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A standing ovation worthy theatrics of I.N.D.I.A

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Anant Chetan
Anant Chetan
An aficionado blogger and an engineer by profession. By qualifications, a Masters in Embedded System Design.

I.N.D.I.A. that is NOT Bharat, but is a fancy acronym for a consortium of India’s finest theater or stage artists. I.N.D.I.A. that had not even hatched from its egg shell yet, picked up a fight that it could never win. Result?

Walking out of the Parliament with their tails between their legs even before the voting on no-confidence motion happened. A conspiracy theorist might indulge in the whim that it was Modi’s idea asking Congress and other parties to file for the motion so that later on Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah can demolish the entire opposition by their eloquent two hours long marathon speeches. Whose idea was it anyways?

Filing for no-confidence motion against a political party who has more than 300+ seats in the house on its own, let alone the coalition?

However, having said that, the last week of the Monsoon Session that ended on August 11, 2023 was a spectacular theatrical performance. From Ravan and his brothers’ arrogance in the Treta Yug to Draupadi’s Cheer Haran and Dhratrashtr’s silence in the Dwapar Yug to Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the Kali Yug; the session had it all; the poems the prose; the drama the emotions; a complete package. Deserved a standing ovation indeed!

The Bharat Jodo Yatra star whose wink became more popular than the one of the wink queen Priya Prakash; whose hug became more popular than Munna Bhai’s jadu ki jhappi this time came up with a with a flying kiss. We will wait and see if it becomes the newest sensations in the world of theatrics.

As if his months long Baharat Jodo Yatra followed by the million short story recitals by him weren’t enough of his and his party’s theater performance; the parliament house seems to be the newest stage, live telecasted by Sansad TV. In fact, Indian National Congress did complain that Sansad TV did not show the good side of Mr. Gandhi during his performance.

“My knee broke.. I had a knee…. I started listening…I have become god…” and what not!

Competing with him was the forgotten leader of opposition, Mr. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who borrowed time from BJP’s quota to forward his performance. He did give a tough fight to Mr. Gandhi by comparing Modi to a blind Dhritrashtra in response to Mr. Gandhi’s comparing Modi to Ravana. Moreover, Mr. Chowdhury went several steps ahead and invoked Shakespeare to compare Modi to the Tyrant king from Macbeth, the king who unleashed hell in Scotland. Mr. Chowdhury by some logic (still to be deciphered by the intellectuals) claimed that Narendra Modi is indeed the Nirav Modi.

Having said all this, his dialogue delivery, in my opinion was still not as good as Mr. Gandhi’s. In fact it was far worse then Mr. Gandhi’s. He was fidgeting like a pendulum at his place and it looked like he was reciting what ever he mugged up last night; classic case of rote learning. Mr. Gandhi is definitely a much more refined stage performer now. His “aap meri maa ki hatiya kar rahe ho” was such a heart breaking, grief-stricken and despairing dialogue to hear. I am amazed! How can some one be that good! Practice I believe.

AAP a major member of this I.N.D.I.A. consortium, with country’s some of the best performers could not be expected to lag behind. Raghav Chadha after his recent Parineeti fame, tried to pull a Bollywood like stunt in the Parliament by committing forgery, got caught and got suspended. He will now accompany his friend, the big mouth Sanjay Singh who has already been protesting for being suspended for violating the directives of the chair some days ago.

AAP has been captivating its audience by a variety of performances; protests on the streets, in the grounds, even inside LG’s house, LiquorGate, money laundering and what not. You name it, they have done it already. And it is barely a decade of their existence. AAP supremo, tried a mesmerizing performance by trying to hide behind his posh crore rupees curtains in his newly built Sheeshmahal. Now Raghav Chadha has added the newest feather in the association’s hat; forgery!

I.N.D.I.A. as of today has 26 different groups. “As of today”, because no one knows how many of them will stay together. Some groups are struggling with keeping their individual groups intact; Shiv Sena and NCP both split in two while this consortium was being formed. No one knows how long the consortium would continue to entertain us.

Although, it we did have UPA in the past but what’s in the name?” as Shakespeare once argued; what we called as United Progressive Alliance, by any other name including I.N.D.I.A (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) would still reek of corruption, greed, dynastic and appeasement politics and of course, outstanding theatrical performances!!!

“If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not.” –

-King Duncan (Macbeth)

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Anant Chetan
Anant Chetan
An aficionado blogger and an engineer by profession. By qualifications, a Masters in Embedded System Design.
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