New Delhi: Vijayadashmi, more popularly Dussehra, is around the corner and it’s the time for Ramlila, a staged act depicting the Ramayana.
Vijayadashmi is celebrated at the end of the nine-day long festival of Rama Navmi, wherein effigies of Ravana are burnt at various places, symbolising the victory of good over evil.
Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency, is all filled up with the posters of Ram Navmi. What is different is that the mythological characters are being portrayed by our politicians. Posters feature PM Modi as Lord Rama with bow and arrow. Portrayed across him is the PM of our neighbour Pakistan Nawaz Sharif as the 10-headed Ravana.
Meghanad, the brother of Ravana, has also been given a place on the poster, portrayed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
This comes in the backdrop of Kejriwal indirectly hinting towards government’s claims of carrying out a surgical strike as ‘false’ and his demands that the government should make the proof public.
BJP ally Shiv Sena of the Varanasi unit put up these posters that stated “Another surgical strike is needed.”
First Published | 5 October 2016 3:40 PM