Ronen Sen’s Tryst with our MPs and the media ( And my Tryst with politics for a change!) Ronen Sen, the Indian Ambassador to US has unwittingly got himself into trouble, adding fuel to the already burning fire in both houses of parliament, the nuclear deal. As though that one issue was not enough for our elected MPs to rock the two houses for the whole session of parliament and also do their best to keep them adjourned till the next session, this poor man has been caught in the eye of a storm for having shown a rare chivalry of speaking aloud against his paymasters (though it is a well-known fact that it is the tax-payers money that they take home as their salary). Our honourable opposition leader was up on his toes in the assembly demanding the immediate recall of the diplomat for having called them ‘Headless chicken’! And their enemies (the communists) in a rare gesture of camaraderie, for once joined hands in disrupting the proceedings of parliament even as our poor Mr.Sen was defending himself by proxy through our external affairs minister that he had been ‘misquoted’, ‘misunderstood’ etc. etc. His ‘unqualified apologies’ did not seem to bring cheer to the insulted lot! No, not even his claiming that those offending words were used in reference to the fourth estate, and were meant to be off the record blah... blah... blah... blah..! (Hope the media too do not go gunning at him for having called them ‘chicken-headed’! But then, they wouldn’t! All they need is something to fill their pages and then watch the fun as hell breaks loose like Nero playing the fiddle while Rome was burning! While Ronen Sen would be having sleepless nights after having ruffled the feathers of our thick-skinned politicos, let us (more fortunate souls), mull over the freedom of speech guaranteed to all citizens of India by our constitution including the IAS, IFS and IPS officers (Or have they been asked to take an oath before being designated to the coveted posts to surrender every right that has been guaranteed at the feet of their bosses till they hold office or even after they demit office?). (May be that is why they are called diplomats since they would have to handle words with care?) With all the powers that their enviable position has provided them, they seem to be powerless before our Law-makers! (Even the likes of Laluji and Mayawatiji can twist their arms at the least provocation!) If their bosses are headless chicken, they seem to be chicken-hearted! In this respect I admire Kapil Dev’s fighting spirit. Having had the guts to take over as the chairman of the ICL even while being the chairman of the National Cricket Academy much to the ire of his BCCI bosses who wasted no time in showing him the door, he has set a precedent not only for our courage less criketers (who continued to toil even when their salaries were overdue by over a year, without having the nerve to call the bluff of the BCCI Board) but our IAS and IPS officials can take a lesson or two from him! May be I am asking for too much? Or have I entered a dangerous zone of commiting the same crime as Ronen Sen? But thank God! I am not an IAS or IFS (which Varalotti Sridhar had wished I could be!). So this write-up would go unnoticed and I would be spared of the ordeals faced by Sen!