MY BAD: Trending now: CBI’s house of canards
MY BAD: Trending now: CBI’s house of canards By Aakar Patel Aakar Patel , Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Oct 26, 2018, 09:16 IST Share Illustration: Ashish Asthana Friends, one of the problems of living in this era of good governance and achche din is that there is no news only. Life has become boring because everything has become tip-top and working fine. What to do? My latest thing is ‘Net Flicks’. There is no problem of data also because Gujaratis have made 4G cheap. So I do not have anything to report to you today because of the lack of news, but because it is Friday, and column has to be written also, I am reproducing for your benefit and knowledge the stories of the ‘Net Flicks’ that I have been watching. Okay? Oh-kay. Here goes: Indira Jaising’s decision to stop representing activist Talib Hussain is flawed. It creates a new moral position that only those popularly believed to be innocent should be defended. House of Cards: This is about the Central Bureau of Investigation , which decides to raid the Central Bureau of Investigation. It has many dramatic scenes, in which the CBI accuses the CBI of extortion. And in response the CBI charges the CBI with blackmail . The series has been mis-categorised under ‘Action’ when it should probably have been under ‘Comedy’. Sacred Games: Church and state is supposed to be separate, but in this film religion is part of politics and nothing is sacred. The political parties use temple entry, personal law, dietary habits and love to create hatred among their own population. It’s a very scary tale and it’s a good thing that such things do not happen in real life. Wild Wild Country: This is 110% fiction but it is still a good story, though not fully believable. In it, the railways is run by the government which cannot upgrade its safety features because of lack of funds. The solution that the hero finds is simple: pay Japan 1 lakh crore to run Bullet Train from Amdavad to Mumbai. It is a very elegant plot but somehow the ending (in which 63 people get run over by a train while watching a festival) is jarring. Orange Is the New Black: Orange used to be a sacred colour in this country. It was the colour of renunciation, it was the colour of sacrifice, it was the colour of piety. But some people hijack the colour. Their actions (including mass vandalism, lynchings etc) bring the colour to disrepute. Stranger Things: The land has already seen some weird stuff: demonetisation, giant statues, #MeToo ministers, Rafail, Pappu, Sambit, Grrrnab etc. But remember: 2019 election is still 6 months away. Don’t think you’ve escaped yet. In fact be afraid. Be very afraid. Conflict, economy and nations The world no longer witnesses large-scale wars aimed at capturing territory or resources. Today, main economic assets consist of technical and institutional knowledge. Disclaimer : The views expressed here are the author’s own. The opinions and facts expressed here do not reflect the views of Mirror and Mirror does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.