SINGH TO ALEXANDER: A THANKSGIVING
BEARING A GIFT OF A CANDY CRYSTAL GLAZING!
Sometimes you wonder how things happen
so forkingly fortuitously.
Reading Dr. P C ALEXANDER'S MYTH ABOUT
THE MANDATE D.C. dated 27th may 2004, it is surprising how this man so central to the making of the man at the centre
of the gathering storm of enormous support is so peripheral to the events that are taking place today.
Recently it was revealed that when SHRI
P V NARASIMHA RAO was carving out his CABINET and yes he DID IT HIMSELF, he was reported to have asked the FORMER PRINCIPAL
SECREATARY TO SO MANY PRIME MINISTERS OF INDIA from the SAME FAMILY who would be the best for the job of turning INDIAN
ECONOMY around from the morass it was sunk into with even her SPOTLESS SPECKLESS GOLD TOOK UMBRAGE AT THIS RANK OUTRAGE and
left off in a STEAMER to suffer AND SERVE AS a COLLATERAL in some LONDON VAULTS.
And it is reported recently, that
DR. P C ALEXANDER suggested two names to NARSING and the latter chose MANMOHAN SINGH over the other by now long forgotten
whoever was the other.
And this PERFECT GENT who has failed
to displease THE EASILY ROUSABLE MARATA, BAL THACKARAY to make a caricature and a mimicry model of anyone and everyone
he finds hitting his IRE BUTTON a-WRY, found him to be a perfect gent and fit to be wept over [almost] when he wasn't being
made VICE PRESIDENT!
And I might add that DR P C ALEXANDER
would also make it a PERFECT TEN on the BALANCE BEAM [so do you hear that NADIA COMANECI you got competition over here?]
in the way he writes such polite perfect prose that says nothing about nothing with such ELAN and so ELEGANTLY!
IT ABSOLUTELY HURTS NO ONE AND IS A BALANCING
BEAM ACT OF PERFECT TEN PROPORTIONS except it perked up my interest today to read MYTH ABOUT THE MANDATE which did say SOMETHING
SO ABSOLUTELY RELEVANT even as it did THE BALANCE BEAM act take on a PERFECT TEN pitch, but it was a marked departure
from his previous pieces and I WAS DELIGHTED!
MAYBE CIVIL SORTS DO HAVE AN OPINION
and A TAKE, AFTER ALL!
IF NOT A PERFECT SLANT LIKE THE TOWER OF PISA OR NOW THE EIFFEL TOWER!!!
Which interested me no end because recently
ANOTHER FASCINATING TAKE quite took my torpor away! DR M S GILL the former CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER suggested in
a review of a write-up of a book written by another CIVIL SERVANT that CIVIL SERVANTS never open they mouths because they
are always expecting to called back to the SERVICE OF THE NATION!
BOY A BOY BEFORE YOU COULD SAY:
His own destiny jaldi badli!
He was handed a seat in THE HOUSE OF
THE ELDERS on a platter!
AND WONDER EVEN MORE WHY HE TOOK IT?
LOWERING THE HIGH OFFICE HE FORMERLY
Which is what you wonder about DR P C
ALEXANDER SITTING IN THE HOUSE OF THE ELDERS, ALONG WITH ALL THE POLITICAL REJECT KA MAAL WHO COME BACK AFTER SECONDS-SALES
TO OCCUPY THESE BARTERED SEATS!
MORE'S THE MORES THE PITY!
So in that review of B C DESHMUKH DR
M S GILL throws an piece of bone of attention if not contention toward DR P C ALEXANDER to write up his memoirs. It
would be interesting he said.
AYE! BEFORE YOU COULD SAY:
His own destiny jaldi badli!
He was handed a seat in THE HOUSE OF
THE ELDERS on a platter!
But what we must wonder why in INDIA
we never have the KISSINGER PAPERS on which he sat for thirty years but are now available to the public domain are never made
by our own babulog?
DR P C ALEXANDER MUST MAN HIS PAPERS
but before that he must air his memoirs onto a paper and keep the papers in a safe vault because they are any number of raddi
stealing kleptos stealthily sneaking around!
When one read about someone stealing
the first hundred and thirty or less pages of a SYDNEY SHELDON's bestseller in the writing, one sniggered:, 'WHO'd
want that?' FAMOUS FATUOUS FABLED WORDS!
FAST RETREATED WHEN TREATED TO THE SAME
TREATMENT AND EPISODE.
CHAPTER AND WORSE!
So DR P C ALEXANDER you have such
a felicity and facility for putting into words what went on IN THE INNER ANNALS OF INDIA GOVERNING HERSELF THAT YOU MUST PUT
NOT A BALANCE BEAM PERFECT TEN ACT THAT
YOU ARE SO PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF BUT MUCH MUCH MORE!
LIKE YOU DONE IN THE MYTH ABOUT THE MANDATE
TIME IS THE IRRECONSILABLE ENEMY OF EVERY
YOU MUST MAKE FRIENDS WITH HER FORKING PATH!
SO SPEAK UP BUT HOLD IT IF YOU WANT IT!
And that brings us to what brought this
DR MANMOHAN SINGH WHO WOULD NOT HAVE
BECOME PRIME MINISTER ONE FINE DAY IF ONE FINE DAY MARASIMHA RAO WHO WAS himself pitckforked to the prime kursi following
the tragic assasination of SHRI RAJIV GANDHI who was INDIA'S MOST UNLIKELY PRIME MINISTER who won a massive mandate and squandered
most of it massively away till THE GIANI was also reported to have been drawn into issuing a private warning, and there
is nary a word of it in public domain or is likely to be unless honourable close-lips open up the closed chapters of the pinned
Which brings us to the basic CHARACTER
OF CIVIL SERVANTS who are like ALL-PURPOSE PINS serving any number of VALUABLE PAPERS but only manage only to PIN THEM TOGETHER
SO NOBODY CAN EVER HAVE A LOOK IN!
Which brings one to the fact of the matter
that in the list of thank yous we have been hearing from OUR MAN in the midst of the gathering storm of garnering support
behind a selected mandate, we haven't heard of DR P C ALEXANDER BEING THANKED EVEN ONCE!
SO HERE'S A REMINDER:
BEFORE YOU CAN SAY:
Bear a THANKSGIVING GIFT TO DR P C ALEXANDER!
Carry a CRYSTAL OF CANDI which is called
MISRI in our LINGO and MOOH MEETA KARO!
FROM ONE ALL PIN TO THE OTHER:
SAY THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And that reminds me of how DR P C ALEXANDER
wrote another piece of perfectly pitched prose only it wasn't e'er so polite to MR. J M LYNGDOH.
In this ALEXANDER BERATES LYNGDOH PUBLICLY
FOR RIPPING INTO A DISTRICT COLLECTOR IN GUJARAT 'PUBLICLY'
[Post riots: AND ON TELLY!!!!!!!!!!!!}
him HORROR OF HORRORS: A JOKER!
AND HORROR OF HORRENDOUS HORRORS: NOT SEEING THE ERROR OF HIS WAYS
FOR THAT LAPSE AT A LATTER DATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Heaving a heavy sigh of GOOD
HEAVENS MY GOODNESS GRACELESS ME!
One was left wondering if at eight-five
DR P C ALEXANDER can pull himself up to his full standing height and call himself a senior of THE SERVING CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER
of INDIA then SHRI J M LYNGDOH who called himself to his full attention of duty in ticking off the NONCHALANT DISTRICT COLLECTOR
to do his constitutional duty by not calling 'THIS SITUATION NORMAL' and no he was not GETTING INTO THE BOX FOR CONFESSIONALS
AND BENEDICTION FOR SINS COMMITTED, BECAUSE IT WAS SIMPLY A CASE OF HIM BEING A SENIOR PULLING UP A JUNIOR and so on,
and what with ALEXANDER A LONG RETIRED CIVIL SORT AT 85 BERATING A SOON TO BE RETIRED CEC nearing 65 who pulled up a maybe
twenty something couldn't give two hoots or care two coots district collector, we are left wondering:
WHEN DO THESE BOYS GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Isn't it absolutely frightening and petrifying?
This RANK AND FILE.
THIS RANK AND FILE?
GET THE PUN AND THE DOUBLE ENTENDRE MEANING:
RANK AND FILE eh????????????????????
When do they ever grow up to
be their own boys and beings answering to their own CONSCIENCES?
It is frightening and sobering.
With so many CIVIL SERVANTS AND EX-FOREIGN
OFFICE FOGEYS in the seats manning the SECURITY OF THE NATION can we expect of them not to kow tow to some HIDDEN ORDER OF
OBEY OBEDIENCE AND OBEISANCE and instead do their duty by their conscience?
OR WILL THEY FOREVER REMAIN: IN
OR OUT OF OFFICE
OR CALLED BACK TO SERVE THE NATION:
ONLY AS ALL-PURPOSE PINS????????????????????
GOOD ENOUGH ONLY TO HOLD THE PAPERS TOGETHER
NOBODY CAN EVER GET A PEEK-IN
OR PLAY PEEK-A-BOO WITH?
WHO DARE NOT SAY: BOO TO A GOOSE!
OR LET LOOSE A LOOSE CANON OF FREE VOICE?
VOICE THEIR OWN OPINION?
OR HAVE A DIFFERENT TAKE ON A GIVEN SITUATION?
OR HAVE A SLANT LIKE THE EIFFEL TOWER?
OR THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA?
HOW CAN WE EVER BE CERTAIN THAT THEY
WILL NOT HEED HIERARCHY AND DO THEIR OWN DUTY BY DESTINY GIVEN ON A PLATTER?
This caste-system THIS CAST-IRON CLAD
SYSTEM OF THE CIVIL SERVICE AND THEIR SENIORITY JUNIORITY IS WORSE THAN THE MANUVADI SYSTEM MAYAWATI IS BLASTING TO
SMITHEREENS IN THE COWBELT HEARTLAND.
IT MAKES YOUR HEART DROP A BEAT?
WHAT IF THE FOREIGN OFFICE EX-OFFICIALS
INSIST ON PROTOCOL FIRST AND FOREMOST?
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE SECURITY IN THIS
WHICH CAN CHANGE AT THE DROP OF AN ALL-PIN?
ISN'T IT FRIGHTENING.
I AM GLAD DR P C ALEXANDER IS OPENING
AND BEGINING TO SOUND LIKE HE IS TALKING.
COME DR ALEXANDER: BITE!
THIS AIN'T A BAIT!
ONLY A CANDY CRYSTAL THAT MANMOHAN IS
GIFTING AS THANKSGIVING.
ARE YOU GAME: TO BITE?
DROP THE HIERARCHY AND KEEP TALKING STRAIGHT
THERE CAN BE NOTHING MORE NASTY
LYNGDOH LET US HEAR NO LESS FROM YOUR
GET IT DOWN PAT AS IT COMES!
NO BALANCE BEAM ACTS OF PERFECT TENS!
THERE ARE ENOUGH GYMNASTS OUT THERE!
WHO WILL FALL OFF THEIR SEAMS IT SEEMS
WITH THE TURN OF EVENTS.
BUT MANMOHAN SINGH DO SAY THANK YOU TO
ALEXANDER AND BEAR HIM A CRYSTAL OF CANDY FOR HIS CRYSTAL GAZING CLARITY.
IT IS NO CHARITY THAT YOU ARE WHERE YOU
REMEMBER THAT FIRST AND LAST.
AND ALSO REMEMBER:
THE CAST-IRON CLAD CASTE-HIERARCHY IN THE SYSTEM!
YOU'LL DO FINE!
AND READ UP:
THE GARDEN OF THE FORKING PATHS WHICH
IS SO APT:
HERE'S AN EXTRACT FROM A SEARCH ON THE
'I know that of all problems, none disturbed
him so greatly nor worked upon him so much as the abysmal problem of time. Now then, the latter is the only problem that does
not figure in the pages of the Garden. He does not even use the word that signifies time. How do you explain this voluntary
I proposed several solutions--all unsatisfactory.
We discussed them. Finally, Stephen Albert said to me:
"In a riddle whose answer is chess, what
is the only prohibited word?"
I thought a moment and replied, "The
"Precisely," said Albert. "The Garden
of Forking Paths is an enormous riddle, or parable, whose theme is time; this recondite cause prohibits its mention. To omit
a word always, to resort to inept metaphors and obvious periphrases, is perhaps the most emphatic way of stressing it. That
is the tortuous method preferred, in each of the meanderings of his indefatigable novel, by the oblique Ts'ui PÍn.
The Garden of Forking Paths
Jorge Luis Borges
For Victoria Ocampo.
Jayashree Pyedippala Vemulapalli
the unheard voices of the unseen peoples
FOR AN EARLIER TAKE ON
DR P C ALEXANDER'S TAKE ON:
MIND YOUR LINGO ABOUT LYNGDOH!