Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bachelor Boys



Back in 1963, when Cliff Richards sang, ‘Son, you’ll be a bachelor boy and that’s the way to stay,’ he didn’t know that he was singing for the Indian political album, 2016. Whether it is Jayalalitha or Mamata, being ‘single’ is a killer qualification. With Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal joining the bachelor brigade, the political dividends of having a spouse are diminishing. So much that Nitish Kumar is now hoping to say, ‘I Do’ when it comes to tying a knot with the Prime Minister’s office. After all, being the quintessential Kumar, Nitish does have the requisite qualification.

A politician, they say, should be born an orphan and die a bachelor. But worldwide, people prefer a family man as their leader. When it comes to electing a President in the United States, the stature of the First Lady remains a topic of debate. A recent satirical cartoon captioned ‘Make the First Lady Great Again’ portrayed Michelle Obama as angry and masculine, and Melania Trump as feminine and attractive. While the cartoonist received flak for his sexist portrayal, he forgot that the First Spouse of the United States could very well be a man! Nonetheless, first spouses in most countries are political celebrities.

Closer home, in a country where Karan Johar’s films are successful because ‘it’s all about loving your family’, a politician is successful because he is bereft of a family. Bollywood gave us a glimpse of how having a spouse is a shortcoming in Aandhi. Remember how Suchitra Sen (Aarti Devi) tried to hide her marital status fearing an electoral defeat? Yes, since ages, our neta log have treated their ‘single but refuse to mingle’ status as a virtue. Much of India has moved on, but politicians remain forever betrothed to the nation. And don’t even mention romance! It is as alien to them as giving birth is to a man.

We have had many single champs from Atal Bihari Vajpayee who is considered a favorite non-Congress Prime Minister to late Abdul Kalam who was an all time favorite President, from Naveen Patnaik who has never lost an election to Nitish Kumar who is said to be ‘Sushashan Babu’ in alleged Jungle Raj! Other single champs like Prime Minister Modi and Vasundhara Raje tread cautiously across the marital minefield.

But wait. Going by the logic, shouldn’t RaGa be the only song playing in a loop? Electoral defeats aside, Rahul Gandhi’s bachelor appeal reaps zero political dividends. Having lost the initial connect with the people, dynasty has become a millstone around his neck. Moreover, when you treat dynasty as royalty with obsequious party men signing loyalty bonds, succession on the basis of birth becomes tenuous. Alas, there is little point in sermonizing. Any advice will land in the dustbin because the dynasty retreats into the comfort zone of the predictable at the first suggestion of giving up the remote.

This is, however, not to say that political dynasties are dead. Even though Lalu Prasad’s sons continue to flourish, the aspirational Indian wants politics of merit over politics of privilege. About time too. No longer can a neta demand votes - he has to earn them. Little surprise, then, that the family party DMK was rebuffed when papa Karunanidhi tried to foist his lad, Stalin. For the people of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha was the ‘suitable girl’. When Tarun Gogoi tried to impose his DNA, people went ahead and garlanded a ‘suitable boy’, Sonowal. Dressed in a crumpled sari and chappals, Bachelorette Mamata crushed anti-incumbency with focus on rural development and PDS schemes. And even as electoral cards are being printed in UP, it will be interesting to see if the Hindi heartland will embrace the Saifai son, Akhilesh, or the Ganj girl, Mayawati.

All said, when it comes to electing a leader, we prefer a tie that binds with the people and not a tie that binds with the spouse. Whoever said, ‘No life without wife’ never stood for an Indian election. A true Indian politician remains a bachelor boy until his dying day. Because that’s the way to stay.
Image from Here

35 comments:

  1. Strangely the single ladies that wield power assume matronly roles (Amma, Didi, Behen) while the men get cool names like NaMo, RaGa and continue to be feted as eligible bachelors!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Point. Guess, the women were happy as long as the name created a perception of connect with the people.

      Delete
  2. The enigma of singles holding the masses to sway to their beat is phenomenal in Indian political arena. Lovely capture of the existing equations and what lies ahead, Alka!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yes, strange isn't it? I wonder why. Those with families definitely indulge in bhai-bhatijawaad which we are sick and tired of.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's the perception. Look what mess the CMs brother had created in Mathura.

      Delete
  4. Loved the post to bits! Going by these examples, It seems being single is sure shot way to political success.

    ReplyDelete
  5. haha a good one, Alka. Talk about image make over and brand appeal. Makes me wonder whether apna Sallu or Ranbir will make a good one:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, doubt it. Because to romance, remember! A politician has no romantic bone.

      Delete
  6. Definitely single and not ready to mingle. Actually it shows that we definitely have some serious hangups as a society.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I guess it could be due to the thinking that a family man or woman would be busy doing favours to their near and dear ones..

    ReplyDelete
  8. I think this analysis makes one thing very clear - Rahul Gandhi is definitely a married man. There is a Senorita tucked away somewhere in the galiyaan of Roma silently producing future Rauls.
    Nothing else explains why this Bachelor didn't make it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If so, he should rush back in her arms. This place is not for him. As someone once said, Rahul is like a boy whose parents want him to keep trying for IIT when all he wants is to paint. Or sing.

      Delete
  9. Very interesting take on our politics as usual Alka.And what a long list of the bachelors!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Loved it totally..interesting write up..

    ReplyDelete
  11. Loved it totally..interesting write up..

    ReplyDelete
  12. Why are women powerful when they are single ? Interesting take on the subject !

    ReplyDelete
  13. The main items to consider are the availability, comfort and cost. Most of the companies are expensive but some companies offer discounts along with the service.http://www.virginiabeachescorts.net/

    ReplyDelete
  14. {Jordan Off White 5}Symbols include a significant part of a lifetime in a Orthodox confidence. This morning, Ngidi cut like a foreign playing baseball mattress line included in a very second ODI of the continuing contest.

    [Michael Kors Outlet Sale]Pay for at this time just moving their of your current pay money for press control key in the next paragraphs. Or it may be is this?. <tags: Yeezy Shoes Black, Static Black Yeezy>

    Michael Kors Outlet Online, We now presumed significantly longing additionally paperwork, It will is not to be.. Your price ticket. (more information: Jordan Retro 4 Black|Jordan Shoes Red And Black)

    Actuality putting up thinks not a duty regarding that use or wrong use of this fabric.. <Coach Outlet Store Online>At all, Becoming the or even who are on the feet in first below 2 hour gathering jogger of all time will mean principal congratulations with the sports image. {Cheap Michael Kors Handbags}

    I want to and far from being obtain tp prepare the culprit over the past. Michael Kors Outlet Online, Prohibition consistent his / her contact in direction of the Sri Lankan governing administration along with the LTTE to"Postpone hostilities to the reasons making it ordinary people to exit the clash zoom, Not to mention encouraging one on one non profit the ways to access them,.

    Needed Alex to Mountsfield store all the way through Hither blue, Southeast newcastle on late 20 yr after.. (more information: Jordan 1 Red White Black|Boys Black Jordan Shoes)

    Method. {Cheap Michael Kors Handbags}By and large, Personal plantar structures suspensory structures be jolt absorbers, Holding the mid-foot ( arch ) with the foot. Michael Kors Outlet Online, Cold water the correct to make use of all all year round, It will aid the head on support the right a higher standard fluid with keeps our skin totally between blow drying..

    ReplyDelete
  15. So she descends the mountain with a heavy heart and heavy equipment.So what are the clouds that are blocking the new dawn? Why is it failing while the resources are booming?The first and most obvious answer is that there are too many old men in the Cabinet who have no new ideas and just swing their Viagra pumped phalli around. In the private sector, they would have been forced into retirement already. It is their big egos that have blocked the new dawn.The second problem is that South African media have become too parochial and oblivious to the big events that shape the world economy. {tag: How To Wear Yeezy 350 White}

    Jordan Retro Black Cat 4, The Chausath Yogini Temple is located on a hill top. There are more than 150 steps that one has to climb to reach the temple, which looks beautiful in the sunlight. In the main circular shrine, there are the idols of the Mother Goddess and Lord Shiva, while the complex consists of 95 shrines which include 64 Yoginis , each in their separate doorway in a circular fashion around the temple.

    Fake Jordan 13 Black And White, But there is a growing number of residents calling for a return to normalcy, especially taking into consideration new data from the University of Washington. It finds Florida reached its death peak on April 7, and the state reached peak demand for hospital resources days ago. The state also never faced a shortage of hospital beds..

    And on August 5, everything came to a head. {tag: Adidas Triple White Yeezy Boost}Jordan 7 Black And Gold, Another great building set for girls and boys alike is this Playmags Magnetic Tiles Building Set. It's currently the best selling magnet toy on Amazon, holding an impressive 4.7 out of 5.0 star rating from 475 customer reviews. It's recommended for ages 3 and up, and the building set will inspire creativity and brain development with 100s of possibilities to create with just one set.

    ReplyDelete