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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

The fast and the futile
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 31, 2013
First Published: 22:44 IST(31/3/2013)
Last Updated: 02:04 IST(1/4/2013)

Every day, in every way we are getting more medically savvy. We now know all about blood sugar levels, ketones, blood pressure and other vital signs thanks to the daily bulletin on the health of Arvind Kejriwal, the food and beverage-averse Aam Aadmi Party chief.

He is on a fast against inflated electricity and other bills asking people not to pay up. The crowds at his fast are a bit thin on the ground but you don’t need to be a very bright spark to understand why.

For those of us who have encountered the staff of various utilities, it would take more than a little courage to refuse to pay up.

Imagine going home to a dark and sweaty house and then arguing the toss with the linesmen. We fear that they will shed little light on the situation unless one nips around to the nearest centre and pays up.

This non-payment of dues is a favourite ploy with dear Arvind. The last time around he did this, many poor saps actually did not pay up only to find themselves floundering around in the dark as their lines were snapped.

Arvind then reconnected some wires, a dangerous task so don’t try it, and behold there was light at least while the cameras were around.

Why does he stop at electricity? We feel we are paying far too much for vegetables, for meat, for air tickets. In fact, in a Kejriwalian world, perhaps we could see the welfare state to its logical conclusion — all goods and services for free.

This may not work so all we can recommend is that people should become more like Arvind. He seems to get along just fine, with minor hiccups in blood sugar and ketones, even though he has not had a morsel for several days.

For those of you who want to try this, believe us your bills will come down as will your girth. As for your health, be sure to take out a very hefty insurance.

But is the Aam Aadmi Party losing its cutting or should we say, biting edge? Is it biting off more than it can chew?

Well, you’ll have to wait for the answers. We think that Arvind has more on his plate than he can handle for the moment.


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