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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Pronab's Param Veer Charkra

I don't know if this has happened to Pranab Mukherjee in his distinguished half-a-decade long career as a congressman, but undoubtedly its a medal he can wear with as much pride as Steve Waugh adorns his baggy green. Pronab da now joins a veritable gallery of congress superstars (Mani Shankar Iyer, former TNCC president Tindivanam Ramamurthy, B Janardhana Poojary and K.Karunakaran to name a few) who have either been roughed up or had their dhotis/veshtis removed in public by their own partymen. Satyamurthy Bhavan in Chennai might have hd the largest share of such incidents among all congress offices (yes the ones where they all sit on white gaddis, resting on white pilliows, wearing white caps). But interestingly the "Hindoo" nationalist paper Pioneer reported that "according to sources, Pronab Da gave back as good as he got". The dimunitive congressman whose cheeks grow redlier-redlier by each passing day was unruffled and is reported to have responded thus: eet ees ane unphortunate insident. But such ebhents do take place in any democratic saet-up. Who can agre with the Defence Minister. After all, Our Lady of Secular Church is the heart and soul of our democracy.

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