24 November, 2020

Cellulite Certitudes

As scraggy socialists mope, the corpulent parivar corps chucks a swell

Illustration by Saahil
Cellulite Certitudes

There’s a new F-word in the capital’s politicalscape. The recent cabinet expansion had the commentariat, even the gush media, wail about the Narendra Modi government going from fab to flab. What is it about the BJP and Super Size Me? No, it’s not about the expansion of the state but the expansion of the waistline—it’s the corpulence, not the opulence, of Hindutva hegemony.  The newly-inducted ministers are a breadroll call—from Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti to Sujana Chowdary, Vishnudeo Sai to Dharmendra Pradhan.

Last fortnight Maharashtra’s first BJP chief minister, Dev­endra Fadnavis, walked into the party’s bariatric hall of fame. The 44-year-old now stands paunch to punch with Union minister Nitin Gadkari, and the government’s most influential minister, Arun Jaitley. The capital is abuzz with rumours that the ever-expanding party president Amit Shah is still undecided over the US or India for his stomach stapling. Another BJP belly buddy is Vinod Tawade, former Maharashtra leader of opp­osition, who followed...



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