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Fast and loose

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 12, 2011
First Published: 23:06 IST(12/1/2011) | Last Updated: 23:08 IST(12/1/2011)

It's a bit too much for anyone to stomach. And it's really losing its bite as a protest weapon. So, when the Kudappa wunderkind Jaganmohan Reddy turned up in freezing Delhi to fast for a day to protest the injustice meted out to the state over the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal, many found it a bit unpalatable. For we all know that the water problem was not on Jaganmohan's menu at all. It was to give the Congress a taste of things to come, if it did not listen to his political demands.

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But what we object to is that all this fasting is making us hungry for a better way of protest. In a country where more than half the population goes to bed without two square meals, the sight of a neta giving his daily bread a miss is not going to put us off our next thali. So what they need is some new fare with which to pull the wool over our eyes. We recommend that instead of fasting, they protest by eating for a whole day, or days as the case may be, something they are known to loathe. Or which may be bad for their health. For example, if the portly BJP president Nitin Gadkari were to make his many objections to policies known, he could spend a day eating laddoos. It would make for interesting pictures and may not be terribly unappetising to Mr Gadkari. Someone like the Ram Sene's Pramod Muthalik may like to sip that alien hemlock, beer, to show how far he will go to protect Indian values.

We don't know Jaganmohan's tastes or distastes but a water protest should have necessitated a glass or two of that famously clear water from the Yamuna. We could go on, but all this talk of food is making us hungry. So after fortifying ourselves with a quick nibble or two, we'll think of more delicious ways of registering one's protest.


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