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Mum’s the word

india Updated: Apr 05, 2009 20:58 IST

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BJP leader Maneka Gandhi and BSP supremo Mayawati seem to be engaged in the mother of all fights. When not allowed to meet errant son Varun Gandhi, who is cooling his heels in the clink in Etah after shooting his mouth off about minorities, Ms Gandhi is believed to have said that Maya behenji could not know a mother’s pain since she was not one. Now we all know that behenji is not one to keep mum on an issue like this. She felt the pain of not one but crores of sons, she fumed, adding that Mother Teresa was not a biological mother but was not wanting in maternal instincts.

We Indians seem unable to get away from our Electra complex. Most Indian men — Mr Gandhi is no exception — are mummy’s boys. Where in the world would you find middle-aged men still lounging around at mum’s home nursing the belief that they came about by immaculate conception? Then we have the Hindi movie mother. Normally seen in a pool of tears, the viewer’s desire to strangle her is matched only by her sons’ devotion to her.

If this were not cringeworthy enough, we find that a way to a man’s heart is through his mother’s stomach. So the bahu has to churn out haute cuisine for her mum-in-law in order to retain her husband’s approval. So who’ll come up trumps in the Maya-Maneka battle? Too early to tell, but does it mater?