Many a slip between the Lokpal Bill and Act…

The Lokpal Bill was presented in Parliament in 1968.

Since then… man walked on the moon, Pakistan was split into two, India and Pakistan became nuclear powers, the PC entered households, BJP created, an Indian entered space, the Russian Communist Empire collapsed, we entered the Internet age, 9/11 happened, India saw 10 more people become PMs, an African American became US President, Anna Hazare brought India to a standstill over the Lokpal Bill, Sachin debuted and scored his 1st and 100th international century and retired, India launched Mars probe…

Alternatively…

When the Lokpal Bill was presented in Parliament, Anna Hazare was in the army.

Since then… Anna served in the 1971 war, quit service, transformed his village Ralegan Siddhi, started a Grain Bank, launched many anti-corruption movements in Maharashtra, was jailed in Yerawada (Pune), got State ministers indicted, spearheaded RTI movement in State, helped pass Act stopping arbitrary transfers of officials, launched a campaign against Pawar, spearheaded August Kranti, was jailed in Tihar, saw the launch and electoral success of the Aam Aadmi Party…

Though some things never change…

In 1968 Pappu didn’t have any achievements because he wasn’t born.
In 2013 Pappu still doesn’t have any achievements.

Theme song…
Aayega aayega aayega aayega Lokpal ek din, aayega..

© Sunil Rajguru

Dil Bill Lokpal war main kya jaanu re…

(Lokpal) Bill toda, hamara Dil toda… Bollywood spoofs on the Lokpal fiasco…

Bill Hain Ki Maanta Nahin… On the inability of the bill to be passed.

Bill To Paagal Hain… Sentiments of Laloo and Co.

Bill Toh Kaccha Hai Ji… The BJP’s reaction.

Bill Diya Dard Liya… The Congress lament.

Bill Bole Hadippa!… What optimists thought would happen…

Bill Kabaddi… What actually happened in the Rajya Sabha.

Hum Bill De Chuke Sanam… Congress washing its hands off saying they introduced it.

Rehnaa Hai Tere Bill Main… CBI Group C&D and the Lokpal.

Hamara Bill Aapke Paas Hai… Team Anna to the UPA.

Bill Ka Rishta… Close to Anna Hazare’s heart.

Bill-E-Nadaan… Said the Opposition

Bill Se Mile Bill… Fate of all bills nowadays, including FDI in retail.

Bill Pe Mat Le Yaar!!!

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

The Three Laws of Motion of Indian Politics…

The First Law…
A large Parliamentary body remains stationary unless that body is acted upon by an external force (like Anna Hazare).
Ultimate model of Intertia=Manmohan Singh.

The Second Law…

The acceleration the Parliamentary body is parallel and directly proportional in case of a useless demand and inversely proportional to a very useful demand.
(Like hiking MPs salary is achieved in 40 seconds through a voice vote and the Lokpal is hanging fire even after 40 years)

The Third Law …

Every action by the people has a greater and opposite reaction by the Parliament.
An illustration…
Action: 1 Common Citizen (Anna) held 790 MPs to ransom.
Reaction: 1 common MP (Rajniti) held 1.2 crore Common Citizens to ransom.

© Sunil Rajguru

Ajeeb Lokpal hai ye…

So much sound and fury over the Lokpal Bill and not an Act to show for it in the end.

Please sing to the tune of Ajeeb daastan hai ye from Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai…

Ajeeb Lokpal hai ye,
Kab ye shuru hua aur kab hoga khatam,
Ye manzile hai kaunsi,
Na sarkar samajh saka na hum,
(Ye
Anna rosihni ke saath kyoon,
Dhuaan
Team ka utha chiraag se),
Ye
Lokpal khwaab dekhte hum sab kyun,
Ki jag pade ho khwaab se.

Ajeeb Lokpal hai ye,
Kab ye shuru hua aur kab hoga khatam,
Ye manzile hai kaunsi,
Na sarkar samajh saka na hum,
(Mubaarakein tumhe ke tum,
Kisi
movement ke noor ho gaye)
Hal ke kitne paas the,
Aur hal se door ho gaye.

Ajeeb Lokpal hai ye,
Kab ye shuru hua aur kab hoga khatam,
Ye manzile hai kaunsi,
Na sarkar samajh saka na hum,
(Kisi ka
Bill leke tum,
Naya
Act kab basaaoge?)
Ye shaam jab bhi yaad aayegi,
Woh
useless LS-RS debates yaad aayenge…

(Original Song: Ajeeb daastan hai ye.
Film: Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai.
Year: 1960)

This Spoof by Sunil Rajguru

Tryst with Tomfoolery

Many years ago, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru gave a brilliant speech called Tryst with Destiny.

With due apologies to the great man, here is a spoofed up and highly abridged version of that speech to describe the sordid events of the Rajya Sabha not passing the Lokpal Bill, which has been hanging fire for more than four decades…

(Maybe Rahul Gandhi could read it!)

Long years ago we made a tryst with tomfoolery, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the Lok Sabha sleeps, the Rajya Sabha will awake to strife and tomfoolery…

At the dawn of 1968, India started on her unending Lokpal quest, and trackless decades are filled with her striving and grandeur of her failures. We end today a period of misfortunes and India trashes the Lokpal yet again…

On this day our first thoughts go to the architect of this freedom, the New Father of our Nation, Anna Hazare, who, embodying the old spirit of India, held aloft the torch of the Lokpal and lighted up the darkness that surrounded us. We have often been unworthy followers of his and have strayed from his message…

The future beckons to us. Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavour? To bring more tomfoolery to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India…

(This spoof by Sunil Rajguru)

More Lokpal musings…

∙ Lokpal movie…
Came in 40 Odd Years (Lok Sabha Chapter).
Sequel…
Gone in 40 Odd Hours (Rajya Sabha Chapter).

∙ Full Circle…
The world was created from Chaos.
Indian Parliament will always end in Chaos.

∙ Theme song for the failed Mumbai Anna agitation…
Kasa kay, bara aahe, I am Mumbhai, Lokpal bye bye…

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

The blind men and the Lokpal Elephant

(Based on the story “Blind men and an elephant”)

The Lokpal Elephant was kept in a dark room and various people went to check it out.

Kapil Sibal felt the tusks and said, “This is pretty strong, hard and can rip apart almost anything!”

Laloo Prasad Yadav felt the leg and said, “My God! This is so strong! It can crush us any time!”

Arvind Kejriwal felt the tail and said, “This is so thin and useless!”

M Karunanidhi felt the ear and said, “This looks quite small and useless, my ministers will be safe.”

Mamata Banerjee tried to touch the trunk but it kept moving this way and that way and she exclaimed, “My God! I don’t even know what this is!”

Mulayam Singh Yadav felt the stomach and it rumbled loudly and so he ran out of the room.

Some Congress MPs went too close to its rear and got disgusted and ran away too.

LK Advani sat in the corner and refused to touch the elephant saying, “What do I care! We are not in power!”

This version by Sunil Rajguru

The Anna Hazarical group of companies…

Social activist Anna Hazare has spawned a group of services all across India and is doing a lot of things for a lot of people…

Anna Political Opposition Services
Have you been a poor Opposition and been unable to stand up to the Government of the day? Have you been ineffective and invisible for too many years? Then never fear! Anna will do your dirty work for you!
Clients: BJP and other Opposition parties.

Anna Legislative Consultancy Services
Have your bill drafts been weak and unable to gain wide acceptance of the masses? Have you been unable to pass a particular bill for four odd decades? Well then, Anna will help you on your way!
Client: Congress and Lok Sabha. (Unwillingly)

Anna TV Programming Services

Tired of showing the same ole shit related to Bollywood, cricket and other mundane happenings of India? Anna will provide you with enough TV content to last 25 hours comfortably, if ever the day was to be extended.
Clients: All Indian TV news channels.

Anna Image Management Services
Do you want to be political stars without being politicians? Simply join our team!
Clients: Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Kumar Vishwas…

Anna Alcoholics Anonymous
Do you want to give up your drinking habit for good? Well, step this way please! We will flog you within an inch of your life and you will be too scared to look at a single peg in your entire life!
Clients: The anonymous alcoholics of Ralegaon Siddhi.

Anna Recruitment Agency
Have you been unable to hire an effective Lokayukta for your states? Are all your prospective candidates jinxed? Don’t worry: Team Anna will give you a workable list and push hard in the public domain.
Client: Karnataka Lokayukta (trial in progress).

Anna International Services
Coming Soon.

Anna Catering Services
Disclaimer: Please simply go on a fast!

© Sunil Rajguru

Some Anna Hazare musings…

∙LM Singhvi: I gave birth to the Lokpal Bill.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi: That’s nothing. I killed its effectiveness.
Anna: Wait for the Second Coming.
Lokpal Terminator: I’ll be back!

∙ Sonia: Now I’m ready to fight for the Lokpal Bill!
Anna: OK, wear the boxing gloves and let’s get in the ring.
Spokesperson: No. No. No. That’s against our sanskriti. What it means is that when someone else writes a speech, she reads it out and when she writes a statement, someone else reads it out. It’s nothing more than that!

∙ Maybe it’s all a problem of numerology while naming it the Lokpal.
Some alternative names…
Latepal… Lamepal… (go jump in the) Lakepal… Mockpal… (chaaku ki) Nokepal… Roke(sako to rok lo)pal… Tokepal… (un)Luckypal… Netapal… Votepal… Waatpal… Quotapal… (zero+joke)Zokepal…

© Sunil Rajguru

The news in statements and mirror statements…

Sibal: Censor cyberspace!
Cyberspace: Censor Sibal!

Singhvi: Lokpal draft finished.
Team Anna: Lokpal finished!

Religious leader to women: Please don’t touch bananas.
Congress woman president to party leaders: Please stop going bananas!

Congress: FDI in Retail.
The Rest: Retail of Foreign Delayed Indefinitely.

Pranab Mukherjee: We are lucky that we are not eating lizards!
Citizen to politician: You lizard!

© Sunil Rajguru

Main bhi Anna, tu bhi Anna…

Uncle: Beta, tum bade hokar Gandhi banoge ya Nehru?
Beta: Par main to already Anna ban chuka hu!

According to the World Population Census, the fastest growing country in the world in the month of August was Nation Anna.

The April agitation was a first step towards the August agitation, which is the first step towards drafting a strong Lokpal Bill, which will be the first step in the long and tough battle against corruption… (First step or Last hope?)

© Sunil Rajguru