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New strain of thought

The CBI may be nipping at the heels of those close to her. But Kanimozhi is a happy camper.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2010 22:19 IST

Has Indian politics found its own version of Alfred E Neuman, that iconic figure who has come to symbolise Mad? It would seem that his famous dictum “what me worry?” has found resonance with our very own Kanimozhi, beloved daughter of the third wife of the DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi. Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) goes hell for leather raiding her associates and former telecom minister A Raja, a close friend of hers, she sees no strain in the Congress-DMK alliance.

Clearly, she knows something we don’t. Now we appreciate this sort of nonchalance, this ability to not perceive trouble even when it comes in gigantic ticking parcels. To listen to her, a visitor not conversant with our ways, would think that it is routine for the CBI to drop by for a cup of tea and a quick rummage through the files every second Saturday. And for it to leave with a Schwarzeneggar-like promise that it will be back. But what is a raid or two between friends is Kani’s way of thinking.

We feel that she could easily find a new vocation in case she gets tired of waiting around with the finest Earl Grey for the investigators in case it nips by for a chat one fine day.

She could become a spiritual motivator a la Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for our politicos. Instead of screaming blue murder about the subversion of democracy whenever the law starts showing a heartwarming interest in their numbered accounts, they should, like Kani, tell the world that this will only strengthen their resolve to do more good for the people by way of putting a bit aside for a rainy day when the exchequer may need a loan. The idea is to rise above it all, to welcome intrusive searches into one’s affairs and still feel a sense of fellowship with those who initiate these proceedings. We could be in for a new chapter in politics, courtesy karma Kani.