An apsara is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. They are often the wives of the Gandharvas, the court musicians of Indra. They dance to the music made by the Gandharvas, usually in the palaces of the gods, entertain and sometimes seduce gods and men. Urvasi, Menaka, Rambha and Tilottama are the most famous among them.
Well, we all are familiar with the story where Sage Vishwamitra was performing a very difficult tapasya. Indra, the king of Gods, was afraid that once completed, the tapasya would make Vishwamitra very powerful and he would even be able to conquer heaven. So Indra sent Menaka, a beautiful dancer of his court, to earth. Menaka went to the forest where Viswamitra sat with his eyes closed. She sang, danced, made garlands of fragrant flowers and put them around Vishwamitra's neck to attract his attention. All this disturbed Vishwamitra and he opened his eyes, thus, his meditation was broken.
Though it was an epic story, I feel that the story has been being reenacted since couple of weeks here in God’s own country against modern backdrops (political backdrops). The two ‘Apsaras’; Saritha S. Nair and Shalu Menon came to destroy the Tapasya (governance) of Oommen Chandy led UDF government, their very entry was like rubbing salt into the wound for the government which already had been in the web of the controversies.
If Menaka with her songs, dance and beauty could disturb Vishwamitra and break his long meditation, back here in Kerala two ‘apsaras’; Saritha S. Nair and Shalu Menon with their beauty, youthfulness, elegance, sexy and hot appearance could easily woo Oommen Chandy led UDF government. (Indeed, the said attributes are very much present in them). Money and Lady are always the weaknesses of men and it is being proved again and for both men would be flattered.
The call list of Saritha S Nair and VIPs who paid visit to Salu Menon includes; two Union Ministers; Kodikunnel Suresh and K. C. Venugopal, Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, Ministers; Home Minister, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Tourism Minister, A. P. Anil Kumar, Revenue Minister, Adoor Prakash, Power Minister, Aryadan Mohammed, Culture Minister, K. C. Joseph, Labour Minister, Shibu Baby John, Tribal & Youth Affairs Minister, P. K. Jayalakshmi, Home Minister’s Private Secretary P. K Raveendran, Government Chief Whip, P. C. George, KPCC Chief, Ramesh Chennithala, Former Minister, K. B. Ganesh Kumar, MLAs; Mons Joseph, Benny Behnan, Hibi Eden, Additional Personal Secretary of Anil Kumar P Nazarulla, Deputy Leader of Opposition Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and the list is endless…………… (names as given in The Times of India).
The current episodes are enough to upset any normal Keralalite, where the governance stands still. It has been months now that the ruling coalition in the web of controversies and mother of all is the solar panel fraud which ruling coalition is also linked to. Irrespective of the political parties people belong to, are clamoring for the ouster of both Chief Minister and Home Minister but they don’t succumb to the political pressure. The fraudulent solar deal is allegedly taken place in CM’s office and the CM can’t simply wash off his hands accusing of his private secretary and gun man. He being the head of the state should first run office without corruption from there all his activities should be streaming out.
I strongly feel that it is nice for his to quit his office rather than clinging to power. Literally going by the saying ‘Make hay while the sun shines,’ ‘Congress I’ took the advantage of the time and played their tricks for the humiliation that KPCC Chief, Ramesh Chennithala had to bear over Deputy CM post dispute. The irony is that amidst all these controversies, Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, received UN award for mass contact.
But the question remains, who would have sent these: ‘apsaras’; Saritha S. Nair and Shalu Menon to Kerala politics? Anyway, it can’t be the opposition parties because they too are wooed and were flattered by these ‘apsaras.’
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