Three Moms..

 

Mamma

 

Maa

 

Amma

 

Mamma in Italian, Maa in hindi, Amma in tamil aka Sonia, Maya and Jaya.  These three women like to think they are the reigning mothers of this nation which in fact was birthed by a peaceful Father. So peaceful that he was not a recipient of the Nobel peace prize, a shame. But, the power of these three women clutching deep into the veins of our country never fails to bewilder me.

Lets start with Mamma Sonia of Gandhi fame , other than holding the all important qualification of belonging to the Nehru dynasty she has managed to propel herself into the heartland of Indian politics. She is the reigning de facto Queen who is holding the strings of the current Singh who is not King.  When a critical decision needs to be taken, no body in the party recollects that there is a Manmohan Singh and they all run crying to Mamma.  Tantrums range from “Mamma can we break up states?” “Mamma, can we get more money to buy guns and other toys?” and Mamma will decide. After the assassination of the erstwhile Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia took a back seat and vowed not to enter the domain of political mayhem. But in 1997 she joined the Congress party in order to revive the party’s sagging fortunes. Today Sonia controls every aspect of the party’s strategies and is at the helm of any decision that need to be taken at the cabinet level and is in the Times 100 most powerful people. It was alleged that the Italian Quattorocchi of Bofor’s scandal fame was her good friend and there is only a hush now.

Then there is Maa Maya who has made the economy of Uttar Pradesh a maya. Currently under investigation by the CBI who are quizzing her on the accumulation of her personal wealth. She has paid more tax than Mukesh Ambani in one assessment year and it is alleged that the tax money she paid was also not hers!It would be difficult to list the number of embezzlement cases and scams against her in this space, as there are far too many. Maa does possess an artistic trait in her, she enjoys building statues of herself and her mentor Kanshi Ram, obviously with the tax payers money. Maa’s current agenda is to break her state of UP into smaller bits in the geographical sense too.Maa does not prefer Mamma, but she could pass off as sister to Amma who is as notorious for corruption of the highest order.

Amma Jaya, metamorphosed from Queen of Tamil cinema to defacto Queen of the late MG Ramachandran and eventually to Queen of AIADMK and Tamil Nadu. She is not the reigning Queen as she was ousted by the DMK party in the last elections. In Tamil Nadu, one can toss a coin to figure out who will be CM, there are only two choices. Amma insists on grown up men and women falling at her feet failing which their heads would be on the chopping block. Amma’s wealth and scams are as staggering as Maa Maya’s. Despite this, she is Amma to her people in Tamil Nadu. Amma waits patiently for her turn to be CM.

So, we have three women who are powerful in their own rights. It is difficult for the common man to evaluate who is more corrupt, as some scandals have been exposed and some would never see the light of day. But the three remain unscathed, unaffected and grow from strength to strength. Lets take a poll – Who is the better Mommy?

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20 Responses to “Three Moms..”

  1. I love the article of Maa,Amma and mamma.

    • Ha ha..thanks Mousumi. Good to see you here too.

    • The real Mother is the Holy deity Durga, known also as Bhadrakaali, Kaalarathri and Agnijwala. The Almighty, as Hindu philosophy indicates, manifests itself in many ways and forms, as Father and Mother.

      To further expand on this view, I would say that the 3 monthers (for me) would be: Motherland, Mom who gave birth to me, and of course Maa Durga

  2. Salman Shahid Alvi Says:

    A good one Sharmila.How about including Jaya Bachchan aunty in the options 🙂

  3. Lakshmi Jag Says:

    The real mother who is Goddess Durga is known by three other names: Bhadrakaali, Kaalarathri and Agnijwala. Goddess Durga uses her power to destroy evil, I leave it to your imagination to guess to what end these three Amma’s use the power for. And to choose who is the bigger mother is hard to decide….

  4. Lakshmi – the best answer of the day!..

  5. ah ah..Pritish Nandy likes it!
    RT @supershamz Loved it. @PritishNandy You will enjoy this! https://sharmilasays.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/three-moms/

  6. MAMAMIA…..MOM MANIA…well out of the 3 musketeers i’ll anyday go for the most non corrupt and the most powerful….great post sharmila.

  7. Thanks Vikas!..someone voted their own Mom as the best Mother. I agree.

  8. Anand Khare Says:

    There is always more to politics than we thought. These women are comparable and not comparable. Perhaps it would be a waste of time to compare these persons. Our democracy may take some more time to mature. Or would it not be a democracy anymore. God only knows?Anyways these are personal views, You are thinking and writing well. keep it up..

  9. Anand – Thanks. Yes, so long as we have the ability to think, we should write!..thanks for the inputs.

  10. I agree with Lakshmi Jog above. Indeed the real Mother is the Holy deity Durga, known also as Bhadrakaali, Kaalarathri and Agnijwala. The Almighty, as Hindu philosophy indicates, manifests itself in many ways and forms, as Father and Mother.

    To further expand on this view, I would say that the 3 monthers (for me) would be: Motherland, Mom who gave birth to me, and of course Maa Durga.

  11. Babban – Wonderful set of views.Thank you.

  12. Sharmila, I may not like the way Sonia Gandhi has become an extra constitutional power center, I would not approve of Mayawati’s pompous and self-centered way of functioning and I hate Jayalalitha’s autocratic and highhanded ways, but I certainly do admire these women for their grit and gumption. It is no mean achievement to dominate the big, bad, male dominated world of politics like these three have.

    • Yes, the three are a determined lot. Sonia is bewitching like Mona Lisa, one is never sure of her. Jaya and Maya are fighters. If it were not for corruption, they would have done so much better, but to brave it out is not an easy feat without a doubt.

  13. Amma is only Tamilnadu CM Miss. Jayalalitha only in whole INDIA

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