Just a short post – written in a hurry – that’s my excuse for any factual or grammatical errors.
This post is prompted by a stray comment a friend made about the results of a reality dance competition called ‘Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa’ - we behave in small groups exactly in the same manner in which we behave as a nation, and vote on irrelevant criteria for the wrong person.
Before I continue, let me admit that I have watched all of ten minutes of one episode of ‘Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa’ and have read about it once or twice in the papers – that’s all the background there is to this post. The finals of JDJ had Mona Singh (Jassi) competing against Shweta Salve, and the results were decided by viewer’s votes. Shweta Salve was the superior dancer by far, but Mona Singh had the popularity of her Jassi days to support her and she won. This led my friend to comment that if we Indians keep voting on the basis of irrelevant criteria, then we deserve the kind of leaders we have.