This video of Shashi Tharoor’s TED talk made me write this. In the video, Tharoor visualises India as a soft power and lists out some of her qualities. When he mentions about India’s pluralism, he takes an example of Indian politics which he knows best these days!
There is more to this pluralism than what Tharoor assumes. Actually, India is a country that gave the mandate to an Italian Roman Catholic woman who found a puppet in a Sikh who has not won an election (which is the foundation stone of democracy) under a Muslim President who was a better scientist than a politician any day, in a country 81% of which are Hindus with the majority falling in the neglected “General” upper class. Today everybody knows why the Roman Catholic had to give it to the Sikh and under what circumstances the Muslim became the President. Was it because of religious harmony or the political situations that prevailed at that time?
India is a country in which the real country-class is making a living by treating each single rupee precious and people like Tharoor spending several lakhs for the luxury of the Taj for a longer duration of 3 months when awaiting official residence! He speaks about the reach of communication channels to the common man and despite the development of the infrastructure he boasts about, the Internet continues to be costly in India. An impressive speech shows the skill of the orator and not always the merit of the content. Tharoor, you better speak about some presentable truth rather than trying to distort known facts to gain false pride.
Video is also available here