I really really want to write this post in Hindi, but my internet is a bit slow today and I can’t get the transliteration to work 😦
Hearing that Laloo ji has a birthday today… and it’s a big one too.. his 70th birthday after all.
There was a time when they used to call him “Raja of Bihar”. There was a time when they used to sing: “Jab tak samose mein rahega aalo, tab tak Bihar mein rahega Laloo”.
(It means : Till the time that there is potato in samosa, nobody can dislodge Laloo from Bihar)
These and many other slogans were used by his goonda cadre to terrify innocent people like us.
For me, the most abiding image of Laloo Yadav will always be him in a campaign vehicle, waving to crowds lining the street … exhorting them all with cries of
Bhajpa hatao, Bhajpa hatao (Remove BJP, Remove BJP)
I just want to remind Laloo ji that since that day the BJP has gone on to win a majority of its own in the Lok Sabha, won countless states and installed two Prime Ministers. What has Laloo Yadav achieved since that day?
The man has 80 seats in Bihar, which makes RJD the largest party in the State Assembly. But his name has become so deeply synonymous with corruption that he dare not lay claim to the CM post. He has to hide behind Nitish Kumar.
Oh wait…. he can’t even lay claim to the CM post because I think he is legally debarred from doing so. For he is a convict!
How life plays out…. where is BJP today and where is Laloo’s RJD! Here is Laloo on his birthday, begging people on Twitter for help with his dream alliance project.
In some ways, Laloo Yadav is a success story for Indian democracy. He might be the most prominent leader ever to be convicted in a corruption case.
You hear that, Laloo ji. Not only did you fail in your life mission to stop BJP, you failed even at corruption!
Everybody knows that the corrupt are never convicted in India. How dumb were you that you actually got convicted?
The joke really is on him.
For me, the other abiding image of Laloo Yadav is him sitting with a bunch of journalists, with his right hand raised … and speaking English in a fake village accent:
“One day…one day I will rule this country and I will serve this country..”
No Laloo ji. You won’t rule this country. Not in this birth. But you might get a chance to “serve”. I mean a chance to “serve” jail time. On this birthday pray that your bail doesn’t get canceled.
Meanwhile I will go grab some samosas….