The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Leveraging the name

He shares a name with two prominent figures – one is a politician, the other is a sportsman.

 

And, when his younger sibling captained a cricket team, the older one promised that he would shave off his beard and moustache if the team won the trophy.

 

He kept his promise, when the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian team won the T20 World Cup last year.

 

Narendra Singh Dhoni : Before and after

Narendra Singh Dhoni : Before and after

 

Narendra Singh Dhoni is now campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party, being impressed with and inspired by his namesake Narenda Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat.

 

The younger Dhoni is a hugely popular figure in his home state of Jharkhand, and the BJP is, perhaps, hoping that this connection will help its party win parliamentary seats from this state in the ongoing elections.

 

There is never a dull moment during Indian elections. If film actors and former cricketers can join politics and others from the same profession play the role of crowd pullers, it is but natural that the politicos pull out all stops to leverage the high profile image of these persons to their advantage.

 

Asked if the current Indian captain would join politics, the older sibling said, “He is preoccupied with cricket.”

 

That’s a relief. I am sure millions of Indians would prefer that, too.

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April 21, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that, Politics | , , ,

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