Old age, degeneration and death is pretty much the way of all flesh. Impermanence is a feature of the universe, not a bug. Still it is depressing to witness someone’s mental decline, which is worse than watching them physically decline. Mr B Raman, once a somewhat sharp mind, is evidently losing his grip on reality.
(Click on the image to read some of the tweets in response.)
While I would differ with Mr Raman about Shri Narendra Modi, I understand why he is critical of Modi. Perfectly mentally sound people sometimes hold unreasonable views. Where I think Raman displays his mental weakness is regarding Mrs Priyanka Vadra née Gandhi.
Like her brother, her main accomplishment appears to be that she is the granddaughter of Mrs Indira Gandhi – and she’s as pretty as her brother Mr Raul Vinci aka Rahul Gandhi. She’s married to one Mr Robert Vadra whose net worth is estimated at billions of dollars. Mr Vadra is uniquely successful in business, it would appear. I am sure proximity to power has nothing to do with it. Purely coincidental. It just so happens that often people who have political power in banana republics suddenly become fabulously wealthy.
Anyway, this is not about Mr Vadra or even about Priyanka or her pretty brother. This is about Mr Raman.
About a year or so ago, Mr Raman got infatuated with one Ms Barkha Dutt. Nothing illegal there. It is quite normal for males to get infatuated with females. Before the advent of these interwebs, only one’s closest acquaintances would know about one’s infatuations. These days one can make a public display of it and get laughed at by people halfway across the world.
Mr Raman made an ass of himself in public on twitter regarding Ms Dutt then. Now he is doing the same for Ms Vadra. I guess next he will be sending little love notes via twitter to pretty Mr Rahul Gandhi. And when he does, and when neutral observers like me (neutral to the issue of who loves whom and why) point out the silliness of public displays of affection, Mr Raman will no doubt protest that trolls or “internet Hindus” are bothering him and claim that that proves whatever point he thinks he was making by professing his love and admiration of the pretty one. It is both sad and funny.
Post Script: Sept 3rd. I am in transit from my home in the Silicon Valley to India. I plan to respond properly after I arrive, on the 5th of Sept.