved by somebodyâ€”from the Congress. So now the Congress needs to be savedâ€”from extinction. And if the Congress is headed for extinction, can the dynasty be far behind? To avert that dire possibility Rahul may have to take the final, desperate measureâ€”go on another sabbatical.