Everyone is clamoring for their favorite Prime Minister nominee. Shatrughan wants Nitish, Akhilesh wants Mulayam, Rajnath wants Modi, Derek wants Mamta, Digvijay wants Rahul, Rahul wants Digvijay, and in the event of a fractured mandate, we could end up with a dynamic Deve Gowda or a suave Shibu Soren as our Prime Minister.
Since everyone has favorites, here are my two cents. I suggest the name of forty-nine year young Navjoke Singh Sidhu. Why Sidhu?
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Cometh the hour, cometh the laughter. I am guided by ideas that reflect my personality. Being of incurably funny nature, Sidhu is my nominee because his dour and uncommunicative predecessor has done nothing to make me laugh. Ask any girl “What do you want in your man?” The likely answer is, “A good sense of humor.” When the ultimate aim of human life is to be happy, Sidhu is the ideal candidate for leading a gloomy nation. So what’s as obvious as Akhilesh’s nose to me cannot be lost on my fellow citizens? End result? With Sidhu as our PM, the guy with a cheesy grin (read Diggy) will not know what hit him.
Motivator par excellence. In case of any threat from pesky neighbors, our Prime Minister’s motivational fusillade will create a firestorm. Familiar with his aggressive streak, we know that a volley of his inspirational quotes will motivate our forces. Haven’t you heard him say, “When you choose to live like a Tiger in a jungle, you can't afford to be humble?”
Simply Sidhu. Sportsmen are great leaders. Cricketer Imran Khan, Olympic medalist Sebastian Coe and African footballer George Weah have shown that professional sport is the perfect training ground for politics. As a sportsperson, Sidhu knows how to play fair. God knows, our country needs accountability. Sidhu will bring accountability because there is no blame game in sports. It is a measure of Sidhu’s versatility that both Arnab and Rajdeep give him due respect. For someone who has Arnab’s respect has inherent attributes of Superman, Spiderman and Phantom, rolled in one.
Eloquence at its Best. Given Sherry Pa ji’s phenomenal ‘tongue cum lung’ power, we will finally have a Prime Minister who can match Obama’s oratory. His verbal arsenal is so potent that you want to shake the person next to you and say, “Look, this is what leadership is all about - quotes, votes and jokes.” Yes, he is that good! Cricket fans were glued to the IPL more for Sidhu’s ding-dong than any cheer girl’s boogey-woogey, or Sreesanth’s hanky-panky. So what if he was sacked from ESPN for swearing on air? “Nobody travels on the road to success without a puncture or two.”
I can sense some tut-tutting at my suggestion. “Some are as confused as a baby in a topless bar. But my suggestion is as innocent as a freshly laid egg.” Enough of starched khadi and Nehru caps. Time for fluorescent turbans, neon ties, black suits and unbridled laughter.
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained. And venture belongs to the adventurous,” says Sherry. Thoko Taali.