This is a fictional work. Although it may seem closer to reality than fiction.
“This is nothing short of blasphemy,” cried the authorized representative of the Supreme Leader.
“He committed a sin and we need to find ways to make him pay for it,” SLER was furious.
The accused man is Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State and now a leading historian. The charge against him is that he just wrote a book about Leadership which includes six world leaders, but our own Prophet of Raisina Hill is not one of the chosen ones.
The book is not yet available in India, but the vishwagurus’ attention has been drawn to a review of Kissinger’s meditation on leadership in the latest Economist. The statesman historian’s list of great leaders includes: Konrad Adenauer (the first chancellor of West Germany), Charles de Gaulle (of France), Richard Nixon (the disgraced president of the United States), Lee Kuan Yew (of Singapore), Anwar Sadat (the assassinated leader of Egypt) and Margaret Thatcher (the first female prime minister of England).
Kissinger’s exclusion from our own Supreme Leader is regarded as nothing short of a national crisis.
An emergency meeting of the Crisis Management Committee was convened. Quorum: SLER (chairman); the foreign affairs officer (FOO), social media man (SMM); and, NRI Overseer (NRIO).
All four had photocopies of the economist review in front of them. The NRIO was the only one who had read a longer review in the Wall Street Journal of July 9, and he made the courage to point out that 99-year-old Kissinger had confined himself to 20th-century leaders and could not possibly include our Supreme Leader, whose first high office was in 2001, two years into the new century.
“On the other hand, Kissinger has excluded Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi,” the FOO said, pleased with his ability to turn a crisis into an opportunity. “If Kissinger had brought the father or the daughter, we would have had a bone to pick with him.”
A disgruntled SLER shouted, “He could be 99 years old; but he is not blind. Can’t he see that our Leader is the only man who gives transformational leadership. Who is there in the world to challenge his status? Boris is gone; Trump is history; Abe is done with; Netanyahu is very, very dubious. “
Now completely annoyed, the SLER was unstoppable: “Look at all the qualities that bias this” historian locates in these so-called six leaders—personal discipline, self-improvement, charity, patriotism, and self-confidence—all these qualities are abundantly visible in our own Leader.”
As men of action and used to having their own way at home, the directors of the crisis management committee agreed that it is imperative that Kissinger be brought to reason.
The social media man came in: “For starters, we can unleash a tsunami of trolls who will never be able to calm the old man. We have the means to demonize the man at the heart of the United States. We can make him feel awe at the reach of Naya Bharat and his potency of poison.”
Not the one to be disregarded, the FOO put in his oar: “We can easily ask all our missions, especially in Europe and America, to write letters of protest to Kissinger’s publishers, threatening to boycott the book. We can give these westerners the power of Modi. make you realize youis India.”
The social media man was also excited now: “We can easily ban the book; formal or informal. In fact, we can demonstrate and agitate for any bookstore that dares sell Kissinger’s latest. Perhaps an easier and cheaper way to energize our executives.” And, in what he hoped would be a masterstroke, he added: “We can ask… pravasic patriots to file FIRs against Kissinger in four of five different police stations in the United States since their religious and ethnic feelings have been hurt.”
The NRIO thought this might not be possible, but came up with a suggestion of its own: “We can turn to our overseas friends to make Kissinger a lucrative offer that he can’t possibly refuse. We know how the Chinese have enriched it over the decades. We can do it too. He may be asked to appear for an interview on one of our national television channels. And then leave him at the mercy of our anchors who would receive the most lavish praise from this veteran diplomat for our own Supreme Leader. Our friends tell us it is very doable, if the price is right.”
SLER: “Money is not a problem. What is a million dollars here or a million pounds there when it comes to national interest, national image or national prestige. But I really love our “concerned” ex-IFS crowd. They pretend to know about global affairs, but they had no idea that Henry Kissinger would not include our Supreme Leader in his book.”
The FOO turned to the NRIO, wondering aloud whether it would be worth hiring a lobbyist in Washington to remind the American people of our own Supreme Leader and his outstanding leadership skills.
Agreement was reached on a plan of action, which had to be sanctioned by the competent authority.
Kissinger will hear from Naya Bharat.