Did you hear the latest “Chindambaramism” from our newly installed home minister P. Chidambaram? He has liked “Slumdog Millionaire” and now is asking all Indians to feel “inspired” by it.
I am surprised he has seen nothing wrong with the movie, its racial prejudice and its stereotyping of India as a land of unspeakable poverty, horrors, oppression, squalor and crime. The movie shows this as the “reality” of India. And to rub salt into our wounds, Chidambaram is asking us to feel “inspired” with this image of our country that has been projected to the whole world!
But then, Chidambaram is the same “leader” who had this to say about India:
India was a country where rivers of milk and honey used to flow, is a great historical myth, believes Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram. “The poverty has always been there in India and whoever propounded the myth about India being a rich country is wrong,” he said.
The old teaching that India was a country of milk and honey about five centuries ago was factually incorrect, Chidamabaram said. “Poverty was there and is still there in India, though prosperous pockets existed here and there,” he said.
The finance minister said the books that propounded the glorious past of India were liable to be burnt.
Arun Shourie said Chidambaram is the most over-rated finance minister ever. I agree. He has managed to run the economy into the ground in the last four years.
But, pray, why is he always trying to project that India is and always was a country of beggars and that the Britishers did all of us a favour by ruling us? There is something wrong with Chidambaram’s psychological make-up. I can smell a deep-rooted inferiority complex about his identity that simply refuses to go away. The more someone pisses on India and its civilisation, the more this man applauds.