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 continued…