Transcript of "Game of Thrones v/s Indian Politics"
Know the characters
Robert Baratheon Manmohan Singh Made king as reward for winning a previous war Proved u7erly useless as poli:cal leader Going through the mo:ons while rot sets in and the country bleeds dry
Cersei Lannister Sonia Gandhi Wants to rule by proxy Only faithful to the family, country be damned A queen when it comes to power grabs No clue about governance. Thinks just puHng faithful people will handle it
Jeoﬀrey Lannister Rahul Gandhi No qualiﬁca:ons whatsoever Next in line since birth although controversy surrounds the same Everyone dreads the day he comes to power
Myrcella Lannister Priyanka Gandhi Nothing to do with the game except born in the family Used to acquire support when needed Married into a rich family that hasn’t go7en involved yet
Tyrion Lannister P Chidambaram Competent at his job. Earnest in others, but unsuccessful. Marginalized in eﬀec:veness by people around him Treated harshly by those above him, generally the one blamed
Grand Maester Pycelle Pranab Mukherjee Incompetent at everything he has done Too old to do anything about anything Posi:on says he’s here for the good of the realm. Instead has served a house for years.
Balon Greyjoy Narendra Modi Biding his :me for years, trying to grab power while the king is weak Rules with an iron hand Hated by his own people
Stannis Baratheon NiAn Gadkari Nobody wants him Backed by a powerful religious group Claiming the throne with barely any support from his people
Renly Baratheon Mulayam Singh Yadav Told he should be king by those around him. And the opportunity has arrived. Has gained control of the most powerful part of the empire Trying to ensure support from the powerful Tyrells
Margaery Tyrell Mamta Banerjee Incredibly ambi:ous Knows the game inside out Will support anyone just to be close to the throne
Eddard Stark APJ Abdul Kalam Held in high regard. Actually cared about the people. Promoted due to competence. Least interested in poli:cs. Tried to do the right thing. Did not treat the powerful diﬀerently. When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die
Daenerys Targaryen Anna Hazare Adorn a symbol of long lost tradi:on on head Far away from mainland poli:cs Believe what they are asking for is their birth-‐right Some see as hero. Alterna:vely seen as preachy, delusional or cry-‐baby.
And of course... WINTER IS COMING Lok Sabha Polls 2013
If you didn’t already guess… There will be unstable governments. Everyone will turn on each other. There will be blood.
Bran Stark 300+ million Some of them have never seen a winter before This might be the longest one yet They are already hurt and afraid They might have magical abili:es but will that make any diﬀerence?
So the ques:on as always might remain the same…