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Black or white?

Something is clearly black in the lentils in Karnataka, and it appears to be black magic. Chief minister BS Yeddyurappa has discerned a plot by his enemies using the powers of black magic to eliminate him.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2011 15:51 IST

Something is clearly black in the lentils in Karnataka, and it appears to be black magic. Chief minister BS Yeddyurappa has discerned a plot by his enemies using the powers of black magic to eliminate him. Now if you thought all this hocus pocus was for public consumption, let us assure you that many southern politicians are under the spell of the dark arts when it comes to both protecting themselves and trying to be one up on their detractors.

We wonder why Mr Yeddyurappa is so worried about someone trying to do him in by reading the entrails of a chicken or some such thing. He has survived greater challenges. Last year, he summoned a protective cloak around himself through a host of rituals when he learnt that rebel MLAs had undertaken a donkey sacrifice in a Kerala temple that is known to bring one’s enemies to their knees. But apart from the fate of the hapless donkey no great harm seems to have been unleashed by this. Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, also from Karnataka, is leaving no pooja unturned to ensure that he gets back his chair. Of course, if black magic isn’t your thing, there are a host of godmen and women who will guard you from corporeal and temporal ills. And all this comes for a hefty price.

All this dependence on superstition gives us an idea. We edit writers spend the larger part of our lives predicting developments, albeit in a somewhat more scientific manner than

nobbling a donkey. Why don’t our politicos consult us on crucial matters? We will come at reasonable rates and with far less messy rituals. Don’t delay things, the future could be yours to see.