Modern Indian politicians are (mostly) a transactional lot. ‘Give and take’ is a phrase that trips off their plastic tongue effortlessly.
They buy their seats. They buy votes. They buy ‘followers’. They buy ‘likes’. They buy their image. They buy publicity.
They sell their questions. They sell their votes. They sell their soul. They sell their conscience.
There is nothing organic, nothing natural, nothing emotional about anything, because everything is a “deal” between the buyer and the seller; everything has a price tag.
The mortal remains of K.S. Puttannaiah, the leader of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), and a sitting MLA from Melukote, who died three days ago, were placed in the earth of his home-village Kyathanahalli on the banks of the Cauvery on Thursday.
The snaking queues to bid him goodbye, the tonnes of food distributed free by villagers to mourners, the banners, the tributes, the iconography tell you plenty about the “connect” a true son of the soil, a true representative of the masses, has.
Without (mostly) paying a paisa.
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