India is known as a land of ‘Veers ’ such as ‘shoor veer’, ‘ dharamveer’ ,’ karamveer’, ‘daanveer ‘ etc. etc.- so much so that a batsman who scores a century or more in a cricket match innings is called ‘shatakveer ‘. However , courtesy Etv, another ‘veer’ namely ‘Bayanveer’ (बयानवीर ) was added to the list when under the feature ‘tirchhi nazar’ a cartoon by Abhijit was shown close on the heels of the Republic day . The cartoon could not have been better timed as it shows a neta type , mounted on a vehicle wearing the Gandhi topi , his long tongue shaped like a sword , jutting out - the cartoon captioned as - बयानवीर. However it is not only the netas but also our intellectual elite who on account of their off the cuff remarks and statements find themselves in the eye of the storm , quite often. All of a sudden phrases like -think before you speak - & - gaj bhar ki zabaan – come to mind . Speech may be silver but silence always is gold.