Cut Digvijay some slack, writes Gursimran Khamba

Friday, 2 May 2014 - 7:35am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

It has taken me over forty-five minutes to type the words I am about to right now. It is the kind of thing that one normally says under the influence of a psychotropic drug given forcibly by kidnappers. The kind of thing that is rumoured to only have been heard on a moonlit night every four years after sacrificing four wolves and stealing Gujarati thalis from four expecting mothers. The kind of thing that makes you start believing in Deepak Chopra.

Cut Digvijay Singh some slack. Let me be clear, this support has nothing to do with the man in general. He is the kind of person who looks so creepy while smiling it makes you want to take a bath. Yet, private images of him and his lover have been leaked on the internet making the whole world lose their collective intestinal ingredients. The one thing that we know about Indian politics is that nothing is sacred, even less so when it's election season when every party is looking for an excuse to hammer the other guy. Not surprising then that his rivals have spun his "illegal" affair into a tale or moral degradation and violation of national security. Words like "characterless" are being thrown around by the likes of Somnath Bharti in a case of irony slapping itself in the face. The woman at the centre of this is now facing an avalanche of sexist remarks by men claiming to be the upholders of women's integrity. BJP supporters, dying to get back at the Congress for their questions on Narendra Modi's wife finally have something to work with.

There's a grey area when it comes to a powerful politicians private life and when it needs to become public in a larger national interest, but I am sure none of our political parties are serious about debating it, let alone care. As long as it can be used to further ones own agenda, everything seems fair game. As far as I'm concerned, as a guy, I'm happy Digvijay Singh is in a relationship. A little loving never hurt anyone.




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