Those of you who have been saying that the post of the governor is ornamental and should be done away with should be ashamed of yourselves. Every now and again, these stalwarts come up with gems on how to make us and our politicians better people. Karnataka's governor HR Bhardwaj has come up with a plan of ensuring that our politicos become good leaders. It is simple, you don't need to read up on the Constitution or work tirelessly for the downtrodden. No, you should simply give up drinking.
Indeed, Mr Bhardwaj has reached these heights after his wife read him the riot act on drinking. And now, so allergic has he become to a drop or two that when his son took up social drinking, he was asked to move out of the parental home. Now, we suspect that the one person who will be elated by this will be Anna Hazare. You may recall that the dear man had advocated flogging those who drink. What is it about drinking that creates such a kerfuffle among our netas? Indeed, we go to great lengths to show that we are teetotalers with most of our netas shunning any public display of drinking. Now we shiver to think of what will happen if these exacting standards are applied to our tribe.
We in the journalistic fraternity are known for our fondness for a little snifter, though we regret to inform you that this trend appears to be dying out. We don't know whether this will make us better journalists, in fact many scribes claim that their best works are produced after flinging a few down the hatch. But, no harm in heeding Mr Bhardwaj's advice. Let's raise a glass of pomegranate juice to alcohol-free days and nights. Cheers.