Be warned, this is a serious one.
Sleight of Hand is probably one of the most basic magic tricks, but when done properly, it is elegant and very deceptive. But sleight of hand, in a figurative sense isn’t limited to magicians and Criss Angel. Personally I believe that our politicians, may they be leftists, rightists, extremists, far-right or liberal, have all perfected this magical trick and have adapted it beautifully in the art of politics (I use the word ‘art’ very liberally of course).
Let me elaborate with two examples, one from the Congress and one from the MNS. Hopefully me not picking on any particular party will convince people that I haven’t been paid by either the Congress or its right-wing cousins. To be honest, I wish I had been paid, wouldn’t have made a difference to my opinions, but a little extra cash never hurt anyone.
But I digress.
Let us start alphabetically, with the BJP.
This is a freaking deadly arsenal of sleight of hand magicians. I mean politicians. The veritable masters, L.K. Advani, Narendra Modi and the like.
Most of the country has already forgotten about the whole Godhra nonsense due the skilled sleight – hand-ery of Mr. Modi. Recently the whole Godhra nonsense did rear its ugly head when a suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt let loose about his alleged knowledge of Modi involvment in the Godhra affair. Modi had him arrested and just to deviate the Nation’s attention started a fast, which did end rather quickly. And not to be out done, Mr. Advani topped it with his current Country Tour (“Jan Chetna Yatra). Now let me ask you ,do you remember Sanjiv Bhatt or the fact that the Supreme Court looked upon his arrest with very discontent eyes?
And these are only two such story topping, sleight of hand magicians in the BJP.
Now moving on to the Congress.
Their Sleight of hand is simple, Dig Vijay Singh. Actually include Manoj Tiwari too. Any thing goes wrong; for example, a determined man fighting against corruption, or another scam hitting the fan blades, we have these two masters of oratory letting loose and covering the whole nation with their particularly loud brand of verbal diarrhea. And herein comes the brilliant deception, we listen with rapt attention two this Congress contingent, and the minute things get too outrageous, up comes Congress itself either distancing itself from the extreme comments or plainly denying the statements as merely being opinions of the individuals and not of the party.
Personally I would prefer if their spokesperson would be s really pretty woman in her 20s. At least then they could swindle me for my last paise, and I would be none the wiser. Not that the lack of a PYT is preventing them from swindling me.
Now lastly moving closer home, to our beloved MNS and Mr. Raj Thakeray.
The MNS actually has a website, which has been beautifully designed and also has an English option, which shows that the party is actually open minded and its the Big Bad Media that has painted them out to be hooligans. There is in fact an FAQ (Frequently Asked Question; not an insult, so please done beat me up) section or as it is called “Understanding Misunderstandings”. Under that question 8 seeks to answer why the MNS uses the means it uses. Mr. Thakeray begins with talking about shop sign boards and then goes on to patriotism and then about basic amenities and then finally agriculture. And here is the link, for my interpretations might be misleading you, And i swear I ain’t no Spin Doctor.
All this things we must sincerely admit are very very fundamental problems. But in all this, we completely forget about that actual question and therein lies the Sleight of hand Magic. The distraction and the deviation.
I could go on, but I feel a bit of distraction coming on.