I was watching the White House Correspondents dinner and after it was over I felt sad that our esteemed PM would not be getting such an honor. And being the kind hearted soul I am, I thought that I should write one. I may not be Stephen Colbert or Craig Ferguson but I'm the only one who cares, so Dr Singh be ready for the speech of a lifetime. So let's imagine that we have the Prime Minister, his cabinet colleagues the opposition and all the power brokers sitting together in Vigyan Bhawan's main hall.We have been asked to deliver the keynote address. So here it is:
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the first annual Prime Ministerial correspondents dinner.
So, Mr. Prime Minister, this may be your last year in office. I mean if the congress wins the election next year, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi may select someone else to do her bidding. Of course sir, I am just kidding. Just like the left front kids around with the country's interest. In fact the left front hates the
Now I see Rahul Gandhi sitting in the front row. Now, Rahul, I know you're not old enough to have a drink in one of
Sitting next to Rahul, we see another Prime Minister in waiting, Mr LK Advani. In fact Mr Advani has been waiting for so long to be Prime Minister, that his new book is called Waiting Room. Mr Advani, your party must get it's act together before the next election otherwise you are going to be waiting for the rest of your life.
Oh wait!! I see Arjun Singh in the crowd. Sir, could you please stand and take a bow? Some of your fans, namely the upper caste medical students who couldn't get admission in AIIMS want to give you a standing ovation. What's that sir, you cannot stand. Oh I'm sorry. I forgot. Please accept my apologies. Sir, It's an honor to meet you. It is only once in a lifetime that one gets the opportunity to meet someone who is older than AK Hangal. In fact, ladies and gentlemen Mr Arjun Singh is so old, his first girlfriend was Anarkali's mother. A little known fact about Arjun Singh is that he used to be drinking buddies with Bahadur Shah Zafar. In fact, yesterday they found Arjun Singh's baby teeth among the ruins of Mohenjadaro. Please sir, don't try to speak. Most of us don't understand sanskrit.
Ah! And there is Mr Pranab Mukherjee. Our pan chewing foreign minister. You know, very few people know about Mr Mukherjee's secret bet with US president George Bush. Oh Yes. You see, both of them have been competing for the past few years to find out the man who is most efficient at butchering the English language. I think Mr Mukherjee, has won, hands down. We are proud of you sir and honored that you represent us. However, please stop wiping your pan stains on Sharad Pawar's white safari suit. It's the only one he has.
We also have members of the Indian media present here. Our Indian press has come a long way. And it's great to see our newspapers and T.V. bring real issues to the forefront instead of acting like cheerleaders for the government. Our reporters have matured over the years and do not act anymore like a three year old child who fell into a deep, dark ditch,
These people bring to the forefront issues which affect our everyday life. They tell us which celebrities are doing each other and what Lakshmi Mittal eats for breakfast. So let's give it up for the Indian media.
Anyway, unlike his cabinet colleagues who forget to inform him about important policy decisions, we shouldn't forget that this evening is about Dr Manmohan Singh.
So let's celebrate the term of a prime minister who takes decisions after they have been approved by a higher power. God, Gandhi, same thing, right?
Let’s celebrate the fact that we have a president and prime minister who bear allegiance not to the country, not to the flag, but to a family. Just like in The Sopranos. Such nobility and loyalty is so rare in this day and age. Though the congress party is full of such pioneers.
Of course this PM has had his comic moments. He really did entertain us with his unimaginably hilarious statements like The BJP wants him to die or that homosexuality is against Indian Culture or that he doesn’t know anything about politics. However you shouldn’t just sit there, you should clap for this man. He has his principles, but he has the hindsight not to be enslaved by them. If that isn't applause worthy, I don't know what is.
So let’s celebrate the fact that in the sixtieth year of independence, the government wants to ban actors smoking on screen. A measure which provides a smokescreen for real issues like inflation, poverty and corruption. Or let’s celebrate the brilliant idea of the finance minister, who decided that the only way to increase tax collections is to increase the tax burden on the people who already pay the tax. Wonderful idea. You need to applaud, ladies and gentlemen, not just sit there with an expression of disgust.
Of course, who can forget the brave decision to kill the Indo-US nuclear deal, something which caused irreparable damage to
This brave man insisted on continuing with what some people termed as populist measures like unnecessary subsidies. Though they harmed the economy in the long run, at least they bought his allies into power in their respective states.
We should feel proud of the fact that this particular council of ministers has amongst it’s midst, a man convicted of murder and a man convicted of embezzling a few hundred crores.
The PM's efforts at rehabilitating these ex-criminals are incredible and deserve a Param Vir Chakra.
We are here to celebrate the catastrophic failure of a government we have at the center. A government, which if it wins power again, will follow the same self fulfilling prophecy it has for the past four-and-a-half years. A government which claims to exist for the common man, but has done nothing to decrease the common man's misery. So let’s give our beloved prime minister a standing ovation, for he made a huge effort to ensure that history will rank him as one of India's most ineffective Prime Ministers.
Personally, I’m glad your term is coming to an end Mr. Prime Minister. In fact I can’t wait for your government to leave. However, I would request you to do me one last favor. Please, sir, don't let the door hit you on the a** on your way out.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen for your time. I hope you enjoyed your evening. Good Night.