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Hocus pocus

When politics is the art of the magic cure.

By: Express News Service |
April 22, 2015 12:09:07 am

Those who thought there’s no magic wand can think again. Recently, Chhattisgarh Tourism and Culture Minister Ajay Chandrakar asked the renowned magician, Anand, to put his spell on Maoists and rid them of their rackety ways. Brute force hadn’t worked, cash incentives and surrender schemes hadn’t delivered so well either. When all else fails, there’s magic. Or so the thinking goes in the Chhattisgarh government, though Anand assured the minister that you couldn’t take Maoism out of the Maoist through mere hypnotism.

Chandrakar isn’t the first politician to have a touching faith in magic to fix nagging problems either. A few months ago, the JD(S) in Karnataka reportedly used black magic to curse Congress leaders after losing a property dispute. Then there is West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, famously using her powers to “vanish” party leaders who had fallen out of favour and hapless professors who accused her of doing so. And Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, purportedly cleaning up politics with his magic broom, sweeping away some of his own party members in the process.

Magic streams through the veins of politics, hexing a rival here, conjuring up a poll promise there. But politicians have not used it to the full. How about a resurrection stone to bring back leaders from the past? Netaji would finally spill where on earth he disappeared, Sardar Patel would come back to join the BJP, Gandhi would explain what exactly is Gandhian. That is not all. The Congress could use a spell to transfigure Rahul Gandhi into a fearless general. The Left could do with a time turner to fast forward the clock from the 1960s. The BJP could try brandishing a wand and yelling, “Accio, black money”. And when the going gets tough in Parliament, it need only say one thing to the Opposition: “poof”.

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