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Chariman Meow: If Left is right for you

The bright animated cover and the title may lead you to think that this one is a rip off of the highly successful animated series, Kung Fu Panda and at best a light read. However, the book is a political satire which is far from being a popcorn and coffee read.

art and culture Updated: Nov 08, 2012 01:49 IST
Robin Bansal
Chairman Meow and the Protectors of the Proletariat

Graphic Novel: Chairman Meow and the Protectors of the Proletariat
Price: Rs 250
Published by: Pop Culture Publishing

The bright animated cover and the title may lead you to think that this one is a rip off of the highly successful animated series, Kung Fu Panda and at best a light read. However, the book is a political satire which is far from being a popcorn and coffee read.

Chairman MeowThe graphic novel in fact is about the return of Communist comrades to usurp power back from the hands of Imperialists. This may indeed be heavy duty stuff for those looking for a contemporary read, but for those who have been hooked on to China’s history or at least the Left Front rule in our own country may find the content intriguing.

The plot revolves around Chairman Meow, his Comrades Leftwing, Mantis, Red Panda, Wiper, Yin and Yang return to a changed land, to revive equality with a classless, moneyless, and stateless social order. What happens next, is mayhem.

The initial pages are not the most exciting part of the book, but the overall plot, humour, underlying satire and in-your- face digs keep you going. Writer Anant Singh has stayed true to the theme and dared to take direct pot shots at people such as Mamata ‘Didi’ Banerjee, the current Chief Minister of West Bengal. Singh also indirectly mentions Didi’s opposition of forceful land acquisition for Special Economic Zones at the cost of common people.

At the price, the dose of wit, puns, mockery and the social message may just be a good pick for those with an interest in politics.