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Gandhigiri, RSS style

Readers of Superman comics should be familiar with Bizarro, the antithesis of the Man of Steel. Bizarro’s identity is defined as everything opposite to Superman.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2007 21:13 IST

Readers of Superman comics should be familiar with Bizarro, the antithesis of the Man of Steel. Bizarro’s identity is defined as everything opposite to Superman. Bizarro, as the legend goes, lives in a cubical planet called Htrae (Earth spelt backwards), where to do anything good or right is a crime. The latest addition to the world of Bizarro is the SSR — the counterpart of what is known as the RSS in our world.

Or is it the SSR in Htrae? For it seems that the RSS, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has published an editorial in the latest issue of the organisation’s publication, the Organiser, holding up Mahatma Gandhi as a man to behold. Well, there can be no complaints if the cultural organisation that once held Gandhiji as a bit of a namby-pamby for his overt leanings towards the minority community now thinks that Bapu’s the man. The Organiser’s great discovery of Gandhiji’s greatness, of course, has at its source a crafty device: the common surname that the Father of the Nation shares with the President of the Congress Party.

It is the view of the editorial that by addressing an audience at the United Nations, the non-Mahatma Gandhi “tried to establish her claim to represent India and the Mahatma, which is what perhaps her mentors and sympathisers are looking for”. Uh-oh, now the Congresswalas will be snorting with the question: Soniaji’s mentors? How dare the RSS...!