Game of Thrones (GOT), the American TV series succeeded in claiming a huge international fanbase because of a gripping narrative, complex characters, and of course fantasies. If you have no clue what GOT is all about, let’s simplify it by saying it’s the Harry Potter of the Television world. This fantasy drama is the adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones.
Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, GOT interweaves several plot lines that involves the King and the Queen, the Lords and the Ladies, the Knights and the Squires and the wildlings and the white walkers.
Youthkiawaaz, a news-based website, recently drew parallels between Indian politicians and some of the eminent characters from GOT. We added a couple of others to spice up the contrast.
Tyrion Lannister and Narendra Modi
Though physically both the men are poles apart, what makes them similar are their intellect and their wit. Tyrion is intelligent, witty and well-read, and has business acumen and skilled in political manoeuvring. Like Tyrion, Prime Minister Modi is a good orator, can sway crowd with his speeches, and is a perfect political figure who has drawn lot of frenemies.
The High Sparrow and Arvind Kejriwal
The High Sparrow is highly inclined towards ‘truth’ and ‘justice’. He undermines the rulers of the kingdom and fights corruption. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has a similar story; like Igh Sparrow, Kejriwal too rises from a humble background, preaches equality and aid the poor while leading a humble life himself. High Sparrow leads a protest, and his critics mockingly call him the “High Sparrow” in sarcastic comparison to the High Septon, the highest cleric. Likewise, Arvind Kejriwal is called names by his detractors for his simple principles.
Daenerys Targaryen née Khaleesi and Jayalalitha
Khaleesi, the beautiful lady and the mother of dragons, reminds us of Jayalalitha, the recently elected Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The Amma or ‘Mother’ of the state, the Tamil CM has had a fiery temperament in the past, just like Khaleesi.
Cersei Lannister and the Nehru-Gandhi family
The Lannisters remind us of the Nehru-Gandhi dynastic family who has been in power for the last 60 decades or so. Just like Cersei, Sonia Gandhi married a foreign ‘Prince’, and fights all odd to ensure that her children are kept from harm’s length, much like the way, Sonia Gandhi draws a shield over her son Rahul and daughter Priyanka. The Lannisters face great upheaval, just like the Gandhi family is currently undergoing a sea change in Indian politics.
Tommen and Rahul Gandhi
Blessed with good looks, but a weak will, Tommen is our very own Rahul Gandhi, who is henned over by a protective mother! Both ‘princes’ in their own realms, both men make efforts to rise and shine, but are pulled down by their own lack of will.
Tywin Lannister and Jawaharlal Nehru
Tywin Lannister is the man who stays with the King, much like Jawaharlal Nehru stayed with the mahatma. True, Nehru wasn’t ruthless like the Lannister, but they both exude power in a similar way. Moreover, both men were widowed at an early stage of life, and laid down an empire for generations to rule.
Roose Bolton and Mulayam Singh Yadav
Roose Bolton is your deceptively mild-mannered man, who is very calculative. A man who makes his moves based on cold-blooded strategy. The Bolton’s ruthlessness reminds us of the gun-yielding goons in Uttar Pradesh, who knows no law. Not to forget, he is the warden of the ‘North’.
Little Finger and Shashi Tharoor
The ever mysterious Little Finger is the Indian version of MP Shahsi Tharoor. Sometimes, Little Finger, like Tharoor, spouts great wisdom, showing his sensible and learned manners. Yet at other times, he is as deep as the ocean.
Ser Davos and Manmohan Singh
Ser Davos a wise and a age-like man, just like our ex-PM Manmohan Singh. But Dervos is devoted to a man to such an extent that it undermines all his knowledge. Just like Singh is often referred to as a puppet of the Gandhi clan, Ser Davos is a puppet of Stannis Baratheon.
Lady Olenna and Indira Gandhi
Lady Olenna has a formidable personality. Power-hungry and ruthless, she can be compared to ex PM Indira Gandhi, who wouldn’t have a no for an answer. Lady Olenna cannot be dethroned just like nobody could question the decision of Mrs G!
Adapted from similar story published in YouthKiAwaaz.