Diwali Musings


In the weeks preceding the past few weeks, we in India were bombarded with Surgical Strikes, and later we married it to Talaq-Talaq-Talaq. These two words invaded our minds (our word power improved by three milestones) and occupied precious space – notwithstanding any border security posts, or the daily TV serials.

Well… lots of fireworks happening before Diwali, after ISRO stopped surgically launching rockets & satellites, for a well-deserved (and well advised) rest! If the Indian Government said Talaq-Talaq-Talaq to terrorism from across the Pakistan Border, the Samajwadi Party, in the northern State of Uttar Pradesh (UP) got fired-up and kept shooting the word, in as many rounds. Mulayam Singh could have used his wrestling skills better to pin his son onto the UP ground mat; instead he went to battle on a falling-apart bi-cycle. Could have asked Olympian Sakshi Malik for some tips, at least to win Bronze – Gold being ruled out (hanging on a second family neck)!

Meanwhile, the steel nerves of the Tata’s cracked, they too heard the sound of money in their Bank Accounts; the polished brand losing some shine; and suddenly & mysteriously said Talaq-Talaq-Talaq to its young Chairman, who I think was doing a fairly good job of re-building the Tata Empire – without his famed father’s help! Talk of Corporate governance, values and principles in the grand old Bombay House? My! I’m sure many of us in the Corporate World of India, can empathise with the sacked, now ex-Chairman of Tata, having been in similar situations – no explanation, no packing, no good-byes – just plain simple ta-ta!  Move over Hollywood, our own Indian feudal Terminator is back, to guard the family jewels!  The Tata’s have become the new Reliance, while Reliance is only getting bigger and better, being at being truly Reliance – brutally commercial, bhai!

At this rate, Atal Behari Vajpayee may say Talaq-Talaq-Talaq to PM Modi and get back to business dragging along a Hospital. Infosys Narayana Murthy did it, but was ‘soft enough’ to hand-over once again. The DMK Party Chief in the Southern State of Tamil Nadu is wiser, is tied to his chair, moves with it and may wheel & ‘stretch’ it to occupy the Chief Minister’s chair, once the sling finds its mark. He whispers to the horse that his ‘sun son’ will take over, while other Families, in the background, are listening-in. Watch this space!

Honesty, and bluntness in calling a spade a spade, as a religion, has just been Talaq-ed! Indian Corporates have the best Vision and Mission Statements, framed beautifully on a polished wood-panelled background, in the Board Room – and that’s where it stays hanging for dear life. Meanwhile, it’s riot on the streets and execution (of Statements) is buried deep underground, beneath an iron-ore mine!

Having a cracking Diwali: it’s always bursting – fireworks & crackers in India. Watch the Skyline! Lights, Camera, Action!



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