Dhritarashtra is one of the biggest pivotal character of Mahabharata. It was he who kick started the most epic battle ever in history of mythical mankind. Such is the immortality of learnings from this battle that we can quickly relate to repeat of human behaviors in our current lives. Lets see Sonia Gandhi’s love for her son Owl G for instance and assess how the analogy fits in :
1. Denial and vengeance : Dhrita was the eldest son and a rightful heir to Hastinapur. He was denied the privilege of being a king because of his disability ( Being blind ). He forever held vengeance to the injustice done to him. Sonia led Congress party to victory in UPA -I after Sitaram Kesri has screwed it up. She was rightful to become the PM but was denied ascendance because of technicality ( Citizenship, Non reciprocity* with Italy as a nation). // Italy doesnt allow an Indian born to become PM of Italy, so India cannot have an Italian born as PM.How many wins you have in elections and even if you lead the majority party, it doesnt matter. Sonia since then had a ever burning vengeance and wanted to avenge the denial .
2. Blind love for son : Dhrita was madly in love with the idea of his son becoming king of Hastinapur even though he was the least capable and totally devoid of talent. As a father, he set aside all propriety and ethics to back the cause “Duryodhan as a king“. Sonia has followed a similar line in pushing his totally incompetent son “Pappu as PM”, to the hilt. In the middle of UPA II , Pranab Mukherjee started appearing as the tallest, most natural and deserving leader of the party ( Crisis management, Diplomacy, Respect of opposition) . This put Sonia’s lust under threat. The way Pandavas were sent to 12 yrs of Vanavaas ( Exile) and 1 year Agyaatwas ( Incognito exile) Sonia had to send Pranab da into a political exile. The difference being Pranab was not willing and under obligation to go on exile. Finally, Sonia put her feet down and said as long as she is alive, she cant have anyone potent as a PM. That person will not pull his pants down when Pappu grows up. Pranab realized the Sonia has sharp teeth and she would bite. Compromisingly, he put a price to exile and agreed to be the President.
Another similarity is in the way Kauravas tried to get Pandavas killed and their friends killed.Two of the most powerful congress leaders ( Rajesh Pilot and Madhav Rao Scindia) who could have towered to challenge Pappu, died mysterious deaths.
She backed her son against and beyond his total worthlessness ( Loss in every assembly campaign he led and now likely the worst performance ever in Loksabha ).
3. Shakuni and Diggi raja : Shakuni was an uncle of Duryodhana and the biggest con man or spin doctor/ propagandist of Kauravas. He became Duryodhan’s mentor and played all ugly games to try and defeat the Pandavas. In Congress there is Digvijay Singh ( A man of ugly morals ) mentoring Pappu. He played all ugly games to let the ugly rule prevail.
While there are some striking coincidences in 2 threads, we do not know whether Congress just like Kauravas will get totally annihilated in the Kurukshetra of 2014 leading to a Congress Mukt bharat. We will have to wait till tomorrow.
Do you see more elements of congruence in characters or events in these 2 stories ?
Is Sonia the most apt personification of Dhritarashtra ever ( Blind to incompetence and unworthiness of Pappu) ?