Bam Bam Bhole
A GOP veteran, in semi-retirement, recently quipped, "Now we have two Hindu parties, one Vaishnavite (Ram bhakt) and the other Shaivite (Shiv bhakt)". The leader of the latter is losing no occasion to prove it too. Nearly stumped by a googly from a young journalist in MP, who asked why he was often infantilised as 'Pappu', he cited his Shivbhakti as the reason. Not known for quick retorts, Rahul Gandhi surprised the journalist by asking if she was aware of Lord Shiva's popular name -- "Bholanath". He prefers to be "Bhola" like the Lord, he said, and prefers not to respond to jibes of the opponents. The applause he got, however, seems like making his potential allies a bit jittery, just as the crescendo over the Ram mandir is making BJP allies uncomfortable.