Oddly enough, they are growing in numbers, if not in stature. Here’s the new collection of odd couples.
We’ve had them through the ages, Sherlock and Watson, Tom and Jerry, Inspector Clouseau and his boss, Manmohan and Sonia, Raj Kapoor and Nargis, Paes and Bhupathi, the list is endless. Oddly enough, they are growing in numbers, if not in stature. Here’s the new collection of odd couples:
The Dhavalikars: Deepak and Ramkrishna, the brothers who are both ministers in the Goa government despite causing acute embarrassment to the state with their extreme views. One says that Narendra Modi will deliver Hindu rule in India, while the other wants a ban on pubs and bikinis in the state. Considering Goa’s revenue is heavily dependent on foreign tourists, and over 30 per cent of its population is Christian or Muslim, it seems pretty asinine and adds a new definition to sibling rivalry.
Lakshman and Sania: BJP MLA from Telangana A Lakshman and Sania Mirza have been exchanging volleys over his objection to her representing the state as brand ambassador because she is married to a Pakistani. He even created a new definition — “daughter in law” of a state. Even Sonia Gandhi was spared this epithet by her sycophants, suggesting we are in an era of competitive crassness.
Shiv Sena and Muslims: The Shiv Sena has now imported its brand of hands-on politics to the Capital, by grabbing hold of a Muslim member of the catering staff at Maharasthra Sadan and force-feeding him during Ramzan. It was an act that stuck in the nation’s collective craw but it seems that political licence and the arrogance of power outlaw civilised behaviour. For the Shiv Sena, it was another display of their ravenous appetite for secular misconduct.
National Conference and Congress: History would suggest it was a marriage of convenience doomed to fail. The first time Farooq Abdullah’s National Conference and the Congress joined hands, in 1987, the fraudulent election led to the birth of militancy. Having got together again, under the son, the latest split raises no eyebrows and only one question: who engineered the split, since both sides are claiming to have filed for divorce first.
Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar: The original odd couple, once bitter enemies, now frenemies, or, as one politician labelled them, the “Santa-Banta of Bihar politics”. Apt enough, considering that if their emerging alliance flops in the political future, they will be considered a joke.
Markandey Katju and Everyone: He has taken on the media, as chairman of the Press Council, Indian society, and now the judiciary, of which he is a part. Justice Katju says he only wants justice, but when he ends up going into a long diatribe on Alice in Wonderland, we wonder who is the Mad Hatter.
Subramanian Swamy and the Gandhis: The political gadfly versus the First Family of Indian politics has been regular media fodder, but no one has quite figured out what makes Swamy so obsessed with embarrassing Sonia and her family. Read about it in The National Herald.
Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta: No IPL match could match this, a match seemingly made in heaven, now descending into a confrontation as ugly as the one between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson, as the former lovers turn vicious enemies. Plenty of soiled flannels will be exposed before this is put to bed.
Tendulkar and Sharapova: Sachin Tendulkar fans have been on a rampage greater than the master blaster in his prime over Maria Sharapova’s comment that she had never heard of him. The only thing tennis and cricket have in common are nets, and the net result is that Indian cricket fans are batty.