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Principle parties

Now, we are all for principles in politics. And what better time to bring them out of the closet than when there are photo-ops and material ops?

india Updated: Jul 22, 2008 22:14 IST

As we see our honourable MPs wearing their principles on their sleeves during the turmoil unleashed by the trust vote, we cannot but quote Marx, that’s the inimitable Groucho Marx. “Those are my principles and if you don’t like them, well, I have others.” Now, we are all for principles in politics. And what better time to bring them out of the closet than when there are photo-ops and material ops?

So if it was Tuesday, a neta may have felt a principled horror of all things atomic and hence opposed the proponents of the nuclear deal truth and nail. But by the time he woke up today, he may well be glowing in the dark on the subject and, strictly going by principle, shout, ‘power’ to the people. Or take the case of naming and renaming sites, that popular pastime so beloved of our leaders. He may have felt quite comfortable flitting in and out of airports without giving a toss what they were called as long as the VIP perks were laid out.

But, come a day, say like yesterday, and a long-forgotten principle may bubble to the fore. So watch this space, just as a matter or principle, in the coming days.