A master-stroke by Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar

A smart boy from Gandhi clan made a mockery of the over-hyped Thackrey might in his own den; he gave a successful follow-on to the Cartoonist-turned-Regional Satrap.

INDIAN HISTORY reveals that Chanakya was a very brilliant intellectual. He was full of determination in achieving any objective. He was a master in the four methods: persuasion, enticement, sowing dissension, and punishment or war. None could realise what was going on his mind.

So secretive was he in his method, and far-sighted in any endeavor, that his calculations never went wrong and he never missed his aim. Sharad Pawar has some traces of this great tactician. But there is a major lacuna – Chanakya was given to strict renunciation apparently of a harsh nature. Pawar is a Material Boy. He wants to keep a lot for himself, his family and his team.

Chanakya had the other name of Kautilya also. Some say that he got the name Chanakya because he was born in China. Sharadchandra Govindrao Pawar, born on December 12, 1940, has another identity also – Great Maratha – popularly known as Sharad Pawar.

He is the president of the Nationalist Congress Party which he founded in 1999, after separating from the Indian National Congress. He has previously held the posts of Defence Minister of India and Chief Minister of Maharashtra and currently serves as Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India. His adventurous journey to Matoshree will be a part of folklore. The story of David and Goliath doesn’t fit here. Here the roles seem to have reversed.

A smart boy from Gandhi clan made a mockery of the over-hyped Thackrey might in his own den; he gave a successful follow-on to the Cartoonist-turned-Regional Satrap. Now, this cunning NCP strategist couldn’t resist the temptation to take the wind out of the sails of Rahul and his Congress. It was the first time in the entire history of Maha Congress, in Mumbai and erstwhile Bombay, that it had shown it had some courage to call the shots. Sharad Pawar rushed out to undo all Rahul did. He has almost torpedoed the glorious sailing of Congress in the name of smooth sailing of IPL.

Pawar never does any thing without reason. He is the last of the breed of cold calculated politicians. Let me shed some light on the illustrious carrier of Mr. Pawar with the game of cricket. When he first became a state minister, way back in 1966, Pawar’s only connection to cricket was a tenuous one – his father-in-law, Sadu Shinde. He was a Test leg-spinner who toured England in 1946. Over the years Pawar’s involvement with the game and its administration deepened. In 2001 he defeated Ajit Wadekar, the former India Test captain, in a fractious election to take over the reins of the Mumbai Cricket Association. With his stunning victory over Jagmohan Dalmiya’s nominee Ranbir Singh Mahendra at the 76th AGM of the board, Pawar is now at the head of the country’s cricket administration and also the federal agriculture minister in a nation still prone to droughts and mass suicides by farmers.

He did hold several portfolios in Government and did some jobs efficiently also. However, his bag is full of issues of nepotism, favoritism and controversies. A huge dossier is needed to tackle all of them. For the moment it would be suffice to say that he has given a steroid shot to ailing Shiva Sena and its decaying leadership.

He has made a masterstroke and revived the sinking spirits of this fascist organisation. However, Pawar has straddled his leg far beyond the elastic limits. Only time will say how this disciple of Chanakya fails or succeeds in his acrobatics. Needless to tell Bala Saheb had clandestine support of many saffronized outfits and it the very name and success of Khans in film industry that they can’t swallow.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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