The whore who couldn’t dance wails on the floor

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For more than ten years, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were not used in Indian elections even though they were ready because politicians of the V.P. Singh kind, luddite by-products of the computer era of Rajiv Gandhi and therefore naturally ill-disposed towards anything that had a whiff of modernity, felt they could be manipulated to tilt polls one way or the other.

Or that the unwashed millions were too ignorant to use them—or use it the way they would like them.

But ever since their introduction in the 1998 elections, EVMs have gone on to be one of the great triumphs of Indian democracy—and technology. While literate America battles the “hanging chad“, mostly illiterate Indians proudly troop to booths and press the buttons. The results are out in a jiffy, and at each election the tech-unsavy slap those who have questioned their ability to handle computers, cellphones, ATMs and all the rest. Hard.

But the verdict of the 2009 elections has given the conspiracy theorists some much-needed oxygen in the cesspool. L.K. Advani has asked questions of the EVMs. Subramanian Swamy has asked questions of the EVMs. Jayalalitha Jayaram, who has been asking questions of EVMs for a long time, has asked the same questions again. (Of course, P. Chidambaram‘s strange victory doesn’t help.)

Now, this strange advertisement appears in the Indian Express in the name of Rahul Mehta.

As the old Kannada saying goes, “Kunilaarada soole nela donku andalanthe (the whore who couldn’t dance complains about the floor).”