Seriously stupid and other tales

The art of bluffing doesn’t seem to end. And bluffers don’t seem to stop as well. You guessed it right. This time it is about India’s elites.

There is a certain class of people who have mastered and perfected the art of bluffing. No, don’t single out Rahul Gandhi alone. He might be an expert in that but he is not the only one. Yes, I agree that he has immense capacity to bluff than all people put together. However that does not stop us from exploring the other bluff masters.

Wait a minute. Are you asking me if I would not be talking about Rahul at all ? How is that even remotely possible? How come one ignore the .. what do they say? err.. most stupid ? Ok. So be it. Let us look at the different bluffs, the bluffers and the lot and then look at the greatest of them all.

This week Huffington Post estimated that the wealth of Sonia was around USD 2 bn. Holy Cow ! How dare ? In a country of 1.2 bn, even if each one’s contribution to her wealth is say $2, her wealth would be $2.4 bn. And how come Huffington post bluff about her worth being a meager $2 bn ?  I had guessed that right. As expected the Congress called that estimate ‘ridiculous’ and soon Huffington Post withdrew the article saying there had been an error in its reporting. $ 2bn asset for a person such as Sonia Ji ? Ridiculous. Underestimation cannot be forgiven.

Then there was this election in the state of Madhya Pradesh or Jharkhand – one of those states where the Congress wants to come to power at any cost. And therefore went to court and filed a case to hide the ponds and lakes in the state that had lotus flowers in them. Hide – you didn’t get it ? Cover, encapsulate, don’t make visible etc. And that was because ‘Lotus’ was the election symbol of the main opposition party – the BJP. If you thought it was stupidity, then please take a break. Just imagine what could have happened if the BJP had sought ‘the sky’ as its election symbol? Or for that matter if the southern Indian party AIADMK had contested ? Its election symbol is ‘Two Leaves’ and probably the entire state’s trees should have been ‘ covered ‘ using cloth sheets. Consider this stupid ?

Wait a minute. More to come. Consider this.

Then there was this undertaking that I had to give declaring that I would pay heed to all anti-bribery laws, not indulge in sharing private information, strive hard to protect personal information of my customers etc. And it is a yearly routine. Soon after I passed those tests attesting my allegiance to these laws, I heard the mighty Obama explaining to his people that the phone snooping task that the American intelligence agencies had indulged in was an act in national interest and that some safeguards would be put in place. The irony was that I had just then written the exams that had many clauses that threatened me to disclose to the authorities details of American citizens who were holding bank accounts but had not declared them to their revenue departments. What do I call this ? A cruel joke or an exercise in satire ?  Or simply call it seriously stupid ?

No. The most serious bluff and the bluffer are yet to come. Hold on until the elections get hotter in India.

Author: Amaruvi's Aphorisms

Banker by day, blogger by night and a reader throughout.

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