Of Incompetence, Inability, and Incontinence

January 8, 2009

Pranab Mukherjee is a great son of India who has had a long and distinguished political career. Ever since his accidental inclusion in the union cabinet to achieve an auspicious count of ministers way back in 1973, he has worked tirelessly towards making India a better place to live.

But after all these years of service to the nation, maybe it is time for him to take a break. He isnt getting younger and watching him suffer from the burden of his brilliance makes us feel bad for him. And for poor mother India.


After Sardar Patel, he is the new Iron Man of India. Check out the strong words as the external affairs minister urging Pakistan to act on evidence shared by the FBI. No mention of the evidence supplied by Indian agencies. What humility by this great man!

“We have been told the FBI has strong evidence which they have shared with Pakistan. They (the Pakistani government) should act on that evidence and hand over the perpetrators of Mumbai to us,” the minister said.[link]

Mr Mukherjee’s contribution to Indian society is laudable. It is thanks to his efforts that the country is as peaceful and united as it is. He remains committed to maintaining the secular fabric of Indian society and continued communal harmony in the nation. Speaking at a recent program to mark 200 years of the Bengali translation of the Quran in Kolkata, here’s what he had to say.

“Not only is this expression Islamic terrorism unacceptable, there should be protest against it.[link]

People may talk about the tens of thousands of people who have been killed by Islamic fundamentalists, but that nonsense is not for our distinguished leader. Dont even think that this is in any way related to vote bank politics. Mr Mukherjee  is beyond these cheap tricks to get the Muslim vote.

Hindu terrorism, maybe? Muslim, no way.

Big Daddy America’s Secratary of State travels over the world to keep everything under his/her watchful eye. So much simpler to just call in your citizens and tell them to convey the message! That’s a lesson in political strategy right there.

This from his address at the recent Pravasi Bharatiya meet in Chennai.

In particular, he said, they could convey the message to their respective countries that India is fully committed to free and fair trade.[link]

Add to all this the fact that he is loyalty personified. To the owners of the country. The Gandhi family.

After Sonia Gandhi reluctantly agreed to join politics, Pranab Mukherjee was one of her key mentors, guiding her through difficult situations with examples of how her mother-in-law, Indira Gandhi would have done things. Mukherjee’s unfailing loyalty and competence have led to his closeness to Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, and helped him gain the prestigious position of Defence Minister of India when the party came to power in 2004.[link]

These latest pearls of wisdom in response to a question about the lack of young leaders in Indian politics:

The day is not far when Rahul Gandhi will become the prime minister, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday. [link]

Youth being such an important criteria for the most important post in the country, i cant help suggesting another name for the job. Someone younger than the super charismatic man produced by the Gandhi clan. At 25% younger than buddy boy Rahul, i think i am ready to be Prime Minister.

We love you Mr Mukherjee, but we are worried for you.

Before you leak your bowels in a public meet honoring minority leaders,  shoot yourself in the foot with a gun, or stab  yourself with a pen, maybe you should take a break and leave the country in the hands of less competent leaders.

You have done enough.

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13 Responses to “ Of Incompetence, Inability, and Incontinence ”

  1. Poonam on January 9, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Now, that’s something that you volunteer to take place of Rahul :P Its hard for most folks to quit their jobs and run for election. ;)

  2. My3 on January 9, 2009 at 7:25 am

    WOT? No PM job for our own PM(see how aptly named he is) ;-) Now that you are going to India, I guess I have to get back to mothering duties. No PM’s job for me :-(

  3. Smitha on January 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Loved your sarcastic post :) As for your candidacy – not valid – unless you have a ‘Gandhi’ in your name!

  4. Kiran on January 9, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Good luck on your quest for PM’s seat :) Politicians are just doing their job – by doing “nothing”.

  5. lata on January 10, 2009 at 11:18 am

    The sarcasm in your write up is speaking volumes .How we wish our political mentors could also thilk in terms of people and their welfare & mother India and its pride instead of focusing on individual gains.

  6. My3 on January 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm


    Since we have not “occupied their land”…

    Amreekan this should warm you in the frozen Tundra we all lovingly call the Big Apple ;-)

    Yenjoy like we say in good ole Bangalore.(too old-fashioned to change the name)

  7. amreekandesi on January 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    @Poonam – One small sacrifice i am willing to take to serve my country ;)

    @My3 – Talking of PMs, i read that he refers to himself as the permanent PM, owing to the initials. How cool is that!

    @Smitha – Thanks! And unfortunately, so true!

    @Kiran – It’s not really a quest for the seat. Not yet, at least.

    @Lata – Indeed, if only our leaders would take a moment to think about the welfare of the people. Maybe one day?

    @My3 – That news certainly helped endure the snow storm in Newyork today. These people are just awesome!

  8. Vijay on January 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    haha…you are hilarious! Great post ;)

  9. Philip on January 11, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Mukherjee has forever been a pariah for the Gandhi family because he’s always been suspected of being ‘too ambitious’. Hence he was sidelined for Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. Maybe he’s now sucking up to the Gandhi family to give him a shot at the top job at least once.

    But no mistake, he’s an awesome servant of the country and his party. Let’s not take anything away from his accomplishments.

  10. The Quirky Indian on January 13, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Interesting to see someone recognise Pranabda for what he is. A lot of people think he’s efficient, competent and such other rubbish.

    I think we are ready for less competent leaders. I fully support your candidature. I mean, how much worse off can we be? Go for it AD! The Power of Change. Yes we can!


    Quirky Indian

  11. rahul on January 13, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Before you leak your bowels in a public meet honoring minority leaders, shoot yourself in the foot with a gun, or stab yourself with a pen, maybe you should take a break and leave the country in the hands of less competent leaders.

    25% of 44 would me…hmmm… I am a lil weak in maths :)))

    dude if u stand for PM, u got 1 vote ,for sure (in case ur wondering ,that’s me)!!!

  12. amreekandesi on January 15, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    @Vijay – Thanks!

    @Philip – From what i read about him, i didnt get that impression. Apparently he is one of the more powerful people in the party, and a longtime gandhi loyalist. Apparently he was the person who got Sonia gandhi into politics.

    @QI – Thanks. Every vote counts towards a lot.

    @rahul – :)

    Your namesake isnt 44 though…he is 38. And after this post, i have definitely got a few votes towards PMship. Just a few crore more to go!

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