Open  letter  to  the  Prime  Minister


“Dear  Shri  Narendra  Modi ji

Please  accept  my  heart  felt  condolences  on the  demise  of  your  party,  the  BJP,  in  Karnataka.

But  more  than  that,  I  am  rather  disappointed  by  the  utter  ineptitude  of  your  party  in  manipulating  the  minds  of  the  voters  and  the  EVMs  in  favour  of  your candidates.  And  this  failure  happened  in  spite  of  your  domineering  presence  in  Karnataka,   where  for  days  together  you  presided  over  the  electoral  operations  through  behind-the-door  negotiations  as  well  as  mass  rallies.  What’s  happening  to  your  cunning  skills  in  scheming,  for  which  you  had  earned  fame  ?   What’s  happening  to  your  incendiary  power  of  demagogy ,  which  used  to  spur  the  people  to  vote  for  BJP  ?      Are  they  failing  you  ?

In  an  attempt  to  help  you,  I  at  first  thought  of  suggesting   that    you  should  spend  some  time  in  a Hanuman  Mandir,  seeking  the  blessings  of   Bajrang  Bali,  requesting  him  to  restore  your  powers.  But  then, a  friend  of  mine   pointed  out  that  Bajrang  Bali  has  little  time  for  you,  as  he  is  busy  trying  to  put  out  the  Karnataka  fire  that  has  caught  his  tail.

From  press  reports,  I  gather  that  you  have  complained  of  facing  abuses  on  91  occasions.  Earlier,  you  had  complained  of  security  lapse  when  you  visited  Punjab.  In  such  circumstances,  I  suggest  another  means  that  will  surely  protect  you  and  enhance  your  longevity.  Since  the  security  forces  are  apparently  ill-equipped,  I  think  you  should  seek  protection  from  other  sources.  As  you  claim  that  the  cow  is  your  mother  (`Go-mata’),  and  as  you  had  been  a  life-long  worshipper  of  the  monkey-god  Hanuman,   you  must  now  approach  the  SPCA  (Society  for  the  Prevention  of  Cruelty  to  Animals).  This  an  international  reputed  organization  known  for  its  commendable  work  in  rescuing  animals and  protecting  them.  Unlike  other   global  organizations  which  had  been  cruel  to  you  by  accusing  your  government  of  presiding  over  lynching  of  Muslims  and  Dalits  and  putting  journalists  behind  bars,  the  SPCA  is  sure  to  come  out  in  your  defence,  taking  into  account  your life-long  devotion  to  `Go-Mata’   and  Hanuman.

The  Indian  headquarters  of  the  SPCA  is  located  in  B-90  Sitapur  Park,  Palam.  As   every  now  and  then,  you  drive  to  the  airport  in  Palam  to  take  flights  for  your  domestic  political  and  foreign  diplomatic  engagements ,  during  one  of  your  trips,  why  don’t  you  on  your  way  back  from  the  airport,   drop  by  at  the  SPCA  and  find  out  how  it  can  help  you  ?

Best  wishes

Sumanta  Banerjee

Sumanta Banerjee is a political commentator and writer, is the author of In The Wake of Naxalbari’ (1980 and 2008); The Parlour and the Streets: Elite and Popular Culture in Nineteenth Century Calcutta (1989) and ‘Memoirs of Roads: Calcutta from Colonial Urbanization to Global Modernization.’ (2016).

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