(A victory that is accompanied by enormous losses and leaves the winners in as desperate shape as if they had lost)
Pyrrhus, a first century general and king of a Greek tribe, after winning the battle of Asculum remarked “one more such victory would utterly undo me”
The events leading to the vote of confidence and the high voltage proceeedings in the parliament confirms that the “triumph of democracy” in India has put the country in the battle weary shoes of Genral Pyrrhus.
Right from the day the left withdrew their support to Government when the issue of nuclear deal (who cares! ) took a back seat and all other issues ranging from naming ceremony of Lucknow airport to more serious issues like “how money was allowed into the parliament” took the center stage, the purpose of the battle itself was lost.
Prime Minister Dr.Singh has outlived his reputation as an elite bureaucrat (legacy of his early IMF days) with modesty as his face mask and emerges to claim his rightful place along side PV Narasimha Rao(irony of Shibu is not lost!) and his likes. Any way he won. Or did he?
Decades after his grand mother gave a call for “garibi hatao” Rahul Gandhi finally managed to find the root cause of poverty in India – the energy crisis! If Rahul’s grand son is able to find out WHAT poverty is, we can complete the cycle of victory.
The lone MP from Manipur claims in Parliament that after 4 years he finally supports the UPA because the PM has promised to redraw the state’s boundries with Nagaland. Overnight redefining of territorial boundaries is indeed a sign of victory. Of?
But years later , it will be remembered that while many won the battle, some FOUGHT!