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  1. Balajee

    Balajee IL Hall of Fame

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    HORSING AROUND THE SENSE


    “Apply your horse sense!” my dad reprimanded me once sharply when I took what he thought was an absurd stand over an issue. That was the first time I heard of horse being linked to anything other than a cart or one with a jockey astride it.


    But horse sense/ Why not human sense? Are horses more rational than humands and have more ense I wondered when dad explained rthat horse sense meant common sense


    Over the years i realized that horses have been associated with lot ofg human activities. Like “
    horsing around”. It means indulging in frivo0lous activity. Why link the poor equine to fr4ivolous activity? As far as I know a horse is a dead serious animals. Humans and even other primates horsew around. Horsxes never do anything that silly. No they don’t human around./ How can horses do that when hono sapiens are frivolous creatures horsing around. Horses have too much of horse sense to horse around.



    Now why am I indulging in this meditation on horses? It is because nowadays media reports are full of talk about horse trading. Thanks to the Karnataka assembly elections in which no party got a BJP which is the largest single party but short of majority, has expressed confidence that it would prove its majority in the assembly. And that is not possible without luring MLAs s from the opposition. Rather buying them by offering cash and ministerial posts This is a process that is in an insult to the noble equinox is called horse trading. Too bad horses can’t take humans to court for defamation. This is an insult to an entire species. Horses cannot be lured that way. They may accept a few sugar cubes or carrots from you but if you take the reins and try to drag them away you are in for some real kicks.


    So animal lovers must rise in protest at horses fair name must be sullied in a vile human activity. We must look for an alternative name to this process of buying MLAs , So why not Ass Trading”?

    Please doin’t get the impression that I am insulting asses.. I want it to be called “ass trading” and not “donkey trading”. The hard working animal is actually called donkjey and probably “ass” is a derogatory term for it.


    How many times have people rebuked by saying “don’t be ab ass”. No one says “Don’t ne a donkey”. Lw is always an ass, never a donkey. If you work like a donkey you work hard though you can say “I worked my ass off”


    Now we are coming to the point . The “ass” mentioned here is no asinine creature. It is the rear part opf human anatomy. That is exactly what the politicians who switch sides for power and money making asses (here we go again!)of people sell. So “ass trading”: is the perfect term to describe this sordid political activity. “Ass trading” sounds cute no.


    If people want to avoid horse oops sorry ass trading they should apply their horse sense a bit before pressing a button in the electronic voting machine and choose the right candidate. Otherwise do be prepared to be turned into asses, as your MLAs merrily indulge in ass trading.. Nope it is not you they will be trading in. They have already traded with you in a false promises for vote deal. They will be vending their own asses.
     
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    Breaks my heart to see such a mockery of democracy in the country - not just Karnataka. And the irony is the world and all its uncles singing odes to the 'largest democracy' of the world.
     
  3. Srama

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    It is with curiosity I am watching the elections in my home state and I am speechless. I cannot help but only think of politician like Hegde and wonder. Horse trading has been forever but the complexities of election and trading part itself has stooped down to n unbelievable level I think - no longer based on principles or agenda but who gets to occupy what! What is the solution Balajee?
     
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    No party can claim that they have not done anything immoral in order to access power. JD(s) and congress fought each other in many constituencies. Now congress wants to piggyback on JD(s)
    Not only that, it now claims to take important portfolios out of which it can make money. Politicians can stoop to any level to make money and their true intention is not to serve people.
    PS
     
  5. Balajee

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    Largest democracy? Territorywise we don't qualify. Population wisw we do. But can we call ourselves a democracy at all? Democracy is more tha n political system. It is a culturer , a state of mind that is not only tolerant but accepting. A mind that is always open to the possibility of the other guy being right. Without such a mindset, there is no debate and without informed debate there is no democracy.
     
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    The solution Sabitha lies in the hands of the voters . They should not be swayed byt b rabble rousers and must be able to make an informed choice. Until then there is neither solution nor salvation.
     
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    Balajee, it seems meaningless to vote anymore. Anyway the goons make it to the top even if they lose the election. Majority means nothing. NOTA does not count for anything. What exactly lies in the hands of the voters, unless everyone stands for similar common interests? The policy of divide and rule taught to us by the Brits seems to be the only skill we have perfected over time. The rest can go to hell.
     
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    Satchi treue majority does not mean anything. Nowasays iut is the triumph of quantity over quality. Yes goons make it to the top, There is something called Rjya Sabha at centre and legislative councils in some states to enable goons to reach the top theough backdoor.If people are tired of the whole thing and don't vote, that would be worse We would be playing into the hands of the goons. For Indian democracy to survive the whole electoral system needs t be reformed. NOTA SHOULD MEAN THERE SHOULD BE FRESH ELECTIONS IN A CONSTITUENCY WHERE MaJORITY VOTE FOR nota. iT COULD BCOME A MEANS OF DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE RULERS AND THE RULED..Also voters must have the right to recall an MLA or an MP. And Candidates wealth beore they are elected and after must be compared and in case, there is a massive increase, they should be asked to explain how it happened and in case the explanation is not satisfactory, they must be disqualified.
     
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    That, Balajee, would be the ideal situation and how democracy should function. But tell me honestly, do you see it ever happening - at least during our life times?
     
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    I certainly don't see that happening as the power to amend the law is only in the hands of goons.
     

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