Friday, July 3, 2009
What's next for this megalomaniac??
In Uttar Pradesh, the world is configured a little differently from the rest of India. Big B does not mean Amitabh Bachchan, here it means Behenji. Problems like food, drinking water, education or housing are minor. The major problem plaguing this poor state is an abject lack of great statues.
And so, we have our CM- our Chief Matriarch, Mayawati to the rescue, who to the amazement or horror of the people of UP [ depending on which side of Behenji’s favour they lie] has spent Rs.1000 crores of public money on statues. I was just going through the newspaper in the morning when I read that alongside other Dalit leaders like BR Ambedkar and Kashiram, she has commissioned the erection of her own grand statues & reports suggest that a 16-feet-tall statue is proposed in the neighbourhood of BSP’s inspiration home where Mayawati had got her first statue installed, inside an imposing stone structure shaped like a Buddhist Stupa. I dread to think what Lord Buddha must be undergoing, witnessing her antics.
But in a way, it is an achievement, a rare feat: I mean who has, before this, installed statues of himself or herself at such a massive scale? And, I don't think any politician in India has ever had a statue installed whilst they were still alive- weren’t they supposed to be for the dead? Well, Madam knows best! I am at a loss to decipher the mentality that goes behind this crass display of absolute power since in her case minimum sense seems to noticeably absent.
I am sure, Dr. Ambedkar, a man known for his humility, who has been forced to stand alongside Mayawati in this statue-making spree[the so-called leader of the Dalits] and bear the brunt of media-glare, must be cursing his fate & Mahatama Gandhi must be thinking that he did so much for the country and still could not manage so many installations.
The report in the daily newspaper even suggested that an identical statue is planned for Kashi Ram Memorial that's coming up on a sprawling 32-acre plot of land taken from the Lucknow district jail and is slated to cost the state exchequer about Rs.3.5 billion. But what is a billion here or there when it is Behenji's prestige that is at stake?
However sculptor Ram Sutar, who has been assigned to create these statues in bronze ( I am surprised she has not already asked for silver and gold ones) admitted that he was on the job and had been asked to accomplish the task at speed. Of course, they will simply halt all the state government projects and work and you will have it in a jiffy.
It is also said that each will weigh between 20 and 25 tonnes. Well, considering the weight of the original,this seems like a fair estimate of the statue's weight!
If you observe closely, you’ll notice that Mayawati’s stiffened posture resembles Britney Spears’ famous ‘Gimme More’ pose with one hand on an imaginary microphone and another on her pelvis. Though now I believe she’s opted this more nuanced and sophisticated Gabbar Singh pose from Sholay, as if asking ‘Kitne statue they?’
Mayawati’s megalomania is not something new. Diamond rings, bejeweled necklaces, grand birthday bashes and now statues. But one wonders where is this all headed and if Behenji actually is planning to beat some world record before 2012 and get her own pyramid commissioned before the next assembly elections in UP !!
Posted by Anubha at 12:21 PM