Dogs, donkeys and some other poor political animals



I really don’t know what it is about animals and politicians.

Travelling on a day train from Nagpur to Hyderabad last week, I found many of my co-passengers, who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, outraged as they unfolded their newspapers and turned to a particular item of news.

An MLA had referred to AP Chief Minister Kiran Reddy as a `dog’. What he had actually said was, “If you place a dog on a golden throne this is what you get!’’

The papers were full of Mr Reddy’s `RachaBanda’ tours of Telangana. The programme is unique to Andhra Pradesh whereby the Chief Minister, accompanied by officials, visits various districts randomly and listens to the grievances of the people gathered at the village squares there spontaneously. The officials then have to sort out the problems pronto. Translated roughly into English, the RachaBanda programme is about `village justice’, a `rachabanda’ being a village junction (or so I am told — I, of course, do not know Telugu).

Now, as I gathered, some people, locals of a village in Karimnagar district, had brought stray dogs to one of the CM’s dos. The dogs were wearing placards which said, “Jai Telangana!’’

I do not know who that was supposed to insult – the CM or the Telangana activists who were present there aplenty attempting to disrupt those programmes with a mixture of violence and plain intimidation.

Soon after I came across this gem of a cartoon while surfing the Internet and my heart went out to those stray dogs at the Telangana functions.

And, of course, some days later to the poor, hapless donkey set to be sacrificed by Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yedyurappa to overcome his enemies. Apparently an astrologer has divined that the sacrifice of the harmless donkey (who, by the way, has wished Yedyurappa no ill) is the right remedy to escape calls for his resignation on charges of corruption.

I wonder what India’s most famous animal rights activist, Maneka Gandhi, has to say about that. Perhaps nothing, given that she is obliged to the BJP for taking her and her son, Varun, in. Without the saffron party, neither would have a political future (not that either has much of it even now). But Maneka had had plenty to say when the Bombay Municipal Corporation was eliminating stray dogs in its dog pounds some years ago, leading to a Bombay High Court verdict to just sterilise them and let them be.

But the dogs were not to be overcome. BJP president, Nitin Gadkari, then a Member of the Legislative Council, had the fright of is life one night as he stepped out of his car at this official residence and a dog bit into his trouser leg and just wouldn’t let go. Gadkari even moved a resolution in the Legislative Council the next day saying dogs had got into the habit of chasing him (and his other legislature colleagues) as they returned home and getting out of their cars, to make a dash indoors, was a frightful prospect each night (which, for Gadkari, was fraught with the additional danger that he was unable to move fast).

But, in view of the High Court verdict, the authorities could do nothing about that — until Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray complained bitterly one day that he had been kept awake several of the previous nights by dogs barking around his famous residence, Matoshree. “They are turning me into a nervous wreck,’’ he moaned.

Obviously, these barks were worse than the bites that Gadkari and his colleagues had suffered. For, now the Bombay Muncipal Corporation (even then as now) controlled by the Shiv Sena, promptly swung into action. The next thing we knew the barkings had ceased. And, of course, the dogs had disappeared.

But its been not just about dogs and donkeys. Many years ago, I recall, when the Sena-BJP government was ruling Maharashtra, Sharad Pawar had pulled off an enormously successful farmers rally in Ahmednagar. Speaking in the language he thought farmers would understand, he likened the Sena-BJP government to a languorous bull on a farm.

“What do you do with this lazy creature whose idleness and impotence become a burden round your neck? You first beat it with a stick to get it up on its feet. When he refuses, you poke it with a pin to surprise him into standing up. When the animal still stubbornly refuses, you pass a rope round his nostrils and drag him to the market and sell him off to cut your losses. That’s what the Sena-BJP government has become (impotent, he meant) and that’s what you must do.’’

Of course, then Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi was livid at that comparison. He organised another farmers rally to counter Pawar’s — in the same region, though not in the same, well, field lest the comparison of the numbers go against him. He hoped, though, that some of the same farmers would be present at his own rally. And, then, this master of sophistry who really has some ready wit at hand each time, said, “Send your cow to us and we will show you how really impotent or not our bull is!’’

Pawar’s reaction, of course, was pregnant with his silence – he still has found no answer to that one!

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  • http://- Rajeev

    It means congress is very lucky to have silent ******* and dogs like HT journalist.
    jai Ho..

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  • a.shukla

    what an extraordinary silly piece. One of the problems with the Net is that everyone with a computer and a longing for fame will write any rubbish and trash people whom they bow before otherwise. How can you bring someone like Maneka Gandhi into this and then add some nonsense about her son as well. She is one of the hardest working people and any party is lucky to have her. She has been MP 6 times , 5 times as an independent so what an ignorant remark.

    A.Shukla

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    Rajeev Reply:

    This journo is pet dog of 10 Janpath…Sonia ke tukdo par palti hai ye…

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    @a shukla

    When Indira Gandhi had created circumstances to compel Maneka Gandhi to leave that house in the middle of the night , the world knew that it was a case of a Mother In law illtreating the daughter in law ,once the son was no more. There was another daughter in law in that house, and she had become powerful enough to get Maneka out of the family.
    That daughter in law is now even more powerful. She appoints the PM of the country and runs a country by remote. control.
    In these circumstances how can u expect journalists competing with each other to get close to the powers , to be fair and just to Maneka and her son. After all the more you insult the higher the grades you get.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    A thought just crossed my mind..If IPC 498a/DV act was available duirng that time, then I am pretty sure police must have arrested Indira Gandhi for domestic violence and Dowry.

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  • noresh

    Its not so , few religion like Islam teach their followers that all those who don’t believe in their Allah will be sent to Hell for time infinity , this is very root of Islamik fanaticism and it is a foolish belief , because god can’t be so merciless , so their Allah is a dictator , so islam is wrong totally

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  • noresh

    Its not so , few religion like Islam teach their followers that all those who don’t believe in their Allah will be sent to Hell for time infinity , this is very root of Islamik fanaticism and it is a foolish belief

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  • Anonymous

    The time draws near

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  • Kalinga Putra

    “compartment was
    put on fire by them to provide rason for muslim mascare which was preplanned”
    OK, we will do that again & again. we will massacre you more & more. as you have tortured kashmiri pandits, get prepared for life in hell.

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  • Kalinga Putra

    more than 7 lakh kashmiri pandits died or disappeared from 1990. till that much muslim dogs are not killed, more gujrat will happen.

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  • Kalinga Putra

    And kuran is full of gyan, ehh ?? You pig, how many years old your islam is ? You moron, has not your muhhamad killed his foster son bilal & accepted his widow daughter-in-law as kept ?? you dog-shit, understand that you are not from arab countries where muhhamad started preaching his non-sense. your fore fathers have converted from any other religion or some arab had killed your father & enslaved your mother. you are product of arabian gangbang.

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  • Kalinga Putra

    Your society ?? from when did son of arabian pigs started having society ??
    Intellectual !!! I am surprised….. from 7th century till this date, in last 15 centuries muslims can not be credited with a single innovation. only they know, to fight with others, in the name of islam. first, they will fight with other religions, then with themselves (shia, sunni, sufi, ahmadia etc). they never learn to leave with peace.

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  • La Grenouille

    Dumb ways to die- fight about religion.

    Really people? You are having this argument in the 21st century!

    So many dumb ways to die.

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  • Anonymous

    Problem with Muslims is that, if they are majority, they never allow minorities to stay. They either kill them or treat them as second hand citizens. But when they are minority. First they start to create problems and show the world that they are poor. Show me just one muslim country, which allow any minority to construct its own temple or even show their faith. Just name me one.. Why, people are silent.. My prediction, In name of secularism first these Muslim will create probelms and once they cross over 40% of population, They will convert this country to a hijab, shia law country.. They will kill people just like they did in kashmir… You should be secular, but not stupid. First I demand muslims to make their countries secular. Only after that ask for rights. They are already having more rights in India. U.S, world most secular country. Did they have different CIvil laws ? NO, only India, this prove India is sickular country.. I hate stupid politicians…

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  • Raghav

    Including my elder brother , around 6 lakh hindus live in saudi arabia , muslims’ holiest place , and they are living peacefully.. (have heard any attack on hindus in saudi ?)..,, but here in india , every muslim feels insecure by absurd or impolite comments from extremist like many people.. my brother doesnt like leaving saudi and he practising hinduism properly earning 12 lakhs a year… why cant indian people embrace muslims and together develop this nation………….. Why this hatred ? WHY ?

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  • shakil

    I will like to tell you just few points

    1) Firstly that prophet didn’t say to kill any innocent
    people or suppress any other community. If you give the example of war during
    the time of prophet then what about war during Mahabhart or Ramayana.

    2) 2nd point I would like to say that Muslims
    are no more minorities in India, around 17 to 18 % of Indian population is of Muslims
    (Around 20 corore) which itself is more thn the population of Pakistan or many
    Muslim countries. So you cannot do injustice with so large population or you
    cannt take way the right of voting as suggested my Mr Subramaniya.

    Also Muslim are also played important role
    in India development. Take example of APJ Abdul Kalam, Ajim Prem jee, Zaheer
    Khan, Moulana Abdul kalam (Founder of
    cipla industries), Zakir Hussain, Dr S. Y. Quraishi, former Chief
    Election Commissioner, Shahrukh Khan, Allah Rakha Rahman and list will
    go on…

    3)
    Nowhere
    in the world, were the minority treated equal. You have taken the name of
    countries like Pakistan or Saudi Arabia where the non Muslim population are
    very very less in compare with majority and most of them were not democratic
    countries. But our India is a democratic
    where everyone has equal right.

    4)
    Take a example of India only a) In 1984 Sikh
    were butchered like any thing b) 1992 In
    riot both Muslims and Hindus were
    killed, although number of Muslims were killed were far more than Hindu c) North
    Indian were bitten by MNS and siv Sainaik (Maratha people), some South Indian don’t
    like Hindi speaking people , dalit nd lower caste were exploited by upper
    caste, so the list will go on …. And at
    last if sit and think then you realize that its Human tendency to exploit
    minorities and weaker section of society.

    caste, so the list will go on …. And at
    last if sit and think then you realize that its Human tendency to exploit
    minorities and weaker section of society.

    3)
    Muslims
    are no more minorities in India, around 17 to 18 % of Indian population
    is of Muslims (Around 20 corore) which itself is more thn the population of
    Pakistan or many Muslim countries. So
    you cannot compare the condition of minorities of other country with Muslims.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    oh then why do politicians categorize Muslims as minorities. They should then ideally do not deserve the benefits of the minorities right?

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  • Azad Manash Khan

    would like to know if any of the Indian holy books mention the word ‘HINDU’ my understanding is that this word was coined by the Arabs and Persians to describe the people of the Indus Valley nothing to do with one’s belief. It describes a nationality just like people living in Germany are called Germans. So India is populated with Sikhs , Muslims , Christians , Jews , Buddhists and …….. I rather instead of getting in this debate wish that all people would respect each other and accept them as they are do we really need more killings round the world ????

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