This was a phenomenon, normally seen during the presidential election in the US, where political opponents scoops out sizzling details of personal lives of politicians and candidates. This US model has now come on stage in the India’s political landscape also. It started with Narendra Modi’ s marital status, and rumors of his abandoned wife Jashodaben. However there was nothing sizzling in this news as all of us knew that it was a case of an abandoned relationship from a child marriage, and there are no issues of any morality in it. The Gujarat chief minister remained a bachelor throughout his adult age and continues to be so.
The sad story of Shashi Taroor , the yesteryear's drama of NTR and Lakshmi Parvati, and the Illegitimate paternalism of N D Tiwari , all falls in the same series , but more masala was seen in the confessed relationship of the 67 year old Dig Vijay Singh with the 43 year old TV anchor Amrita Rai. Well upon the flashing of this affair in the social media, both confessed to the relationship and have proclaimed to get married soon, as unfortunately marriage is the only sanctimonious institution to claim legitimacy in our social milieu.
Well Dig Vijay Singh- Amrita Rai episode is made to be titillating only because Mr Singh is a politician and vociferous in his utterances, but the larger issue is on how much we debate on personal issues of public figures. While I am not going into the physiological aspects of such Apoorva- Raagangal, ( Tamil word meaning abnormal affairs), it need to be admitted that cupid strikes anywhere any time and it is meaningless to look at it through the kaleidoscope of morality . Are we all Sati-Savitri s (read chaste) living with dreams and passion on our spouses? It is hypocritical to say so, as if not in action, in thoughts we are immoral if not always at least once. So what is the big deal in all this? For the media, it is an opportunity for stories and news and they have no qualms in running around slinging mud on public figures . In fact I am proud of the former MP Chief Minister and his anchor heart throb as both have admitted the truth than being hypocritical. Best wishes to both of them.