I’m not surprised by your latest act of sob-sob over not being invited to the Republic Day celebrations. You must have been particularly peeved by my presence in the VIP enclosure being chaperoned and parasoled by a senior security officer. Come on, man, grow up. Stop being a silly whimpering kid.
You’ve always been a kid, I know. When I shared the platform with you during the India Against Corruption days, I saw through your silly infantile idealism. You are a childish dreamer, Arvind. You dream of an India without corruption. I have grown up and grown out of impossible dreams.
I know you haven’t forgotten those days when I called Mr Narendra Modi all kinds of names for your sake. I thought you were the leader, the Messiah, that India was waiting for. But I am now grown up. I know who the real leader of India is. I know how the game is played.
Grow up, Arvind. Shirk off your childish dreams and learn the politics of the adults. Learn to use power when you get it instead of throwing it away like a kid who gets tired of his toy. Learn to be a winner and not a whiner.
Learn to rise to the occasion. Learn to swallow your words. Learn to switch loyalties according to situations. Learn to put on masks. Learn to betray friends. Throw away idealism; be downright practical. And you reach the Rajpath to power and VIPs come to hold the umbrella over your head.
Wishing you a quick growing up,
Your former friend and ally,
Dr Kiran Bedi
PS. Inspired by a report in today’s Hindu: Bedi mocks Kejriwal, says he must grow up.