Tracing Similarities between the Struggle and Taming of
Lady Catelyn Stark (Game of Thrones) and
Two prominent Indian Rajmatas (Queen Mothers)
A word for all those who aren’t watching the Tele series: Game of Thrones is an adaptation of the book series titled A Song of Ice and Fire written by George R. R. Martin. It describes in seven parts the struggle of seven important Houses (which they call the Realm of Seven Kingdoms) to win the Iron Throne and rule as the King. Each house has its own history of virtues and vices to blame for its present status and struggle. The tussle becomes interesting as some houses are bestowed with supernatural powers, dragons and techniques to fight even the army of dead.
As a result all civil liberties were curtailed. Censorship was imposed on press. All important leaders of the Opposition parties and allies of congress whom Mrs Gandhi and her younger son saw as probable miscreants/ competitors were arrested at the dawn of midnight and put in Jails. In the name of population control and eradication of poverty, common man had to undergo forceful sterilization operations and face the bulldozers if they belonged to a particular religion and their houses were anywhere near the Turkman Gate.
Madhavrao and her elder daughter Usha tried very hard to let Mrs Gandhi drop the case against their mother while their younger sister, Yashodhara was facing the raids of Income Tax officials alone. Madhavrao managed to convince Mrs Gandhi of his unconditional support for her leadership and the Congress Government’s cause of India’s development. He resigned from Jana Sangh and joined Congress. But he could not persuade his mother to agree to do so. The government wanted her to denounce the Jana Sangh before she was released, which she refused to do. After many months of torture in jail she was finally allowed to come out on parole.
“I want you to be safe my son, ruling at Winterfell from your father’s seat. I want you to live your life, to kiss a girl and wed a woman and father a son.”