Husha busha! We all fall down!

On May 11, 2019 by mohitsawhney

Elections fever is on in the country in full swing.

It’s so contagious that not only are people talking about it, but they are living it as well.

Haven’t you noticed?

It shows in everyone’s tone, pitch and moods.

Delhi-ites who are anyway (in)famous for wearing their hearts on their sleeves, are out of control these days, as Delhi goes to vote tomorrow!

Everyone seems to be at their best in terms of strategy, sharpness and shrewdness – the ingredients of Politics. It’s certainly not a good time to take a panga (Hindi for getting into an argument, or doing something objectionable that may raise eyebrows) with anyone unless you are ready to bear the brunt of their heightened aggressive state at this time.

No one seems to be insulated from that. TV, Social media, talks overheard during morning walks, coffee conversations are all aiming at people claiming to know what no one else knows about the candidates and parties contesting in the elections.

This is the time when everyone sharpens their own political savvy, grasping all they can from the myriad sources and then experimenting with it at every opportunity they get – at office, home, social circles et al. And why not when it is only practice that can make them perfect.

So, if you are feeling the heat of it all – One, you are not alone, and two, this too shall pass. No, I am not saying that in a philosophical manner. I mean it shall literally pass as the election draws to a close.

Just hang in there as you don’t have much choice except for going with the flow, and perhaps enjoying it as well while it’s on. It won’t last forever.

You can expect to see enhanced drama and prudence from spouses, in laws, bosses, and colleagues, basically everyone. Some are doing it consciously and some unintentionally.

Forewarned is forearmed, so don’t get taken by surprise if that happens to you. In fact, you yourself may be party to this, unknowingly! So don’t get carried away and keep in mind why this is happening the way it is.

You may be seeing interesting patterns of what is happening around! It may seem that India’s political scenario, the office happenings and what’s happening at the home front isn’t much different.

Some of the developments may seem to pull the rug from under your feet!

But, that’s only if you are not prepared. If you are prepared, you know that since everything is connected to everything else, this is pretty much business as usual and ‘no big deal’.

In this politically charged, highly polarized climate, here are some scenarios that are likely to happen:

-Those you always thought were your closest confidantes, say something that crushes you and shakes your age old beliefs!
-Your soul mate tells you that ‘You never understood them!’
-They want you to understand what’s ‘not been said’. Or understand the ‘realer’ meaning of ‘what was said’ rather than ‘what was said’!
-You may catch someone talking behind your back first time ever!
-You get new labels – ‘The biggest con’, a trickster, a liar, thoughtless or it could even be ‘a traitor’.
-They say that you are responsible for the entire hopelessness of their lives, and that you were ‘always’ like that. They bring up the past 1-5-10 or even 20 year old incidents.

Well, IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT! Stop being a Pappu and know where exactly is all this coming from!

Moreover, if “Chowkidar Chor Hai”, then all this isn’t all that bad.

This is the time when politicians bring even the dead back to earn some extra brownie points, so bringing the past can’t be considered unacceptable either!

It’s politics, it’s rhetoric, and it’s the climate these days. It’s alright to make a few below the belt attacks to grab attention, don’t you think?

While the politicians will form real alliances and win constituencies, the ordinary people like you and me would only ‘get over’ this once as time passes. Well, only to repeat it five years from now.

Until then, they will only get busy regretting, and in trying to make amends which may or may not be possible.

There is some good news though. You can also expect the ‘apologies’ coming your way, after all. All varieties of them – genuine ones and forced, conditions applied and unconditional!

If you have read this far, then you also know that this isn’t the time to trust anyone. So, you may choose leave my further advise on how to handle this.

Good and Evil coexists in us. The word for this is Agathokakological: Shashi Tharoor

Nevertheless, I will say what I have to say (don’t all politicians do!) and leave it up to you (the public) to decide. If it is getting too tough on you, even after knowing why it is happening, then here is what you should do:

If you see your child playing in the mud, what would you do?

To get your child out of that, you have to go there yourself, dirty yourself, even play a bit in the mud and then try to convince them to get them out of there. You will have much more chances of getting them out of there that way.

You’re loved ones are not much different. They are not bad people. Just that the dirty politics comes with this unsuspecting quality of rubbing off on good people. So, go where they are, play with them the game they want to play right now. When they are tired of it all, they will come out while holding your hand. I promise.

Now, be a good citizen and cast your vote. Even if it is NOTA (none of the above). All green lights!

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