27 February, 2021

Yogendra Yadavji

Once you figure in TV debates, where you sit apart with a brooding expression, speak slowly and ‘reflect’ on the views of the people, you are in.

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Yogendra Yadavji
outlookindia.com
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Sorry to bother readers with so many of my names but there is a reason. If my ‘secret diary’ is recovered posthumously, the masses must know the kind of person I was. My sole regret is that unlike Ravan who had 10 heads and 20 hands, I do not have 10 pairs of legs. I needed them because I had to hop from one stool to another. Look where I started from and where I am likely to go: chief minister of Delhi! That will only be the beginning. The idea is to look around and latch onto people who have caught the public imagination and ride on their glory. First, newspaper editors and then TV bosses. Once you figure in TV debates, where you sit apart with a brooding expression, speak slowly and ‘reflect’ on the views of the people, you are in. Ha, I could even make TV bosses like Dr Prannoy Roy and loudmouth Rajdeep Sardesai eat out of my hands, thanks to my sombre, intellectual looks. The poll surveys in their company were exhilarating, my rural looks and ‘specialised’ knowledge of intricate rural politics charmed anchors and the dumb TV audiences who...

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