JAMMU: Can any Indian feign ignorance about Dhritarashtra and Mahabharata? For those who do, they better know that the blind king of Hastinapur was father to a hundred children by his wife Gandhari, who too blindfolded her eyes for the love of her husband. These children came to be known as the Kauravas. Duryodhana and Dushasana were the first two sons. At the birth of his first son Duryodhana, Dhritarashtra was advised by Vidura and Bhishma to abandon the child due to bad omens surrounding the child but his love for him stopped him. Dhritarashtra was advised by his elders to be fair to the Pandavas, who were returning from the forest with their mother, Kunti.
Duryodhana was focused on making sure that he would be the next heir for the kingdom. The king himself wanted his son to be his heir but he was also forced to consider the eldest Pandava, Yudhisthira who was older then Duryodhana. Against his will, he named Yudhisthira his heir which left Duryodhana frustrated. As a solution Bhishma suggested the partition of Hastinapur. Trying to maintain peace, Dhritarashtra gave Yudhisthira half the Kuru kingdom, albeit the lands which were arid, unprosperous and scantily populated, known as Khandavaprastha. He purposely kept the better half of the kingdom for himself so that his son may one day rule his half of the kingdom.
Rest is the history which witnessed Mahabharata.
The prevailing politics of Maharashtra is no less than Mahabharata in which the heir apparent of legendary, icon of Hindutva and patriot par excellence Balasahib Thackarey’s son Udhav Thackarey is under such a spell of love for his son Aaditya that he abandoned time tested ally BJP after failing in the blackmail to get him coronated as Chief Minister, notwithstanding the fact that Shiv Sena has only 56 MLAs compared to BJP’s 105. By which logic is Uddhav expecting his son to be the Chief Minister as per 50:50 formula? The compulsion thus turned egoistic and the elder Thackarey abandoned Aaditya for someone else in the party as Chief Minister after the new-found ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) objected to son-a political juvenile-donning the mantle of chief ministership. Hoping for the support of the Congress-the traditional bête noire, the Shiv Sena was made to lick the dust at the last moment, as Sonia Gandhi started nerve testing and dilly dallying. The letter of support did not come despite Thackeray’s staring at the doors and virtually begging for alliance.
With the deadline set by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari coming to an end, the Shiv Sena was denied further time. This is something which came as breaking news from none other than Aaditya Thackarey himself after visiting the Maharashtra Raj Bhavan.
In the process of Maharashtra politics or Mahabharata, the Thackarey scion has unfortunately emerged as political Pappu rather than a Chief Minister.
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