Patil’s Fashion Show

Home Minister's three dress changes in four hours after the Delhi blasts

Home Minister Shivraj Patil

When Delhi was burning, the Home Minister was busy changing dresses. Sounds unbelievable – but in a span of 4-5 hours (just after the blasts ) he changed three dresses. The fashion show of the Home Minister is a clear indication of his priorities and lack of concern. Being the Home Minister, he should have been doing many more important things at that critical time than just changing dresses.

If this was not enough, his able deputy decided to rush to his home constituency Kanpur on the next day of the blasts to inaugurate a shop. He was shown on the TV cutting ribbons and enjoying snacks on this occasion.

Lal Bahadur Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri

While it can be argued that there is nothing wrong with ministers changing dresses and inaugurating shops, this needs to be viewed in the context of the terrible tragedy for which these two ministers are directly responsible.

Gone are the days when Lal Bahadur Shastri tendered his resignation after a train accident owning moral responsibility as the then Railway Minister. The least that is expected of today’s ministers is to at least show some respect and concern for the public sentiments.

With elections round the corner, this kind of shameless indifference by the Patil and his deputy will surely have a toll on Congress’s chances.

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  • sayana  On September 18, 2008 at 9:14 am

    PM calls a Cabinet meeting to discuss terrorism.
    Shivraj Patil is present in all finery – cream safari.
    PM: I would like to discuss the issue thread-bare.. ..
    Patil: Excuse me, please. Leaves ad gets back in a few minutes wearing light brown safari.
    PM: Nice dress. To come back to the discussion, let me pick up the threads .. ..
    Kamal Nath: Talking of threads, the textile industry is dead.
    Patil: Excuse me, please. Leaves and gets back in a few minutes wearing grey safari.
    PM: Nice soothing colour. Excellent dress sense, respected Home Minister. Our meeting is taking a long time. My office has arranged fresh bakes, cakes and ice cream. Any one for Pizzas?
    All: I hear and I obey. Patil repeats for effect.
    PM: That was a tiring food break. Sometimes one wonders if that is why we exist.
    FM: You know, we started before Rahu Kal and now we are in the middle of Rahu Kal (1.5 hours).
    Patil: Excuse me, please. Leaves and returns in light green suit.
    PM: Great colour. Very apt and sympathetic. Truly secular.
    Lalu: We need to learn a lot from him.
    Patil: First, my deputy will brief you on the terror situation and steps that we have taken. Where is my deputy
    PA to Patil: Sir, he went inaugurate that Jewellery showroom. Shall I call him now.
    PM: What happened?
    FM: This is getting delayed. Now we are into Yama Gandam (another 1.5 hours)
    Patil: My deputy has been called away on urgent security affairs. Excuse me, please. Leaves and returns in a sparkling white safari.
    PM: Can you do the briefing?
    Patil: I would have but the dusty files are best left to my deputy. You know it all happened a long time ago.
    PM: I agree. Now that the dust has settled on the the last terror attack, let us .. … …
    Patil: Oh, Oh! You spoke of dust. Excuse me, please. Leaves and returns in a black safari.
    PM: Over the last four hours, we had an interesting discussion. Let us adjourn and mingle with our countrymen. I need to rush and advise Soniaji. Thanks.
    All leave.

  • Nimmy  On September 21, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    lol..that was good to knwo..I am least surprised as this is the common attitude of politicians towards aam aadmi..To them,it is just another blast or riot,but individuals are concerned the most..

    we need to act for ourselves..

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