You’ve got to hand it to young Feroze Varun Gandhi, he is quite handy with words. Now we have heard of biting the hand that feeds you, but young Varun has gone one better. He’ll cut right off the hand that is raised against Hindus. And in a remarkable mutation of flora, he has also promised that the hand of the lotus will slit people’s throats. Names also get his goat, he lists out several which frighten him. For those of us who have read his mother’s book on baby names, this is an eye-opener, oops, better not mention any body part lest it sends Varun up in a pillar of flame.
And there is a lot in a name, says Varun, giving us leads on what names attract doles from politicians. But let’s move on. It is not just appendages that make him see red, it is also people who are hirsute, indeed those who resemble Osama. Now we wonder why the lad is so bloodthirsty when he comes from a family of animal rights fundamentalists. The mere hint that an animal may be in distress is enough to set mum Maneka off on a slapping spree of the erring parties. Parts, sorry, sections of his family are vegan, shunning even milk and its byproducts. But while you and I may kvetch and moan about the boy’s proclivities, he has fans in other quarters.
The gentle Shiv Sena has expressed its stamp of approval of this Gandhi as opposed to others, including MK. Just like the dear lads of the Shiv Sena who know all about the tough getting going when the going gets tough, Varun now says he’s been misquoted. Give him a hand, will you?