Post-Truth Lak­sh­mibais

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

The prob­lem with men, es­pe­cially men from Delhi who hap­pen to be jour­nal­ists, is that they see a statue of a woman with a sword raised on a horse and they im­me­di­ately think it’s Rani Lak­sh­mibai of Jhansi. So when I told myrickchar­i­o­teer­to­takeme­tothes­tatue of the Rani of Jhansi at Hazrat­ganj, helooked­flum­moxed.Helooked­e­qually flum­moxed when I men­tioned that the statue was op­po­site the BJP party of­fice in Luc­know.

Part of the mys­tery was cleared when I re­alised that the hel­meted lady on the steed glis­ten­ing in Goldfin­ger gold paint was not Lak­sh­mibai but Ma­ha­rani Avan­tibai of Ram­garh. I could be for­given for mix­ing up the two ra­nis as both were from Mad­hya

Pradesh. Both fought the Bri­tish and died in 1858 dur­ing the Mutiny.

Across­the­is­land-crossin­gatLal­bagh, fromwhereA­van­tibai­i­sever-charg­ing, is the BJP party of­fice. Its walls are wrapped­byshami­ana-like­saf­fro­nand white cloth. In­side, only one woman is pro­jectedasalead­er­lend­ingher­weight with the boys in the War for Luc­know. On a bill­board in­side, along­side the smil­ing faces of Ra­j­nath Singh, Kal­raj Mishra and state party pres­i­dent Ke­shavPrasadMau­ryaisU­maBharati.

Al­sofromMad­hyaPradesh.Butwith Umaprob­a­bly­hop­ing­fora­bet­ter­re­sult than what be­fell Lak­shmi and Avanti.

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