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On Misunderestimating Kejriwal and Shills like Medha Patkar

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The Merriam-Webster says about the word shill that its origins are unknown and the first known usage was in 1914. That makes it one hundred years old. I have usually encountered it in US political commentary. I like the sound of the word and it always brings up the almost similar word shrill to mind. The wikipedia describes the word well –

A shill, also called a plant or a stooge, is a person who publicly helps a person or organization without disclosing that they have a close relationship with the person or organization.

“Shill” typically refers to someone who purposely gives onlookers the impression that they are an enthusiastic independent customer of a seller (or marketer of ideas) for whom they are secretly working. . . .

What brought the word to mind was Medha Patkar. She was on a TV talk show with Arnab Goswami (the same fellow who had that little tête-à-tête with the super-genius, apple of Diggy’s eye, the Italian-Indian shehzada, the pride of the Maino family, etc etc, Raul Vinci aka Rahul Gandhi.) The matter being discussed was Arvind Kejriwal’s hypocrisy.

Kejriwal insists that he will not do something and then goes ahead and does it. He’s gained himself quite a reputation as “Mr U-Turn”. In the current example of a “Kejriwal-turn”, he vehemently, vociferously, publicly insisted that he will not live in a huge government-provided accommodations, but privately he demanded that two huge properties be allocated to him — around 12,000 sqft of living space and 18,000 sqft of lawns.

Among the talking heads was Medha Patkar. She was the sanctimonious shill. Wiki again:

Shill can also be used pejoratively to describe a critic who appears either all-too-eager to heap glowing praise upon mediocre offerings, or who acts as an apologist for glaring flaws. In this sense, the critic would be an implicit shill for the industry at large, possibly because his income is tied to its prosperity.

As an apologist for the lying Arvind Kejriwal, she gave a command performance. She epitomized sanctimonious shill-dom. I tweeted:

From time to time, I get inspired to tweet about Kejriwal. In November last year, I had called him several names. That was before he became the CM of Delhi. Most people did not realize what a sleazy scumbag he was. Last night I tweeted my view of Kejriwal and attached a screen capture of my November tweet:

I am sure that I misunderestimate (thanks GW Bush) Kejriwal’s devious genius. He is communal to the core and could probably teach the insufferable Digvijaya Singh a few tricks. Here’s what I noted the other day:

So there we are watching the train-wreck that is the Delhi government run by #Dramebaaz #U-turnBaba Kejriwal and apologists like Ms Medha Patkar. Don’t these people have any sense or shame? Don’t they realize that they will be reviled by the millions once their nautanki is over?

Anyway, I reserve my severest criticism for the cretins, the brainless dolts, who supported AAP. Their stupidity will impoverish an already poor country.

  • agarwalmk

    I have been a long time reader of this blog…but this post is so disgusting that author has lost my respect along with my subscription.

  • Nipun

    I have been a regular reader of your blogs.Would be great if you can really expand on why is AAP not good for India. For those who are dilettantes at best, it would be of great help to discern and understand. All I know of from one of your previous pieces is about AAP in favor of more government instead of less. It would be interesting to be privy to more clarity in this matter.

  • VirtualPresence

    The mere fact that the delhi gov, kejri-lalbatti-wal included, condone and encourage vigilante “justice” and instead of passing bills to make the police department more accountable goes around insulting the whole department and sits on dharna is quite insulting and doesnt deserve my vote. For giving 30% of their votes the people of delhi DESERVE all the ills that befall them, though i feel for those who din’t vote for them but are traumatized by these hypocrites and sanctimonious shills, cost of democracy i guess.

  • suhit

    This is an important discussion. AAP seems like the best alternative until they started partnering with congress, naming BJP as the problem for the country and doing the silly stuff in Delhi.

    I see a small possibility of them taking some lok sabha seats that will hurt Modi’s campaign.