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Not cut out for it

india Updated: Nov 14, 2010 20:23 IST

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Can a politician ever be publicity shy? That's not the nature of their trade, so most are not. In fact, most Indian politicians will do anything to stay in the limelight, way past their ballot life. So, naturally we are a bit puzzled with new Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan's odd behaviour after he set foot in the city of dreams. According to a news report, the aerospace engineer-turned-politician has asked the Mumbai municipal commissioner to remove all posters and banners depicting him and his great rise in the political firmament thanks to the Adarsh saga, after he found that larger-than-life cutouts of himself were destroying the Mumbaiscape.

Though we are glad that politicians themselves, at least one of them, has decided to cut himself down to size, we are still not used to such down-to-earth acts. From past leaders to our present day netas, they never go away from our lives; we are so used to them towering over us from vantage positions that without them, we feel a bit lost. The posters and banners are also good as view-cutters; minus the colourful montage, we would be seeing the dilapidated underbelly of our cities.

However, on second thoughts and given our preference for conspiracy theories, we wonder whether all this is actually true. While some of us are singing hosannas to Mr Chavan, we are forgetting that there's a subtle way of staying in the news even while staying out of it. So by saying no to posters and banners, he surprises us and gets publicity. This editorial is confirmation of that fact, isn't it?