OP Sharma is the perfect prototype of the patriot, nationalist and aadarsh son of Mother India BJP wants all of us to be.
He shows his mardangi on the streets of Delhi, near the premises of a court, under the benign gaze of Delhi police, on an unarmed man. In the BJP raj, his machismo, like that of every brave man who hunts in a pack, starts singing in his veins in the company of thugs cheering him on and protecting him from retribution.
His blood, like that of many Hindutva foot soldiers, boils on seeing a Muslim, any Muslim. So, he pins student leader Ameeque Jamali down on the road outside Patiala House court and starts dispensing deshbhakti certificates and instant justice, slapping and kicking the hapless student.
And then, eager to prove Samuel Johnson right, he seeks refuge in patriotism. "Mein goli bhi maar deta agar bandook hoti, Koi hamari Ma ko gaali dega to kya usey maroonga nahin," he claims, justifying his manic frenzy.
Can somebody send him to the border, or to Siachin? We are wasting this trigger-happy, nationalist hothead who flies in a fit of patriotism on hearing imaginary gaalis and anti-India slogans, this law-breaker by burdening him with the duties of a law maker.
It is a such a great loss that we did not have the services of this patriot when Indian soldiers were fighting Pakistani infiltrators in Kargil, terrorists on the streets of Mumbai and in the premises of Parliament. Had he been sent to take them on, armed with a bandook, Sharma ji "goli maar dete."
It is a pity that this potential winner of Param Vir Chakra was condemned to being a mere personal assistant to Arun Jaitely when Bharat Mata needed such sons of a gun the most.
Sharma has many other stellar qualities. Like all misogynistic, sexist Bhakts of Bharat Mata, he has just the right words for Maa and Behen of India and the ability to unite them with his oratory. Not so long ago, he had allegedly called his fellow legislator Alka Lamba "baazaru" and somebody who roams around all night. When he was suspended from the Assembly, the women's wing of the BJP came out on the roads, in the streets and bazaars of Delhi, to protest his suspension.
He is also a perfect embodiment of what his mentor Arun Jaitley calls growing lumpenisation of politics. But that must be seen as the acme of devotion to his leader. With him around, does Mr Jaitley need to be reminded of his prophetic words?
So, the Delhi police is right in not taking any action against this man whose middle name is Patriotism. Though there is ample evidence of his vigilante justice on camera, there are dozens of witnesses of his act of machismo, his rashtra seva and allegiance to the law of the land, Sharma should not be booked or sent to jail.
We need him around to continuously remind us of what all nationalists ought to be.
We need him on the streets of Delhi to remind us that Bharat Mata can be used as a cheap excuse to hide the rabid, violent, lunatic in us.
We need him around us so that we are constantly reminded of what the BJP wants its legislators to be.
Arrest him? Are you mad?
Give him a bandook and send him to the border. India, its minorities, women, journalists, students and liberals would feel safer.
First Published On : Feb 16, 2016 23:10 IST