January 11, 2010

Gowda Howled Da ...

January 11, 2010 Posted by Vijay , No comments
Now I really can empathise with news hungry television channels. It truly is music to the media channels as it is for the thousands of bloggers not to mention those on twitter. But I so wish words such as "Bhosidi Maga" and "Bloody Bastard" could be given a tune to be made music out of. Unfortunately, Deve Gowda resorted only to these words and hurled them at the Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa. It obviously wasn't nice of Deve Gowda, to choose the NICE stir by farmers to air his more than frank views.

But Deve Gowda's remarks clearly show his skills of being multilingually adept at both Kannada and English. Not to mention his brief stint as prime minister of India, and thankfully a brief one in retrospect. It certainly is good education for the masses to learn from their leaders of the appropriate usage of words at appropriate moments. Unlike such multilingual capabilities which Indian ministers possess, the U.S counterparts are limited to just English.

Just to side Yediyurappa here. If we go by the literal meaning of the nice words Deve Gowda used, Yediyurappa would still qualify as a human of the mammal species, and pray tell me which newborn is not bloody at birth? So Deve Gowda certainly hasn't checked his facts before hurling the abuses. Yediyurappa has every right, to air his displeasure at such contradictory and incorrect abuses.

But we in India shouldn't be complaining really. Other politicians across the world too are not far behind in hurling abuses. While Gowda has the linguistic advantage to help his message reach the local people, those in the U.S know only English. Twitter is the new battleground with Mike Parry calling Barack Obama as "a power hungry arrogant black man." in his tweets. Another politician, Harry Reid, in the run up to the 2008 U.S. presidential elections had mentioned that Obama could win because, while black, he was "light-skinned" and lacked a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

So there we are. Deve Gowda has just been candid about his personal views about Yediyurappa. The war of words elsewhere in the U.S. is more subtle and tech savvy. Deve Gowda is not the geek and is too senile, unlike a Tharoor to use 140 characters to tweet about Yediyurappa's lineage. He has gone to great lengths to woo the English audience and the Kannadiga audience with his endearing choice of words. Yediyurappa in the meanwhile has expressed how hurt he has been at being questioned of his lineage. I guess he does have B.S for initials. That should settle matters!

Kannada invective bosudi maga means, "son of a bitch".