A Tale of an Emperor and an Empress

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The Emperor was Nero. The Empress is Sonia Gandhi.

A Tale of an Emperor and an Empress

While Rome was burning

The legend has it that 1953 years ago, in July 64 AD, while Rome was burning, NeroClaudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, the 27 year old last emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty and an accomplished musician, was playing the fiddle (a bowed string musical instrument, also called violin) in the stage costume. He was singing the song the “Sack of Ilium” (the “Sack of Troy”). A ruthless neurotic and corrupt ruler, he had allegedly himself instigated the great Fire of Rome to clear the way for the expansion of his palatial building though he blamed his enemies and adopted all sorts of cruel methods to destroy his enemies, the Christians: they were thrown to ferocious beasts, crucified and burned them alive.

A Tale of an Emperor and an Empress

Angry Sonia asking people to save India from Modi

49 years ago,Edvige Antonia Albina Màino, a 22 year old Italian (also December born) entered India as Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. After retaining her original Italian citizenship for good 15 years, she adopted India as her country and started claiming to be the greatest saviour of the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty, Congress and India, (most people believe) in that order.

Though she became active in politics after the tragic end of her husband, she became most vocal when she discovered that the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was the biggest threat to the dynasty and she feared that she might be the last Empress of that dynasty. She launched a campaign against the “Merchant of Death”. Unfortunately for her, more aggressive she became in her campaigns, stronger became Narendra Modi.

A Tale of an Emperor and an Empress

 Flood in Gujarat

A Tale of an Emperor and an Empress

Aerial survey by Prime Minister Modi

 

A Tale of an Emperor and an Empress

Food packets being dropped in flooded areas

If fire had destroyed much of Rome in the month of July 1953 years ago, in July 2017 unprecedented flood is playing havoc in Gujarat, as in many other states of India. Sonia Gandhi is not so much worried about damage to life and property by the nature’s fury. Her only worry is that like the rats, her party members are deserting the sinking ship. If Nero had blamed his enemies to instigate fire in Rome, Sonia believes and so do her supporters hat Modi-Shah wave is going to destroy whatever is left of the once mighty Congress Empire.

To save her folks from Modi-Shah avalanche in Gujarat, she got them packed in a chartered plane and sent them to a safer haven in Bengaluru. While Modi is trying to provide relief to the victims of flood, Sonia is taking good care of 40 and odd MLAs in a luxurious resort in which no unauthorised person can enter and from where no MLA can come out without royal permission. I do not know whether those MLAs have been given fiddles but certainly they are enjoying all the luxuries of life: best food, swimming pool, golf course and so on. They must have been promised better days in future.

A Tale of an Emperor and an Empress

Resort where Gujarat Congress MLAs are kept in safe custody

 

A Tale of an Emperor and an Empress

 No unauthorised entry or exist

A Tale of an Emperor and an Empress

 Choicest dishes for Congress MLAs in resort

To save her folks from Modi-Shah avalanche in Gujarat, she got them packed in a chartered plane and sent them to a safer haven in Bengaluru. While Modi is trying to provide relief to the victims of flood, Sonia is taking good care of 40 and odd MLAs in a luxurious resort in which no unauthorised person can enter and from where no MLA can come out without royal permission. I do not know whether those MLAs have been given fiddles but certainly they are enjoying all the luxuries of life: best food, swimming pool, golf course and so on. They must have been promised better days in future.

It is too early to say whether the grateful MLAs will remain obliged and loyal to their Empress but during the next assembly election in Gujarat, voters will certainly ask them about their whereabouts when it was a question of life and death for them.

Disclaimer: Please do not read anything between lines. The reference to Nero is only because like Madam Sonia, he was also an Italian, born in December, worried about his own empire and proved to be the last emperor of the dynasty.

Devendra Narain

July 30, 2017

PS

While most of the readers have either liked the article or remained neutral, a few are highly critical.

Their main criticism is I have overlooked the fact that the Congress party had to shift its MLAs to a safer place to save them from being bribed and grabbed by the BJP.

Well, whether those MLAs were being bribed or induced by the BJP was not in my mind when I decided to write article though it is a fact that such horse-tradings do take place in Indian politics. It is also a fact that when the MLAs or MLCs of a political party sense that the wind is blowing against their party, they try to switch over to the winning side or at least to severe their connection. The resignation of the formal Chief Minister Shanker Singh Waghela, the most important Congress leader in Gujarat, from the party gave a strong signal that the Congress had little chance in the state. Though he did not join the BJP, several others either left the party or joined BJP. Sonia Gandhi became worried that if the exodus continued her favourite, Ahmed Patel, might not get re-elected to the Rajya Sabha.

What shocked me was that when the people of the state facing unprecedented flood needed their representatives to be around to provide relief, acting very selfishly and shamelessly the Congress leadership shifted its MLAs to Bengaluru. In my opinion, not just the leadership, even the MLAs have acted most selfishly and shamelessly. Don’t they realise that in the next general election, people will ask them about their action?

One reader has asked, what are the BJP MLAs doing at this critical hour? Very good question. If they are not helping the people, they will have to answer the same question but they are not enjoying five star luxury when people are hankering for food packets being dropped by helicopters.

Some readers have not appreciated reference to Nero. I have only said that it is a legend that he was fiddling while Rome was burning. I was reminded of that story which may or may not be true when I read in the newspapers that the Congress MLAs and their leaders are feasting when the people of Gujarat are dying in flood.

That is why I say: ‘While Rome was burning, Nero was fiddling. While people of Gujarat are drowning in flood, their Congress MLAs are feasting in Bengaluru.’

Devendra Narain

July 31, 2017

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2 Comments
  1. A. Banerjee 1 year ago

    Simply, great! What a wonderful analysis! Kudos to you.

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