This post may go very much un-appreciated with non-bong fellow readers, but I’d be as illustrative as possible. Among the host of films that Ray made, ‘Hirok Rajar deshe’ definitely is a must-watch. It talks of the atrocities of the ruler, corruption, greed, vengeance and most of all obsessions-with-self. There is also a vision of class-less society and redistribution of wealth. What made the movie endearing is the delivery of the thought not through heavy-hanging dictums, but satire! In the movie the king is obsessed with hirok – diamonds and himself.
Though Ray was narrating fiction, but a lot of such crazy kings and queens are ubiquitous in our World. Well, I am referring to none other than Mayawati. Let’s see some of the quick similarities between the fiction king and her highness Mademoiselle Maya....
1. Statues – Maya loves statues, by the time her tenure ends...Uttar Pradesh may actually look like M-urat Pradesh
2. Greed – Hirok Raja was greedy for money, and could go to any extent to levy taxes.If they refuse to pay, they pay with their lives! Maya’s goons openly murder people if they don’t pay (remember, the engineer who got killed for refusing to pay for her birthday!)
3. Love for Diamond – The lady is known to flaunt her diamond rings and necklaces. Ironic, in times or recession and draught!
The essence of democracy lies in the freedom of expression. Madam Maya seems to have forgotten that, she apprehends anyone who raises their voice against her, and she does it all by undemocratic means.
So...going by the story, the end should be same for Maya as it did for Hirok Raja...
Doree dhorey maaro taan
Maya hawbe khan-khan!