So everyone’s now waiting for the trust vote. Miles of newsprint, hours of TV footage and megabytes of blogspace have been devoted to this over the last few days….even though our over-the-top news channels did find the time to splash the SRK-Salman tiff as well. Comic relief.

I don’t even know why this fiasco is going on. Do we seriously expect MPs to vote on the merit of the issue? Do we actually believe that anyone is actually concerned about that much-bandied-about-term, the national interest? Can anyone with any degree of sense fail to see that in the final analysis, it’s going to boil down to money? For after the whips have been issued, there will still be those who can tilt the scales either way. This is their time. This is why they entered politics. This is why they didn’t pursue any education or learning. This is why they chose to walk away from a respectable life. This is why they learnt – to borrow from Mark Knopfler – the dirty tricks. This is where they are finally rewarded for a lifetime of wearing itchy khadi and pretending they care about us.

Now, will somebody explain to me like I’m a four-year old what effing difference does it make to our lives at this point of time whether the government stays or goes?

Because my humble submission is that it will make no difference. Zero. Zilch. Nil. Not because we can do without a government, mind you – but because can anyone – anyone – actually make out the difference between these guys? So the present lot goes, and a new – perforce – “rainbow coalition” comes in. To my mind, the economy will still continue on its downward spiral, terrorists will still strike at will, babus will still take bribes not to do any work, the cops will still shove their lathis up the commoner’s arse, the farmers will still wish for more or less rain depending on where they are, women will still get raped with impunity (and I do not mean this facetiously or flippantly at all….I’m dead serious), children will still die of malnutrition and disease, female foetuses will still be aborted, most of India will still suffer power cuts and drink unsafe water, we will still defecate and spit on the streets, the poor and the unprivileged will still suffer discrimination and hunger and news channels will still pretend that the puerile crap they broadcast is newsworthy.

Or to put it differently, people will still live, fornicate and die.

Now, will somebody explain to me like I’m a four-year old what effing difference does it make to our lives at this point of time whether the government stays or goes?

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