Equating politicians with Hindu mythological characters is a common occurrence in Indian politics today. Some examples – Durga, Ram-Lakshman team, the ever loyal Hanuman, Kali. The villains in Hindu mythology like Duryodhana, Kamsa, Shakuni and Ravana are used lavishly to refer politicians in the opposite camp.
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In the initial stage, politicians were only referred as Hindu Gods and Goddesses or as Hindu mythological characters. Posters and statues of politicians depicting gods and goddesses were very rare. One of the most famous portrayals was that of Jayalalitha, Tamil Nadu politician, in 1998. She was portrayed as Kali wearing a garland of skulls depicting M. Karunanidhi, her arch rival.
The Indian public might have missed out some of the early portrayals due to the lack of an independent and widespread media. But things have changed today and media is always on the look out for such portrayals.
The most recent episode involved Vasundhara Raje, Rajasthan chief minister, and other senior BJP leaders. Vasundhara Raje was Goddess Annapurna and Vajpayee, Advani and Rajnath Singh became Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Then it was Sonia Gandhi as Durga.
There are more such instances but quite often limited to verbal comparison.
There is a tendency among Indians to employ Hindu Myths and characters to explain present day incidents. We often here individuals referred as Kansa Mama – meaning a cruel uncle or
But today politicians and sycophants misuse Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Strangely, Christian and Muslim symbols and gods remain untouched. In rural