If you thought inflation was seriously pinching your pocket there’s another threat on the horizon – verbal inflation. The sinking level of discourse around the corruption agitation is deplorable, if not diversionary. After the recent government assault on protesters at Baba Ramdev’s camp, the BJP compared the crackdown to the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre. There was an attack on civilian protest – which ironically, attempting feverishly to mollify the yoga guru, the government facilitated right up to the crackdown. However, comparing it to Jallianwala Bagh, wrought by a colonial government, resulting in over 350 deaths, was remarkable overstatement.
The BJP then announced a ‘protest satyagraha’ at Rajghat where cadres sang and danced, joined by Sushma Swaraj. The Congress expressed acidic criticism, including jibes about Swaraj dancing on Mahatma Gandhi’s grave and the BJP becoming a ‘party of dancers’, the Hindi word ‘nachaniya’ used for maximum offence. The lack of reasoned discourse and vacuum of political leadership and governance has opened up the field to populist and charismatic demagogues, who advance unrealistic solutions to genuine problems. Baba Ramdev is keen black money offenders be awarded death. He’s probably unaware that similar panaceas were offered half a century ago, when Jawaharlal Nehru threatened to hang hoarders and black-marketeers from the