Har Har Modi to 'Vishnu Avatar' Kejriwal: The Godly version of our favourite netas
In the belief, that politicians may bring an end to your life's troubles, they sometimes 'turn' in God.
In India, it's not unusual to compare a politician to God. During the Lok Sabha election rallies last year, 'Har Har Modi, ghar ghar Modi' became the favourite slogan for many. The logic? A politician can bring an end to all your woes. In fact, even temples have been constructed in the names of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and DMK chief Karunanidhi.
Here's a look at the times when politicians were equalised to God.
Arvind Kejriwal as Lord Ram and Krishna
Aam Aadmi Party's Bawana candidate Ved Prakash likened Arvind Kejriwal to Ram and Krishna at a recent rally. “Krishna was born to end all evil during the Dvapara Yuga and Ram was born to vanquish Raavan, the embodiment of evil in Treta Yuga. Arvind Kejriwal is an avatar of Vishnu and has been sent here to vanquish corruption,” Prakash was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
In fact, earlier, Kejriwal himself justified his decision of resigning as Delhi CM by comparing himself to "Lord Rama" and King Harishchandra. "It requires guts to leave the chair of Chief minister. Lord Rama left for vanvas (forest) on his mother's order despite popular support. Had BJP been there even they would have called him a bhagoda (deserter). Even they would call King Harishchandra a bhagoda had BJP been there during his time," Kejriwal had said.
Modi as Lord Shiva, Brahma and more...
Right after the election Mumbai Mirror portrayed Narendra Modi on its cover as a modern-day Brahma, “God of all he surveys” holding a cell phone and a laptop. And, this was not the first time Narendra Modi was portrayed as God.
During the election rally, BJP supporters used the slogan “Har Har Modi Ghar Ghar Modi” to campaign for Modi in Varanasi. The slogan was a modified form of “Har Har Mahadev”, a religious chant that calls upon Lord Shiva to take away pain and suffering from one’s life.
Then, at a campaign rally in Patan, actor Paresh Rawal said Modi is like 'Shankar' (Lord Shiva). "When the Congress party is spreading the poison of corruption and communalism in the entire country, Modi has kept this poison from spreading to Gujarat. Modi has drank this poison and kept it in his neck; he did not let it slip down. That is why Modi is the best person to adorn Kailash Parbat (the mythological abode of Lord Shiva) like Gujarat."
A temple for Sonia Gandhi
These leaders were compared to Gods, but guess what? A Congress leader Shankar Rao in Andhra Pradesh built a temple for party president Sonia Gandhi and the deity in the temple even resembles Gandhi! Rao told reporters that the temple for Gandhi is his way of showing gratitude to the Congress President for creating a separate Telangana state.
Jayalalithaa as Goddess Saraswati
Loyalty to the leader of a political party knows no bounds. Last year, during her 66th birthday, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalitha was presented by a lot of gifts by her followers. Posters and hoardings of the leader were put up by her enthusiastic admirers and party workers. And, admirers went to the extent of drawing posters with the Chief Minister portrayed as Goddess Saraswati.
Mamata as Maa Durga
In 2011, when Mamata Banerjee became the chief minister in West Bengal, the TMC slogan 'Maa Maati Manush' was taken too literally. During Durga Puja celebrations, the pandals were dedicated to 'Paribartan' in other words, to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. In fact, Mamata was also a presiding deity in some pandals. In one such pandal, the deity had the CM's face and the demons slayed were her political foes. The organiser was quoted as saying, "We have tried to fuse Durga with Mamata, even the weapons that you see here are not regular weapons - there are scales means law and order, industry."
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