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although he may fancy the title Emperor from up there, Napoleon
Bonaparte said sometime between 1769 and 1821, most likely not
before 1772 because then he was just three, that 'In politics,
an absurdity is not a handicap'.
illogical, irrational and ludicrous it may sound, the birth
control pill has failed once again, and there is once again
talk of a political birth. As with any birth there is a degree
of coyness and hesitancy in making the news public straight
away and the parents are breaking the news gradually, to the
accompaniment of giggles of the relatives -- we speak for the
same party, we agree to disagree, we are still one party, if
people want otherwise what can we do, not yet a political party
just a meeting of common minds, maybe we will take a new office
space -- at that time some bystanders who can hold no longer
point their finger and guffaw, 'Sir, the bulge is showing'.
say 'floating a new party' whenever they mean that a new political
party is in the offing; as if we do not already have enough.
Since before Eid there has been talk of a third force, and come
the morrow perhaps there will be a fourth. But the fact is they
will always be being floated. I believe the conjecture there
is that there is no guarantee that they will not sink. Most
do. Those which do not have built a reputation of making the
people have a good dip in the water.
united under one leader to inflict a humiliating defeat on the
marauding and vicious occupying Pakistan forces. In a little
over thirty years we have been able to divide ourselves, albeit
vastly unequally, into hundreds of political parties and beliefs.
Most dangerously there are parties and beliefs within parties
and beliefs, big and small.
obviously big parties and there have been some pretty small
ones, not that they contribute to the society by the measure
of their membership. On the contrary, some small party members
have been well known for making notable contributions by singular
statements, or by Fevecol-ing themselves with a major party.
party was so small that when the president and secretary arrived
at the joutha public meeting in a rickshaw, someone
quipped: The whole party has arrived.
To add to
the mockery that is our politics today, or for that matter,
almost anywhere, even in some of the giant democracies, the
major political parties have been ill-famed for making serious
gaffes. I refrained from calling the giant democracies 'so-called'
for fear of not knowing what then to call those states that
preach social equality in the name of gone-oh! -tantro.
there being a choice of parties ranging from pro-liberation
to anti, from pro-India to pro-Pakistan, from pro-proletariat
to real bourgeois, from in-power to out- of-power, from powerless
to powerful, from Teknaf to Tetulia, it is astounding that it
still difficult for some people to find a party that suits their
politics and beliefs.
a political party was born there was the sincere desire of its
founders, often instigator is the right word depending on which
way the party headed to, to fix the society for good. But they
ended up creating a Frankenstein or two; the mother party suffixed
by an alphabet or more within parentheses.
Marx (1895-1977), the American comic actor -- Yes! There have
been and are human beings in that country despite the shameful
performance of its present-day protagonists -- once said that
'Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing
it and then misapplying the wrong remedies'. And he was not
even a Bangalee.
are unbending in their resolve to do something for the society
because they are not in power consider Bonaparte their guru:
'In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit
I for one
have never seen anybody in power conceiving a new political
party. I assume they would not have time for such frolics then,
just as working couples do not. That is possibly because they
suppose that they are not making any mistake --- admitting to
one is a long shot. The tendency is lacking even among those
who believe they have a chance of winning the next elections.
But who knows? Maybe we have not seen the last of absurdities