• Reflection

    Election Rumble: Romancing BJP, old wine in new bottle, etc

    My dictionary says ‘Rumble’ as a noun has three meanings: A loud low dull continuous noise, A servant’s seat (or luggage compartment) in the rear of a carriage, and A fight between rival gangs of adolescents. The title of this article refers to one of them. During election, people go crazy and say or do crazy things. So, if what I am going to say sounds crazy, blame it on the season. People do crazier things than to sit at home and form opinions. Who becomes a political analyst overnight? OK, no background, no ground experience, and no formal association with any contesting party. And without anyone asking for an opinion.…

  • Reflection

    Foot-Away-From-The-Mouth Syndrome

    In the ‘foot-away-from-the-mouth syndrome’, the mouth is somewhere and the foot is somewhere else. You can find the mouth somewhere, but the foot is somewhere far away; God knows where. A cabinet minister in Nagaland is a self-professed ‘foot-in-the-mouth syndrome’ patient. He said and I only quote, “I am aware of my ‘foot-in-the-mouth’ syndrome which has already created so many enemies in my life unnecessarily”. His own party had to apologize on his behalf and express regret for his statement while the opposition party stated that the moment he opened his mouth, ‘his foot will be in his mouth’. After his own party split, members of the splinter party who…