|Look at his impish smile! |
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For centuries to come, historians, sociologists, and scientists will babble and squabble in public, and mull over and pull their hair out in private to ascertain whether the genius of the 13th Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh was innate or acquired or both. If both, to what degrees?
One thing, however, is irrefutable and that is that whenever the future generations will come across the word genius, they will instantly associate it with Dr. Singh. For example just notice how some of the traits of a genius fit Dr Manmohan Singh to a tee:
"Genius (Dr. Singh) is eternal patience." ~ Michelangelo
"Towering genius (such as Dr. Singh) disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored." ~ Abraham Lincoln
"Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities."~ Oscar Wilde
"When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him." ~ Jonathan Swift
"When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius (such as Dr. Manmohan Singh) to do it." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our country, for quite some time now, has been in dire need of change. We have been desperately trying to get rid of the old order to rejuvenate our society. When I read the history of developed nations, I learn that they were infused with young blood and young ideas each time a generation died in a war. They took leaps in scientific advancements as well as gender and race equality when old social order and established societal mores were discarded. We could also send great many nationalists and patriarchs to fight the jehadis in strife-ridden countries, but this solution seems too bloody for our peace-loving nation.
In such a bleak scenario, it is the genius of Dr. Singh which has given us abounding hope. He has already led us halfway on a silent path towards progress. He has accomplished an extraordinary feat. I am not talking about the honors, awards, and international recognition received by Dr. Singh, any rattu tota or kitabi keeda could have hoarded such awards. I am talking about his genius at building the pyre of the grand old Congress Party. While the Party used him to keep the seat warm for the Gandhi scion, he sat there silently over scam after scam and let the seat burn and ignite the pyre. No one else could have decimated Indian National Congress the ruling political party the way Dr. Manmohan Singh has done. The work of a genius indeed!
But friends, mitron, if you take the larger picture into account, you will realize that only half of the work is done. Now it's Narendra Bhai Modi's turn to exterminate another old political party which thrives on the support of even more regressive and pernicious ideologues.