Goddess Durga’s face seems very familiar, doesn’t it?
It will, silly, you see it every year, and hundreds of them.
I can wager my double crop yielding acres that the idol looks like Trinamool’s Mamata Banerjee. Someone might have taken her aphoristic ma-mati-manush too far, deciding to model the clay idol out of the firebrand leader.
I heard that one of the pandals in Kolkata has been designed to resemble Writers’ Building, the secretariat, that red citadel that the Trinamool and its ally Congress seek to capture in 2011...
Why? To serve as a reminder of their goals? Or to steel their nerves in case they develop stage fright?
Well, there is no denying the fact that Mamata has played her ‘pujo’ card well, hogging the public space, designing
idols, deciding themes and having fun.
What about the CPI(M), her arch nemesis?
Well, their ideology does put them at a disadvantage here...
Maybe they will send up silent, collective prayers to mitigate her influence, and hope that Didi’s men spare them the role of asura.
Do say: We have allowed our mirth and festivities to be hijacked to serve as a political metaphor.
Don’t say: With all the gluttony, who would care?