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Monday, August 25, 2003

Politicians' thunder stolen by terrorists again??

Wont write too much about the despicable acts of terror that took place in Mumbai today.

The whole Mayawati issue reminded me of something. You see, Mayawati has been promising some big news for today, but finally when she did announce it, her thunder was stolen by the bomb blasts. A state assembly being dissolved is big news, sure. But the biggest bomb blast in the country in 10 years is an even bigger news.

I got a sense of deja vu from all this. I remember that a couple of years back, Mulayam Singh Yadav had made proclamations about some major news. I was at home, watching TV and he actually made the announcement in the afternoon......don't remember exactly what it was.....but it was something that would have resulted in fresh elections in UP, like last time. However this was September 11, 2001 and a few hours later, all that one could see on TV was New York, New York.

Lesson for politicians - if you want to make a big announcement, do it as soon as possible rather than build up the suspense. Terrorists might just grab the headlines.