The election of Obama as the 44th President of USA was made a big news in India as if he was elected Prime minister of India. Every news paper and Television Channel went berserk and some calling it as revolution some as renaissance and some even suggesting that we should introspect and learn from his victory. This particular expert did not specify the nature of lessons we need to learn.
Unfortunately not a single news paper pointed out that Amricans are imitating or copying from the Indian system. We had our MGR and Regan followed suit. He was as much inane and inarticulate as MGR had been. But he carried the day with the idea of attacking the elites and liberals and stressing the good old republican values of small government etc.
Now Obama is praised to the hilt for all wrong reasons. He is similar to our own Mu Ka who is the current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Both are very good orators and can speak for hours without communicating anything of substance. Obama has written books. It is really audacity of hope of the writer that he can write hundreds of pages and after going through it agonizingly the reader is left with a feeling of vacuity.
Mu Ka had a patron or mentor called EVR who used to abuse the notion of India and Hindu gods etc. At an appropriate time Mu Ka and his other associates like Annaduarai distanced themselves from their mentor but never disowned him. In the case of Obama he was associated with his pastor Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. for more than twenty years who also had hatred for the America known to its founders. But our Obama has to distance from him and denounce him to be “inflammatory and appalling”—for getting accepted by Middle America. Not only that—Obama had to give another long vacuous speech about American ideals, religion and its role in temporal affairs.
It was as vague as vagueness can be. He then participated in a pseudo- debate [since he and Mc Cain appeared one after another] with McCain which was moderated by an Evangelical priest Rick Warren where Obama has to explain that he is very much a believer etc. Imagine Mu Ka and JJ being moderated by say Sri Sri to explain their position.
Our Mu Ka never has to denounce his mentor. Actually if we go one step further our own Mayawathi and her mentor encouraged their followers to hit with Chappels –Tilak, Talwar, Tarasu
never ever need to repudiate or offer apologies for her or mentor’s ideas. She just became Chief Minister of the largest state with a possibility of becoming Prime Minister.
The point we want to stress is that the Indian democracy is more vibrant, robust and revolutionary compared to that of USA since here the so called under dogs take power on their terms. In USA Obama has to present a face of reconciliation and even has to withdraw his comments on Middle America clinging to Guns and Gods.
Obama talks of revolution and change. By that he means his election as President. Same thing in the case of Mu Ka. For him all great change has come to Tamil “race” after he acquired power. What does Obama stand for? This intriguing issue has not been addressed by American experts since nobody wants to be accused being racist in that God saved country.
He claimed that he will not take private funds and will use State funds for elections. But he was awash with funds from Main Street, Wall Street and all streets. His ability to deal with the evolving recession in USA is highly suspect. He might reduce tech visas and cut on the outsourcing and big business in USA may not appreciate that. He will create lots of ill will within a year or so because he does not have it in him to take any decisive steps. His records as senator to say is pathetic and he has not authored any major bill leave alone modified any other bill. He is just a snake oil salesman but black in color. If he were white he would not have become even a state senator.
He was projected as a black president but he is not a descendant of slave labor and he is what American in slang call a “mullato” –born of a White mother and Kenyan black father. That is why Jesse Jackson called him “not black enough”. Actually he is a usurper—smooth talking at that.
Large part of his earlier life is as mysterious as that of Jesus Christ. He mentions that he was in Pakistan in the eighties and even in Hyderabad in India. He says it is due to his Pakistani friends. Nobody has further questioned him about the nature of those friends or what exactly he was doing in the emerging Terrorist State of Pakistan in those months.
Was he one of those fascinated individuals about Taliban? Thousands of British and US Muslims have come to Pakistan at that time essentially to “purify” their faith. It is understandable that Americans have their own guilt and expiation issues. Like confessions before a priest in a church they all stood before the polling booth and wept for Change.
But in India why should we be so subservient and pay all namaskarms to him? He is enthusiastic without understanding the nuances of global politics including that of India. He has announced a group to tackle Kashmir problem –whatever it means– with Clinton as the chief. India recalls with anger the role Robin Raphael,–who was some assistant under deputy second grade secretary in hierarchy -played during the Presidency of Bill Clinton in encouraging the formation of Hurriet Conference the umbrella organization of moderate terrorists and terrorized moderates.
Her only name to fame was she studied together with Clinton. Obama’s interest in this part of the world can be egged on by many a lumpen liberals inside and outside India who think ether India is a market or a use and throw entity. His other mis-adventure is going to be in the area of CTBT. There are plenty of nuclear Ayatollahs roaming in Washington and these loony liberals will attempt to push India into it.
Actually whenever Democrats take power India is treated like dirt. Of course middle class Indians wants to be treated like dirt is a different issue. Now it is not only the White man’s burden but also that of a semi Blackman. India should be careful and alert since Mu Ka’s of the world are going to dictate to us. But we know how to handle them since they can only give oratory and clench their teeth.
India should not be awed by this person but should tell him where to get off. One interesting possibility is that Sara Palin could become his Jayalalitha in the next election. Every Mu Ka meets his waterloo in a JJ or as in India a waterless loo.