Upon achieving absolute success in the Kurukshetra war, the Pandavas reach out to Dritharashtra to seek his blessings before ascending to the throne of Hastinapura. Blinded by his love for Duryodhana, Dritharashtra hugs a statue of Bhima, tricked by Krishna, only to completely crush the idol to pieces, as an act of desperate revenge, unaware of the fact that there was no flesh and blood in his act of retribution. The epic of Vyasa, through the characterization of Dhrithashtra, poignantly captures the narration of a ruler, undyingly blindfolded in his love for children, miserably losing his sense of adequate proportion forcing him to condone criminality. Consequently, Raj dharma was massacred in the corridors of power and a calamity unfolded, again with no sense of proportion, as if karma had a design to seek retaliation in invisible and untold recitations. Indian politics, even in 2020, does not seem to have necessarily learnt the morals of this story to shield a ruler from an epic fall.
To the present…
The death of Sushant Singh Rajput and the connected events, layered in complex conundrums, are playing out in unending loops amplified by the desperately genuine cries and innocently dejected screams of his family and fans, the only cross-section that does not want to exploit this death for pedaling agendas. Sushant quintessentially symbolized the dream that caricatured the middle-class millennial aspiration in the new India. A small-town Bihari boy who dropped out of engineering to pursue his dream engrossed in the mightily intimidating world of Bollywood, a notion that is wild to imagine, tough to grasp, and harder to live. He is disconnectedly mired in the cosmic self-built chamber of his hard-earned Bandra home, through which lens, he loved to gaze at the monstrosity of an intriguing space, a space that propelled his thoughts and actions. The story of a Hindi television serial star catapulting to the big screen canvass and aspiring to jump over to the superstar club, on the sheer conviction of his talent, merit and above all, a value system that is deeply disappearing from our cultural ethos, made everyone who never followed Sushant or his cinema sit back in shock and watch in disbelief, as that notion of an extraordinary dream stood strangulated by an alleged rope.
Aditya will eventually be summoned and there will be no point in crying political vendetta then. Aditya’s failure to behave is probably going to cost his father and the party very dear.
This rope is intersected at the epicenter of a dragging investigation at one end and an enthusiastic enquiry at the other, an ugly tug-of-war between the contesting interests of two states. This rope may be the only chronicle that may vomit the truth, a truth that many fear, may never survive the deep state filters in the Bombay ecosystem. The Mumbai police in a hurriedly called press conference tried to sidestep and discredit every angle of the many conspiracy theories floating around. Alas, every such move is only stoking more fire and there is no smoke without fire!
New questions every day
Questions galore with every passing day. Did the IPS brother-in-law of Sushant reach out to Bandra police months before his death apprehending any threat to his life? Was the case of his former manager, Disha, a case of accidental death or suicide and why have the Mumbai police been crisscrossing on what should be a singular statement of fact? If it were a straightforward case of suicide, why have the police files on Disha’s case gone missing, particularly after the Bihar police requested it? Was there an attempt to cover-up Sushant’s post-mortem report? Is it true that the key-maker who opened Sushant’s door on that fateful day is still missing? With most politicians clamoring for a CBI probe, owing to severe public pressure and Bihar Chief Minister even recommending it, will the Maharashtra Government also give in, finally? Why is the Mumbai police not setting the record straight on the role of actress Rhea Chakraborty and her family, post the FIR filed by Sushant’s father in Bihar? Does the Chief Minister of Maharashtra owe an explanation when the person who is in the middle of this controversy today is none other than his son, Aditya?
The junior Thackeray is the antithesis of everything that those who froze when reading about this tragedy stand for. A nurtured by-product of nepotism short-circuiting the power corridors streaming with glamorous paper activism, with very little or no actual talent that can find a worthy mention in a CV that was never made – Aditya is probably the junior version of Karan Johar in the rugged and rusty terrain of Maharashtra political landscape. Subsequent to the conspiracy theories dragging him into this plot, Aditya, in an era wherein the social media sets the tone and dictates the pitch, in a tersely worded statement asserted that it was “not a crime” to have “personal relationships” in the film industry and that as the grandson and son of Thackerays he would not cause any disrepute to the family. In a curious choice of language, he assailed that the politics over the dead, without mentioning Sushant, is an assault on humanity. This has stoked the controversy further.
Long story short, a first information report, has been registered in the minds of the public and the probe by the CBI appears to be a natural necessity. Aditya will eventually be summoned and there will be no point in crying political vendetta then. Aditya’s failure to behave is probably going to cost his father and the party very dear.
The old-timers may think of Uddhav being the blinded father protecting his son. The millennials, who grew up watching Mani Ratnam’s evergreen Roja, are reminiscent of the fearless and brave Madhu Bala in that movie. A small-town girl who questions the Minister in her never-ending fight for justice, categorically states that even if one did not belong to the elite, the Government needs to stand up for the ordinary citizens of this country.
This is exactly the scenario in Maharashtra today. An ordinary collective questioning the pillars of power. Will the Chief Minister speak or quarantine the idea of justice? Now the latest is CBI started working on the Bihar Government’s transfer of the case. Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who spearheaded the justice for the Sushant campaign recently tweeted not Aditya, another powerful Maharashtra Minister’s son is going to be in trouble. Maharashtra politics and dirty world of Bollywood are going to witness tough days in the coming days with CBI and Enforcement Directorate entering the scene.