Saturday, August 20, 2005
Proud to be a Chamcha
Ramachandra Guha writes in the Telegraph:
Not long ago, I was a participant in a TV debate on the renaming of the new Hyderabad airport after Rajiv Gandhi. I argued that one should name this airport after a genuinely great figure, such as the composer Thyagaraja, a choice that would be applauded across party-political lines. In any case, it was time we went beyond remembering only one family. Somewhere along the line, in response to a term I had used, the other member of the panel, a still serving Union minister, said: “We are happy to be Congress chamchas.”Read the full piece, in which Guha writes about how "the Congress culture of chamchagiri [sycophancy] has made a major contribution to the degradation of Indian democracy."