Thursday, December 27, 2007


A story recounted to me by my grandfather:-

It was sometime in 1948. Fresh with the glow of having achieved independence, political leaders were touring the country and making speeches about how the country should progress, what direction our growth should take and other things. Many were very good and fluent speakers and could speak circles around a less-than-competent counterpart. A healthy(?) animosity had developed between many leaders and they wasted no opportunity to lash out at the others. Some of these rivalries and clashes are quite legendary and lore. One such is the 'healthy' rivalry between Sarojini Naidu and Chakravarthy Rajagopalachari.

Mrs. Naidu and Mr. Rajagopalachari were both good speakers. Eloquent and loquacious, they often delighted crowds(these were admittedly niche crowds which understood them) with their exchanges. On one public occasion where both were scheduled to speak, Mrs. Naidu went first. She delivered quite a wonderful speech, taking Rajaji on on many occasions and taking potshots at him. No, even very obvious jabs and shots. It was now Rajaji's turn. Everyone was waiting for his reply. He began and decimated her speech with one reply:-

"Mrs. Naidu has big parts, quick penetration, ready conception and smooth delivery."


Harish said...

oLLe sleazy wit-u!

tangled said...

Very very good. :)

Santoz said...

LOL :-)

The Darkling Thrush said...

your grandfather is thumba-ney interesting human-u.


Arjun Sharma said...

[Harish] He he, houdu. Nam DaysOfTheRoj haage.

[Tangled] Thank you very much.

[Santoz] Indeed. :)

[Thrush] Houdu, ondu pustaka bareebeku antidini, avara bagge. Duddu kodsu ellindadru.