THE COORDINATED SILENCE of seemingly rival politicians on a crucial issue tells us more about their real politics, than their incessantly glib statements.
For those whose ears are trained to read silence, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of Congress and Parkash/Sukhbir Singh Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal are making a deafeningly loud statement these days about their actual politics by the simple art of keeping their mouths shut. In coordination.
Coordinated silence is a political stance. Welcome to the grand Amarinder-Badals-BJP-RSS lovefest. You can shout Bharat Mata Ki Jai – it will be very appropriate!
Those were the days when Amarinder Singh trashed warmongers, hailed Pakistani Punjab's great culture, sat past midnight at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex on Lahore's Egerton Road, enjoying Pakistani songs, while Badals argued for robust Punjab-to-Punjab trade linkages and Indo-Pak talks.
Let's go to the beginning of the tail, or tale - both are appropriate, as you shall see.
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