Do you ever get the feeling that you’re going around in circles? German scientists tell us that the feeling of déjà vu in people who lose their way is real and that they actually backtrack. We know the feeling. If you feel that you’ve read this editorial somewhere before, you’re probably right, we must have sprung this on you some time ago. But enough of us. Going down the same path over and over again is a specialisation with Indians.
Take the dear old BJP. While we waited with bated breath for a new, re-invented party, what did we get? Advaniji and Co. going back to the same old Jinnah, Partition, Nehru, Patel and getting the knife into each other. This certainly is taking the concept of going around in circles to a fine art. Or take our relations with Pakistan. Here we go around in two distinct circles. One is that taken by the Wagah-bound candle-lighters who say embrace our brothers across the border with open arms even if they greet us with plain old arms. The other, a little more official, says we need to show them what’s what beginning with making them read the twitter from the office of the minister of state for external affairs.
And before we forget, there’s that great star spangled circle that we take ever so often. In this, we have been walking on the same path hoping that one fine day, our path will lead us to Michelle Obama’s herb garden, so we’re in training for this one. En route, we’ll make a quick round to the United Nations headquarters and revisit our Security Council bid. So we carry on our 62-year-old journey round and round the mulberry bush. Which explains why we are such well-rounded personalities. So let no one try and lead us up the garden path, or they’ll find that the wheel of life will come a full circle faster than they thought possible.