Just fooling around

At the risk of sounding cynical, it must be said that with the people getting fooled by the slick, street-smart politicians round the year, there is nothing really sanctimonious about April 1, the official fools day. One often gets this self-deprecatory feeling that ours is a country of fools where fooling is a national habit and getting fooled a national weakness. Continue Reading

Big pumpkins buried in poll rice

Today’s polls are a far cry from those halcyon days of the hustings when an election was one more festival in this land of many festivals. Yes, the charm may have gone, with the whole affair getting tame and colourless, thanks to an outfit called Election Commission run by serious looking and finicky gentle(?)men who live for the rule, by the rule and of the rule. Continue Reading