Sangh in a new hue

November 10 2014

An example of Sangh’s clout and influence was recently seen in a Bandra-Kurla complex in Mumbai, where a play “Janta Raja”, based on the life and times of Chatrapati Shivaji was being enacted for the thousandth time. Although the media was deliberately kept away from the play, to make the event more memorable, about 200 people, along with members of the Bombay Elite Club were sent invitations. Moneyed industrialists such as Mukesh Ambani and Kumar Mangalam Birla were seen next to Sangh head Mohan Bhagwat during the event. Maharashtra’s new Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, along with Vinod Tawde, an important member of his government, were also present. A lot of personalities from the film industry were also seen. For instance, actor Hritik Roshan and producer-director Subhash Ghai attended the event and showed great excitement. Suresh Soni may have lost his seat, but his influence in the Sangh remains, and he was there for the play, too. It is worth mentioning here that Soni is busy with the transfer of power procedure at present and is busy sharing the intricacies of the BJP-Sangh relationship to the new Sangh Prabhari, Krishna Gopal. From 6.00 to 6.30 pm, Mohan Bhagwat addressed the gathering and also introduced the play. Although the entire play was in Marathi, and it is not understood by either Mukesh Ambani or Kumar Mangalam Birla; neither are they interested in theatre. But the business people have the knack for reading the unwritten writings on the wall, and until such time the play was on, no one moved from his seat. When it ended after two-and-a-half hours, Ambani and Birla were seen singing paeans about the play. After all, there is no theatre bigger than the world of politics, and character portrayal, be it in a play or in real life, needs to be foolproof and whoever manages to accomplish this feat sees success coming his way.

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