There’s a saying in Malayalam which translates as: ‘Two mountains may unite, but two women won’t.’ [The real humour of the saying will be clear only when you know that the word in Malayalam for mountain is mala and for woman’s breasts is mula, and the saying makes use of these words.]
Indian politics now has a war between two women: Sonia Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee (aka the Didi). The Didi who dons a garb that resembles Mother Teresa’s thinks that she is the only important political leader in the country. What are her personality traits?
- inflated sense of self-importance
- overly concerned with fantasies of unlimited success, power, political brilliance
- belief that she is special and unique and can only be understood by special people
- demands admiration
- has a sense of entitlement – i.e., expects to be treated as a special person by everyone else
- takes advantage of others to achieve her own goals
- lacks empathy
- is jealous and believes that others are jealous of her success
- arrogant and domineering
Well, the above characteristics are mentioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) as the traits of a Narcissistic personality disorder. (any 5 of the above symptoms are enough for the label :) )
What’s Didi up to now? Having come to power in her own state, she wants to come to power in the Centre. So, just so, she will not support any presidential candidate nominated by the party in power at the centre. She has joined Mulayam Singh Yadav to propose a different candidate: ok, let’s play communal politics – let it be a Muslim, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. The Didi is stabbing at the back of her own Bengali dada, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, who has been dominating (and destroying) the Indian economy for quite many decades. Ms Sonia Gandhi is playing an equally interesting game. She won’t bow to the Didi. Ms Gandhi has mastered the art and craft of Indian politics. It’s of one-upmanship (where women will play the main roles).
The elections will come in 2014. Will the Didi be the Prime Minister then? Or will the PM be Narendra Modi?
That’s the question in Indian politics now.